Studying in Ansbach

Ansbach University of Applied Sciences welcomes both international degree-seeking students and exchange students from partner universities all over the world (incoming students), who study at our university for only one or two semesters.

The International Office staff is here to help exchange students with all questions concerning your stay in Germany, application and enrolment, visa and work permit as well as accommodation.

Consultation hours:



Bettina Huhn, M.A.
Head of International Office
Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator
phone +49 (0)981 4877-145


General Information for Exchange/Erasmus Students

Information for full-time students (degree-seeking students) can be found here.

Application procedure

Erasmus/exchange students need to first be nominated by the International Office of their home university to international(at)

You may become a exchange student at the Hochschule Ansbach if your home university has an inter-institutional agreement with our university.

Nomination Deadlines
Winter semester: 31 May
Summer semester: 30 November

Application Documents

If you fulfill the application requirements and have been nominated by your home university, we look forward to receiving your application.

Please follow the Link and upload the following documents during the online application:

  • Learning Agreement
  • Curriculum vitae / CV (english)
  • Transcript of Records (english)
  • Scan of your identity card or passport

Exchange students are exempt from the requirement to provide proof of German language skills. However, it is essential to have a good  knowledge of the German language, as most classes are taught in German. 

  • Courses in German: German B2
  • Courses in English: English B2 + basic knowledge of German


International Degree Seeking Students

All international applicants are required to complete the online application process and submit all required documents online by the application deadline. Information on admission requirements can be found on the Website (see admission requirements).


Course offer for international students

Lectures and seminars at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences are generally held in German. However, there is a selection of courses that are held in English and other languages.
Under the following links you will find a current list of courses offered for international students. Please note that some courses are still offered in German or at other locations (Rothenburg, Feuchtwangen), see ‘Nota Bene’.

Winter Term 2024-2025

Summer Term 2025



Grading system

1 - 1,5

very goodExcellent performance

1,6 - 2,5

goodPerformance considerably above the average

2,6 - 3,5

satisfactoryPerformance according to the average

3,6 - 4,0


Performance that despite shortcomings reaches requirements

below 4,0


Performance that no longer reaches requirements on account of considerable shortcomings


Language requirements

Please take note of the part “procedure for foreign students”.


ERASMUS+ program

All information for your Erasmus exchange semester at Ansbach University can be found under Erasmus+ Incomings.


Study grants

Ansbach University awards the following grants to international students each year:

Orientation weeks

The academic year at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences begins in the first week of October. The lecture period ends in mid-January. Written and oral examinations take place from mid-January to mid-February. The summer semester begins after a short break in mid-March. Lectures run until mid-July, followed by the examination period. The summer break begins at the end of July.

Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates of the respective academic year.

As soon as you have registered as a new exchange student, the International Office will contact you and provide you with detailed information on all available programmes and activities.

Orientation weeks:

  • Winter semester: mid-September
  • Summer semester: Beginning of March

The International Office organises orientation weeks for all incoming exchange students from mid-September or early March. They begin with a free, preparatory one-week intensive German course. In the second week, organisational matters are dealt with (opening a bank account, health insurance, campus card, library tour, etc.).

A cultural programme helps incoming students to get to know the International Office staff and their fellow students. Joint excursions are organised to introduce you to the city of Ansbach and the surrounding towns. The programme will be published shortly before your arrival and is available on this website.

Please arrive on time for the orientation weeks, as attendance is compulsory for all exchange students. The orientation week takes place one week before the start of the semester. It is an important first step for a successful stay at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences.

German language course

During the orientation weeks a preparatory German course is held for all exchange students. You will be informed about the exact starting date about 2-4 weeks before your arrival. The German course takes place daily during the first orientation week and continues throughout the semester with about 6 hours per week. We recommend all exchange students to arrive early enough for the orientation weeks and the German course and to participate actively. The participation in the German courses is free of charge.



