Important information on the semester abroad

Dear students of the Faculty of Architecture,

As Prof. Dr. Rochus Hinkel takes up his new position at the University of Melbourne, not only will an extremely committed lecturer and initiator of major innovations in teaching and laboratories of the Faculty of Architecture leave the Faculty of Architecture at SoSe 2020, but so will our international representative.

Unfortunately, the dean's office cannot cover his or her area of responsibility during the transition phase until a new International Officer is appointed. Please contact the International Office by e-mail if you have any questions regarding a possible, upcoming, current or completed stay abroad. There they can help you with the planning and implementation of the semester abroad and, in cooperation with the PF chairpersons, draw up a Learning Agreement. Please plan and register early, e.g. at the beginning of the semester before your planned stay abroad.

The following dates apply:

- Application for a semester abroad in the summer semester (from mid-March): 15.10. of the previous year.
- Application for a semester abroad in the winter semester (from the beginning of October): 15.04. of the same year

Please also note the information provided by the previous foreign representative, which is still valid.

With kind regards
Prof. Andreas Emminger

Studying abroad
A semester abroad broadens your personal horizons: it provides insights into teaching and learning in your own subject area in other countries, increases intercultural competence, improves your foreign language skills. A successfully completed semester abroad is always a plus point for future employers.

Study abroad usually takes 1-2 semesters at a university (TU, Polytechnic), a university of applied sciences (HAW) or an academy.

You do not give up your status as an OTH student for a semester abroad. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) facilitates the recognition of academic achievements gained at foreign universities.

Students are free to choose how many credit points they want to earn abroad. We recommend 24-30 credit points. However, financial support (Erasmus, scholarships, Auslandsbafög) often requires proof of academic progress

How do you prepare for your studies?
The faculty maintains cooperation agreements with some universities. In these partnerships, the universities agree to exchange a certain number of students per semester/year. If you are interested in studying abroad, you can apply for one of these places.

Alternatively, you can find a university in a country of your choice yourself and apply there.

An agreement, a so-called "Learning Agreement", is concluded with the chosen university.

The student submits an application for a semester abroad to the Admissions Office.

The International Office provides information on the possibilities of financial support.

The health insurance company must also be informed in good time about the stay abroad and a confirmation of coverage must be requested.

Visa and entry formalities only apply to non-European countries; these are handled in conjunction with the International Office.

Partner universities
In principle, students of the OTH Regensburg can study at any university worldwide. However, it is important that the OTH Regensburg would also accept students from the university.

The Faculty of Architecture has numerous partner universities, and contacts are continually being expanded.

Current partnerships are:

China, Qingdao Technological University
France; ENSACF Clermont-Ferrand
France: ENSAS Strassbourg
Italy; Politecnico Mailand
Spain/Barcelona; Massana
Spain; Universidade da Coruna
Spain; Universidad del país Vasco, San Sebastian
South Afrika, University of Johannesburg (with DAAD Exchange programme ISAP)

The faculty is also a member of the renowned Cumulus Association . All member schools of the Association are eligible as exchange partners.
(Especially interesting for industrial design, but there are also schools of architecture among the members).

All partner universities of the OTH Regensburg

Internship abroad
An internship abroad can also be a great personal gain: in addition to your first practical experience abroad, you can expand your personal network. Experience abroad is also an advantage when looking for a job.

Contact person for a semester abroad at the faculty:
If you have any questions, please contact the International Office.