Advantages and disadvantages


  • You are flexible in your choice of a university abroad
  • A stay abroad can also take place at shorter notice


  • Tuition fees: Unlike with THI's exchange programs, you must pay tuition fees in full yourself. You are not entitled to exemptions and discounts that exist with THI's partner universities. Fees can range from a few hundred to a few thousand euros. You must inquire about the exact costs yourself with the universities.
  • Funding opportunities: The choice of funding opportunities is very limited, Erasmus funding is not available.
  • Organization: You are responsible for finding out about and complying with the application procedure, all necessary deadlines and documents. The International Office cannot assist you with this.


Recognition of courses

All courses from a freemover stay abroad can be recognized at THI, as long as a Learning Agreement has been prepared in advance. A template for a Learning Agreement can be found on Moodle. You must clarify the exact course selection with your program director/department coordinator. Changes during the stay abroad are possible after prior consultation. Courses will only be credited after the stay abroad if the Learning Agreement has been signed in full.


Funding opportunities

  • You can find information about funding opportunities under Funding & Scholarships.
  • You also have the possibility to apply for an international BAföG.
  • Erasmus funding is unfortunately not available.

Support from the IO

When applying as a freemover for a semester abroad, it is always advisable to include a letter of permission from THI. The IO will provide you with this letter upon request. For this purpose please contact

Consulting services of the International Office

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Office hours

You can find us near the main entrance (A006): the International Office is available there Monday to Wednesday from 11.00 am-1.00 p.m during the semester.

Please put documents in an envelope addressed to International Office into the post box at the entrance of building A.

ServicePoint location

Individual appointments must be booked in advance via moodle (International Office).