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Dear students,

During the corona pandemic, operations in the Student Service Center continue. However, we must continue to avoid direct contact. Therefore, the building is closed to the public until further notice. We are available for initial inquiries by email ( and will be happy to arrange telephone consultation appointments (Hotline + 49 (0)761 - 203 4246).

If you are interested in a stay abroad please contact us:

Further information and contact details can be found on our website.
Your Student Service Center

Freiburg Global Exchange - for Freiburg students



Who Can Apply?

Students wishing to participate in the Freiburg Global Exchange programs must be enrolled in a degree-seeking study program at the University of Freiburg at the time of the application and for the entirety of the stay abroad. Generally, students from all disciplines can apply, with a few exceptions listed below. However, restrictions may occur in all fields of study, depending on the partner university. Economics and business students in particular may face restrictions in admission and course selection.

Students of these following disciplines are only able to apply for disciplines outside of but related to their own area of study (for example, a medical student may apply to take biology classes or a law student may apply to study politics).

  • USA and Canada
    • medicine
    • dentistry
    • pharmacy
    • clinical psychology
    • law
    • business students cannot apply for the Graduate Program Massachusetts, USA
  • Asia
    • medicine (medical students can apply for a study or research stay in Nagoya only)
    • law (heavy restrictions)
  • South Africa
    • medicine
    • dentistry
    • pharmacy
    • clinical psychology
    • business
  • Oceania
    • medicine
    • dentistry

How To Prepare

Research the exchange programs as early as possible (about 1,5 years prior to the planned stay abroad) to avoid any troubles in meeting the deadlines. Note that some documents, such as TOEFL/IELTS scores and letters of recommendation, take at least a few weeks to acquire.

  • Regularly check for the current calls for applications.
  • Attend a group information session for the program you are interested in. Note that attendance is obligatory for the USA and Canada program, otherwise you cannot apply.
  • Research every partner university listed in the call for applications for the program you are interested in. It is your responsibility to make sure that you will be able to realistically pursue your academic goals there. Mind the relevant information you have received in the group info sessions.
  • Read exchange reports from former outgoing exchange students.

How To Apply

Follow the instructions provided in the group information sessions and in the call for applications. Be aware of the two types of documents which, if required for the application, need at least a few weeks to be completed:

  • Recommendation letters: be sure to request them at a time when your professors are available, and remember that they need enough time to complete the documents before the application deadline.
  • TOEFL/IELTS: Schedule appointments as soon as possible after you've decided to apply. There may be a long waiting list, and after you have taken the test it may take a few weeks for official score reports to be sent out.


application forms


For any questions, contact the responsible staff at the International Office:

Oceania, Asia:
Dr. Jens Langer
office hours by appointment only

USA, Canada, South Africa, Oxford Research Stay:
Mareen Kästner
office hours by appointment only

Other Exchange Programs

  • Faculty exchange programs (Fakultätsaustauschprogramme) are administered by each appropriate faculty, not the International Office, since these programs are not university-wide. Contact your own faculty or department for information.
  • ERASMUS programs are coordinated by the EU office