Exchange semester (bachelor)
On this page, you can find all information needed for an exchange semester on bachelor's level.
- Available exchange places
- Consulting services at the International Office
- Partner universities
- Credit transfer possibilities
- Application requirements
- Nomination and registration
- Cancelling an exchange semester
- Preparing for your stay abroad
- During your stay at the partner university
- After your stay abroad
Available exchange places
Below, you can find excel sheets with available exchange places and application quotas from previous semesters. These documents tell you how many exchange places are available for application and how many students applied in previous semesters.
Consulting services at the International Office
We offer the following events and consultation services which support you planning your semester abroad:
(At the International Office or via telephone)
Group advisory meetings
(Hybrid meetings in summer semester 2024)
(In person sessions in summer semester 2024)
Study Internationally - Info Session
(Annually in March)
Go Global - Your Event to Internationalize Your Studies
(Annually in October)
WU offers an international network of partner universities worldwide. The following information may help you to choose the right university:
Info sheets and fact sheets
Info sheets are compiled by WU and provide information on our partner universities. They include information on application requirements at the partner university, semester dates, and website links.
Fact sheets are provided by partner universities and contain general information for exchange students. Info sheets and fact sheets can both be found on our map of partner universities.
For students majoring in economics (BaWiSo 2019, Studienzweig VWL), we recommend certain universities (see list of recommendations - document in German). Note that it is also possible to spend a semester abroad at other universities. Find out in advance if there is a corresponding course offer at the partner university.
Financial planning for experiences abroad
Depending on the exchange program, there are financial aspects that you should consider when planning and deciding on an exchange. You can find information here.
Exchange reports by former exchange students
All students who completed a semester abroad fill out an exchange report (german: Erfahrungsbericht). You can access these reports online. They answer questions concerning course registration, arrival, accommodation, costs, and local tips.
For students with disabilities, chronic illnesses, care obligations and/or socio-economic need, there is the possibility to apply for special funding. Depending on the destination, students can apply for special support under the WU mobility grant or apply for an Erasmus+ Top Up (depending on your status, you may also apply for Erasmus+ inclusion support).
Credit transfer possibilities
Courses and achievements completed abroad must be recognized for your studies at WU. The credit transfer process is not automatic, but is handled by our colleagues in Study Regulations & Credit Transfer (Study Service Center). Below, you will find more information.
Online credit transfer database
Grant and credit transfer session
Information for the study plan BaWiSo 2023
Which requirements do I have to meet in order to apply?
Can I complete a second semester abroad during my bachelor's degree?
I am applying for universities that require proof of language proficiency. Until when do I need to provide such proof?
Ranking and selection criteria
The online application tool
Nomination and registration
After being allocated an exhange semester place, click here to view our informative videos for an overview and essential details.