Welcome to NGU!
NGU Nuertingen-Geislingen University is glad to welcome students from all over the world at the two campuses in Nuertingen and Geislingen. We do not only try to provide you with the best education available but also strive to make your stay here as convenient and enjoyable as possible.
As a prospective international exchange student you are on the doorstep of a great adventure, studying and living in Germany. Although the adventure is great, it can also be quite difficult finding your way through the rules and regulations, from applying until your journey to Germany. Please read the following information carefully and some of your questions might already be answered.
We wish you a pleasant stay!
The course catalog for exchange students offers a range of courses in various subject areas on bachelor's or master's level.Course List
In other countries, there are other ways of doing things or things that are just different. Here you will find some differences that can help when you arrive.
In Germany, banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday. However, if you have a checking account you can also withdraw cash from this account at one of the ATMs located at every bank.
All the shops are closed on Sunday and public holidays. During the week, supermarkets are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some supermarkets may be open until 10 p.m. Smaller stores, book stores, boutiques etc. are normally open from 8 or 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. They might be closed from 12.30 a.m to 2.30 p.m. Bakeries and butchers open at 7 a.m. already. They close at 6 p.m. and are often closed during lunchtime. Please check the opening hours. No store is open 24 hours a day.
A large part of the waste generated in Germany is reused and composted, which saves resources and protects nature. Germany is even on its way to becoming the world champion in waste separation. In German households, it’s common to have four separate trash containers: one for organic waste, one for plastic, one for paper, and one for everything else. More info can be found here: https://handbookgermany.de/en/waste-separation
Germans are very punctual, and even a few minutes late can be an offense. If you are going to be even slightly late, call ahead and explain your situation. Be five to ten minutes early for important appointments.
On average, you will need around 900 Euros per month to cover your living costs as a student in Germany. However, some students manage on less than 900 Euros a month while others spend more. How high the cost of living turns out to be in practice will depend on your lifestyle and the city you choose. Source: Study in Germany
Accommodation in dormitory € 243 plus € 600 deposit
|Broadcast fees (mandatory) € 18,63|
|Semester fees (mandatory) € 98,90/per semester|
|Food € 200|
|Clothes € 80|
|Public transportation (optional) € 35|
|Personal expenses € 150|
|Books and materials € 33|
|Telephone € 35|
|Health Insurance for non-EU-members € 121|
When planning your journey to Germany you should take into account that banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday. However, the exchange offices at the airport are open at the weekends or in the evenings. Here you can exchange foreign currency.
During the first days of your stay in Nuertingen or Geislingen you will need a considerable amount of money in cash for extra expenses such as
- 600€ deposit for the room in the residence hall
- plus the rent approx 243€/month for the first month i.e. September or March
- processing fee for a residence permit approx 100€ (not for EU citizens/scholarship holders)
Make sure that this money is easily available (e.g. cash) during the first days of your stay. If you use bank cheques, you have access to the money only about 2 weeks after the transfer on your account. All major credit cards can be used to withdraw money from the ATMs (automated teller machines) but this usually involves additional costs. Credit cards are not widely accepted in stores and restaurants. But you can basically pay everything with an EC card (electronic cash and debit card) that is connected with a European bank account. We arrange appointments to open a bank account during the orientation days. A German/European bank account is needed for the monthly payments such as the rent and the AOK health insurance. You get an EC card which can be used for cashless payments or withdrawing money from the cash machine (ATM). The banks we recommend offer a current/checking account (Girokonto) without fees for students.
For regular expenses you might be required to give permission for automatic withdrawal. Rent for the following month is automatically deducted within the first week of a month. The monthly AOK health insurance contribution is automatically deducted on the 15th of the following month. Make sure your account always has enough money for these regular expenses.
Nowadays, you can easily get online banking for your account if you ask for it. Every bank account comes with 3 numbers, the account number (Konto-Nummer), the routing number (Bankleitzahl) and an international bank account number (IBAN). You should know the IBAN number for money transfers.
