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With intercultural competences one can at the Application you can show your flexibility and mobility to your future employer. Meanwhile, foreign experience is considered almost natural.

Many students want to study, according to a social survey of the German Student Union, especially in the United Kingdom, the United States, Switzerland, Austria and France. No wonder - these are the countries with which, perhaps due to the cultural similarities or language skills of the school relatively few points of friction can be expected. Far down in the favor of the students are the Eastern European or so-called developing countries. But if you have such a rather exotic stay abroad in your resume, you certainly have advantages over other applicants.

By the way, you can not only study but also study abroad, work as a AuPair, work for a holiday (for example during the holidays) or work as part of one of the numerous international programs, a workcamp, a volunteer social or ecological year.

It should be noted, however: A stay abroad costs time and money. For example, you pay travel and double rental costs, you may have lost earnings if you do not study or internship or only for less money besides. And. The more exotic the goal, the more complex and expensive the organization.

Many students and interested parties are therefore unsafe financed by a stay abroad - there are numerous funding opportunities and programs, of which the foreign BAföG is only one.

Plan the stay abroad properly

If you want to study abroad, you have a lot to plan, organize and apply for - it depends on which country you want to study in, whether you are participating in a program like Erasmus / Socrates for a few months or several years in the country Want to study abroad. For example, in your planning you should consider the higher education system of your host country: Perhaps there are strict admission procedures, maybe you have to pay tuition fees? And are German study achievements abroad or foreign achievements recognized here? In addition, you must clarify financial and insurance issues and should prepare thoroughly - for example, by learning or improving the foreign language. Because: If you apply directly to a foreign university (attention: please note formalities and deadlines!), Must be measured with the same degree as the native applicants, including in terms of language skills. Since you will not do all that overnight, you should start planning in good time.

Here is a small recommendation on the organizational process has been put together - if you participate in a program or want to study abroad, your organization process may look different:

Guidelines for planning an international stay

Minus one and a half years:

  • Know what country you want and learn about culture, language, business, politics, educational system and study opportunities there
  • Contact your university for programs / partnerships with foreign universities, companies / organizations for internships
  • Application and admission requirements for studies / programs / internships
  • For self-organization contact directly with the foreign university / company

Minus one quarter Year:

  • Acquire or improve your language skills, as you often have to prove that you are applying for programs or enrolling abroad - often doing a language test.
  • To inquire exactly in Germany and abroad, which benefits are recognized - depending on subject and university, there are significant differences!
  • To take an expert opinion if this is necessary for the application

Minus one year:

  • Starting documents (health insurance or language skills, transcripts, etc.)
  • Find enrollment dates - depending on the country, study places are awarded directly or via central offices via the university.
  • If you plan financing and organization through a program: Apply at the latest at this point

Minus six months:

  • Foreign BAföG, so that you get the money in time.

Minus a quarter of a year

  • Check validity of passport / ID card
  • Possibly. Apply for visa application at Embassy / Consulate
  • (if necessary) apply for an international driving license
  • necessary medical advice / vaccinations
  • Your arrival and your apartment / your room abroad
  • In Germany apartment to cancel / intermate
  • Stay in the student secretariat for the duration of the stay abroad

When and where to apply the BAföG application?

You should submit your BAföG application at least six months prior to your stay abroad. This advance is necessary, which grind the mills of the bureaucracy here very slowly - who comes too late, there is a risk abroad to receive no or very late payments. Because: Your local BAföG office of your university location in Germany does not simply pay the BAföG.

Attention: If you want to go abroad during the last semesters of your studies, you will only receive BAföG if your stay abroad is of particular importance for your studies.

The application will not be submitted to the office of your own university but to a BAföG office responsible for your destination country. These are distributed all over Germany - for the most important countries, the offices were put together here:

Overview of the most important international BAföG offices

Africa or Oceania: Studentenwerk Frankfurt / Oder Office for Education Funding Paul-Feldner-Str. 8 15230 Frankfurt / Oder Tel .: 0335 / 5650 922 Fax .: 0335 / 5650 999 E-Mail: bafoeg@studentenwerk-frankfurt.de

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Cyprus, Australia: Studentenwerk Marburg Erlenring Training Office 5 35037 Marburg Tel .: 06421 / 296 - 203 o. - 204 Fax: 06421 - 15761 E- Mail: schulzek@mailer.uni-marburg.de

