Types of Study Abroad

Types of Study Abroad


In addition to part or full study abroad, there are other options for studying abroad.

Advanced training

Professional training abroad makes it possible to combine experience abroad and the improvement of foreign language skills with an additional specialist qualification. This type of stay abroad is particularly suitable for:

  • University graduates
  • Young professionals
  • Working people

Further training abroad usually takes between several weeks and several months. It can be particularly useful if you have not yet been able to gain experience abroad in your previous education and would like to catch up on it.

Company training

Companies can book company training courses at foreign universities for their employees that are specially tailored to their respective needs. These can be language courses or specialist training courses. Companies also have the choice of choosing courses from the university’s normal range of events or putting together a seminar program specially tailored to the company. Another option is to bring lecturers from a foreign university to the company and let the seminars take place there. This is logistically more convenient, but the advantage of physical international experience is no longer there.

Language courses

Language courses are a very common type of study abroad. Language courses at foreign universities enable the acquisition or deepening of foreign language skills. The participants not only deal with the foreign language in the course themselves, but also have to communicate about it in everyday life. As a result, the learning effect is particularly great here. You can also get a taste of campus air here. The orientation of the language courses at a university is usually much more academic than elsewhere.

Language courses can serve as preparation for a subsequent study abroad if you do not feel confident enough in using the foreign language. Programs are also often offered that specifically prepare for language tests such as the IELTS or the TOEFL.

Study preparation

Many universities abroad offer courses for study preparation. They serve as linguistic and academic preparation for studying abroad: In addition to linguistic aspects, they also convey scientific work techniques in order to facilitate the later entry into the course.

The duration varies between several weeks and several months. In Australia there is also a year-round variant with the Foundation Year.

Study preparation programs can be useful to fill linguistic and academic gaps before starting your studies. Graduates of such a program usually also meet the admission requirements for the respective university, sometimes also for other universities in the respective country.

This form of preparation is particularly recommended for those interested who have no previous study experience and who shy away from starting their studies abroad directly.

Distance / online study

Some foreign universities offer distance learning or online courses. This type of study abroad offers particularly location-bound students the opportunity to complete at least a virtual study abroad without having to change location. For example, those who have children or relatives in need of care or who cannot leave their place of residence for a longer period for other reasons can still benefit from the courses on offer abroad.

If you have the opportunity, you can often spend phases or an entire semester at a foreign university.

The offer ranges from short advanced training courses to full courses. In principle, such distance learning can also be completed in addition to the job or a face-to-face study and during the parental / upbringing of children.

Since the course usually takes place in a foreign language, you can expand your foreign language skills in this way even without attendance phases. Those who can add face-to-face phases, of course, have an additional advantage with this type of special type of study abroad.

Types of Study Abroad