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 Study Abroad 


We strongly recommend students to study abroad for one or two semesters, ideally at a university or college in the United States.

A study abroad experience, either in the USA or Canada, Europe, or anywhere else in the world, is extremely important for improving your language skills, deepening your understanding of the United States or any other country, and experience a society different from your own. You will learn to act independently, meet different challenges, and integrate into a new culture and community. You will encounter new people and fellow exchange students from around the world as well as become acquainted with a different study and learning environment. It is an experience that will definitely change your life. Furthermore, employers of all stripes expect you to have lived overseas for a substantial period of time, for all the reasons mentioned above.

The University of Leipzig currently has eight bilateral exchange agreements with universities in the United States for the exchange of faculty and students. Students who study abroad in the context of such exchange programs do not have to pay any tuition fees. For further information on these programs and application guidelines, please consult the University's International Center.

In addition, second-year BA students have the opportunity to apply for a BA Plus Scholarship for two additional semesters at Ohio University.

Your ASL Coordinator for Internationalization and Study Abroad is Anja Eifert.


Strategies for Study Abroad

As a B.A. or M.A. student, you should begin as early as possible, preferably in your first or second semester, to plan your study abroad. Whether you plan to study in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, or Asia, the University of Leipzig as well as ASL provide you with different options for studying at a foreign university.

In the Professional Skills Module iTASK (BA) and iCAN (MA) you are required to outline where and when you would like to study abroad and how these possible destinations fit into your study plans. The next step involves visiting the university's International Center to learn precisely about the university's partner programs and other initiatives that provide the opportunity to study in North America, Europe, or world-wide.

You should consult with your academic advisors prior to your study abroad to assure that your plans fit seamlessly with your undergraduate or graduate studies and you will receive credit for your academic work.


Every semester we offer a study abroad workshop for our students. You will learn how to find the university or program that is right for you, when and how to apply for scholarships, and how to prepare for your stay abroad. For the workshop, we will also invite ASL students who have already spent one or two semesters abroad. They will share their experience with you and you will also have the opportunity to ask them questions. Check the ASL website and ASL bulletin board for workshop dates.

SQM Study Abroad

Since experiential learning is an essential component of your studies, ASL strongly encourages students to study abroad or pursue an internship and thus has created a Professional Skills Module (SQM) for Study Abroad/Internships for both the BA and MA. In order to receive full credit (10 LP), you will need to write a final SQM report. Your report should include a description as well as an analysis of your study abroad/internship experience. For further information, please consult your academic advisors.


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