Coming to HSNR as exchange student or staff

Hochschule Niederrhein. Your way.

A warm welcome to all prospective exchange students.

Find out more about our academic offer, the application procedure and our programmes on campus on this webpage.

We would be very happy to welcome you at Hochschule Niederrhein (HSNR) very soon.


+++Shoud you wish to study a full degree programme - i.e. from start to finish - as a regular student at HSNR, then please refer to this website +++

Degree programmes

We offer a wide range of Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes.

Many of our German degree programmes include English-taught modules.

Irrespective of the programme language, exchange students have the opportunity - subject to the faculty's approval - to choose project modules or write their thesis at HSNR.

We offer four degree programmes taught in English:

If you have questions about the content of the individual degree programmes, the international coordinators of our faculties will be pleased to help you.

Language skills

For all German-taught degree programmes, you need German language skills at B2 CEFR level (at least B1.2 CEFR at the time of application).

For all degree programmes taught in English, you need English language skills at level B2 CEFR (at least B1.2 CEFR at the time of application).

Please attach an appropriate certificate to your application or have your language level confirmed by a language teacher or a representative of your university.


Your university nominates you for one or two exchange semesters at HSNR by sending an email to international(at)

The following information must be included in the email:

  • Name of nominee(s).

  • Degree programme

  • Duration of the exchange stay

  • Email address

Please note the following nomination deadlines:

  • For a stay beginning in the winter semester: 15th of May

  • For a stay beginning in the summer semester: 15th of October


As soon as we have received your nomination from your home university, we will send you a link to apply online.

These are the application deadlines:

  • For a stay beginning in the winter semester: 1st of June

  • For a stay beginning in the summer semester: 1st of November

This video tutorial explains the main steps of the application via the Mobility Online tool.

In case of a successful application, we will provide you with all further information by email.

Two male students are sitting in one of the lounge areas in our J-building on campus Krefeld-South talking to each other.


The International Office has established a Buddy Programme to bring together newly enrolled international students as well as exchange students with experienced HSNR students.


This way new students will receive help and support from more advanced students and ease into student life more quickly.


Being a "buddy" is a voluntary activity and free of charge for international students.


Advantages for international students

Participating international and exchange students will benefit from


  • getting to know the university and its campus with a buddy
  • being supported at the start of their studies
  • finding their way around the city and familiarise themselves with the German culture
  • meeting new people easily
  • being supported when dealing with authorities
  • taking part in activities as part of the Buddy Programme (Buddy meetings or GLOBUS events)

Advantages for HSNR students

Students, who become HSNR-Buddies (mentors), will


  • acquire intercultural competencies on campus and apply language skills
  • get to know members of an international network and become part of it
  • meet many new people
  • get to know students from other countries which will prepare them for their own semester abroad
  • be able to pass on already gained experiences from a semester abroad and thus help international students
  • be able to accomplish one component towards for the Certificate for Intercultural Competence (ZIK)
  • will receive a Certificate of honorary commitment

For additional information, interested HSNR students can refer to the Buddy Programme Flyer and the Buddy Programme Guide.

Two male students sitting next to each other discussing lecture material.


Please register via the links below no later than:


October 15th (winter semester)


March 15th (summer semester)


The data to be provided for the buddy programme, will be used solely for the purpose of networking between buddies.

A group of international students representing the GLOBUS network group with the GLOBUS tutors and members of the International Office at the Hamburg main station.



GLOBUS is HSNR's international student network and an initiative of the International Office.


Our student GLOBUS tutors put a lot of effort and committment into supporting and extending the network on campus.


The focus is on joint activities to facilitate exchange and dialogue between international students - also exchange students - from all semesters and disciplines.


The activities include Welcome Days for newly arrived students, excursions and various semester activities.


Semester Programme
Summer 2024


19th April  International Food Day → Future Work Lab, Petersstraße 122, 47798 Krefeld

27th April  Encounter: Game Evening → Future Work Lab, Petersstraße 122, 47798 Krefeld

05th Mai    Encounter: Movie Evening → Future Work Lab, Petersstraße 122, 47798 Krefeld

25th Mai    Boat tour on the River Rhine and a visit to a museum

06th June  Bowling night in Mönchengladbach

22nd June   Encounter: Barbecue → LAKUM Mönchengladbach



Details might be subject to change; but in this case, we will inform you in due course.

If you have queries, contact Karim, our GLOBUS tutor.

Welcome Days 2024
Thank you!


    Many thanks to everyone who was there and helped making these two days very special.

    It was great getting to know you!

    Your GLOBUS tutors and the staff of the International Office



    HSNR's GLOBUS Team

    Katharina Tsang, B.A.
    International Office Outgoings Non-EU (PROMOS); Incomings (guest students)