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Study and Internships Abroad

University partnerships

The university maintains partnerships with various universities abroad, under the supervision of the International Office. The university maintains partnerships with various universities abroad, under the supervision of the International Office. One component of these partnerships is the exchange of students. If you are interested in such an exchange (lasting 1 year), it is best to allow for a lead time of around 18 months.

For computer science, a direct exchange is possible with the following universities:

Information on the universities and all the direct exchange contact addresses can be found here.

ERASMUS Exchange Program

The ERASMUS Exchange Program covers all partnerships with universities in EU countries. The individual partnerships are coordinated through the departments and the International Office.

In the framework of the Erasmus/Socrates Program, students in the field of computer science have the opportunity to study computer science at a partner university abroad. It is, however, also possible for students in other departments to apply for a place in the exchange program.

At present, the computer science department’s program comprises universities in Scandinavia, France, Spain, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Eastern Europe. You can obtain the current list of partners in the study coordination office.

For participants in the Erasmus/Socrates program, there is no fee for studying at the exchange university. In addition, students receive a monthly grant from the EU, which currently stands at about €100-150. The amount can vary based on the number of participants and the availability of funds from Brussels.

Along with the Erasmus/Socrates Program, students have the opportunity to apply for a “lucrative” fellowship from the DAAD or similar organizations (take note of the application deadlines!) If funding is obtained from one of these organizations, then in general the above-mentioned additional Erasmus grant does not apply.

When choosing an exchange destination, students are advised to look to the respective websites for information on the foreign partner universities and their course offerings, application procedures, etc.

During their stay abroad, students can take a leave of absence from their studies in the Office of Student Affairs, so that their study account does not fill too quickly.

Further information is available in the Erasmus Office.

Under the umbrella of the new EU Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), since July 2007, in addition to study visits to other European countries, internships can now also be funded through the ERASMUS sub-program.
For further information on requirements, services, and application procedures and documents, please contact Ms. Saunier Replumaz, ERASMUS Coordinator of the University: International Office, Building A2 2, tel.: 302-4395, e-mail:  f.saunier@io.uni-saarland.de

How to apply

In the study coordination office you can get the list of current ERASMUS partner universities for computer science, the necessary forms, and of course, information about a stay abroad.

Please contact the Study Coordinator, Tanja Breining, by March 1 or September 1 at the latest, if you are interested in an ERASMUS stay in the following winter or summer semester, respectively.

The following documents are required for the internal application:

– the application form

– a CV in tabular form

– a motivation letter

– an up-to-date transcript showing all courses and grades received

The complete application must be submitted in the study coordination office at least one month before the end of the destination university’s application period.

Recognition of academic achievements

Are you concerned that a year of study abroad might prolong your studies? Through our credit point system (ECTS), recognition of study credits earned abroad is not a problem. There are only a few rules to keep in mind. Also, language courses taken at universities can be counted as ungraded credit points within the “free category.” Regarding translation of your diploma, transcripts and certificates, you can consult Ms. Elisabeth Müller-Perich, certified sworn translator (allgemein vereidigte Übersetzerin) for English and French, e-mail: e.mueller-p@mx.uni-saarland.de

Scholarships

There are various scholarships for stays abroad, both full and partial, as well as for your undergraduate or graduate studies, language courses, internships, or short research visits. A general overview of the main sources and other opportunities can be found here.

Internships

Even those who do not want to spend an entire year should still take the opportunity to gain experience abroad. Especially for computer scientists, who are working in an international environment both in research and in business, travel abroad, intercultural skills and language competences are very important.

Some options for finding positions:

  • The career portal for computer science
  • Notice board postings in the department
  • Postings at the Computer Science Students’ Representative Council
  • Postings in the International Office, Building 4
  • IAESTE
  • AIESEC
  • Central Placement Office (Zentralstelle für Arbeitsvermittlung, ZAV): Brochures can be obtained from the academic office of the Employment Bureau, university branch, Building 8.2
  • Commercial intermediaries: Warning! These often involve unjustified costs!

Financial assistance is available through, for example:

  • DAAD: e.g. travel allowances
  • IAESTE: details can be obtained from them directly, or in the DAAD guide
  • the Carlo Schmid Program
  • Internships in Taiwan (Summer Institute Program)
Fabienne Plumax
International Office
+49 681 302 4395
Campus A4 4,
66123 Saarbrücken

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