Ansbach Students' Hall of Residence

For exchange students, a limited number of rooms are available for a maximum of 2 semesters in the student hall of residence on campus (Schöneckerstraße 11). If you would like us to book a room for you, please let us know by email right at the beginning of  your application process. Once you have been admitted to study at Ansbach University, you will receive an email with a link to the online application for a place in student accommodation. For more information about the dormitory Schöneckerstraße Ansbach, please visit the homepage of the Studentenwerk.

Application Deadlines for Exchange Students
Winter term: June 15th
Summer term: December 15th

International degree seeking students should apply directly and early for a place in the student hall of residence through the “Studierendenwerk Erlangen-Nürnberg”: Application, admission requirements and rental conditions

If you have any questions regarding dorm rooms please contact Erlangen-Nuremberg Student Services or the International Office.


Licence fee for radio and TV

The licence fee for radio and tv is obligatory and must be paid by all people living in Germany. The licence fees are charged per housing unit, not per resident. The fee must also be paid by households that don’t have radio or tv (including those of exchange students or scholarship holders). The fee is 17,50 Euro per month.

Health insurance for international students

If you want to study in Germany, you are required to carry sufficient health insurance. The German health insurance companies offer special rates for international students. Detailed and up-to-date information on health insurance for students in Germany can be found on the website of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Please contact the International Office with all questions regarding health insurance. We will check whether you are sufficiently insured. If not, you can take out a new insurance policy in Ansbach. Please note: Without sufficient insurance coverage you cannot be enrolled.


Visa requirements and work regulations in Germany

Information on visa and entry requirements for international students in Germany can be found on the web pages of the German Academic Exchange (DAAD).

EU citizens do not need a visa to visit, live or work in Germany. They only have to register at the local German registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt).

The leaflet ‘Information on the Statutory Frameworks applicable to Entry and Residence by Foreign Students, Academics and Scientists‘ also provides extensive information. Citizens of the countries of the European Union (EU) or of the European Economic Area (EEA) have equal rights to German citizens with regard to a work permit. Leaflet: Information on Legal Requirements for the Entry and Residence of Foreign Students, Academics and Scientists

Citizens of the countries of the European Union (EU) or of the European Economic Area (EEA) have equal rights to German citizens with regard to a work permit. Leaflet: Legal requirements for Employment

International students from other countries are permitted to work 120 full days or 240 half days a year. As a general rule, all students (German students too), are allowed to work a  maximum of 20 working hours per week.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the International Office or the local foreign authority.

My time in Ansbach

Edoardo, Erasmus+ student from Macerata, Italy:

My time in Ansbach was amazing and I had 6 wonderful months. Despite probably not the best because of Corona, still for me they were 6 amazing months where I not only improved my German skills, but also met new people and had a new group of international friends. It was not the first time abroad for me, but, definitely, the most remarkable and most valuable experience I’ve ever had.

When I was in Germany many people asked me: “Why Ansbach? Why not other cities?”. Well, I have to say that it was my choice to go to Ansbach even though I didn’t know this city before moving there, and I have to say that after these 6 months I would still write Ansbach as my first preference in the Erasmus formular. Not only that, I have already recommended Ansbach in the Macerata University survey for Erasmus students, as it’s surely a great city and I found many similarities with Macerata. You probably remember my Erasmus buddy, well… he was really useful for me, especially during my first days. Now that I’m back to Italy, I’m tutoring 2 Erasmus students that came to Macerata for their summer semester.

The thing that makes me sad the most is that all of the friends I had in Ansbach are still there and are full-time students, so technically the only one who left Ansbach is me. I already promised them I will be back to Ansbach some day in the future, maybe to study, work or just to visit again the city. So my goal right now is to finish my studies as soon as I can, so that I can start working and (who knows) maybe it will be in Ansbach again.

