Courses for exchange students
General Information for exchange students
As an exchange student you can choose modules from the module catalogue for exchange students of the faculty you are enrolled at as well as language and intercultural courses. Exchange students may be enrolled at a second faculty if required for their degree at home.
Please note that you have to fulfil the academic and language requirements of the respective module you wish to take. Specific conditions and requirements for each module can be found in the catalogue. Please also check the information for the respective faculty or organisation offering the modules below.
The standard workload for one semester is 30 ECTS, but there is no official minimum or maximum of courses or ECTS that exchange students have to take. We recommend taking between 20 and 40 ECTS. Please discuss this matter with your home university as well as they may require you to do a certain number of credits during your exchange.
Please note that the module catalogues contain modules for the whole academic year, so please be careful to check that the module you are interested in, will be offered in the semester of your exchange.
Please also note that the module catalogues contain both courses held in German and English. Always check the language of instruction that is indicated in the description to each module.
Please note that participation in a course cannot be guaranteed beforehand as it may be limited for some courses. The course registration will take place on the online portal Digicampus shortly before or at the beginning of the semester until a certain deadline. You will receive information on how to register for courses before the semester start.
Please do not register for courses on Digicampus which are not assigned to the exchange studies module catalogue of the faculty you are enrolled at. Neither should you attempt to make any special arrangements with lecturers in this regard, because you will be unable to register for exams that are not in the applicable catalogue(s), sit these exams or gain any credits for them.
As an exchange student you are not allowed to submit/defend your thesis at the University of Augsburg. If you plan on doing independent work for your thesis during your exchange, you may do so, but it won’t be supervised or part of your learning agreement and you won't be awarded ECTS by the University of Augsburg. So you'd still have to take some regular courses.
Faculty of Applied Computer Science
The Faculty of Applied Computer Science consists of the Institute of Computer Science, the Institute of Software & Systems Engineering and the Institute of Geography.
You can find a wide variety of modules in Computer Science on both bachelor and master level in the module catalogue below.
Please take note of the following hints:
- Seminars are tutored individually, therefore it is always possible for exchange students to write their paper in English and hold a presentation in English.
- For research and project modules students work closely with staff members on research projects and can communicate in English.
It is recommended that exchange students only take one of each of the above per semester and choose regular courses (lectures) taught in English or German (depending on their language level) for the rest of their timetable.
The Institute of Geography offers modules in earth sciences, geography and geoinformatics in German and English. Each module consists of a choice of different courses, some of which are offered in English. In case you only wish to take English-taught classes, please pay close attention to the respective language of instruction of the course that is assigned to the module.
Faculty of Business and Economics
The Faculty of Business and Economics offers a wide variety of modules on both bachelor and master level in English which you can find in the module catalogue below.
Please note that master level modules at the Faculty of Business and Economics are only open to students enrolled in master’s programmes at their home university, not to bachelor level students.
Faculty of Catholic Theology
Courses at the Faculty of Catholic Theology are entirely taught in German.
If you are unsure if the offer is suitable for you or if you have any specific interests or requirements from your home university, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Prof. Erasmus Gaß to discuss your situation.
Faculty of Law
The Faculty of Law offers a wide variety of modules in English which you can find in the module catalogue below. Please note that the majority of these modules are only available to students majoring in law at their home universities. Some of the modules require a C1 level in English (see under "Conditions" of the module), which needs to be proven by taking a placement test at the beginning of the semester.
The Faculty of Law also offers German-taught modules to exchange students, which you can also find in the module catalogue. Especially in order to experience an authentic insight into German law and the method of teaching at German universities, we strongly encourage you to participate in German law courses as far as your language skills allow (recommended language level at least B2).
You can find further information for incoming law students here: https://www.uni-augsburg.de/de/fakultaet/jura/internationales/erasmus/jur_incoming/
Please note that the German law education system does not distinguish between bachelor and master level. If you have any questions on which law courses best match your current level, please get in touch with Michael Biesinger or Stefan Lorenzmeier.
Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Materials Engineering
The Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Materials Engineering consists of the Institute of Mathematics, the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Materials Resource Management.
You can find a wide variety of modules in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and (Materials) Engineering in the module catalogue below.
Please note that while most bachelor level courses are taught in German, a lot of master level courses are taught in English.
If you are a bachelor student wishing to take a master level course in English, you may do so if you fulfil the necessary prerequisites.
Modules whose language of instruction are indicated as "German / English" will be taught in English if requested by an exchange student who prefers English over German. Please inform the teacher by e-mail before the first session that you are an exchange student and that you prefer English as the language of instruction. Please copy the International Office when contacting the teacher ( email@example.com for Erasmus students and firstname.lastname@example.org for WeltWeit students).
Faculty of Philology and History
The Faculty of Philology and History offers a wide variety of courses in philologies (languages and literatures) and history, which you can find in the module catalogue below.
Please note that the philology modules are generally taught in the respective language; e.g. a module on Spanish literature will be taught in Spanish.
Modules in history are generally taught in German.
Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences offers modules in Primary School Pedagogy, Education Science, Teacher Pedagogy, Social and Political Sciences, Art Education and Media and Communication.
With the only exception of some Media and Communication courses, all modules are taught in German.
If the language of instruction is indicated as “German / English" for the Media and Communication modules, you must pay close attention to the assigned courses. In some semesters there might be courses in English, so it would be possible to complete the module in English in that case.
Language and Intercultural Courses
The Language Centre is responsible for the teaching of foreign languages throughout the university and offers a wide variety of modules for exchange students, which you can find in the module catalogue below.
Please note that while the majority of language courses are open to all exchange students, there are some that are only available to students of certain fields of studies. For most language courses, a certain language competence is required. For eligibility requirements regarding individual modules, please see the information under "Conditions" in each module description.
Please make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for the courses you choose.
Further information on German as a Foreign Language for exchange students as well as on the mandatory placement test is available at: https://www.uni-augsburg.de/en/organisation/einrichtungen/sz/fremdsprachenangebot/deutsch-als-fremdsprache/
The International Office organises intercultural courses specifically aimed at exchange students in English and German which you can also find in the module catalogue below.
We highly recommend every exchange student to take at least one of these courses as it’s a great way to connect with other exchange students and dive into German culture together.
International Classroom Experience
With the International Classroom Experience you can gain valuable teaching experience while studying as an exchange student in Augsburg. As part of the programme, exchange students who are native speakers of English, French, Spanish or Italian will support teachers teaching these languages in high schools or elementary schools. Every exchange student can participate. You do not need a background in education.
You can even receive 5 ECTS when additionally taking the module WIW-9001: International Project from the module handbook of the Faculty of Business and Economics (see above). You do not have to be a business student to take the module, but you will need to be enroled into the Faculty of Business and Economics. Please let us know as early as possible if you are interested so we can enrol you accoringly.
Erasmus Learning Agreement
All Erasmus+ exchange students are required to sign a learning agreement (LA) by Erasmus+ regulations.
- From 2022/23 onwards digital learning agreements are mandatory for the Erasmus Programme (Erasmus Without Paper - EWP). Your home university will let you know which tool/platform they use to connect to the EWP network for example the OLA platform.
If the tool your home university uses, requires you to fill in personal and institutional data yourself, please make sure to fill in everything carefully and correctly:
Academic Year: 2023/24
Receiving Institution: Universität Augsburg (D AUGSBUR01)
Contact and/or responsible person at the host institution: Anne Hanik, email@example.com.
Fill in only modules from the respective module catalogue(s) above that take place in the semester of your exchange. If yours is a full year mobility (Winter AND summer semester) please indicate modules for both semesters.
We aim to process incoming LAs within 1-2 week(s), but please be aware that during the summer holidays it might take longer.
You should note that signatures on the Before the Mobility-Learning Agreement denote approval in principle only, and that the University of Augsburg cannot be held responsible for any discrepancy between previously-signed Before the Mobility-Learning Agreements and the actual availability of courses when students arrive in October (or in April, as the case may be).
If a module has been provisionally approved on your learning agreement, this is not a guarantee that you will be admitted to thre respective course(s): in some cases, there may be a limit on the number of students that can register for a particular course, or in some cases you may have to consult with the relevant academic coordinator or professor to be admitted to a course. You will find out more at the Academic Orientation session before the semester start.