University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Office of International Education (OIE) WEB GUIDE

Hochschule Osnabrück (HO)

Location: Osnabrück - Germany
Dates: mid-Aug to early Feb; early Feb to early July
Courses: courses taught in English or German; intensive German
Accommodation: dorms, hostels or apartments
Program Model: Exchange
Contact: Office of International Education

Study in German or in English at Hochschule Osnabrück.
Complete paid or unpaid internships.

Osnabrück, in the federal state of Lower Saxony, is in a university town with a medieval town center close to the Dutch border, Amsterdam, Hanover, Hamburg, and Berlin.

Hochschule Osnabrück (HO)
Hochschule Osnabrück is a university of applied sciences with a strong international focus. 15% of the 8,000-student population has foreign nationality, its business programs rank in the top ten nationally and it is distinguished for promotion of student mobility abroad. FHO has two campuses. One is in Osnabrueck city and the other, Lingen Campus, is on the Dutch border 80 km from Osnabrueck.

Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences
Students on this exchange enroll in courses offered through the Faculty (department) of Business Management and Social Sciences. This faculty offers full undergraduate and graduate programs in English as well as individual courses in English for visiting students. A hallmark of study through HO, students will find close contact between students and professors and professors with professional experience in business and industry.

Buddy Program
Your assigned buddy can help your transition to living & studying in Germany. Your buddy can pick you up from the Osnabrück train station and give travel tips, help you move in and move out, answer questions about the university and more.

Student Organizations

Exchange students may join competitive and recreational sporting activities through the Centre for Sports.

Support System at HO
The central International Office at Hochschule Osnabrück is responsible for international relations and programmes on a university level and organizes German language winter and summer schools prior to the start of each semester.

In addition to the HO central international office, the Faculty of Business Management & Social Sciences offers pre-semester orientation and on-going support services to its visiting students through the International Faculty Office (IFO). This office offers services to students, faculty and staff; "faculty" in its name refers to "department" rather than to professors. Staff and lecturers of the Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences and of the IFO assist students in study-related and personal matters in order to facilitate rapid integration into a new social environment. They also organize cultural programming, international conversation groups and English movie evenings. Support is offered both before arrival and during the experience. IFO Support Staff can be contacted directly by students interested in the HO exchange even before applying through UW Oshkosh.

Young Ambassadors
If you are considering studying in Germany and/or have questions about what it's like, the Young Ambassadors (undergraduate students from North America who have recently studied in Germany) are there to help! Find someone who studied where you want to go or who specializes in your field and ask them whatever you want to know about study or research in Germany!

Academic Coursework

airplanePointerHost Institution Enrollment

Before committing to an exchange program, applicants must spend time looking through the course selection available at the host institution. Not all HO courses are open to visiting exchange students. Use the Course Catalogs to view the full list of courses open to visiting students. Use the Module Descriptions to see course descriptions; courses listed on the Module Descriptions pages are not open to visiting exchange students if not also listed in the course catalog linked from above.

Courses listed in the Course Catalogs are taught in German, unless otherwise specified. Look at the fine print at the bottom of each course list to see which courses are taught in English, and during which semesters. HO offers its courses in English through the Faculty (Department) of Business Management and Social Sciences.

German Language Courses

German language courses are not required, but both HO and the OIE highly recommend that students take at least one.

For an additional fee, students may enroll in the winter intensive German bridge program or the summer intensive German bridge program just before the start of each semester. These programs include general language training or business language training, visits to manufacturing and service companies and planned day trips.

During the semester, students may enroll in German language courses.

HO also offers Preparatory Courses in intensive German for students at the beginning level during each semester; these courses also carry an additional fee.

Block Seminars

These are optional, five-day study trips, projects or business games offered once every semester (in May and November). During this time no regular lectures are given.


UAS7 Study & Internship Program (SIP)

*** Deadline for SIP program is typically on/around February 15.

Students interning through the SIP are awarded substantial scholarships and paid internships in return for spending a minimum of 12 months studying and interning in Germany. The experience includes participation in an intensive German language bridge program before the start of the fall semester, study over the fall semester and a six-month internship in a company or research institute in Germany over spring. The program also includes visits to companies and other sites of interest.

HO is one of seven universities of applied sciences offering the SIP. To apply to the SIP, send application documents directly to the DAAD New York office listed on the SIP web site. Let UW Oshkosh OIE staff know that you have applied for a SIP award so that we can advocate on your behalf with our partners at HO.

These internships must also be pre-approved by HO; pre-approval can take place during the fall semester of study.

Click here for more information.

Other Internship Options

The Career Center on the HO campus assists students looking for internship placements in English. These internships MUST be pre-approved by FHO.


Course enrollment is completed through the host institution during orientation after arriving abroad. All participants will be enrolled in courses at the host institution and will transfer those courses back to UW Oshkosh at the end of their studies.

HO requires that all exchange students enroll only in courses as listed on their Learning Agreement (see "Apply"). Visit the International Office at HO to make changes to your Learning Agreement BEFORE taking a course which is not already on your list. Any course which is not on the Learning Agreement will NOT be included on the official transcript.

airplanePointerCourse and Credit Transfer

When you study abroad/away on a program which does not grant UW Oshkosh credit, you may request that your courses be transfered to UW Oshkosh at the end of your program by soliciting prior approval for course and credit transfer. Transfer without prior approval IS NOT AUTOMATIC and IS NOT GUARANTEED.

Follow the instructions on the Transfer Credit Prior Approval form to have your courses pre-approved for transfer.

airplanePointerTo Complete Your Course Transfer

Before you depart from abroad, you must request that your host institution send your transcripts directly to the Transfer Student Coordinator in the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office. Do not send your transcript to the Office of International Education. The UW Oshkosh OIE cannot request transcripts on your behalf and you cannot receive credit at UW Oshkosh without the official transcript.

Transfer Student Coordinator
Admissions Office
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901

NOTE: When the Transfer Student Coordinator receives your transcipt, it will be matched to the Transfer Credit Prior Approval Form you completed during the application process for your program. If you did not take the courses you listed on your prior approval form, there is no guarantee that your courses will transfer. If you took courses which won't transfer, this will retroactively affect your full-time status as reported by UW Oshkosh and may affect your financial aid.

You should consider ordering a copy of your host institution transcripts for yourself if possible.


Make sure that for every course you take, you arrange to earn/receive a "Scheine". This is proof that you have completed the course requirements and are entitled to credit. A Scheine can be obtained by writing a paper, taking a test, doing an oral report, etc. How you earn a Scheine will vary by instructor--make sure you ask and be proactive with professors. They are typically not as "forward" in assisting students as US professors--a cultural difference. Toward the end of your semester, you must collect your Scheine from each professor and then submit them to the International Office in Germany. You will then need to have the Auslandsamt print out a transcript for you and send both it and the Scheine to the UW Oshkosh Admissions office to complete the credit transfer process.

NOTE: Transcripts in Germany can only reflect what is in the “Scheine”.  If you do not earn or collect “Scheine” AND submit them to the International Office, your courses WILL NOT appear on your transcript.  Issuing a “Scheine” after you have returned to Wisconsin is impossible.

airplanebulletpointStudy Abroad and Graduation

At HO, grades are posted and transcripts are issued long after the semester ends (April for fall/winter semester and October for summer semester). If you plan to graduate at the end of your semester abroad, notify the OIE at UW Oshkosh BEFORE YOU APPLY so that we can discuss your graduation dates.

airplanePointerDPI Study Abroad Requirement for Foreign Language Teachers

College of Education & Human Services students planning to teach a foreign language after graduation must meet the DPI requirement for study abroad and must have a completed Certificate of Residency. For more information, visit the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Office on the third floor of Radford.

Full Estimated Cost of Participation

The "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" includes your Program Fee (the amount due directly to UW Oshkosh), your airfare and other expenses related to your participation on this program.

Full Estimated Cost of Participation:

As part of the application process for this program, you are required to review, sign and submit the "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" worksheet for your program. The worksheet includes all of the cost details for your program and is linked from STEP III of the "Apply" section of this guide.   

Accommodation & Meals


Students are typically placed in furnished single rooms in student flats (shared apartments) belonging to Studentenwerk Osnabrück. Flats are scattered around the city (locations/descriptions for accommodation); German universities typically do not have Residence Halls such as those found on university campuses in the U.S.

UW Oshkosh students apply for accommodation by submitting the Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences International Office accommodation request form (see "Apply" below) to the UW Oshkosh Office of International Education. Once your participation on the exchange program has been approved, you can secure housing by forwarding a refundable housing deposit directly to HO.

You'll make your rent payments by direct deposit. After arriving in Osnabrück your Buddy or someone from the International Office will assist you in setting up a local bank account.

If you arrive in Osnabrück before your housing contract begins or leave after it ends, you will need to find accommodation in a local hotel or hostel.

Two staff in the Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences International Office provide accommodation support service:

Housing Officer: Anne Rullert
Room CN 0207
Phone: 011-49-541-969-3828
Fax: 011-49-541-969-3478

Housing Assistant: Student Tutor
Room CN 0214
Phone +49 (0) 5 41/9 69-30 72
Fax +49 (0) 5 41/9 69-34 78

Studentenwerk Osnabrück

The Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences International Office rents flats directly from the Studentenwerk Osnabrück, a student union charged with offering accommodation services, meal services and social activities.

Accommodation services through the Studentenwerk include

Housing Alternatives

Alternatively, students may apply directly to Studentenwerk Osnabrück for housing.


In Osnabrück, students may purchase some meals from four student diners and eight student cafeterias at government-subsidized rates. All flats have kitchen facilities, where students make meals on their own.

Review the estimate for the amount of money you should bring to cover meals in the Full Cost of Participation worksheet. It is not reasonable to think that you can save money by spending less than the food estimate provided by the OIE! This estimate is meant to be the BARE MINIMUM in relation to your particular destination!


At a minimum, eligible students on student exchange and direct enroll programs have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5, are in good standing, and may come from any academic discipline. Students who will study in a foreign language must also meet proficiency requirements as listed on each program's web page. Students with a GPA below 2.5 should contact the OIE before applying. In some cases, partners abroad will accept applicants with a slightly lower GPA. As part of the application process, your disciplinary file will be reviewed. If you have a campus disciplinary file, this will be taken into consideration when determining your eligibility.

Courses are offered in both German and in English. While there is no German language requirement for students studying in English, it is highly recommended that exchange participants complete at least German 110 at UW Oshkosh in advance of their semester abroad. Students planning to study in German will be required to submit evidence of German proficiency.

Pre-/Post-travel Class Dates

Inability or failure to attend class prior to or following your program abroad may affect your ability to participate, course grades and/or ability to receive and use financial aid.

Application Process

airplanePointerBefore You Apply

  1. Write the deadline for completing the On-line Study Abroad Orientation - AND the date on which you must attend your Pre-departure meeting - in your calendar. Failure to complete orientation will affect your ability to participate.
  2. Write all payment deadlines in your calendar.
    If you aren't the person who will be making payments, share this information with the person who will be.
  3. Understand how seats are assigned on study abroad programs.

airplanePointerSecuring Your Place on a Study Abroad Program

Seats are assigned based on eligibility criteria provided applicants meet the application deadlines.

This means that you may be conditionally admitted following completion of steps I & II, but NOT receive a seat if you then fail to complete STEP III on time.

If you are on the waiting list, you may receive a seat if applicants who have been conditionally admitted have not completed STEP III by the deadline.

HO does not send the official acceptance email to the OIE, but directly to each student. Therefore, the student is the only person who will be notified. It is the student's responsibility to notify the OIE when in receipt of this email.

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Fall Semester Programs

STEPS I & II: last Friday in February by NOON

STEP III: 1st Friday of March by NOON

Spring Semester Programs

STEPS I & II: Friday September 28th, 2018 by NOON

STEP III: Friday October 5th, 2018 by NOON

airplanePointerApplication STEPs & Application Checklist

Complete the three steps below in order, or work on all three steps simultaneously. Check off items as you SUBMIT them to the Office of International Education.

Step I
Complete the on-line study abroad/away application.

