Studying abroad

Studying abroad means gaining new professional and personal experience, while improving language skills and meeting new people from around the globe!

ASH Berlin cooperates with many different universities around the world. We offer possibilities for students who are fully enrolled at ASH Berlin to stay one or a maximum of two semesters at our partner institutions abroad. For further information about our exchange programmes and scholarships, please contact us, the International Office, during our office hours (Tuesdays 2–4pm and Thursdays 11–1pm, room 345).

If you wish to apply for a full Bachelor's or Master's programme at the ASH Berlin (e.g. B.A. Social work), please refer to the information and contact details given on the specific programme's website (some information might only be available in German as the English website is currently under construction).

 

 

Studying in Europe

Erasmus+ programme

The Erasmus+ programme awards scholarships to Bachelor's and Master's students fully enrolled at ASH Berlin for studying at a partner institution abroad. The scholarships are funded by the European Union's Mobility Programme "Erasmus+" and can be granted for one or a maximum of two semesters abroad.

Apply for the Erasmus+ programme

Erasmus+ partner universities

Application deadline for the 2019/20 academic year (winter and spring term):

31 January 2019

We highly recommend to visit our office before applying for a study semester at our partner universities. Please contact us, the International Office, during office hours (on Tuesdays, 2–4pm and Thursdays, 11–1pm in room 345).

 

 

 

Studying worldwide

Direct Exchange (Non-EU, PROMOS)

You can spend a semester abroad at a partner institution outside of Europe. A study semester outside Europe can be funded with a PROMOS scholarship.

 

Partner institutions outside Europe

Non-Erasmus+/non-EU scholarships

PROMOS scholarship programme

PROMOS scholarship programme for the following activities:

Study semester/term at a non-EU university between one to six months.

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Writing of final thesis/dissertation at a foreign university over a time period of one to six months.

Internship in a foreign country lasting six weeks to six months.

Languages courses for students lasting three weeks to six months

(Important: A scholarship is only possible for language courses at public universities.)

Participation in summer courses or workshops at foreign universities up to six weeks.

How to apply for a PROMOS scholarship?

Application deadline for the period January-June:

15 January

Application deadline for the period July-December:

15 May

Applications are open to full-time students enrolled at ASH Berlin at the Bachelor and Master's levels.  Stays in home countries of non-German citizens cannot be funded.

Level and amount of scholarships:

The amount of the scholarships as well as the total number of awarded scholarships will depend on the budget provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Selection process and criteria:

The scholarship is awarded based on academic performance. Other selection criteria are the motivation, language skills and social commitment of the applicant as well as the meaningfulness of the stay abroad. The mentioned criteria correspond to the selection criteria defined by the KIA (Commission for International Affairs at ASH) and the Academic Senate of ASH.

The decision regarding the scholarship is taken within one month following the application deadline. Additional criteria for the awarding of the scholarships are a professional format and the timely submission of the application.

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The following application documents need to be submitted to the International Office by the above-mentioned deadline:

    ·         Printed and signed application form

    ·         Letter of motivation (approximately 1 page)

    ·         Curriculum Vitae

    ·         Enrolment certificate

    ·         Current Transcript of records

    ·         Letter of recommendation from an  ASH lecturer

    ·         Proof of language skills

 

For scholarship A, add the following application documents:

    ·         Learning Agreement (available at the International Office)

For scholarship A2, add the following application documents:

    ·         Detailed technical description of the research project

    ·         Commitment to act as an advisor from a university teacher at the foreign university

For scholarship B, add the following application documents:

    ·         Letter of confirmation from the internship institution

    ·         Description of the internship (flyer, internet printouts)

For scholarship C, add the following application documents:

    ·         Letter of confirmation from the university at which a language course shall be completed

    ·         Description of the course

    ·         Signed printout of the internal ASH online application form

For scholarship D, add the application documents:

    ·         Official description of the course/workshop

    ·         Letter of confirmation from the host institution

    ·         Signed printout of the internal ASH online application form

Note: The online application platform "MoveON" is provided by QS Unisolution. With your registration and use of the platform, you agree that the International Office of ASH Berlin can access and use your entered data for the sole purpose of the administration of your stay abroad. Your personal details are treated confidentially and will be used exclusively for the above mentioned purpose. You can find further information in the data privacy statement of ASH Berlin and of  QS Unisolution. If you have any technical problems with the platform, please call us at 030 99 245 379 or send an e-mail to fiebrich@ ash-berlin.eu.

