Exchange Students and Special Programs
Offenburg University of Applied Sciences maintains numerous relationships with partner universities worldwide, and currently participates in the following programs: Erasmus+ and Baden-Württemberg-Scholarship Program.
Since 2018, Offenburg University also offers English-taught summer semesters in mechanical engineering for undergraduate students from Alabama/USA (University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama in Huntsville, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of South Alabama/Mobile, Auburn University, Tuskegee University).
These classes will also be open to mechanical-engineering students on exchange from our other partner institutions.
Exchange students usually spend one to two semesters at Offenburg University. International students interested in participating in an exchange program must first apply to their home university in order to be nominated for Offenburg.
• Language and Preparation:
Exchange students who wish to attend German-taught classes at Offenburg University should be able to prove at least B1-level German language skills (CEFR) at the time of application.
If they plan to attend English-taught lectures only, proof of English language skills at level B1 or B2 (CEFR) should be provided. For native speakers of English, a language certificate is not required; instead, an informal (self-written) declaration should be uploaded as part of the online application.
Every year in September, to optimally prepare new international students at the University for the upcoming winter semester, the International Office offers a four-week intensive course in "German as a Foreign Language," which also includes organizational and intercultural aspects of studying in Germany. Participation in this course is highly recommended. For more information, go to:https://incoming.hs-offenburg.de/en/summer-language-course/.
Likewise, in preparation for the summer semester, the International Office organizes a shorter orientation week for exchange students in March every year. This week also serves as an introduction to the following lecture period, thus participation is mandatory for new exchange students. A preliminary program can be found here.
In addition, during the lecture period, students can take German language courses offered by the Language Center, cf. https://sprachenzentrum.hs-offenburg.de/en/course-descriptions/. These courses are offered for different CEFR levels and comprise between two and six 45-minute lesson units (“SWS”) per week. A course on “German Culture and Society” is also offered every semester and comprises two “SWS,” or 2 ECTS,
• English-Taught Classes:
In winter semesters our Master's degree programs of the Graduate School CME, PDE, MPE and MBT are taught completely in English. In summer semesters only CME offers courses in English.
A module handbook listing English-taught classes for exchange students is available and updated regularly. Bachelor-level students can choose electives from the Master's degree programs and core subjects on request. We regret that attendance of subjects of the MBA program IBC is not possible.
An additional overview on the English-taught subjects of the Department of Business Administration and Industrial Engineering can be found here: https://bw.hs-offenburg.de/en/international/study-in-offenburg/exchange-students/
• Study Programs:
Study regulations and module handbooks for all study programs at Offenburg University can be viewed on the websites of the respective programs.
Please see the Academic Calendar page for semester and lecture periods and other important dates.
• Learning Agreements, Presentation and more detailed information:
We would like to assist you in filling out your learning agreement and give you some Information on the transcript of records and have therefore prepared a guideline for you:
Please take a look at our presentation for incoming students, which provides a quick overview of the Hochschule (and surroundings) and services for international students.
For more information concerning your stay at Offenburg University, we encourage you to read through the webpages on Student Life
Once you have been nominated by your home institution, you have to apply to Offenburg University through our online application system.
For the 2019/20 winter semester, the application deadline is May 1, 2019.
Please have the following documents at the ready:
- Application photo
- Motivation letter
- Transcript of records
- Learning Agreement
- Language certificate (German B1; English B1/B2)
- Copy of passport
Winter Semester: May 1
Summer Semester: November 1
- MPE and ECM do not offer any classes during the summer semester.
- Erasmus+ Learning Agreements: Use the document offered by your home institution
- Learning Agreement Non-ERASMUS+
Print out the application pdf (created at the end of the process) and the accommodation request, sign the forms and upload the signed documents (must be done one step at a time). If you experience technical difficulties, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Once everything is processed, please allow approximately four weeks for us to get back to you with further information on your acceptance.
Be aware that after arriving in Germany you need to either have a valid health insurance coverage or subscribe to a health insurance plan with a German provider. Furthermore, you need private liability insurance covering your stay abroad. We highly recommend taking out both of these insurances on arrival in Germany to have appropriate coverage in accordance with German standards and laws.
We are looking forward to receiving your application!
Students from Non-Partner Institutions
We also welcome students from other international institutions who wish to spend one semester at Offenburg University. Please be aware that international students from non-EU/EEA countries have to pay tuition in the amount of 1,500 euros per semester.
If you wish to apply, please contact us directly for more information.