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European Exchange Students (without Turkey) and international Doctoral Candidates
Contact:Telephone: +49 5121 883-92006
Fax: 05121 883-158
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Room: G 208 - Gebäude G (Hauptcampus)
Consultation time: Mo, Di, Do 10-12h und nach Vereinbarung
Fields of work:
- International Office - Beratung internationaler Programmstudierender (Incomings) [Technical and Administrative Staff]
Advice to international full-time students and interested parties, Bachelors
Contact: (Beratung internationaler Vollzeitstudierender (Incomings) - internationale Vollzeitstudierende im BA-Bereich)Telephone: +49 5121 883 92012
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Room: N 252 - Forum - Hauptcampus
Fields of work:
- International Office - Beratung internationaler Vollzeitstudierender (Incomings) [Technical and Administrative Staff - internationale Vollzeitstudierende im BA-Bereich]
Advice to international Bachelor and Master Studentsand interested parties, KA107
Contact:Telephone: 883 92018
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Room: N 247 - Forum - Hauptcampus
Consultation time: offene Sprechzeiten: Mo, Di, Do 10-12h und nach Vereinbarung
Fields of work:
- International Office - Beratung internationaler Programmstudierender (Incomings) [Technical and Administrative Staff]
- International Office - Beratung internationaler Vollzeitstudierender (Incomings) [Technical and Administrative Staff - internationale Vollzeitstudierende MA]
- International Office [Administrative Officers]
Accomodation, Buddy Programme, Language Tandems
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Information about Germany
- Study in: features a blog, a chat, informations about courses of studies, a short video "Student Life - three minutes in the everyday life..." and general tips for living in Germany...
- Deutschland-Portal: The „Deutschland-Portal“ is a kind of virtual card of the Federal Republic of Germany. It offers amongst others an annotated link list in 6 languages and links to other good internet portals.
- Tatsachen über Deutschland: Facts about Germany: An internet site of the Department of Foreign Affairs (Auswärtiges Amt) with information about our country and its people, its history, the political, legal and economic system and others.
- Just landed „Just landed” is a platform for the exchange of information and practical tips for those who plan to stay in another European country.
- http://www.youtube.com/daadbonn: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on Youtube
About studying in Germany and learning German
- Europäischer Referenzrahmen: The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is a tool for setting clear standards to be attained at successive stages of learning and for evaluating outcomes in an internationally comparable manner.
- Übungen Goethe Institut: Goethe-Institut – Here you can practise your German
- Deutsch lernen: What helps me to learn German? Information about language schools, e-learning and learning material
- Übungen des Institut f. Internationale Kommunikation: Institut für Internationale Kommunikation Düsseldorf e.V. – Internet service for learning German with exercises and links
- Studieren und Forschen in Deutschland: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers valuable information to those who want to study or do research in Germany
- Study in Germany Study and do research in Germany
- Studieren Information about German universities and studying in Germany
Helpful Institutions and Initiatives
- Auswärtiges Amt (Department of Foreign Affairs): The first place to look for answers on questions concerning the entry into Germany
- Zuwanderung The Federal Ministry of the Interior offers detailed information about the German immigration law
- DAAD-Download The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers detailed information among others about the entry into and the stay in Germany and answers questions from students and researchers who come from abroad and want to work in Germany
- Studentenwerk OstNiedersachsen: provides students with social, financial and cultural services like student halls, refectories and day-care centers
- ESN Hildesheim: a student initiative at the university of Hildesheim which helps international students and organizes events and excursions
- STUBE - Studienbegleitprogramm für ausländische Studierende an niedersächsischen Hochschulen: A programme for students coming from Africa, Asia and Latinamerica who study in Lower Saxony. It offers courses for those who are interested in development work in their home countries.
Recognition of previously successfully completed study courses
Will study courses that I have previously successfully completed be officially recognized, respectively, can I apply for admission to a higher specialist subject semester?