About one month after the application deadline you will be notified by the ASH International Office about whether your application has been successful or not as well as about all the required information such as payment and important administrative issues.

 

 

 

Erasmus+/ Direct exchange

Studying at our partner universities

For a study semester abroad (Erasmus+/ direct exchange), please apply with our internal ASH online application tool and printouts of the online application. NB: Be sure to select the correct application form for the specific academic year (e.g. 2018/19 OR 2019/20) in which you would like to go abroad.

Online application tool
Note: The online application platform "MoveON" is provided by QS Unisolution. With your registration and use of the platform, you agree that the International Office of ASH Berlin can access and use your entered data for the sole purpose of the administration of your stay abroad. Your personal details are treated confidentially and will be used exclusively for the above mentioned purpose. You can find further information in the data privacy statement of ASH Berlin and of  QS Unisolution. If you have any technical problems with the platform, please call us at 030 99 245 379 or send an e-mail to fiebrich@ ash-berlin.eu.

You can indicate up to three preferences for institutions abroad:

Partner institutions

We recommend a visit to the ASH International Office for personalised advice or at least participation in one of our information sessions (in German) that take place at the beginning of each semester.

How to apply for a study semester at our partner universities abroad (Erasmus+, Direct exchange)?

Applications are open to full-time students enrolled at ASH Berlin at the Bachelor and Master's levels who have completed at least one academic year of studies.

The semester(s) abroad must be at least three months (12 weeks) and a maximum of 12 months in duration.

The application process takes place only once per year at the end of January for semesters abroad in the following winter and summer semesters (e.g. 31 Januar 2019 for winter semester 2019/20 and summer semester 2020). Any remaining exchange spots after this deadline are awarded to late applicants based on a first come, first served basis.

 

 

31 January for the following winter semester and the summer semester of the next academic year.

Any remaining exchange spots after this deadline are awarded on an ongoing basis.

  • Completed and printed online application form, signed by you (NB! Please choose the correct application form for the study period you are applying for, e.g. 2019-20.)
    Note: The online application platform "MoveON" is provided by QS Unisolution. With your registration and use of the platform, you agree that the International Office of ASH Berlin can access and use your entered data for the sole purpose of the administration of your stay abroad. Your personal details are treated confidentially and will be used exclusively for the above mentioned purpose. You can find further information in the data privacy statement of ASH Berlin and of  QS Unisolution. If you have any technical problems with the platform, please call us at 030 99 245 379 or send an e-mail to fiebrich@ avoid-unrequested-mailsash-berlin.eu.

    Online application portal
  • Letter of motivation, one to one and a half written pages (German or English)
  • CV (German or English)
  • Copy of your current certificate of enrolment at ASH Berlin ("Immatrikulationsbescheinigung")
  • Copy of your transcript of records (LSF printout) or a copy your most recent (high school) diploma
  • DAAD language certificate confirming at least B1 in the main language of instruction

Please send by post to: Alice-Salomon-Hochschule Berlin, International Office, Outgoing students, Alice-Salomon-Platz 5, 12627 Berlin

OR submit your application documents personally in room 345 or in the postbox next to our office (checked daily).

After the official application deadline (31 January), you may still apply for remaining study abroad placements. Remaining spots are awarded on a first come, first served basis. The application conditions and documents are the same as for applications submitted before the deadline.

A link to the lists of remaining study placements for the 2019/20 academic year will appear here soon. Please also take a look at our List of Allocated Placements (these spots are no longer available).

