Visiting students

As a visiting student, you will be enrolled at the University of Konstanz for a specific study period without completing a degree.

These options are available:

1. Students at a German university

If you are already studying at another German university, then you can also become a visiting student at the University of Konstanz.

If you are not enrolled at a university, then you cannot apply as a visiting student. In this case, you apply as either a first-year student or non-degree seeking student at the University of Konstanz.

Application deadlines

For the winter semester: 15 July

For the summer semester: 15 January

How do I apply?

  1. Fill out the application form.
  2. Submit the application along with proof of having taken a leave of absence from your current university and a passport photo.
  3. If you come from a non-EU/EEA country, please submit proof of a valid residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel) for Germany.
  4. Please hole punch your documents and attach them using a file fastener ("Heftstreifen").
  5. Mail all documents to the University of Konstanz.

2. Participants in exchange programmes or university partnerships

If you are an international student and are interested in becoming a visiting student through an exchange programme (e.g. Erasmus) or university partnership, then please apply through your home university. As soon as you have been nominated by your university for the exchange, please follow the guidelines of the International Office of the University of Konstanz.

3. Free movers

Your time as a visiting student at the University of Konstanz can be completed as a free mover, if you

  • are an international student and
  • are not nominated to become a visiting student through an exchange programme (e.g. Erasmus) at the University of Konstanz and
  • are not enrolled at a partner university of the University of Konstanz

You can usually complete one or two semesters at the University of Konstanz as a free mover.

Important!

If you are not currently enrolled at another university, then you cannot become a visiting student at the University of Konstanz.

Application deadlines

For the winter semester: 15 July

For the summer semester: 15 January

How do I apply?

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Print out the completed application for admission.
  3. Please submit your application along with a current transcript of records (officially certified copy), a brief CV, a letter of motivation, a current certificate of enrolment and proof of your German language ability (at least B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
  4. Hole punch your documents and attach them using a file fastener ("Heftstreifen").
  5. Please mail your complete application to the University of Konstanz.

In order to enrol, you generally have to appear personally at the university shortly before the start of the semester. Further information about enrolment is included in the letter of admission. If you are not an EU/EEA citizen, you will need to get a valid residence permit or a provisional permit from the foreigners registration office (Ausländerbehörde).

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4. Research interns

Students enrolled at German and international universities can apply to complete a research internship at the University of Konstanz. Research interns can be enrolled upon request if they have been admitted by one of the university’s departments and their internship lasts for a minimum period of three months.

If you are interested in completing a research internship, you must first identify a potential supervisor at the University of Konstanz and contact him /her yourself.

You will be enrolled for a maximum period of two semesters. During your research internship, you cannot complete any other coursework or performance assessments.

You can apply at any time. There are no application deadlines.

How do I apply?

  1. Complete the request for admission to a research internship,
  2. Attach the required documentation,
  3. Submit your application along with the required documentation to the University of Konstanz.

The Welcome Center supports international research interns with all non-academic matters and is your first port of call if you need help with everyday matters in your new surroundings.

Important!

If you are not currently enrolled at another university, then you cannot become a visiting student at the University of Konstanz.

5. Visiting doctoral researchers

If you spend time at the University of Konstanz during your doctoral studies, you are eligible to enrol as a visiting student. The duration of a visiting student's stay is usually limited to two semesters.

If you are interested in completing a research stay you must first identify a potential supervisor at the University of Konstanz and contact him/her yourself. You can apply at any time. There are no application deadlines.

How do I apply?

  1. Complete the request for admission as a visiting doctoral researcher,
  2. Attach the required documentation,
  3. Submit your application along with the required documents to the University of Konstanz (via the Welcome Center).

Our Welcome Center supports international research interns in all non-academic matters and is your first port of call if you need help with everyday matters in your new surroundings.