If you have decided to complete part of or even your entire studies abroad, you may find a catalog of questions very helpful for compiling all the essential information. You should give yourself plenty of time (12 to 18 months) for your research and gather all the necessary information on the following matters:
Higher education system of your host country
• What types of higher education institution (HEI) are there?
• What study programs and specializations are offered?
• Are there admission restrictions for certain subjects?
• How is the course of studies structured (academic year, semesters, trimesters; study stages / cycles; exams)?
• Must a language test be passed prior to admission? (If so – test dates, location, requirements, validity period.)
• How are already completed courses and tests recognized (level assessment for placement in the study program at the foreign institution)?
• Is a (subject-specific) admissions test required for enrollment?
Recognition of the academic achievements and exams completed abroad
• What is considered for recognition? (This matter is crucial for planning your intended studies and should be clarified before your departure, to make sure a study period abroad doesn’t delay your studies.)
• Which office is in charge of granting credit and recognition?
• What form of certification is required for your academic achievements and completed exams?
Financing your stay abroad
• Does the foreign university charge tuition? How high are the fees?
• What is the cost of living in your host country?
• What forms of financial support are available for studying abroad (e.g. scholarships, exchange programs with the specific university)?
• Will I be permitted to work part-time during my studies?
• What are the immigration and residence regulations (e.g., visa)?
• What documents are required for your application (e.g., translations of transcripts, legal certification or official assessment)?
• What deadlines must be met (e.g. application deadlines, date of language exam)?
• accommodation availability
• application for leave of absence
• additional insurance coverage (if necessary)