If you have missed a deadline, you should contact the Campus Center. Some universities offer the possibility to apply for remaining spots after the deadline expired.
Yes, the application deadline in January also applies to the summer semester. There is another application deadline in June, where spots for the summer semester are also awarded. However, these are the remaining spots from the winter application round. Therefore, you have a better chance of getting a spot at the university of your choice if you apply in January.
In principle, you can also apply for a study abroad program in a higher semester. This can be particularly useful if, due to a heavy workload in addition to studies, an internship semester, illness, caring for relatives, etc., sufficient courses can still be taken and credited abroad. In this case, it is particularly important that the application shows how the study abroad program fits into the overall course of study.
Many departments actively offer to give out recommendations proactively. Apart from that you can inquire from the secretary of the department on your own. When choosing a professor, you should consider that they can evaluate you, based on your grades in their courses. Ideally the professor supports your plans, the department fits the partner university, and you can show good academic accomplishments. Master students, that are new at the TU Berlin, can also use a letter of recommendation from one of their professors at their previous university.
The necessary form can be found here.
This depends on the partner university. In many cases a certificate by the ZEMS is sufficient. Ideally you research this ahead of time, as some universities require a TOEFL test. If you cannot find any information about this at the partner universities, you can ask the International Office at the TU.
For both certificates, you need to book beforehand, though the ZEMS-certificate is a lot cheaper. On the other hand, the TOEFL test is highly recognized worldwide, but it is only valid for two years.
In general, the study language is critical for the application. In some countries e.g., France, Spain, Italy it´s heavily recommended to know the basics of the national language, so that the day-to-day life can be dealt with better. It can also affect you chances positively, if you are willing to learn the home language or already can speak the home language.
The “International Standard Classification of Education” code serves as a classification of education programs into certain subjects. Faculty VII maintains cooperations with the following ISCED-Codes.
Depending on the cooperation, the ISCED-Code determines the courses you can take at the partner university. Usually, the courses in the course overview and in the learning agreement have to match the ISCED-Code. Exceptions can be made individually by the applicant with the partner university. Among others, some partners allow the student to take 1/3 of all credits at other faculties/schools than the partner faculty.
A list of all ISCED-Codes can be found in the list of all cooperations.
In this informal document, all courses that will be taken in the exchange are listed. It´s recommended to list more course than actually planned to take, in case some courses cannot be taken anymore upon arrival. Often it´s reasonable to add the course description.
Furthermore in the study plan you can explain your motivation for taking your courses, as well as elaborating on how to recognize your courses
We recommend several priorities as there are many popular partner universities, where we get significantly more applications than there are spots available. However, you should be able to see yourself studying at the partner universities of the 2nd and 3rd priority in principle and also inform yourself about them.
For further information on scholarships, please contact the Career Service of the TU Berlin.
Yes, this is possible without any problems. The only important thing is that you:
A leave of absence has few disadvantages. The number of subject semesters is not counted on and not every type of examination can be taken, e.g. portfolio examination. Writing exams (written exams), on the other hand, is usually possible. By taking a leave of absence, you can be exempted from the fees for the semester ticket and then only pay a small administrative fee at the TU Berlin.
Where can I get credits for the courses I completed abroad?
The examination board is responsible for the recognition of study achievements from abroad:
You submit an application to the corresponding examination board for recognition of study and examination achievements obtained during a semester abroad or in a double master's program. You will find a corresponding form on the pages of the examination board.
Furthermore, please submit your transcript of records from the university abroad, a current transcript of grades from the TU Berlin, and (if available) the module descriptions of the achievements to be credited. If you have concluded a Learning Agreement before or during your studies abroad, please also enclose it.
All relevant information can be found here.