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Welcome to Esslingen University!

On the following pages, you will find important information about our exchange programmes, your studies in Esslingen and your stay in Germany.

In the winter semester 2022/23, Esslingen University would like to focus on face-to-face lectures due to their high practical relevance. In very isolated cases, a mix of online and face-to-face courses as well as hybrid classes will also be possible.
Please read the updates on the corona situation at our University on this page. Here you will find general information, FAQs and the current corona statute (Corona statute only in German). Due to the pandemic there might be several changes in regulations and organisation.

Exchange semester



You can study at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences on 3 campuses, in 11 faculties and in 25 bachelor's degree programmes.

Exchange students apply for a specific exchange programme
The PDF semester dates of the different programmes are important for your planning.

Programme Short description Faculty
ERASMUS+ For students from our European partner institutions at all departments at Esslingen University all
Global For students from our Non-European partner institutions at all departments at Esslingen University all
INTAP (=International Automotive Engineering Program) A special programme for students of Automotive/Mechanical Engineering from some of our partner institutions Mobility and Technology; Mechanical and Systems Engineering
KEEP (=Kettering Automotive Engineering Program) A special programme for students of Automotive/Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University Mobility and Technology; Mechanical and Systems Engineering
Double Degree Programme
For students from CDHAW at Tongji University, China

Mobility and Technology;    Mechanical and Systems Engineering; Management and Technology;             Science Energie and Building Services

Double Degree Programme ITESM For students from Tec de Monterrey, Mexico

Mechanical and Systems Engineering; Management and Technology

Double Degree Programme JAMK For students from Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Finland Mechanical and Systems Engineering
Double Degree Programme Gannon Univ. For students from Gannon University, USA

Computer Sciences and Technology; Management and Technology

Important information for the time during your stay at Esslingen University can be found on the International Office website in the Intranet.


Nomination and application deadline

Programme Winter Semester Summer Semester
ERASMUS/Global Nomination by 15 May
Application by 30 May
Nomination by 15 November
Application by 30 November
INTAP Nomination by 30 March
Application by 30 May
KEEP         - Nomination by 15 November
Application by 30 November
Double Degrees Nomination by 15 May
Application by 30 May

Application process

  • You have to be nominated by your home university in order to take part in the programme (except Freemovers).
  • Language prerequisites:
    • English proficiency  (for participation in English taught courses): Level B1 (TOEFL IBT 71, TOEIC Listening and Reading Test 550, IELTS 4.5, telc B1, CET (China) level 6)
    • German proficiency (for participation in German taught courses): Level B1
    • Both languages prerequisites are not simultaneously compulsory.
  • Please use the Online-Application
  • Please use the most recent version of Firefox or Google Chrome
  • First you have to register, then you can fill in the required information and upload the following documents:
  • Copy of Passport / National ID card
  • Picture (to be used for student ID card)
  • PDF Course selection form - this form is mandatory for all exchange students (please download before you fill the form)
    You must choose at least 12 ECTS (including 4 ECTS for German language and 2 ECTS for German history
  • CV/Resume (in English or German)
  • Transcript of Records from the home university (in English or German)
  • Proof of language knowledge (English or German), depending on language of instruction of the selected courses
  • Online Learning Agreement (OLA) - these instructions are only mandatory for Erasmus Students
  • Rooms in the student dormitory can be rented through Student Services. Further information can be found under Accommodation.

Students applying for a Double Degree Programme, please ask the coordinator at your home university for specific application requirements and necessary prerequisites.

What happens next?

  • After the application deadline, the IO will forward your complete application to your faculty's international coordinator. Once your application has been approved, the IO will send your admission and some first information to you.
  • If you have applied for a room in a dormitory, the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart will send you information about arrival and your room.

What else do I have to prepare?