Exchange students will receive the NGU student card, after enrolment has been processed, after the semester fee has been paid and proof of health insurance has been shown. The NGU student ID card is required to borrow books from the university library, pay for meals in the dining hall, do laundry in the residence halls, and make printouts and copies from the university's copy machines and printers. Upon presentation of the student ID card, students can get a student discount at some cinemas, museums and other places. For the student ID card exchange students also need to send a digital photo in JPEG format. With the student ID card students are entitled to use buses and trains of the VVS (Verkehrsverbund Stuttgart) after 6 pm, at weekends and on public holidays. The student ID card is also needed at the final exams to identify oneself. If the card is lost, stolen or destroyed, this must be reported to the Admission Office at once and a duplicate card obtained on payment of 18 Euros.
Every semester NGU Nuertingen-Geislingen University hosts exchange students from our partner universities. To help them find their way around more quickly, we offer the buddy program, where an exchange student is paired with a local student to make life easier and more fun in the new environment. For students coming to Germany there is a lot to think of: register the place of residence, open a bank account.... A buddy can guide exchange students through these administrative duties and helps to integrate the newcomer into day-to-day student life. The international office organizes trips and other events exclusively for exchange students and their buddies and encourages the native student to show his/her partner the university, the region and sights during the semester. All new incomers should feel comfortable at NGU right from the start!
Enrolment is the process through which exchange students must agree to become a student at NGU Nuertingen-Geislingen University for one or two semesters. Upon receipt of the Admission Letter, exchange students are asked to enrol at NGU by filling out the registration form below (all 4 pages of the pdf-file) and submit it hand-signed together with all the required documents by email to andrea.heissler@no spamhfwu.de before July 15 for fall/winter or January 15 for spring/summer. Please respect the application deadlines and submit the complete enrolment documents and the appropriate semester fee mentioned below well in advance of the posted deadline (at least 4 weeks before). Enrolment becomes effective, once we have received the payment of the semester fee via bank transfer. We do not accept check-payments of any sort. Important note: payments can take up to 4 weeks and the overseas bank might charge an additional fee. For more detailed information and the bank data, please refer to page Fees.
- NON-EU Nationals: filled out AOK Membership Declaration Form in PDF-format (see Health Insurance/Non-EU Nationals)
- EU Nationals: digital copy of European Health Insurance Card (valid for the entire study period)
- Proof that semester fees has been paid (i.e. transfer receipt, bank statement etc.)
- passport photo in JPEG format
- digital copy of passport in PDF format
- hand-signed NGU Registration form (incl. StudiCard form) in PDF format
NGU Nuertingen-Geislingen University requires all exchange students to have adequate health insurance for their stay in Germany. Before you can be enrolled at NGU you must provide proof of health insurance (either AOK or EHIC (European Health Insurance Card)) which is valid throughout the entire semester or study period (September 1st to February 28th for winter semester and March 1st to August 31st for summer semester). Without this proof you will not be admitted. You should also make sure that you have sufficient health insurance during your travelling/arrival day(s) and the interim period. Statutory health insurance (AOK) in Germany does not cover repatriation. It is necessary to sign up for a travel insurance covering repatriation costs for the whole period of your stay. Since the liability insurance is also not included in the health insurance, it is strongly recommended to sign up as well for a liability insurance for the duration of your study period.
For more information on the German health insurance system and liability insurance, please refer to the following websites: Verbraucherportal.de
It is wise to find a general doctor in your neighbourhood. This way, you will not have to start the search for one when you are ill. Please ask the Coordinator in NGU's international office to find a doctor in your neighbourhood. To be able to benefit from all the medical care, treatment and preventive measures offered by the health insurance system, you will be asked to present your health insurance card at your visit each quarter of the year. Do keep in mind to consult your general doctor first at all times. Should you need to see a specialist, you should get an “Überweisung” from your doctor first. Only in case of emergencies you can visit the hospital directly.
Medical drugs can be obtained from pharmacies (Apotheke). The co-payment for prescribed drugs is 5 to 10 Euros depending on the price of the medical drug.
