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Selection process

After the application deadline has passed, we will forward your application documents to the relevant faculty/department. The faculty then make a shortlist and invite the chosen candidates (usually by email) to a personal interview.  You may be invited to attend several interviews if you have applied to more than one university and the application processes for those universities are coordinated by different Departmental Coordinators in the faculty.Please note the following information:

  • After the deadline of the application round, the International Office will no longer accept any applications.
  • If you can definitely only go abroad in a certain semester, we ask you to communicate this in the selection interview, as the selection of the semester is also taken over by the faculty.

Outcome of the selection process:

Placement offer: Once the faculty has completed the selection process, you will receive an email from the International Office offering you the opportunity to participate in an exchange programme.  You then have a short time in which to decide if you wish to accept or reject the offer. You will be offered a place at the university with the highest possible priority (ideally your number 1 priority). Only one offer will be made. Please note: If you reject the offer, then you will be barred from reapplying in further application rounds in the same academic year.

Please make sure to regularly check your emails during the application phase.

If you accept the offer, we will register you at the partner university. Then you will usually need to fill in the registration forms of the host university (application, accommodation forms etc.) and submit further documents.  Further information about this process will be sent to you as soon as possible either by the International Office or by the host university directly.  

No offer:  If the selection committee does not accept your application for an exchange semester in the current application period or the places at your chosen universities have already been assigned, the International Office will inform you and you can reapply in a later application round.

Selection criteria

The Departmental Coordinators apply the following criteria when selecting students for an exchange semester:


 Selection criteria


Academic qualifications and achievements


Level of preparation


General impression from the personal interview


Current language abilities


Knowledge of the host country (culture, politics etc.)


Knowledge of the partner university


Cultural activities / interests 


Voluntary & social activities


Extracurricular qualifications


Involvement in the academic self-governance of the university / university politics

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