Department of Spatial- and Environmental Planning

Studying in Europe


Studying abroad within Europe can be funded by the ERASMUS+ programme. It offers students the possibility to stay in a European country for one or two terms during the Bachelor or Master Studies.

Please note that some documents are only available in German.

  • Elimination of the study fees of the host university
  • Financial support of the students
  • Acknowledgement of the passed courses on the basis of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Here you can get an overview about the existing cooperations with partner universities and the number of places which are available to you. Detailed information about studying and staying at the partner universities can be found in the ERASMUS-Brochure.

Overview partner universities and number of places


Here you can find detailed information about studying and staying at the partner universities.

Creditable elective modules

Bachelor Spatial Planning

Elective modules Urban and Regional Planning such as Environmental Planning and Law

Here you can receive tips and suggestions on the way to your partner university, from the application to the language requirements, to the crediting of examination achievements up to the financing:


November 2022ERASMUS+ information event
15th December 2022

Application deadline for ERASMUS+ places (register on the IPS list)

31st January 2023Deadline for registration and upload of all application documents on Mobility Online*
February 2023

Choice and announcement of the ERASMUS+ scholarship holders by the Department of Spatial an Environmental Planning

from March 2023Official registration at the foreign university (The exact date depends on the respective foreign university)

from September 2023, respectively February 2024

Start of the ERASMUS+ exchange

Free movers

As an alternative to the ERASMUS+ programme you can take part in an exchange programme as a free mover.

If you are planning to study at a European university which does not have an arrangement with the Faculty of Spatial and Environmental Planning or if the places are already taken you have the possibility to apply via another faculty (e.g. architecture).


  • The other faculty has still free places.
  • The ERASMUS co-ordinator of the other faculty is willing to arrange the exchange of the Free Mover with the partner university.
  • The choosen partner university accepts the Free Mover outside the subjects area.

Important advice: in Spain 50% of the Free Mover applicants are declined.

Students, who don't want or can't do their studies abroad within a exchange programme from the University (missing cooperation agreement, no free places), can organize their stay at a host university of their choice on their own.

Funding possibilities

Potential funding possibilities are the Auslands-Bafög (among others up to 4.600€ for study fees) as well as the annual scholarship programmes of the DAAD. You have to pay the study fees of the host university yourself.

Planning and application

You should start at least 1,5 years before your stay abroad to plan it to make sure that no application deadlines for scholarships are missed. You can apply at any foreign university.


  • Inform yourself on the homepage of your prefered university (key words can be: "Study Abroad", "Non-degree seeking students" or "occasional students")


  • contact the "International Office" of your prefered university 

Advice: In countries with study fees the chances are quite good. (e.g., Australia, the USA, Canada, Great Britain). But also in countries like France, Spain and Italy the inquiry is worth it despite lower study fees.

* Rapperswil is not part of the ERASMUS program but a financial supported stay abroad is also possible here.

Further Information

Klick here for further information about exchange possibilities with other faculties of the RPTU.

Contact Information

Klick here for contact information about the ERASMUS+-coordinators.

Universities in Europe with Spatial Planning

You can find an overview here.

ISGS of the RPTU

General Information about studying abroad you can find on the website of ISGS.


Make new contacts at the partner university with the ERASMUS Scout-Program of the RPTU.


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