FAQ about studying abroad in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand


When can I apply?

In general, LUH students are eligible to apply from the first semester on. There is a prerequisite that you have to have studied at LUH for two semesters. However, if you want to go abroad in your third semester, you will have to apply in your first semester.

Can I only go abroad if I want to study there?

No. You also have the option to complete an internship abroad (or combine it with a study stay with ISEP, for instance). You can also go abroad for research or to write your thesis. As you can see, there are numerous options for you to choose from.

How do I know which University is best for me?

There are two answers to this question. One, of course it depends on which classes you want to visit while you are abroad and if the university of your choice actually offers them.

Second, it is a question of personal preference: Do you like the university? Do you like the university website? Do you like the university looks? Do you like the area where the university is located? Can you imagine spending a longer period of time there?

Aren't semesters abroad pretty costly?

Going abroad costs money, that much should be clear. However, we are trying our best to shape our programs and partnerships in such a way that it is possible for every student to study abroad if the wish to do so. There are also many ways in which you can get support. You can get more information on scholarships and support programs here.

Do I even have the time to study abroad?

At LUH, students who go abroad are given leave for the time abraod. This means that your study time here is essentially put on hold and you can pick up where you left off when you return.

You should, however, speak to the coordinators for your program to figure our the best time frame to go abroad and not lose any time.


Which costs do I have to expect if I apply?

Costs for a stay at a Partner university or an ISEP university are almost the same. Depending on the location, costs can range from €6,000 - €10,000 per semester (flights, accomocation, meals, books, etc.).

Is it possible to apply for Partner universities and ISEP at the same time?

Yes, this is possible and even recommended by the International Office. There are no disadvantages to a concurrent application for partner universities and ISEP.

However, please note that some partner universities are also ISEP members. You cannot apply to these universities via ISEP.

Are the application processes for ISEP and the partner universities separate or are they combined into a single process (because a lot of the required documents are the same)?

The application processe for the partner universities and ISEP run concurrently.

We encourage you to apply for both programs.

Can any teacher or professor write an Academic Reference?

The Academic References should be written by university teachers or professors that teach here at LUH. If you have moved to LUH from another university, the Academic References can also be written by university teachers or professors from your former university.

I do not know any professor personally that could write me an academic reference. Who do I ask?

It is not absolutely essential that you know a professor personally. Oftentimes, professors write academic references when asked. There is also the possibility that your faculty has a designated professor for academic references. It might be necessary to conduct a personal conversation to obtain the reference.

Do the academic references have to be submitted by the teachers or professors themselves?

Yes, the academic references and the academic reference form need to be submitted by the teachers or professors themselves. The documents should be sent directly to Ms. Knoche via Mail or university house mail. This needs to be done so that you as the applicant, cannot see these documents. If the documents is handed to you regardless, please note that they have to be contained in a sealed envelope and are submitted to the International Office as soon as possible.

When do my academic references need to be submitted?

Both the written academic references and the academic reference form should be present on the day of submission, at the latest. However, these documents need to be uploaded to the ISEP application portal in order for your application to be 100% complete. Therefore it is recommended that you submit your academic references as soon as possible so that your application can be completed.

Which language should my resume be written in?

Your resume should be written in English.

Should I translate my transcript into the American GPA system?

It is possible but not strictly necessary. This grade conversion table(PDF) should help. You will still have to submit your translated official transcript.

Can i just print my transcript?

No, the examination office has to print and certify your transcript.

Where can I get my transcript translated?

It is best to first ask your respective examination office. The office usually has translators that can give you a certified translated transcript.

Is it possible to apply for different regions when applying for ISEP (USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand)?

Yes, this is possible but only for the regions of USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. However, we strongly adivse against applying only for universities in Australia, New Zealand and California because the odds of getting a placement there are rather low.

Do I have to list ten universities for my ISEP priorities list or can I list less than that?

When applying to ISEP, students must list ten universities. Applications with an incomplete list will not be considered. It should also be noted that the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville cannot be selected because both of them are partner universities of LUH.

If your specific study program does not have ten universities available, then please list all universities that are possible and make a note that these are all the available options.

Will I definitely spend my semester abroad at one of the ten universities that I have chosen?

ISEP tries to place all students at one of the ten desired universities. However, there is no guarantee for a placement at your top priority. ISEP therefore reserves the right to suggest other universities to the students should a placement at a desired university not be possible. If the applicant decides to decline the alternative offer, a new application by that student will not be considered again in the future.

How long does the language certificate need to be valid?

