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IncomingInternational Visiting Students
International visiting students
International visiting students come for a one or two-semester guest study at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. Because they do not complete the entire degree program including graduation at our university, a simplified application procedure apples for them.
With regard to international visiting students, we distinguish between the exchange students who come within the framework of university partnerships at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, and freemover students. Freemover students come from universities which are not partnered with the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, and can complete a guest studies with us, as long as study places are available. The following applies to both groups: They must remain enrolled at their home university during their stay at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.
Visiting students as well as freemover students benefit from our services that contribute to a successful study visit:
- We find you accommodation
- At the beginning of your stay and also later, a buddy assists you. Your buddy is a student in a higher semester, which picks you up from the train station, helps your while moving into your dorm room and accompanies you, for example, when completing administrative procedures or doctor's visits.
- As a guest student, you can not only take part in the university courses, but also in the courses and seminars offered by the Career Center and the Learning Center, the offerings of the university sports and the university school communities and much more
On the following pages, you find information on all major aspects such as to the application process, the university, costs and financing opportunities.
Are you a student of one of the partner universities of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and would like to study with us for one or two semesters? Then apply for a guest study. Even if your home university is not on of our partner universities, you can come to Osnabrück as a free mover.
The prerequisite is that you continue to be enrolled at your home university during your period of study at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and your home university has nominated you for the guest studies at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. You can then attend lectures with us, take exams, earn credits and will receive a transcript of records at the end of your stay. As a guest student, it is, however, not possible to obtain a degree at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. Exception: Students who come to us in the framework of special double degree agreement between your home university and the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, can attain the degrees (Bachelor's/Master's) of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. As a free mover student, it is, however, not possible to obtain a degree at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.
To apply for a guest stay, consult the website of the International Faculty Office of the Faculty in which you wish to study.
Please apply by the following dates for each semester:
- Winter semester (September to February)
March 1 to May 15 of the same year
Nomination through the home university no later than April 30
- Summer semester (March to August)
September 1 to November 1 of the previous year
Nomination through the home university no later than October 15
Your online registration can be submitted and verified only if you enter all the obligatory data in the registration form, if you agree to the use of your data and if you click on “Send application”. You do not have to post your original application papers additionally by ordinary mail to Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.
All data shall be accurate and complete. In the next step of the application procedure, you will have to provide further details, e. g. your address, and to upload your documents. Please make sure that your papers contain all the required specifications, signatures, and stamps.
Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences can process your application and send you an admission confirmation only if you meet all requirements and if your home university agrees with your stay abroad.
Registrations are accepted in order of receipt. Therefore an early registration is recommended. The International Faculty Office (IFO) has to be informed immediately if you have to withdraw from your application for any reason.
Further useful information for preparing your stay abroad – e. g. on housing, insurances, visa, etc. – can be found on our central websites for incoming students as well as on the Internet pages of the different International Faculty Offices.
You have to be registered at your home university abroad for the entire planned period of the guest stay in Osnabrück and should have completed at least one semester or a certain number of credits there, before you come to us.
Before you submit your application for admission as a guest student, your home university should nominate at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and notify us with regard to your guest studies stay on the basic information (your contact information, period, duration, area of study, degree level, etc.).
Guest students must have completed at least the B1 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR ) in German or English, depending on whether they take part in German or English-language lectures. The B2 level is, in part, also required.
Please check on the website of the International Faculty Offices for the application process and appointments and the language requirements for your guest stay.
The Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences offers more than 100 Bachelor's and Master's degree programs.
Students with knowledge of German at the B2 or B1 level can choose their subjects from a wide range of courses. The degree program Navigator (page only available in German) will help you in finding the right degree program. Or you gain an overview using the list of all Bachelor's and Master's degree programs.
The Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences has also put together a variety of attractive courses, internships and semester programs in English for guests students who speak only little or no German and who want to study English language modules.
The academic year at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences consists of a winter semester and a summer semester. Please find the current academic calendar with more details here.
In Germany, the education at universities is mainly financed by taxpayers. Therefore, the students usually do not have to pay tuition fees.