  • On the website of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, you can find out if you need a visa to enter Germany or not.
  • Students who do not need a visa can enter Germany with a passport (EU citizens also with ID Card). You will apply for a residence permit during the orientation programme in Germany.
  • All students who need a visa to enter Germany should contact the German Embassy in their home country for further information about the visa application.
  • Health insurance is required in order to be enrolled as an exchange student. We recommend a public German health insurance which you can take out during the orientation programme with support of the International Office.
  • Students from EU countries are exempt from this requirement provided that they can show a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
  • Information about your options can be found in the PDF Information sheet "Health Insurance".
  • Additionally, we highly recommend bringing a general third party liability insurance with you.

Please make sure to arrive on the official arrival day, because participation in our orientation week is mandatory!

Module Descriptions

Module / course descriptions

ERASMUS / Global And Freemover
  • You can choose courses from the regular course programme in German and/or in English.
  • A combination of German and English lectures is possible (but not classes from special programmes or the Graduate School).
  • Prerequisites:
    • English proficiency  (for participation in English taught courses): Level B1 (TOEFL IBT 71, TOEIC Listening and Reading Test 550, IELTS 4.5, telc B1, CET (China) level 6)
    • German proficiency (for participation in German taught courses): Level B1
    • Both languages prerequisites are not simultaneously compulsory.
  • Please use your Learning Agreement from your home university
  • Changes in course selection: If your course selection has changed, please coordinate these changes with your faculty in Esslingen. Please use the Changes in course selection form (please download the form) and send it to: incoming(at) 4 weeks after your arrival at the latest.
  • Please make sure to choose courses which are offered on the same campus.
  • Please choose at least 12 ECTS (including 4 ECTS for German language and 2 ECTS for German history)


There is a fixed list of courses especially designed for the INTAP / KEEP programme, which you can find in the INTAP brochure and the KEEP brochure of the Faculty of Automotive Engineering.

Double degree programmes

If you are interested in the module descriptions of our Double Degree Programmes, please contact the respective coordinator:

CDHAW Automotive Engineering/Service: Prof. Norbert Schreier
CDHAW Building Services: Prof. Thomas Rohrbach
CDHAW Mechatronics: Prof. Jürgen Minuth
CDHAW Engineering Management: Prof. Rainer Elste
JAMK (International) Mechanical Engineering: Prof. Steffen Greuling
JAMK Mechatronics/Precision Engineering (Mechanical and Production Engineering): Prof. Wolf-Dieter Lehner
ITESM Mechanical Engineering: Prof. Stefani Maier  
ITESM Mechatronics : Prof. Stefani Maier

Gannon Information Technology: Prof. Kai Warendorf

Additional Courses for exchange students

Additionally, to the regular courses in the departments, the International Office offers the courses "German as a Foreign Language" and "German History and Culture".

Grading system (all programmes)

PDF Grading system


Where will I live during my semester abroad?

We highly recommend that you stay in one of the dormitories of Studierendenwerk Stuttgart. If you apply in time, you will have very good chances to get a room in one of the dormitories. Rooms in dormitories can only be rented for a full semester, i.e. either 1 September - 28 February or 1 March - 31 August.

Information about Housing in student dormitories

There are several housing options for students in Esslingen and Göppingen. You will get a room in the town in which you are studying, so please make sure to apply for the correct dormitory. 

Your contact for reservations and any questions related to dormitories is Studierendenwerk Stuttgart, a public Student Service Organisation. On the leaflets you may find the link for the housing application as well as the most important information for your program:

Accommodation Information ERASMUS/Global, Freemover and Double Degree

Accommodation Information INTAP

Accommodation Information KEEP

Information about the dormitories

Esslingen - Geschwister-Scholl-Strasse

Esslingen - Fabrikstraße

Esslingen - Am Rossneckar I

Esslingen - Am Rossneckar II

Göppingen - Studentendorf

If you do not want to live in the dormitories, you can also look for private accommodation. But please consider that the private housing situation in Esslingen and the region is quite expensive and scarce, especially when a new semester starts.