It is usually sufficient if your TOEFL or IELTS is valid at the time of application and placement. It is possible that some universities require a valid certification throughout your semester abroad.

Should I take the TOEFL or the IELTS?

Even though there are some universities in the United States that do accept the IELTS certificate, ISEP recommends taking the TOEFL. The majority of universities in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand require this certificate and it has a lot more value at their universities. Ultimately, it is your decision which test you want to take. However, you should check on the university homepages and on the ISEP homepage which language certificates are acceptable in individual cases.

What score do I need on the TOEFL or the IELTS?

To apply successfully, you need a minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL. The minimum score for the individual universities can vary. Please check their respective homepages for the minimum sore required.

Is the electronic TOEFL score sufficient for the application?

Yes, the electronic score is sufficient. However, the printed copy should be submitted as soon as possible.

Can I hand in my TOEFL score later?

Now, your TOEFL score needs to be submitted, in electronic or printed form, with your application on the application deadline (June 15th or November 15th).

Can I submit a different language certificate?

American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand universities do not accept any language certificates other than TOEFL or IELTS.

Do I have to take the TOEFL even if I study English/American Studies?

Yes, this is absolutely necessary. No other certificates are accepted (like Cambridge or DAAD). If you have an IELTS certificate, talk to us before applying.

I am a grad student. Do I apply as undergraduate or as graduate?

Application for graduate classes and lectures is only possible in individual cases. Therefore you need to apply as an undergraduate student, even if you are in a graduate program. If you apply for ISEP and you want to visit graduate classes and lectures, please check if this is possible at the universities that you choose. You can find this information on the universities' profile pages on the ISEP homepage.

Do I need to know which courses can be credited here before I apply?

The course list is part of the application that needs to be submitted for all universities. It is advisable to check with your academic counselor beforehand to see which courses are possible for you. The Learning Agreement, however, only needs to be filled out after acceptance.


When do I have to be at my guest university?

The partner universities usually will let you know when you should be at the university. Please note that most universities have "Orientation Days" a few days before semester begins. You should plan your arrival accordingly.

Do I need to have my return flight booked already?

Strictly speaking this is not necessary. However, it is recommendable to have your return flight already booked. For one, you can prove that you do not exceed your visa (especially in Canada, border patrol will note this). On the other hand it is often a lot cheaper to book a round trip.

I want to apply for Auslands-BAFöG. Who do I contact and when?

The individual student service offices each have a department that is responsible for Auslands-BAFöG for a specific region. You can find the one responsible for your region here.

The student service office usually requires you to submit your application six months in advance. But placements usually take place four or even three months before you leave. Therefore it is best to ask if you should submit an incomplete application on time or if you should hand in your complete application as soon as you have all required documents.


Do I have to take leave for the semester abroad?

That depends on a few things. For one, it is possible your faculty requires you to be on leave. Therefore, if you plan on taking any exams in the semester that you spend abroad, please check with your faculty because if you are on leave you are not entitled to take any exams here. On the other hand, this is a financial question as you do not have to pay the semester fee in full. However, this also means that you will not have a semester ticket until the next semester.

When can I apply to take leave from the LUH?

If you decide to take leave for the duration of your study stay abroad, you can do this at the enrollment office as soon as you know you are going abroad. At the latest, your leave should be granted by the next re-registration period.


Are there any differences in care between ISEP and the partner universities?

No. All International Offices at partner universities as well as at ISEP universities care for their students very diligently. They are always available if you have any questions or problems.

Do I have to get to the university on my own?

The International Office at your guest university will let you know how you will get to the university from the airport. Oftentimes the university will organize a shuttle service or have someone come pick you up.

My classes changed. Does that have any consequences for my Learning Agreement?

If your courses schould change on short notice or if you decide to change one of your courses, please contact the coordinator at your guest university and your faculty's coordinator IMMEDIATELY!


Do I have to let the university know that I am back?

Strictly speaking, you do not have to tell the university that cou have come back. However, you should ensure that you are properly re-enrolled for the next semester.

How does the Credit transfer work?

Firstly, you should send a copy or a scan of your transcript to the International Office (If your host university has not already done so). Then, you can contact your faculty's coordinator and they will convert your credits or GPA hours accordingly. They will fill out a form which you can then submit to your faculty's examination office.

Do I have to do anything else?

Yes, and that is write an experience report. We collect your reports and put them on the International Office website (with your go-ahead) so other students planning their periods abroad may gain insight into what they can expect when they go.

The experience report can be submitted in different ways. You can either write a report or you can make a video report. We will give you an overview of the specific information that has to be included in the report beforehand.