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Where is HTWK Leipzig?
The University is located in Leipzig, a city of more than half a million people in the Free State of Saxony (East Germany), about 200km southwest of Berlin. Almost a thousand years old, Leipzig is widely praised as one of the nation’s cultural, economic and educational centres. Learn more about Leipzig …

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How old is HTWK Leipzig?
HTWK Leipzig was formed in 1992 by a merger of several older colleges and universities whose roots go back to the eighteenth century. Learn more about the history of HTWK Leipzig …

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What does HTWK mean?
HTWK is short for Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur – literally, 'University of Technology, Business and Culture'. The University's official English title, however, is Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, or simply HTWK Leipzig.

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What is a University of Applied Sciences?
Universities of Applied Sciences (German: Fachhochschulen) were founded in the late 1960s and early 1970s to fill the gap between academia and the working world by offering a sound academic training designed to meet the practical aspects of professional life. Typical subjects include business and management, technology, engineering, IT, social work, education and nursing, but also design, film and photography.
Studies at a University of Applied Sciences are structured much like those at a comprehensive research university, but hands-on preparation for a concrete and specific profession or career field, e.g. through extensive for-credit work placements, plays a much greater role. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded by Universities of Applied Sciences are the same as those awarded by a university. In fact, as a result of the current Bologna reforms, these two types of higher education institutions are becoming increasingly alike.

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What can I study at HTWK Leipzig?
HTWK Leipzig offers a diverse array of bachelor’s and master’s programmes in a wide range of fields including:

Applied MathematicsMechanical Engineering
ArchitectureMedia Informatics
Booktrade and Publishing ManagementMedia Management
Business AdministrationApplied Museology
Civil EngineeringPackaging Technology
Computer SciencePrinting Technology
Electrical Engineering & Information TechnologyPublishing Technology
Energy and Environmental EngineeringSocial Work
Library SciencesTV Production

For more detailed information, consult the complete lists of bachelor’s programmes or master’s programmes at HTWK Leipzig.

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What is the weather like in Leipzig?
Leipzig has a continental climate that is fairly stable throughout the year. With warm summers and reasonably cool winters, Leipzig experiences only occasional weather extremes and is at its most appealing between the months of May and September, when clear blue skies and high temperatures are most likely. In summer, the city's cafes, bars and restaurants begin to spill out onto the streets to take advantage of the sunny weather and warm evenings, often remaining busy well into the night. However, do keep in mind that the climate in Leipzig can be a little unpredictable at best, with rainy spells being a distinct possibility in any month.

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How safe is Leipzig?
Leipzig, like Germany in general, is a very safe place. Crime rates are low, and people move about freely, day or night, in most parts of the city without taking any special safety precautions. That said, you should follow the same common sense measures you would use anywhere else, such as not leaving valuables unattended or not giving out personal information to strangers on the phone or on the Internet.

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How good is medical treatment in Germany?
Patients in Germany receive excellent medical treatment. With its dense network of highly qualified doctors, the German health care system is regarded as one of the best in the world. What is more, basic treatment is provided free of charge (except for quarterly 10-euro surcharge) for patients who hold public health insurance. In case of an emergency, there are doctors always on stand-by, and accident and emergency departments provide 24/7 treatment at hospitals. And again, insured patients need not pay anything for emergency treatment. As an international student at HTWK Leipzig, you will be treated on the same basis as a resident of Germany.  However, you are legally required to have sufficient health insurance coverage. Learn more about health care services in Germany …

Further information: http://www.germanyhis.com/

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Can I visit the University?
You are most welcome to visit our campus anytime. The best time to visit is during the lecture period, when courses are in session and university life is in full swing. Moreover, there are general information sessions for prospective domestic and international students offered usually in spring. For upcoming dates or individual appointments, please refer to the information on upcoming events on our German website.

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Can I see a virtual tour of the University?
Absolutely! Click here for a virtual campus tour, complete with 360° panoramic views.

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Where can I order a copy of the latest prospectus?
Click here to download a PDF version (5.4 MB) of the latest prospectus. A hardcopy version can be ordered by simply sending an e-mail containing your request (in German) to studinf (at) htwk-leipzig.de.  Please note that the prospectus is only available in German.

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What educational qualifications do I need to study at HTWK Leipzig?
If you plan to come to HTWK Leipzig to study for a full Bachelor’s degree, you will need the equivalent of a German university entrance qualification (commonly known as the Abitur) to be eligible for admission. Click here for more information on whether the school-leaving certificate from your country is recognised as sufficient for direct admission to university study in Germany.

To enrol in one of our Master’s degree programmes, a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised college or university is generally required. Additional requirements may apply, depending on the specific programme.

Exchange students or visiting students from one of HTWK Leipzig’s international partner universities need to demonstrate they have completed at least one year of study at their home university.

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What level of German do I need to study at HTWK Leipzig?
Since German is the language of instruction at HTWK Leipzig, we expect international degree students to have a proficiency level of at least DSH-2 on the DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) or TDN-4 on the TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache). Non-degree students from one of our partner universities are required to have German skills equivalent to levels B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  Click here for more information on German language requirements and accepted tests.

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Can I learn German at the University?
Yes, the University Language Centre does offer courses in German as a Foreign Language. However, please note that advanced German skills are a prerequisite for enrolment at HTWK Leipzig. In other words, our German classes are designed to help you polish your existing skills rather than introduce you to the language at a beginner’s level.

