Welcome to Konstanz!

Experience the world! The Student Exchange Program at the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences offers international students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the German language and culture while taking courses in Business Administration, Computer Science, Engineering or Architecture and Design.

Konstanz is located on the western shore of Lake Constance in the far south of Germany. Because of its extraordinary location, it is the gateway for many outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, sailing and more. Besides the town's beauty, Konstanz is renowned for its international companies and its innovative R&D facilities.

If you have any questions regarding your exchange studies, please contact the International Office team.

We look forward to welcoming you as an exchange student at the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences.

Study options

Please find below an overview of the available study options for exchange students:

  • Courses offered at HTWG Konstanz

    English taught courses

    Most departments offer courses taught in English. You need a certain English language proficiency level to attend these classes (ranging from B1 or C1).

    Courses in German

    For students who speak German and wish to further develop their language skills or get credits within their major, the HTWG Konstanz offers a wide range of courses. Exchange students can enroll in any of the courses offered at our university. The course offer varies from fall to spring semester. However, the offer in each fall/spring semester remains widely unchanged. Therefore, students interested in studying at HTWG can get a good overview of the courses that will be on offer during their stay at HTWG by taking a look at the past fall/spring semester. For an overview of the courses taught in German, please click here (in German, please have a look at the so called "Prüfungsordnungslisten / PO-Listen" of the past fall/spring semester).

    German Language Courses

    You also have the option of taking German language classes  during the semester. These language courses range from beginner, intermediate to more advanced classes. There are also classes in Business or Technical German. In addition, you can also practice your German language skills and get to know local students by participating in the tandem-learning program.

  • Practical work experience

    The HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences works closely collaborations with the industry in research and development. Students may choose to participate in one of several (in-house) projects under the joint supervision of academic staff members and a partner in industry.

    Moreover, Engineering or Computer Science majors with only basic German skills have the possibility of participating in a faculty-supervised project in a lab in which English is used. Please contact the International Office if you would be interested in such a project.

    Important note: If you wish to gain practical work experience at the HTWG Konstanz, please always contact the International Office first. The choice of projects exchange students can work on is limited and, depending on your major, we cannot guarantee that you can participate in one of our projects.

  • Combination of an academic and project/internship semester

    The combination of an academic semester and a project/internship semester allows students to study German as well as to gain practical experience in their field of study before graduating. Upon completion of an academic or supervised project semester at the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences, students may choose to remain in Germany and complete a paid internship with a German company such as Daimler, Siemens, Bosch or other companies. This option gives students the opportunity to gain international practical experience in a professional setting before graduating. Compensation for internships is generally between €600 and €750 a month. The companies may or may not be in Konstanz, allowing students to work in a larger city, if so desired.

  • Thesis

    Students may also work on their thesis/PhD under the supervision of the HTWG Konstanz facilities and staff. Our university’s award-winning library, computer labs, and research institutes make it easy to research any thesis/dissertation topic.

    Important note: If you are interested in writing your thesis at the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences, please contact the International Office first.

Application Process

Each year, the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences hosts around 120 exchange students from around the world who come to study for one or two semesters. The advantages of our exchange programs include an easier and simplified admission process, acknowledged courses and exams by the home university, and dorm rooms in Konstanz specifically designated for incoming exchange students.

If you are a student of one of our international partner universities who is interested in an exchange program at the HTWG Konstanz, please consult the International Office of your home University for further information on how to apply for an exchange program at the HTWG Konstanz.



Application Deadline

June 15 for fall semester (September/October – February)
December 01 for spring semester (March – July)

Once you have been accepted by the International Office/Study Abroad at your home university, your application will be forwarded to the International Office at the HTWG Konstanz.

In order to apply for an exchange program at the HTWG Konstanz, please submit the following documents to the International Office at your home university:

  • International exchange student application form
  • Application form for student housing
    • Important: In order to secure a room in one of the dormitories run by the local company, Seezeit, students need to transfer 800 Euros in advance to the following bank account  Please keep in mind that you have to pay transfer fees. Ask your bank about how much the fees are and pay accordingly a higher amount.
      Note: You only need to type your name in the "personal reference" field - not the room number. Seezeit, the student housing company will contact you with further details.
  • Proof of having paid the security deposit for student housing to Seezeit
  • Copy of your passport/ ID card (European citizens only); Please note: Your current passport must be valid for at least 3 months past the date you plan to leave Konstanz / the European Union. You must be at least 18 years old at the beginning of the exchange period in Konstanz. If you have dual citizenship, please send us copies of both passports.
  • Financial proof for the whole duration of your stay at the HTWG Konstanz (minimum: € 934 per month) which can either be:
    1. A current income statement/bank statement of a parent AND a copy of the Parental Statement which must be signed by the parent with a regular income! or
    2. A scholarship confirmation
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) / ré­su­mé
  • Academic transcript
  • Letter of interest
  • 2 passport photos (not older than 6 months). For email application: 1 passport photo (jpeg format)
  • German language certificate (indicating your German language level) if required for the study abroad period
  • ERASMUS students only: Copy of the European Health Insurance Card
  • Design students only: a minimum of 5 work samples


Please note that your application may not be accepted if some documents are missing!

