Welcome to Mainz
A very warm welcome to our University of Applied Sciences! We are happy that you have decided to study at our School of Business.
You are about to start your studies in a new country and there is no doubt that you will have many questions regarding the organization of your stay.
For all remaining questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
- 15th of June for winter semester (semester 1 )
- 15th of December for spring semester (semester 2)
The Handbook provides you with detailed information.
Admission of exchange students - Online Application
First of all your home university has to nominate you as an exchange student to our university. We confirm the nomination via e-mail, provide the students with the information of the application process and kindly ask the students to do the online application via mobility online.Non EU students will get an invitation letter of our School of Business.
Academic Year 2017/2018
The academic year is divided into two semesters at Hochschule Mainz, University of Applied Sciences:
Classes begin: 02nd of October 2017
Classes end: 27th of January 2018 (including examination period)
Orientation: 21st of September to 29th of September 2017
Christmas break: 23rd of December 2017 to 1st of January 2018
German Language intensive course 6th to 19th of September (German beginner – optional)
Classes begin: 19th of March 2018
Classes end: 14th of July 2018 (including examination period)
Orientation: 12th to 18th of March 2018
Easter break: 30th of March to 02nd of April 2018
*subject to alterations
Students studying the whole academic year from October to July will have a 6 weeks break between end of January and middle of March. Students studying the whole academic year from March to January will have a 10 weeks break between middle of July and end of September.
Enrolment and Semester Social Fee
The enrolment will take place after your arrival during the introduction week. In order to register all students have to pay a social services charge of appr. 300-€ per semester. Please note that this social fee is not a tuition fee. You will have to pay this fee as all other students at a German university (you cannot enrol at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz without having paid this social fee).
The fee allows you to use the dining halls and the Studierendenwerk (Student Service) facilities and includes the student ticket, which permits you to use public transportation in Mainz, Wiesbaden and Frankfurt and the Rhein-Main area without further costs during the entire semester.
As an exchange student you can choose your individual programme from the whole study programme offered by the School of Business, maximum workload of 30 ECTS credit points per semester (6 courses to 5 ECTS points). Bachelor students select only Bachelor modules and Master students only Master modules.
Exchange students who do not speak German can put together their whole study programme with modules offered in English. Please make sure that your English language skills are good enough to be able to follow lectures, hold presentations and write theses and examinations in English.
Please contact your home university to make sure that you comply with any requirements stipulated by them, as to which modules you are allowed to take at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz (course contents, course length, study year etc.).
To help you to plan your timetable in advance please fill out a Learning Agreement and send it back to us. The Learning Agreement is binding. Changes of the courses are only possible in case that a course will not be offered or classes will be simultaneously offered. Your individual timetable will be discussed with you after your arrival during the introduction week.
Language modules - German Language and Culture
At present we have six different levels of the subject “German Language and Culture” on offer. We recommend all students to attend one of the language module in order to at least acquire basic knowledge of the language. During the introduction week there will be an assessment test according to which students will be allocated into different group levels.
Accommodation in Mainz
In principle, you may stay at any one of the residential accommodation units. Information of the different residences is available on page 20 of the Handbook. Application has to be done online. You will get detailed information after the nomination of your home university.
Responsible for accommodation is the Student Services (‘Studierendenwerk’) in Mainz.
Staudinger Weg 21
Please do the online application by 15th of June at the latest (for the winter semester/ semester 1) or 15th of December (for the summer semester/ semester 2)
Regulations for foreign students studying in the Federal Republic of Germany are subject to the laws for foreigners. Please inform yourself and apply to the German Embassy in your home country about current regulations concerning entry and residence for the Federal Republic of Germany. To enter the country you will certainly require a valid passport with visa or a residence permit for students. To apply for this we will send you an invitation letter from our university. A tourist or visitors visa is not sufficient, neither a residence permit for another EU country, Information under http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/Infoservice/FAQ/Studium/Uebersicht.html?nn=480902