Visiting Students

Exchange students at Bremen University: ERASMUS or Exchange outside of Europe

You are studying at one of Bremen University’s 500 partner universities in Europe and worldwide and would like to spend one or two semesters studying here in Bremen?

In that case, you can apply as a visiting exchange student under the Erasmus program (for partner universities in the EU) or via one of our international partnership programs (for partner universities outside Europe).


In order to secure a study place as an exchange student at Bremen University  you must first apply through your home university (usually through the International Office). The application procedure is then handled by your home university.

Your home university informs the International Office at Bremen University of your nomination. Following this you will receive an e-mail from us containing important information about the online application procedure at the University of Bremen (via databank of Mobility Online).

It is important that we receive your valid e-mail address once you have been nominated ― and don’t forget to regularly check your mails because all important information are communicated electronically.

Important Deadlines

Partner Universities - Overseas:

Nomination by the home university:

For Winter Semester:   by 15th May
For Summer Semester: by 31st October

Online applications submitted by nominated students:

For Winter Semester:   15th May – 1st July
For Summer Semester: 31st October – 15th November


Partner Universities - Europe/ERASMUS:

Nomination by the home university:

For Winter Semester: 31st May
For Summer Semester: 30th November

Online applications submitted by nominated students:

For Winter Semester: 30th June
For Summer Semester: 31st December


A database will be put online during the above-mentioned periods for students submitting applications online. Once you have been nominated by your home universitiy we will send you the link via email.

Non-EU nationals coming to Bremen in the frame of the ERASMUS program who need a visa to enter Germany are requested to submit their online application latest by 15th June for winter semester resp. 15th December for summer semester. This will allow enough time to prepare the necessary documents for the visa application.

Important Documents

Once you have submitted your online application you must send the following documents to the International Office:

  • a signed and stamped copy of the online application form
  • a copy of your enrolment certificate
  • evidence of language proficiency, if necessary

Choice of Courses/Expert Advice

You can find an overview of the courses offered in the respective study programs in Bremen University’s current Course Catalogue. Most courses are taught in German, some in English. 

In order to view the list of courses offered in English, please select your field of study and degree first and then click the language option “English spoken only”.

We have created a number of supplementary courses for exchange students at Bremen University. You will find all the information you need on these courses under the .

For assistance in selecting the right courses and more detailed questions, you should contact the respective Faculty coordinators. These are the ERASMUS representatives [PDF] (160 KB) for Erasmus students. Students coming from our partner universities outside the European Union should contact the respective cooperation representatives.

You can discuss all questions surrounding the Learning Agreement with the representatives of the respective study program.

Language Skills

For the most part, the study programs at Bremen University are delivered in German. There are only a few study programs where English is the language of delivery. It is therefore extremely important that your German is good enough to take up studies at the beginning of the semester you enroll for. Whether the language of delivery is German or English, we strongly recommend that your level of proficiency is at least B2 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

In the event that your language level is insufficient at the time of application, you should make every effort to improve before you come to Bremen. Bremen University offers several intensive German language courses during the summer break. The Center for Foreign Languages (FZHB) also offers a wide range of courses.