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
Most of the lectures will also take place online in the upcoming semester. Which courses will be held online or in physical presence, will be communicated by your faculty.
The Orientation programme for exchange and full-time international students will take place in September and will be mostly online. Please have a look at the detailed schedules below. The attendance at the orientation programme is complusory for exchange and first semester full-time students.
In our cloud we uploaded a video about health insurance, enrolment and travelling to Germany. Here you will also find an information video about legal issues and housing and an intercultural training about Germany.
Online enrolment will be possible. We will inform new students in due time about the enrolment procedure.
On our website for freshman we put together all necessary information for your start ar FHWS.
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.
The Federal Ministry of Health agreed on the following regulations for persons entering Germany in connection with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2:
"By reason of provisions issued by the federal states (Laender), persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany by land, sea or air from any country or region outside of the Federal Republic of Germany and who have spent time in a risk area, at any time within the 10 days prior to entering Germany and/or are coming from a Non-EU country are in principle required to proceed directly to their own home, or other suitable accommodation, immediately after their arrival and remain there exclusively for a period of 10 days after their entry into the country (‘quarantine’).
You will find more information to the regulations here.
Please note that for the moment there is a requirement in Germany to wear a FFP2 mask in indoor places like trains, shops, pharmacies,etc.
If you want to wear mask on the streets you can use a cloth mask as well.
Traveling to Germany
There is a current two test-strategy in Germany.
1. There is a legal obligation of a compulsory Corona test upon entry (the sampling must not be older than 48 hours upon entry) or no later than 48 hours after entry). The test result has to be sent by email to the local health authority in Würzburg: reiserueckkehrer[at]lra-wue.bayern.de or in Schweinfurt: ga-anmeldung[at]lrasw.de
2. After arrival you are obligated to go straight home and to stay at home 10 days in quarantine
3. After arrival you have to register online at: https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de
4. Please send also an email to heath protection team at FHWS.
5. You are also obliged within the 10 days of quarantine to inform the responsible local health authority immediately if you experience typical symptoms of an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus such as cough, fever, runny nose or loss of smell and taste.
Phone number of the local health authority in Würzburg is +49 931 80035100.
Phone number in the local health authority Schweinfurt is +49 9721 55745.
6. There is a possibilty to shorten the quaranine if you make a Corona test after 5 days after arrival and if the test result is negative.
In order to make a test, in Schweinfurt: you should make an appointment: 09721 9490474.
The address of the test center is Kasernenweg 1.
In order to make a test in Würzburg: you can make an appointment by phone 0931/8000828 (Monday-Friday, 8:00-18:00) or book an appointment online.
Please have your passport and your certificate of enrolment at FHWS with you for the appointment.
7. Please have the test results of the two tests with you 10 days after the end of the quarantine period.
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 e.g. come to Germany late in September 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.).