Exchange term in Leipzig

Exchange term at the UL step by step

If you wish to spend one or two terms at the University of Leipzig, there are several options for you how to organize your exchange term(s) here. In the following you will find further information about mobility schemes, application procedures, arriving in Leipzig and getting started at the university. If you have specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

1. Before your arrival…

ERASMUS and other mobility programmes: 

If your home university has an ERASMUS agreement with the University of Leipzig, please follow the application procedure of your home institution. Once you are selected for the exchange with Leipzig you will get further instructions by your ERASMUS coordinator and the International Center (Akademisches Auslandsamt). General information how to procede can be found here.


If there is no contract between your home university and the University of Leipzig, please contact either us or the International Center.

Application at the University of Leipzig:

No matter if you use any mobility scheme to come to Leipzig or not, once you are admitted by the University of Leipzig, you have to apply directly at the UL as well. Further information on that procedure can be found here.
 The deadlines for your exchange application are:

  • Winterterm: 15th July
  • Summerterm: 15th January

2. Arriving in Leipzig…

Please contact immediately after your arrival in Leipzig the following institutions:

The International Center (Akademisches Auslandsamt): You will have to do the matriculation procedure there
, they will provide you with further information about city hall registration etc.
, you will get your student ID, password for moodle and other important data there | Contact the International Center

Your ERASMUS coordinator is your contact for all matters of studying and teaching. She/he will help you to put together your schedule and learning-agreement, and answer your questions about courses and their contents. Each subject of study has its own ERASMUS coordinator | Find your ERASMUS Coordinator.

The mentors of the faculty and StiL-buddie
s: in any case of trouble or doubt you are always welcome to contact us.

Before the term starts, you should choose your classes. Please be aware that exchange students do not have to follow the same rules for class registration than students of programmes of degree. As exchange student…

  • … you do not have to stick to the module structure of the programmes, but: you can chose those seminars and lectures that fit best to your home curriculum
  • … you do not have to register via AlmaWeb or Tool, but: you have to ask your teachers (either in person or via mail) if there are capacities left in their classes. Usually there should be no problem and you should be accepted in all courses you wish to do

If you have any further questions on the content of  your classes, or which courses to choose, please get in touch with your ERASMUS-coordinator. If you have any general doubts or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us, the mentors of the faculty.

3. During the term…

Once the semester has started, the following information/institutions might be helpful for you:

Academic Calendar: 
Information about holidays, term duration etc.

Facilities & Locations: The campus of the University of Leipzig is organized decentrally: Map of the city and a list with all relevant addresses

Studying and Teaching: 
If you face trouble concerning your courses/seminars/lectures during the term you can contact your ERASMUS coordinator.

Language skills: Please keep in mind, that most of the programmes are taught in German. Consequently, a sufficient command of German is required, we would recommend a German level of at least B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If you want to improve your German skills once you are here, there are several options, e.g.: You apply for preparatory German classes offered by the Studienkolleg Sachsen, or you sign up for German courses that take place during the term in the Studienkolleg Sachsen. Please be aware that these courses are very sought after. So, if you want to sign up for one of these courses make sure to take the grading test and to be at the course enrollment timely.

The Libraries:
 The University of Leipzig has a very charming main library (Bibliotheca Albertina) and several branch libraries. There you will find not only the books you need, but also nice working-places with power plug for your notebook and WiFi access. Information about how to use the libraries, e.g. check out books, access online journals etc. can be found on the homepage of Albertina library.

 There are several computer labs which you can use for working, using the internet, printing, scanning, etc.

WiFi (Wireles Internet): You can access the university WiFi with your own computer. This is possible almost everywhere on the campus. Ever since the University of Leipzig joined the network of Education Roaming (eduroam) you should be able to access the WiFi with the access data of your home university if your home university is part of eduroam, too. If you do not have an eduroam access but want to use university WiFi, and if you need support you can ask for help in the university data center (Universitätsrechenzentrum – URZ) or in the Albertina or Campus Library.

4. Staying longer?

If you wish to prolong your stay in Leipzig and at the University, please contact the International Center and your ERASMUS coordinator. They will provide you with the information about the necessary procedures.

5. Before your departure…

Before you leave, please make sure to complete the exmatriculation procedure:

  • de-register in the library
  • de-register in the city hall
  • de-register in the International Center (Akademisches Auslandsamt)

The necessary documents can be found here. Your transcript of records will be issued by your ERASMUS coordinator. Please make sure to make all necessary arrangements in time.

6. Back home…

In order to improve our exchange programmes, your opinion about the experiences you made during your stay in Leipzig is very important to us. Therefore, we would like you to give us some feedback.

Updated 14. January 2019