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Self-organised study abroad semesters

Free mover

Students who wish to independently organise a study abroad semester at a university with which we do not currently have a cooperation partnership are called Free Movers. Free Movers are required to register their stays abroad with the International Office before the Free Mover registration deadline.

How to apply as a Free Mover?

ASH students who wish to go abroad as Free Movers are required to register their stays using our online application portal by 15 May if they leave for their host country in a winter term or by 15 November if they leave for the host country in a summer term.

Online application portal

Note: The online application platform "MoveON" is provided by QS Unisolution. With your registration and use of the platform, you agree that the International Office of ASH Berlin can access and use your entered data for the sole purpose of the administration of your stay abroad. Your personal details are treated confidentially and will be used exclusively for the above mentioned purpose. You can find further information in the data privacy statement of ASH Berlin and of  QS Unisolution. If you have any technical problems with the platform, please call us at 030 99 245 379 or send an e-mail to fiebrich@ avoid-unrequested-mailsash-berlin.eu.

  • Completed and printed online application form, signed by you (NB! Please choose the correct application form for the study period you are applying for, e.g. 2019-20.)
    Note: The online application platform "MoveON" is provided by QS Unisolution. With your registration and use of the platform, you agree that the International Office of ASH Berlin can access and use your entered data for the sole purpose of the administration of your stay abroad. Your personal details are treated confidentially and will be used exclusively for the above mentioned purpose. You can find further information in the data privacy statement of ASH Berlin and of  QS Unisolution. If you have any technical problems with the platform, please call us at 030 99 245 379 or send an e-mail to fiebrich@ avoid-unrequested-mailsash-berlin.eu.

    Online application portal
  • Copy of your current certificate of enrolment at ASH Berlin ("Immatrikulationsbescheinigung")
  • Letter of acceptance from the receiving institution
  • DAAD language certificate confirming at least B1 in the main language of instruction (dated not more than two years ago)
  • Learning Agreement (description of courses to be taken at the receiving institution)
  • NB: Upon return, a Transcript of Records (listing the courses taken abroad) must be submitted.

Free Movers can apply for a PROMOS grant:

PROMOS grant

Take a look at more sources of financial support (in German.)

 

 

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All programmes (Erasmus+, Direct exchange)

Before departure

If your application for an Erasmus+ or direct exchange study placement has been successful, you will receive a notice of conditional acceptance about four weeks after submission of your application documents.

Your host institution will then contact you with specific information regarding registration, orientation days and in certain cases accommodation. You are responsible for registering at your host institution (with support from us and the receiving institution). You will receive a binding acceptance notification for the study placement after submission of your registration documents at the receiving institution and confirmation of acceptance from the host university/college (Letter of Acceptance).

All outgoing students (Erasmus+, direct exchange and Free Movers) are obligated to submit an outline of the courses they will take at the receiving institution (Learning Agreement) before they leave Germany.

During your time abroad, you will remain registered as a student at ASH Berlin. You may apply for a one-semester academic leave and pay a reduced registration fee for this semester. Applications for an academic leave are made at the ASH Berlin Registration Office.

Erasmus+ documents before the study abroad

After the notice of acceptance you will register at your host institution and sign a Learning Agreementas well as a Grant Agreement.

The deadline for submission of the Learning Agreement is 30 May for study semesters starting in the following winter term and 30 November for stays abroad starting in the following summer term.

The Erasmus+ Learning Agreement and Grant Agreement will be addressed in detail before your departure in two separate and obligatory group meetings (in German) or in English by private appointment.

The Letter of Acceptance is your official confirmation of acceptance for a study stay at the receiving institution and must be forwarded to the ASH International Office immediately after you receive it. The confirmation specifies the mandatory start and end dates of your study abroad semester.

The Letter of Acceptance can be shown to providers of financial support (e.g. foreign student financial assistance "Auslandsbafög-Amt", scholarship foundations, etc.) as proof of the planned study abroad semester. 

