Living and studying in Nordhausen

The following information will help you with the details about the everyday life as a student in Nordhausen.

Arriving in Nordhausen

Nordhausen is located in the heart of Germany - in the middle of Europe. Here you will learn how to get to us the easiest way.


Academic calendar

The academic year at Nordhausen University is divided into two semesters.
The summer semester starts in early April and ends in mid-August.
The winter semester lasts from early October to mid-March.

Academic calendar shows you 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


For each semester (except the first one) you have to sign up to tell the university that you still want to study here. You do this by transferring the semester fee within the specified deadline informed by the Student Service Center.

Language Courses

The Language Center offers language courses in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian.
International students also have the opportunity to take courses in "German as a foreign language".

Thoska - student card

The Thuringian University and Studierendenwerk card (short: Thoska) is your student ID card.

At the same time, the Thoska has a few more features:

  •     Library user card
  •     Semester ticket for regional trains in Thuringia, also buses/trams in Nordhausen
  •     Copy card
  •     Cashless payment in the cafeteria and laundromats on the campus


StuRa stands for student council (Studierendenrat in German). This is chosen annually by the students and represents their interests.
If you have problems or suggestions for improvement, you can always contact the StuRa.


One option for accommodating directly on the campus is the student residences of the Thüringer Studierendenwerk. However, it is necessary to apply very early for it since the vacancies are limited.

Therefore, you should also look for accommodation in Nordhausen on the private housing market. Students in Germany often live in shared flats (WGs). They have their own room, but the kitchen and bathroom are shared. You get to know nice people and can save a lot of money by living in a WG. Alternatively, you can also search for small one- or two-bedroom apartments. Offers can be found on the internet, e.g. at or


STIBET scholarships

The University of Nordhausen awards grants to highly motivated international students from funds from the DAAD STIBET program.
A prerequisite for a grant is that the students have performed well, but also distinguish themselves through their outstanding commitment in the international context at their university.

Scholarship rate: 250, - EUR per month

Application deadlines: 31.1. every year

Required Documents:

  •     Application form
  •     Current list of grades from the examination office or assessment letter from a professor if no grades are available yet
  •     CV (tabular)
  •     Short cover letter (description of the motivation and suitability for the care of international students, showing the financial distress)

Applications must be submitted in person to the International Office.

Further scholarships for international students

There are several ways to apply for a scholarship for studying in Germany. Information can be found in the scholarship database of the DAAD.


In some special cases, international students can apply for BAFöG. For more information, please contact the BAFöG office.

    Leisure time

    You want to exercise and make friends at the same time? Then come to the free sport courses at our university.

    Or are you more into singing? Then become part of our university choir.

    In addition, the University of Applied Sciences offers international activities to get to know each other.

    The city of Nordhausen also offers numerous options of what to do in your free time.

    Studying with a child

    The Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences is a family-friendly institution. Flexible study organisation and appropriate premises make it possible to combine studies and children. Students of the HSN can register their children in the Kindergarten "Campus-Kinder". This is located directly on the campus. In addition, there are free meals for children in the cafeteria.