Extending of Exchange Stay Duration


We are very happy that you like it here at our university and would like to stay longer than agreed.  Please note that exchange students are enrolled for limited time only. The duration of the stay is determined according to your chosen course and application. That is why the extension of your stay does not happen automatically. 

If you wish stay longer than agreed e.g. 1-2 more semesters there are important steps you need to follow. First of all you have to contact us at the International Office. You should know that it is unfortunately not always possible to extend the stay abroad at our university as there is only a limited number of seats for exchange students from each university and for each academic year.



Who has to be informed in advance and when:

  • If you like it at our university and wish to prolong your stay in Dortmund please contact us at the International Office early in advance. You should do it at least 1 month before your stay abroad ends and also before the official period of re-registration at our University (Rückmeldung) starts. Information about the deadline for re-registration is available on the websites of the Office for Student Affairs (Studienbüro). The website is German only -  you have to look for "Rückmeldung" to get the right deadline for the particular semester.

  • You have to contact your home university and ask if they agree with the extension too. The responsible person from your home university must then contact us at the International Office and confirm that the extension is approved.

  • Also the international coordinator of the faculty in which you are registered must be contacted.  You should talk with him/her about your courses as he/she will have to sign the Learning Agreement again.

  • If applicable you also must contact the Studierendenwerk Dortmund for prolonging the contract for your dormitory room. It may happen that there is no room free anymore and you have to look for a new accommodation by yourself. In that case please contact us and check also our website about accommodation.


Important to know:
If you wish stay longer than agreed then you also have to pay the semester contribution during the re-registration time (Rückmeldung). Information about the deadline is available on the websites of the Office for Student Affairs (Studienbüro). The website is German only but easy to understand - you have to look for "Rückmeldung" to get the right deadline.