America (except the USA and Canada): Senator for Education, Science, the Arts and Sport State Office for Educational Support Rembertiring 8 - 12 28195 Bremen Tel .: 0421 / 361 - 4995 o. - 6298 o. - 4797 Fax: 0421 / 361 - 15543 Visitor Address: Emil-Waldmann-Str. 3, 28195 Bremen

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Czech Republic, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Hungary, Uzbekistan, Belarus Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau Office for the Formation of Education Postfach 10 32 09001 Chemnitz Phone: 0371 / 5628 -215 or -450 Fax: 0371 / 5628 - 455 E-Mail: auslands.bafoeg@swcz.smwk.sachsen.de

Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Asia (with the exception of the parts of Turkey and with the exception of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan): Region Hannover Team 40.04 - Hildesheimer Straße Training Support 20 30169 Hannover Tel .: 0511 / 616 - 22252 o. -22253 o. - 22554 Fax: 0511 / 616 - 1123205 E-Mail: bafoeg@region-hannover.de

Denmark, Iceland, Norway: Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein Funding Administration Westring 385 24118 Kiel Tel .: 0431 / 8816 - 0 Fax: 0431 / - 8816 204 E-Mail: Studentenwerk.sh@t-online.de

Finland: Studentenwerk Halle Amt für Ausbildungsförderung W.-Langenbeck-Str. 5 06120 Halle / Saale Phone: 0345 / 6847 - 113 Fax: 0345 / 6847 - 202 E-Mail: bafoeg@studentenwerk-halle.de

France District Administration Mainz-Bingen Office for the Promotion of Education Postfach 13 55 55206 Ingelheim Phone: 06132 / 787- 0 Fax: 06132 / 787360 E-Mail: kreisverwaltung@mainz-bingen.de http://www.mainz-bingen.de

Great Britain, Ireland, Turkey District Government of Cologne Education grant Theaterplatz 14 52062 Aachen Phone: 0241 / 455 02 Fax: 0241 / 455 300 E-Mail: bafoeg@bezreg-koeln.nrw.de

Canada: Studentenwerk Erfurt-Ilmenau PO Box 10 16 17 99016 Erfurt Phone: 0431 / 8816 - 0 Fax: 0431 - 8816 204 E-Mail: swe-i@swe.uni-erfurt.de http://www.studentenwerk-erfurt-ilmenau.de Visiting address: Nordhäuser Straße 63, 99089 Erfurt

Italy / Vatican City: District Office Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf of Berlin Office for Training Support - International Office - 10617 Berlin Tel .: 030 / 9029 - 10 Fax .: 030 / 9029 - 17593 E-Mail: bafoegitalien@charlottenburg-wilmersdorf.de Visiting address: Heerstraße 12 / 14, 14052 Berlin

Malta, Portugal: Universität des Saarlandes Office for Educational Support Studentenhaus Universitätsgelände Construction 28 66123 Saarbrücken Tel .: 0681 / 302 - 4992 Fax: 0681 / 302 - 4993 E-Mail: bafoeg-amt@stw.uni-sb.de http://www.studentenwerk-saarland.de

Austria: City of Munich School and Education Department Office for Education Funding Schwanthalerstraße 40 80336 München Tel .: 089 / 233-28653 or 233-21785 Fax .: 089 / 233-24411 E-Mail: sch-afa@muenchen.de

Sweden: Studentenwerk Rostock Office for Training Support Auslandsamt St. Georg-Str. 104 - 107 18055 Rostock Phone: 0381 / 4592 617 Fax: 0381 / 4592 9431 E-Mail: auslands-bafoeg@studentenwerk-rostock.de http://www.studentenwerk-rostock.de

Switzerland / Liechtenstein: Studentenwerk Augsburg Office for the Promotion of Education Eichleitnerstr. 30 86159 Augsburg Phone: 0821 / 598 4930 Fax .: 0821 / 598 4945 E-Mail: bafoeg@stw.uni-augsburg.de http://www.studentenwerk-augsburg.de

USA: Studentenwerk Hamburg Office for Educational Support BWF-Auslandförderung Postfach 13 01 13 20101 Hamburg Tel .: 040 / 41902-0 Fax: 040 / 41902 -126 E-Mail: bafoeg@studentenwerk.hamburg.de

Visiting address:

20146 Hamburg, Grindelallee 9

Complete list of foreign BAföG offices

What is promoted?

BAföG you get, if you fulfill certain conditions, also for an Auslandsaufhalt. There are different types of stays abroad:

Promotion in EU countries

If you want to start your studies in a country of the European Union, you can not expect BAföG to do so, because you only get BAföG abroad if you study at least two semesters at a German university at the beginning of your studies.

