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Service of the International Office


Exchange students can apply for accommodation in one of the student halls of student services AKAFÖ. The information on accommodation will be sent after the end of application period.

If you would like to search for accommodation yourself, you can check the following document with some useful links:


Assistance in opening a bank account

During your stay you will have to make various transfers and payments (e.g. rent, insurance). Bank transfers from your bank account from your home country to Germany can be expensive, so we recommend you to check your bank’s terms and conditions in your home country before you leave. It may be advantageous for you to open a german bank account for the duration of your stay.

As a rule, a german bank account for students is free of charge.

If you need a German account, please contact us. We will be happy to help you with your application.

German language course

A two week intensive language course for all exchange students takes place before the start of lectures. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course cannot be offered in winter semester 2020/21.  

In addition, exchange students (you) can take part in a free German course during the semester. After a successful participation, students receive a certificate.

Welcome week

During the Welcome Week, students have the opportunity to get to know each other and Bochum University of Applied Sciences. In addition, we help you with important organizational matters.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer our usual Welcome Week for exchange students in winter semester 2020/21. Right now, we are considering a combination of online events and face-to-face events in small groups. These introduction days are planned on 06 - 09 October 2020.  

More detailed information and the welcome week plan will be sent to you after the application.