All full-time degree students who are enrolled in a Bachelor or Master programme at SRH Hochschule der populären Künste have the option to study abroad at one of our eligible partner universities. Since spaces at each partner university are limited, the application process may be somewhat competitive. Please note that the following information does not apply to our summer school partnerships, but to our semester programme partnerships only. You may check Moodle, or inquire in the International Office for more detailed information about our summer school cooperations.
Our Partner Universities – Your Advantages
SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk) cooperates with numerous partner universities all over Europe. Students who study abroad at one of our eligible partner universities will benefit from several advantages, such as:
- Flyers and program information are available to you in Moodle and in our library.
- You continue to pay tuition fees to hdpk, but our partner universities waive your tuition and examination fees (semester programme partnerships only; special rates apply for summer school cooperations).
- You will receive assistance with the application process.
- You have the possibility to connect with former outgoers and current incomers of the university of your choice.
- Qualifying students who study at our ERASMUS+ partner universities are eligible for an ERASMUS+ stipend.
General FAQs about studying abroad at a partner university
You are invited to take a look at the partner university list, to check which departments of our partner universities we currently cooperate with. There is nothing wrong with choosing a potential host country first before deciding on a specific partner university. Nevertheless, you will also want to find a partner university that suits you and your study programme. It is therefore in your best interest to look closely into the different universities before you submit your study abroad application. Take some time to explore their websites and to gather important information regarding the semester dates, course choices, etc. Here are some things that you may want to consider when choosing a partner university:
- In most cases, we cooperate with specific departments and not with the partner university as a whole. Make sure that hdpk and the university of your choice have an agreement in your field of study and for your specific study level (Bachelor/Master). Otherwise, it may be rather difficult for you to find courses at the partner university for which you will get credit points at hdpk. In exceptional cases, the host university may let you take one or two courses from a different department or study level, however, this would have to be decided on an individual basis after your nomination.
- Depending on the agreement we signed with each partner university, you may study abroad for a maximum of two semesters or possibly only for one semester. If you are interested in going abroad for two semesters, please check with our International Office to see whether or not this would be possible at the university of your choice.
- The semester dates at hdpk and the ones of the university of your choice may overlap. Some spring/summer semesters may begin as early as January 2. Our fall/winter semester, however, usually doesn’t end until February. It may still be possible for you to start your semester abroad on time as long as you identify and communicate this issue early on. Speak with your Study Programme Director as well as with our Examination Office about possible solutions.
- The majority of the cooperating departments at our partner universities offer classes in English, while a few of them may be taught in the language of the host country.
- Make your CV stand out by picking an unusual study abroad destination.
- You may also want to consider the living expenses in your potential host country as these costs may differ tremendously. Especially those students who are planning to study abroad in North America or in Western Europe must be prepared to pay significantly higher prices for rent, food, transportation and other daily expenses than they currently pay here in Berlin.
If you plan to study at one of our partner universities in the upcoming academic year, you must submit all application documents by the end of March of the previous academic year. It does not matter whether you apply for the winter semester or the summer semester. However, you are still welcome to apply after the deadline. Late applicants will be nominated first come, first served, and must keep in mind that there may be a few challenges (e.g. spaces at the university of your choice as well as ERASMUS+ funds may no longer be available, you will have less time for visa processes, etc.). Just contact the International Office to schedule an appointment in order to discuss your options. We’re happy to work with you.
STEP 1: Selection Process and Nomination
To apply, please download the Outgoing Student Application Form. Complete the form and submit it by the deadline to the International Office – along with the documents listed on the last page of the form.
We only have limited spaces available at each one of our partner universities. If the number of applications exceeds the number of spaces available at a particular university, a selection process will take place. The general rules are:
We may only consider complete applications that were submitted by the deadline. Among other things, our study abroad options are intended to offer our students the experience of intercultural exchange. This is why the study abroad applications of students who want to return to their home country will be treated with a lower priority. (To give you an example: Let’s say you are a French citizen/resident and you would like to spend one semester at our partner university in Paris.) The applications of these students may only be considered if there are still spaces left at the desired partner university after the selection process is completed.
During the selection process, each applicant may receive a maximum score of 100 points (+20 bonus points) depending on his/her individual scores in the following categories:
- Overall Impression of Application (maximum of 25 points)
- Academic Performance: Grades (maximum of 30 points)
- Skills of Host University’s Language of Instruction (maximum of 30 points)
- Letter of Motivation (maximum of 15 points)
- Bonus Points: Social and Ecological Commitment (maximum of 20 bonus points)
Detailed information about how these selection criteria are being evaluated is available from the International Office. According to these selection criteria, each applicant will receive an individual score. Students with the highest scores will be nominated for a space at the university which they listed as their first priority on their application form. Once all of the spaces at a particular university have been assigned to applicants with high scores, students with lower scores who also listed that university as their top choice, will be nominated for a space at a partner university according to their second choice. If the capacities at that university are also maxed out, they will be assigned a space according to their third priority. So what happens if two students with the same score want to go to the same partner university, but only one space is still available? In this case, the final high school grade may be taken into consideration and the students may also be invited for an interview after which the decision would be made. If necessary, the student who will be nominated for the available space may be selected randomly.
As soon as you have been nominated for a space at one of our partner universities, you will be informed about your nomination. You may now move on to the next step in the application process.
STEP 2: Application to partner university, course selection and ERASMUS+ stipend
Application to the partner university
Once you secured your spot at a partner university and received your official nomination, you may prepare the application documents for your host university. This is more of a bureaucratic process, however, make sure that you prepare your documents accurately and that you submit them on time – in the end, it is the host university which has the final say in whether or not to accept you as one of their exchange students. The application documents which need to be submitted during this step of the process depend on the partner university you were nominated for.
Choosing your courses and having your course choices approved
In order for the courses you took abroad to be acknowledged by SRH Hochschule Berlin and to get ECTS credit points for them, it is crucial that you have your course choices approved by the Examination Board well before your departure. Your contact persons for this step of the process are your Study Programme Director and our Examination Office. Application forms for the Examination Board are available from the Examination Office.
Documents for your ERASMUS+ stipend
Once nominated to study abroad at an ERASMUS+ partner university, eligible outgoers will receive an email from the International Office with all relevant application information including the application deadline. Take a look at Erasmus for more information.
STEP 3: Prepare for your stay abroad
As soon as you have been officially accepted by the partner university, an official acceptance letter will be prepared for you. You may now move on to the final preparations of your stay abroad: apply for your visa (if necessary), register for sufficient health, accident, travel and liability insurance for your host country, find a place to stay and make your travel arrangements. Should you have any questions in this step of the process, you may also contact the International Office of your host university for advice.
You must submit the following documents to the SRH International Office no later than 30 days after the last day of your study abroad programme:
- A written report about your study abroad experience
- must include information about your preparations, finding a place to stay, courses at your host university, life in the country you stayed in as well as general feedback about your experience
- in German or English
- ca. 2-4 pages
- photos may be included
- Official transcript with the classes you took and the credit points and grades you received at the university abroad (it will then be forwarded to the SRH Examination Office for the conversion of your grades)
- ERASMUS+ students must also provide additional documents as listed in the ERASMUS+ Schedule and the ERASMUS+ Grant Agreement
- You should also be willing to share your experiences with other SRH students after your return.