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Each year, Nuremberg Institute of Technology (Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm) welcomes around 150 exchange students who spend one or two semesters at Nuremberg Tech by virtue of the university’s cooperation agreements, which are more than 160 in number.

The university warmly invites international exchange students to take part in student life here in Nuremberg. Not only will they gain new academic experiences, they will also have the opportunity to learn about German culture, to meet other international students, and to expand their personal horizon.

Our aim is not only to help exchange students get used to their everyday routine as students, but to help them achieve their academic objectives. Academic support is provided by the project coordinators in the various Faculties. During your stay, the International Office will help you with your accommodation in a hall of residence, with opening a bank account, and with issues regarding health insurance and liability insurance. We will also assist you with the various processes that apply to foreign nationals. We also offer a varied programme of cultural and leisure activities and are there for you if ever you need advice.

We look forward to welcoming you here as an exchange student and wish you a pleasant, successful, and enriching stay at Nuremberg Tech both from an academic and a personal point of view.

From the International Office Team

University information

Academic calendar
The academic year is subdivided into two semesters:
Winter semester: 1 October to 14 March
Examination period: Mid-January to mid-February
Semester break from approx. 24 December to 6 January and from mid-February to mid-March
Summer semester: 15 March to 30 September
Examination period: Late June to late July
Semester break: August and September

Semester fees
As an exchange student from one of our partner institutions, you are not required to pay course fees. At enrolment, however, you must pay €52 (Student Services (Studentenwerk) contribution) and a solidarity contribution of €76 for your VGN ticket per semester. The Studentenwerk administers all halls of residence and the cafeterias. Accommodation and meals for students are offered at reduced prices. The solidarity contribution for the VGN ticket allows you to use public transport in Nuremberg on weekends and at night (Monday to Friday) free of charge. If you pay the above amounts during the orientation days, you can benefit from these discounts.

Orientation days
To help you complete the formalities once you have arrived, the International Office organizes orientation weeks before the start of each semester. These begin with a central orientation day that is compulsory for all exchange students.

  • In the winter semester, the orientation day generally takes place on 2 September for students taking part in the intensive German course and 1 October for students not arriving until the start of the semester.
  • The orientation day in the summer semester generally takes place on 2 March.

Choice of courses
The Academic Coordinator will discuss your choice of courses with you during the first week of the semester. During the orientation days, we will give you the contact details of the Coordinators in your Faculty and their office hours. If you have any questions about your choice of courses or are having any linguistic problems on your courses, please contact the Academic Coordinator in your Faculty.


Please submit the following documents along with your application form:

  • A full CV
  • A current academic transcript
  • Evidence of language proficiency (German or English)
  • A copy of your passport or national identity card

Please send all documentation via the International Office of your home university and address your application to the corresponding Exchange Coordinator at Nuremberg Tech:

Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm
International Office
Kesslerplatz 12
90489 Nuremberg

Application deadlines:
15 May (for the winter semester)
15 November (for the summer semester)

Once all documentation has been received, the application process will take place at Nuremberg Institute of Technology. If we decide to offer you a place, we will send the letter of acceptance to the Coordinator at your home university or directly to you.   

German Intensive Course

Twice a year, in collaboration with the Language Center at Nuremberg Tech, we offer an intensive course in German before the start of the semester (known as a German Intensive Course or GIC) for exchange students who are learning German or who want to improve their proficiency in the language.

  • Winter semester: Start of course: beginning of September; duration: 4 weeks; registration by 15 June, 4 ECTS

  • Summer semester: Start of course: beginning of March; duration: 2 weeks; registration by 15 December, 2 ECTS

The GIC concentrates on everyday communication and communication in typical academic situations, on reading and listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and language practice.

If you have registered for the GIC, taking part is compulsory.
At the end of the course, there will be an exam. If you pass the exam, the ECTS credits for the course will appear on your transcript.

Conditions of participation
All exchange students from partner institutions of Nuremberg Tech are entitled to take part in the GIC and are exempt from course fees. However, the costs of accommodation and living costs are paid by the students themselves.

Course levels
We offer courses at four levels, based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Beginners Level I (A1), Beginners Level II (A2), Intermediate Level I (B1), Intermediate Level II (B2)

Once you have registered for the course, further information (such as the precise time and location) will be sent to you in good time by email.

1) Complete the registration form.
2) Ask the Exchange Programme Coordinator at your home university to confirm and sign the form.
3) Please send it by fax or email (see the registration form).

Please note that we cannot process registration forms that have not been confirmed.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with us: International.officeatth-nuernbergPunktde


Applying for a visa
Students from EU Member States do not require a visa.

Students from countries outside the EU should enquire at the German Embassy or Consulate in their home country to find out whether a visa is required.
Students from certain countries can enter Germany without a visa, but must then apply for a residence permit at the Foreigners’ Authority in Nuremberg within 90 days. Students from all other countries outside the EU must apply for a student’s visa from the German Embassy or Consulate in their home country.

