Current information

CURRENT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19

Studying abroad is still possible in principle and can be undertaken, if you wish and bearing your own risk. Please look closely into the required precautions and requirements that are described in the “Safety information” section below. Please observe the travel advisories related to the coronavirus pandemic from the Foreign Office while planning for the upcoming semester abroad and continually monitor the developments in the country or countries you intend to visit.
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/covid-19/2296762

All outgoings from Nuremberg Tech are asked to ensure their accessibility while abroad and to enter their information into the ELEFAND system, the crisis precaution system of the Foreign Office. Entering your information into the ELEFAND crisis precaution system is intended to ensure that students who are abroad can be reached in an emergency by a representative of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Ways to study abroad

On a daily basis, we see how our world is being impacted upon by the onward march of internationalization. Many companies prefer employees with international experience and automatically require recruits to be proficient in foreign languages.
By ensuring that your studies include a well-planned period of time spent abroad, you will have the opportunity to expand your subject knowledge from a different viewpoint, to experience a foreign culture, and therefore to significantly improve your proficiency in the language.

Spending time abroad is also a significant factor in your personal development. Flexibility and social competence are playing an increasingly important role in our society today. Spending a longer period of time in a foreign country and therefore having to engage on a personal level with the local culture and lifestyle promotes the development of those skills in particular.

Students have a large number of opportunities when it comes to spending part of their studies abroad:
They can complete a semester of studies abroad, attend a summer school, obtain a double degree, write their final thesis abroad or obtain a doctorate that involves one of the partner universities abroad.

Nuremberg Institute of Technology has cooperation agreements with around 160 partner universities worldwide. These partnerships between universities make it easier for students to spend a period of time abroad:

  • by waiving or reducing the course fee usually payable at the partner university
  • by recognizing the coursework achieved at the partner university
  • by ensuring that students are placed by and receive organizational support from the International Office
  • by providing financial support (subject to availability)
  • by providing accommodation in halls of residence (subject to availability)

Students who wish to make use of these benefits should enquire at the International Office as early as possible (at least 1 year before their stay abroad begins).

The OUTGOINGS Guide  will provide you with a summary of all of the essential tips and information about spending a semester studying at a partner university abroad.

Various testimonials from previous outgoing exchange students can be found on the Nuremberg Tech intranet.

Summary of all degree-related study abroad

A record of all  degree-related study abroad is created at Nuremberg Tech and the experience is officially documented in the Diploma Supplement, the annex to the final official transcript conferred upon you. 
The “ Record of degree-related study abroad ” form required for this purpose can be found in the download center on the homepage of the Student Office.
Please complete the record form and send it to the Student Advisory Service (email: studienbuero@th-nuernberg.de)   after completing your studies abroad  along with the confirmation from the host university.

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Studying abroad with Erasmus

The explanatory video  about Erasmus can be found here: Study abroad with Erasmus+

 

Outgoing Erasmus students
The core of the Erasmus programme – degree-related study abroad – makes it possible for students to spend a period of 3 to 12 months studying  in one of the participating countries.

Studying abroad under the Erasmus programme
The Erasmus programme gives students the opportunity to study in another European country and to expand their social and cultural skills.
While doing so, they will familiarize themselves with the academic system of a university abroad and will benefit from the teaching and learning methods in use there.
After completing the first year of their degree programme, students can receive funding for a period of three to twelve months studying at a host university abroad, including in order to obtain a doctorate.

Who can receive funding?
Once they have completed the first year of their degree programme, all enrolled full-time students at Nuremberg Institute of Technology can study at an Erasmus partner university in Europe. 

For how long can a student from Nuremberg Tech attend an Erasmus partner university in another EU country?

Students can receive funding for up to 12 months/360 days in each stage of their university studies (bachelor’s degree/ master’s degree). The total number of funded days for study purposes must not exceed 360.


