Welcome Hub for International Students
Infos for International Exchange Students
The International Office will support every exchange student in all matters and is your first contact partner regarding application, orientation in Osnabrück, organisation of your studies as well as all administrative issues. In addition, you can take part in all welcome period sessions.
Infos for International Degree-Seeking Students
As international degree-seeking students, we would ask you to contact our Students‘ Office with questions regarding application, admission and study organisation. Should you have questions regarding study financing, right of residence, or health insurance, the International Office will be pleased to support you. Furthermore, you can participate in some of the sessions of the Welcome Period. We would highly recommend your participating in the „Freshmen Week“ (in German) of your faculty / your subject in order not to miss any relevant information on your course of study or your faculty/institute.
The winter semester 2020/21 at Osnabrück University (and maybe the following semester as well) will be a so-called „Hybrid Semester“. This means, there will be (1) virtual teaching, (2) face-to-face teaching as well as (3) hybrid courses, always keeping in mind the distance and hygiene precaution measures. For further information on how studies at Osnabrück University will be organized, please see here. Please note: At the time being, it cannot be excluded that you will have to be here in person – e.g. in order to take exams at the end of the semester. We therefore recommend all international students to travel to Germany.
Entry & Arrival
Before you travel to Germany
Due to the pandemic, there are still extensive restrictions in international traffic. Please keep informed regularly about current regulations and restrictions, which might also be imposed or cancelled spontaneously!
The classification of a country or a region as risk area is very often the decisive criteria for the implementation of travel restrictions. In Germany this classification is undertaken by the Robert-Koch-Institute. The currently valid rating and whether your country or region has been declared a risk area, can be found here. There is more information available on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.
In the course of your visa application, you may have to present proof that you cannot complete your studies entirely from abroad. Exchange students can request this document from the International Office (firstname.lastname@example.org); degree-seeking students from the Admissions Office (email@example.com).
After you arrive in Germany
If you have rented a room in the students dorm, it is strictly required that you make an appointment with your caretaker. You can find his contact details on the supplementary sheet which you received together with your contract. There is further information on accommodation for exchange students here.
Once you have arrived in Germany, you have certain obligations to fulfill. For example, you must report to our local health authority if you come from a risk area. In Osnabrück, please contact the Osnabrück Health Office, +49 541 501 11 11. You can also register virtually using this link (you can change the language in the top right corner).
Covid-19-related Rules and Regulations in Germany
The following regulations are currently effective for the containment of the Corona virus:
- Keep a distance of mininum 1.5 metres to other persons
- Wear a mask whenever the minimum distance cannot be kept to (e.g. public traffic, shopping malls)
- Adhere to the hygiene regulations (correct coughing, sneezing into your elbow and hand washing)
- Furthermore, it is urgently recommended to keep the number of persons with whom you are in contact as small as possible. Closed rooms should be aired regularly and group situations should be avoided.
- (1) Information of the Federal Foreign Office on Corona and entry regulations
- (2) Continually updated list of officially declared risk areas
- (3) Information on Corona in Osnabrück (town centre and suburbs); available in German only
- (4) Central Covid-19 website of Osnabrück University
- (5) „Zusammen gegen Corona“ – website of an initiative against Corona of the German Government
- (6) Covid-19 information page of the Federal German Government in several languages
International Exchange Students with questions about their course selection, academic integration, or Learning Agreement may find their relevant contact by subject/department. Degree-seeking students are strongly encouraged to participate in the "Freshmen Week" (only in German).
Networking and Campus Life
This presentation provides you with a solid overview of UOS' institutions and programs.
Intercultural Language Exchange: Welcome to UOS!
This course is geared towards international students who are interested in getting to know the city of Osnabrück and gaining an insight into German customs and culture while improving their German language skills. In addition, Osnabrück students can develop their intercultural and communication skills together in tandem. The combination of language exchange (or language learning tandem) and intercultural exchange aims to bring international and local German students together to create a multimedia project on a topic of their choice. Participants receive 2 ECTS credits and a certificate. Further information is available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Studying and living at the University of Osnabrück takes place on two campuses. The humanities and social sciences as well as many administrative buildings are located on the campus in the city center. The Westerberg campus is home to the natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, cognitive science and environmental systems science. The interactive map helps students find their way around.
Currently, the university buildings are not accessible to students or only under certain conditions. Also, the use of the services of the university library is currently only possible with online registration.
Visiting the cafeterias, (usually an important part of campus life at Osnabrück University), is only possible to a limited extent during the pandemic: using the app "SWOSY" (for Android and iOS), food can be ordered one day in advance either "to go" or "to stay" the next day. In addition, at the moment you can only pay in the cafeteria with the campuscard, which has to be charged prior to your payment.
Networking opportunity for international students
Taking into account all relevant hygiene measures, the Evangelical Students' Community offers international students face-to-face meetings starting Friday, 23 October at 5 p.m. at Arndtstr. 19. Registration with Lore Julius is mandatory! Please register in due time at email@example.com.
Questions? Remarks? We're here for you!
We would like to support you with all questions you may have during the hybrid semester. Should you have a question, a remark or just the need to talk, please do not hesitate to contact us. Although our doors must be kept close, you can reach us as follows:
Virtual Single Contact Hours
Should you have a problem which you would not like to discuss in public, you can reach us any time via phone or Email. We will then assign to you a time slot and send you the link to the virtual room as well as the corresponding password.
Email or Phone
You can of course also reach us via the usual communication channels. Just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us under +49 541 969 4599.