WHat does a study abroad semester cost and how can i finance it?

living expenses

Exchange students do not have to pay tuition at Hochschule Esslingen. It depends on your individual living style how much money you will spend during your study abroad semester. The following list may give you a rough orientation (last update July 2022):

Semester fee for "Studierendenwerk"

122,20 € per semester

Contribution for excursions (all exchange students except freemovers)

20 € per semester

Dormitory rent

approx. 290- 380 € per month

Health insurance (not for students with EHIC)

approx. 110 € per month

Public transportation ticket (VVS-Studiticket)

approx. 210 € per semester

Miscellaneous (minimum for food, clothing, leisure etc.) e.g. lunch at student cafeteria

approx. 300-400 €  per month, approx. 3-5 € per meal

Additional costs for freemover students: administration fee and contribution for support programme and extracurricular courses of approx. 575 € per semester.

Further advice
  • Students who do not need a visa will be required to show proof of their finances (min. 861 € per month) when applying for the residence permit. The same applies to students holding a visa when they need to extend their visa. Further information will be given to you by the International Office during orientation.
  • Some students ( e.g. from China, India) have to open a so-called blocked bank account by themselves before applying for their visa, where they have to deposit the above-mentioned amount. You will receive further information at the German Embassy.
  • All other students will open a German bank account during the orientation programme which may be used for regular payments such as dormitory rent, health insurance etc. You will receive a debit card for withdrawing money.
  • There are places in Germany where payment by credit card is not possible and withdrawing money by credit card is quite expensive. In order to have cash available, we recommend to bring about 500 € cash for the first few days. Afterwards, the easiest way is to transfer money from your home country to your German bank account and withdraw it here with your debit card.


Usually, you have to apply for scholarships in your home country. Therefore, we recommend to ask your home university which financial support might be available.

For students from EU-partner universities (ERASMUS+):

ERASMUS+ is an EU-funded programme supporting mobility between European universities. Therefore, students are only eligible for this grant if their home university has been awarded an ERASMUS charta. Application always has to be made at the home university.

for students from non-european partner universities  (Baden-Württemberg-scholarship)

The Baden-Württemberg-SCHOLARSHIP is open for exchange students from certain non-European partner universities. Please ask your home university if you are eligible for the Baden-Württemberg SCHOLARSHIP.

Exchange students have to be nominated by their home university at the latest by 15 May for the next academic year (winter semester and summer semester).

Further information can be found in the information sheet.


Diversity and Inclusion

Inclusion plays an important role at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. The stated objective of the university’s agenda for action is the equal, comprehensive and effective participation of all university members, including the exchange students at Esslingen University.


Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is actively committed to opposing discrimination and promoting inclusion.

One of the university’s main concerns is to provide professional assistance to people with special needs, such as specific disability, health condition and earning difficulty, in demonstrating and further enhancing their skills.

Help you can get
  • Access to facilities of Esslingen University

The access to all university and campus facilities is guaranteed.

  • Adjustments to examination formats

In certain cases, students with special needs may be given extended examination time, rest breaks during exams.

  • Technical aid for blind or visually impaired students

Use of assistive technology in exams.

  • Media Accessibility

As a public sector body as defined in Directive (EU) 2016/2102, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences strives to provide barrier-free access to its website in accordance with the stipulations of the Federal Equality for Persons with Disabilities Act (BGG) and the Barrier-free IT Regulations (BITV 2.0) to implement Directive (EU) 2016/2102.

- Accessibility statement (in German)

- Video in sign language

- Information in plain language (in German)

People to contact

Any student who needs support or would like to contribute their ideas on how to support and promote inclusive structures at the university is welcome to get in touch with:

Inclusion Officer at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr. Phil. Nina Kölsch-Bunzen

Faculty of Social Work, Education and Nursing Sciences

Additional Services offered by Studierendenwerk Stuttgart

Apply for summer semester 2023!

Attention, the application phase only runs until 15 January.

Please note that the application deadlines for the international Master's degree programmes may differ.
Enrol directly in the open-admission degree programmes.

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