Living and studying in Nordhausen

The information below will help you negotiate everyday life at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences.

How to get to Nordhausen

Nordhausen is located at the heart of Germany - in the centre of Europe. Click on How to get to Nordhausen to find out how best to reach us.

Studies

Academic year

The academic year at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences is divided into two semesters.

The summer semester starts early April and ends in mid-August.

The winter semester runs from early October to mid-March.

Click here for the exact dates.


Grading system

1,0-1,590-100%very good
1,6-2,575-89 %good
2,6-3,560-74 %satisfactory
3,6-4,050-59 %sufficient
>4,0>50 %failed

Confirmation of continued studies

For every semester (apart from the first one) you will need to provide the university with confirmation that you would like to continue studying here. Receipt of the semester payment before the payment deadline is deemed confirmation of continued studies.

If you are not planning to or are unable to continue your studies at this time, you can submit an application to the Student Service Centre for leave of absence or ex-matriculation.

Language courses

The Language Centre offers language courses in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian.

International students also have the option of taking courses in German as a foreign language.

Thoska – student ID

The Thuringian University and Student Services Card (thoska) is your student ID.

The thoska chip card also has a number of other functions:

  • Library card
  • Semester ticket for regional trains in Thuringia as well as buses and trams within Nordhausen
  • Photocopying card
  • Cashless payment in student canteens and in the laundrettes on the campus

Click here for further details of how the thoska chip card works.

StuRa

StuRa is the student council. Its members are elected annually by the students and represent the interests of students at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences.

If you need help with anything or have suggestions for improvements, feel free to contact the student council at any time.

Accommodation

One option for living right on the campus is the halls of residence of the Studierendenwen Thürigen Places are limited, however, so you will need to apply well in advance.

For this reason, we suggest you also check out the free housing market for accommodation in Nordhausen. Students in Germany frequently live in shared apartments (known as WGs or Wohngemeinschaften). Every student in the apartment has their own room but the bathroom and kitchen are shared. This is a good way to save a lot of money and make new friends. Otherwise, you could also look for a small one or two-room apartment. These are advertised online: see, for instance, www.wg-gesucht.de or http://studizentrum.de.

Funding

STIBET scholarships

Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences awards scholarships to exceptional international students. These are funded through the STIBET scholarship and support programme which is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must have performed well academically and have also distinguished themselves through outstanding commitment to internationalisation at their university.

Scholarship payments: 250 euros a month

Application deadlines: 31 January each year

Documents to be submitted:

  • Application form
  • Current transcript from the examination office or letter of recommendation written by a professor if no grades are available
  • Curriculum vitae (tabular)
  • Short cover letter (statement explaining your motivation and eligibility for support for international students, evidence of financial hardship)

All applications must be submitted to the International Office in person.

Other scholarships for international students

There are various opportunities to apply for a scholarship to study in Germany. See the German Academic Exchange Service’s scholarship database for further information.

BAFöG

In some specific cases, international students may be able to apply for assistance under the German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAFöG). Further information can be obtained from the BAFöG office.

    Leisure time

    If you’re looking to get some exercise and meet people at the same time, there are many great opportunities to take part in university sports free of charge.

    Or if you love to sing, why not join our university choir.

    Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences also offers a number of international activities to help you make friends.

    For those who are interested, the university has a number of clubs and initiatives to choose from.

    Finally, the town of Nordhausen also offers a wide range of leisure activities.

    Childcare for student parents

    Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences is a family-friendly university. Flexible study models and child-friendly premises make it much easier to combine studying and childcare commitments. Nordhausen students can register their children in our campus daycare centre. The university canteen also provides free children’s meals