There is no one answer to this question. Every case is decided on its own merits. Please send the translated certificates of previously successfully completed coursework or examinations to Mr. Flohr at the Registrar’s Office (Immatrikulationsamt).
Important! You must nevertheless send your application to study at the university to uni-assist.
Academic certification (APS)
As a Chinese citizen, do I need a certificate from the APS (Academic Certification Office) for my application?
Yes. The University of Hildesheim only accepts applications from Chinese applicants if the original APS certificate, from the Culture Division of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Beijing, is included in the application. The original certificate can also be replaced by a copy certified by the German Embassy; other certifying authorities will not be recognized! Please make sure that your APS certificate is up-to-date!
Further information can be found on the website of the
Do I have to pass an aptitude test before I can start studying?
There is an examination to establish applicants’ artistic ability and aptitude for the respective courses
- Creative Writing & Cultural Journalism (B.A.)
- Cultural Science, Aesthetics & Applied Arts (B.A.).
The deadline for the examination to be admitted to these two courses and for the course The Scenic Arts (B.A.) is 15th April each year.
As a rule, the examinations take place in July.
There is also an aptitude and ability test for those applicants wanting to take Sport Science in the polyvalent Dual subject bachelor programme with Teacher Education option.
The application for the aptitude tests can be filled out online on the university homepage.
Do I need to have the documents accompanying my application officially certified?
As we request you NEVER to send us your original certificates, we will need officially certified copies of your documents.
Officially certified copies can be made in the Federal Republic of Germany by any official government office which is permitted to use an official stamp (with emblem), or by a solicitor. The certified copies must be identified as such, must bear the signature of the certifier and must show the imprint of the official stamp.
Each individual page of the copy must be certified in this way, and each individual page of the copy must bear the name of its owner, i.e. the applicant’s name.
Collective certification of a document with several pages is permitted, if they are bound by a cord and seal. Collective certification is also recognized where the folded corners of the pages are joined by a rivet and stamped in such a way that every page bears the imprint of the stamp. Make specially sure that no simple everyday stamp is used for the certification. Incomplete certification can neither be accepted nor recognized.
By what date must my application have arrived at uni-assist?
The final application deadline for first degree courses is, as a rule, 15th July of any one year (i.e. applications are only possible for the winter semester).
In part, there are other deadlines for the Master courses. The respective deadlines can be found on the appropriate course pages.
Any applications arriving after these final deadlines cannot be taken into consideration.
Please also note that, in the case of some courses, you may only apply after passing the ability and aptitude examination
Which documents do I have to include in my application?
The following documents must be included in your application:
- an application to study at the University of Hildesheim (Antrag auf Zulassung). Please fill out the course details completely.
- curriculum vitae
- an official copy of your school-leaving certificate e.g. baccalauréat, etc.). An average mark must be distinguishable on your school-leaving certificate.
- if a university course of studies has already been completed, an officially certified copy of the degree certificate. This certificate must show a final degree mark (or class). If no final mark is shown, a list of all individual marks must be included.
- An officially certified copy of the translation of the final degree certificate (exception: English and French language certificates need not be translated)
- an officially certified copy of the proof of competence in the German language
- a motivation letter of two pages in German
- evidence of payment of the processing fee for uni-assist
The translation must be done by a state registered translator.
Students from EU member states and from countries with which a social security agreement has been concluded (EEA countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Switzerland, Turkey and Tunisia) should clarify the best insurance route with their health insurance company in their home country before travelling to Germany. In most cases, you will have the European Health Insurance Card, which exempts you from compulsory insurance in Germany and provides you with medical care in emergencies. Further information can be found on the website of the European Commission.
All other students (non-EU students) have two options.
All students under 30 years of age are advised to take out a student health insurance policy with a statutory health insurance company in Germany. The monthly costs for this insurance are about 90 EUR (as of February 2019). Please contact one of the health insurance companies directly. An overview of regional health insurances can be found here.
