Information for exchange students

Academic calendar and semester structure

The academic year consists of two semesters.

Semester 1: Winter Semester from October to March (classes end in
mid-February). If possible, allow for two more weeks, as some exams
might be held afterwards.

Semester 2: Summer Semester from April to September (classes end in
mid-July). If possible, allow for two more weeks, as some exams might be held afterwards.

The dates for the current and the following semesters can be found here. The week before classes start is induction week.


First of all, you can and should choose courses at our department (translation, interpreting, language classes in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Catalan, Galician and Basque, cultural studies, text linguistics, linguistics and translation studies, translation tools). The course list for the current semester can be found here.

Please note: The programme in Semester 1 varies from that in Semester 2, i. e. not all modules/classes will be available in both semesters. An overview of what is on offer in which semester and information on ECTS Credit awarding can be found here.

You can take German language classes of different kinds and levels at Studienkolleg Sachsen. To register for these, you need to take an entrance exam. This exam usually takes place at the beginning of the induction week, so if you wish to do one or several of these very useful classes, you need to arrive early enough to take this exam. Information on the courses and test dates can be found here.

You can also attend classes at the other departments of the School of Philology (English Studies, Romance Studies, Slavonic Studies, German Studies) and at other Schools (depending on your second subject, for instance). Please note that some departments may have restrictions in place and may not admit ERASMUS students from other departments than their own. So far, however, we have mostly been able to place students at the departments of their choice as long as the subject falls within the Humanities. It is not possible for our ERASMUS students to take classes in subjects such as psychology or sciences. Access to business studies and law is very difficult. All the course catalogues of the university can be accessed here.

IMPORTANT: As course lists of the individual departments for the coming semester are available rather late (August for Semester 1, March for Semester 2), you can only finalise your module choices upon arrival. The Learning Agreement sent in with the application is to be considered provisional and will have to be finalised later. Therefore, it is absolutely essential for you to come to Leipzig early enough to make your final choices and register for the classes you have chosen. It is not a good idea to arrive two or three days before classes start. Please allow for at least a full week to organise things.

Our International Centre offers a Language and Orientation Course to incoming ERASMUS students. This three-week course is held before the actual classes start, both in Semester 1 and 2. There is a limit to the number of participants, so you should send in your application early, if you wish to attend. The course is not free of charge (it costs approx. €150), but it is a great opportunity, as it provides intensive German classes and an interesting cultural and social programme. Students will not only get to know each other and German "buddies", but they will also get help with organisation and administration. The above-mentioned German test is part of the course programme, therefore students taking part in the language and orientation course will not have to do the test in the induction week.

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Accommodation information and advice

Students can go to a hall of residence managed by Studentenwerk (Link). The application form for this type of accommodation is sent in with the ERASMUS application.

Many exchange students opt for accommodation in a shared flat. This type of accommodation is not provided by the university, though, students have to find it on their own. There is a good chance of finding a "Wohngemeinschaft" (WG), if you start looking early enough. If you do not have any contacts in Leipzig you can go to websites such as:

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Application procedure

After you have been nominated for the exchange by your home university, the International Centre of Leipzig University will provide you with all the information and forms necessary for application. The contact for the administrative side of things is Mrs Ninon Müller (E-Mail).

Deadlines: 15 July for Semester 1/Year, 15 January for Semester 2. General information can be found  here.

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Societies or student groups

There is WILMA, the "most international students club" as they call themselves. They organize events for exchange and German students, a very useful thing. Information on WILMA and others can be found here.

You should also take a look at the student union at our institute, the Fachschaftsrat (FSR) ALuTi. This will ensure you get all the information on events and activities organized by the FSR. You can also contact the FSR before leaving home, if you have questions concerning everyday student life in Leipzig. Students know these things much better than ERASMUS coordinators do.

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Cost of living

Rent: €180 to 350 per month, depending on the type (rooms in shared flats are usually a bit cheaper than rooms in halls).

Public transport: Your student card can be used for public transport in Leipzig and the wider region. The so-called Semesterticket allows students to use all local trams, buses and suburban trains for six months. The price of this ticket (currently €125) is included in the Semesterbeitrag (see below). Compared with what five or six regular monthly passes would cost you, the Semesterticket is a real bargain.

Food: 100 to 150€ per month. Food prices are generally lower than in many other European countries. There are good-quality discounters such as ALDI or Lidl that are considerably cheaper than normal supermarkets. Pub and restaurant prices are also generally lower than in countries such as the UK, Ireland or France.

Cultural events: Normally, there are student concessions. Some venues have special passes which make individual tickets much cheaper. Example: If you buy Leipzig Opera's Junior Card for €10 (one-off payment), you can get tickets for opera or ballet performances for €10 on the day of the show.

All students registering at the University of Leipzig, including exchange students, have to pay a one-off fee to Studentenwerk (the so-called Semesterbeitrag, currently approx. €220 for new students) which covers certain services provided to students. This is not a tuition fee! Information on what this fee means and includes can be found here.

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Details of visas that students might need to obtain

Most ERASMUS students don't need visas. This may be different for students in other exchange programmes. More information can be found here.

last modified: 12.02.2019


University of Leipzig
04081 Leipzig

Post address
Universität Leipzig
Philologische Fakultät
Institut für Angewandte
Linguistik und Translatologie
04081 Leipzig

Visiting Adress
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig


Dr. Martina Emsel (Spanish)

Dr. Beate Herting (English)

Dr. Harald Scheel (French)