Study in Offenburg

Welcome to Offenburg University of Applied Sciences – become part of a diverse and inspiring academic community with over 600 international students from more than 70 different countries.

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.

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.

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.

We accept all major certificates from reputable providers, such as TOEFL, TOEIC, OLS, Cambridge, IELTS, Goethe, ÖSD and TestDaF. In addition, we have agreements with many of our partner institutions in place to accept institutional certificates for the purpose of your exchange. If you are in doubt, please contact us and we will clarify whether we can accept your certificate or not.

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,


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 English-taught classes


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



Exchange students are welcome to attend courses of all German degreee programs provided that they fulfil 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.

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 2021 summer semester, applications will be accepted from October 1, 2020.

For the 2021/22 winter semester, applications will be accepted from April 1, 2021.

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; For details on the recognized certificates, see the section Language and Preparation)
  • 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

Once everything is processed, please allow approximately four weeks for us to get back to you with further information on your acceptance.

We would like to point out that you will need health and liability insurance for the time of your stay in Germany. Please submit a proof of your health insurance to us before your arrival in Germany by uploading it in the application portal. You can apply for a liability insurance from your home country or after your arrival in Germany.

We are looking forward to receiving your application!


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 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.