If you have already taken out a valid health insurance for Germany, you can have it accepted locally by a statutory health insurance company. To do this, you must present your current health insurance documents to a health insurance company and submit an application for exemption from compulsory health insurance. If your health insurance is accepted, you can register with this notification.
Please bear in mind, however, that international insurance companies do not always have the same scope of benefits as the statutory health insurance company in Germany and that this could lead to problems in the case of illness. If the health insurance coverage is not sufficient, you must additionally take out student health insurance with a statutory health insurance company. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Students who have reached the age of 30 do not have compulsory insurance. You can take out a voluntary health insurance at higher conditions with a statutory health insurance or a private health insurance. Please make sure that you have sufficient insurance coverage for your study visit.
Further information on statutory health insurance for students can be found here.
Here you will find information about private health insurance for students.
Is there a possibility for me to learn German while still in my home country?
First and foremost we recommend you to acquire the necessary knowledge of German while you are still in your home country. You can find out which qualifications are recognised at Knowledge of German 2: How can I give proof of my knowledge of German?
Knowledge of German 1
Is it possible to start learning German after beginning my course?
No. You need official proof of your knowledge of German for your application to the University of Hildesheim (an officially certified copy of your certificate(s).
Knowledge of German 2
How can I give proof of my knowledge of German?
The courses at the University of Hildesheim are held in German. To take up a course of studies at the University of Hildesheim, you must first of all prove that your knowledge of German is sufficient.
The following examinations are recognized – you need only one of these for your application:
- Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), Stufe 2
- Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom of the Goethe Institute
- Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom of the Goethe Institute
- Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung
- Deutsches Sprachdiplom (Stufe II) der KMK
- TestDaF, Stufe 4
- A successfully completed university course studying German
- ÖSD-Prüfung C1 Oberstufe Deutsch
There are, in part, different language competence conditions to be fulfilled in order to start a Master course. Information on this is available on the webpage for study courses
Essentially, we recommend you to already acquire the necessary knowledge of German in your home country.
DSH- and TestDaF preparatory courses are offered in Hildesheim. In case you are interested, please contact Volkshochschule Hildesheim.
The University itself offers no German language courses.
To take part in a Foundation Course you need proof of having passed the Mittelstufenprüfung (e.g. a certificate from the Goethe Institute).
Please remember that you must already show proof of your competence in German in your application to study at the University of Hildesheim.
German language courses
Where can I learn German in Hildesheim?
The University of Hildesheim offers no German language courses of its own. For information on courses preparing for university study in Hildesheim please consult the Volkshochschule Hildesheim. The latter offers courses preparing for the TestDAF examination and it is possible to sit for the examination there, as well. Online registration for the examinations is necessary.
Further information is available on the website of the Volkshochschule Hildesheim and by email.
Naturally, there are other possibilities of acquiring a knowledge of German. Please consult the DAAD website. It contains comprehensive information on German courses in Germany.
Do I need a visa to enter Germany and how can I obtain one?
If you are a citizen of the European Union, you do not need a residence permit, but you must register with the local Hildesheim authority (the ‘Meldebehörde’ in the Stadtbüro, affectionately known as the Ordnungsamt or, more recently, the Bürgerbüro). If you are from Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand, the USA, Andorra, Honduras, Monaco or San Marino), you can apply for your residence permit after entering Germany. Please register at your local authority, whether it be Hildesheim or, respectively, another place of residence.
For all other countries: you must apply for a residence permit at the German Embassy in your home country before entering Germany.
In order to obtain a visa for the purposes of studying, you need to have been admitted to a course of study at a German university. If you have not yet gained admission, you may apply for a student applicant visa. This is valid for three months and can be changed into a residence permit for the purposes of studying in Germany. To apply for such a visa you need official confirmation of your application to study from the University of Hildesheim, resp. from uni-assist.
On no account should you enter Germany as a tourist! A tourist visa cannot be changed into a student visa retrospectively.
Apply for your visa as early as possible! The processing can take a considerable time.
For all non-EU citizens: you must be able to prove that, whatever happens, you will be in a position to finance your studies in Germany (‘Finanzierungsnachweis’). At present, the German authorities assume that a student in Hildesheim will need approx. €659 per month.
