FAQs

If you plan to apply as an Erasmus exchange student you need to be aware that there are several prerequisites. We answer the questions that come up most often.

Your application process

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The Erasmus academic advisors are staff members of the institute at the University of Stuttgart where you will be studying. Your Erasmus academic advisor has the final say if your application will be accepted. He or she will also be your contact person for all academic questions.

The name and the address of your Erasmus academic advisor is available at your home university or the Office of International Affairs. In order to tell you the correct person in charge, we will need to know your field of study and the complete name of your home university (not just that of a school or faculty).

The learning agreement is your study plan for your stay in Stuttgart. It is a form you will receive from your home university on which you enter the courses you want to take at the University of Stuttgart. Next, it will be signed by your home university and the Erasmus academic advisor of the University of Stuttgart. It is possible to change a learning agreement after arrival, if required. The changes have to be approved by both universities.

The intensive German course (IGC) is offered by the Office of International Affairs of the University of Stuttgart. In addition to the language instruction the IGC includes an intercultural training as well as excursions. It is a very good opportunity for you to meet other exchange students and to settle down in Stuttgart. The course starts one month previous to the lecture period and is obligatory for exchange students with a German language level below C1.

No postal mail, please. The application procedure takes place entirely online. Simply upload the required documents as described on our website.

If you have technical problems with the C@MPUS application platform, please send an email to C@MPUS support.

By filling in your learning agreement you set up an individual course plan. There is no fixed set of courses at the University of Stuttgart that Erasmus students must take. We kindly ask you to discuss with your home university what is expected of you. Some of our partner institutions require a minimum of ECTS points to be taken.

You are free to choose from all our courses, combining them to suit you. For example, you can combine language with subject courses, mix and match different subjects and even mix courses from different levels (Bachelor’s and Master’s courses), as long as your home university and your Erasmus academic advisor agree.

For restricted-entry courses – i.e., where the number of places is limited, only advanced students are accepted – you will find the details in the online course catalog on C@MPUS.

If you should have questions regarding the courses, please contact your Erasmus academic advisor. The Office of International Affairs is not in the position to offer academic study counseling.

All courses offered at the University of Stuttgart are listed on the online platform C@MPUS. C@MPUS provides you with course descriptions including ECTS points, language of instruction and course schedule. To find the courses you can choose the faculty on the left side and click on “course offer” or “courses”.

The final course catalog with schedule and class locations will be published in February/March for the following summer semester and in August/September for the following winter semester. You can always have a look at the course catalog from the previous year, because similar courses are offered every year.

If after checking C@MPUS you still miss some information or have questions regarding the courses, please contact your Erasmus academic advisor. The Office of International Affairs is not in the position to offer student academic counseling.

The amount of English courses varies depending on the study level. All our Bachelor’s programs are taught in German. 

If you are interested in English-speaking courses, please pay regard to our Master’s Programs  taught in English. The courses offered by these programs are listed in the online course catalogue C@MPUS. We strongly recommend that Erasmus students may introduce themselves in person to the professors at the beginning of a class and ask if there is space available in the course.

Erasmus students wishing to take courses taught in English are required to prove an English proficiency which corresponds to B2 according to the European Reference Frame. 

 

We accept the following proofs of your German/English skills:

  • Course certificates from your home university confirming how many hours/semesters of coursework in German/English you have completed
  • Certificates from Goethe-Institut or language schools
  • German/English courses confirmed in your transcript of records
  • German/English courses confirmed on your school report
  • Letter from your German/English teacher assessing your current proficiency in German/English

If you are currently attending a German course, please submit a confirmation of participation with your application and submit the final course certificate later. The course certificates should preferably be written in German or English, but they do not have to be officially translated.

Due to the large amount of applications, neither the Office of International Affairs nor your Erasmus academic advisor are in the position to offer you a project placement. You need to find one yourself and submit a confirmation of your thesis supervisor in Stuttgart along with your other application documents by the application deadline on May 1 / December 1.

Some institutes of the University of Stuttgart offer thesis projects on their website. Others accept email inquiries. We would like to recommend, that you ask a professor of your home university to support you with your application. All details of the work, including language requirements, have to be discussed individually with your supervisors at home and in Stuttgart.

We strongly recommend that you start searching for a project early, at least three months previous to the application deadline. Please keep your Erasmus academic advisor and the Office of International Affairs up to date about your progress, especially if you encounter any difficulties in finding a thesis supervisor in time. 

You may carry out your project in English. However, you are expected to have a minimum German proficiency that meets our requirements. Besides being useful in everyday life, the fact that you made the effort to acquire the language shows respect for and interest in your host country and its culture. Having basic skills of the language is useful in everyday life in your new environment as well.

Incoming students, who would like to write a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis in the field of engineering at our university, are required to apply for a 1-year exchange (2 semesters):

  • 1st semester: You take courses and look independently for a project and a supervisor during your exchange semester (or before). Please note that the Office of International Affairs and the Erasmus academic advisors are not in the position to assist you in finding a suitable thesis topic and supervisor.
  • 2nd semester: You can write your thesis, provided that you have found a project and a supervisor. Otherwise you have the option to either take courses at the University of Stuttgart or carry out your thesis at your home institution.

While studying in Stuttgart

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Please contact the Erasmus coordinator of your institute and kindly ask him or her to sign your paper.

Erasmus is a study exchange program between universities. The main purpose of your stay is studying at the University of Stuttgart. During the semester break you may work full or part time without extra permission (non-EU citizens: check your residence permit for details).

Please note: There is also an EU funded program called „Erasmus Internship“. It is independent on the Erasmus study exchange program. For more information please contact your home university or your national agency in charge of EU programs.

Many general practitioners can be found in Vaihingen or the city center. The Office of International Affairs is happy to help you with addresses. Find further information on our health care page.

In case of an emergency please call 112, the emergency number for ambulance, police and fire department.

Stuttgart has a very good public transportation system, the VVS (Verkehrsverbund Stuttgart). You can travel by Regionalzüge (regional trains), S-Bahnen (commuter trains), U-Bahnen (subway), or bus.

Your student ID card (Studienausweis) has a VVS symbol on the back which validates it for public transportation in the Stuttgart region from Monday to Friday after 6 pm and all day on weekends and holidays.

If you would like to travel 24/7 within the metropolitan area of Stuttgart we recommend that you purchase a VVS semester ticket (approx. EUR 200 for six month) for the VVS. You need to be enrolled at the University already when you buy the semester ticket.

Find detailed information on our website.

Check out the sports activities offered by Allgemeiner Hochschulsport to see if they offer something of interest to you.

At the end of your stay

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Please check our formalities website for the detailed to-do list. We strongly recommend that you take care of all formalities while still being in Stuttgart. After you have left the country, it will be much more difficult to do so.

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