But then the terms and conditions of support are the same as for a BAföG payment in Germany, ie you get the BAföG as a student, student or trainee under 30 for the first training (for additional, additional and second training only in special cases) is also a master's course, which is based on a Bachelor's degree.

The BAföG maximum rate is 585 €. An extra charge will not be paid for studying within the European Union. However, you can complete your studies in other European countries and continue to be supported. However, you must demonstrate good language skills in the target country. Your travel expenses for a one-time return) and study fees up to 4600 € per year are also included.

By the way: If you complete your studies after a long stay abroad in Germany, you can receive BAföG for the period spent abroad - even if only as an interest-bearing loan.

Promotion outside the EU

If you wish to study in a country outside the EU, the following conditions apply: They can be funded for a maximum of one year and their studies must be recognized in Germany at least partially. However, it is positive that in addition to the normal BAföG rate, you will receive an international surcharge which does not have to be repaid. Even if you do not get a BAföG in Germany or within the EU, because your parents earn too much, you have opportunities for foreign BAföG because of the bonus. Important: First, you must demonstrate good language skills in the target country. It also includes travel expenses (for one round trip) and study fees up to 4600 € per year. By the way, at the end of your studies you can get BAföG longer than the interest rate you have earned abroad.

Living in Germany, study or part-study abroad

Studying in Germany, studying in France and getting BAföG? In principle, as a beneficiary of BAföG from Germany or another EU country, you have the opportunity to have a full or partial study abroad, but still live in Germany. For this to happen, you must meet two conditions:

  • From your permanent residence in Germany, she must be easily accessible to the university
  • Higher education in Germany must be equivalent to that in the other country

Part-study abroad with full study in Germany

Even if you study in the interior and want to complete only part of your studies abroad - whether within the EU or not, you can get BAföG - eg in the context of a university partnership or an exchange program. You must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Your studies abroad continue your studies in Germany, so you have to be at least partially counted (for more on the recognition of your studies)
  • You have sufficient knowledge of the language (not the language of instruction!)
  • Your foreign study must last at least 3 months

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If you want to enroll at a foreign university as a guest, you have bad credit: although you can circumvent the sometimes very strict conditions of admission (language, etc.) with this status, however, you can not get an international BAföG for this degree. However, if you are enrolled at the German university during this time, you may simply have your Innland BAföG run further. Check with your BAföG office.

Internships abroad

Even if you want to do an internship abroad, you can get BAföG for it .- and if the internship lasts at least three months, is prescribed for the study, is recognized and you have sufficient language skills. You should definitely consider such support, because you will get money for an internship abroad even less frequently than at home - with the travel and housing costs, which you sometimes have to carry twice, certainly not a pleasure.

It is not easy, however, to find a suitable internship. You can try it on your own, eg with suitable companies abroad, German companies with foreign branches or international organizations - the foreign trade chambers or the employment agency offer assistance, for example. Incidentally, you must also clarify legal and insurance aspects in advance. If you are lucky, your university will help you organize your internship. Organizations such as the DAAD, INWENT or AIESEC also help with information, arrange internships and, in some cases, also cover your financial expenses.

linguistic proficiency

If you want to study abroad, you often need to have good language skills when applying for funding, but also when enrolling at a foreign university. But how do you reject it? And how can you acquire them?

language certificates

If you want to apply for a BAföG grant abroad, you must have a good knowledge of the language of your host country. This is best done with a certificate bearing the note "to be submitted to an employment promotion office." You can obtain such a certificate from the following locations.

  • a university lecturer
  • a foreign cultural institution in Germany
  • a philologist with the faculties for the higher Lehramt
  • a sworn interpreter
  • the foreign university, which confirms that all language requirements are fulfilled.

It may also be sufficient if you have passed a recognized language test - perhaps the best known is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

However, if you meet one of the following requirements, you do not need any voice recognition:

  • They participate in a recognized exchange or scholarship program for the state concerned
  • They have earned the university entrance qualification in a double or foreign language grammar school, and they have been taught in the same language as at the training place
  • You have learned the language of your host country at a school for at least six years
  • They have at least one year of training in a country or country with the same teaching and language as at the place of study.

