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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

Information about Nuremberg Tech

Academic calendar
The academic year is divided into two semesters:

Winter semester: 1 October to 14 March
Examination period: Mid-January to mid-February
Semester break (no lectures): 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


Choice of courses
Please refer to the module handbook for each respective degree programme.
The final course catalogue will be available approximately 6-8 weeks before the semester begins.

Applied ChemistryApplied Mathematics, Physics and HumanitiesArchitectureCivil Engineering
Business AdministrationDesignElectrical Engineering, Precision Engineering, Information TechnologyComputer Science
Mechanical Engineering and Building Services EngineeringSocial SciencesProcess EngineeringMaterials Engineering
Nuremberg School of Health

An Academic Coordinator will discuss your choice of courses with you during the first week of the semester. During our 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 in your courses, please contact the Academic Coordinator in your Faculty.

Grading system

with distinction1.0 - 1.2
very good1.3 - 1.5
good1.6 - 1.71.8 - 1.92.0 - 2.12.2 - 2.32.4 - 2.5
satisfactory2.6 - 2.72.8 - 2.93.0 - 3.13.2 - 3.33.4 - 3.5
sufficient3.6 - 3.73.8 - 4.0

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 €75 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.

Arrival and orientation

Orientation days
Before the start of each semester, the International Office organizes orientation days for all exchange students. There, you will receive information about important formalities: enrolment, registration with the Residents’ Registration Office, taking out health insurance, etc.

  • In the winter semester, the orientation day usually 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 usually takes place on 2 March.

The definitive date of the orientation day will be sent to you in an email from the International Office.
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 the orientation day. Additional opportunities to complete formalities will take place in the first few days.

Rooms in the hall of residence are available for moving in 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 on various 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.


Living in halls of residence

The International Office has a limited number of rooms available in halls of residence and apartments in the dormitories of the Studentenwerk Erlangen-Nürnberg. These rooms may only be leased via the International Office and are subject to special conditions.  


  • Set contract periods: March/April – August/September or September/October – February/March
  • Maximum contract period: 2 semesters
  • Due on contract signing: Payment of the first  and second rent payments , together with a security deposit
  • You can move out at any time before the end of the contract period, but rent must be paid in full until the end of the contract period
  • The Studentenwerk is exclusively responsible for room allocation - special requests for location and room type may be made but are not binding

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

Facilities in halls of residence

  • Classic residential accommodation in “WG” (=”Wohngemeinschaft” a shared flat with multiple renters) - an own room, shared kitchen, bath, and WC
  • Single rooms and apartments with single bathroom/kitchen can also be rented, if available.
  • Furnishing: 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.
  • Mobile data and internet connections are available in every flat.

You can find more information about the halls of residence and types of accommodation at


Depending on the size, location, and facilities,  approx. 180 - 250 euros per month (plus electricity).

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.

Application deadlines:

  • Deadline for application for the following winter semester:    15 June
  • Deadline for application for the following summer semester: 15 December

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


Student visa und residence permit (“zu Studienzwecken”)

Students from EU Member States

Students from EU Member States do not require a visa.

Students from countries outside the EU

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 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

    • A confirmation letter from Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm

    • Proof of financing

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

On the website of the Federal Foreign Office you can find an overview of countries for which there is a visa requirement for entry to Germany.

Students from non-EU Member States with an EU student residence permit

Within the framework of EU mobility (REST Directive), students from non-EU Member States who have a valid student residence permit in another EU Member State may study in Germany up to 360 days without a visa. Students with residence permits in Great Britain, Ireland, or Denmark are excepted. The residence permit must be valid for the entire period of stay in Germany.

If this mobility regulation applies to you, Nuremberg Tech must inform the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) of your stay and transfer any required documentation. Please inform the Incomings team in a timely manner about your intent to study in German (at the latest 60 days prior to your entry to the country).

Required documents:
  • Registration form (please request this from the Incomings team)
  • A copy of your residence permit of the EU Member State (issued for the purpose of studying and valid for the period of your stay at Nuremberg Tech)
  • A copy of your valid passport
  • Documentation of your participation in a European Union or multilateral programme (e.g. Erasmus)
  • Letter of Acceptance (“Zulassung”) from the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg
  • Proof of financing in the amount of 861 euros / month (e.g. blocked account (‘Sperrkonto’), confirmation of a stipend from the funder)
  • Proof of health insurance (e.g. a copy of your European health insurance card)

Please email all documents to the Incomings team.

You can find more information about the REST Directive on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees .


Proof of financing

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 861 euros  per month.
If, for example, you would like to spend 5 months as an exchange student at Nuremberg Tech, you must show evidence of an account containing at least 4,305 euros for the entire duration of your stay in Nuremberg. You can provide proof of financing 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 (“Aufenthaltserlaubnis”) to cover the remainder of your stay within those three months. You can do that at the Foreigners’ Registration Office (“Ausländerbehörde” = 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. The cost of health insurance for students is approximately €110 per month.

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.

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: incomingsatth-nuernbergPunktde



Before applying, exchange students must be nominated by the International Office of their home university for a study semester at Nuremberg Tech via email with details of the student's name, degree programme and study cycle (Bachelor/Master) as well as the corresponding exchange semester at the THN. 


Students can only apply for a study semester at Nuremberg Tech after they have been nominated. Applications for an exchange semester at Nuremberg Tech must be submitted by using our online form .

Declaration of Consent for the use of the online portal, MoveOn.

Please register on the platform, complete the online form with all required information, and upload the following documents as pdf files:

  • Confirmation of nomination from your home university
  • A full CV
  • A current academic transcript
  • Evidence of language proficiency (German and/or English)
  • A copy of your passport or national identity card
  • Registration form for the German Intensive Course (optional)

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 the decision is in your favour, we will send the letter of acceptance  to the coordinator at your home university or directly to you.   

Coordinator and advisor for international exchange students from partner universities

Olga Strobel
Stefanie Ueberberg

Email: incomingsatth-nuernbergPunktde

Coordinator and advisor for international exchange students from partner universities, Coordinator of the culture and leisure programme

Coordinator and contact for matters related to halls of residence for international exchange students