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Incoming Study Abroad Students

Application Process

[Translate to English:] STEP ONE: Nomination by the International Office of your Home University

Contact the International Office at your home university to obtain a nomination to study abroad at SRH Hochschule Berlin. They will inform you of the requirements for the participation in the exchange programme, and inform us once you have been nominated.

Nominations from partners have to reach us via email by the following deadlines:

  • May 15 for the following fall/winter semester
  • October 15 for the following spring/summer semester

STEP TWO: Application to SRH Hochschule Berlin

Once nominated by your home university, the SRH International Office will send you further information about our online application process approx. one month before the application deadline. With the online application you need to upload the following documents in English or German:

  • Passport Copy (or: only EU students without visa needs: Copy of ID): valid, with picture and data pages
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Current Transcript of Records
  • Proof of Sufficient Skills of the Language of Instruction at SRH Hochschule Berlin (see further details in FAQ section below)

The online application and all application documents need to be submitted by the application deadline:

  • May 31 for the following fall/winter semester
  • October 31 for the following spring/summer semester

Please note that only complete applications will be accepted and late applications may not be considered.

STEP THREE: Receive your Acceptance Documents

Once your application has been found complete and eligible, you will receive your official Acceptance Letter (in English) as well as a “Zulassungsbescheid” (in German). Both documents will be scanned and emailed to you. You will need the “Zulassungsbescheid” for the visa process should you require a study visa for Germany. In order to help you prepare for your semester(s) abroad, we will also send you our Student Welcome Guide which contains useful information about visa matters, health insurance, accommodation, transportation and other relevant issues.

STEP FOUR: Complete Your Visa Process

Citizens of the European Union, of EEA states or of Switzerland may enter Germany and study here without a visa. All others must apply for an entry visa for study purposes at the German Embassy in your home country or your country of permanent residence BEFORE coming to Germany. Please contact the German Embassy to find out whether or not you need a visa. They will also be able to inform you about the visa application process, rules and regulations as well as all other related information. Keep in mind that visa applications usually take several weeks or even months to complete so the earlier you apply the better. If you have questions or need help with this, you may take a look at our Visa Services page or contact our Visa Service Officer Gloria Thiller.

STEP FIVE: Make Your Course Selection

After the application process, we will be in touch with you regarding your course choices. Once finalized on our end, you will receive information about the classes, which will be available to exchange students during the semester you applied for. You will then be asked to complete either an Erasmus+ Learning Agreement (for Erasmus+ students only; template available from your home university) or the Course Selection Form for Incoming Exchange Students (non-ERASMUS+ students only, see Download section). Before submitting it, please discuss your course choices with the Academic Coordinator at your home university.

Frequently Asked Questions

At SRH Hochschule Berlin, you may attend classes in English or in German, depending on the study programme you chose. In order to follow classes and be able to pass the exams, it is absolutely crucial that your language skills are at a very advanced level. The lower your language skills are, the more challenging the classes will be and the more difficult it will be for you to pass the classes. We expect your English/German language level to be at least B2.2, but we highly recommend a C.1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and you are required to submit proof of that with your application. Keep in mind that your language skills directly influence your academic success so it is in your best interest to be as literate as possible in the language of instruction.

If you are not a native German/English speaker, please submit proof of your language skills along with the application. You only need to submit sufficient language proof for the language in which you plan to take courses at SRH Hochschule Berlin (English and/or German). One of the following proofs may be accepted:

  • Official language test (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge, DHS, Test DaF, etc.)
    • Taken within the last 24 months
    • Confirming the equivalent of a B2.2 language level according to the CEFR for Languages
    • Test must evaluate all 4 skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Official letter confirming that the language of instruction of the degree program you are enrolled in at your home university is English/German
  • Official confirmation of successful completion of an academic English/German language class with the following requirements (which must all be stated in the confirmation):
    • Must have been completed within the last 12 months
    • Must include reading, writing, listening and speaking
    • At least B2.2 language level (according to the CEFR for Languages)
    • Adequate number of contact hours (minimum 40 hours)
    • Successful completion with an equivalent of grade “B” or better (grade “B” minimum refers to a grading scale of “A” to “F” with “A” being the best grade and “F” meaning “Failed”; detailed grading scale must be provided)

We invite you to check the curricula of our study programmes. Please note that these are general course lists, and that not every course is available to exchange students. Once finalized on our end, you will receive a list and detailed information about the classes from which you may choose. Please note that the actual class times will be finalized shortly before each semester begins. When choosing courses, please be aware of the following:

  • Bachelor students may only choose Bachelor level classes while Master students are only allowed to take Master level classes.
  • Choosing classes from different semesters and different study programmes will most likely result in scheduling conflicts.     
  • In order to comply with our attendance policies, students may not choose overlapping classes.      
  • Students may not choose courses that amount to more than 30 ECTS.      
  • All class choices are provisional until they have been approved by the Academic Coordinator and/or the Study Programme Director.      
  • In your own interest, please have all course choices approved by your home university.


[Translate to English:] Course Selection Form (non-ERASMUS)

Do you have further questions? Contact our colleagues at Campus Berlin and Campus Dresden

M.Soc.Sc. Ece Kolbe

University Administration

Incoming Exchange Coordinator & Visa Officer
Room H.113
Telephone +49(0)30 374 374 152 Send an email

Julia Brendler

University Administration

Service Desk, International Office (Campus Dresden)
Room Reception (Campus Dresden)
Telephone +49 351 40 76 17-20
Fax Fax +49 351 407617-30
Send an email