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+, DAAD Mexico, Malaysia Program 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 and DAAD scholars usually spend one to two semesters (maximum of three) at Offenburg University. International students interested in participating in an exchange program must first apply to their home university or the DAAD in order to be nominated for Offenburg.
• Language and Preparation:
As our Bachelor's degree programs are generally taught in German, it is necessary to have at least a B1 competence level of German. To additionally prepare for studying and living in Germany, we offer a Summer Language Course before the winter semester each year. Before the summer semester, obligatory orientation days are held to prepare for German language, culture and society as well as cross-cultural aspects.
• English-Taught Classes:
Only our international Master's degree programs of the Graduate School (CME, IBC, ECM, PDE, MPE and MBT) are taught completely in English. (In ECM, two to three lectures of the third semester are taught in German.)
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 attencance 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 or the DAAD, you have to apply to Offenburg University through our online application system.
For the 2019 summer semester, the application deadline is 1 November 2018. Please note that the participation in the Orientation days (March 4 - March 9, 2019) is obligatory. A contribution towards expenses of € 50 will be charged.
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), the accommodation request and German language course enrollment form, sign the forms and upload the signed documents (must be down one step at a time). If you experience technical difficulties, please contact email@example.com
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.