The International Study Program is a six-week-long, intensive and interdisciplinary program in the areas of engineering, agriculture and environmental planning. It takes place at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences each summer semester in May and June.
The goal of the program is to introduce students to new ways of thinking about the real-world challenges of sustainability and their potential role in solving such problems with innovative approaches.
The International Study Program is a great opportunity for visiting students to combine practice-oriented studies with an interesting cultural experience and to receive 10 ECTS Credit Points (typically 2 US Courses) in a short period of time, allowing them to pursue other activities, like internships, during the regular semester.
Students of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences can earn up to 5 ECTS through the program by participating in the intensive workshop held during the project week of the Faculty of Agricultural Science and Landscape Architecture. More information is available at the bottom of this page.
The International Study Program explores the technological, historical and environmental facets of sustainability innovation in Germany.
Through lab and project work, theoretical input, discussion and company visits, students gain a comprehensive view of innovation processes which transcend disciplinary borders and deepen their understanding of the role and scope of their own discipline therein.
The program is designed for students from various engineering and planning fields. It consists of three parts:
- one survey course
- one intensive workshop
- and the accompanying cultural module “Living Society.”
In total, it is worth 10 ECTS credit points, i.e. two full courses.
In addition, the contact between visiting and local students – whether in the classroom, during study trips or at social events – enables intercultural exchange and offers an unforgettable experience abroad.
More detailed information on the program components can be found below.
In a series of individual units, Special Topics surveys recent developments in various research areas of engineering and environmental planning. Through this course, students gain a basic understanding of renewable energy technologies, electro-mobility and autonomous driving, innovative digital agricultural technologies and the sustainability challenges of various materials, including iron, steel and polymers.
The course emphasizes an interdisciplinary, application-oriented approach and critical thinking. Lab work and site visits complement theoretical units in the classroom.
The instructors are professors and researchers in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science or the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Landscape Architecture with years of industry experience.
More information can be found in the 2020 course syllabus.
In this intensive workshop, students choose one of two methods of innovation, which they learn about through a mix of theoretical input and practical application. In groups of four to six participants, they apply the new method to case studies of real-world sustainability challenges.
Workshop A – Design Thinking: This creative and agile innovation method entails defining target needs and methods, generating innovative solutions, and testing the strongest solution through prototyping.
Workshop B – Design of Experiments: This statistical experimental methodology is used to analyze and optimize a large number of industrial processes. Goals include improvement of product quality and reliability, reduction of costs, and increase of process robustness.
The module “Living Society” aims to deepen students’ understanding of Germany’s current trends in innovation and sustainability by examining their historical, cultural and ecological context. This third facet of the International Study Program spans the entire six-week program and takes a fun, experiential approach to learning about the country, its language, culture, history and politics.
"Living Society" includes classroom lessons (Survival German, Germany in Europe, Intercultural Communication) as well as study trips, including to:
- Berlin and Potsdam – Like no other city in the world, Berlin's architecture and urban design bear witness to the dramatic history of political and social change over the past 400 years. We’ll explore the beating heart of German history, from the days of Prussian royal rule, to its tenure as the seat of devastating dictatorial power in the 20th Century through its development into the super-diverse, multi-faceted metropolis it represents today.
- Rhine-Ruhr Region – Coal and Steel drove German industrialization and made this western corner of Germany into its economic motor. Their influence endures today, despite the shift away from heavy industry.
- In Essen and Duisburg, we’ll talk about the challenges and chances of economic structural change and post-industrial urban landscapes for society, the economy and the (built) environment.
- In Bonn – the cradle of the Federal Republic of Germany – we’ll learn about West Germany’s orientation toward its western neighbors and beginning of the “European experiment” based on economic cooperation around these industries.
- North Sea Coast – In the harbor city of Bremerhaven, we’ll delve into the history and science of earth’s climate and the challenges of human intervention. Then we will experience one of Germany’s most unique and irreplaceable ecosystems firsthand as we walk the tidal flats of the Wattenmeer National Park in Cuxhaven.
