Germany

germany hohenzollern castle stuttgartAny students intending to study on exchange in German should have at least an intermediate understanding of the German language.
Many of our German partner universities offer units either solely taught in German or mix of German and English. While it may be possible to take a full study load of English-instructed units at certain institutions, an understanding of the German language will be necessary to ensure a smoother exchange experience.

Important visa information

Visa: Australian and EU citizens and citizens from the following countries do not need a visa to enter Germany: Australia, Canada, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the United States. However, after entering Germany, you will have to apply for a residence permit at the local "Auslaenderbehörde" (Immigration Office) if you are staying for more than three months. Your host university will assist you with this.

Students from all other countries must apply for a visa for study purposes at the German Consulate-General in Melbourne. This can be a lengthy process so lodge your application as early as possible. You must not under any circumstances travel to Germany on a tourist visa. For further information on requirements for entering Germany, check the website of the German Consulate-General in Melbourne.

DAAD scholarships: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers generous scholarships for Australian students going on exchange to German universities. These are for German major students so check out other funding opportunities.

Encounter Europe – Visit Germany DAAD Scholarship. This two week English course offers an exciting opportunity for students – from the fields of law, politics, international relations, European studies or similar subjects – wanting to improve their understanding of contemporary European affairs and legislative regulations, organised by the European Academy Otzenhausen, the University of New England and the DAAD. For more information, please check out our Other Scholarships page. Please note that the due date for this scholarship is 1st September 2014.

Charite Medical University Berlin

Faculties: Medicine only
Level: Undergraduate Clinical Placements
Language of instruction: German and English – you need to have an advanced level of German proficiency in order to apply.

About Charite Medical University Berlin

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is the medical school for the Humboldt University and the Free University of Berlin. Currently around 7,500 students are enrolled at the Charité, and the hospital treats 1,080,000 outpatients and 128,000 inpatients in 3,500 beds annually.

The specifics

ChiC (Charité International Cooperations) manages exchange students, and provide resources on application procedures, full course and study options and language requirements.
For accommodation options, Charité offers a small number of dorm rooms through Humboldt University or Student Union Berlin, as well as information regarding private rentals around Berlin.


Free University Berlin

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: German. Students need to have a level five or higher in German to be eligible to apply. Programs offered in English are not open to exchange students.
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester dates:

  • Winter semester: mid-October to mid-February
  • Summer semester: mid-April to mid-July

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester
Other: Free University Berlin scholarships are offered to selected Monash students. The FUB Best program is not part of the exchange agreement. If you wish to participate in the program you will need to pay fees to FUB.
Students need to have a WAM of 70% or higher to apply. Students are to be aware that Free University Berlin does not automatically provide academic transcript at the completion of their exchange. Students will be contacted by Free University Berlin directly to ensure that they follow the necessary procedures to request one.

About Free University Berlin

The Free University Berlin has a historically significant background, as the response by students and scholars critical of, and persecuted under the Soviet regime which occupied East Germany, in 1948. The name thus evokes a revolutionary spirit and a tradition of intellectual freedom from political influence. An influx of international aid helped found the university, and safeguard its continuation as one of Germany’s leading higher education institutions. The Free University is thusly dedicated to the ideals of truth, justice and liberty.

Primarily a research institution, the Free University specialises in social sciences, humanities, health and natural science. Having relied on international funding in its inception, the Free University champions an international ethos, with over 330 partners worldwide.

The specifics

International Student Mobility is your first stop for all Monash students coming into the Free University. Once you enrol you'll use the Distributed Campus Portal as an orientation tool that will help you with a pre-departure checklist, visa information and other aspects of students life that you might need to prepare for. Other support services include the international club, and accommodation services.

Have a browse through the course catalogue, and please take note that only Masters courses may be taught in English.

International University Schloss Reichartshausen (EBS University)

Faculties: Business and Economics, Law
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 65
Semester dates:

  • Winter semester: August – December
  • Summer semester: January – May

Other: The exchange is with the European Business School for semester length exchange programs.

About EBS University

A relatively young institution, founded in the early 1970s, the European Business School moved to Schloss Reichartshausen University in 1980. The EBS is located in the Rheingau district, on hill country on the north side of the Rhine River. The Rhine district is one of Germany’s economic hubs, and is noted to house more than 32,000 companies, with 2,200 high-tech production plants, sales and services enterprises. The university is also within close proximity to Frankfurt, the financial capital of Europe and home to the European Central Bank.

