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First Steps

Studying or working abroad has become tremendously popular amongst students, yet it's not only about the personal experience anymore. In an increasingly globalized world having studied or worked abroad has become a major asset when entering the job market. We have therefore collected information on studying and working abroad to help you get started.

Where to go

Students from our faculty are collecting valuable personal and professional experience while doing an internship, or while studying abroad at one of our selected partner universities Partnerhochschulen. Additionally, the Faculty of Automotive Systems and Production offers a unique double-degree programme Doppelabschlussprogramme at bachelor level in cooperation with our partners in China and Mexico.

Learn more about your opportunities here

When to go

Due to the variety of opportunities to go abroad, it is up to you to decide when going abroad fits your schedule depending on your study programme and your individual plans. In any case we strongly advise you to contact the international advisors of your faculty and the international office well in advance to discuss and plan your individual stay abroad. Keep in mind to stay updated on possible application deadlines and documents required for your application. The earlier you start preparing your stay abroad, the better!

For further information, kindly contact our International Office

Language skills

Language skills are important when going abroad. It is also important to consider whether you will be able to understand you colleagues at work or the lectures you would like to attend at university. However, don't let the fact that you are not completely fluent in English (or the language of your chosen host country) scare you off.  Taking a language class before leaving for your stay abroad is always a great idea.

Learn more about language courses offered at TH Köln here

Receiving recognition

To ensure that you will receive recognition for the courses you successfully completed abroad, it is crucial to get in touch with your respective contact person for international affairs at the Faculty of Automotive Systems and Production before the mobility.  

A so-called Learning Agreement, including all the educational components to be carried out by the student, is a great way to provide a transparent and efficient preparation of the study period abroad and to ensure that you will receive recognition in your degree for the educational components successfully completed.

A sample Learning Agreement (not ERASMUS) is available for download here

Financial support

Scholarship options- Outgoings

Besides Auslands-BAföG there are a variety of financing and scholarship options for you to consider.

Learn more about your options, for example about Erasmus+, PROMOS, scholarships for field trips and further scholarship and financing opportunities (DAAD, Auslands-BAföG, BMBF, Bildungskredite, Stiftungen) on our International Office's website

Scholarship options - Incomings

TH Köln as well as other institutions (Deutschlandstipendium, DAAD, BMBF) offer different scholarships for international students. Detailed information on scholarship options is available on the website of the International Office