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Have you ever dreamed of playing overseas while studying abroad?

German Universities open to the world!

Universities in Germany currently have cooperation agreements with approximately 700 academic institutions in more than 120 countries. Most partnerships entail an exchange component that enables students to study abroad at one of their University's partner Universities abroad. Students can find detailed information about both exchange and free-paying programs with partner institutions in Europe and overseas in their own University's study abroad department.


For those interested in developing their game overseas by competing for German clubs while studying abroad at one of their own University's partner schools in Germany, International Fútbol X-Change (IFX) has developed a program to support the process of enabling soccer players to settle in the new country, get integrated and adapted into the German society and culture before University begins, and to be placed on a highly competitive German club team fit to their level to compete in an authentic German training environment for the duration of their University study abroad program.


Compete for a German club while studying abroad in Germany

Whether you choose to study in a University in Baden-Württemberg or Franconia, IFX will support your football! Just after arriving to Germany, you will first begin your training with the IFX players to be evaluated and for us to get a sense of your playing ability. Immediately thereafter, we start with your club trials, which typically last 2-4 weeks. Players trial with various IFX partner clubs throughout the region of your University program, located in communities which are reachable with public transportation but may not necessarily be located in the same town or city as your University.

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Is Germany a good place to study abroad?

It is no wonder that Germany is listed as the third most popular destination among international students in the world. More than twelve percent of students at German universities come from abroad and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide. Germany is an attractive place to study and German education literally opens doors to the world for you. Germany undoubtedly helps you to integrate into the global community and encourages you to achieve higher goals.

In comparison with other countries, Germany is a safe country. In town or in the countryside, by day or by night, you can move around freely. Germany offers economic and political stability, which makes it an ideal place for you to Live and Study.

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Universities of Baden-Württemberg and Franconia

IFX supports University students who are studying in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg and the Bavarian region of Franconia, which are home to big cities, small towns, and natural landscapes; whatever you are looking for, you will find it here. The state is a leader in business and education for both Germany and all of Europe.

Including but not limited to cities where IFX can support your football are:


  • Nürnberg/Erlangen
  • Würzburg
  • Bamberg
  • Bayreuth
  • Regensburg

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Stay on track with your Studies

Most direct University exchange programs enable students to continue with their majors and transfer credits back to their home institutions from courses taken while abroad, enabling students to stay on track with their four year degrees.

Among the areas of study offered in universities of Baden-Württemberg and Franconia offer are:

  • Acounting
  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art(ArtHistory)
  • Art(StudioArt)

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Financing your Study Abroad Program

The advantage of studying abroad through your University's partner institution in Germany is that in most cases you will simply continue paying your normal tuition to your home University and this tuition would cover the costs of your tuition while studying abroad.

It is also common that students who have financial aid, student loans and scholarships can transfer this aid to cover their costs of studies of their exchange program in Germany.

Common advantages of Studying through your University's partner schools in Germany with IFX:

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Local Support and Representation

There is a program manager who is the person designated locally to manage the program and help participants get oriented initially and to support the participants throughout the pre-season and season. The Program Manager is responsible for managing participants’ trials and placements with clubs and to assist where needed if any issues may arise that may demand the support of a native speaker of the language.

As soon as one of our partner clubs offers the IFX participant the opportunity to compete with their club for the season, we begin the process of applying for the participants’ International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and subsequently their player license. Although the process can be extremely bureaucratic as it entails sending several documents through many different hands, thanks to our experience players just need to sign and play.

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*All dates are approximations and vary from year to year

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