Support and Advice

The International Office’s team – together with other information centers at the university – is responsible for assisting and advising the exchange students.

To make sure that your start in Koblenz runs as smoothly as possible, we are happy to provide you with a buddy. Your buddy is well familiar with the university and city. He or she is available to assist you in the following:

  • Picking you up from the train station and bringing you to your address
  • Assisting you in becoming situated and with the challenges you may be facing
  • Assisting you with the formalities of enrollment, opening an account and visiting the Immigration Office and the General Register Office
  • Showing you the university and advising you on your studies and courses
  • Introducing you to other students
  • Showing you around the city and answering all questions you may have

Please let your buddy know at least one week before your departure when you will be arriving in Koblenz.

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Before the beginning of each semester, the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences offers an orientation week for exchange students. During this week, you will enroll at the university and, together with your buddy, fulfill all the necessary requirements, such becoming registered with the public authorities, opening a bank account, and taking out health and liability insurance. In addition, you will meet with your departmental coordinator to adjust your Learning Agreement and work on your schedule. Besides this, the International Office will organize a German crash course for all beginners and your buddies will show you around the campus and city.

Each department offers introductory events to inform you about the general rules and workflows at each department. We highly recommend you attend those events, as you will gain insight into the structures of the department and meet your professors, tutors and fellow students. For more information, please get in touch with your contact person.

ESN offers their membership card to all incoming students. With the card you have access to special student fares and discounts, such as VPN, Air/Bus travel and other interesting offers! The card can be obtained the beginning of each semester. It costs 10 €, a small passport photo is required. More information can be found here.

If you are interested, feel free to talk to ESN during the orientation program!

If you are having problems with your studies, or any social or personal challenges, please contact the counseling services provided by, Studierendenwerk Koblenz, your student service provider. They offer an array of counseling formats:

  • Individual counseling regarding financial, social, or personal challenges
  • Seminars regarding time management, stress management, exam anxiety and more.

The student union (AStA) also has a counselling center of which you are more than welcome to take advantage.


After the orientation week, the International Office organizes a German A1 crash course for exchange students with no german language skills. We also hold german courses for all exchange students during each semester. A placement test will be held before the start of the semester in order to match each students to the best course option by their individual level of proficiency. We offer courses from A1 to C1.

If you are interested in more German courses, the following language schools are currently offering courses in Koblenz (websites in German only):

Each semester, the Koblenz ESN section and the International Office/HS Koblenz offer a variety of semester activities. The program is filled with a number of scheduled activities for you to take part in. These include an informal meet and greet for students; seminars and workshops for further academic and personal training; one-day and several-day excursions; International events as well as other exciting events. During the semester program, you can get in contact with other German and international students to plan a gathering, celebrate a special occasion, or explore Koblenz and the surrounding area together.

Your participation is warmly welcomed!

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If you find you are having problems understanding the material in a given course, you can sign up for a tutorial. Tutorials are being offered for groups of at least five students. Under the leadership of a senior student, this tutorial is offered to you for free and should help you in overcoming the problems you are having with the course material. For questions concerning a tutorial with at least five participants, please contact the International Office at incoming.