International mobility

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With over 160 university partnerships across the world, around 1400 students from 100 countries, English-language degree programmes and numerous international teaching and research projects, Nuremberg Institute of Technology is among the most clearly internationally oriented state-run universities in the German-speaking region, and integrates subject-related mobility for students and teaching staff into everyday academic life. The university took part in the “Internationalization of Universities”  audit of the German Rectors’ Conference and is certified as an international university. An Internationalization Strategy was developed as a result of this process.
Numerous services and a multifaceted city make the university an attractive prospect for international students.

The Erasmus programme

 Erasmus+ explanatory videos are available under the following links:

  1. Erasmus+ within German universities

  2. The development of the Erasmus programme

  3. Study abroad or an internship under the Erasmus+ programme?

  4. Study abroad with Erasmus+


The Erasmus  university programme is one of the European Union’s greatest success stories and has been promoting the cross-border mobility of students, university lecturers, and university staff within Europe since 1987.

Erasmus+ is the European Union’s new programme for education, youth, and sport. Erasmus+ will combine the existing EU programmes for lifelong learning, youth and sport and the European universities cooperation programmes.

Erasmus Charter and European Policy Statement (EPS)

European Policy Statement (EPS) of the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg

The EPS describes in a nutshell Nuremberg Tech's cooperation strategy within the scope of the Erasmus programme (Erasmus+ 2014–2020).

The Technische Hochschule Nürnberg (THN or Nuremberg Tech) is one of Southern Germany’s internationally oriented universities. Its profile is distinctly international: it has 160 partnerships with higher education institutions worldwide, bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English, and around 1,200 foreign students from more than 96 nations. In the future, THN aims to pursue a concept of internationalization via a range of projects in order to enhance the mobility of students, teaching staff, and administrative staff alike:

by strengthening the international dimension of teaching, we aim to make THN more attractive to teaching staff from partner universities and to expose our students to international teaching concepts. To achieve this goal, THN will develop an English-language guest lectureship programme and a “Visiting Professorship”, together with all of the structures required to host such guests and visitors. We want to make THN even more attractive to international students. With regard to the competitive position of the European education sector when compared with non-European places of study, although our foreign students are already very happy with their stay and their studies, our aim is to increase their satisfaction even further. To that end, we offer programmes that improve foreign students’ study skills and provide potential future students with information about THN while they are still in their home countries. We also have a contact person for “degree-seeking international students”, who offers assistance and special support. With its “Study-based Practice International” programme, THN intends to use its close links with local and international business and industry to offer students more places on voluntary and compulsory industrial internships abroad. Our “International Dual Studies” programme provides students from our partner institutions with the opportunity to take part in internships or master's programmes that are financed by companies, and even to be employed by a German firm. The primary aim of our “International Classroom” programme is to open up master’s programmes to international students and to run those programmes with content taught in English. To support its goals in terms of internationalization in the European context, THN will mainly use “Erasmus+” in order to enhance the mobility of students (all cycles), teaching staff, and administrative staff. The Committee for International Relations, which reports directly to the university´s Board of Directors, supervises and steers our internationalization goals. The enhancement of student mobility is our primary aim when developing partnerships. It is the declared aim of the university to enable an ever-increasing number of students to complete an accredited study phase or internship abroad. In return, we want to offer students from partner institutions the opportunity to participate in innovative, research-oriented developments at Energy Campus Nürnberg and other institutes at Nuremberg Tech in the future. New university partners are selected and assessed by means of a coordinated effort of the university’s Board of Directors, the liaison professors, and the International Office. When selecting a partner, we focus on criteria such as the geographic location, capacity for mobility, academic level and internationality of the partner, as well as the long-term prospects of the partnership. All mobility processes have gone through a quality management procedure with assessed
process descriptions. To complement our core partnerships in countries such as Spain and France, Nuremberg Tech is now setting its sights on establishing partnerships in Northern and Eastern Europe. We also want to establish mobilities with smaller countries, such as Slovenia and Macedonia, and with potential EU-accession countries such as Turkey. In addition, we intend to complement our wide international network with universities in BRICS-countries, as well as in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Japan.

THN intends to secure a diverse and high-quality range of mobility activities for all participants in the programme, whether they be students, teaching staff, or administrative staff. With that in mind, our aim is to use intensive programmes and programmes from other countries within the EU to expand upon our strategic partnerships and knowledge alliances in the future. THN has already developed a number of different types of partnership with international partners – including educational partnerships, practice partnerships, and post-graduate partnerships – and also aims to open up new possibilities for international mobility with a multifaceted network of partners within Europe.