The specifics

EBS is a highly international institution has teaches 90% of undergraduate classes and all Master’s courses in English.
Student services provides an apartment database for students seeking accommodation, EBS coaching, career and academic services.

Ludwig Maximlians-Universitat Munich

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: German and some English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester dates:
On exchange for Monash Semester 1: start of April to end of September (lectures from mid-April to mid-July)
On exchange for Monash Semester 2: start of October to end of March (lectures from mid-October to mid-February) See LMU's website for their academic calendar 
Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester

About LMU Munich

The history of LMU Munich extends back to 1472, and is today considered one of the most prestigious universities not only in Germany, but the whole of Europe. Associated with the success of its 13 Nobel Laureates, QS University Rankings placed in 60th internationally. Watch their promotional video, which overviews LMU’s history, prestige and its international exchange program.

Munich is the capital of Bavaria, deep in Germany’s south, and is one of the epicentres of German tradition, hosting the original Oktoberfest every September, as well as more modern events such as the Munich Biennale and the A*DEvantgarde festival. The campus is located within the city of Munich itself, and with 10 universities and a student population of over 100 000, the student life is both vibrant and gemütlich.

The specifics

The International Office provides all the information on practical details such as enrolment, course selection as well as a comprehensive handbook for international exchange student.

Although there are a range of classes available in English, it highly recommended that you have a background in German before deciding to come to LMU. There are some departments which list specific information for incoming exchange students.

Accommodation is provided by student union, the Studentenwerk München, as well as a plentiful array of dining options, finance options, tips on cultural attractions and workshop programs to help international students “be at home”.

​​Technische Hochschule Nuernberg Georg Simon Ohm (University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg)

Faculties: Engineering only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: German
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester Dates:

· Semester 1: early October - mid February
· Semester 2: mid-March - late July

Full Time Study Load: 30 ECTS per semester
Other: Bavarian State Government scholarships are available for some Monash students.

About University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg

The University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg is renowned for its intensive research focus and practical and hands-on learning. Having grown from the Municipal Polytechnic Institute in 1823, the university has been witness to the many changes and shifts in German history, and you can see a photo archive of the evolution of what is today a modern centerpiece of Nuremberg.

The specifics
The International Office is your first stop as an exchange student, and the Institute of Language and Intercultural Competence runs DSH courses to test that your German will pass. Courses in English are not widely available, but mainly concentrated in the faculty of International Business. Rund ums Studium has all kind of details you might need to know about insurance, on campus facilities, student organisations and accommodation.

University of Cologne

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: German and some English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 60
Semester dates:

  • Winter term: mid October – mid February
  • Summer term: mid April – mid July

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester

About University of Cologne

The University of Cologne (UoC) is one of Europe’s oldest education institutions, founded in the 12th century as the fourth university in the Holy Roman Empire. Having seen many changes over the course of European history, it has survived and prospered as one of Germany’s prestigious higher learning institutions. UoC is also a member of the Global Alliance in Management Education, and its Social Science and Management faculty is listed by QS University Ranking as in the top 150 internationally.

The Rhine river runs through the city of Cologne, and on its banks can be found a wealth of bars and small “beaches” laden with beach chairs and palm trees, which come to life in the sunny summer months. Cologne is also famous for its Zoogarten and the sky-scraping Kölner Dom – one of the tallest cathedrals in the world. The Cologne Carnival is also one of the largest in Europe, and dedicates an entire week to hedonistic debauchery, beginning every year at exactly 11 minutes past 11am on the 11th of November.

The specifics

UKI is a system designed to help undergraduate exchange students even before they arrive in Cologne. Registering with this system gives you access to help with registration, timetabling and anything else concerned with pre-departure.

While there is a broad range of classes available, there are very few classes taught in English (most of which are classing teaching English), however intensive ‘German as a Foreign Language’ courses can be taken as part of your study.

As with many other German universities, accommodation on campus is scarce, and you will most likely have to seek housing off-campus in the city itself. However, with a student population of about 7200, there are plenty of student quarters all around the city. Kölner Studentenwohnheime is a student association dedicated to assisting students find accommodation, whether it is to be part of a student hall, a flat exchange or private rental.