However, students are obliged to pay a semester fee. This is composed of different components (administrative cost, student services, student self-administration contributions) and includes the semester ticket. This ticket allows you free use of all buses in Osnabrück and the regional trains in all of Lower Saxony!
The semester fee will be recalculated each semester.
- Good news for visiting students from partner universities of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences: You are exempt from the payment of the semester fee for a maximum of two semesters. This means that you can use the semester ticket free-of-charge.
- Freemover students pay the full semester contribution. Visiting students who receive a scholarship financed by German public funds (such as DAAD or GIZ scholarships), pay a semester fee reduced by the administration fee contribution.
International students who need support have several options to choose from. Feel free to ask for help if you need it.
Each faculty has its own International Office. This is your first contact if you are a visiting student from a partner institution. The International Faculty Offices are mainly responsible for:
- Orientation days
- Counseling, Learning Agreements
- Module descriptions, lecture timetable
The Center for International Mobility supports international visiting students with all their questions around studying at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, especially about the following topics:
- International Summer/Winter Language School
- Housing Service
- JOIN OS- Cultural program and excursions
Further information on relevant topics can be found here.
Being a university student has its chances and challenges. Studying in a foreign culture is demanding and requires adapting to new learning and teaching styles. Consult with our Learning Center if you feel that you are not learning effectively.
For all questions regarding your study organization, you can find helpful information here.
Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences offers a lot of support to students - we want you to study successfully with us!
Study programs of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences regularly can be found on top of the most important German ranking, the CHE-Ranking. In this ranking, study programs are assessed according to criteria such as curriculum, internationality, and students' job prospects. Our library is one of the best academic libraries in Germany and number one in our state of Lower Saxony. Especially its service and its client orientation were given outstanding grades.
Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences achieves excellent results in the international higher education ranking U-Multirank. For example in the category „Industry co-patents“ Osnabrücj University of Applied Sciences comes into 8th place out of 351 universities from all over Europe.
Grades in Germany range from 1.0 to 5.0. 1.0 is the best grade you can get. The grading scheme at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences comprises 5 grade levels:
- Very Good
> 1.50 and ≤ 2.50
> 2.50 and ≤ 3.50
> 3.50 and ≤ 4.00
- Not Sufficient
In order to pass a class, you have to achieve a 4.0 or higher. In oral exams, the grading may vary from this standard.
The lecturers at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences use a variety of methods to assess the students' performances and achievements. The method chosen depends on the respective subject and study level. The different assessment categories can be divided up into three categories:
- written (e.g. a written exam of one or several hours at the end of the semester, a term paper)
- oral (e.g. a presentation)
- practical (e.g. a lab exercise with a written report)
Which assessment methods are used, must be specified in the module description.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is an important element of the Bologna process and facilitates credit recognition between universities in Europe.
Depending on the degree program, the number of credit points can vary:
180 – 240
60 – 120
ECTS-credit points measure the student workload and comprise both time spent in class and time spent studying outside the classroom including exams, papers, internships, etc.
To achieve 1 ECTS-point, students are supposed to study for 30 hours.
As a rule, 30 ECTS-credit points are acquired per semester. At Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, most modules have a workload of 5 ECTS which equals 180 hours of study.
To achieve a bachelor's degree, students need to successfully complete between 180 ECTS (6 semesters) or 240 ECTS (8 semesters).
In a consecutive master study program, students must complete between 60 ECTS (2 semesters) and 120 ECTS (4 Semesters). To be awarded a master's degree, students must complete 300 ECTS credit points in total.
Living in Osnabrück
Life in Osnabrück includes diverse cultural offerings and a well-developed infrastructure that allows you to spend your free time rich in variety. For more detailed information, see the following:
The "Studentenwerk Osnabrück" provides student services in the field of student housing. It owns more than 20 student dorms in Osnabrück and one apartment complex in Lingen. Some rooms and all the apartments are furnished.
For visiting students and international students in our english-taught study programs who have no or only little knowledge of German, the Housing Service of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences offers housing in furnished rooms.
Please find further information to accommodation here.
A buddy will assist you in finding your way around the university and the city more easily especially at the beginning of your stay in Osnabrück.
