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Outgoing students

Consultation hours for outgoing students

In light of recent worldwide developments with consequences for the structure of student exchanges, we are currently experiencing a heavy workload of emails. In order to work with priority on these issues, we have had to reduce our availability for telephone consultation to: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 9 – 10 am.

Email requests concerning the following topics will currently not be processed. Students are advised to see the information provided online for:

  • Credit transfer options
    Please consult the Anrechnungsmerkblatt for bachelor students (here) and master students (here). 
  • ERASMUS acadademic year 2020/21
    Students will be informed as soon as the ERASMUS process has started.
  • ERASMUS spring 2020
    Information on final steps will be provided by Dezernat 9.
  • ERASMUS internships
    Please see general information here.
  • STAP studies abroad (including ERASMUS)
    The next STAP selection round will open in October. Individual counselling will be available starting in August. Please see the information provided on our homepage for STAP Bachelor and  STAP Master and in the WEX International database.
  • Freemovers/Dezernat 9 students
    Please see our guidance leaflet here.
  • Summer schools
    Students interested in attending a summer school offered by one of our partner schools, please see our homepage here (includes a guidance leaflet and a general list of summer schools). Students are advised to check the respective homepages to find out whether the summer school will be offered (either face-to-face or online) in 2020.

If you are in urgent need of advice, please re-direct your message to with the reference line: URGENT: …

Thank you very much for your understanding – we expect to resume our general advice offers in late July.

Your ZIB WiSo outgoing coordinators Jutta Reusch and Mareike Laub

Studying abroad gives students valuable experience in terms of their chosen field of study, cultural awareness and language learning. The Cologne WiSo Faculty offers its students numerous possibilities to gain international experience without having to extend their studies.

Students interested in an exchange term can apply for a single-term, tuition-free stay at one of the WiSo Faculty's partner universities through the Study Abroad Programmes STAP Bachelor and STAP Master. The freemover programme allows students to organise studies abroad themselves, irrespective of university exchange programmes.

Students who would prefer a shorter stay abroad can apply for the WiSo@NYC programme, a six-week summer programme in New York City. There is also a choice of other summer schools and short programmes as well as the Utrecht Short Programme in Sociology for sociology students.

Completing an internship abroad is another great opportunity to gain valuable practical expertise, combined with a unique cultural experience.