**Be aware that the application will time out without warning! Save often, and if you answering the longer questions we recommend typing them into a Word document and pasting them in to the online application.
Refer to the Orientation section for orientation dates.
Step II
Print the application packet and sign where appropriate.
Pay the UW Oshkosh application fee
( $200 for in-state residents and $300 for out-of-state residents) per the instructions in the application packet and turn in your receipt to the OIE. If you have mailed the application fee to the Cashier's Office, notify the OIE so that OIE staff can contact the Cashier's Office for confirmation.
Print an unofficial copy of your university transcript

course prerequisites (if applicable) and final GPA.

To print your unofficial transcripts:
1) Login to TitanWeb
2) Select "Transcript: View Unofficial" using the drop-down menu
3) Select "Unofficial Transcript" in the Report Type drop-down menu
4) Click "View Report"
5) The transcript will process as a PDF. This can take a few minutes. If you do not see your transcript, turn off your pop-up blocker.
6) Print
Special Student Form for Undergraduate Admissions
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not a student at UW Oshkosh OR if you are not a student at all.
Graduate Registration Form and Graduate Special/Non-Degree Information Form
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn graduate level credit, or if you are in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn undergraduate level credit.
Submit the Disciplinary Clearance Form
Complete ONLY IF:

1) You are a student at a university or college OTHER THAN UW Oshkosh. Submit this form to the appropriate office on your HOME campus; request that the office on your HOME campus submit the form directly to the UW Oshkosh OIE by the deadline for this step of the application process.
2) You transferred to UW Oshkosh in the last 12 months. Submit this form to the appropriate office on the campus(es) you transferred from; request that the office on your transfer campus(es) submit the form directly to the UW Oshkosh OIE by the deadline for this step of the application process.

Program-specific Application Materials/Requirements:
Two Recommendations
One recommendation must be from a professor in a department related to your major. The second may be from a professor, an advisor or from a professional person with whom you work. If you plan to take regular university courses IN GERMAN, at least one recommendation must be from a professor of German.
Transfer Credit Prior Approval form
The OIE recommends choosing twice as many courses as you plan to take per semester and completing the Transfer Credit Prior Approval for all of these courses. In the case that a course you intended to take abroad is full, not offered or is not what you expected, you will then be able to easily make changes to your enrollment while abroad.
OPTIONAL: Click here to apply for the State of Wisconsin Travel Grant!
Step III
Review, sign and submit the
Fall 2018 Full Cost of Participation worksheet
2017/2018 Academic Year Full Cost of Participation worksheet
2017/2018 Study/Internship Full Cost of Participation
Spring 2018 Full Cost of Participation
Edit the "medical" and "medical III" sections of your on-line study abroad application to ensure that every question is complete. Each and every question must be answered, even if the answer is obviously "none" or "n/a"!
Provide proof of passport
Complete only if you will travel outside the U.S.

If you already have a passport
, edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include all requested passport details.

If you do not already have a passport, apply for one and submit a copy of your receipt to the OIE showing that you have applied.

Click here for passport forms and instructions.
Edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include your full name.

If you are traveling OUTSIDE the U.S., enter your full name EXACTLY as it appears on your passport or on your passport application.  DO NOT GUESS! 

If you are traveling WITHIN the U.S. (including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), enter your name EXACTLY as it appears on your driver’s license.  DO NOT GUESS! 

Your name will be printed on your airline ticket exactly as you enter it.  If the name on your airline ticket does not match the name on your identification, you will be charged a correction fee or may not be allowed through airport security.
Program-specific Application Materials/Requirements:
None for STEP III

Step IV (post-application deadline)

Registration for Admission as a Visiting Student
For students who will take Business or Social Science courses only. Apply immediately following acceptance into the program by UW Oshkosh.

Complete Hoschschule Osnabrueck Admissions forms in the following order. All materials/forms are available from the link above.

Read the "General Conditions & Requirements".
Complete the "Application for Admission as a Visiting Student". You'll need the following information to complete this form:
    Study Programme: choose from Business & Management, Business Law, Health, International Programmes, or Public Management & Social Work. Choose the programme through which you plan to take the greatest number of courses.

Study Abroad: choose an area from a study programme listed at

Cooperation Agreement: Hochschule Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences/University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Bilateral Student Exchange

Duration of Stay: write in your tentative travel dates
Upload the following to your "Application for Admission as a Visiting Student". Follow all instructions on the "first application" web page for this application.
  • Photo
  • Passport Copy
  • Curriculum Vita (use the sample!)
  • Copy of your transcript
  • Evidence of German ability (use the template for exchange)
  • Certificate of Registration
    Type in the name and address for UW Oshkosh as follows:

    University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
    800 Algoma Blvd
    Oshkosh, WI 54901

    Type your name into the form.

    Print and take this to the Registrar's Office (Dempsey 130) to request that it be stamped and signed BEFORE you upload it.
Register for pre-semester German language courses (optional)
Submit Your Learning Agreement
Complete this form and submit this to the OIE for signature after you have been accepted by HO.

To complete the form, write the names of the HO courses you plan to take under "Title of Module". These MUST be the same courses you had approved on your UW Oshkosh "Transfer Credit Prior Approval" form/s. If the courses listed are not the same, the UW Oshkosh OIE cannot sign the Learning Agreement.
Registration for Admission as a Visiting Student
For students NOT taking Business or Social Science courses. The application process differs for each college within Hochschule Osnabrueck. Contact the UW Oshkosh OIE for the process for your intended college.
Apply for and Confirm Housing
Pay Your Housing Deposit by Wire Transfer

Rooms are allocated automatically according to availability on a first come-first served basis and only after receipt of the housing deposit. Complete this process immediately following acceptance into the program by UW Oshkosh. If you miss the housing deadline, you may NOT receive a room assignment. 

Send your housing deposit directly to HO by wire transfer BEFORE COMPLETING THE HOUSING APPLICATION.

To complete a wire transfer, bring the wire transfer details (available from your "Application Form for Accommodation for Visiting Students") to your bank or credit union.

When requesting a wire transfer, you must request that the bank include the wire transfer fees. If you don't, your payment will be reduced by the amount of the fee and you will end up still owing.

Order the transfer in Euro. You will be charged the equivalent in U.S. dollars after the transfer has been processed.

Wire transfers typically take 3-5 days to process. Be sure that you make payments by wire transfer at least one week prior to payment deadlines.
Complete the on-line "Application for Reservation of an Accommodation"
Return your signed rental application BY MAIL.



Paying Your Program Fee

airplaneBulletPointFinancial Aid

Using financial aid to cover some or all of your costs? See our detailed financial aid information.

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Fall Semester Programs

Spring Semester Programs


airplanePointerFirst Program Fee Payment

Your emailed study abroad acceptance letter (the one that says that you have been officially accepted to participate) includes a link to a statement for your first payment. This statement will not be sent to you in any other way. No one else will receive this statement or a copy of your bill; no further reminders will be sent. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the payment deadlines; you will need to forward your statement to the person who pays your bills if you are not that person!!!

The initial Program Fee Statement is also provided here. You can use this copy or the copy included in your acceptance letter (they are identical) when paying your fees.

airplanebulletpointSecond Program Fee Payment

You will receive a link to a statement for your second payment VIA EMAIL from the Office of International Education just prior to the second payment deadline. Some programs have been advertised using a range of fees; if this is the case, you must plan to cover fees at the top end of the range until you receive your second statement. This statement will indicate whether there have been cost savings due to increased participant numbers, exchange rates, etc. and, therefore, a reduced program fee.

airplanebulletpointTuition Payment

If your program includes a required tuition payment IN ADDITION TO YOUR PROGRAM FEE, this will be clearly indicated on the Full Cost of Participation Worksheet linked within the "Apply" section of this guide.

For interim programs, follow the program fee payment deadlines ($1,000 total due by the first deadline date, the remaining tuition and program fee due by the final deadline date).