A buddy is a student in a higher semester. For example, his or her task is to pick you up from the train station, help you move into the dorm room and show you to the campus and the university. Your buddy helps you when you register at the Alien's Registration Office or accompanies you if you wish, e.g. to doctor's visits.
Thus, you have a familiar person in Osnabrück who you know from the onset: Maybe a lifelong friendship will result.
The International Faculty Offices take care of the placement of the buddies.
In order to obtain the necessary documents to study in Germany, some requirements need to be met. The following information is very important, so please read carefully!
Visa - to be applied for at a German Embassy
Depending on your citizenship, you will need a Visa to enter into Germany. Students from EU-countries do not need a visa. All non-EU-citizens can check with the German Foreign Office whether they need a visa or not.
Students from China need to have their visa applications approved by the Akademischen Prüfstelle (APS) in China (link in Chinese).
Please note that there are different types of visa. In order to study in Germany for the degree, you will need a visa for a longer stay!
To obtain a visa and a residence permit in Germany, you will need a financial statement that shows that you have access to at least 735 Euro per month. Starting from January 2020, this ampunt will rise to 853 Euro. Some German embassies ask for a blocked account and that you pay a certain amount into it. While in Germany, you can then take out a monthly sum from this account. That way, at least the first year of your studies should be financially sound.
Proof of Health Insurance
In addition, to obtain a visa, you will need proof of health insurance in Germany.
Residence Permit - To be Applied for in Osnabrück
Registration with the City of Osnabrück
All German and international students who move to Osnabrück have to register within one week of their arrival. Students from EU-countries register with the Bürgeramt, non-EU-citizens register with the Aliens' Registration Office when applying for the residence permit. At the beginning of each semester, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences offers a collective appointment with the Aliens' Registration Office for all non-EU-students. Participating in this appointment will help you speed up the process of registering and obtaining your residence permit.
And don' t forget: When leaving Osnabrück after finishing your studies, you will need to un-register, also!
Having sufficient health insurance coverage (https://www.daad.de/deutschland/nach-deutschland/bewerbung/en/58221-health-insurance/) is a prerequisite for enrolment at a German university. A health insurance plan must also be presented in order to obtain a visa or a residence permit from Osnabrück’s Foreigner’s Office.
To non-EU students we recommend buying a German health insurance plan before entering the country. EU-students are covered in Germany if they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Here you find further information on how to present sufficient health insurance coverage.
In comparison with many other cities in Germany, the cost of living is relatively low in Osnabrück, because rents for rooms are somewhat affordable.
Our estimate is that students in and around Osnabrück need approximately 750 to 850 Euros per month to cover all costs. Of course, this also depends on individual needs and habits.
Please note that a proof of finance is necessary for your visa and residence permit in Germany. Currently, you need to demonstrate that you have 853 Euro per month at your disposal. Some German embassies require you to open up a blocked account at a bank and put a certain amount of money on that account (for one year: 12 x 853 Euro = 10,236 Euro). Once in Germany, you are allowed to withdraw up tp 853 Euro per month from that account.
|Type of Costs||Description|
|Housing||between 200 and 350 Euro per month|
|Leisure Time||app. 60 bis 70 Euro per month|
|Health Insurance (public)||app. 100 Euro per month|
|Public Transportation in Lower Saxony||free from charge, because you can use public transportation (buses in Osnabrück and regional trains throughout Lower Saxony) with your semester ticket|
|Study Materials||app. 30 to 50 Euro per month for scripts, copies, etc.|
|Fee for TV and Radio (mandatory!)||app. 18 Euro per month --> this fee is mandatory for each student!|
At the beginning of your stay, there will be some extra expenses to incur:
|Type of Cost||Details|
|semester fees||app. 350 Euro per semester (administrative fee, fees for student services and student self-administration, semester ticket)|
|residence permit for non-EU-citizens||app. 110,00 Euro for the first residence permit, app. 80 Euro for permit extensions|
|housing deposit|| |
400 Euro (for a rental period of three months and longer) / 250 Euro for a rental period less than three months
At the end of your stay, the deposit will be reimbursed to you if your room is in a good state.
|equipment for your room||app. 150 Euro for bed linen, towels, kitchen equipment etc.|
The CampusCard is also your semester ticket (page only available in German): With the semester fee, Osnabrück students automatically pay for a semester ticket which allows them to use all city buses. The buses run regularly and stop at all student residences, as well as each campus of the university. The semester ticket is also valid on the regional railways in Lower Saxony; the best prerequisite for, e.g. traveling all over the state on weekends.
