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Exchange semester (master)

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On this page, you can find all information you need for an exchange semester on master's level.

Available exchange places

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Below, you can access Excel sheets displaying available exchange places. These sheets provide details on the number of places available per application period, as well as programs for which exchange places are recommended or reserved.

Further options for international experience:

Consulting services at the International Office

We offer the following events and consultation services which support you planning your semester abroad:

  • Note: While we wholeheartedly support and facilitate WU's exchange programs, we would like to clarify that the International Office is not involved in freemover exchanges. We cannot provide support or oversight for individual arrangements.

Partner universities

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.

  • 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

Splitting of earned credits abroad

Grant and credit transfer session

Application requirements

When should I apply for an exchange abroad?

Which requirements do I have to meet in order to apply?

Suitability of master's programs

Why do exchange places have recommendations or reservations for individual master's programs?

I plan to apply for universities that require proof of language proficiency. Until when do I need to provide such proof?


Within the application periods, you can apply online via this link. You can apply for up to seven universities per application period and rank them according to your preferences!

Application periods

Application process

Allocation for an exchange place

Nomination and registration

After being allocated an exhange semester place, click here to view our informative videos for an overview and essential details.

What happens after successful allocation for an exchange place?

When do I receive information from the partner university?

Which data do I have to provide during the registration at the partner university?

Cancelling an exchange semester

What should I know about cancelling an exchange semester?

Preparing for your stay abroad

What points should I inform myself about in order to be best prepared?

Students with disabilities and/or need for psychological support

Networking with other students

Sustainable exchange stay abroad


Travel/health insurance

During your stay at the partner university

Share your international experiences and photos with @wuinternationaloffice on Instagram or submit them using this form. Let's inspire others to internationalize their studies!



Exchange fairs and WU Alumni Hubs

After your stay abroad

Transcript of records and credit transfer

Picking up documents in your absence

Exchange report and grant formalities

Diploma Supplement

Participate in the Go Global - Your Event to Internationalize Your Studies

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