FAQs

If you plan to apply as an exchange student from overseas you need to be aware that there are several prerequisites. We answer the questions that come up most often.

Your application process

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Please send an email to the advisor for exchange students from overseas.

The intensive German course (IGC) is offered by the Office of International Affairs of the University of Stuttgart. In addition to the language instruction the IGC includes an intercultural training as well as excursions. It is a very good 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.

No postal mail, please. The application procedure takes place entirely online. Simply upload the required documents as described on our website and make sure they have been sent to us via email.

If you have technical problems with the C@MPUS application platform, please send an email to C@MPUS support.

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 amount of ECTS points in their exchange studies. We recommend that you takein 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 have a look at the course catalogue from the previous year, because similar courses are offered every year.

If you miss some information on C@MPUS or have questions regarding the courses, please do not worry. The Office of International Affairs 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 wih 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

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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 Office of International Affairs.

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.

After you have moved into your dorm, please come to the Office of International Affairs in order to register and pick up your welcome package. Our office will be open for extended hours during arrival week.

Yes, the buddy program ready.study.stuttgart of the Office of International Affairs offers a pick-up service at the Stuttgart airport and main station.

The Office of International Affairs will support you upon 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 Office of International Affairs upon arrival.

While studying in Stuttgart

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Many general practitioners can be found in Vaihingen or the city center. The Office of International Affairs 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 month) for the VVS.

You are eligible for a semester ticket once you have been enrolled at the University of Stuttgart. Find detailed information on our website.

Check out the sports activities offered by Allgemeiner Hochschulsport to see if they offer something of interest to you.

At the end of your stay

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Please check our formalities website for the detailed to-do list. We strongly recommend that you take care of all formalities while still being in Stuttgart. After you have left the country, it will be much more difficult to do so.

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