Exchange Students

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 (30 ECTS) in mechanical engineering for undergraduate students. Furthermore, the department of Business and Industrial Enginnering offers "TOPterm", a complete semester in English for students with focus on e-commerce and logistics.

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.

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. 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 Courses (Module Handbooks)

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.

Module Handbook Summer Semester 2019 (March - July)

Module Handbook Winter Semester 2019/20 (October - February)

Module Handbook Summer Semester 2020 (March - July)

An additional overview on the English-taught subjects of the Department of Business Administration and Industrial Engineering can be found here.

German-taught Courses

Exchange students are welcome to attend courses of all German degreee programs provided that they fulfill the academic requirements.

For further information on study content, please view the study regulations and module handbooks for all study programs at Offenburg University on the websites of the respective programs.

Application Process

Online Application

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 was May 1, 2019.

Please have the following documents at the ready:

-          Application photo
-          Motivation letter
-          Transcript of records
-          CV
-          Learning Agreement
-          Language certificate (German B1; English B1/B2)
-          Copy  of passport

 Application Deadlines:

Winter Semester: May 1

Summer Semester: November 1

Important Information:

• MPE and MBT do not offer any classes during the summer semester.

Learning Agreements ERASMUS+: 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 incoming@hs-offenburg.de

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!

Internship

If you are planning to stay for a second semester in order to do an internship in a company, please let the International Office know well ahead of time. You will also need to fill in an internship registration form.

Also important:

- List of internship supervisor (Praktikantenamtsleiter)

- Certificate of Enrolment (filled out by home institution)

Internship in a laboratory of Offenburg University of Applied Sciences

Students from our partner universities can apply for an unpaid internship in one of the university's laboratories. We cannot guarantee a place, as this depends on the projects and capacities of the supervising professors.

Please send the following documents to susanne.ziemer@hs-offenburg.de and do not forget to mention the starting date and duration of the internship you are looking for:

•        Letter of motivation
•        CV
•        Transcript of Records

The more precisely you describe your areas of interest and personal skills, the easier it will be to find an internship according to your needs.