Studying abroad

Exchange studies: Opportunities, partners, application guidelines, scholarships.

The IST provides a variety of exchange opportunities for students of the University of Stuttgart who want to study or research abroad, and we are also happy to welcome foreign students to take part in our lectures or work on our student projects.

At the beginning of every winter term there is an information event on exchange studies. The last event took place on Nov 8 2023. The IST slides can be found here and the slides presented by the international office are here.

Below you find information on the exchange programs and opportunities offered by the IST. General information on exchange studies can be found at the international office (IZ).

Studies Abroad

The IST is in charge of several programs within the ERASMUS student exchange. With this program, students of the University of Stuttgart have the possibility to take courses abroad or to become part of a research project at a foreign university.

The IST is in charge of the following partnerships:

University Country Places Max. Duration Remarks

Università di Bologna



12 months


Università degli Studi di Pavi



6 months

Master students only

Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet (Trondheim)



10 months

Master students only

Kungl Tekniska Högskolan (Stockholm)



10 months


École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne


1 10 months Swiss European Mobility Programme

Universidad de Valladolid



12 months


Universidad de Sevilla



10 months


Koc University (Istanbul)



12 months


Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II



10 months



In addition, students can take advantage of all other ERASMUS partnerships of the University of Stuttgart (subject to possible restrictions). An overview over all partners can be found on the web page of the international office.

Examinations taken abroad can be accounted for in Stuttgart by individual agreement with the corresponding professor. For participation within the exchange program and when writing a thesis, knowledge of the English language is sufficient; when taking lectures, the national language might be necessary. In principle, a student exchange can take place in an early stage of the studies, for example from the 5th semester on. This can be discussed best for each case individually.

The financial support by the EU (ERASMUS+ containing the ERASMUS program) includes a grant for the studies abroad and can be awarded for up to two semesters.

When applying, your application fold should contain:

  • Motivation letter, showing why you apply for the exchange (at most one page),
  • Your planned courses at the host university,
  • CV (at most two pages),
  • List of priorities
  • Proof of necessary language skills,
  • Transcript of records,
  • Bachelor degree (for Master students),
  • High school diploma.

Further Information on the application procedure can be found on the web pages of the international office. Please consider the standardized application deadline. The deadline for applications for the upcoming winter and summer term is January, 15th. Please consider the hints given on the list of priorities as well.

We ask you to submit your application before the deadline (via email) to Fabian Jakob.

Further Information:


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Starting in the winter term 2011/2012, the university of Stuttgart offers a Double Master Program in cooperation with Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers Tekniska Högskola), in Gothenborg, Sweden. Within this cooperation, the Master Program of Engineering Cybernetics is combined with the Master Program Systems, Control & Mechatronics of Chalmers University of Technology.

Within this cooperation, students from the University of Stuttgart spend their first two semesters of their master program in Stuttgart. The program is continued for the last two semesters at Chalmers University of Technology, where the degree program will be finished, and where also the Master thesis will be written. The examinations taken at Chalmers University of Technology will account for equivalent courses in Stuttgart and vice versa. After successfully finishing the Double Master Program, the graduate will be awarded a Master in Engineering Cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart as well as a Master in Systems, Control & Mechatronics from the Chalmers University of Technology. Thus, the students receive two fully-fledged Master degrees after the two-year combined degree program.

Students in the double degree program can choose from a long list of courses. Only few limitations in choosing their courses at the University of Stuttgart in order are necessary to guarantee the mutual recognition of the courses taken at the home university. Details concerning the study program and the possible choices are provided in the Macroplan.

The Double Master Degree started in the winter term 2011/2012 and is open to all students of the Master Program Engineering Cybernetics.

The application deadline for students in their first master semester is December 01. Students interested in participating in the Double Master Program are asked to send the application (Letter of motivation, CV, Bachelor diploma, transcript of Records as well as high school diploma) in one PDF-file electronically to Fabian Jakob.

There are different possibilities for a student exchange outside the EU:

  • There is a large number of partner universities of the University of Stuttgart. It is possible to study up to two semesters at one of these universities with tuition exemption. An overview over all partner universities can be found on the web page of the international office.
  • When the student exchange is for the purpose of writing a thesis, one can go to universities which are not partner universities as a free mover. For this, you can benefit from the numerous contacts and partnerships of the IST to universities on the entire world.
  • Some institutes are offering student exchange within the “Internationale Studien- und Ausbildungspartnerschaften (ISAP)“ program. Of particular interest for the students in engineering cybernetics is the program of the ITM with the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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In general, the organization for a student exchange outside the EU should start 18 months ahead of the desired starting date. We can support any planning that is within the area of systems theory and automatic control.

Since the exchange programs – except the ISAP programs - need to be organized individually, it is best to discuss questions, plans, and goals in a personal meeting. Please contact Fabian Jakob in case of interest.

To be able to fund a student exchange, there are numerous possibilities. The planning for a student exchange should always include the planning of the funding of this exchange. Most of the scholarships and funding programs usually have a fix deadline which might be months ahead of the desired starting date.

An overview over scholarships and funding opportunities can be found on the web page of the international office.


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Fabian Jakob


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