Would you like to further your academic career and get to know German culture? An exchange programme at our university lets you not only expand your subject knowledge but also make new friends.
The Institute for Meteorology offers an English Master’s degree programme in Meteorology. Seven professors cover all aspects from weather forecasts to global climate change. In particular, the institute offers world-leading teaching and research on Clouds, Aerosols and Radiation, on Arctic climate change, on Remote sensing, and on Upper atmosphere meteorology.

Five people from different countries stand talking to each other. Photo: Colourbox
An exchange programme at our university lets you not only expand your subject knowledge but also make new friends. Photo: Colourbox

General Information and Application

You can find all general information about applying and studying at our university on the web pages of the International Office.

We will show you what you have to do to complete an exchange programme at our university.

  • The International Office is responsible for the general organisation of your stay in Leipzig, including application, admission and enrolment. If you have any administrative questions, please contact the International Office by e-mail.
  • At the Institute of Meteorology, the Erasmus+ coordinator Prof. Dr. Johannes Quaas is your contact person. He is responsible for academic counselling. If you have any questions about our study programme and your studies at our institute, please send an email.


You meet the requirements for exchange studies if you have

  • a nomination from your home university and
  • sufficient language skills.
  • The Bachelor’s degree programme is offered e in German. This is why you need sufficient knowledge of German. We require a language level of at least B1/B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • Our Master’s degree programme is taught in English, for which the language level B2 (CEFR) in English is a prerequisite.


Now you can start the application process.

Don’t miss our application deadlines!
Deadline for applications for the winter semester: 30 June
Deadline for applications for the summer semester: 15 January

Our courses

The course catalogue of the Institute for Meteorology can be found on the Institute‘s web pages.

There are no compulsory courses for exchange students. You can choose all your courses as you wish.

Please contact Prof. Dr. Johannes Quaas for information on modules that are suited for Erasmus students. You are not obliged to take entire modules. Please take into account any requirements of your home university when choosing your courses:

  • How many courses do you have to take?
  • How many ECTS do you need to achieve?
  • Do you need grades?

Erasmus students do not register for courses digitally. You arrange your course choice or timetable with your Erasmus subject coordinator and explain which courses you would like to attend.

Before attending a course, lecture or seminar, please write an email to the lecturer and introduce yourself briefly. This email should contain the following:

  • Name, home country, home university
  • Course of study and semester
  • What have you studied so far and what is your focus?

Please go to the first session and introduce yourself to the lecturer. Please be sure to talk about the form of examination, as you will need a certificate of achievement for each course you attend.

To attend courses at other institutes, you need the agreement of the respective lecturer. If you are planning to attend a course at another institute, please write an email to the respective lecturer and introduce yourself at the beginning of the first session.

B.Sc. Meteorologie

  • The Bachelor’s degree programme is offered in German. This is why you need sufficient knowledge of German. We require a language level of at least B1/B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • From tandem partners to conventional language classes, there are plenty of ways to improve your German language skills before and during your studies at our university. You find more information on the web pages of the International Office

M.Sc. Meteorology

  • Our Master’s degree programme is taught in English, for which the language level B2 (CEFR) in English is a prerequisite.

Credit points and grades


  • Please consult your home university to find out how many credit points you have to achieve during your stay abroad.
  • The student workload required for one semester of the Master's degree course in Meteorology corresponds to 30 credits.

You can find the ECTS  for each module in our study planes:

Studienplan B.Sc. Meteorologie
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StudY plan M.Sc. Meteorology
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Getting credits points

  • In the courses you have chosen, you must shortly introduce yourself to the respective lecturers at the beginning and talk about the examination performance.
  • In order to receive the credit points for a course, you have to attend regularly and pass an examination. At the end of the semester, you will receive a certificate (Leistungsschein) that includes your name, the credit points received and the German grade.

Contact hours per week (CHW)

  • This term refers to the number of hours a course takes in a semester. For example, if a lecture takes 2 CHW, you have to calculate 2 hours per week for the entire lecture period of the semester.
  • The number for each course can generally be taken from the course catalogue.

You can get grades from 1 to 5.

1,0/ 1,3/ 1,5

very good

1,7/ 2,0/ 2,3/ 2,5


2,7/ 3,0/ 3,3/ 3,5


3,7/ 4,0



insufficient (failed)

Learning Agreement und Transcript of Records

  • The Learning Agreement (before the mobility) forms the basis for your Erasmus+ study visit.
  •  It is drawn up between you, the sending university and our institute.
    Your Erasmus subject coordinator and the subject coordinator at our institute sign your Learning Agreement.
  • Your home university needs the Learning Agreement in order to understand whether and what exactly you are studying at our university and whether these courses can be credited to your degree programme.
  • When completing the Learning Agreement, please use the course catalogues of the previous semesters as a guide, as the course catalogue for the winter semester is not published until September and the course catalogue for the summer semester is not published until March. The courses usually do not change very much between the years. If you have questions, please contact the Erasmus+-coordinator, Prof. Dr. Johannes Quaas. As soon as you have selected your courses from the course offer, transfer them to the Learning Agreement.

It may happen that something still changes in your course plan. This can happen if, for example, your preferences or the course catalogue change. This is common and unproblematic. If you have to submit your Learning Agreement to your home university very early, you can simply enter courses from the most recent course catalogue. You can still adjust your Learning Agreement later (after your arrival) according to your wishes. Therefore, wait as long as possible before submitting your Learning Agreement to your Erasmus subject coordinator in Leipzig, as your home university allows.

  • The Transcript of Records is the overview of the course certificates at our university. It certified which courses you have attended. In order to receive your Transcript of Records, all of your course certificates have to be signed by the respective lecturer before you leave Leipzig.
  • Then submit copies of all your course certificates to the Examinations Office by post or e-mail.
  • If all documents are complete, you can pick up your Transcript of Records within a short time or have it sent to you by post. If you leave before you have received all your grades, please make absolutely sure that your transcripts of records are forwarded to the Examinations Office.

Student offers and initiatives

Our university offers a variety of opportunities to support international students in Leipzig.

The Buddy programme is an initiative of the Studentenwerk. To adapt to life and find your way around Leipzig, you can get in touch with a "Leipzig-experienced" Buddy who will support you in advance by email and later when you start in Leipzig.

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WILMA - "Willkommens Initiative für in Leipzig Mitstudierende AusländerInnen" (Welcome Initiative for Foreign Students Studying in Leipzig) is a student initiative and takes care of all foreign students at all Leipzig universities on a voluntary basis.


App for Successful Studies in Leipzig: The International Office has developed an app to help students get started in Leipzig. Download our app to help you succeed in your studies. Certain questions and concerns come up again and again in the course of your studies. Our app helps you find the right answers and services.

The Academic Lab supports students by offering workshops, online resources, and advising on academic research and writing, as well as strategies for studying and effective communication.

You can find more information on the Academic Lab's websites.

At the End of Your Stay

Before you leave Leipzig, your home for the last few months, there are still a few things to do. Please check the website of the International Office to find out what you still have to do.

If you have planned to study another semester at our university, please register via your account in AlmaWeb by transferring the semester fee.

Some exchange students would like to extend their stay and study in Leipzig for another semester. This is in general problem. We are happy that you enjoy being at our institute and in Leipzig. In order for you to continue, we need the approval of your home university.

Please send a confirmation by email to your Erasmus coordinator in Leipzig and the International Office at incoming-exchange[at]zv.uni-leipzig.de.. Then report back via your account in AlmaWeb by transferring the semester fee.

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