Offerings and services for international students

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For all international students: Support in the current circumstances

Some students may be very unsettled or even distressed by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic: travel restrictions, being separated from family and friends, loss of a job, the challenges of an online semester, restricted access to public authorities... many of these factors can considerably complicate the current situation. 

If you are dealing with such challenges, please contact us at the International Office. We can provide counseling and support in the current situation.

Services and activities for international students

Studying in the current situation of the coronavirus pandemic

Studying in the current situation 

The pandemic has affected many aspects of studying and international mobility: Travel restrictions and additional entry requirements, the shift to online courses, new standards for organizing your studies, social isolation, restricted access to counseling offices and official authorities, possibly financial or health concerns...many of these factors can seriously complicate the conditions and environment you’re studying in.

We can provide counseling and support in the current situation.

Guidance for first semester students - should I enter the country?

Moving to Germany to begin your studies is an exciting and special event and there is a lot to organize. The current circumstances complicate the situation even more and perhaps you are unsure, if, when, and under what conditions moving is sensible. A few helpful pieces of information are listed below to help you decide.

About Nuremberg Tech’s plan for the semester

  • Courses are mostly taking place online at Nuremberg Tech
  • A few courses or exams may be conducted on campus under the hygiene regulations, e.g. laboratory or practical courses or examinations
  • Which courses are online or on campus is dependent on each degree programme
  • Courses for first-semester students should be held on campus wherever possible
  • Please check with your Faculty about how the semester is planned for your degree programme
  • These web pages are regularly updated with information about the regulations at the university with respect to infection prevention.
  • Come to our Orientation Weeks for international students in their first semester to start your studies well and for orientation in the new environment.

What is your individual situation?

To take an appropriate decision, very personal factors play a role. Perhaps the following questions can help you:

  • How is the semester organized in your degree programme? What do the professors in your degree programme recommend?
  • How extensive, complex, or costly is moving to Nuremberg/Germany for you?
  • How spontaneously can you travel, or organize a move, or travel home?
  • What deadlines or costs do you need to be aware of?
  • How well would you cope with a potential lockdown or quarantine, partial isolation, and the current measures and regulations in Germany?
  • How stable is your internet connection at your place of residence?
  • Do you have a suitable space in which to study at home where you can participate in online courses without being disturbed?
  • If you studied from your home country, what time difference would you need to accommodate for online courses?
  • How important is the environment, being present on site, and contact with fellow students for you to be able to immerse yourself in being a student and concentrating on your studies?

Important information about entry to the country for international students

Please apply for your visa early in your preparation process and be aware of the relevant entry restrictions and quarantine regulations. A “Bestätigung über die Notwendigkeit der Anwesenheit in Deutschland zum Zweck des Studiums (§ 16b AufenthG)” (Confirmation of the need to be present in Germany for the purpose of studying) from the university is not required since September 2020.

Exemption from the health insurance requirement

If you are attending your studies completely online due to the current situation and are not in Germany to do so, you are exempted from the insurance requirement and do not have to provide documentation of German health insurance to enrol. Please contact the Student Advisory Service.

Important: Please note that according to the most current information (April 2021), the health insurance requirement does apply if a student enters Germany at a later date. This means, if you move to Germany during the semester, the health insurance requirement applies retroactively to the date the semester began and, respectively, the fees must also be paid retroactively as of 15 March 2021. Please contact your health insurance provider if this is the case for you.

Once you move to Germany, you must register at the City of Nuremberg’s residential registration office (“Einwohneramt”) and inform Nuremberg Tech’s Student Advisory Service of your entry. The Student Advisory Service will then need to see your documentation of your statutory health insurance and your address in Germany.

Individual, personal counseling for all hurdles in your studies

In the International Office, you will find professional guidance and support for the following areas: 

  • Organising your studies and managing your course of study
  • Questions about residence permits, foreigners' registration office
  • Organizational challenges, e.g. health insurance, GEZ (licence fee for public broadcasting)
  • Financial distress or need
  • Imminent removal from the student register (exmatriculation)
  • Changing your degree programme or university
  • Feelings of social isolation
  • Adapting to the German teaching and learning culture
  • Study skills consultation

Please note that we currently  have only limited on campus opening hours. You can reach your contact  person, Nina Gabler, via email and  she will arrange a personal consultation via telephone or videochat: nina.gableratth-nuernbergPunktde.

Subject-specific support in a peer network

Student mentors – for students, by students

Having trouble keeping up with your lectures, completing your homework, and preparing for a presentation? Is the exam period about to begin again and you need a bit of  help with your studying? If the learning and teaching culture in Germany still poses a challenge for you, you can count on support tailored to your needs!

Student assistants from a variety of Faculties will provide you with tailored help with questions about the organization of studies in your Faculty and support you with subject-specific queries or exam preparation.

You will always receive an email invitation from your student mentor at the start of the semester to give you the opportunity to get in touch. Or you can meet him/her at international student events, or obtain contact details from the International Office; simply send us an email: nina.gableratth-nuernbergPunktde 

Courses and workshops

For international students, there is a whole range of courses providing you with further assistance alongside your subject-specific timetable to help them study successfully. An overview is shown below:

  • Regular B2-C1 German courses
    During these courses, you will learn and revise German grammar and practise conversation, listening, and reading comprehension. The Language Center web pages provide an overview.
  • Basic vocabulary in subject areas
    The aim of the courses  is to teach comprehension and application of terms and linguistic devices in the respective field. More information can be found on the Language Center web pages.
  • Intercultural competence and learning in the German university system
    In these courses you will learn about communication and conduct in international working environments. The course overview can be found on this page.
  • Application-writing training and entry into the workplace
    The Career Service seminars provide you with assistance in creating the right application portfolio for internships and entry into the workplace. The Career Service also offers a comprehensive seminar programme to provide you with support in your competence development and interview tips, among other things.
  • Academic writing during your studies
    In the courses on academic writing , you will practise writing texts in the style typically expected in higher education. The Writing Center also offers individual support on academic research methods in the writing advising sessions and workshops aimed at helping students develop their writing skills.

