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Study abroad

Every student is entitled to study abroad for one semester. Students at the Faculty of Engineering benefit from the Faculty’s close-knit web of partner universities. Our academic staff also maintains contacts with many universities worldwide. 

Programs and partner universities


An internship abroad is also recommended to gather professional experience for your later career.

Leave of absence

During your stay abroad you have the possibility to taking a leave of absence from the University of Freiburg. During your leave, your number of semesters remains the same.

However: During your leave of absence, you are not allowed to attend classes or complete examinations. Because semester times abroad rarely match those at the University of Freiburg, you will need to thoroughly consider whether taking a leave of absence is suitable for you.

You can apply for a leave of absence at the  Student Service Center.

Examination overlap

Because the semester times abroad are different than those in Germany, it automatically leads to an overlap in the examination period. Every exam is offered every semester at the Faculty of Engineering. Students who want to do a semester or internship abroad have the following options:

  1. Because every exam is offered every semester, you have the chance to complete your examinations during the exam period after your study abroad or internship. Your academic performance in the prior semester will be recognized, of course. In this case simply register for the respective examination upon your return from your study abroad.
    For those who study abroad, they have a lot of arrangements to make (accommodations, flight…) and are distracted by such things during exam preparation. You may wish to strongly consider whether this option might be better for you. From a time perspective, it shouldn’t be an issue because semesters abroad generally begin earlier and you tend to return in the middle of the following semester. For that reason, you have at least one and one-half months for exam preparation.


  1. Should variation 1 not be an option for you, then you have the following choices:
  • To apply for an early examination,
  • To complete the exam simultaneously at the foreign university.

You have to apply for both options at the Board of Examiners. Please fill out our form for this purpose.

In the event you wish to complete the exam on site, you must first contact your foreign university and ask if it is possible and who would take on the role as on-site exam supervisor. Please note that some universities require a fee to offer such services that you would need to pay on site.

The examination form does not change for an early examination. If the actual examination is planned in the form of a test, then the early examination must be taken in this form. Due to capacity issues, the responsible examiner may not be able to provide you with an early examination. Obtain the examiner’s approval. By signing the form, the examiner declares his or her willingness to test you early.

It could also be that the examiner does not approve of your taking the exam on site at the foreign university. The reason could be that a possible time zone issue would make it impossible to arrange or the process might be too much work for the examiner.

Submit your completed form to the examination office. You will also need the following documents of proof: 

  • Confirmation from the foreign university about your acceptance into their exchange program

Examinations and leaves of absence

According to the examination regulation, University of Freiburg students who have taken a leave of absence are allowed to participate in exams, but they are not allowed to attend classes. Please note that during your leave of absence you have no access to HISinOne. Please register for exams through the examination office.

Learning Agreement

You can receive academic credit obtained during your time at a foreign university as long as it is a comparable institution.

Perhaps you have obtained a foreign degree and want to gain recognition for your acquired performance for your current course of study at the Faculty of Engineering. Submit a learning agreement at the beginning of your first semester or an acknowledgement form including transcript of records and the modules and course descriptions to the examination office. Your application for acknowledgement must be submitted during the first semester or the semester after your study abroad to the Board of Examiners. The examination office will forward your documents for acknowledgement to the exam board.  The Board of Examiners will review the documents, then issue the corresponding acknowledgement and alert the student. The following should be noted:

  • Your grades will be transferred – insofar as the grading system is comparable – and included in the calculation of the module grades and the overall grade in accordance with the examination regulations. If the grading systems are vastly different, the chairperson on the Board of Examiners will determine the recognized examinations on the basis of the grading levels. Should the respective grading system not be found in this table, the grade will be calculated according to the so-called “Bavarian formula”. A grade evaluation by the responsible lecturer is helpful in doing this.
  • The same applies to the assignment of ECTS credits.