In 2013, the Bavarian Ministry of Science changed the status of the Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences to a "Technische Hochschule", which creates new opportunities for the university to pursue its internationalization goals. Many of Nuremberg Tech's stated aims correlate with the five priorities of the European Commission’s agenda for the modernization of higher education systems. For example, to cover Europe’s need for academics, the university has already opened its doors to applicants with atypical educational profiles. Nuremberg Tech's Competence Center for Gender and Diversity addresses issues pertaining to gender studies and diversity inside the university and in the region. The center is developing concepts and tools to promote equal opportunities and also works together with the Language Center to draw up intercultural offers. A new programme of quality management in teaching will aim to reduce the drop-out rate among international students. A new support programme, which has been established by the Ministry of Science, the university, and local enterprises, aims to provide foreign students with a financed study and practical semester, during which they may even have the opportunity to be employed by a German firm. THN maintains very close links with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as with local enterprises, as a result of its heavy emphasis on practical experience. In view of their role as future employers, these enterprises are involved in the development of all innovative study programmes, including international programmes taught in English. The university offers a wide variety of teaching formats, ranging from part-time studies to cooperative work and study programmes and electronic learning. In the future, we intend to use virtual teaching platforms to an even greater extent. The university aims to recruit highly talented people from all over the world and seeks to increase the importance of the EU as a location for studies and research. In a benchmark study carried out across 28 German universities looking at how satisfied foreign students were with their stay, THN was ranked second; our aim now is to go one better. Our university’s Careers Service has already organized application workshops and job placement tools for international students. In the future, THN intends to open up the German employment market even further for international partners. THN offers its students a wide range of approved, course-related international experiences to improve their cross-cultural and course-related skills. THN is seeking to increase the range of financing possibilities outside of EU programmes. The newly established Energy Campus provides a significant boost for the knowledge triangle of academic education, research, and economy and opens it up for international teaching, as well as educational and research activities. The Energy Campus has increased the importance of the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region as a location. THN will continue to provide a fixed budget for internationalization activities, made up of a combination of equity capital and third-party funds, and will establish specific target agreements together with the Ministry of Science.

The Erasmus Charter of Nuremberg Institute of Technology can be viewed here.

“Certificate of International Competence” (NIKo)

Have you spent a semester abroad (study or internship), volunteered in the international sphere during your studies, attended extra-curricular language courses, or improved your intercultural skills by attending training or country seminars?

Nuremberg Tech will reward your additional commitment with the “Certificate of International Competence” (NIKo), which you will receive free of charge.

Further information is available here.

International Student Identity Card (ISIC) free of charge for degree-related study abroad

Dear Students,

Now there is even more reason for you to study abroad!
You can get the popular International Student Identity Card (ISIC) directly from your university.

An ISIC is the perfect companion for international students: it gives access to discounts on
leisure, eating out, travel, and much more. All the information can be found on the ISIC web page.

Special offer:
If you are travelling for the purpose of a semester abroad or an internship abroad, the ISIC will be funded for you, i.e. the usual fee of 15 euros will be waived!
If you require an ISIC for a stay abroad for other personal reasons, you are requested to pay the fee (15 euros) in advance at any OHM terminal or in cash at the university Cashier's Office. The map and office hours are listed on our web page. Please bring proof of payment with you when you apply.

Where can I get an ISIC?
You can obtain an ISIC from Stefanie Ueberberg

What do I need to bring?

A passport photo is required in order for a card to be issued.
As proof of status, please provide your identity card or OHM-Card (student ID card).

For the purpose of planning your stay abroad: please allow for a processing time of two weeks to receive your ISIC.

“Ab ins Ausland”

Not yet sure where your travels will take you?

In the “Ab ins Ausland!?” forum, students (who have themselves experienced studying abroad) share information and advice
with other students who are interested in studying or undertaking an internship abroad; 
it’s anonymous, and can be accessed whenever and wherever.

Are you interested in an Erasmus+ stay abroad, but are only just starting to make plans?
Would you like to complete an internship overseas, but you feel overwhelmed by the organizational aspect?
Do you have questions about the nightlife in Istanbul, funding a semester abroad in the USA, or the workload of a semester at a partner university?
Are you looking to share ideas with other students preparing for a stay abroad?

Then this forum is there to help you!

See you there :-)

International Days

Thinking of spending a semester studying at a partner university in Jordan, Norway, or India? Gaining a few months of practical experience in the UK or the USA? Or writing your final thesis abroad and applying for a subsidy for your stay (degree programme or internship within the EU) from the Erasmus+ programme or the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)? The annual International Day provides all students of Nuremberg Tech with the opportunity to obtain detailed information about the options for degree-related study abroad and how to prepare for it.

German Rectors’ Conference Audit “Internationalization of Universities”

Nuremberg Institute of Technology participated in the “Internationalization of Universities” audit of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK).

Member of GATE-Germany

Nuremberg Institute of Technology is a member of the GATE-Germany consortium.