Advice and support for international students

Nina Gabler

Tel: +49(0)911 5880 - 4132
Email: nina.gableratth-nuernbergPunktde

Mi casa et tu casa
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Cultural and leisure programme

At Nuremberg Institute of Technology , we have a whole range of opportunities for German and international students, university members, and guests to meet up and chat. Each semester, the International Office organizes a cultural programme offering welcome events, excursions, international evenings, museum visits,  and much more. 

Club International, set up by the International Office, offers support for students and invites them to take part in other activities. If you would like to get involved in the university’s international scene, you can find additional information under “International Engagement”.

Our “Language Tandem” and “Mi Casa es tu Casa” programmes enhance our cultural programme by offering individual opportunities for intercultural meetups and international networking.


Language tandem

Language tandem

Interested in learning a foreign language or in improving your skills in a foreign language? Looking for interactive and lively interaction? If so, the Language Tandem programme is just what you are looking for! Language Tandem means that two people with different native languages work together to improve their language skills.

How does Language Tandem work?

When you register, you state your native language and other languages that you are learning and would like to improve. The International Office will then search its database for a student who is a native speaker of that language. Or you can just join the Facebook Group and search for a participant to practice your target language with.

By getting together and doing activities together, you will soon pick up valuable skills in a foreign language, while at the same time getting to know new people and cultures within our university. You can decide how you want to arrange your meetings and what you want to learn and do together.

Language tandem and restricted contact?!?

Sure! These days creativity is what is needed. The world is connected and maybe you would like to use this time particularly to network with people and learn something new! Language tandem is possible online with a little creativity and courage. There are language learning apps, you can chat, video-calls, watch foreign-language news or films - according to your interests - together, support each other with correcting texts you’ve written, and much more! Connect and be creative! It’s up to you to make it how you want it to be!


Then register now using our online form.
We look forward to your participation!

Any questions? If so, please send us an email at sprachtandematth-nuernbergPunktde

How we make use of your registration details

All information is provided of your own free will. If you want us to delete your details from the Language Tandem database at any time, please let us know in writing at sprachtandematth-nuernbergPunktde . The details you provide will only be used by staff at Nuremberg Tech to match you with a language partner and will not be divulged to third parties. For matching purposes, only your name and university email will be passed on to your selected tandem partners, as a suggestion. Other data will not be passed on and can be shared with your tandem partner once you have got in touch with him/her in person and at your own discretion.

Language tandem event

Nothing is like personal exchange! Once or twice a semester, we hold our popular language tandem event! Whether virtual or in-person, you can get to know each other in language-rooms with diverse games and exchange formats in a relaxed atmosphere. Invitations are sent out regularly to everyone in our database. We look forward to seeing you there!

International Engagement & Peer-to-Peer Network

Nuremberg Tech Offers students and employees numerous opportunities to engage in the international scene.

Peer-to-Peer Network: Club International

Club International is a group of volunteer Nuremberg Tech students and employees who want to shape intercultural exchange at our university. Would you like to be involved? Please complete the application form (open in Adobe to fill in).

The Welcome programme from the DAAD supports student initiatives to set up and provide services to help refugee students integrate into university life. You can get involved in the programme as a buddy. For more information about the program, please visit the WELCOME website Prospective students and students with a refugee background.

The “Intercultural Peer Advice” certification programme is the ideal method-based support programme for internationally engaged students at Nuremberg Tech and is the perfect basis for gaining new intercultural skills. You can either attend individual workshops or complete the full certification programme, which could even gain you 2 ECTS credits. Further information is available in this pdf Tutorenprogramm  

What’s more, the Language Tandem and Mi Casa programmes offer all university members the opportunity to use their personal and cultural skills and background to actively participate in shaping the university’s international culture.

Collaborative activities with the Christian communities at the university

The two Christian communities at Nuremberg Tech, ESG [Evangelical Regional Church of Nuremberg] and khg [Catholic University Community] offer a diverse semester programme and opportunities to get involved

Welcome to CI

You can find us at:

International Office

Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm
Wassertorstrasse 8 (Building WF, Modular Building; Third Floor)
D-90489 Nuremberg 



Office hours:

During the coronavirus pandemic, counseling is offered only via telephone, email, or MS Teams. We will be happy to help you

Mondays and Wednesdays: 9.30 - 11.30 am
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1.00 - 3.00 pm
You do not need to make an appointment during our office hours.

Please note:
for operational reasons or due to current events, office hours may change at short notice and may not always be as stated. If you need to make a long journey to get here,  please make an appointment in advance  (by telephone or email).

Advice for international students during their studies: for difficulties during your studies, official matters, etc.

Language Center

Email: language-centeratth-nuernbergPunktde

Student Counseling Service

Email: studienberatungatth-nuernbergPunktde

IB Office

The IB Office is on hand for students studying in our English-language programmes.

Studentenwerk Erlangen-Nuremberg

Andreij-Sacharow-Platz 1

90403 Nuremberg

Telephone: (09 11) 588 57 – 0