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Susanne Engelmann

Tel.: +49 (0)271/740-2004
Raum: AR-SSC 122

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Overseas Exchange: Application


Each academic year students can apply for overseas exchanges for one semester or an academic year at a partner university outside the EU. Selected applicants are nominated at the partner university and apply for acceptance abroad.

Notifications COVID -19

Please note that student exchanges in winter semester 2020/21 had to be cancelled by some of our partner universities. Currently, there are no corresponding restrictions for stays in summer semester 2021 or in the academic year 2021/22. For further information on exchanges in the academic year 2020/21 visit our COVID-19 website


Application Procedure

Procedure Overseas Application
 Application Procedure 

The application includes four steps:

  1. Application for Participation in the Exchange Program (application documents and deadline as given by USi) 
  2. Selection and Nomination
  3. Application for Admission Abroad (application documents and deadline as given by partner university)
  4. Admission Abroad
For further information please check out Application Procedure Overview


Application Deadlines 

In winter semester students apply for overseas exchanges in the subsequent academic year (winter and/or summer semester). Applications for remaining seats in the respective summer semester are possible in spring.

for Winter and/or Summer Semester 2022/23: 

01.10.2021 - 30.11.2021

The application call has ended.

for Summer Semester 2023:

01.04.2022 - 31.05.2022

Application Documents 

Applications, including all supporting documents, must be submitted online via our application portal moveon as well as in hard copy.

Application Form >

The online application form for overseas exchanges is available on moveon. Students may include up to 3 stay opportunities within the overseas exchange program.

Remember to download and print the form once the online application has been completed. Submit hard copies of the form and all supporting documents by post or in person. 

Motivation Letter >

The letter of motivation (1-2 pages) is to be written in the respective language of instruction AND in German.

Focus on academic purposes of your studies, internship, summer/winter program or language course abroad. Give reasons for your choice of host institution and describe the planned stay abroad (courses or tasks, objectives). If applicable, give examples of non-curricular activities on campus (student societies, university sports, etc.).

CV >

The CV in tabular form has to be submitted in the language of instruction/working language and in German.

Give information on your current and, if applicable, your previous studies, as well as former internships or stays abroad and social commitment.

List of Achievements >

To compile your list of achievements log on to unisono, go to "My Studies" and select "My Achievements".

Students in the first semester of their undergraduate/graduate studies in Siegen may submit their latest transcript (high school diploma or Bachelor's degree). 

Certificate of Enrollment >

To download a Confirmation of Enrollment log on to unisono, go to "My Studies" and select "Student Services". 

Language Certificate >

English Language Certificate

Academic stays abroad require a sufficient English language proficiency (≥B2). For overseas exchange applicants the Language Center offers an OnSET placement test free of charge. Please register in due time for the test.

» OnSET Placement Test: test dates in summer semester 2021    
» OnSET Sample Test 
» Language Tests and Scores: Comparison Chart 

We also accept TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, Cambridge and Duolingo. The test should not older than 2 years. For a comparison of test scores and European language levels please use our comparison chart.
We do not accept OOPT-Tests, language course certificates, highschool diplomas or Bachelor certificates as proof of English language proficiency for overseas applications.
French, Spanish or Portuguese Language Certificates

Students planning an exchange, semester aborad or internship in a country where the national language is French, Spanish or Portuguese need to provide a language certificate for the respective language (≥A2). If the language certificate indicates a language proficiency below B2, an additional English language certificate is required. 
We currently accept language placement tests or a confirmation of language proficiency issued by language teachers or the Language Center of the University of Siegen.


Selection Criteria

In the selection procedure the following criteria apply:

  • Academic Achievements (list of achievements, diploma): grades, study progress
  • Academic Purpose (motivation letter): purpose and goals, study plan, benefit (subsequent studies and professional career)
  • Language Proficiency (language certificate): sufficient knowledge of language of instruction (basic knowledge of national language)
  • Achievements and Social Contribution (CV): academic history and work experience, (non-)academic committment