After the host institution has officially confirmed your stay with the Letter of acceptance, the amount of your scholarship can be calculated. The International Office will then issue you your Grant Agreement, which is your scholarship contract containing the amount of the financial support.

The Grant Agreement will be discussed with you in detail at the mandatory group meeting (in German) or in English by private appointment.

All Erasmus+ grant recipients will receive the Erasmus+ Charter. This contains your rights and duties as an Erasmus+ grant recipient and information on what to expect from your home and host institutions as an Erasmus+ student.

As an Erasmus+ grant recipient you are required to complete the Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support Language assessment (OLS)before and after your stay abroad in the main language of instruction in your host country. You will receive a single-use licence for the assessment from us by e-mail.

OLS for refugees: We also provide OLS licences to refugees who would like to take a free German course. Should you or someone you know be interested in an OLS for refugees licence, please contact us with your or their e-mail address.

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All programmes (Erasmus+, Direct exchange)

During your semester abroad

As an Erasmus+ student, you will have the opportunity to make changes to your originally planned and approved course schedule in the first four weeks after the beginning of your studies in a foreign country.

The host institution should be informed first and ASH Berlin second, using the Learning Agreement - During the mobility form. All changes to the originally planned courses are to be entered in Table A2 of this form and must be first approved at the receiving institution and then at ASH Berlin. Changes to courses that were to/may be recognised at ASH Berlin (Table B2) must first be approved via e-mail by the module coordinators, with studyabroad@ avoid-unrequested-mailsash-berlin.eu copied (in cc).

Should you wish to study at your host institution for a second semester/term, please inform us of your wish to extend at least eight weeks before the end of the time period set out in your Grant Agreement and/or Letter of Acceptance. The written approval of your request to extend must be signed by all three parties (the student, the partner institution and ASH Berlin) at the latest four weeks before the end the time period set out in your Grant Agreement or Letter of Acceptance.

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All programmes (Erasmus+, Direct exchange)

After your return

At the latest one month after the official end of your study abroad, the following documents must be submitted to the International Office of ASH Berlin (regardless of whether you went abroad with an Erasmus+/PROMOS grant or as a Free Mover):

  • Transcript of Records from the host institution
  • Three page personal report on your stay abroad (written out, not point form)

Erasmus+ students must additionally submit:

  • Confirmation of Stay
  • Quantitative personal report (EU Survey)
  • Quantitative personal report on the recognition of the courses you took abroad (EU Survey)
  • OLS Language assessment

Your host institution will issue you a Confirmation of Stay on the last day of your stay or shortly thereafter. The period of study on the confirmation must be the same as the period set out in your Grant Agreement (stay from DD/MM/YYYY to DD/MM/YYYY), unless other arrangements have been made. The Confirmation of Stay must be submitted to us at the International Office of ASH Berlin within the 30 days following the end of the study abroad.

The last part of the Learning Agreement (After the mobility) and/or the Transcript of Records must be filled out/issued by the host institution. The Transcript of Records validates the completion of your study semester and confirms the courses and/or exams you took.

As a recipient of an Erasmus+ grant you are required to complete the OLS Language assessment before and after your stay abroad, in the main language of instruction at your host institution. You will receive a single-use licence for the language assessment from the International Office.

After the end of your stay abroad, you will receive an e-mail from the EU commission, in which you will be requested to submit mandatory quantitative personal reports on your Erasmus+ study abroad and on the recognition of your courses by your home university.

In order to continually improve the counselling services of the International Office, we require that you submit a three-page (A4 size) written Study Abroad Report. The report should focus on your preparations before departing for the host country and upon your arrival there, on your experiences of cultural exchange and also on your academic and personal growth. You are welcome to use the Study Abroad Reports (available only on our German-language website) written by previous students as a guide while writing your own.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The best time to go abroad is the middle or near the end of your study programme. This ensures that by the time you depart for your host country, you possess a sufficient base of knowledge in your field of studies and so can adjust more easily to your new study environment.

