CV: Your CV should include the most important information about your formation, work experience and language skills.
Grade sheets: To back up the claims in your CV, you need to add important grade sheets. Your academic achievements so far are also important for your semester abroad. So, don’t forget your current study sheet!
Language certificate: Find out early which type of language certificate you need. Sometimes your high school graduation certificate is sufficient. However, sometimes you need a language certificate from a recognised language school.
Letter of recommendation: Many universities have started to require a letter of recommendation from an objective person, for example your teacher, professor or employer. This letter should include your skills, competencies and personality traits and not exceed one A4 page.
Letter of motivation: In your letter of motivation, you can present yourself to the university of your choice. For example, you can present why you have chosen this university or why you want to spend a semester abroad.
Proof of financial means: This can be a confirmation from the scholarship agency or an income certificate from your parents. American universities usually ask for an income certificate to make sure that you can cover the high costs of studying abroad. Many universities ask you to fill in pre-fabricated forms that an authority, e.g. a notary or a bank institute, has to verify.
Admission tests: If you choose the US for your semester abroad, you usually have to take the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). This test measures your aptitude to study at university.