Message from 2020-12-15

Thinking of going abroad next year? Join our Info Sessions in January!


Bjarne Tepel with friends in South Africa during his exchange semester. Source: Bjarne Tepel.


Some more impressions from Bjarne Tepel's time in South Africa. Source: Bjarne Tepel.


New partnership: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands. Source: Pixabay.

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Thinking of going abroad next year? Join our Info Sessions in January!

Planning a stay abroad in 2020 was everything but easy. However, we hope that next year brings along some new opportunities! If you are thinking about going abroad in winter semester 2021/22 or summer semester 2022, how about joining one of our informal info sessions in January?

Busy airports, overflowing train stations and a crowded campus on the first day of classes – so far, the typical start of a semester abroad seemed impossible to imagine in 2020. However, we hope that the new year brings along some new opportunities. If you have been thinking about going abroad in winter semester 2021/22 or summer semester 2020, now is your time to start planning! Which international universities does UW/H partner with? How do I apply to the partner university of my dreams? What about if I want to do an internship? Can I get extra funding for that to? And what do I have to keep in mind with regard to Covid-19 when I start my planning process now?

Save the date!

If you are looking for answers to these sorts of questions, you are warmly invited to join our informal Info Events on January 7, 2021 from 11:00 – 12:00 and from 14:00 – 15:00 via zoom. You can attend the event via this link: The events will include a short introduction from the International Office, in which we will present the process, introduce our partner universities around the globe and talk about what to keep in mind with regard to Corona. Subsequently, the event will provide an opportunity to ask questions and find out everything you need to know to start your planning process as soon as possible. It will be a mix of useful information, an international quiz and a whole load of inspiration to get you excited about all the opportunities open to you.

New partnership: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

UW/H currently partners with 48 universities within 24 European countries (incl. Great Britain & Switzerland), as well as with 21 universities within 12 non-European countries. The full list of all possible Partner Universities can be found here.

Among the latest partnerships in the list of European partners is the University of Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). Located in the heart of the Netherlands, this partner provides an excellent opportunity to get to know one of Germany’s neighboring countries from a new perspective. It is one of the few universities in Europe that also offers a PPE degree. We are happy to have gained Vrije Universiteit as a new UW/H partner and are looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership.

Well-established partnership: Stellenbosch University, South Africa

A well-established partnership of UW/H is the one with the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The historical university town is located amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape and provides an excellent opportunity to get to know South Africa and its culture. In the past, many UW/H students took the chance to spend an exchange semester in South Africa and were very happy with the memories and experiences they made. UW/H student Bjarne Tepel describes his time in Stellenbosch as follows: “A semester abroad offers the ideal opportunity to gain intercultural experience, deepen language skills and learn about the differences in teaching methods in other countries. It is a great opportunity to go abroad during your studies, which I can only recommend to everyone!"

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