Students planning to study abroad before their third semester (Bachelor level) receive neither financial nor organisational support.

You can apply for a one-semester academic leave. Academic leaves of absence are not counted towards the number of semesters you are enrolled in your study programme, so if you are on leave of absence during your study abroad, the study abroad will not extend your total length of study.

Note that during an academic leave of absence, no exams may be taken at ASH Berlin and paid student assistant work at the university is prohibited. Exams taken and/or course assignments completed abroad during this time are an exception to the rule. These may be recognised and count towards your study programme at ASH Berlin upon your return.

If you apply for an academic leave, it may be possible to forgo the semester public transport pass and pay a reduced return registration fee (approx. 50 € ). This is possible if you are abroad from 1 October up to and including 31 January for a winter semester academic leave, or from 1 April up to and including 31 July for a summer semester academic leave.

ASH Berlin's partner universities are listed according to study programme.

The period for applications and allocation of study spots at partner universities abroad takes place once per year at the end of January or February, for both the winter and summer terms of the following academic year. Remaining study spots are allocated throughout the rest of the year as applications are received. Lists of remaining study spots, sorted by study programme, are published on our German website. You are also welcome to enquire about remaining spots during our office hours.

Application documents:

  • Letter of motivation (approx. 1 page, in German or English) referring to your first choice partner university
  • Printed and signed online application form (accessible via the application portal)
  • Curriculum Vitae (German or English)
  • Copy of your current certificate of enrolment at ASH Berlin ("Immatrikulationsbescheinigung")
  • Copy of your transcript of records (LSF printout) or your most recent (high school) diploma
  • DAAD language certificate confirming at least B1 in the main language of instruction, dated not more than two years ago

Note: The online application platform "MoveON" is provided by QS Unisolution. With your registration and use of the platform, you agree that the International Office of ASH Berlin can access and use your entered data for the sole purpose of the administration of your stay abroad. Your personal details are treated confidentially and will be used exclusively for the above mentioned purpose. You can find further information in the data privacy statement of ASH Berlin and of  QS Unisolution. If you have any technical problems with the platform, please call us at 030 99 245 379 or send an e-mail to fiebrich@ ash-berlin.eu.

Before registering at the partner university, you need to be nominated by the International Office of ASH Berlin. After nomination, you are responsible for registering yourself correctly with the partner university before their registration deadline and before the begin of your stay abroad as planned in consultation with your host institution and the International Office of ASH Berlin.

The courses that can be recognised at ASH Berlin should be determined before your departure for the host country, in consultation with the module coordinators. After consulting with the module coordinators, the recognition form must be submitted to the ASH Berlin International Office. It is also possible to have courses recognised after completing your study abroad.

The courses you completed abroad will be noted by your host institution on a Transcript of Records, the original of which will be sent to us. You will be informed via e-mail when you can pick up your documents from the ASH Berlin International Office.

Your original Transcript of Records and recognition form must be submitted in person to the Examination Office at ASH Berlin. The official recognition and transfer to LSF will undertaken there.

If you will not be reachable at the address you last gave to the ASH Berlin Registration Office, be sure to inform the Registration Office of an alternative address. Failing to re-register and/or pay your semester contribution by the deadline may lead to de-registration.

For ASH students who did not receive their university entrance qualification (e.g. secondary school diploma/leaving examination) in Germany (so-called Bildungsausländer_innen), it is recommended to go to a country other than their country of origin for the study abroad semester, as this increases the chances of receiving a grant. For more inspiration see our "Alice crossing borders" brochure (in German only)!

 

 

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Contact person

Ms. Julia Okschewskaja

Outgoing Student Coordinator (studying abroad), contact person for outgoing staff

International Office

Room No. 345

Tuesday 2pm–4pm
Thursday 11am–1pm
and by appointment

T +49 30 99245 306

Julia Okschewskaja vom International Office.