When applying for a visa, you will generally need to provide the following documents:

    • A valid passport

    • A completed visa application, which you can obtain from the embassy

    • The letter of acceptance from the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm

    • Proof of finance

    • Some embassies require proof of health insurance (please note that you will in all cases need to take out student’s insurance with a healthcare insurance organization in Germany)   

Proof of finance
In order to fulfil the requirements for a student visa, international students are required to provide proof that they possess sufficient finances to pay for their stay.
At the present time, the German authorities require students to demonstrate that they will have €735 per month (as at 11/2016). If, for example, you would like to spend 5 months as an exchange student at Nuremberg Institute of Technology, you must show evidence of an account containing at least €3,675 for the entire duration of your stay in Nuremberg. You can provide proof of finance in various ways. Please ask the German Embassy or Consulate for details and decide for yourself which method is best for you.
Once you have submitted all of the necessary documents, it will take a few weeks for your application to be processed. After that, you will be issued an entry visa for Germany (national visa), which should be valid for at least three months.
After arriving in Germany, you must apply for a residence permit to cover the remainder of your stay within those three months. You can do that at the Foreigners’ Authority (ABH) in Nuremberg. We will help you complete this important step.


Health insurance
All registered students in Germany must hold health insurance.

  • European exchange students:
    Please bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card with you. You can normally find this on the reverse side of your standard health insurance card.
  • Exchange students from non-EU countries:
    In order to enrol at Nuremberg Institute of Technology, you must take out statutory health insurance in Germany. We will do this together during the orientation days. The cost of health insurance for students is approximately €91 per month (as at 11/2016).

Please note, however, that German health insurance for students only becomes valid at the start of the semester (that is, from 15 March for the summer semester and from 1 October for the winter semester). If you arrive in Germany before those dates, it is your responsibility to make sure that you hold health insurance for your journey and for the time before the semester officially begins. Please also note that some German Embassies or Consulates will require you to show that you have health insurance covering the time up to the beginning of the semester.

Liability insurance
We strongly advise you to take out liability insurance for the whole of your stay in Germany that provides cover against any losses or damage you may cause to third parties or their property. Liability insurance is not compulsory, but we strongly advise you to take it out, in order to avoid having to pay high costs if ever you cause any losses or damage. If you decide to take out liability insurance, we will give you more information about this during the orientation event.


Living in halls of residence
The International Office has a limited number of rooms available in halls of residence and apartments. The lessor is the Studentenwerk Erlangen-Nuremberg.
These rooms may only be leased via the International Office. 

Facilities in halls of residence
Halls of residence are normally made up of shared flats (“WGs”) - this means that the kitchen, bathroom, and toilet are shared with other students.
Single rooms and private apartments with their own kitchen and bathroom are also available.
All rooms are furnished with a bed, mattress, desk, chair, wardrobe, and lighting.
Kitchens are equipped with an oven and a fridge; however, you will need to provide most, if not all, of your own crockery.
Duvets, pillows, and crockery can be purchased cheaply on site when you arrive.
Mobile data and internet connections are available in every flat.

Information regarding all of the halls of residence can be obtained from:

Depending on the size, location, and facilities, approx. 200 euros per month.  

Applying for a place in a hall of residence
All exchange students who come to Nuremberg from one of our partner universities will be provided with a room in a hall of residence belonging to the Studentenwerk.
You will be sent a link to the application form once your application to attend the university has been approved.
Please observe the deadlines for application in this regard: 

Extended Application deadlines for the winter semester 2020/21

Application deadline for rental agreements from 1 September: 30 June 2020
Application deadline for rental agreements from 1 October: 15 July 2020

Once this deadline has passed, it will no longer be possible to obtain a room within halls of residence!

Once you have submitted your online application, the Studentenwerk will email you directly asking you to click on a link to confirm your application.
Important: If you do not click on this link, your application will not be activated and will therefore not be valid!


- Fixed contract periods 1 March – 31 August/31 September or 1 September/1 October – 28 February
- Maximum term of contract: 2 semesters
- Payment of the first and second rent payments, together with a security deposit, upon conclusion of the contract
- It is possible to move out before your tenancy ends, but you must continue paying until the end of the contract
- Rooms are allocated by the Studentenwerk 

Further information about admissions procedures and offers can be found under "SOK-Aufnahme".


Arrival and orientation

Orientation day
Before the start of the semester, the International Office organizes an orientation day for all exchange students. There, you will receive important information and will be able to complete all important formalities (enrolment, registration with the Residents’ Registration Office, taking out health insurance, etc.). The relevant Exchange Coordinator will tell you the date of the orientation day when giving you your letter of acceptance.
All exchange students are obliged to take part in the orientation day. Do not book any flights or rail tickets until you have been told the date of your orientation day. Additional opportunities to complete formalities will take place in parallel to the GIC language course in the first few days.

We would like to point out that your room in the hall of residence will be available to you from the first working day of the month. Please plan your arrival accordingly. If you wish to come one or more days in advance, you can find favourably priced accommodation via online booking platforms.

Once you have booked your travel, please let us know when you plan to arrive so that we can organize an appointment for you to collect your room key.

Student buddies will be available to help you, especially during the first few weeks after you arrive. Around two weeks before you arrive, your buddy will make contact with you by email and discuss the details of your arrival with you.

Moving into the hall of residence
Each hall of residence has its own caretaker, who is responsible for the house rules, issuing keys, carrying out repairs, etc. Generally speaking, you collect your key in the morning from Monday to Friday. This means that if you arrive in Nuremberg in the afternoon, you will need to book a hotel room for your first night.

Support for international exchange students

Halls of residence and apartments for international exchange students and guests