What benefits does the Erasmus programme offer to students at Nuremberg Tech?
- A mobility allowance (490 to 600 euros, depending on the host country) per  month of funding
- Exemption from course fees at the host university
- Support in preparing for the stay abroad
- Study outcomes achieved abroad are recognized for academic purposes

Special funding for participants with a disability or students with a child
Special funding can be applied for by students with a degree of disability of 30% or greater. Special funding can also be awarded to students with a child. If either of these situations applies, please contact us to clarify next steps.
For further information, please visit the web pages of the DAAD:
-  Special grants for students with children
- Special grants for students with a disability      

The financial support that students receive for Erasmus+ stays abroad is determined by the differences in living costs in the destination countries (programme countries)

Mobility allowance per destination country (valid from September 2022):
Group 1: 600 euros per month
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden

Group 2: 540 euros per month
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal,  Spain

Group 3: 490 euros per month
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey


Online Learning Agreement (OLA)

The Online Learning Agreement is an essential component of the Erasmus mobility programme that is agreed digitally. It identifies which subjects/courses you intend to take at the partner university and which credits will be accepted for transfer back to Nuremberg Tech.

The Online Learning Agreement must be completed before your mobility begins. The Online Learning Agreement is arranged between the home university and host university and is valid only after all parties have signed: the student and the respective examination boards at Nuremberg Tech and the host university. 

Online Linguistic Support (OLS) and OLS Language Assessment
The European Commission has made online language support available – it can currently be accessed for 24 languages (Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Irish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian,  Spanish, Swedish). 
The OLS language assessment in the respective main instructional language of their guest university programme is required for all Erasmus+ participants before their mobility begins. However, it does not form a selection criterion for funding under the Erasmus+ programme and does not apply to native speakers. The language test  assesses and documents a person’s current level of proficiency in a language. 
In addition, Erasmus participants can use the OLS language course to improve their foreign language proficiency in the instructional language or in the national language during their time abroad.

Agreements made with partner universities regarding specific levels of linguistic proficiency (a minimum of B2 level) must therefore not be confused with the online test.
When selecting participants, some other type of evidence must be provided for those linguistic proficiency requirements.

Grant Agreement
After submitting all supporting documents Erasmus students receive an Erasmus Grant Agreement. It is mandatory that this agreement be signed and submitted as an original before the study abroad begins.

Financial disbursement
The first disbursement at 70% is issued at the beginning of the study abroad. The remaining 30% is disbursed in a second payment after the Erasmus study abroad has concluded and the documentation of the end of the mobility has been received.

Notice regarding requirement to submit a report
All students who receive funding and have participated in an Erasmus mobility measure are obliged to write a report about the Mobility Tool Plus once the measure is complete and to submit it together with the relevant documentation.

Insurance
All Erasmus programme grantees from Nuremberg Tech are obliged to secure adequate insurance coverage for the entire duration of the Erasmus study abroad (including travel to and from the host country).
This includes, in particular:

  • Health insurance for the entire duration of the time abroad. It is important to note that national health insurance with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) only provides basic insurance coverage. Often this is insufficient, specifically, if return transport to your home country or special medical interventions are necessary. Therefore, it is highly recommended to arrange for additional supplementary insurance.
  • Liability insurance
  • Accident insurance
  • Life insurance (recommended)

It is also important that the insurance policies take effect in the case of a pandemic. Furthermore, all grantees are obliged to determine if any additional insurance coverage is required in the host country and, if so, to secure such insurance policies.

Health and safety
Please be aware of all of the information provided in the section “Safety information”. Current information and links about the coronavirus pandemic are available in this section.

The coronavirus pandemic and Erasmus
We would like to emphasize that the Erasmus programme places the highest priority on health and safety. With the coronavirus pandemic in mind, we urgently ask all participants to research the current situation in their host country and any travel restrictions during the planning phase and/or before beginning a stay abroad; we also recommend considering beginning an Erasmus mobility virtually (online) and continuing in-person at a later date. The DAAD has a Corona-FAQ (in German) that is useful for students.
If you proceed with your Erasmus mobility in-person, please be sure that you have adequate insurance coverage if you will be visiting areas under travel warning or in the event of a pandemic. This is recommended urgently because not all international health insurance policies cover such cases.

