As a rule HFU students in most degree programmes can apply either to an HFU partner university (through an ERASMUS or a general cooperation agreement) or to a non-partner university as a so-called freemover. HFU has worldwide over 100 Partner universities, half of which we have general cooperation agreements with. With the other half we have ERASMUS agreements. A general description of the various programmes available can be found below. Detailed information on the individual programmes and the application process can be found under application.

General HFU Cooperation Programmes

California State University, San Diego/USA

A certain number of tuition free exchange study places for particular degree programmes are available for HFU students each academic year at universities with which we have a general cooperation agreement.

If the number of exchange places is not balanced, however, HFU students might have to pay tuition fees. This is often the case in English speaking countries. Im most cases HFU students only have to pay reduced tuition rates (in-state/resident tuition).



ERASMUS Programme

Ciudad de las Artes, Valencia/Spanien

The exchange semester can also be organized through the ERASMUS+ Programme. HFU has an ERASMUS agreement with almost 70 European universities.

More Information about the ERASMUS+-Programme and the application procedure can be found here.

Double Degree Programme

Through cooperation agreements, it is possible to do a double degree with some of our partner universities. Further information can be obtained from the International Coordinators in the faculties. 

FacultyPartner University
DMFachhochschule des bfi WienAustria
WINGEdinburgh Napier UniversityScotland
WEdinburgh Napier UniversityScotland
Universidad de MálagaSpain
Escuela Superior de Economía y NegociosEl Salvador
Universidad San Martín de PorresPeru
Novancia, École supérieure de commerce, CCI ParisFrance
ICD Groupe IGS Paris und ICD ToulouseFrance
École de Management de l'Université de StrasbourgFrance
Université de Haut-Alsace Mulhouse-ColmarFrance
École de Gestion et de Commerce/EGC Montauban/ToulouseFrance
EGC La Roche-sur-YonFrance
EGC RodezFrance
EGC TarbesFrance


Opera House, Sydney/Australia

If you are not awarded an exchange study place or you wish to go to a university with which HFU does not have a cooperation agreement, then you can apply directly to a university of your choice as a so-called freemover.

In case you would like to go abroad as a freemover, you can find more information and tipps here.

Partner University - Freemover Comparison Table

Partner University
Information about the university
The most important information is in the HFU Online Databank; feedback reports from past students can be found on FELIX.Information must be obtained directly from the university. 
RecognitionAll HFU partner universities are recognized by the HRK; recognition of the exchange semester is therefore in principle possible.HRK recognition of the university must be checked in the Anabin Databank. Accreditation of credits taken abroad can only be carried out if the universities are recognized. 
Application process
Application over the HFU International Center => support in the application process. IC deadlines must be kept.Individual application to the university of choice. 
Application deadlines
(20.11.-20.1. for the following winter semester; 20.4. – 20.6. for the following summer semester)Deadlines of the guest university must be met (generally found on their website). 
Language certification
Recognition of DAAD language certificate (with few exceptions) => can be obtained at HFU.Often require other language certificates such as TOEFL which have to be paid for. 
Tuition fees
Generally no fees or reduced fees.Full tuition fees payable. 
ScholarshipsERASMUS scholarship for European partner universities with ERASMUS agreement possible (simple application process over online application form).
Application for Baden-Württemberg Scholarship possible.
ERASMUS Scholarship to European university without partner agreement not possible.