Application deadline

The current application deadline ends March 6th (except for Master University Karlstad: February 10th). The documents must be submitted to Dr. Sascha Werthes in room A207d or Heike Beewen in room A207b. The applications need to be addressed to Dr. Sascha Werthes (Erasmus).


There hardly is an easier and cheaper way to spend a long stay abroad than with ERASMUS!

The advantages are:

  • Financial support;
  • Significantly easier organisation than independent organised stays abroad;
  • No loss of time, as you can take a leave of absence for the duration of the stay, which results in the semesters not being counted as subject-related semesters. For example: You leave in your 4th semester, to go abroad for 2 semesters, you can re-enter in the 4th subject-related semester in Trier after your stay.
  • Easy recognition of achievements! Because of the arranged Learning Agreement, the courses taken abroad and the events or modules in Trier that are recognised for these are agreed upon in advance. So the seminars and lectures there are valuable for your studies.


Because there are costs associated with the stay abroad, students receive a monthly mobility grant of about 150-200€. With that, the additional cost caused by stay abroad should be covered. Supplementary, financial support for the year abroad can be applied for at the BAfoeG-Office. All students that receive BAfoeG also get BAfoeG for the duration of their ERASMUS-stay. In addition, some students that don't receive BAfoeG in Germany have a chance to get BAfoeG for their stay abroad.

You can find more information to the BAfoeG for stays abroad here.
Within the scope of the ERASMUS-program, all tuition fees - in some cases several thousand euros per semester – are being dropped.

Benefits and incentives for a year abroad as student of Political Science:

  • Acquisition and development of political competences from other perspectives;
  • Improving of existing language skills & learning of new languages;
  • Improving of career opportunities – nowadays, every employer expects experience abroad;
  • Recognition of achievements! Exam and course achievements are recognised, if they are comparable to them required here and if their content can be classified in the study program of Political Science in Trier. While checking the classes we follow the guideline that achievements shall be equivalent, not identical. Prior to the stay abroad, the student must definitely talk to the ERASMUS-coordinator about the planned study project in order for the recognition to be guaranteed;
  • Individual care at the partner university before, during and after the stay are afforded to you by the ERASMUS-commissioners in Trier.

ERASMUS partner universities

This brochure  contains detailed information to all partner universities.
In the following you can also find a list of all partner universities; via the names you can get to their websites.

 Bachelor's programmeMaster's programme
Aarhus (Denmark) X
Ankara (Turkey)XX
Bologna (Italy)XX
Bologna/Forli (Italy)X 
Bordeaux (France)XX
Coimbra (Portugal)XX
Karlstad (Sweden)XX
Lancaster (Great Britain)X 
Liège (Belgium)XX
Lyon (France)XX
Madrid (Spane)XX
Namur (Belgium)XX
Riga (Latvia)XX
Sundsvall (Sweden)X 
Tampere (Finland)XX
Warschau I Kardynala (Poland)X 
Warschau II (Poland)XX
Zürich (Switzerland)XX


Applications are centrally managed by the sites of the International Office. Everything necessary for the application can be downloaded here. The application documents should be submitted to the addresses mentioned above and not (!) to the International Office.

Our selection criteria for the allocation of exchange places are:

  • motivation – statement in a letter of motivation (some hints on how to apply),
  • social, political and other engagement 
  • university achievements

Conditions for the application are:

  • basic knowledge of the host country’s language
  • for B.A./B.Ed. study regulations of 2013 and 2010
    • the successful completion of the basic module „Demokratie in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland“ or „Demokratie und Gesellschaft in Deutschland“, respectively, and
  • for M.A./M.Ed. NO specific conditions.

In general, the chances to get your favourite place are very high!
Therefore: Give it a shot!

Recognition of course and exam achievements

One of the benefits of ERASMUS-studies is that the achievements made abroad can be recognised at the home university. This is possible as soon as you've got your Transcript of Records after finishing your stay abroad. The responsible contact person in Political Science is Prof. Dr. Manuel Fröhlich.
If you have questions regarding the recognition of course and exam achievements in advance, you can also contact the ERASMUS-Assistance at any time.

Here you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions:

1. When do I have to handle my recognition?

There is no fixed period of time you have to handle your recognition after your stay abroad. However, it has to be pointed out that the course and exam achievements aren't immediatly recognised in the consultation hour. If the recognition is thus needed for exam registrations, completion of studies or similar, you should think about it early.

2. What do I have to do?

You have to completely fill in the application for recognition of course and exam achievements. Bring it together with your Transcript of Records and the self-written experience report to the consultation hour. Further documents like essays, houseworks or course schedules can be submitted via mail if necessary.

3. Do I have to appear in person or can I send you the documents?

The recognitions always have to be agreed upon in person in the consultation hour of ERASMUS.

4. How will I know when the recognition is concluded?

For students in the B.A./M.A.-system, the grades will be registered in PORTA after the recognition. Students in the old courses of study can collect their certificates at the office of Ms. Zeimet after an adequate waiting period.


Das Semester in Finnland war eine der besten Erfahrungen, die ich je gemacht habe! Auch wenn es manchmal sehr kalt und dunkel war, habe ich tolle Leute, eine andere Uni-Kultur und wunderschöne Natur kennengelernt. Von Nordlichtern bis zur Husky-Schlittenfahrt waren allen Klischees dabei, dazu gehört auch, dass ERASMUS so wundervoll ist, wie es immer erzählt wird.
Erasmus war für mich die ideale Gelegenheit, mit Kommilitonen aus ganz Europa in Kontakt zu kommen und meine Fremdsprachenkenntnisse sowohl an der Uni wie auch im Alltag anzuwenden und zu verbessern. Besonders spannend empfand ich neben dem neuen, persönlichen Umfeld auch das Kennenlernen der Kultur und Traditionen meines Gastgeberlandes.
Warschau wird unterschätzt. Das Studienangebot ist reichhaltig und gut organisiert. Außerdem steckt die Stadt voller spannender Ecken, die man erst einmal entdecken muss. Hier ist für jeden etwas dabei. Und wenn der Winter einsetzt - schnapp dir 'nen Glühwein.
Mein Erasmus-Aufenthalt in Karlstad war wirklich großartig. Ich habe viele neue Leute aus aller Welt kennengelernt, meine Fremdsprachenkenntnisse verbessert und neue Perspektiven aufs Studium erlangt. Karlstad war außerdem ein perfekter Ausgangspunkt, um Reisen durch ganz Skandinavien zu unternehmen.
ERASMUS ist auf jeden Fall die beste Gelegenheit viele Studenten aus ganz Europa kennenzulernen und seinen Horizont zu erweitern.

More detailed reports from our ERASMUS students are available here: