Studying in Ansbach

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




The staff of the International Office are here to help you with the following questions and issues:

  • Planning and preparing your stay in Germany
  • Application and enrolment
  • Visa and work permit
  • Accommodation

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail international(at) or personally:

Bettina Huhn, M.A.
Leiterin International Office
Erasmus Institutional Coordinator
Telefon +49-981-4877-145


Sandra Sauter
International Office

Telefon +49-981-4877-545

Antonetta Schwesinger
Studentische Mitarbeiterin
International Office

+49 (0)981 4877-578

Office hours:

Wednesday 10.00–12.00 h, 13.00–18.00 h
and by appointment



General Information for International Degree Seeking and Exchange/Erasmus Students


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. Further information can be found in our leaflet Information Student Residence (will shortly be published).


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 “Studentenwerk Erlangen-Nürnberg”. Further information can be found here.

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


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: April 30
Summer semester: October 31


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.  Level B2 or higher is recommended.


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


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).


Teaching in English

In general, lectures and seminars at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences are held in German. Yet there is a selection of classes taught in English.



Study Guide

Key Data Sheet

Leaflet “Student housing (will shortly be published)

Academic calendar


ERASMUS+ Programme

All information you need for your Erasmus semester abroad can be found here.



The Ansbach University awards the following scholarships and grants to international students in 2020:


Semester grants of the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Art

You can find further information here.

Here you can find the application form


STIBET - Grants for the final study phase  

In the combined scholarship and support programme STIBET, the DAAD, with funding from the Federal Foreign Office, provides the universities with resources for awarding scholarships to foreign degree seeking students. You can find further information here

Click here for the application form


Tuiton and other fees

There are no tuition fees at Ansbach University (exchange students are exempt from tuition fees anyway).

For studying at the Ansbach University the student union fee of 52 € is to be paid each semester. The Studentenwerk uses this amount to finance the dormitory, the cafeteria and the many advisory services. ERASMUS students are exempt from paying this fee.

You will find out when and how you have to pay the amount in your notification of admission.


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.


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


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) or Study-in-Germany.

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.


Important dates

Please check the academic calendar.


Language Requirements

Please follow this Link and take note of the part “Award procedure for foreign students”.


Orientation Week

The academic year at Ansbach University starts on 1 October. Lectures are held until 22 January to be followed by the examination period starting 18 January. The summer term starts after a short break at the middle of March. Lectures run until the middle of July, followed by the examination period. The summer break starts at the end of July.

For the exact dates of each academic year, please check the academic calendar.

Once you have registered as incoming exchange students, the International Office will contact you with detailed information about all services and activities available.

The International Office holds orientation weeks for all incoming exchange students starting middle of September resp. beginning of March. They start with a free preparatory intensive German language class for one week. During the second week, administrative matters are handled (bank account, health insurance, campus card, library tour etc.). A cultural program will help incoming students to become familiar with the staff of the International Office and to get to know their international and German fellow students. Common trips will be organised to introduce you to the town of Ansbach and its surrounding cities. All social events are sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The program will be published shortly before your arrival and can be found on this web site at DOWNLOADS.

Please make sure to arrive in time for the Orientation Weeks as participation is compulsory for all exchange students. It is an important first step for a successful stay at Ansbach University.


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.

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
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.

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 Aliens Registration Office.



My Time in Ansbach

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.