Your application process
The intensive German course (IGC) is offered by the International Office of the University of Stuttgart. In addition to language instruction the IGC includes an intercultural training session as well as excursions. It is an excellent opportunity for you to meet other exchange students and to settle down in Stuttgart. The course starts one month previous to the lecture period and is obligatory for exchange students with a German language level below C1.
There is no fixed course program for international exchange students at the University of Stuttgart. You can freely choose your courses, but should do so according to the requirements of your home university. Please discuss with your student advisor at home what is expected of you. Some of our partner institutions require for their exchange students to earn a minimum number of ECTS points during their exchange studies. We recommend that you take in at least four courses to get the most out of your stay.
All courses offered at the University of Stuttgart are listed on the online platform C@MPUS. C@MPUS provides you with course descriptions including ECTS points, language of instruction and course schedule. To find the courses you can choose the faculty on the left side and click on “course offer” or “courses".
The final course catalog with schedule and class locations will be published in February/March for the following summer semester and in August/September for the following winter semester. You can always take a look at the course catalogue from the previous year, because similar courses are offered every year.
If after checking C@MPUS you still need more information or have questions regarding the courses, please do not worry. The International Office arranges student counseling prior to the semester start. An academic advisor will provide you with detailed course information as soon as you are in Stuttgart.
We only accept language certificates that conform with the European Reference Frame. The certificates may be issued or converted by your home university or by a language school (e.g. Goethe-Institut).
We accept the following language certificates: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge Certificate.
We also accept certificates of passed exams at your university's language center.
After your arrival in Stuttgart
If you arrive in Stuttgart during the week, please go to the caretaker (Hausmeister) of your dormitory to pick up your dorm key. Please mind the office hours! Afterwards, please come to the International Office.
If you arrive in Stuttgart on a Saturday/Sunday you will not be able to move into your dormitory room. We suggest you stay at a temporary accommodation, like a youth hostel, a guest house, a hostel or low-budget hotel.
The International Office will support you upon your arrival in Stuttgart. You may come to the IZ anytime during our office hours. During the arrival week we offer guidance on formalities in group sessions. Please register for a group session at the International Office upon arrival.
While studying in Stuttgart
Many general practitioners can be found in Vaihingen and the city center. The International Office is happy to help you with addresses. Find further information on our health care page.
In case of an emergency please call the emergency number for ambulance, police and fire department 112.
Stuttgart has a very good public transportation system, the VVS (Verkehrsverbund Stuttgart). You can travel by Regionalzüge (regional trains), S-Bahnen (commuter trains), U-Bahnen (subway), or bus.
Your student ID card (Studienausweis) has a VVS symbol on the back which validates it for public transportation in the Stuttgart region from Monday to Friday after 6 pm and all day on weekends and holidays.
If you would like to travel 24/7 within the metropolitan area of Stuttgart we recommend that you purchase a VVS semester ticket (approx. EUR 200 for six months). You are eligible for a semester ticket once you have been enrolled at the University of Stuttgart.
Find detailed information on our website.
At the end of your stay
Please check our formalities website for the detailed to-do list. We strongly recommend that you take care of all formalities while still in Stuttgart. After you have left the country it will be much more difficult to do so.