Planning your Semester Abroad
For a stay abroad during the 6th semester you can apply through the International Office at one of the more than 50 partner universities worldwide. Cooperation agreements guarantee that you do not have to pay tuition fees and that your study achievements are normally fully recognised by submitting a learning agreement. Many students use this time to create a personal and professional network that can be useful to them on their further career path.
Your studies abroad are financially supported by the Erasmus+ program. For stays at partner universities outside Europe, you can apply for financial support through a scholarship. You also have the opportunity to spend the practical phase of your 5th semester abroad within the Erasmus+ program.
How can I learn more?
The International Office of the University regularly organizes information exchanges on the organization and procedure of the semester abroad and puts you in contact with former exchange students. In advance, you should inform yourself on the websites of the universities of your choice. Experience reports will also give you valuable insights. The university will assist you in your preparations for a study semester abroad, which usually begin one year before the start of the trip.
The International Office is located in the main building in room H1.01 – if you have any questions, we will be happy to answer them personally or help you by e‑mail or telephone:
What language skills do I need?
The partner universities, if they are not in the German-speaking area, require a minimum knowledge of English. A few universities require proof of a passed TOEFL language test in advance. You can find information on this at the individual partner universities. Basic knowledge of the respective national language should be acquired in advance. Often the host universities also offer language courses for exchange students.
How is the HfG internationally networked?
The HfG is an active member of the Cumulus Association, an association of design, art and media colleges worldwide. For years the university was represented on the board of this organization. Many outstanding cooperations have developed from this network.
The University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd maintains a network of over 50 academies, colleges and universities worldwide.