Academics

  • Choosing your courses

    It is very important that the students' home institutions pre-approve the courses students plan to attend in Konstanz. Once students know which courses are accepted by their home institution, they should notify the International Office of the HTWG Konstanz of their planned course of studies. Most courses at the HTWG Konstanz are taught in German, with the exception of several business and mechanical engineering courses, which are taught in English. Supervised project work can also be completed in English.

  • Forms of instruction

    Class organization in Germany may take the form of lectures, exercises, seminars or practical laboratories. Successful participation in a certain number of these is obligatory and must be proven to receive course credits. Excursions, tutorials, guided development of case-studies and group study may also be offered within the course.

  • Assessment

    There is usually no homework assigned during the semester; however, students must be self disciplined and study throughout the semester to prepare for final exams. The final grade or score received is based primarily on one final exam or project. The professor will rarely collect homework, except in language courses, where a student is required to complete exercises at home to prepare for the next class. In addition to courses offered at HTWG Konstanz, students may also choose to receive credit by working independently on a project assigned by the HTWG Konstanz University of Applied Sciences.

  • Grading

    The performance of an exchange student at HTWG Konstanz is documented by a German national grade. It is good practice to add an ECTS grade, particular in case of credit transfer.

    The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard student-centered system across the European Union based on the student workload to achieve the objectives of a program, objectives preferably specified in terms of learning outcomes and competences to be aquired.

    Student workload in ECTS consists of the time required to complete all planned learning activities such as attending lectures, seminares, independent study, preparation of projects, examinations etc.. One-ECTS-credit stands for the student's workload of 30 working hours.

    The ECTS grading scale ranks the students on a statistical basis. Grades are reported on a carefully calibrated and uniform A-F scale combined with keywords and short qualitative definitions to allow the home institution to convert the ECTS grades to their own system if needed.

    Explanation of the German grading system

    1,0-1,3 very good

    1,7-2,3 good

    2,7-3,3 satisfactory

    3,7-4,0 sufficient

    5,0 fail

    Explanation of the ECTS Grading Scale:

    A Excellent-outstanding performance with only minor errors

    B very good-above the average standards but with some errors

    C good-generally sound work with a number of notable errors

    D satisfactory mediocre but with clear faults

    E sufficient-performance meets the minimum criteria

    F fail-considerable further work is required

    P Ungraded pass – in order to receive credit for this course students must pass a final exam at the end of the semester.  A number grade is not assigned to the exam results; it is strictly pass or fail.

  • Exams, course results and transfer credit

    Exchange students must register for all exams and should inform the International Office at HTWG Konstanz concerning all changes in course selection. After the semester ends, the International Office will send an official academic transcript to the International Office of the students' home university.

Student life in Konstanz

Which places can I travel to while staying in Konstanz? What means of transportation are common there? And what does the Nightlife in Konstanz look like?

More about these themes you can find on our page Student Life

Virtual Lake Constance Summer School 2022

Intensive German language course and much more | 2nd August - 25th August 2022

IBH SUMMER SCHOOL 2022 GOES ONLINE! Due to ongoing pandemic-related restrictions and the current Ukrainian refugee crisis, which is causing an increased need for accommodation, it is unfortunately not possible to organize accommodation for our participants. Therefore, the Summer School will be held online this year.

For international students starting their studies in the winter semester at one of the IBH universities (a network of universities in the Lake Constance area, HTWG Konstanz is part of this network), a German intensive course is always offered in August. Participants receive instruction at their own language ability level - whether beginner, intermediate or advanced. In addition to the language courses, supplementary activities are offered. These include lectures on history, culture and politics as well as intercultural activities. The Bodensee Summer School is organised by the International Bodensee Hochschule (IBH) in cooperation with the International Office of the University of Konstanz and Language Institute (SLI).

Course fee: 160 Euro (74 lessons, placement test, teaching material, language certificate, lectures (history and politics in Europe) and accompanying program).

For more information, please contact the International Office, visit the Summer School website or have a look at the Summer School Flyer.

Scholarships offered by HAW.International

Exchange students who will spend the spring semester 2023 at HTWG may apply for a DAAD-scholarship until February 1st 2023.

If you want to join the HTWG as a visiting scholar, you can find information about a potential source of finance here.