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.
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.
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,-|
|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,-|