FAQs for Exchange Students
The following information is valid for all international exchange students sent from our partner universities world wide.
International applicants and admitted students pursuing a complete Bachelor's or Master's program (including all Graduate School programs), please refer to the FAQs for degree-seeking students.
How can I apply at Hof University?
International students from our partner universities who would like to come to Hof as an exchange student should contact the International Office / Mobility Office at their home university first. Only after we have received the offical nomination from your home university you will be provided with information on our online application process.
What are the application deadlines?
For exchange students:
31 May for the following winter semester (October - February)
31 October for the following summer Semester (March - August)
What about financial matters?
Exchange students at Hof University do not pay any tuition fees. You only have to pay a student service fee of approx. 98 EUR per semester. This semester fee coupled with your Campus Card allows for reduced prices at the canteen and includes the semester ticket for buses in Hof and trains to our second campus in Münchberg.
To be able to live and study in Germany, in general students should calculate with about 860 EUR per month to cover all costs (rent, social activities, daily expenses etc.).
I submitted my application for Hof University. What now?
After having successfully applied at Hof University and being accepted, you will receive an official Admission Letter. Please use this document for visa application (if you need one). See below.
Do I require a visa for studying at Hof University?
If you are an EU-Citizen you do not need a visa for studying in Germany.
If you are a Non-EU-Citizen you most likely have to apply for a visa. In this case, please get in touch with the German embassy in your home country.
Please check this website in order to see if you need a visa for Germany:
Does Hof University organise an Orientation Programme?
Yes, we do. At the beginning of each semester there are orientation weeks especially for our new international students organised by the International Office. During our these days we will help you with official formalities and procedures such as enrolment and registration. The orientation weeks also include activities such as: German language courses, workshops, campus and city tour, get together events, etc. By participating in our Orientation Programme, you will quickly get to know Hof University and the city of Hof and make new friends from all around the world. Find out more about the orientation program
Does Hof University provide a pick-up service?
Yes. Each semester we plan for two arrival days just before the Orientation weeks start. If you arrive during these days, we will arrange pick up from the train /bus station in Hof, respectively Münchberg and take you to your accommodation (provided no unforeseen obstacles occur).
How can I take out a health insurance?
A health insurance which covers the whole period of your stay is a mandatory prerequiste for enrolment and has to be taken out before arrival.
Hereyou can find more information on health insurances.
How can I find an accommodation?
In Hof, accommodation is available in our student dormitories or on the private market. The monthly rent varies from 260 - 350 EUR.
In your online application (see FAQ: How can I apply at Hof University?) you state your requested type of accommodation here in Hof/Münchberg. We inform our Housing Office about these preferences and they will allocate the rooms accordingly and contact you directly.
Please refrain from contacting our Housing Office before you received your offer.
Which courses can I take as an exchange student?
Hof University offers a wide range of courses for international students taught in English and German. Bachelor students cannot select Master courses, with the exception of students of the Computer Science study programmes.
You can find an overview at “Courses and programme options”.
How can I get in contact with German students?
Our International Team, a group of local students, will support you during your stay in Hof and will also organise a number of events for all exchange and German students throughout the semester.
Is it possible to work in Germany?
Please check the link below if you need some information on working in Germany:
Where can I download important documents?
Important documents (arrival and housing information, semester schedule, etc.) are available as free downloads in our download area:
After your arrival and enrolment at Hof University, personal documents can be accessed via your student account in our student portal PRIMUSS.
Does Hof University offer psychological counseling?
Yes! Please find information and contact data on our website:
The psychological support is offered on our campuses in Hof and Münchberg. If you have personal, health or social problems once you are in Germany you can always contact our psychologist Dipl. Psych. Barbara Grüninger-Frost or one of our two pastors: https://www.facebook.com/hochschulpfarrer.hof/
In case of any problem or question, who is my contact person?
Who is responsible for what?
I have a question about…
Ms. Borbala Thurnay
Ms. Ulrike Walther
Mr. Jörg Noldin
Internships in Germany
Ms. Maria Schürer
Who is my contact person in the International Office?
I am a…
of the Business Department
Ms. Marta Malik
of the Engineering or Computer Science Department
of Innovative Textiles
Ms. Philippa Kauper