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Information for foreign students

Full-time study      

The admission to study at the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden derives from the Thuringian University Act and is in accordance with the general terms of the Federal Republic of Germany, which require:

• the general qualification for university entrance
• the DSH - "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" (German language exam for university entrance)

Enrolment generally takes place at the beginning of the winter semester of each academic year. If you are admitted to study immediately, or if an assessment test at the Thuringian Staatliches Studienkolleg in Nordhausen (or elsewhere) is required, can only be decided after receipt of your complete application documents.

The following application documents are required:

• informal application stating the reasons you wish to study
• application form (see pdf file)
• CV with 2 passport photos
• birth certificate
• proof of the general qualification for university entrance (officially authenticated copies of certificates, in German or English)
• proof of a monthly income of at least 500 euros to meet expenses

Applications are to be sent directly to the International Office.


Visiting students

Foreign students of our partner universities and study programme students who want to study one or two semesters at the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden are, as a rule, admitted as auditing students. For this only a student ID of the home university is required.


German courses for foreign students

The International Office offers extracurricular German courses for exchange students of our international partner universities. Furthermore, in summer they are offered an intensive course "German as a Foreign Language".

A DSH (German language exam for university entrance) course or exam is not offered at the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden. Foreign applicants wishing to study full-time at Schmalkalden must therefore have already passed this exam at another university before application.

Support Programme

Our International Office offers a comprehensive support programme for international students at the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden. Besides German courses, this programme includes excursions, study trips, parties and much more.



The student residences in Schmalkalden offer places for 592 students, mainly in single rooms. The student residence Jahnwiese, which is on the campus, has single rooms in separate accommodation units with bathroom and kitchen. The total monthly rent is currently between 154 and 173 euros, depending on the room size. Price adjustments are possible. The rooms are fully furnished and have a built-in kitchen, shower/WC, internet, TV and telephone connections.

In the student residence Renthofstraße, very close to the university (approx. 8 minutes' walk), there are 40 single rooms. Kitchens and showers are available. The total monthly rent is between 157 and 166 euros, depending on the room size.

In the student residence Martin-Luther-Ring (approx. 8 minutes' walk from the campus) there are mainly single rooms in living groups of 2-4 persons, each group having its own kitchen, WC and shower. The prices are between 170 and 217 euros.

Washing facilities are located on the ground floor of the student residence Jahnwiese. A washing machine and a dryer are operated by means of a washing card which can be purchased in the accommodation administration for 10 euros.

Further information under accommodation administration.


"To-do check list" upon arrival

  •  bank: open an account
  •  accommodation: rental agreement
  •  "Einwohnermeldeamt" (office for registration of address)
  •  "Ausländerbehörde" (office for registration of foreigners) in Meiningen
  •   timetable
  •   health insurance



Letzte Änderung: 28.08.2015