Language courses and language learning abroad

If you want to make a language course abroad, you only need to schedule it for a few weeks. Usually, you have to organize and pay for it yourself, but there are numerous full offers on the market, which include language courses, accommodation and cultural ambience. If, however, the language courses serve a particular purpose, for example, if certain language skills are prescribed by the regulations, you can also be supported by a scholarship, such as the DAAD. This promotion is often carried out by the faculty of your university. However, paid language courses are also included in many exchange programs. There is no BAföG funding specifically for language courses.

Foreign language skills improve on the ground, but often as if by themselves - but especially if you have as much contact with locals as possible in addition to attending university or a language course. However, this sometimes sounds simpler than it is, because the differences in the language and the differences in mentality and culture occur: How to express yourself correctly, if already made accusations from a politeness an insult? How do you rate openness or hospitality in some countries?

Exchange programs - alternative funding opportunities

If you want to study, do your doctorate or do an internship abroad, you will not only have the opportunity to be supported by the BAföG. Especially for stays abroad, there are numerous alternative exchange programs between institutions and foundations that partially subsidize your stay abroad. The chances of participating in this are better than in Germany - for example in one of the numerous foundations that also offer alternative funding opportunities in Germany. However, the conditions are often stricter than the BAföG. The more money you get, the more bureaucracy you have to reckon with, and the more difficult it is for you to get a suitable scholarship. The requirements often include professors' assessments, social commitment and very good academic performance. But even if one calculates little chance: Sometimes left over seats must be forgiven, so you should apply in any case.

In return, you will be paid the money free of charge, ie you do not have to pay back afterwards. In addition to the financial problems and study fees, organizational hurdles such as the application to the foreign university and (often, not always!) Problems with the recognition of study achievements, sometimes the apartment search is also taken off. Most programs also prepare their participants for their professional and linguistic skills.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

If you are a student, a graduate or a researcher (the subject matter is not relevant), the DAAD helps you organize and finance (the amounts cover nearly all costs) of several months' stays for study or research purposes, as well as language assistants or lecturers Countries around the world.

However, you have to fulfill a number of requirements: You should already have passed the intermediate examination / intermediate diploma in your pocket and, so far, have good studies, as well as good language skills of the host country and the recommendation of a professor. Depending on the program, you can apply at the foreign office of your university or directly at the DAAD.

Educational Exchange Service (PAD)

The PAD (to be found at http://www.kmk.org/pad/home.htm? Fsa) is a service of the Conference of Ministers of Education, which you can usually use especially if you are studying with the exam goal of teaching and during your studies Studying abroad as a foreign language assistant and organizing the placement of teachers at German schools abroad.

International Continuing Education and Development (INWENT)

INWENT is an organization for international personnel development, further education and dialogue and emerged from the merger of Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft eV with the German Foundation for International Development. INWENT provides programs for vocational education and training on behalf of various clients such as the Federal Government, the European Union, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, but also foundations and companies. These include, for example, language courses, study coaches or internships, etc. The aim is to train the participants in international and intercultural skills.

You can apply to INWENT as a student, graduate, but also as a specialist and manager - no matter which country you come from.

Programs of the European Union

The European Union also offers a variety of mobility programs, where you can usually get less money than an organization like the DAAD, but you are usually easier to get there.

Socrates / Erasmus

Socrates / Erasmus is probably the most well-known and popular mobility program of the European Union - probably because participation in it is quite easy: you can participate, no matter which subject you study and if you come from the European Union or other European countries.

However: You get as an Erasmus student up to 250 Euro a month. However, you often have to reckon with less, but you can also apply for foreign BAföG. And the subsidy is only granted in a period of between three and twelve months.

However, you should consider financial support as secondary, because other things are helpful in this program:

  • no study fees
  • fixed contacts in the target country
  • Advantages in the recognition of studies

You apply at your university, either in special program co-ordinations or in your department. Be sure to check the application deadlines. Information is also provided by the DAAD:

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The Tempus program, unlike Socrates / Erasmus, does not encourage you directly as a student, but rather more common projects in areas such as higher education, curriculum development, institutional building and student mobility. Among the participating countries are Albania, Bosnia / Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Mongolia, the NIS and the EU countries. If you have completed the first year of study and come from one of these countries, you can be encouraged to pursue a study or an internship with a maximum period of three to twelve months in one of these countries, no matter what you are studying. For this, apply at the Tempus coordinators of your university, in your department or at special counseling centers.