University of Heidelberg

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: German with some English options
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester dates:

  • Winter semester: mid October – mid February
  • Summer semester: mid April – late July

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester
Other: The following units are not available to exchange students -
units offered at the School of Medicine and Dentistry,
most units in Law and
some units in Biosciences (restrictions may apply)

About University of Heidelberg

As the first university to be built by the Holy Roman Empire, it should come no surprise that Heidelberg the city is steeped in German history and romantic tradition. Cobblestoned streets of the Altstadt wind through the main street, and then wander off through ruins of the Heidelberg castle and Gothic castles. Continuing onto the north of the Altstadt, you’ll find yourself on the Philosopher’s Walk, the stomping grounds of many of the university’s professors.

The university is one of the central points in Heidelberg, and one of the founding institutions of the Holy Roman Empire. Associated with many of Germany’s most famous minds such as Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Jürgen Habermas, and Hannah Arendt, Heidelberg University holds a prestigious position in Germany’s academic tradition. You can browse through the Alte Universität, which houses the old student prison as well as a museum

The specifics

The International Relations Office located in the center of the Altstadt near Universitätsplatz in the "Carolinum" looks after all exchange students and will ensure that your transition will go as smoothly as possible. They have provided an Exchange Student Guide, which includes information on coursework, accommodation, pre-departure information and settling in.

The majority of units Heidelberg are taught in German, therefore proper German proficiency is advised for all applicants. However, there are several fields of study of courses that are taught in English (English Studies, American Studies, Economics, South Asian Studies,Transcultural Studies)
Additionally, many Masters programs in the field of science are also taught in English.
'Deutsch als Fremdsprachenphilologie – teaching German Abroad‘ is also offered to those learning German. Check out their course catalogue, but keep in mind, the university advises that it is not always possible for exchange students to take courses such as medicine and dentistry and that there is restricted access to courses in biosciences and law.

Accommodation know-how is provided by the Studentenwerk, and there are a number of activities and sports offered around campus to help you meet new friends and practice your conversational German.

University of Mainz

Faculties: Arts only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: German
Minimum grade requirement:

Semester dates:

  • Winter Semester: early October – late March
  • Spring semester: mid April – late July

Full time study load: 30ECTS

Other: Besides courses in German, exchange students at FTSK can enrol in courses offered within the following fields of study: Arabic, General Linguistics, Chinese, Interpretation Studies, French, Intercultural Communication, Italian, Modern Greek, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. There are also courses offered in non-linguistic areas such as Computer Sciences, Medicine, Law, Technics and Economics.
Teaching language is German, selected courses in the departments are taught in the respective foreign language. Courses in Translation and Interpretation combine the foreign language and German.

About University of Mainz
The University of Mainz is located in Germersheim, a small town located in the Southwest of Germany next to the river Rhine. Due to the approx. 2.000 students of FTSK, the town‘s life is strongly marked by young people. Germersheim offers a broad range of restaurants, coffee houses and pubs. The region of the Rhine valley offers a warm climate, a rich viniculture and outdoor activities. Not far from Germersheim are interesting cities as Heidelberg, Mannheim or Frankfurt, and the French border is nearby. Germersheim has an interesting cultural life: Museums, the Fortress, the Catholic Church and its crypt, the Sculptural Park ‘Fronte Beckers’, theatre and live music. The Cultural Summer Festival at Germersheim is a program of several weeks with concerts, culinary events, art exhibitions and parades attracting thousands of visitors.

The specifics
The International Officer at Germersheim is the administrative coordinator for exchange students, and will assist you in your application to study at the University of Mainz. The Information PDF document supplied by the International Office has all the information students need regarding academics, events and programs, accommodations, insurance, and much more. Students must have a good knowledge of German language to apply, and will be required to submit a certificate of competency in order to undertake an exchange at the University of Mainz.

University of Münster

Faculties: Business and Economics only
Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Language of instruction: German and English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 65
Semester dates:

  • Fall semester: October – February
  • Spring semester: April – late July/mid August

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester

About the University of Münster

Münster is regarded as one of the cultural centres of Nordrhein-Westfalen, the province of Germany situated on the north-west, on the Rhine river. The city houses a wealth of heritage listed churches, gardens and museums, The Prinzipalmarkt, the marketplace, which takes place in the city centre next to the 14th century Gothic town hall. Notably, Münster is also highly bicycle friendly, and cycling is easily the most popular form of transport for students and commuters.

