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Institute of Sociology
International Exchange Programmes

Studying Sociology and Public Health abroad

A semester abroad at an Erasmus partner university of the Institute of Sociology of the TU Chemnitz

Students who would like to study in another European country for some time, can do this with the help of the ERASMUS program.

Besides a grant (up to 330 euros a month), ERASMUS offers professional support regarding the organisation and the actual time abroad. Exchanges within the ERASMUS program can be arranged for one of our partner universities.

Information for students of Public Health

Most of the partnerships we have established with universities abroad have been arranged with the respective Institute/Department of Sociology. That does not mean that students of Public Health cannot take seminars at that university. In the best of cases, the Institute/Department of Sociology at the respective partner university also offers courses on Public Health, so that you can simply take courses at the respective Institute and have them credited towards your studies in Chemnitz. Alternatively, you can take those Sociology courses at the partner Institute that are also scheduled for Public Health students in Chemnitz. A third possibility could be to search for another department at the partner university that offers modules relevant to you. You can do some research on our partner universities’ websites to find out what courses are offered and to what extend they match your studies in Chemnitz. Partner universities offering courses relevant to Public Health are, for instance, Växjö University in Sweden and the Charles University in Prague. Furthermore, there is an agreement in place with the Public Health-Institute in Ankara, where you will find a wide variety of modules in English that can be credited towards your studies in Chemnitz.    

You will find more detailed information regarding the exact application procedure for an ERASMUS exchange stay further down the page. For further information, please, contact our ERASMUS Coordinator:  

Consulting hours: Mon 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (appointments only)

Erasmus-Partneruniversitäten (Stand: 26. Juni 2014)

  • Finnland, Joensuu: University of Eastern Finland
  • Frankreich, Besançon: Université de Franche-Comté 
  • Polen, Krakau: Jagiellonen-Universität
  • Polen, Lublin: Katholische Universität Lublin
  • Schweiz, Bern: Universität Bern
  • Schweden, Växjö: Linnaeus University (auch Public Health-Kurse)
  • Tschechien, Prag: Karlsuniversität (auch Public Health-Kurse)
  • Tschechien, Ostrava: Ostrauer Universität
  • Türkei
    • Istanbul: Arel Universität
    • Istanbul: Bilgi Universität
    • Istanbul: Marmara Universität
    • Ankara: Middle East Technical University Ankara - METU
    • Ankara: Hacettepe, Vertrag mit dem Public Health-Institut
    • Mersin: Cag Universität
    • Izmir: Ege Universität

A semester abroad with a cooperation partner of the TU Chemnitz outside Europe

Cooperation partners worldwide

International partnership outside Europe

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Current Calls for Proposals


State programme "Cosmopolitan Saxony"

(Landesprogramm “Weltoffenes Sachsen”)

Application deadline: 30 September 2014 for the year 2015

International Office (IUZ): PROMOS-Programme

Application deadline: 5 November 2014 (for stays starting between January and June 2015. The decision by the Scholarship Commission will be published at the beginning of December.)

One of the central demands made by all those involved in higher education in the context of the Bologna reforms is the facilitation of the student’s and PhD student’s mobility. Offering scholarships for short-term stays abroad (up to six months), the new mobility programme is to make an important contribution to this by enabling German students and PhD students to be more mobile. The programme allows universities to set their own priorities concerning international mobility and to choose the most suitable mobility measures from a whole range of funding instruments to offer to their students and PhD students. The mobility programme is to offer opportunities for studies abroad particularly to those student and PhD students whose project or destination does not match any of the structured programmes.

  • Scholarships (1 to 6 months): Short-term scholarships (e.g. for dissertations/theses) as well as scholarships of up to the length of one semester for students’ study visits preferably at universities outside Europe can be funded by a monthly contribution towards subsistence expenses and a one-off travel allowance.
  • Internships (6 weeks to 6 months): Student internships outside Europe can be funded (one-off travel allowance). In exceptional cases, internships in European countries might be funded, but only for students who have already received ERASMUS internship funding.
  • Language courses (3 weeks to 6 months): Students and PhD students can receive funding for language courses abroad (except for English, French and A1 Spanish) at state universities worldwide (one-off language course allowance).
  • Specialised Courses (5 days to 6 weeks): Students and PhD students taking specialised courses offered by universities or scientific organisations abroad can obtain funding (one-off special course allowance).
  • Study trips, including trips to competitions and concerts: Students and PhD students going on study trips abroad (up to a maximum of 12 days) can receive a daily allowance worldwide. The funding aims at the development of specialised knowledge by means of meetings, visits and consultations at universities and at providing opportunities to attend specialised courses, compact seminars and workshops held at partner universities. At the same time, the students receive the opportunity to meet local students and scientists which helps establish or maintain contacts between German and universities abroad while gaining insights into the economic, political and cultural life of their destination country.

ERASMUS - Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP)

The Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) is an action programme initiated by the European Union promoting cooperation in the fields of general and higher education within Europe. For students wishing to study temporarily in another European country, the most important part of the LLP is its mobility programme ERASMUS. It gives them the opportunity to go and study at a partner university abroad for a limited period. Universities from all 27 countries of the European Union, the EFTA states Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, as well as Turkey take part in this programme.
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Benefits of the ERASMUS Programme

  • Grants to cover the additional expenses incurred due to the stay abroad (between 50 and 200 euros per month)
  • Exemption from tuition fees at the receiving university
  • Subject-related, cultural and language support in preparation of the stay abroad
  • As a rule, support in the search for suitable accommodation and at the place of study abroad
  • Possibility to apply for additional special grants for students with disabilities

Contacts at the an der TU Chemnitz

Oliver Sachs
Technische Universität Chemnitz
Internationales Universitätszentrum
D-09107 Chemnitz

Sitz: Straße der Nationen 62 / Raum 003b
Tel.: +49 371 531-37972
Fax: +49 371 531-13509

Sprechzeiten: Di 10-12 Uhr + 14-16 Uhr, Fr 10-12 Uhr

On the home page of the International Office (IUZ), you can have a look at reports written by former ERASMUS students. There are also reports referring to the partner universities of the Institute of Sociology (see below).