 

How does one apply to study abroad under the Erasmus programme?
Interested students should please read the Erasmus Guide first of all and should then get in touch with the International Office.
Amongst other things, we will inform you where you can study abroad, how to apply , and what procedures have to be completed in order to obtain an Erasmus grant.

The selection criteria used when deciding whether to award a place to study on the Erasmus programme include factors such as the motivation, linguistic proficiency, and academic performance of the applicant.


Erasmus Students’ Charter
The rights and duties of students under the Erasmus+ programme are governed by the “Erasmus Students’ Charter”, a copy of which is provided to all students before their stay abroad begins.

Information and advising

Şemsi Çolak 
Office hours by telephone (0911/5880-4851):

Monday, 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Wednesday, 9.30 – 11.30 am

Additional information and advice concerning the Erasmus mobility measures can also be obtained from the:

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation
Kennedyallee 50
53115 Bonn
Tel: +49(0)228/882-8877
Fax: +49(0)228/882-555
Email: erasmusatdaadPunktde
Website: www.eu.daad.de

Linguistic proficiency

When submitting your application for a semester abroad, you will be required to provide evidence of a good knowledge in the teaching language of the partner university (Level B2/C1). The specific language requirements are set by the individual partner universities or exchange programmes themselves.
At many partner universities, courses are conducted in the English language.
It is however recommended to acquire a basic knowledge of the national language of the country concerned before applying, as it won’t always be possible to get by in everyday life using English.

In many cases, partner universities will test your linguistic proficiency again at the start of the semester abroad. When applying for a grant or a BAföG for study abroad, you will be required to provide evidence of your knowledge of the teaching language.

There are many ways to acquire and increase your language proficiency. For example, the Language Center at Nuremberg Tech offers a wide range of courses in various foreign languages. 

Common ways to demonstrate language proficiency are:

  • - language courses you have completed successfully (depending on the partner university: B2/C1 level - contact the Language Center for a Confirmation of Participation)
  • - the courses in Business English or Technical English (B2 level -   contact the Language Center for a Confirmation of Participation)
  • - the DAAD Language Certificate (C1 level -  contact the Language Center for an appointment)
  • - TOEFL (minimum score depending on the partner university and the type of test IbT, PbT, CbT)
  • - IELTS 6.0 - 6.5 (C1 level)

If you do not already have any explicit evidence of your linguistic proficiency, you can take a placement test at the Language Center and receive certification confirming your current level of linguistic proficiency.

Students who wish to increase their linguistic proficiency through conversation with a native speaker can get in touch with suitable speakers by means of the Language Tandem programme operated by the International Office: sprachtandematth-nuernbergPunktde

The cultural and leisure activities organized by the International Office also provide an opportunity to enter into conversations with international students at Nuremberg Tech and practise the foreign language.

Furthermore, many partner universities offer intensive courses before the start of the semester and operate regular language courses in the national language during the semester itself.

ECTS and credit transfers

In all cases, decisions regarding the recognition of coursework achieved abroad are taken by the examination board of the relevant Faculty.  
As a future exchange student and before commencing your studies abroad, you should clarify with the examination board of your Faculty at Nuremberg Tech which of the courses or examinations you will take at the partner university can be recognized towards your degree once you have returned. 
Please note that the provisions in the Examination Regulations concerning any deadlines must also be clarified prior to commencing any period abroad. The International Office will not accept any liability for any disadvantage you may suffer as a result of failing to follow regulations or instructions.
For students studying abroad under the Erasmus programme, the Learning Agreement should act as a guide when selecting courses and provide the highest degree of certainty that the outcomes they achieve abroad will be recognized on their return.   Before commencing your stay abroad, please make sure that your Learning Agreement is signed off by the examination board of your Faculty. 
You can however make changes to the Learning Agreement during the first few weeks of your semester abroad, in consultation with the examination board.

