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Coming to Vechta
Study, research, short stay: We support you on your way to Vechta University and during your stay or study!

Exchange studies

As a student from a non-German university, you can study at the University of Vechta for one to a maximum of three semesters as part of an exchange program. Get to know the German language and culture and benefit throughout your life from the experience gained.

You can find first-hand accounts from exchange students at Vechta University in the video "30 years of Erasmus - International students tell their stories".


Study programs

The range of studies offered by the University of Vechta is characterized by focal points in the fields of education and social services.

In addition, there is a wide range of subjects from A for English (Anglistik) studies to W for "Economics and Ethics: Social Business" (Wirtschaft und Ethik).

Courses in English

For exchange students who wish to take courses in English, the University of Vechta offers a range of courses in English.

The focus is on "International Management and Practical Ethic", the "Teacher Education Program" and courses in "Social Work and Gerontology".

Two students are sitting in front of a computer while talking lively with the teacher next to them.

Language courses

Already during the orientation weeks before the start of the semester (Smoother Start Program), exchange students have the opportunity to attend an German intensive course. During the semester itself, the Language Center also offers German courses at various levels and other foreign language courses that are open to all students.

Arrival and orientation

Smoother start programs

Two weeks before the semester starts, the International Office offers introductory weeks for international exchange students. In addition to an intensive German course, the program includes intercultural training and the handling of organizational matters, such as registration with the city, enrollment and timetabling. The program also offers a variety of opportunities to make initial contacts.

Mentoring program VIP

In the mentoring program VIP (Vechta's International Mentoring Programs), international exchange students are supported by a student mentor. They help with orientation in Vechta and at the university. Joint activities can also be part of the program if interested.

Four students are sitting and talking on a bright green lawn of the University of Vechta.


The International Office maintains a housing database for international exchange students. The housing database contains furnished rooms in the student dormitories and in private student shared apartments.

Community and activities


The International Office organizes a wide variety of (inter-)cultural events and leisure activities. These include the Brown Bag Lunch, in which international students present their home country, international film evenings at the University Cinema of Vechta, excursions (e.g. as part of the Discover initiative) and much more.


In the local ERASMUS initiative InterMento, Vechta students with an interest in intercultural exchange organize various activities for exchange students, such as the Welcome Party, sports events and excursions.

More offers

A wide range of university sports activities for all students as well as the activities of the church on campus and various student initiatives enrich campus life at the university.

You are enrolled at a university outside of Germany? Then we would be happy if you decide to study in Vechta on an exchange!

To apply for an exchange semester at the University of Vechta, please send us the application for admission by 15.07. for the following winter semester or by 01.12. for the following summer semester.

Further information

The academic year is divided into two semesters:

  • the winter semester (WiSe) from 01 October to 31 March
  • and the summer semester (SoSe) from April 01 to September 30.

In the winter semester, the lecture period lasts approximately from mid-October to mid-February and comprises 14 weeks. In the summer semester, the lecture period lasts approximately from mid-April to the end of July and also comprises 14 weeks.

The current semester dates can be found here.

The International Office will assist you with the necessary formalities involved in moving to Vechta as well as with the steps to enrollment during the introductory weeks (Smoother Start Program).

Registration & Residence Permit

Newly arrived students are required to register their residential address at the citizens' office of the city of Vechta. Students from non-EU countries must also apply for a residence permit from the district of Vechta.

Bank account

For a smooth and cost-efficient payment transaction (e.g. payment of rent and semester fee) we recommend exchange students to open a German bank account. Students do not pay account maintenance fees at most local banks in Vechta.

Health insurance

German health insurance is generally required for enrollment at the university. There are some exceptions: For students from an EU country, the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is accepted for study in Germany. (Exception: If you are doing a part-time job or a paid internship in Germany, you must have German health insurance). For students from Turkey, the AT/11 form is recognized for studies.

In Germany there are statutory and private health insurance companies.

Statutory health insurances currently have contributions of about 100 Euros per month. They cover almost all costs of medical treatments, which are settled directly between the health insurance company and the doctors. This means that you only have to show your insurance card when visiting the doctor and do not have to advance any money for the treatment personally. The statutory health insurance companies in Germany are obliged to insure students up to their 30th birthday at the student rate. If you are 30 or older, on the other hand, you must choose a private health insurance company, as the statutory health insurance company will no longer accept you. We recommend a statutory health insurance, if this is possible for you!
Private health insurance companies calculate premiums based on a health check. If you are privately insured, you have to pay for the doctor's visits yourself, but you will get the money back from the health insurance company when you submit the bill there. Exactly which costs are covered depends on the insurance company.

If you choose private insurance, you will need a so-called "exemption" for enrollment. This is a certificate that the insurance is sufficient. This certificate is issued by public health insurance companies. Please note that only a few private insurances meet the requirements for an exemption and you cannot rely on the fact that an insurance that was accepted by fellow students a few years ago is still accepted today.

Students can - with the approval of their home university - extend their stay for a second semester. All that is required for this is the transfer of the semester fee.

To remain enrolled for a third semester, an additional application must be submitted to the Office of Enrollment Management.

Within the framework of cooperation with partner universities, we regularly offer scholarships for exchange students.

The semester fee is about 250€/semester for exchange students and includes the semester ticket (to use local buses and trains).

Rent costs currently range from 170 euros - approximately 350 euros per month. A rent of 200 euros results in an approximate cost of living of 675 euros.

The following list shows the monthly costs that you will incur during a study stay at Vechta University and serves as a support for your budget planning. However, the figures presented here only represent guideline values, which may vary depending on your own needs. The semester fee is not included here.

Dormitory room (including heating, electricity, water)€ 200,-
Catering€ 180,-
Clothing€ 50,-
Health insurance and liability insurance€ 100,-
Study documents€ 60,-
Telephone and Internet€ 55,-
Leisure and sports€ 50,-
means of transport, since you have a semester ticket€ 00,-


€ 695,-