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Study Abroad Office
Institute of Social Sciences

Mareike Tudor
Office hours: Tuesday 10:30-12:00 (and by appointment)

Departmental Coordinator for International Affairs

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schneckener
Office hours: Wednesday 14:00-15:00

International Office

Sabine Jones
Malte Paolo Benjamins

Exchange and Erasmus Students

The Institute of Social Sciences holds a wide range of international partnerships all over the world and in Europe in the context of the Erasmus program. Bachelor and master students from our partner universities can study at Osnabrück University for one or two semesters within our regular study programs and obtain ECTS points (no degrees will be awarded to exchange students). To come to Osnabrück University please follow the application procedure for exchange and Erasmus students.

Application procedure

  • First, students need to apply for studying abroad at their home university.
  • Before students can directly apply to Osnabrück University they need to be officially nominated by their home university. The international coordinator should send the nomination via email to our International Office to Please make sure to send the nomination well before the application deadline. The nomination should include information about the student’s name, current study program at home university, level of study (bachelor, master), proposed period of study (autumn semester, spring semester, whole year stay), subject area.
  • After the nomination information has been send, exchange and Erasmus students need to complete the online application and send the supporting documents by post.
  • Application deadlines: July 01 for the following winter semester (beginning in October), January 01 for the following summer semester (beginning in April)

Language requirements

  • There is no need to include proof of German language proficiency in the nomination or application, but our partner universities are supposed to select students who meet the required level (German B1).
  • The main language of instruction at Osnabrück University is German, especially in bachelor programs. However, there is a small number of courses in English offered each semester.


Learning Agreement and Course Enrolment

  • Students will enroll in courses through our online course registration system (stud.ip) after arrival during the Welcome Week.
  • To ensure the enrolment for courses with limited capacities it is highly recommended to send a Learning Agreement well in advance before the start of the semester to the Study Abroad Office at the Institute of Social Sciences (Mareike Tudor, The course selection can still be modified at the beginning of the study at Osnabrück.

Language courses


  • Exchange students from partner universities can apply for accommodation in the student dorms operated by Studentenwerk Osnabrück (Student Services) through the International Office.

Services for International Students

  • Our service sites offer information about visa and entry requirements and your arrival in Osnabrück. You can also find information about accommodation and insurance. And last but not least check out our tips for culture and leisure activities!

Welcome Week

  • At the beginning of each semester, the International Office runs a Welcome Week for new international students. They are given an overview of Osnabrück University and the city and are given the chance to get to know other students. International students are strongly urged to participate in the Welcome Week.