School of Business
School of Business
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.
Take a look at the handbook for more detailed information.
We are planning the academic year 2020/21 "normally", although nobody can really predict how the corona situation will develop and what influence it will possibly have in the winter semester 2020/21 (September 2020 - January 2021). We will keep you informed about all news.
First, your home university has to nominate you as an exchange student to our university. We confirm the nomination via email, provide the students with information about the application process and kindly ask the students to do the online application via mobility online. Non-EU students will receive an invitation letter from our School of Business.
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 2020.
We know that a stay abroad during your studies is a "once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity" for you. Because of the curriculum it is often not possible to postpone it to the next semester. We believe that a foreign experience with "corona restrictions" is better than no experience abroad.
So far, the corona crisis in Germany has been managed very well and students who have been with us during the summer semester were and are safe. We assume that this will be also the case in the future.
However, due to the unpredictable development of the corona situation we have to be prepared for different scenarios. Concerning the upcoming winter semester, we are sure that it will certainly not be a pure attendance semester, as it was before Corona. The most likely scenario is a hybrid semester, i.e. a mixture of attendance and online courses. This may mean that
If the situation worsens and the infection rate rises again, there is also the possibility that the winter semester 2020 will be a pure online semester. Who knows…?
The winter semester starts on Monday 21st of September 2020 with the introduction week. We advise exchange students to arrive slightly earlier so that they can settle in before the start of studies. Please be prepared to self-isolate after arriving in Germany, if this is again recommended by the government at the time.
We recommend that you make financial commitments, such as booking flights, at the latest possible date. Please also choose flights that can be cancelled, if necessary. Please note that rooms in the student residence can only be rented for the entire semester, from September 2020 to February 2021.
Hochschule Mainz is monitoring the situation closely, and we continue to adhere to government guidelines and keep you informed:
Important and essential information for Germany are being provided by the Robert Koch-Institute as well as by the Ministries for Foreign Affairs and for Interior:
The City of Mainz informs on:
Whatever the final scenario will be, in the end it is your decision whether you want to come to Mainz and study at the UAS Mainz in the winter semester 2020 under the given uncertain circumstances or postpone your stay to the summer semester 2021 or to the next academic year 2021 if your study plan allows it.
In any case, we will do everything in our power to support you. We want to keep our relationship creative and alive, and our friendship to endure.
The academic year is divided into two semesters at Mainz University of Applied Sciences:
Classes begin: 28th of September
Classes end: end of January 2021 (including examination period), exact date will be announced asap
Orientation: starts 21st of September 2020
Christmas Break: 23rd of December 2020 to 4th of January 2021
*subject to alterations
Classes begin: 15th of March 2021
Classes end: 10th of July 2021 (including examination period), exact date will be announced asap
Orientation: starts 8th of March 2021
Easter break: 2nd of April to 5th of April 2021
*subject to alterations
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.
Enrollment will take place after your arrival during the introduction week. In order to register, all students have to pay a social services charge of approx. €330 per semester. Please note that this social fee is not a tuition fee. You will have to pay this fee like all other students at a German university (you cannot enroll at Mainz University of Applied Sciences 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, Frankfurt and the Rhein-Main region without additional costs during the entire semester.
As an exchange student you can choose the courses for byour individual program from the entire program of courses offered by the School of Business, with a maximum workload of 30 ECTS credits per semester (6 courses, 5 ECTS credits each). Bachelor students may only select Bachelor modules, and Master students only Master modules.
Exchange students who do not speak German can put together their study program using 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 it may have regarding which modules you are allowed to take at Mainz University of Applied Sciences (course content, 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. It is only possible to change courses if a course will not be offered or classes are offered simultaneously. Your individual schedule will be discussed with you after your arrival during the introduction week.
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.
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.
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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, further information under bamf.de