School of Design

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Student exchange to Hochschule Mainz – Winter Semester 2024/2025

Dear students, dear friends and colleagues,

Hochschule Mainz, University of Applied Sciences, is looking forward very much to welcoming exchange students in the winter semester 2024/2025.
We know that a stay abroad during your studies is a „once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity“ for you.

The schools of Design and Engineering start with the introduction on second half of September. We advise exchange students to arrive slightly earlier so they can settle in before the start of studies.

Please note that rooms in the student residence can only be rented for the entire semester, from 1st of Septemer 2024 to 28th of February 2025.

Please find more information for incoming exchange students on the faculty-related websites below. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Mainz!


We are happy that you have decided to study at our School of Design as an exchange student. You are about to start your studies in a new country, and there is no doubt that you will have many questions regarding the preparations for your stay and your application. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.


  • 15th of May for winter semester (semester 1) and full academic year
  • 15th of November for summer semester (semester 2)
  • Please see the handbook for more detailed information.


The online application for exchange students is a very simple procedure. First, your home university has to nominate you. Once the nomination has been confirmed, we will provide the latest information and you can start your application:  

  • nomination by the home university (by email)
  • apply on-line:  Important!
  • provide a link to your portfolio (in the online form – School of Design only
  • register with Mobility On-Line 
  • upload the requested documents
  • generate a pdf of the application form 
  • upload the filled-in pdf-application form to Mobility Online
  • after the deadline, the International Office of HS Mainz, will formally check your application and send out the acceptance letters then you can proceed with the learning agreement:
    • read the info sheet on the learning agreement carefully, fill-in and sign the learning agreement 
    • Erasmus+ students, please contact your coordinator regarding the digital EWP-learning agreement
    • NON-EU- students, please download the blank learning agreement in Mobility Online and fill it in
  • have the learning agreement signed (or electronically confirmed) by your home coordinator
  • upload your learning agreement or confirm that you have provided a digital learning agreement

We accept applications for either one or two semesters.


Our academic year is divided into two semesters:
winter semester: September – February 
summer semester: March – August

Study periods

Classes begin: beginning of October
Classes end: end of January
Orientation: mid-September
Christmas break: between Christmas and January 1st

An intensive German language course (beginners) may be offered at the beginning of September.


Classes begin: 3rd Monday in March
Classes end: mid-July (including examination period)
Orientation: mid-March
Easter break: from the Friday before Easter up to and including Easter Monday


Students studying the entire academic year from October to July will have a six-week break from the end of January to mid-March. Students studying the entire academic year from March to January will have a ten-week break from mid-July to the end of September.

*exact current dates can be found in the handbook


*exact current dates can be found in the handbook


There is a social service fee that every student hast o pay in order to be enrolled. The fee allows you to use the dining halls and the Studierendenwerk facilities (Student Services), and includes a ticket for public transportation fort he entire Rhine-Main region for the whole semester. This is not a tuition fee.

Proof of sufficient health insurance is a condition for enrolment, and it must show unlimited coverage for medical treatment and be valid fort he entire duration of your stay (for details please refer to the handbook)

After you have received your acceptance letter, further information on the enrolment and the payment of the social fee will be provided by email.
Once you have paid, provided proof of your health insurance and completed the enrolment form, we will prepare your student ID/student ticket to make sure that you can use public transportation and have access to our IT services starting on your very first day in Mainz.



The course selection procedure varies in the different degree programs.


There is no predetermined study program for incoming students of our School of Design. The lectures will be taught in German and we will tailor an individual program for you. Please check the module descriptions in the handbook and send us your subject nomination. According to your preselection, we will then prepare your Learning Agreement to have it confirmed by both you and your home university, prior to your arrival. Please note that your workload should not exceed 30 ECTS credits. If your home university agrees, German language courses may be part of your workload. Further detail can be shown.



In general, you may stay at any one of the residential units. Information about the different residences is available on page 20 of the handbook. Applications are only accepted online. You will received detailed information after nomination by your home university.

Student Services (Studierendenwerk) in Mainz is responsible for accommodations.

Studierendenwerk Mainz 
Staudinger Weg 21 
55128 Mainz

E-Mail: wohnen (at)

Accommodation application deadline

• 15th of July (winter semester)
• 15th of January (summer semester)


Regulations for foreign students studying in Germany are subject to the laws for foreigners. Please inform yourself and contact the German Embassy in your home country about current regulations concerning entry and residence for Germany, and apply for any necessary visa/permit with the embassy. To enter the country, you will require at least a valid passport with visa or a residence permit for students. We will send you an acceptance letter to help you apply for this. A tourist or visitor’s visa is not sufficient, nor is a residence permit for another EU country. Information can be found on the homepages of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees: »Auswärtiges Amt« and »BAMF« 

We strongly recommend you apply for a student visa in your home country for the entire duration of your stay. 



Hochschule Mainz
University of Applied Sciences
International Office: School of Design
Holzstraße 36
55116 Mainz



Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 am

Room H1.18


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