Homepage of the IUZ

Contacts at the Institute of Sociology

Chadi Abdul-Rida
Technische Universität Chemnitz
Institut für Soziologie
D-09107 Chemnitz

Place: Thüringer Weg 9 / Raum 015 (ground-loor)
Tel.: +49 371 531-38719
Fax: +49 371 531-27819

Cousulting hours: Di 14-16 Uhr (agreed by e-mail)


Dr. Sang-hui Nam
Technische Universität Chemnitz
Institut für Soziologie
D-09107 Chemnitz

Place: Thüringer Weg 9 / Raum 007 (ground-floor)
Tel.: +49 371 531-34433
Fax: +49 371 531-28839

Consulting hours: agreed by e-mail

Partner Universities

Das Institut für Soziologie hat aktuell Verträge mit folgenden Universitäten über den Austausch von Studierenden geschlossen. Die Dauer eines Teilstudiums an diesen Partneruniversitäten beträgt jeweils ein Semester. Alle Universitäten bieten auf ihren Homepages ausführliche Informationen für ausländische Studierende (international oder exchange students). Bevor Sie sich für einen Auslandsaufenthalt bzw. für eine bestimmte Universität entscheiden, sollten Sie sich in Ruhe auf diesen Seiten umsehen.

Joensuu (Finland): 2 places per academic year

University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu
UEF - International Student Services
Institute Social Sciences

Växjö (Sweden): 2 places per academic year

University of Växjö
Växjö - Exchange Students
Institute of Social Sciences (third entry from top)
Courses in English

Prague (Czech Republic): 2 places per academic year

Charles University Prague
Information page for ERASMUS students
Institute of Sociological Studies
Course overview

Bern (Switzerland): 2 places per academic year

University of Bern
Bern - International Office
Courses of the Institute of Sociology

Cracow (Poland): 2 places per academic year

Jagiellonen University in Cracow
International Office (incl. list of courses in other languages)
Institute of Sociology

Lublin (Polen): 2 places per academic year

Catholic Universiy of Lublin
Lublin - International Office
Courses in English

Turkey: 2 to 3 places per academic year each

(a) Middle East Technical University Ankara - METU
METU - International Cooperations Office
Institute of Sociology
Courses in English

(b) Cag University Mersin
Cag - Erasmus

Application / Selection procedure

Applications for places in the international Lifelong Learning Programme / ERASMUS with the Institute of Sociology are to be submitted as early as possible. The date of application is one of the decision criteria for the allocation of a place. In addition, the applicant’s level of personal academic achievements and motivation (after all you will represent TU Chemnitz / the Institute of Sociology abroad) plays an important role in the selection process.

Within the B.A. Programme, the fifth semester would be a preferable time to go abroad. On the other hand, there is the alternative option to combine the semester abroad with a sabbatical semester (for an internship, etc.) and so to extend your Bachelor studies by one year.

Likewise, M.A. students have the opportunity to engage in a semester abroad within the LLP / ERASMES framework. Students are recommenced to obtain counselling on timing.

In terms of a preliminary application for a place, please, fill in the form and submit it to your contact person at the Institute of Sociology, Mr Chadi Abdul-Rida. You should hand in the form personally as this gives you the opportunity to discuss the status of the general application process and more details concerning your future stay. Regular feedback given by the applicants is expected – especially in case of withdrawal. The final decision on the allocation of the available places abroad is usually taken between January and February of the year the exchange is planned for.

Preliminary Application Form

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Recognition of academic work ( (ECTS)

The recognition of academic work done abroad in the framework of the ERASMUS Programme is gained by ‘credit points’ according to the regulations of the ‘European Credit Transfer Systems’ (ECTS).

Generally, academic work is recognised by the professors of the Institute of Sociology as long as they meet the requirements of the respective course in Chemnitz to a sufficient degree. We strongly recommend you to talk about your plans concerning which modules to take previously. The modules selected at the partner university are previously noted down in the so called ‘learning agreement’ and confirmed by the ERASMUS coordinators at your local and the receiving university. The following applies to both, B.A. and M.A. students: We will ensure an individual recognition of academic work as far as possible in order to avoid delays regarding your studies.


During the time of a semester abroad, students are exempted from paying tuition fees at the receiving university. However, the regular study / service fees at TU Chemnitz are to be paid. You have the possibilities to be exempted from paying for the semester ticket. For more information on this, please, contact the Student Service Point.

The ERASMUS Programme offers a grant to all participants to cover the additional expenses incurred by their stay abroad. This grant amounts to a sum between 50 and 200 euros a month. The sum finally paid depends on the total number of exchange students going abroad during the respective semester. Grants have to be applied for with the International Office.

In addition to that, you have the possibility to apply for ‘AuslandsBAföG’. Applications have to be submitted to the AuslandsBAföG Office competent for the respective destination country:

Studentensekretariat der TUC

Information for International Students

You will find all the necessary information concerning your studies at TU Chemnitz (enrolment, accommodation, tutor programmes and orientation week) on the home page of the International Office (IUZ). If you are interested in studying at the Institute of Sociology, please, contact the Institute’s Coordinator, Chadi Abdul-Rida. (address see above).

International Office at TU Chemnitz

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