Health Insurance EU-Nationals
Students from the 28 EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland should contact their health insurance provider. They only need to bring along an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) from their insurance company. The card gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during the temporary stay and under the same conditions and at the same cost as nationals of Germany. However, it is possible that your insurance will not cover all costs in Germany. Before you enter the country make sure you know exactly what services you are entitled to in Germany. Since the liability insurance is also not included in the health insurance, it is strongly recommended to sign up for a liability insurance for the duration of your study period.
Important – the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
- is not an alternative to a travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property,
- does not cover your costs if you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment,
- does not guarantee free services. As each country’s healthcare system is different services that cost nothing at home might not be free in another country.
Health Insurance Non-EU Nationals
NGU Nuertingen-Geislingen University requires all exchange students from Non-EU countries to purchase statutory health insurance administered by AOK, a German health insurance provider (monthly contribution approx. 120 €). Statutory health insurance (AOK) in Germany does not cover repatriation. It is necessary to sign up for a travel insurance covering repatriation costs for the whole period of your stay. Since the liability insurance is also not included in the health insurance, it is strongly recommended to sign up as well for a liability insurance for the duration of your study period. For your orientation about prices and benefits, please refer to the AOK website. The International Office will assist you if you need help. Contact: andrea.heissler@no spamhfwu.de
Welcome to AOK
Information about statutory health insurance with AOK
AOK membership application form, please send it to andrea.heissler@no spamhfwu.de
The official academic year is divided into two semesters (spring/summer and fall/winter), each lasting 15 weeks. The spring/summer semester officially starts on March 1 until August 31, and the fall/winter semester officially starts on September 1 until February 28.
The NGU academic calendar does not always match perfectly with the academic calendar in some countries. Therefore, we show you some possibilities how to cope with it:
1. The next semester at my home university starts too early. What can I do? In exceptional cases, i.e. if your lectures start earlier at home and attendance is mandatory to reserve your seat, you can take the NGU exams at home
2. The time until my next semester starts at my university is too long? Why don’t you attend our study tours? The Marketing Study Tour takes place in July after the end of our examination period. The Study Tour Innovation for Sustainability takes place in September before the start of our orientation week. For more information, please refer to the website Study Tours
3. Alternatively, do a short term internship, or look for a student job, temporary job, holiday job etc. to bridge the time gap between your holidays and the semester start at NGU
For more information please contact Andrea Heissler
|Summer Semester 2023|
|Orientation days: March 13 – 17, 2023|
|Classes begin: March 20, 2023|
|Classes end: July 7, 2023|
|Examination Period: July 10 - July 28, 2023|
April 7: Good Friday
|April 9/10: Easter|
|May 1: Labor Day|
|May 18: Ascension Day; May 19 lecture free|
May 28 /29: Pentecost
|June 8: Corpus Christi; June 9 lecture free|
|Winter Semester 2023/2024|
|Orientation week: September 25 – September 29, 2023|
|Classes begin: October 4, 2023|
|Classes end: January 26, 2024|
|Examination Period: January 29 - February 16, 2024|
|October 3: Reunification Day|
|November 1: All Saints' Day|
December 25/26: Christmas
|January 1: New Year's Day|
|January 6: Epiphany|
|Christmas break: from December 24, 2023 to January 2, 2024|
Our orientation sessions for exchange students start 7 days before lectures start. These days are designed to help the new students feel more comfortable in Germany and to give them time to register for classes, meet other exchange students and get to know the campuses. We even do a hiking tour to a waterfall and a trip to a nice place within Germany. Important note: Excursions with exchange students are on the student’s own risk. If students take part in the excursions and activities, the university cannot be held responsible for loss, damage or personal injury.
Travel and Visa
Entry with or without a visa?
There are many different types of visa. Find out which visa regulations apply for your country.
Who does not need a visa: Students from the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and from some other countries can enter Germany without a visa. Check it out here: Visa regulations.
Who needs a visa: As a rule, all other international students need a visa - especially if they want to stay longer than three months in Germany. Enquire in advance about the entry regulations which apply for your country! Once you arrive in Germany you must present your visa to the German Immigration Office where it will be converted to a residence permit for the purpose of studying. A visa for Germany is always issued for a particular purpose. Students apply for a student's visa. To do this you have to contact either the German Embassy or the German Consulate General in your home country.
