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Page: http://en.hochschule-ruhr-west.de//study/international-students/exchange-students/
Date: 20.02.2018, 23:25Clock

Exchange Students

Ruhr West is committed to promoting student mobility through university partnerships worldwide. Students of our partner universities abroad are welcome to spend one or more semesters studying at Ruhr West and benefit from a simplified admissions procedure. Likewise, international students from other foreign universities are welcome to come to Ruhr West as non-degree exchange students.

How to apply

Erasmus and other exchange students have to submit their application through the international office of their home university. Hence the first step in the process is contacting your international office to find out whether your university has an agreement with Ruhr West. We have signed Erasmus agreements with a number of European universities. Click here for a list of our current partner universities.

The application form for exchange students is available here.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction at Ruhr West is German. Good German skills are an essential prerequisite for studying at HRW. However, the International Exchange Semester (IES) offers a semester programme of courses entirely in English. The courses are part of the regular curriculum and are open to domestic and international students alike. Click here for more information about that programme. Although we recommend that international IES participants speak some German, a specific level of German skills is not required. The level of English should be at least B1 (intermediate).


As a public German university, Ruhr West does not charge tuition. However, all students are required to pay a semester fee (currently €309.72 per semester).

Courses in English

Courses in English

This offer is an opportunity for international students from our partner universities to take a semester programme of courses in English at Ruhr West. No knowledge of German is necessary to complete the programme, but we do recommend that participants learn the language to be able to navigate daily life in Germany.

Courses in English in the summer semester 2018:

Business Administration:


Courses in English in the winter semester 2018/2019:


Business Administration:


  • German as a Foreign Language I ans II (depending on demand)
  • Business English I
  • Business English II
  • Technical English

Click on the course titles to retrieve detailed module descriptions. Each completed course is worth 6 ECTS credit points, unless otherwise noted. Most modules are taken from the fifth semester of undergraduate study.

The IES programme is open to all students, thus giving international and domestic students the opportunity to take the same courses together. All IES courses are based at the Mülheim campus unless otherwise noted.


Participants in the International Exchange Semester should come to the programme with basic knowledge in their field of study, as there are no introductory courses. In addition, good English language skills (at least B1 level) are required. Knowledge of German is helpful but not mandatory.


Registration for the International Exchange Semester is part of the application for an Erasmus/ exchange semester. Erasmus students use the Learning Agreement for their course choice.

Semester dates

Spring Semester 2018
Official Start of Semester  01.03.2018
Arrival Week for Incoming Students19.03.  – 23.03.2018
Welcome Week for Incoming Students26.03. – 29.03.2018
Start of Lectures  03.04.2018
End of Lectures 13.07.2018
Exam Period         16.07. – 03.08.2018

Winter Semester 2018 / 2019
Official Start of Semester  01.09.2018
Arrival Week for Incoming Students 17.09.  – 21.09.2018
Welcome Week for Incoming Students 24.09. – 28.09.2018
Start of Lectures01.10.2018
End of Lectures 25.01.2019
Exam Period 28.01. – 15.02.2019
Winter Break 24.12.2018 and 01.01.2019

Immigration and visas

Whether or not you need a visa to enter Germany and study here depends on your country of origin. Special regulations apply to citizens of the following countries:

  • Students from the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland do not need a visa or residence permit to enter Germany. They simply need to register with a local Bürgeramt (Citizens’ Office) within the first two weeks after their arrival and will automatically receive a 'Residence Permit for Study', provided they can show proof of sufficient funding and health insurance coverage. 
  • Students from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of South Korea, and the United States of America as well as Brazil, El Salvador, Andorra, Honduras, Monaco and San Marino do not need a visa to enter Germany. In addition to registering with a local Bürgeramt (Citizens’ Office) within the first two weeks after their arrival, students from these countries need to apply within three months to the local Ausländerbehörde (Aliens’ Registration Office) for the 'Residence Permit for Study'.

All other students require a German student visa (issued by a German Embassy) before entering Germany. Please note that even if you come from a country (other than those mentioned above) whose citizens can enter Germany with a simple tourist visa, you must possess a German student visa in order to apply for the residence permit. Tourist visas cannot be converted into residence permits under any circumstances. So if you don’t have a student visa at the Citizens’ Office, you will be required to return to your home country. This regulation applies both to holders of a residence permit from another EU country and to persons who entered Germany with a tourist visa. There is absolutely no exception to this regulation and Ruhr West will not be able to assist you.

Applying for a student visa

Apply for your student visa at the German Embassy or Consulate in your home country, and do so well in advance, as processing may take several weeks. Your visa will be valid for up to 90 days. You will normally be required to submit the documents listed below. The Embassy, however, can ask for additional documents or further clarifications. The information provided by them takes priority.

  • Visa application form (available at the Embassy)
  • A valid passport
  • Zulassungsbescheid (Letter of Admission) from Ruhr West (issued upon admission)
  • Finanzierungsnachweis (proof of sufficient financial resources)
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
  • Proof of any academic credits gained or examinations passed
  • Proof of German proficiency
  • 2 passport-sized photographs (35mm x 45mm)

For further questions, please refer to the German Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Addresses are available at the website of the Federal Foreign Office, which also provides further information on the visa process and the appropriate application forms.

Proof of financial resources

Non-EU students in Germany are required to submit evidence of sufficient funds to finance their studies in Germany. In most cases, this proof of financial resources (German: Finanzierungsnachweis) must be included with the visa application. Expected living expenses are estimated by the Aliens’ Registration Office based on BAföG, a German funding programme for living expenses. At present, you must prove you have at least €670 per month, or €8,040 per academic year at your disposal.

Proof of financial resources can be provided in various ways. The following forms are generally accepted:

  • Paying the required amount of money to a blocked bank account in Germany.
  • Having a German resident provide the Aliens’ Registration Office with a written statement that they will cover your expenses (sponsorship).
  • Receiving a scholarship from a recognised scholarship provider.
  • Providing a bank guarantee from a bank institute in Germany.
  • Submitting evidence of your parents’ income and financial assets.

Contact the German Embassy or Consulate in your country to find out which form of financial proof is required.

Please note: Although international students are allowed to work in Germany under certain conditions, you should not expect to work to cover the cost of your education at Ruhr West.