That’s the reason, why I want to thank you the International Office for your help since the very first days. I had many friends in Italy which didn’t receive any answer from their host Universities and had many problems during their stay in Erasmus, but I will always remember your quick responses and your availabilities for every single issue. Therefore, I have to thank you one more time, because if I had one of those people, I wouldn’t experience these 6 wonderful months in Ansbach. I know that you will help so many students in the future, so I hope they will all receive the same attention and time I received from you.


Tommi Haapaniemi, ERASMUS-Student from Finland

I studied media at Ansbach University in the summer term of 2017. I chose Ansbach was because I was really interested in living in Germany and Ansbach is a partner university of my university. It also has a good reputation in Finland.
Even though the city seemed to be small, I decided to go to Ansbach.  Looking back, Ansbach and Germany were exactly the right choice for me. The courses were interesting, and I made a lot of local friends which in my opinion is one of the main aims of an Erasmus exchange. Ansbach as a city is not boring at all. There are a lot of house parties going on and bars also arrange techno parties in Ansbach as well. Also Nuremberg is nearby if you occasionally feel the need for a bigger city.

I would definitely recommend international students to get together with German students. This is not at all difficult in Ansbach, because of the family atmosphere.  I think the classes are good and standard of media studies is quite high; so it is an opportunity to make some real professional progress. It is certainly an advantage to speak at least a bit of German before you get there. That would make everything much easier since there are only few courses in the media sector that are taught in English. I managed to do the courses in German with the help of my German friends.


Louise Guillon, ERASMUS-Student from France

From October 2016 until January 2017 I studied at University of Ansbach. Although my time in Ansbach was quite short, it was an amazing experience! During the week I spent a lot of time in classes or the library. Also I was able to do a lot of other things which is exactly the reason why it is great to study in Ansbach. The international Office, the students union and the students themselves organised a lot of different events, parties, trips and intercultural exchanges. For example I visited Prague, the Oktoberfest in Munich and the Christmas Market in Nürnberg, which is really beautiful. In addition you can take part in a lot of different sport activities, for example I played Badminton, I often went to “GetToWorkout” and I highly recommend everyone to try out “Jump’n’Run”. For me it was important to meet new people from Germany, Europe and the rest of the world. Which I did. One year ago I could have never imagined that I would be able to talk to Chinese students on a Campus in Germany in German. I think this is real intercultural exchange. Ansbach University of Applied Science offers their students the opportunity to truly integrate into German culture and allows them to fully enjoy their time in Ansbach.

What was special? Well, to me the question is what was not special? The whole Erasmus experience is a chance which I think everybody should experience. I did not only find good friends, but also a great community and competent professors. So, my last piece of advice for you: be prepared to be surprised by this small, but charming University.


Manuel Zumaya Robles, ERASMUS-Student from Mexiko

This cultural exchange experience is something that I have always wanted - to live in different culture and learn from it. So, I started to prepare myself to be here. When I was 15 years old, I started taking German language courses. After a while I knew that I would like to go on an exchange to Germany. I tried to find different ways to achieve this, through international club programmes, among others, but then I saw a poster of Hochschule Ansbach in my University in Mexico and I decided to choose this option. I thought that it was a very good opportunity because I had always wished to go to the south of Germany and I preferred to study in a place like Ansbach because it seemed to be a pleasant environment which I knew would make it easier to learn more. Then I had to wait until the University accepted me. When I received the letter of acceptance, I was so happy because I never imagined that this dream would come true. I arrived in Munich, Germany on 12th September  I met many nice people, I learned about European and German culture in different ways, I improved my English and German, I travelled to many interesting places in this country and others. To discover ideas that inspire me, to have a clear panorama of what I want to do in my future and to value of what is important in life – that’s what Ansbach gave me.

This decision was the best option for me to become a better person and gain a greater international perspective. I recommend to all international students to have this kind of experiences, because as a person you can grow in different ways and it’s something that will help you to find your path in life. Germany is a great country that I will never forget - especially its culture and its loving people.