Additionally, you will need valid proof of medical insurance (German health insurance company).
Opening a Bank Account
In order to make your payments in Germany (e.g. rent), we recommend that you open a giro account. To open a giro account you only need your passport or identity card, your address here in Hildesheim and a confirmation of registration from the city of Hildesheim. Later you will have to submit your certificate of matriculation and your tax ID if the bank requires it. There are several financial institutions in Hildesheim. Two of them, the Sparkasse and the Postbank, are located right next to the university.
During the introduction days we will assist you in opening an account.
University courses held in English
Does the University of Hildesheim offer courses held in English?
No. With few exceptions the University of Hildesheim does not offer any courses held completely in English, although some individual lectures may well be held in English. Thus you must give proof of your knowledge of German, if you want to apply to study in Hildesheim.
Statutory assessment / diagnostic examination
Do I have to do some statutory assessment or a diagnostic examination before starting my studies in Hildesheim?
The answer to this question depends on which country you acquired your university entrance qualification in. If the university entrance qualification of your home country is not recognized as being equivalent to the German qualification, then you must take the ‘entrance’ examination. Whether equivalence is given or not can be found at DAAD and at Anabin. At all events, you may in the meantime apply to the University of Hildesheim. If you are given a place and are required to attend a Foundation Course in order to take the ‘entrance’ examination, the University will arrange for you to join the Foundation Course in Hannover for Science and Maths, resp. in Halle for Arts/Philosophy and Linguistics. After passing the final ‘entrance’ examination, you can directly begin your studies in Hildesheim, i.e. your admission to the University remains valid.
Who can help me with further questions?
If you have any further questions regarding your application and admission to a course programme, please contact
Steffi Albrecht in the International Office.
Regarding very particular inquiries about courses on offer, please contact
Mr. Scholz of the Student Advisory Service at zentralen Studienberatung (ZSB).
Cost of living / financing my studies
How much money do I need to finance my life and studies in Germany?
At present, the German authorities assume that a student in Hildesheim will need approx. €659 per month (for a visa to be issued you must produce evidence of financial security, i.e. you have to prove that you will be able to finance your studies). Please note, however, that for each semester you will further have approx. €770 course fees and student association contributions to pay.
Who awards scholarships?
The University of Hildesheim awards the following scholarships:
Information on scholarships for studying in Germany can be found in the Stipendiendatenbank des DAAD.
Other possibilities of obtaining financial support:
Have you got acute problems financing your studies? The Social Fund of the University of Hildesheim can help you further.
Please contact Annette Buntefuß at or by telephone on 05121 883 103.
- the Emergency Fund (Notfonds e.V.)
The Emergency Fund for foreign students in Hildesheim is a Friendly Society, which particularly supports foreign students in need in Hildesheim.
The Emergency Fund gives, on the one hand, advice and, on the other, supports the students going through “personal, legal and studies-related problems”.
In addition, the Emergency Fund gives financial support in the form of scholarships and grants.
The grants especially help to give rapid financial support to students from Africa, Asia, Latin America or Eastern Europe. Grants can be awarded, for example, for rent payment, living costs or unforeseen journeys home.
The Emergency Fund Scholarship is in the form of an annual sum (€1,000) for needy foreign students from Africa, Asia, Latin America or Eastern Europe.
Information on the Notfonds, as well as the conditions for being supported, can be found at http://www.notfonds-hildesheim.de/.
- student jobs at the University of Hildesheim
You can earn some money and, at the same time, gain important experience for your studies and for your subsequent start in the world of work – an ideal opportunity for that is offered by a job as a student/academic assistant in one of the university departments. Every semester there is a whole selection of university (part-time) jobs on offer. You are recommended to look for work which has a close connection to the subjects in your course. Please consult the following website
- support organizations for gifted students and foundations
In addition, there are possibilities to apply for scholarships from the support organizations for gifted students and foundations. These are usually awarded on the basis of students’ performance. Beside very good marks at school, resp.university, involvement in political, social or church activities is expected. The amount of the scholarship mostly follows the BAföG student grant guidelines.
