Incoming students

We are happy that you are interested in spending a part of your time studying in Geisenheim as part of an exchange program.
We appreciate that you will want to organize some of the formalities involved in a stay abroad in advance, as well as find out what to expect in Geisenheim, and we would like to help you with this forward planning as much as possible.
We can help you with:
•    visa application
•    accommodation
•    registration
•    German language classes
The Office for Foreigners (Ausländerbehörde) Bad Schwalbach (responsible for Geisenheim) or Wiesbaden’s migration office (Einwohner- und Integrationsamt) provide current information about:
•    residence permits
•    visa requirements
•    work permits

Please fill in our application form, this must be done on a computer. The application form has to be signed and sent to the International Office of Geisenheim University by your home university, together with a résumé / CV containing your e-mail and postal address.

Erasmus applicants should also include the Learning Agreement, signed by your home university.

Application Deadlines:
•    15 June (for a winter semester)
•    15 December (for a summer semester)

Preparation & Formalities

Visa/ Residence Permit
Students with EU citizenship can study in Germany for one or two semesters without a visa.
Citizens of Australia, Israel, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland or the USA do not need to apply for a visa in advance, but they will have to apply for a residence permit at the Office for Foreigners within 3 months after arrival.
All other students have to apply for a student visa at the German embassy / consulate in their home countries. We will send you an official invitation letter for your visa application.

For the enrollment process please remember to bring:
•    passport/ ID card
•    2 passport photographs
•    proof of health insurance (European Health Insurance Card; non-EU-students are strongly recommended to take out health insurance in Germany)
•    the bank receipt for the payment of the semester fee (approx. €250 which includes the Semesterticket, allowing you free use of regional public transportation in most parts of Hesse and some places in Rhineland-Palatinate as well). Please make sure you pay the semester fee at least 10 days before you enroll at the Student Office.

Health Insurance
Sufficient health insurance is compulsory for all students wishing to enroll at Geisenheim University.
For all EU-Citizens: please bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) along with you. The EHIC will be issued by your health insurance company.
For all other students: We strongly recommend taking out health insurance in Germany, as foreign health insurance policies have to fulfil certain requirements to be accepted in Germany.
Please be aware that travel insurance will not be accepted.

Citizen’s Office
All students must register at the Citizen’s Office (Einwohnermelde- und Integrationsamt) within two weeks after their arrival. Please register in the Office of the town you will be living in during your stay.

Bank Account
You can open a bank account, free of charge at any bank; be sure to present your passport and your student identity card.

Living and Studying Here

German Language Courses
Our Language Center offers German, as well as other foreign language classes, for both beginners and students wishing to improve their existing knowledge. These courses are free of charge to students of Geisenheim University.
Please contact the Language Center to register for any of the language courses.

Studying in Geisenheim
Please contact the relevant Academic Program Coordinator (Studiengangsleiter) in order to discuss your curriculum with him/ her.
If you have any questions regarding the selection of courses, or have difficulties in understanding the lectures, please approach the teacher of the class who will be happy to help.
The current list of courses is published shortly before the beginning of the semester, although the list from the previous semester can be found here for information purposes.
Please be aware that the language of instruction is German.

All students are encouraged to take part in the sports activities organized by our university. Most of them are free of charge.

Semester Ticket
As an exchange student at Geisenheim University you will get a „Semesterticket“. It allows you the free use of regional public transportation in most parts of Hesse and some places in Rhineland-Palatinate as well.

Cost of Living
You will need a minimum of 600€ - 800€ for living expenses per month (accommodation, food and other expenses). Here you can find an estimate from the German Student Organization  (Deutsches Studentenwerk) about the cost of living in Germany.

Geisenheim University has apartments available for rent for exchange students. Alternatively, students can rent rooms or apartments privately, either in Geisenheim or nearby Rüdesheim, or there is also the possibility of renting a room in a shared apartment, for a limited period.
Please contact the International Office if you’d like us to help you with your search.

Academic Calendar
Winter semester:    September 1 – February 28
Period of teaching (incl. exams): First week of October - Mid of February
Summer semester:   March 1 – August 31
Period of teaching (incl. exams): End of March - Mid of July   


E-Mail internationalhs-gmde

Dipl.-Ing. Agr. Sonja Thielemann
International Office (Head)
Tel. +49 6722 502 718
Fax +49 6722 502 710
E-Mail Sonja.Thielemannhs-gmde

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Elke Reichel
Tel. +49 6722 502 728
Fax +49 6722 502 710
E-Mail Elke.Reichelhs-gmde

Lena Stolte, B.A.
Tel. +49 6722 502 786
Fax +49 6722 502 710
E-Mail: Lena.Stoltehs-gmde

Office hours:
Mo.,Tu., Th., Fri.: 10:30 am -12:30 am
Mo.,Tu., Th.: 2:00 pm -  4:00 pm

Postal Address
Hochschule GEISENHEIM University
International Office
65366 Geisenheim