Today so that designers can work responsibly they should develop roots that go well beyond their own social and cultural milieu and acquire the experience of foreign cultures to further develop their own perceptions, thought and behaviour patterns. Therefore international experience is today an essential part of a designer's education.
Consequently, HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd students can profit from our worldwide network of partnerschools. Every partnerschool has its own unique program with specific emphases which complements and ideally extends the educational program of the HfG.
The annual International Seminar Week likewise provides intercultural experience for students. During this week students have the opportunity to participate in workshops run by guest professors from many of our partnerschools. Students also can participate in a series of lectures presented by top calibre lecturers from science, economics and industry etc and have the opportunity to learn other ways of working and thinking and extend their understanding of design.
Why study abroad?
An exchange semester at one of our international partnerschools opens new perspectives. You will be confronted with other design themes and different teaching and learning methods and you will experience values, viewpoints and the design methods of another culture.
We strongly recommend that you take the opportunity to not only acquire and refine your knowledge of another language but also to try out your design abilities and talents on the international stage. During your 6th semester you could be studying at any of our 50 or so partner schools world wide (following your application during your 3rd semester. Our cooperation agreements guarantee that you do not pay any study fees and that your academic performance will normally be fully recognized for your BA.
Many of our students undertake an exchange semester using the opportunity to create a professional and personal network which often helps them to decide about continuing their studies as a postgraduate studying an MA or even a Ph.D. in design.
The HfG is in close contact with exchange organisations including the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutschen Akademischen Austausch Dienst (DAAD), The Carl-Duisberg Foundation (Carl-Duisberg-Gesellschaft) and the Fulbright Commission (Fulbright-Kommission). Naturally, the HfG will advise and support you in your application for financial support for your studies abroad.
The European Union's ERASMUS-Program
The ERASMUS Program provides you with the possibility of studying in any one of our partnerschools within the European region of 28 states, for example from Norway, and Spain, to Switzerland and Turkey. Students can apply for an exchange semester at one of our partnerschools during their 3. semester. The support measures include:
· a mobility grant of upto 300 Euro per month
· exemption from the partnerschool's study fees (i.e. no study fees)
· support in preparing for the exchange semester
· upon successful completion of your studies at the partnerschool you will receive full academic recognition for your BA in design at the HfG
ERASMUS also supports professional practice (Praktika) placements throughout the European Community. Consequently, you can acquire professional design experience in design offices abroad.
Naturally, to be really successful in studying abroad you should try to learn the language of the country where you plan to study. The ERASMUS program provides the opportunity of studying two to six week intensive language courses (EILC) in the hosting country. You can also receive financial support for participating in these intensive language courses.
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