Are you considering integrating a semester abroad into your studies, but unsure where you want to go and how to finance it?
We would like to give you an overview of the topic on this page.

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Erasmus+ study

Do you want to integrate a stay abroad three to twelve months at a partner university in another European country? Then apply for Erasmus+ funding!

Advantages of Erasmus+ studies at a glance:

  • Tuition fee waiver at the Erasmus+ partner university
  • country-specific monthly Erasmus+ grant

Erasmus+ study abroad is open to all enrolled students and doctoral candidates who are pursuing their degree at our university. Students should have already completed their first year of study by the time they start their study abroad programme.

  • Your Erasmus+ coordinator Prof. Dr. Johannes Quaas will be glad to help you to plan your Erasmus+ studies abroad. Please contact him or her to make an appointment during office hours.
  • Before your visit, please inform yourself about Erasmus+study on the website of the International Office so that you are well prepared for your appointment.

Please contact our Erasmus+ subject coordinator, Prof. Dr. Johannes Quaas, early enough in order to integrate the stay into your study plan.

We recommend

  • a semester abroad during the fifth semester of study of a Bachelor’s programme and the third semester of study if you are a Master’s student.
  • planning your stay one year in advance.

Our suggestion: plan your stay abroad carefully in advance. Find out about the required language skills, the procedure for having Leipzig University recognise the credits you acquire abroad, and applying for leave semesters.

We recommend replacing the following modules from the degree programme in Leipzig with modules at the host university preferably (1), then (2):

B.Sc. Meteorologie

1) Interdisciplinary compulsory elective module (incl. SQ module): 20 CP

2) Compulsory elective module (total: 10 CP)

M.Sc. Meteorology

1) Elective area: Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences (10 CP)

2) Elective area Meteorology (General, Experimental, Theoretical) (10 CP each)

  • In order for your period abroad to be relevant to your degree back in Leipzig, you should earn a certain number of credits at the host university. We recommend that you aim for 30 ECTS credits per semester abroad.
  • Please speak to our Erasmus+ subject coordinator to find out how many credits you need for your subject. In order to receive the necessary support, you should make sure that you bring the agreed number of credits with you when returning from abroad.

1. Agreement on your study plans

Before your stay abroad, discuss with your Erasmus+ subject coordinator Prof. Dr. Johannes Quaas or study advisor Dr. André Ehrlich about the courses, which can be recognised for your studies at the foreign partner university.

2. Drawing up a learning agreement

Draw up the study agreement in consultation with your Erasmus+ subject coordinator Prof. Dr. Johannes Quaas before starting your stay abroad. You can find an explanation video on how to draw up the study agreement here.

Learning Agreement
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Please bear in mind the official recognition criteria when choosing courses:

  • The learning outcomes and competences of the courses should be comparable.
  • The same applies to the level of study.
  • The courses at your host university should fit the qualification goal and study profile of your degree programme.
  • Your workload during your semester abroad should be comparable to the courses/modules of your degree programme at Leipzig University. A maximum of 30 credits per semester is therefore a good guideline.

In the Portal für Auslandsaufenthalte  you will find current Erasmus+ study places at European partner universities. Please enter your field of study in the drop-down menu for a successful search. In addition to the link to the website of the respective partner university, you will also find a "fact sheet" in the portal, which summarises important information for your exchange

The Leipzig Institute of Meteorology has ERASMUS+-cooperations with

Application at the the Institute für Meteorologie

The application documents for Erasmus+ studies should be submitted to your Erasmus+ subject coordinator Prof. Dr. Johannes Quaas by the following deadlines:

  • Application (both winter and summer semester in the following year or full year): 31.01.

The following documents must be submitted:

  • Application form
  • Letter of motivation/justification of the study project
  • Language certificate for the teaching language
  • Grade point average

The selection is based on the letter of motivation/justification of the study project, knowledge of the tarching language and grade point average.

Nominierung und Bewerbung an der Partnerhochschule

  • You will receive the nomination confirmation 4 - 6 weeks after the application deadline, with which you can apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship at the International Office.
  • Your Erasmus+ subject coordinator Prof. Dr. Johannes Quaas will forward your nomination to the partner university.
  • You will then receive (usually by e-mail) a request to apply, which you are kindly requested to fulfil by the specified deadline with the requested documents

Registration for the Erasmus+ grant at the International Office

You have to register online for the Erasmus+ grant at the International Office at least three months before the start of your stay. You can find all the necessary steps and other important information here.

Erasmus+ Internship

  • Erasmus+ offers you the opportunity to receive funding for a self-organised internship.
  • The start and end dates of the internship can be chosen freely.
  • The internship must last at least 60 days.

For subject-related questions about the internship and recognition, please contact Prof. Dr. Johannes Quaas unter johanes.quaas[at]

FurTher Information


The Institute of Meteorology does not offer its own cooperation or stay abroad programmes.

You can find information about studying outside of Europe on the University's webpage.

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