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Does the University offer any programmes that are taught in English?
By and large, no. All of HTWK Leipzig’s degree programmes (with the exception of the Bachelor's programme in International Management, where the language of instruction is English in 50% of the courses) are taught in German.

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How much will it cost me to study at HTWK Leipzig?
Unlike universities in other parts of Germany, HTWK Leipzig does not charge tuition. However, all students are required to pay a set of semester fees at the beginning of each semester.

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Does the University offer scholarships for international students?
No. Like most German universities, HTWK Leipzig does not offer any kind of institutional financial aid for international students. However, scholarship opportunities for non-degree study are available from a wide range of organisations, including the European Union’s ERASMUS programme, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or institutions in your home country. Learn more about scholarships and financial aid …

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Where should I send my application?
Degree-seeking students (undergraduate and postgraduate) should send their applications to uni-assist, a Berlin-based organization that handles international applications on behalf of HTWK Leipzig and other German universities. Non-degree students from our partner universities apply to HTWK Leipzig directly.

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What are the deadlines for applying?

International degree students:
15 July for winter semester admission (starting in October)
15 December for summer semester admission (starting in March)

International non-degree students (Erasmus, exchange, etc.):
15 June for winter semester admission (starting in September)
15 December for summer semester admission (starting in March)

Please note that late applications cannot be considered.

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Do I need a visa to study in Germany? If so, how do I apply for it?
Whether or not you will need a visa to study at HTWK Leipzig depends on your nationality. Citizens of the European Union, Iceland and Liechtenstein, for example, do not need a visa to enter, study and live in Germany. See the section on immigration and visas for more information regarding your home country. If you do need a visa, you have to apply for it at your local German Embassy or consulate before you come to Germany. Do not, under any circumstances, come to Germany on a tourist visa! It cannot be converted to a student visa here – that is, you would have to return to your home country to get the proper visa.

Further information: http://www.germany-visa.org/

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If I study at HTWK Leipzig, where will I live?
German universities do not automatically place their students in student resident halls or dormitories. This means it will be mostly up to you to find a suitable place to live before or after you arrive. However, there are plenty of affordable housing opportunities in Leipzig, a city known for its low rents. Basically, you may choose to live in one of the city’s numerous off-campus student halls of residence or move into private accommodation, possibly sharing an apartment with other students. Learn more about housing options in Leipzig …

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How do I get to the University when I arrive in Germany?
Leipzig is well connected to national and international destinations. Whether you fly into Leipzig-Halle Airport or arrive by train at Leipzig Central Station (one of Europe’s largest and finest railway terminals), HTWK Leipzig is within easy reach and well served by public transport. See the directions for getting to our campus for further guidance.

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When I arrive on the HTWK Leipzig campus, where should I go?
If your are an exchange student from one of our partner universities, your first stop on campus should be the International Office. If you are a degree student from abroad, you should contact the Department of Student Affairs (Dr. Birgit Päßler). Both offices are located on the first floor of the University’s main building on Eichendorffstrasse 2. Drop us an e-mail in advance so we will know when to expect you.

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Do I need to register with the German authorities?
Yes. Regardless of your nationality or visa status, you will need to register with one of Leipzig’s Bürgerämter (Citizens’ Offices) within two weeks after your arrival. Unless you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you will also have to register with the local Ausländerbehörde (Aliens’ Registration Office) within three months after your arrival to obtain your ‘Residence Permit for Study’. See the page on immigration and visas for more detailed information.

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Can I work part-time when I am studying at the University?
Yes. International students from any of the EU countries, Iceland and Liechtenstein do not require a work permit and may work as much as they like in Germany. All other foreign nationals, however, are only allowed to work for a maximum of 120 full or 240 half days per calendar year. This also includes unpaid internships. See the page on student jobs for more information.

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Will I be allowed to drive in Germany?
For the first six months after your arrival, you will be allowed to drive in the EU zone, provided you have an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) to accompany a valid license from your home country. In other words, you will need both your original driver's license and the IDP to drive a vehicle in the EU during the initial six-month period.  After that, you will need to obtain a German driver’s license by taking driving school lessons, which might be quite expensive. However, with Leipzig’s dense network of public transport (buses, trams) that serves virtually all parts of the city, more than 300km of bike lanes, and a wealth of railway connections to regional and national destinations, you will most likely not need to drive a car at all during your studies at HTWK Leipzig.

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Can the University give me advice on trying to find a job?
Absolutely! The HTWK Leipzig Career Office provides career counselling, career exploration workshops, interest and personality assessments, and a wide range of resources to help you choose the right career in the midst of so many options.

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Does my study programme qualify me to get a working visa after I graduate?
A degree from HTWK Leipzig will prepare you to start your professional career both in the national and international arena. However, unless you are an EU citizen, a degree from a German university does not automatically entitle you to work legally in Germany. After graduation, you have one year to find a position that is appropriate to your qualification. If an appropriate job offer is made, the Federal Employment Agency will carry out a priority check (to ensure that no other persons with priority – i.e. Germans or EU citizens – can take up this job offer). After this, you may be granted a residence permit for the pursuit of gainful employment.

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Letzte Änderung: 27.5.2016
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