To find train connections for all of Germany, visit the Deutsche Bahn website and for bus routes and timetables for in Osnabrück, go to the Stadtwerke Osnabrück.
Good news for exchange students from partner universities of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences:
You are exempt from the payment of the semester fee for a maximum of two semesters. This means that you can use the semester ticket free-of-charge.
Osnabrück is a bicycle-friendly city: You can explore the city or cycle from the dorm to the school on cycle paths; used bicycles are also available for purchase.
The nearest airport is that of Münster and Osnabrück (airport code: FMO). From there, you can take an Express Bus to Osnabrück Central Station. You can catch connecting flights to FMO from Munich and Frankfurt.
By Train you can reach Osnabrück from the following international airports: Frankfurt/Main (app. 4 hours), Düsseldorf (app. 2 hours), Bremen (app. 1.5 hours), Hamburg (app. 2 hours), Berlin (app. 4 hours) or Amsterdam (app. 4 hours).
Use your leisure time to explore Germany, to meet other people and to find a balance to studies. The Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the Cities of Osnabrück and Lingen offer you many possibilities:
University Sports Center
The University Sports Center offers an extensive and diverse sports program from aqua jogging to Zumba. The semester program is published each mid-April to mid-October and courses are also held during the semester holidays. You will find a program in the Central International Office or on the Sports Offerings webpage.
JOIN OS: cultural program for international students
JOIN OS, the joint cultural program for international students is jointly organized by the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the University of Osnabrück. It offers a varied program with, e.g. excursions in the region (cycling or canoing), city trips each semester, e.g to Hamburg, Cologne or Munich, theater or museum visits. Learn more about Germany with JOIN OS and meet your fellow students.
The Friend Family program mediates contacts between international students of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the Osnabrück residents and helps you get insight into life outside of studies and the university.
Events of the AStA and the student councils
The events organized by the student representatives are an integral part of the academic year: First semester parties and the annual terrace celebration invite you to celebrate. These and many other events are be announced on the Facebook page of the General Students' Committee (AStA).
Osnabrück as well as Lingen have much to offer for students. In addition to restaurants, bars and clubs, there are theaters, movie theaters, museums and a beautiful environment. Best ask your fellow classmates about their favorite places and look at the calendar of events
Students at the Lingen campus can find out what sports and leisure activities are available on-site on the Internet page "Where is Lingen?".
In Germany, students have the opportunity to work alongside their studies and to take part in internships. It is however important that you observe the legal framework and that you do not neglect your studies.
In general, the following shall apply: During lecture periods, students (whether from Germany, the EU or non-EU countries) are only allowed to work up to 20 hours a week.
Students from the EU (with the exception of Croatia) are treated the same as German students and are allowed to work without restrictions within the above-mentioned regulation.
Students from non-EU countries and Croatia may work 120 full days or 240 half-days a year (and usually have a corresponding remark in their residence permit). For this, you do not need a work permit (residence permit for the purpose of gainful employment), i.e. no permit from the Federal Employment Agency and the Alien's Registration Office.
No work permit is required for compulsory work-placements (internships which are specified in the study and examination regulations of your degree program) and these internships do not fall under the 120-day rule.
Also working as a scientific or student research assistant at the university is exempted from a work permit and is not affected by the 120-day rule. At the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, international students can work, e.g. as language tutors.
You should always inform the Alien's Registration Office on your employment activity.
If you want to complete a voluntary internship, the 120-day rule applies. For any other employment above and beyond this, you need a residence permit for the purpose of employment.
If you would like to apply for an internship or a job after graduation, the Career Center of the of Osnabrück will assist you. A great way to connect with over 100 companies in the region is to attend CHANCE, the business contact trade fair(page only available in German), which takes place once a year in th the fall at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.
Consult the website of the German Academic Exchange Service for internships in Germany.