What can I study at the University of Hildesheim?
A plan of all the courses offered at the University of Hildesheim can be found here.
Are there course fees to be paid at the University of Hildesheim?
The University of Hildesheim charges €500 per semester for student fees. In addition to this €500, the so-called student association contribution of at present approx. €270 must be paid each semester. A part of this contribution goes to the Student Service to finance its work (the student restaurant, student halls of residence, advice centres etc.), another part goes to the student body, which through its student union organization (the AStA) also offers different services for the students. Further included are the in Lower Saxony obligatory administrative costs and the cost of the semester ticket for the local buses and regional trains.
Is there a Foundation Course at the University of Hildesheim?
No. The University of Hildesheim does not run its own Foundation Course. If you are not able to study at the University of Hildesheim, because of not having passed the entrance examination, but you have not yet attended a Foundation Course, you may nevertheless apply for admission. If you are given a place and are required to attend a Foundation Course in order to take the entrance examination, the University will arrange for you to join the Foundation Course in Hannover for Science and Maths, resp. in Halle for Arts/Philosophy and Linguistics. After passing the entrance examination, you can directly begin your studies in Hildesheim, i.e. your admission to the University remains valid. You need not make a new application.
Foundation Course / Knowledge of German
What knowledge of German do I need, if I have to attend a Foundation Course before taking up my studies in Hildesheim?
If you have to attend a Foundation Course before you start to study in Hildesheim, you will need documentary proof of having at least passed the ‘Mittelstufe I’ examination for your application. Please enclose this proof with your application for a place in Hildesheim. If you are given a place in Hildesheim, the University of Hildesheim will enrol you in the Foundation Course in Hannover, resp. Halle. After passing the entrance examination, you will be able to begin your studies in Hildesheim.
What is uni-assist?
The universities are helped by uni-assist to be able to select their applicants by quality. The advantage for applicants is that you can apply to several universities at one and the same time without extra effort. Your application is no longer sent to the University of Hildesheim directly, but to uni-assist. There the applications are checked for their completeness and it is established whether they fulfil the formal application criteria. Only then are they sent on to the respective university/universities.
You will find further information on the web pages of uni-assist.
How can I find accommodation in Hildesheim?
There are several halls of residence in Hildesheim. You can find detailed information here.
Many students live in shared flats. Offers of room vacancies can be found on the notice-boards in the university or in WG-Börsen (shared flat marketplaces) online. The student organization for Eastern Lower Saxony (Studentenwerk Ostniedersachsen) also has a room marketplace online.
Immatriculation / university entry
Will I be granted university entry at all events in Hildesheim?
No. All courses at the University of Hildesheim have restricted entry quotas (exception: Business Information Technology). The places available are distributed according to an internal numerus clausus (i.e. according to exam marks).
Notice of immatriculation / notification of gaining a place
When can I reckon on receiving news of my acceptance or refusal?
Positive news of a place at the university is sent out in August, refusals in September. There are unfortunately no exceptions to this rule. The courses offered at the University of Hildesheim are subject to student number restrictions, thus the application deadline must be adhered to, in order to decide which students will get a place.
Because of students not taking up their places, there may be late offers of places shortly before the semester begins. It may also be that refusals are not sent out until October
Conditions for being offered a place
What conditions do I have to fulfil to gain a place to study at the University of Hildesheim?
To be admitted to a place at the University of Hildesheim, you must have sufficient competence in the German language and be in possession of a recognized university entrance qualification.
Further conditions of admission:
Some courses require an ability and aptitude examination (the deadline for these examinations is as early as 15th April!), resp. advanced language competence beyond a sufficient knowledge of German. More information on this is to be found in the descriptions of the individual study courses at Studiengänge.
If you are applying for a Master’s course, you must already have completed a first academic degree course.