The University of Münster School of Business Administration and Economics is both prestigious and selective, and has ranked highly by many European and international ranking institutions. Students are primed for both domestic and international business practices.

The specifics

As business practice is further placed in the international realm, Münster caters for those who wish to study business classes in English as well as German. German as a foreign language classes (at various levels) can also be studied alongside your other subjects.

An international student guide will steer you in the right direction for resources for accommodation (which is offered on campus, as well as information about private rentals), transport and general FAQs.

University of Tübingen

Faculties: All except Business and Economics faculty
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: German and some English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 65
Semester dates:

  • Winter semester: early October to early February
  • Summer semester: early April to end July

About University of Tübingen

Tübingen is one of Germany’s biggest student hubs, with an estimated one in ten student population. The university is not so much a campus university, but commands much the city itself, and is spread throughout the Altstadt and Wilhelmstraße.

With such a large student contingent, there is rarely a quiet moment in the semester for Tübingen, with many student associations hosting choirs, performing arts groups, visual arts workshops, student run TV and radio stations as well as a robust sporting community.

The specifics

International Affairs is the office looking after the some 3000 international students that come to Tübingen each year, who can direct you to the Academic Advisory Office for international students who will place you in an advisory tour to get to know the city and university grounds. Here you can find all information on courses and check which classes that semester are being taught in English, as well as learning German as a foreign language.

Like most German universities, Tübingen does not own any dormitories, and Studentwerk-Hohenheim helps students find their feet and beds.

University of Ulm

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: German and some English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 65
Semester dates:

  • Winter semester: mid October – mid February
  • Summer semester: mid April – mid July

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester
Other: Baden-Wurttemberg State Government scholarships are available for some students.

About the University of Ulm

Given the large commitment to scientific research and industry (winning the European Energy Award for 2007), as well as being the birthplace of Albert Einstein, Ulm has more than earned its reputation as ‘The Science City’, and this is reflected in the university’s specialisation in engineering and computer science, mathematics, natural sciences and medicine.

The university grounds are on a hill, just north of the city. Ulm is also known for its sky-scraping Ulm Minster, the world’s highest church steeple (at 161.53 m), its quaint old city and Fischerviertel, the mediaeval Krone inn, as well as the Albert Einstein Memorial. You can browse through a photo gallery of the university and its various facilities.

The specifics

The university has provided a ‘Welcome to Ulm’ booklet covering all your basic know-how such as city information, financing, accommodation, contacts and support, as well as what you can do in your spare time in Ulm. Make sure you browse the available information of campus life, food, student societies and campus services.

For the most part, students are not restricted to choosing their courses from one single study program, and can choose a combination of courses from different programs and different faculties. Furthermore, it is possible to choose a combination of courses in German and English, as long as you meet the language requirements in both languages (Level B1 in German) – please note that only Master’s courses are offered in English.

The housing reservation service offered by the International Office will assist students looking for short term accommodation in the student residences run by Studentenwerk Ulm. It is possible to secure private rental accommodation; however it is not recommended and can be extremely difficult.

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Faculties: Business and Economics only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: German and English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 60
Semester dates:

  • Fall semester: early September – end December
  • Spring semester: early January – end April

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester

About WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Sitting on the southern vineyard-laden banks of the upper-middle Rhine valley is Vallender, a town of 16,000 residents and the WHU Otto Beisheim. It is an established and prestigious business school, ranked 6th internationally for its Masters in Management by the Financial Times in 2011 and has been given the thumbs up by a range of international accreditation authorities. The campus grounds are a blend of old world architecture and modern industry, catering for the some 750 business students.

The specifics

Your arrival at Otto Beishem will be met with a Welcome Week, providing you with regional information as well as a tour of the Vallender region. Any other information you need regarding living in Vallender and what to bring can be found at their Exchange @ Vallender page or provided by the International Programs Office.

While German is not a pre-requisite at Otto Beisheim, intensive German language courses are provided to international students. Most classes (up to 80 per cent) of the courses in the undergraduate program and all graduate programs are taught in English. See the online course catalogue for the full list of courses offered.

Furnished housing options are available through the Housing site, and applications are all online. There are also a range of various activities on campus including the Euromasters sports festival, theatre groups and a student-run business consultancy project.