Study Abroad

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First orientation

You are interested in studying abroad but are not sure when, where or how? In any cases you should start planning early (ideally a year in advance). To receive an introduction you can visit an information event of the Central Office for International Affairs (RIA). An overview of all information events offered this semester (in German language!) can be found here.

You can spend a maximum of 12 months abroad once in your Master´s programme. Generally, there must exist a cooperation agreement between a department of your home university and the host university.

We generally recommend applying for a study leave/vacation semester at the Student Records Office for the duration of your stay abroad. Contrary to the general regulations in place, students are allowed to render academic achievements that are accredited to their studies during a study leave. If the semester periods of your university abroad differ from the ones at FAU and you miss exam deadlines, you have the possibility to catch up on them during the study leave once you return from abroad. For further information, please contact your study advisor!


ERASMUS+ is part of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union and focuses on academic scholarships. Its main goal is to increase the mobility of academic students and teachers among the participating universities. The Erasmus+ cooperation agreements are supervised at FAU by the programme representative of a department or study programme. You must therefore apply for a certain university and contact your respective Erasmus+ representative.


The Erasmus cooperation for the department of Medical Engineering is still in progress. At the moment an exchange between following universities is possible:

The application deadline is the 15th January for the winter semester of the current year and the summer of the following year! If there should be unassigned slots, students can apply for the summer semester of the following year until 1st October. Unassigned slots do not necessarily have a scholarship support, so the official deadline in January is preferable!

If you do not have a certificate for the required language skills, please contact the Language Center!

The Study Service Center for Medical Engineering collects all incoming and complete applications until the application deadline, and decides the slot assignment after the 15th January by an unbiased random selection.

Medical Engineering students can also participate in the Erasmus exchange programmes of the departments involved in the study programme (Electrical Engineering, Computer Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Material Sciences and Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering depending on your branch of study). You can find an overview of all cooperating departments and their contacts here.

Please take note that the application deadlines of the other departments can differ from those of Medical Engineering!

You can also apply for the Exchange programmes at the Faculty of Engineering. If you are interested in Internships abroad (Industry Internship, Research Internship, practical part of your thesis paper or a company internship) you can also seek financial and administrative support, for more information contact the RIA.

Find more information here:
FAU – going abroad

You can contact the International Office of the Faculty of Engineering for a first consultation regarding the subject studying abroad including exchange programmes of different departments.


Erasmus+ representative Medical Engineering

Erasmus representative Medical Engineering

Felix  Schmutterer
Phone: +49 (9131) 85-67337
Fax: +49 (9131) 85-28781
Martensstraße 3, Computer Science Building (blue tower), room No. 2.158 (2nd floor)
91058 Erlangen

Open consultation hours: Mon-Tue, 1 – 4 pm

Preparation and process of studying abroad:

  • Research the websites of the host university to decide on your preferred country and city. Inform yourself especially on the lecture offer of the host university.
  • Contact the programme representative of FAU. Forward your motivation for studying abroad and choice of host university, and all required documents. Please inform yourself on all required documents from other programmes and if necessary, contact the respective coordinator. For Medical Engineering applicants: send your application per email to, including your CV, all required language certificates, current academic achievement overview from MeinCampus and a one page motivation description.
  • Only for the Erasmus+ programme: After a successful nomination by the programme representative you will be contacted by the Central Office for International Affairs (RIA)  to discuss further formalities concerning the ERASMUS scholarship you are entitled to (an additional application is not needed) and the organization of your stay abroad. This includes the issuing of an ERASMUS Learning Agreement – do not mistake it for the Learning Agreement for the accreditation of academic achievements or similar!
  • It is possible that the programme representative may ask you to contact your host university directly, while doing so, please communicate which of the university´s branch of study you are interested in (study content/lectures/participation in research projects), your level of language skills and the current status of your own studies.
  • You will receive information on applying (process, deadlines) for your host university from the programme representative or the Central Office for International Affairs (RIA).
  • You must apply at the host university within their deadlines.
  • Please discuss housing after or while applying for the host university. It may be necessary to apply for a dorm room.

  • Please consult your accreditation representative (Tino Haderlein) as soon as possible, but no later than 6 weeks before departing to create the Learning Agreement for the accreditation of academic achievements (not the ERASMUS Learning Agreement!). Please fill out this excel sheet with the required information (see examples) and forward it to General information on the accreditation of academic achievements can be found here. The more detailed your description of the foreign lecture is, the higher the chance of accreditation!
  • Your accreditation representative uses your excel sheet as the basis to communicate with the module´s responsible professor and determine whether the achievement from the foreign university can be accredited. Be prepared to potentially provide additional information or documents on the lecture from your host university if required.
  • The module´s responsible professor decides on the accreditation possibility. If he rejects the accreditation, the accreditation representative will receive an explanation for the decision.
  • The accreditation representative issues a Learning Agreement for the accreditation of academic achievements. All achievements that were granted an accreditation are included; for non-European host university a conversion into the ECTS credit system is made.
  • The accreditation representative will send the completed Learning Agreement to the student and simultaneously archive the document at the Study Service Center. This serves as a guarantee for students that their achievement is accredited after their retun.

  • During your stay you can direct study related inquiries to your programme representative and organizational inquiries to the Central Office for International Affairs (RIA).
  • For questions concerning the accreditation (e.g. changing the Learning Agreement for the accreditation of academic achievements), please contact your accreditation representative!

  • After your stay, please complete the form for accreditation and submit it -including your Transcript of Records from your host university- to the accreditation representative. At this point, you´ll have the possibility to apply for the accreditation of achievements not mentioned in the Learning Agreement.
  • The accreditation representative conducts the accreditation. The credits and grades will be transferred into the German system.
  • The accreditation documents are sent to the Examinations Office and registered in MeinCampus.
  • We are excited to receive your feedback and your report!