Incoming Exchange Students
Study in one of the most fascinating regions in Germany at the centre of Europe and choose from a compelling range of degree programmes. We offer you the opportunity to apply all that you have learned during your practical training at FHWS and to expand your knowledge. For over 25 years now, FHWS has maintained intensive partnerships with higher education institutions in 40 different countries. The more than 75 international exchange students whom we welcome every semester ensure an international atmosphere and unforgettable moments.
The following pages contain information on our degree programmes and how to apply to study at FHWS as an exchange student as well as on study formalities and finances, our support programme, and language courses.
There are countless good reasons to study as an exchange student at FHWS and our locations in Würzburg and Schweinfurt:
Why Würzburg and Schweinfurt?
- A compelling blend of culture and industry
- Life in the heart of Germany, at the centre of Europe
- Student cities exuding international flair
- Approx. 500 international students
- Practice-oriented lectures in German and English
- Outstanding reputation and a member of international networks
- Buddy programme for international students
Will virtual mobility be possible in the winter semester 2020/21 (for both incoming and outgoing students)?
All teaching was moved online in the summer semester 2020. The winter semester will be a combination of online and face-to-face teaching. However, the majority of classes will be online.
This will depend on the course of the pandemic. If circumstances are favourable, the orientation programme will take place on campus. If the situation requires it, orientation events will be online. We will be in touch with all our new international exchange and full-time students in due time to share our plans for the orientation days in September 2020.
You will need a German health insurance for the enrolment. We will provide you in due time with information about how to take out a health insurance on the internet. Please note that in case you will not be able to arrive in time for the semester start, you will have to pay the health insurance contribution fee for the whole semester.
This will depend on the examination format. Written exams will require physical attendance, which means that you will have to travel to Germany to take the exam. If your lecturer offers alternative forms of examination, digital exams might be possible. Please get in touch with your lecturer at the earliest possible stage.
Please read the terms and conditions of the rental contract carefully and observe the termination deadline.
Please be aware of the fact that once you have signed the contract and sent it back to the Studentenwerk or other student residences, you can cancel the rental contract only within the next 14 days. After this time you are bound by the contract, which means that you have to pay the rent and that you cannot withdraw from it even if you decide e.g. in September not to come to Germany or if your visa application was rejected.
The contract regulations allow you to cancel due visa rejection but if the student residence does not find a new tenant, you are bound by the contract until the end of the contract. That is why it is important to read the terms and conditions carefully before you sign a rental contract. You can find a sample of the rental contract in English on the following link:
Please note: The rental contracts of the Studentenwerk are temporary contracts. These fixed-term rental contracts of the Studentenwerk can be terminated in writing with a two months' notice before the following deadlines: 31.03. or 30.09. for student residences in Würzburg 28./29.02. or 31.08. for student residences in Schweinfurt
Will I be able to withdraw from the rental contract and will the Studentenwerk refund my rental payments if I decide to stay in at home or if I am not allowed to travel to Germany due to travel restrictions?
Please read the terms and conditions of the rental contract carefully. It will probably not be possible to withdraw from the contract without any financial loss. Please check whether it is possible to take out an insurance before you leave your home country, which will cover the financial expenses that may incur in connection with the termination of your stay in Germany (including return travel costs, etc.).