What is ECTS?
ECTS (European Credit Transfer System and Accumulation System) is a project of the European Commission that sets out to facilitate the recognition of academic coursework achieved abroad. Individual institutions and/or faculties are able to decide whether or not to participate in the ECTS. ECTS is based on a trustful collaboration between the participating universities in Europe and is therefore governed by only a small number of rules. The fixed components of ECTS are: ECTS credits, ECTS grades, Learning Agreements, and the Transcript of Records.

What are ECTS credits?
ECTS credits represent the work and effort expended by a student in connection with the course concerned. The assignment of credits to the individual courses is carried out by the universities themselves as they see fit. One semester of full-time study corresponds to 30 ECTS credits (and one year is therefore equivalent to 60 ECTS credits and one term is equivalent to 20 ECTS credits). Credits are awarded once a student has successfully completed the relevant coursework or examination. ECTS credits can only be awarded for courses that form part of a student’s enrolled degree programme.


What are ECTS grades?
The grades for a particular course are awarded in accordance with the grading system in use at the university concerned. In order to make it easy for grades to be converted into the grading system in use at the student’s home university, a descriptive ECTS grading system was developed, though it does not replace the national grading system in any way.

How does the ECTS operate?

By agreement with the ECTS Coordinator, students from participating universities can spend part of their degree programme at one of the established ECTS partner universities.
Your host university will issue you with an information package consisting of this general guide, known as the “International Student Guide”, together with the ECTS Handbook for the Faculty concerned. In the future, those handbooks will also be made available online. The handbooks contain a description of the subject area and the degree programme. They also contain details about the content of all courses offered, the credits awarded for them, the type of examination, etc.

Before the student departs, the courses the student should attend are specified precisely in the Learning Agreement drawn up between the two partner universities and their official contacts.  Changes during the student’s stay abroad must be discussed with both official contacts involved. Once the student returns to their home university, their coursework can be recognized by means of the Transcript of Records. This ensures that the student does not lose any time due to the fact that they spent time abroad.

Funding opportunities

Funding a one- or two-semester period of study abroad is not always easy, as it is often associated with additional costs. There are however a large number of grants and funding programmes that may provide you with financial support while studying abroad.

A list of selected offers is available below. When applying, make sure that you apply by the relevant deadline, that your application documents are complete, and that you meet all of the funding criteria.

Funding programmes for studying in Europe

  • Erasmus+

Funding for one or two semesters of study at one of Nuremberg Tech’s partner universities. The amount of funding is determined by the destination country, and students receiving Erasmus grants do not pay any course fees.
Information

  • Deutschlandstipendium

Only two to three per cent of students in Germany currently receive a grant. That figure is very low compared to other industrialized nations. Nuremberg Institute of Technology would like to change that and has been issuing Deutschlandstipendien to students since the winter semester 2011.
Information

  • BAYHOST

The Bavarian Academic Center for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (BAYHOST) is an institution set up by all universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of the arts in Bavaria and awards grants for study and research stays, summer language courses and internships in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
Information

  • The GFPS grant programme

The “Gemeinschaft für studentischen Austausch in Mittel - und Osteuropa (GFPS) e.V.” (Association for Student Exchanges in Central and Eastern Europe) awards grants for periods of study in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Information

  • BFHZ

The Franco-Bavarian University Cooperation Center awards mobility allowances to students at Bavarian universities planning a period of study or taking up an internship at an institution of higher education in France.
Information

Funding programmes for studying in Asia, Australia and New Zealand

  • BayCHINA

The Bavarian University Center for China awards grants for periods of study, internships, and writing final theses in China.
Information

  • BayIND

The Bavarian-Indian Center for Business and University Cooperation awards grants for periods of study, research stays, and summer schools in India.
Information

  • Institut Ranke-Heinemann

Full or partial grants, and grants to cover travel costs for a period of study in Australia or New Zealand
Information

  • GOstralia!

Full or partial grants, and grants to cover travel costs for a period of study in Australia

Dates vary, depending on the issuing university
Information

Funding programmes for study in North, Central, or South America

  • Fulbright

The German-American Fulbright Commission awards grants for periods of study at US universities and grants to cover travel costs.
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  • Institut Ranke-Heinemann

Grants for a period of study in Canada
Information

  • BAYLAT

The Bavarian Academic Center for Latin America awards grants for periods of study, internships, and writing final theses in Latin America.
Information

Funding programmes for study worldwide

  • PROMOS: A programme to enhance student mobility

Grants and travel cost allowances for periods of study or internships for students from Nuremberg Tech, worldwide. These are issued by the International Office at Nuremberg Tech.
Information and Applying

  • Fonds Hochschule International

The Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts awards grants to encourage students to undertake periods of study or internships abroad. The grant is awarded by the International Office at Nuremberg Tech.
Requirement: The grant is awarded based on need. Students must have completed all of their basic modules and have achieved a good academic performance.

Application must be made before the stay abroad begins.
Information

  • DAAD

The German Academic Exchange Service is the first port of call when it comes to organizing periods of study abroad. It provides a database of grants, ranging from grants for a full year in any country and any subject, grants for combined study and internships abroad, grants for language courses, etc.
Information

  • Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)

This organization awards grants for periods of study and research, as well as for internships abroad (Europe, Asia, USA).
Information

  • The MyStipendium grants database

An extensive database listing funding opportunities and grants for periods spent abroad
Information

  • Associations providing grants for outstanding students

These associations award grants and provide study support for periods spent abroad.
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Funding by means of BAföG for study abroad and loans

  • BAföG for study abroad

Even students who are not entitled to receive BAföG in Germany can in some cases apply for BAföG for study abroad. Over and above the funding provided to students studying in Germany, BAföG for study abroad can also include allowances for travel costs, health insurance, and a supplement for studying abroad. Different BAföG abroad offices are responsible for awarding grants, depending on the destination country.

Applications must be submitted at least 6 months before the stay abroad commences.
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  • Educational loan

The German Federal Government has set up a system of educational loans for students undertaking advanced level studies: a total loan amount of 1,000 euros to 7,200 euros, optionally available in 24 monthly instalments of 100 euros, 200 euros or 300 euros, a very favourable interest rate, simple to apply for online, repayments are not required until four years after the first amount was paid out, and a low monthly repayment rate amounting to 120 euros.
Information  

  • Student loan from KfW Bank

The KfW Banking Group issues student loans for studies and internships (including abroad) during the advanced stage of the degree programme.
Information

Applying

At present, Nuremberg Institute of Technology has around 160 cooperation agreements in place with international partner universities for the purposes of student exchanges, approximately 80 of which are financed by the EU’s Erasmus education programme.

All normally enrolled students at the Nuremberg Institute of Technology are entitled to apply for a study place on our exchange programmes. Such exchange visits will be for a duration of between three and twelve months, depending on the programme. As part of these programmes, you may also write your final thesis during your time abroad. While studying abroad, you will continue to be enrolled at our university.  

All applications for study places submitted in connection with exchange programmes are processed via the Nuremberg Institute of Technology’s International Office. 

Please approach the International Office and the appropriate academic coordinator within your Faculty in good time in order to obtain information concerning partner universities and possible funding opportunities, and to submit your application. Where possible, it is important that you begin planning your study abroad a year in advance of the commencement of your planned stay abroad.

 

Application process

Applications for an exchange semester at one of our partner universities must be submitted to the International Office by using an  online form (the link will be active as of 31 May 2022 ).

Please log in using your my.ohm login (username and password). https://intern.ohmportal.de/institutionen/zentrale-it/logins/myohm/page.html
Privacy policy for using 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:

  • A cover letter written in the respective teaching language of your first-choice partner university
  • CV in table format and in the relevant teaching language, together with a photo, if necessary
  • Documentation of proficiency in the relevant national or teaching language of your first-choice partner university
  • Current transcript of records
  • Copy of your current confirmation of enrolment
  • Approval from your Faculty’s academic coordinator (see the Faculty-specific overview of partner institutions).
    The academic coordinator must have received your complete application (including all documents) in order to approve your nomination.

