Information for Students from a Partner University

Applying to Leibniz University Hannover as an Exchange Student

If you would like to spend a semester or an academic year in Hannover within the framework of a bilateral exchange programme (outside the Erasmus programme), you must apply for a place in the exchange programme at your home institution first.

(Applicants must meet the application requirements of the home institution.)

You should have a sufficient knowledge of the German language (good intermediate level).
In agreement with the supervisor, papers/research projects may be written in English. Some degree programmes offer courses taught in English. Further details are available here:

Visit our website to learn more about Leibniz University Hannover and the range of study programmes:

Please note that in order to apply for the exchange programme of Leibniz University Hannover, your home institution must approve your application first. Your home institution must submit your nomination electronically by 30 April for the winter semester or by 31 October for the summer semester.

If you have any queries regarding the nomination process, please contact Ms Anne Höch at the International Office.


Step 1: Completing the Online Application Form

Please complete the  Online Application form of the International Office.

After entering your details, you can double-check all information on the following page and make changes before submitting your application electronically. After submitting your details, you can generate a PDF file of your application form. Please print this document. If you do not have access to a printer, you can save the PDF file first and print it later. If you need to change your information after you have submitted the online application, please submit a new online form. We will determine which one is your final application by checking the date and time of your last submission.

Step 2: Preparing Your Documents

The signed printout of your online application must be accompanied by a passport photo. Please have the printout signed and stamped by the exchange coordinator at your university. Your application cannot be processed without your signature and the signature of the exchange coordinator on the printout of the online form!

Please also provide proof of sufficient skills (intermediate level, CEFR B1/B2) in the language of instruction (German and/or English). Please check beforehand, which languages are required for the majority of your lectures or for conducting research in your field.

Please submit a current Transcript of Records that lists completed courses and/or modules at your home institution.

We also require your Learning Agreement. We advise you to choose appropriate courses with your course coordinator using our course catalogue or the module handbooks. As details on upcoming lectures are not available until four weeks prior to the start of the semester, you should consult the course catalogue from the previous year. You can update your Learning Agreement after arriving in Hannover.

Research projects can only be included on your Learning Agreement if you find a supervisor in advance. Please agree on a topic and how many ECTS you will receive. 

Further information on how to choose courses can be found under Choosing your Courses.

Step 3: Sending Your Application

Please submit your application documents via email by 31 May for the winter semester or by 30 November for the summer semester!

Upon receipt, we will assess your application. Following the approval of the faculty, you will receive a letter of acceptance accompanied by the signed forms, as well as further detailed information.

Please do not send enrolment documents to the International Office or to any other offices at Leibniz University Hannover. Your enrolment will take place upon your arrival in Hannover.

Thank you for your application. We look forward to welcoming you to Leibniz University Hannover soon.

The following checklist provides an overview of the application process: Checklist application

Your application form must be accompanied by the following documents:

1. Printout of the Online Application (signed by you and your coordinator)
2. Learning Agreement (signed by the authorized person in charge of the recognition)
    ⇒Annex: Guidelines to the Learning Agreement
3. Transcript of Records
4. Proof of language proficiency (according to CEFR)

 Please send your application by 31 May / 30 November via email to:

Ms Anne Höch



Please contact the coordinator at your home university.



Anne Höch
Administrative/Technical Staff
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover