A compilation of frequently asked questions regarding studying abroad.
Am I allowed to take part in the exchange programs if am a non-German student of the Universität Hamburg?
- Yes, as long as you are enrolled at UHH, you are eligible to apply for the Erasmus+ program and for the faculty exchange. If you are not a citizen of a state of the European Union, consider possible consequences for your residential status in Germany that might occur. Please also consider possible visa regulations in your guest country.
Reports of exchange experiences
How can I decide which partner university is interesting for me?
- Our former Outgoings have written reports about their experiences and studies during their stay abroad. If you are interested in reading reports about certain universities, please send us an e-mail to out.wiso"AT"uni-hamburg.de, give us a list of your priority list of max. 5 universities and add your course of study and academic level.
Can I de-register during my stay abroad?
- No. You have to stay enrolled at Universität Hamburg, otherwise you cannot participate in the exchange programs of our university. This means you also have to pay the semester contribution.
How do I finance my exchange studies?
- Students who participate in the Erasmus+ program receive a monthly scholarship of 150 – 250 Euro per month they stay abroad (10 months at maximum). There are additional ways to finance your stay abroad e.g. to apply for “Auslands-BAföG” or a “Bildungskredit”. Both are compatible with the Erasmus+ scholarship.
- If you are eligible to receive “Inlands-BAföG”, you can also apply for Auslands-BAföG. As soon as you get the confirmation that you have a place at the exchange university, you should start the application process for “Auslands-BAföG”.
- If you are going to study at one of our outer European partner universities, you can apply for a Hamburglobal scholarship at “Abteilung Internationales” of Universität Hamburg, because the Erasmus+ scholarship is bound to European cooperations.
- The Erasmus+ scholarship is not combinable with the Hamburglobal scholarship.
Switzerland is no member of the Erasmus+ federation, even though you will get a scholarship from your guest university of up to 420 CHF monthly.
Do I need a liability insurance for my stay abroad?
- Some of our partner universities oblige their students to take out a liability insurance. Even if this is not the case, we recommend informing yourself about the benefits of a liability insurance.
Do I need a foreign health insurance for my stay abroad?
- If you own a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you do not need another health insurance for your stay abroad at one of our partner university in Europe. Please inform yourself about the advantages of an extra foreign health insurance
- You need a foreign health insurance for our faculty partnerships in the non-european area. A tourist or travel health insurance does not suffice. Please refer to your guest university for more information.
Do I have to pay the semester contribution during my stay abroad?
- Yes, you have to stay enrolled during your stay abroad and you have to pay your semester contribution. However, it is possible to get the money you pay for your semester ticket refunded. Please refer to the hardship case request at Studierendenwerk for that process.
Does the guest university provide accommodation?
- This depends on the guest university. Most of our partner universities have a certain contingency of rooms at their dorms for guest students for which they can apply. All information about accommodation (e.g. dorms, useful links for finding flat-shares etc.) will be provided by your guest university after we nominate you there.
Semester on leave / semester off
Can I take a semester off while studying abroad?
- Yes. It can be useful for students who are bound to the standard period of study because of “BAföG”. However, during a semester on leave you cannot write any new exams or papers even if you come back early from abroad. For more information about a semester off please refer to our Campus Center. Do not forget to pay your semester contribution during your semester off.
Do I need a visa for my stay abroad?
- As an EU-citizen, you do not need any visa for your time at a university of the Erasmus+ program, because you have the right of free movement inside the European Union.
- If you want to study at a non-European university, you will need a visa. In this case, please inform yourself in time about the entry requirements for the relevant country. The Embassy/Consulate of the country you want to visit will provide you with this information.
- If you are a non-European citizen, you should inform yourself in time at the relevant authority about possible regulations that might apply to you. Especially students who are inhabitants of a Schengen-Visa, a refugee status, a suspension of deportation or a similar residence permit should inform themselves in time about possible regulations concerning themselves to avoid problems at the reentry into Germany.