On your application form, you should always indicate at least two alternatives to your first-choice partner university. Your application should be addressed to your first-choice partner university.

Submitting more than one application is not permitted.
It is also not permitted to submit an application directly - without being processed through the International Office - to a partner university .

 

Application deadlines

for the summer semester 2023: by 31 July 2022
for the winter semester 2023/2024: by 31 January 2023

Important: 
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Candidates will be selected by the International Office in consultation with the relevant academic coordinator. Around four to six weeks after the closing date for applications, you will be informed whether you have been nominated for a suitable study place.
Before commencing your stay abroad, you should also familiarize yourself with the situation in your host country.
Amongst other organizations, the DAAD (https://www.daad.de/de/) and the German Federal Foreign Office (https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de) provide useful information on their websites.

Safety information

Information about general safety precautions

Studying abroad is still possible in principle in any country and can be undertaken, if you wish and bearing your own risk. Please note the following general information about safety precautions in your planning:

  • Submit your information in any case to the crisis provision list “ Elefand ” at the German Foreign Office for German citizens
  • Remember your health care provisions (travel health insurance, vaccinations, prophylaxis, first-aid items, and medications)
  • Educate yourself about your host country and what behaviours are appropriate there
  • Make note of important emergency numbers
  • Copy/scan important documents

A detailed overview of the most important safety precautions with links is available in the following checklist from the DAAD: Information about general safety precautions

Travel and safety information from the German Foreign Office

The Foreign Office offers the app “ Sicher Reisen ” and publishes travel information, safety information, and travel warnings regularly.

  • Travel information will cover the entry requirements of a country, medical information, particular legal information (criminal and customs law). The information provided is regularly reviewed and updated.
  • Safety information indicates specific risks for Germans who are traveling or living abroad. They may contain recommendations to refrain or restrict travel. As may be appropriate, there may be an explicit advisory against undertaking not absolutely necessary travel or any travel at all. The information is regularly reviewed and updated.
  • Travel warnings contain urgent appeals from the Foreign Office to refrain from traveling to a country or region of a country. They are only issued, if it is necessary to warn against travel to a country or a region of a country due to an acute danger to limb and life. Travel warnings are only seldom issued. Germans who live in a country for which a travel warning is issued may be summoned to leave the country.

Travel and safety information as well as travel warnings are based on information available to the Foreign Office at a given time that is considered reliable by that office. A guarantee that the information is correct and complete as well as liability for possible damages cannot be assumed.

The Foreign Office continues to urgently advise securing travel health insurance with repatriation insurance if travelling abroad.

Information related to the Covid-19 pandemic:

The spread of Covid-19 continues to lead to severe restrictions on international air traffic and travel, entry restrictions, quarantine measures, and disruption of public life, such as curfews, in many countries. Changes to the regulations are sometimes made without any advance notice and with immediate effect. Some countries require a negative PCR test result for entry.
In a case of infection locally, the quarantine measures of the country you are visiting must be followed; repatriation is not possible.

Please visit the homepage of the Foreign Office as well as the Robert Koch Institute for information about the current Covid-19 situation, regularly.

 

The  OUTGOINGS Guide  will provide you with a summary of essential tips and information about spending a semester studying at a partner university abroad.


Please contact us, at any time, if you have any questions related to studying abroad at our new email address:

outgoingsatth-nuernbergPunktde

Unit - Europe (Erasmus+ programme)

Semsi Colak
Office hours by telephone (0911/5880-4851):

Monday: 14.00 - 15.30
Wednesday: 9.30 - 11.00

Unit - Americas, Russia and Ukraine

Renate Zehetbauer
Office hours by telephone (0911/5880-4115) or MS Teams (zehetbauerre):

Tuesday: 1.00 - 3.00 pm
Wednesday: 9.30 - 11.30

Unit - Africa and Asia-Pacific

Ann-Kathrin Lauer
Telephone office hours (0911/5880-4293):

Monday: 11.45 am - 13.45 pm
Wednesday: 09.30 am - 11.30 pm