The module “Living Society” constitutes 20% of the grade for Course 2. Grading is based on active participation and engagement with course contents, as well as a travel journal and reflective discussion round.
Beyond the exciting course material and study trips, the International Study Program offers participants many fun leisure activities, ranging from laid-back social events and get-togethers for international and local students to more scenic outings. A visit to Osnabrück's Maiwoche open-air music festival and night watchman's walking tour offer a taste of local culture and history, while the local forest ropes course invites daring students to test their courage and coordination. The program also encompasses two national holidays and one free weekend, allowing students time for relaxation and independent travel.
The International Study Program is open to bachelor students in engineering, life sciences, agriculture, landscape architecture and planning and related disciplines.
The admission requirements are:
- enrollment and good standing in a Bachelor's program in engineering, agriculture, life sciences, landscape architecture or related disciplines
- English level B2
- interest in German culture and intercultural experiences
Applications will be accepted between October 15, 2020 and March 14, 2021 (deadline). The number of participants is limited. Because applications are considered in the order in which they are received, early registration is advisable.
To register for the International Study Program, students must complete the online registration form (available here)
In some cases, applicants may be asked to provide the following additional documents:
- (unofficial) transcript of records
- for students who do not study in English: proof of language proficiency
- for Osnabrück students: copy of signed learning agreement (see Studiendekanat)
Lectures and lab work take place at the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science (Westerberg Campus) and at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (Haste Campus). As a program participant, you will receive a log-in name and password to access the wireless internet and computers at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. The university has numerous computer rooms available for students to use.
Accommodation is provided in the International Guesthouse of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences in either a single or double room; each room has a private bath. The Guesthouse has two open-plan kitchens outfitted with individual cupboards, a refrigerator, electric kettle and microwave, where you can prepare meals and snacks. There is also a coin-operated washer and dryer on site.
On and Around Campus
The nearby student dining halls offer warm meals at lunch and sandwiches, pastries, warm and cold snacks and drinks from morning until late afternoon. On average meals there cost 2 - 5 euros. There are two grocery stores within walking distance of the Guesthouse (650 m and 1100 m), and participants can easily reach the city center from the Guesthouse by bus (15 min.) or on foot (20 - 25 min.).
While there is no gym available to program participants during their stay on campus, there are several public parks nearby which feature open-air fitness and sport equipment.
International Student ID
Please remember to have an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) issued to you by your home university. Many museums, cinemas and theaters offer reduced student rates.
Participants of the International Study Program 2020 will pay a program fee of 2,900.00 Euro (2,100.00 Euro for participants with a tuition waiver), which includes the costs of
- Accommodations in Osnabrück (single/double rooms, private bath)
- Field trips and Excursions (transportation, guided tours, museum admissions, hostel lodgings incl. breakfast, etc. - more details above under "Cultural Module: Living Society")
- Local transportation around Osnabrück (bus pass)
- Social and leisure events
- Other organizational costs
On the basis of special exchange agreements, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences waives the tuition fee for the International Study Program for students from certain partner universities, such as the University of Florida. Speak to your local study abroad office if you are unsure about your exchange status.
Participants should include the some addition expenses in their personal cost calculations. The International Study Program fee does not cover:
- Most meals (lunch in the student dining hall costs approx. 2 - 5 euros)
- Travel costs (from the US to Osnabrück and back)
- Extra personal expenses
Please note: Participants of the International Study Program are not insured through Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the university does not assume any liability. Please inform yourself in detail before your departure about your insurance coverage abroad (health, accident, liability) and extend your coverage if necessary. International health insurance coverage is mandatory.
Payment of Program Fees
Some participants pay their program fee to their home university, while others receive an invoice from Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences directly with their notice of acceptance. Please contact your local study abroad office if you are unsure whom to pay.
