Almost every second student at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI) spent a semester abroad before the Corona pandemic - and for good reason: intercultural skills enhance the profile, improve foreign language skills and the exchange with students from all over the world brings joy and many a long-lasting friendship. Support for planning, which usually takes more than a year in advance, has recently been made available to students on the website move.thi.de.
It is important to the THI to build on its original success and to bring experiences abroad within reach of as many students as possible. The "move" website, which is sponsored by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), therefore bundles information on the 150 partner universities, many short-term programs such as summer / winter schools, and corporate partners in a clearly structured platform. After logging in with THI credentials, users can access an interactive world map: Partner universities and a growing number of companies have a pin on the map, which leads directly to further information.
Alternatively, various filter settings can be used to display the appropriate results in a very targeted manner. Criteria include, for example, one's own field of study, the language of study and also whether tuition fees have to be paid. Each partner university, company and short-term program has a detailed profile page with information and links to their homepages, career pages and social media channels.
The International Office will, of course, continue to advise on any questions and provide support throughout the application process. Before making an appointment for advice, it is also recommended to take a look at the constantly updated FAQ and the detailed pages of the partners in "move": students who have already completed a stay abroad as part of their studies share their experiences and are available as personal contacts for any questions. In this way, questions regarding the creditability of courses and internships as well as living costs, leisure activities and student life on site are answered in a lively exchange.
The idea for "move" originated from a student project in the User Experience Design (UXD) course. Prof. Stahl gave her students the challenge of designing an information platform for university exchange. In cooperation with the International Office and the Central IT Service of the THI, the prototype for the current web application was created. Christopher Wittmann, a THI graduate from the UXD program, who has since set up his own agency, was commissioned to do the programming. He was already involved in the development of move in the course of the student project and thus accompanied it from the first ideas to the final implementation.
The platform was co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst DAAD) in the "HAW.International" program.