Information for exchange students

Information about the Ohm

Information Sheet for Exchange Studies - 2024


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 Chemistry Applied Mathematics, Physics and Humanities Architecture Civil Engineering
Business Administration Design Electrical Engineering, Precision Engineering, Information Technology Computer Science
Mechanical Engineering and Building Services Engineering Social Sciences Process Engineering Materials 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 distinction 1.0 - 1.2        
very good 1.3 - 1.5        
good 1.6 - 1.7 1.8 - 1.9 2.0 - 2.1 2.2 - 2.3 2.4 - 2.5
satisfactory 2.6 - 2.7 2.8 - 2.9 3.0 - 3.1 3.2 - 3.3 3.4 - 3.5
sufficient 3.6 - 3.7 3.8 - 4.0      

Semester fees
As an exchange student from one of our partner institutions, you are not required to pay course fees. However, when you enrol, you must pay the “Studerendenwerksbeitrag” (Student Services fee), which is currently 67 euros, each semester. The Student Services (“Studierendenwerk”) administers all halls of residence and the cafeterias. Accommodation and meals for students are offered at reduced prices. 

Arrival and orientation

Orientation days
Before the start of each semester, the International Office organises orientation days for all exchange students. At these events 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 mid-September (online orientation) 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 halls 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.

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 halls of residence
Each hall of residence has its own caretaker, who is responsible for the house rules, issuing keys, carrying out repairs, etc. You can collect keys Monday to Friday per appointment.

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’ Registration Office 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 from 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 934 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 934 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 4,670 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 in Nuremberg. We will help you complete this important step.


Living in halls of residence

The International Office has a limited number of rooms and apartments available in halls of residence of the Studierendenwerk Erlangen-Nürnberg. These living spaces may only be leased via the International Office and are subject to special conditions. All exchange students from one of our partner universities may be allocated one of these rooms or apartments for their stay in Nuremberg. The International Office provides support and guidance during the application process.


  • Set contract periods: 1 March - 31 August or 30 September; 1 September - 20 February or 31 March (5 month minimum)
  • Maximum contract period: 12 months
  • Due on contract signing: A deposit and the rent for the first and second months (approx. 900 euros)
  • Allocation of the room(s) is exclusively under the purview of the Studierendenwerk

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

Facilities in halls of residence

  • Typical shared flat (“WG” =”Wohngemeinschaft”) - an own room, shared kitchen, bath, and WC
  • Single-occupant apartments with a bath/kitchen, allocated according to availability
  • Furnishing: bed, mattress, desk, chair, wardrobe, and lighting. Kitchens are equipped with an oven and a fridge
    Please note: Duvets, pillows, and crockery are not included, but can be purchased cheaply on site when you arrive.
  • Data network 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. 200-300 euros per month including some utilities (electricity is on-top).   

Applying for a place in a hall of residence

All exchange students can obtain accommodation via the Studierendenwerk. You will receive a link to the application form, directly after your nomination to the Ohm.

Application deadlines

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

Unfortunately, applications received after the deadline can not be considered.


Private halls of residence in Nuremberg

There are privately operated student halls of residence. Information about how to apply for a place is available on the websites of the respective operators.

Flats and shared flats

Many students live in private accommodations in Nuremberg or the surrounding area. Rooms and flats can be rented furnished or unfurnished.
The most cost-effective way to lie is in a shared flat (WG = “Wohngemeinschaft”). You have your own room and share common rooms, kitchen, and bathroom with the other members of the flat. The rent for the whole flat, running costs, and additional common expenses are split amongst all roommates. 

There are flats consisting of one or more rooms with a kitchenette and a separate bathroom or one room and a separate kitchen and bathroom. The running costs are usually not included in the rent (“Kaltmiete” = rent that does not include heating or other additional costs).

Operators/Providers and addresses

Short-term accommodations

For your first days in Nuremberg or if you only have a short visit planned, you can take a room in a youth hostel, a hotel, or a bed-and-breakfast in Nuremberg or the surrounding area. Please be sure to check how far the accommodation is from the city center and the university and check public transportation options and schedules!

List with hotels



Health insurance

All registered students in Germany must have health insurance.

  • European exchange students:
    You already have a European health insurance card (EHIC). You can normally find this on the reverse side of your standard health insurance card. The validity of your health insurance must be reviewed and confirmed by a German health insurance provider. We will help you complete this formality.
  • Exchange students from non-EU countries:
    In order to enrol at the Ohm, you must take out statutory health insurance in Germany. The cost of health insurance for students is approximately € 117 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.

Spring / Fall "Onboarding School" for Exchange Students

All exchange students are warmly invited to participate in our extensive orientation before the semester starts.

The preliminary dates are:

Winter semester: 1 - 30 September
Summer semester: 1 - 14 March

The orientation includes the following points:

  • Orientation Day at the Ohm and support for formalities after arriving in Nuremberg (e.g. registration office [“Einwohnermeldeamt”])
  • German Intensive Course at levels A1/A2 and B1/B2
  • Intercultural seminar “Living in Germany”
  • Cultural and leisure offers

Participants may receive credits (ECTS) for completing the German Intensive Course as follows:

  • 2 credits for the course offered in March
  • 5 credits for the course offered in September

There is no fee for participating in the Spring / Fall Orientation for students from partner universities.

To register for the orientation programme, apply online. Information about applying is available under the tab below labelled, “Nomination and Applying”.


Partner universities nominate their exchange students using SoleMove, a nominating and application platform.

To set up a user account with your own username and password, we need the following information from you or from the person responsible for nominations at your university: Family name, Given name and email address. Please send this information to Incomingsatth-nuernbergPunktde.

Our Incomings Team will then set up your account. You will receive your login and other information from the SoleMove system automatically. Please note that the email will be sent from this account: noreplyatsolenovoPunktfi. If you do not receive an email, please check your spam folder to see if the email was routed there.

After you have nominated your students in SoleMove, we will activate individual user accounts for each nominee. Your students will receive an email with their login information and information about the application process. The students can then complete their application in the SoleMove system.


Semester schedule and deadlines:

  • Nominations must be completed by your university by 30 April 2024 in SoleMove.
  • The student applications must be submitted in SoleMove by 15 May 2024.
  • The official dates for the winter semester are 1 Oct 2024 - 14 Mar 2025. The examination period usually ends around 14 February. After exams are over, students may depart.


Students from partner universities must be nominated by their home university.

After your home university has nominated you in the SoleMove system, we will activate your individual user account. You will receive your login and information about the application process by email. You can then complete your application in the SoleMove system.

Please note that the email will be sent from this account: If you do not receive an email, please check your spam folder to see if the email was routed there. 


You can, however, prepare the following documents for the process:

  • a full CV
  • a current transcript of records
  • documentation of your proficiency in the language of instruction (German and/or English)

Application deadlines:

15 May 2024 (for winter semester 2024/25)

15 November 2024 (for summer semester 2025)

Coordinator and advisor for international exchange students from partner universities

Incomings Team

Email: incomingsatth-nuernbergPunktde

Office hours office hours by telephone (0911/5880-4136), MS Teams, or on campus:
Wednesday, 9.30 – 11.30 am 
Thursday, 1.00 – 3.00 pm 


Room WF.208
Wassertorstr. 8
90489 Nürnberg

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

Name Contact
Olga Strobel Olga Strobel

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

Name Contact
Stefanie Ueberberg Stefanie Ueberberg
Foto: Andrew Fink