General Information

A semester abroad is an extraordinary and unique experience for any student. You will discover what it means to live and study in a foreign country, meet new people from different cultural backgrounds, learn to speak a foreign language and master this challenge independently.

As an exchange student, you will often realise that your daily studies in Germany are very different from the systems you already know.

  • The academic year at Harz University of Applied Sciences is divided into a winter and summer semester.
  • The winter semester courses start in mid-September and the summer semester courses begin in mid-March.
  • The earliest course starts at 8:00 a.m. The last course ends at 8:15 p.m.
  • Some courses are offered as block and/or weekend seminars.
  • Examinations usually take place at the end of a semester (January/ July).

Information on Courses

Exchange students can select freely from the International Programme and courses taught in German. An advanced knowledge of English is required for the International Programme (at least level B2).

An overview of courses taught in English can be found here. Please note that courses are subject to change and may vary.

Language courses in German and other foreign languages complement your studies at Harz University of Applied Sciences, too.

Usually, you would complete 7 to 10 courses or 30 ECTS per semester.


Transcript of Records

As soon as all marks are entered into the system, the International Office will issue a Transcript of Records and will send it via email to the students and their home university. Afterwards, the original version will be send to their home university via regular mail. The process can take up to 2 months after examination period ends.

Grading Scale

1,0 / 1,3 1,7 / 2,0 / 2,3 2,7 / 3,0 / 3,3 3,7 / 4,0 5,0
95-100% / 90-94% 85-89% / 80-84% / 76-79% 72-75% / 68-71% / 63-67% 58-62% / 50-57% 0-49%
Very Good Good Satisfactory Sufficient Fail