Do not enter Germany with a tourist visa - you will not be able to convert it to a residence permit once you are in Germany! To get a visa you need a passport, a notification of admission and proof that you can finance your studies. The German Embassy or the German Consulate General can inform you of any further requirements. If you already have a notification of admission to study then you can apply for a student's visa. The visa is valid for three months; once you are in Germany you must have it converted into a residence permit for the purpose of studying.
On the first day of the orientation days, ALL students need to register their place of residence at the local administration (Bürgeramt) in the town hall (Rathaus). For registration you need to bring:
- your passport (with the entry visa if necessary) OR
- identification card (EU citizens) which both have to be valid for the whole period of your stay
- "Wohnungsgeberbestätigung" (landlord confirmation form)
Keep your confirmation of registration (Meldebestaetigung) safe. If you leave Nuertingen/Geislingen for your home country or move somewhere else at the end of the semester you have to notify the Bürgeramt of your move.
Students from the EU, the EEA and Switzerland do not need a residence permit.
Non-EU students need to apply for a residence permit at the local immigration office (Auslaenderbehoerde) in the town hall. Required documents:
- Confirmation of registration at town hall (Meldebestaetigung) issued by the Bürgeramt
- passport valid for the whole period of your stay
- "Wohnungsgeberbestätigung" (landlord confirmation form)
- One passport photograph (biometric)
- Proof of AOK Health Insurance
- Letter of Enrolment (Immatrikulationsbescheinigung)
- Confirmation letter from your university or proof of financial resources
- approx. 100€ for paying the processing fees (scholarship holders excluded)
Registrations will be done during the orientation days. The buddies are informed where to go and will help to fill out all the necessary forms.
For more information please also see: https://www.internationale-studierende.de/en/on-arrival
When to arrive
All incoming students are strongly recommended to arrive in Nuertingen not later than on Friday before the beginning of the orientation days. The orientation days always start 7 days before lectures start.
Note: It is not possible to move into the rooms before September 1 resp. March 1! Students who arrive earlier than the regular check-in date or not within the stated time frame, have to book a room at a hostel or hotel for the night. The regular check-in dates for the residence hall beginning on September/March are as follows:
|Monday - Thursday:||8.00am – 11.00am|
|1.30pm – 3.00pm|
|Friday:||8.00am – 11.00am|
There are no move-ins on Saturday, Sunday, or public holidays.
How to get to Nuertingen
How to get to Nürtingen
If you fly to Germany then Stuttgart airport is the destination to get to Nuertingen or Geislingen. However, many international flights end in Frankfurt (biggest airport in Germany). From there you can either fly to Stuttgart or get a train which starts directly at Frankfurt airport (long-distance train station) or a train from Frankfurt main station. If you start from the long-distance train station at Frankfurt airport there are some direct trains to Stuttgart and some where you will have to change trains. Alternatively you can take the suburban train "S-Bahn" from the airport to Frankfurt main station (10 minutes ride) and take a direct train to Stuttgart from there.
Information on Stuttgart airport is available at: http://www.flughafen-stuttgart.de and on Frankfurt airport at: https://www.frankfurt-airport.com/en.html
Tickets should be purchased at the ticket vending machine (TVM) or the service points before the ride. For information on train and bus connections, please refer to the website of the German Railway (Deutsche Bahn).
Nürtingen from Stuttgart main station
Take the ‘Regional Express’ train to Nuertingen with the final destination in Tuebingen. This name is mentioned on the display panels at the Stuttgart train station. These trains usually leave from track 2 at 22 minutes past the hour from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (i.e. 5:22/6:22/7:22. etc.). During rush hours there are also direct trains that leave at .52 past the hour. All trains go via Bad Cannstatt, Esslingen and Plochingen. Wendlingen is the last station before Nürtingen. The train ride from Stuttgart to Nuertingen usually takes 32 minutes. The price for the whole ride is approx. 5,50 Euros.
