Studying between the worlds

A period spent studying abroad is always an unforgettable experience! A particularly opportune time is while you are still a student and before starting your career: Students can only gain from contact with foreign cultures and traditions and developing a global mindset, intercultural competence, courage to broaden horizons, intellectual flexibility, as well as improving language skills. All of which are competences that give career starters an edge over the competition.

Don’t forget: (1) Comply with your study program’s recommendations for studying abroad and ensure compatibility with your studies so the courses you attend during your stay abroad will be recognized. (2) make sure you choose the right time for your stay abroad; check the foreseen times for mandatory placements in the Placements Regulations.

Competent contact partners at the University of Bremen – advisors for the various study programs, the member of faculty responsible for placements and the International Office (Herr Bücken) — are all there to help you. The International Office also provides advice on funding programs and how to finance your semester or placement abroad. The Faculty Appointee for International Affairs and the direct contact partners of funding programs are also able to give you advice (partnership programs with international universities, the Erasmus program, various stipends, Auslandsbafög and the European Mobility Program). You may also talk to professors in your area of study who have international connections and experience, as well as student organizations like IAESTE (Engineering and Management) and AIESEC (Economics).

Students enrolled in Faculty 4 who wish to undertake an international placement can also find information on how to organize placements in StudIP under the course notices of your study program (then under – Information on international placements). It’s up to you, of course, to finally decide what you want to do in the context of your studies: Whether to study abroad or undertake an international placement. Both types of foreign experience have their advantages. You will have to weigh these up against the background of what you already know in order to reach the decision that works for you.