Exchange Students (Non-degree)

You can apply for one or two exchange semesters at HTWK Leipzig. According to the cooperation agreement between HTWK Leipzig and your home university, you can attend different modules and courses to gain ECTS credits.

Please check the section on how to apply for application requirements, application documents and information on the application process.

You can find all the information concerning your application, your arrival, accommodation, living expenses and contact persons at HTWK Leipzig in the document "Information for Exchange Students".

Please check the information on entry and stay requirements.

Semester Calendar

Summer semester 2023

Duration: 1 April – 30 September 2023
Lecture period: 3 April – 14 July 2023
Examination period: 17 July – 4 August 2023 and 25 September – 29 September 2023
Orientation Week: 27 March – 31 March 2023

Winter semester 2023/2024

Duration: 1 October 2023 – 31 March 2024
Lecture period: 16 October 2023 - 9 February 2024
Examination period: 12 February – 1 March 2024 and 25 March – 29 March 2024
Orientation Week: 9 October - 13 October 2023

Please check the Academic Calendar (in German) for more information.

Study Programmes and Courses

You can find descriptions of modules and courses in the Studienordnung of the respective degree programme. As of now, descriptions are only available in German since the teaching language of all degree programmes, with the exception of the International Management Bachelor, is German. If you have questions, e.g. concerning courses and your learning agreement, please contact the international coordinator at your faculty.


The teaching language of all degree programmes at HTWK Leipzig, with the exception of the International Management Bachelor, is German. If you wish to attend courses taught in German, HTWK Leipzig requires German proficiency of at least B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If you wish to attend courses taught in English, HTWK Leipzig requires English proficiency on a comparable level. We strongly recommend that you take German language lessons before your arrival, as general structures and university life function largely in German.

Orientation Week

HTWK Leipzig organizes an Orientation Week for all exchange students from partner universities, which includes support for administrative appointments and an intercultural training to prepare for studies in Germany. Attendance is mandatory. It provides exchange students with excellent opportunities to get to know the university and to meet their fellow students (see Academic Calender).

Buddy Programme

To make the arrival at Leipzig and settling in easier, all exchange students get support through a HTWK student buddy. Even before your arrival, a buddy will contact you via email and will help you with questions. He or she will show you around Leipzig and will assist you during your first days in Leipzig.

ECTS Credits

After successfully passing the examinations, students will be awarded 30 ECTS credits for the full semester programme. Between 2 to 5 ECTS credits will be awarded for each module.

German Grading Scale:

1,0 - 1,5 very good (excellent)
1,6 - 2,5 good (considerably above average requirements)
2,6 - 3,5 satisfactory (fulfilling average requirements)
3,6 - 4,0 pass (sufficient, fulfilling requirements despite of lacks)
4,1 - 5,0 fail (no ECTS credits are awarded)

Learning Agreement

A module (course) concludes with an exam for which you will receive ECTS credits. You are automatically registered for every first exam and every first repeat exam of the modules you attend according to your study programme (learning agreement), except you have taken a semester off or do your practical semester. Exams can be conducted either in written, oral or other way (project, seminar paper, presentation, laboratory work). For more information about the exams, please check the Prüfungsordnung of your study programme (exam regulations - content in German).