Nürtingen from Stuttgart airport
You can either take a taxi which is very expensive (about 40 Euros) or use public transport: First take the suburban train S2 to Filderstadt-Bernhausen which leaves on track 1 in the basement of the airport building. (Make sure you take the right direction: Filderstadt-Bernhausen). You have to buy the ticket to Nuertingen (ZOB - Zentraler Omnibus Bahnhof / central bus station) at the ticket machine before you enter the train. The ride takes about 4 minutes. In Bernhausen you have to change to the bus which leaves from the bus station (2 minutes away from the train station: just go upstairs and turn right) and take bus no 74 to Nuertingen ZOB. Final destination of the bus line is the central bus station in Nuertingen. This ride usually takes 25 minutes. The price for the whole ride is approx. 4,50 Euros.
Geislingen from Stuttgart main station
Quite a lot of direct trains go to Geislingen/Steige. They are trains with final destination in Ulm or Munich. You can either take the Regionalbahn which usually leaves 2 minutes past the hour or the Regional-Express which usually leaves 31 minutes past the hour. The ride is about an hour. The name of the train and the destination Ulm/Munich are mentioned on the display panels at the Stuttgart train station. The ticket from the airport to Geislingen costs approx. 9 €.
Geislingen from Stuttgart airport
You have to go to Stuttgart main station first and then follow the under-mentioned instructions. To get to the main station take the suburban train which leaves on track 2 in the basement of the airport building. These trains run on a regular schedule approx. every 10 minutes. The ride takes 27 minutes. There are two different suburban trains which run to main station. You may ask at the airport for assistance. S2 has the city of “Schorndorf” as final destination and S3 has the city of “Backnang” as final destination. Take one of them and leave the train at Stuttgart main station.
From Stuttgart main station, quite a lot of direct trains go to Geislingen/Steige. They are trains with final destination in Ulm or Munich. You can either take the Regionalbahn which usually leaves 2 minutes past the hour or the Regional-Express which usually leaves 31 minutes past the hour. The ride is about an hour. The name of the train and the destination Ulm/Munich are mentioned on the display panels at the Stuttgart train station. The ticket from the airport to Geislingen costs approx. 9 €.
All facilities in Nuertingen are situated within walking or cycling distance of each other, the town centre and the train/bus station. It takes 20-30 minutes by foot to get from the newer building Schelmenwasen and the residence hall to the city centre and the city campus. There is also a bus station in front of the university building Schelmenwasen / residence hall. Bus no. 183 brings you down town. A ring-and-ride taxi service (Anrufsammeltaxi: AST) is operated in Nuertingen outside public transport service hours.
In Geislingen, everything is within walking distance - the university buildings, the residence halls, the train/bus stations and the city centre.
Public Transportation System
The German public transportation system functions very well. Buses run regularly within Geislingen and Nuertingen and the surroundings. If you want to go to major cities like Stuttgart, Ulm or Munich, you can take the train or long distance buses. Nuertingen and Geislingen belong to the regional transport network of greater Stuttgart (Verkehrsverbund Stuttgart: VVS) which makes Stuttgart and its suburbs easily accessible by train. With your Student ID Card you can ride buses and trains free of charge within that region on the weekends, public holidays and after 6 p.m. during the week.
As the university buildings and the residence halls in Nuertingen are apart you might consider to buy a second-hand bike. Please refer to websites such as: https://www.bikesale.de/, https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/, https://www.quoka.de/, https://www.markt.de/nuertingen/marktplatz/fahrraeder/.
Foreign driving licences are valid for stays of up to six months in Germany. However, you may have to provide a German translation of your national licence or an international driving licence. After six months non-European driving licences are mostly no longer valid. Thereafter, you will most probably have to take the German driving licence. Germans drive on the right side of the road. The speed limit in cities is normally 50 kmh, sometimes 30 kmh. The speed limit on country roads is normally 80 kmh. On highways you have to obey the speed limits. If there is no speed limit you can go as fast as you like.
Speexx Language Training
Speexx is a self-study language program available to all students and employees of NGU via the learning platform Ilias for the languages German, English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Great Projects for Integrating Great People!
The International Office at NGU Nuertingen-Geislingen University offers a range of projects to help international students settle into their new environment and to get to know local people.Integration Projects