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Internationality

Internationality is an important cornerstone in teaching and research.

We want to strengthen our students’ international competence and make it possible for them to study in diverse cultural contexts. The International Office provides advice for students who want to spend a semester outside of Europe. In addition, our institute cooperates with universities Shanghai and Hong Kong as well as our partner institutes from the ERASMUS-Program. Another international link is the International Seminar in Economic Geography (ISEG), which is held by renowned researchers who teach a weeklong seminar in English each semester.

Exchange semester worldwide

Given timely preparation, your exchange semester can take place at locations all over the world. You can use a stipend by the DAAD to organize your own exchange semester or use a country specific-stipend like the Fulbright stipend for the USA. The international office (HI) and the exchange coordinator of the institute can help you with your applications. Please keep in mind that some of the deadlines are more than a year before the start of the exchange semester.

Further, you can make use of an agreement between the university or institute and our partner universities abroad. The regional coordinators of the Hi can help you with that. Students in Economic Geography have the option to spend their exchange semester at out partner institutes at the East China Normal University in Shanghai or the Hong Kong Baptist University. The internal deadline for these is 15.12..

If those who are interested or have any questions the coordinator for global (out-of-europe) exchange Kerstin J. Schaefer is happy to help. Please feel free to send an email or sign up for office hours via StudIP

ERASMUS Exchange Programme

Within the scope of the ERASMUS Exchange Programme we can offer you a place at one of the following universities:

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  • Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier (France)
  • Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
  • Università degli Studi di Trieste, Trieste (Italy)
  • Queen's University, Belfast (Great Britain)
  • University of Salford, Salford (Great Britain)
  • University of Vienna (Austria)
  • Aalborg University (Denmark)
  • Universität Bern (Switzerland)
  • Universiteit Gent (Belgium)
  • Universidad de Granada (Spain)
  • Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
  • Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie (Poland)
  • Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)
  • Lund University (Sweden)
  • Universidad Complutense Madrid (Spain)
  • Ostravská Univerzita v Ostravě (Czech Republic)
  • Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu (Poland)
  • Université de Rouen (France)
  • Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands)
  • Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain)
Erasmus Locations 2016

 

 

Application

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We recommend that you participate in the Erasmus Programme in your fifth semester. If you decide to spend two semesters abroad or chose another point of time for the exchange programme, it will probably take you some more time to finish your degree. In principle, students of Cultural Geography may apply for the partner institutes of Economic Geography. Available places will be distributed one year ahead, by the end of the winter semester. Therefore, please obtain information about the partner universities in time and take the opportunity to get speak with other students who already spent one semester abroad. We organise an information event, normally in early December, in order to inform you about Erasmus and the application process. The event is announced on our website. For questions regarding the partner institutes of Cultural Geography, please contact Berit Böckel.

We recommend that Bachelor students participate in the Erasmus Programme in their fifth semester. Master students should use their third semester for the exchange programme. If you decide to spend two semesters abroad or chose another point of time for the exchange programme, it will probably take you some more time to finish your degree. In principle, students of Economic Geography may apply for the partner institutes of Cultural Geography. Available places will be distributed one year ahead, by the end of the winter semester. Therefore, please obtain information about the partner universities in time and take the opportunity to get speak with other students who already spent one semester abroad. We organise an information event, normally in early December, in order to inform you about Erasmus and the application process. The event is announced on our website. For questions regarding the partner institutes of Economic Geography, please contact Kerstin J. Schäfer.

Benefits

Participants of the Erasmus Programme may receive financial support in various ways – for example, they do usually not pay any tuition fees at the partner universities and receive monthly benefits. Further information can be obtained from the International Office.

Tips:

  • A visit of the University of Bristol and the University of Wales makes the most sense for students in their fifth or seventh semester, respectively. The stay in Bristol and Wales is from the 01.10. until the 30.06. of the following year.
  • The stay at the Universidade de Lisboa and the Universidad Complutense Madrid can be recommended to students who wish to write their thesis about regional economical developments in the EU. During their visit to the Universidade de Lisboa (about seven months from the 01.10.) students should visit lectures and seminars, while making preparations (research, surveys...) for writing their thesis.
  • The study stay at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration is one semester (approx. 01.10. - 28.02.). Participation is mainly recommended for students interested in economic questions regarding Eastern Europe or quantitative methods, computing and GIS.
  • All participants at the Partner Universities are supervised by Professors with which the Department of Economic and Cultural Geography has had close ties for many years.