Invoices received by participants or partner universities are to be paid by the date indicated therein (usually 14 days from issue) to
- Recipient: Hochschule Osnabrueck
- Bank: Sparkasse Osnabrück, Wittekindstrasse 17-19, D-49074 Osnabrück
- BIC: NOLADE22XXX
- IBAN: DE52265501050000615690
- Reference: [student or university name], ISP 2020, KST 68010025
Invoice payers are also responsible for paying any fees incurred for international wire transfers!
If a registered participant cancels up to 8 weeks before the scheduled date for arrival (before March 14, 2021), they will receive a refund for 100% of the program fee.
If a registered participant cancels fewer than 8 weeks but more than 4 weeks before the scheduled date for arrival (after March 14 but before April 11, 2021), they will receive a refund for 50% of the program fee.
If a registered participant cancels fewer than 4 weeks before the scheduled date for arrival (after April 11, 2021), they will not receive a refund for any part of the program fee.
Exceptions to the terms above are possible in cases of program cancellation, natural disaster, civil unrest, etc.
Are you interested in gaining intercultural experience and/or credits towards your degree by traveling, studying and working together with US and Canadian students in small groups? What if you could do it without leaving Osnabrück? You can! Join the International Study Program and earn up to 5 ECTS fast!
Students and international visiting students of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences are invited to participate in the International Study Program Block Week Workshops (May 17 - 21, 2021), as well as the cultural and leisure portions of the six-week program.
Block Week Workshop: Methods of Visualization (2,5 ECTS)
- Topic in 2020: Analyzing Multisensory Interation in Real World Environment Open Space
International Study Program Compact Course
- Block Week Workshop, plus Berlin Excursion (May 29 - June 1, 2021) and a Report (Freies Wahlmodul, 5 ECTS)
These courses can be counted towards your degree program: Please consult Academic Coordinator Prof. Dirk Junker and your faculty's Dean of Studies (Studiendekan) for details.
Osnabrück students are also invited to join the weekend trips of the cultural module "Living Society", as well as the other social and leisure events with their international fellow students.
For more information, see the course and trip descriptions above.
Osnabrück students are also invited to participate in the weekend trips of the cultural module "Living Society" and join in on other social and leisure events with the visiting students.
Join the International Study Program and gain intercultural experience - either as a participant or as a paid tutor! For details, please contact Program Coordinator Shelby Long-Gräuler.
More information on the weekend trips and leisure events is available above under the heading "Program". The participation fees are listed below.
The students and international visiting students of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences do not have to pay tuition fees for International Study Program courses. However, a small contribution may be required to cover the expense of excursions, course-related field trips, and social events.
Join the group! Osnabrück students are welcome to participate in the cultural module and leisure program of the International Study Program. You can join in on these great trips:
- a 2-day trip to Bremerhaven and the North Sea coast (Saturday, May 15 to Sunday, May 16, 2021): transportation and accommodation for 1 night incl. breakfast, museum entry to the Klimahaus Bremerhaven and guided tour of the Wadden Sea. The fee for Osnabrück students is approx. 75 EUR
- a 4-day study trip to Berlin (Saturday, May 29 to Tuesday, June 1, 2021): transportation and accommodation for 3 nights incl. breakfast, guided tour, entry fees, etc. Ten spaces are open to Osnabrück students. The fee for Osnabrück students is approx. 150 EUR.
- a 2-day study trip to Essen, Duisburg and Bonn (Saturday, June 5 to Sunday, June 6, 2021): transportation and accommodation for 1 night incl. breakfast, guided tours and entry for Zeche Zollverein, Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord, Haus der Geschichte (Bonn), Rhine river boat cruise. The fee for Osnabrück students is approx. 80 EUR.
When you register for the International Study Program, you may book these activities. Register online here by March 14, 2021 to secure your spot! Your choice is binding. See the Payment and Cancellation Terms in the section above.
If you have questions, please get in touch with Program Coordinator Shelby Long.
- Prof. Dirk Junker / Prof. Dr. Svea Petersen
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Landscape Architecture
Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science
- Shelby Long-Gräuler
Center for International Mobility
+49 (0)541 969-3979