For semester & summer programs, tuition will be billed by Student Accounts just before the term at UW Oshkosh begins, just as it normally is. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the normal university tuition payment deadlines.

airplanebulletpointPayment by Cash or Check

All payments by cash or check must be accompanied by a copy of your program fee statement. Make checks payable to “The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh” and write “Study Abroad” in the memo section. Pay fees at the Cashier's Office on the second floor of Dempsey Hall or mail your check to: Cashier's Office, UW Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901. Cashier office hours: Mon – Fri 8:30-4:00 (8:30-3:00 the day after Thanksgiving).

airplanebulletpointPayment by Credit Card or E-check

Payment by MasterCard or American Express carries a 2.5% convenience fee and can be made through TitanWeb E-checks carry a fee of $0.50 per transaction.

airplanebulletpointPayment by Financial Aid, Grant, Scholarship or External Loan

Submit the "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form to Student Accounts by the first payment deadline. Students who plan to to cover some costs on their own and remaining costs using financial aid, grants or scholarships must pay costs not covered by aid/loans/scholarships, up to $1,000, by the first payment deadline.

For UW Oshkosh students, financial aid will automatically be applied toward study abroad-related fees on your student account. If you are a student elsewhere, you may need to pick up your change check from your home campus, cash the check, and send payment to UW Oshkosh.

Once your "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form has been submitted, a "positive service indicator" will appear on your record indicating that financial aid will be paying your study abroad program fees.  This should not prevent you from doing anything except printing transcripts.


Students may complete paid or unpaid internships through the UAS7 Study & Internship Program (SIP) or on their own. Internships MUST be pre-approved by FH Osnabrück; applications for the SIP program MUST be made through the UAS7 office in New York.

Students are also allowed to work (without completing an internship for credit) up to 180 half days per year. The maximum number of working hours is generally restricted to 20 hours per week.

Students are required to follow German laws related to working while studying on a student visa. You must be aware of these laws and take care of any required paperwork before working/seeking employment.


Scholarships offered through UW Oshkosh and outside organizations. 

Study/Internship Program (SIP)


Flight & Program Schedule


Mode of transportation: participants find their own way to the U.S. departure airport


Carry approximately €350 (about US$500) in cash to cover transportation fees to FHO from the local airport and living costs for the first few days, including your first month's rent.


Participants arrange and pay for airline tickets on their own. DO NOT purchase these until you have been officially accepted into the program by the HOST university. Information on finding and booking airline tickets is available elsewhere in this guide.

airplanePointerArrival Abroad

Review the web site/s of your arrival airport and print any information/maps available to you; carry these with you when you travel. Pre-plan your route from your arrival terminal to the bus stop, train station or other form of transportation you'll use to get to your program site.

Germany - Frankfurt Airport; Munich Airport; Berlin Airport; Schiphol Airport (in Amsterdam)

the Netherlands - Schiphol International Airport

Getting to Osnabrueck

Students who make arrangements with their Buddy far enough in advance may be met at the train station in Osnabrück (there is no greeting service from the airport).

The Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences is located on the Westerberg (Caprivi) campus.

Travel to your accommodation or a local hotel from Osnabrück airport is approximately 30 minutes by car. Students who have not traveled abroad on their own previously should consider taking a taxi. Students who are comfortable traveling independently may consider using public transportation.

Alternatively, experienced travelers with not-too-much luggage may choose fly in to Schiphol airport in the Netherlands, just a few hours by train from Osnabrueck.

Many of our students have found it exteremely helpful to get the phone app for public transportation called, "FarhPlaner." There is a second phone app for trains called, "DB Navigator." We do not endorse these apps, nor have directly used them ourselves. These are only suggestions from students formerly on the program.


airplanePointerAcademic Schedule

The academic year is divided into two semesters, each preceded by intensive German language courses.

1st Semester (Winter)
2nd Semester (Summer)
Intensive German Begins
mid-August early February
Intensive German Ends
mid-September late February
several days just prior to the start of the semester several days just prior to the start of the semester
Course Registration
during orientation during orientation
Semester Begins
mid-September early March
Semester Ends/Exams Begin
mid-January mid-June
Exams End
early February early July

Visas & Residence Permits


A visa is an endorsement or stamp placed by officials of a foreign country on a U.S. passport that makes it possible for the bearer to visit that foreign country. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to apply for a visa to enter Germany to complete an internship. U.S. citizens planning to intern in Germany do need to apply for a Residence Permit (work permit) prior to entering Germany.

airplaneBulletPointResidence Permit (work permit)

U.S. citizens planning to intern in Germany need to apply for and receive a Residence Permit (work permit) PRIOR TO entering Germany. The Residence Permit allows you to legally engage in an activity other than tourism while in Germany.