7.6.4.Leonardo da Vinci:

Not only students and graduates have the opportunity to go abroad through the European Union, but also trainees and young workers. Leonardo is an exchange program for vocational education. You will be helped with the financing and organization of internships with about 300 Euro per month - but the amount varies according to the amount of the internship fee, because you should receive a total of 500 Euro per month. However, your university degree (if you have one!) Must not have been more than twelve months old and you must not have worked during this time. You have to complete your internship for three to twelve months in a company in another state of the European Union, one of your accession countries or Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway or one of the candidate countries. The internship must, however, be recognized in the interior. For Leonardo, apply to your department or to the appropriate coordinator of your university. More information can be found at the BIBB National Agency athttp: //www.na-bibb.de/leonardo or at INWENT: www.europa.inwent.org

Scholarships for individual countries

Another way to finance an abroad study is to obtain a scholarship from the respective country itself. Only a few of the most interesting countries were mentioned here. If you are looking for information about another country, you should ask for the foreign representation of your host country in Spe, at the Akademisches Auslandsamt of your university, at the DAAD or possibly in your department what possibilities are available.

USA: If you want to study in the USA, you should contact the Fulbright Commission (http://www.fulbright.de/): Here, as a German student, you can receive well-endowed scholarships from US universities. For this, you can apply for each year in April / May (for residency grants) and in December (for travel grants). The scholarships are published at the universities. Very important is a good knowledge of English.

Great Britain: If you are interested in the UK, please visit the British Council website:http://www.britishcouncil.org/ Links and information on language courses, about studying at 350 colleges and on the possibilities for funding, for example through the British embassy

France: If you want to live like God in France: The Institut Francais offers you numerous information on recognition of study, language courses, formalities, support programs, accommodation and the French higher education system. After completing an online questionnaire underhttp://www.cidu.de/ get information by mail.

Southern Europe: For example, if you want to study, study, or complete your doctorate in Goethe, you can apply for a scholarship from the Italian government through the DAAD or directly to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or to the subordinate cultural departments of the Italian Messages. Spain and Portugal offer similar opportunities. Further information: Stephanie Dostal, Simone Janson, Study Guide Spain, Portugal, Italy, W. Bertelsmann Publishing House, Bielefeld 2005, ISBN: 3-7639-0415-8.

Scholarships of other institutions

There are also numerous smaller foundations, which also promote inland studies. The best known is probably the foundation for the study of the German people. The Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst offers a comprehensive scholarship database. You can also find out about individual foundations.

University partnerships

Many colleges and departments have partner universities abroad, with whom you have agreed direct exchange programs. In most cases, you will not be able to expect any financial support, but you will be strongly supported by the organization and you will have concrete contacts abroad. It is sensible to settle the financial component via BAföG or one of the many subsidy programs for a stay abroad in a university co-operation. Please contact your department or the Akademisches Auslandsamt of your university.

Auslands-BAföG in combination with participation in exchange programs

You certainly have the opportunity to combine BAföG with other scholarship services, be it financial benefits or benefits in kind such as the organization of the stay - yes, this option is explicitly recommended here.

Example Erasmus program of the EU: Here the financial benefits are very low, so you should definitely apply BAföG. In the case of DAAD scholarships, however, this is not possible because of the amount of financial benefits, since, of course, the scholarship is calculated as income on BAföG.

In case of doubt, please contact your scholarship holder or scholarship holder directly at your local BAföG office to inquire whether a combination of scholarship and BAföG is possible

BAföG between foreign and domestic promotion

If you have just spent part of your studies abroad, you can get BAföG up to two months before the start of your studies, so to speak, as intermediate funding. The conditions are:

  • There are no more than four months between the end of the visit to the foreign education center and the continuation of your studies abroad.
  • You have submitted your application for domestic BAföG in time.

Proof of achievement and recognition of study achievements

If you want to receive BAföG for an international study, you have to regularly prove your studies. This proof is often more than difficult by different education systems, hardly comparable examination services and different grading systems. In order to avoid unpleasant surprises, you should ensure that your foreign study achievements are recognized in Germany.

In theory, the recognition of study performance within the EU should be made much easier by the Bologna Process. Thus, with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) created a unified system for assessing examinations - the exams are now assessed by international credit points. The graduated courses should also guarantee the international recognition of study achievements and degrees. However, this development is still in full swing, also in Germany with its bachelor and master programs.

In practice, however, it is often the case that individual lecturers decide on the recognition according to purely subjective criteria. Participation in exchange programs and scholarships does not guarantee the recognition of your achievements. Whether your achievements are recognized can vary from university to university and from study to study.

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