HS Osnabrück

Osnabrück, Germany

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STUDY and INTERN in Germany (spring semester ONLY)

Hochschule Osnabrück - University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1971. The university has 8,700 students. In addition, more than 800 visiting students from over 85 countries study at Osnabrück every year. For UF business students, a semester at HS Osnabrück also brings an opportunity to intern at a multinational firm. Although, fluency in the German language is not necessary, it is encouraged that students interested in interning enroll in a German "crash" course upon arriving at Osnabrück.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The School

The International Faculty Office (IFO) at Osnabrück organize and coordinate services for incoming exchange students. They provide information, support and advise to students before arrival and through their stay in Osnabrück. IFO has also established a "buddy" program to help visiting students accommodate to the community and university.

The City

Osnabrück is a beautiful, historic German town of about 170,000 inhabitants with churches and half-timbered houses going back to medieval times. The city has theatres, cinemas, sports facilities and museums; it also hosts a variety of cultural and international events and traditional festivals throughout the year. As a city with a technology-oriented future, Osnabrück is home to many innovative and well known international companies in the hi-tech, engineering, food and logistics sectors. Situated close to the Dutch border and between two mountain ranges, Osnabrück also offers beautiful scenery as well as easy access to the cosmopolitan cities of Hamburg and Amsterdam. Watch a video of Osnabrück.

Student Life

Exchange students have the unique opportunity to study and work in Germany. Public transportation in the city and some regional trains are free for students; many students also purchase or rent bicycles while living in Osnabrück. There are many student organizations available and the city has restaurants, clubs, cinemas and sports facilities where students can spend their leisure time. More information for incoming exchange students.

Additional program highlights:

  • UF students can participate in various lectures, projects, and trips organized by Osnabrück and international professors.
  • UF students may work as English tutors and earn a small income. Professor Bauer coordinates this extra-curricular activity for visiting students.
  • UF students may travel free using national train lines, even to the North Sea. This map shows the routes available.

Term Dates

Courses Available

Students must register separately for German Crash course taught in February. Visit their course catalog for more information.

Language of Instruction


Grade Conversion
points from
points to
1 2.5 A
2.6 3.5 B
3.6 4.0 C
4.1 5.5 D
5.6 6.0 E
Credit Conversion
ECTS Credit UF Credit
3 ECTS credits 2 UF credits
5 ECTS credits 3 UF credits
6 ECTS credits 4 UF credits

1 ECTS credit = .6 UF credit (rounded)


The information you will need to obtain your visa has been compiled for your convenience. Please review carefully.

Estimated Expenses
Rough Expense Comparison Semester at UF Semester at Osnabrück
UF Tuition $3,085 $3,085
UFIC Admin. Fee --- $250
Health Insurance $730 $890
Airfare --- $1,400
Housing $2,620 $2,100
Internet/cable $455 $250
Food $2,065 $1,800
Books $540 $350
Transportation $270 $300
Visa --- $141
Total $9,765 $10,566


IFO assists visiting students locate rooms through the services of Studentenwerk Osnabrück. Rent is usually 200-250 EUROS a month, plus a 400 EURO deposit that is returned to the student as long as the property is left in proper condition. Students are normally accommodated in single rooms furnished with wardrobe, desk, bed, chair, table, shelves, lamps and curtains. The kitchen, bathroom and washing machines are shared by the other students living in the apartment. Students will need to purchase towels, bed linen and possibly crockery and cutlery. There are alternative housing options available in assorted residence halls, and privately leased rooms and apartments in the city. More housing information.



UF students may intern while studying at Osnabrück. It is not necessary that students be fluent in German, but we strongly recommend a language foundation. Interns normally work 15-20 hours per week for the duration of the semester, giving students an opportunity to learn the company and embark on substantial projects. These are a few of the companies offering internships:

  • Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
    Internships in: Sales and Marketing, Controlling, and Supply Management
  • Ahlstrom, Plant Osnabrück
    Internships in: Supply Chain, Sales and Marketing, and Purchasing and Procurement
  • Windmoller & Holscher
    Internships in: Controlling, Short and Long Term Risk Analysis, and Liquidity Planning; Students must complete a project as part of the internship
  • KOCH-International
    Internships in: Administration, Financing, Personnel, and Marketing and Controlling
  • KME Group
    Internships in: Controlling, Marketing, and Financing
  • The FRIMO Group
    Internships in: Logistics, Human Resources, Controlling, and Financing

Travel Opportunities

Osnabrück is just a few hours by train from Hanover, Hamburg, and Berlin. The borders of Belgium and The Netherlands are very close as well. The airport Münster-Osnabrück can be reached by car in just 30 minutes.


To arrange an appointment with a Heavener Study Abroad Advisor, please call 273.0151 or visit 301 Heavener Hall.

Heavener School of Business
301 Heavener Hall, PO Box 117160
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7160
Phone: 352-273-0165

You may also contact an International Programs Student Ambassador to learn more about study abroad from experienced peers.

Contacts Abroad

Michaela Buchholz
Incoming Students
Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences
Postfach 19 40, D-49009
Osnabrück, Germany
Phone: +49/541/969 2076
Fax: +49/541/969 3010
Email (IFO at wi.hs-osnabrueck.de)