Students who have completed all four steps of the "application process" have also completed all paperwork necessary to apply for a Work Permit. The UW Oshkosh OIE will forward the appropriate paperwork to the German host company for processing.


Health Insurance

See our new "Insurance" page for details.

Emergency Contacts

In a life and death emergency ABROAD

U.S. Department of State Citizen Emergency Center (1-202-647-5225) will relay messages to the foreign Embassy. Embassy personnel may try to locate your student, pass on urgent messages and, consistent with the Privacy Act, report back.

To reach your student directly

If your student is staying in a hotel, use the hotel contact information listed on the web page for your student's program. The Office of International Education cannot give out private residence or homestay phone numbers unless authorized in advance by the student, but we will contact your student for you in an emergency.

To reach someone at UW Oshkosh during office hours (7:45 am - 4:30 pm M-F)

Office of International Education Phone: 1 (920) 424-0775
Jenna Graff: Director, Office of International Education -
Kelsey McDaniels, Study Abroad Advisor -
Mary Reinke: Program Manager -
Office of International Education Fax: 1 (920) 424-0185
Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-1410
Office of the Provost & Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-0300

To reach someone at UW Oshkosh outside of normal office hours

University Police: 1 (920) 424-1216

To reach an on-site local contact, IN AN EMERGENCY ONLY.

International Office
Fachhochschule Osnabrück
Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences
International Faculty Office
P. O. Box 19 40
D-49009 Osnabrück, Germany
Fax: 0049 (0) 541/969-3010


To help you prepare for your travel experience away, we'll begin with an orientation through which we'll share information on topics such as course registration & enrollment, flights, itineraries, housing, meals, emergency contacts, financial planning, program withdrawal, health & personal security, and travel.

Your orientation consists of:

  • required reading materials
  • required on-line presentation
  • orientation quiz submitted to the OIE
  • optional in-person Q&A
  • in-person orientation with program leaders or department advcoates (These may be required or optional, or may not be offered for your particular program; check your program web guide and/or with your program leader for more information.)

The orientation deadline for fall interim & spring semester programs is the 2nd Friday in November.

The orientation deadline for for spring interim, summer and fall semester programs is the 1st Friday in April.

  • Participants who do not complete the orientation requirements prior to the orientation deadline will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply.
  • Share the this orientation with parents, spouses, and/or other family members who may also want to review the orientation. The orientation is open to anyone who would like to participate.


airplanebulletpointIn Person Q & A - OPTIONAL

The date below is what you will enter in the "Orientation" section of your online application!

Following completion of the on-line orientation, participants are invited to attend an OPTIONAL, in-person Q & A session on:

  • Fall Interim & Spring Semester programs: Sat, 11/10/18, 9:00am-1:00pm, Location TBA
  • Spring Interim, Summer and Fall Semester programs: Saturday, 4/6/19, 9:00am-1:00pm, location TBA

Family member attendance at the Q & A session is invited and encouraged. Family members who plan to attend the Q & A session should understand that this will not replace the orientation outlined above. Family members should review the full orientation prior to attending in person.

airplanebulletpointReading Materials - REQUIRED

Before beginning your on-line orientation, review the materials listed below; you will refer to these materials during the on-line orientation. Share these materials with interested family members.

airplanebulletpointOn-line Orientation - REQUIRED

Schedule approximately 90 minutes to focus on your on-line orientation.

To access the on-line orientation

  • Open the study away orientation in PowerPoint.
  • Click on the "Slide Show" tab along the top menu.
  • Click on the "Custom Slide Show" menu item.
  • Choose your program.

airplanebulletOrientation Quiz - REQUIRED

Complete your orientation requirement by submitting this orientation quiz to the Office of International Education by the orientation deadline.

airplanebulletPre-depature meeting: REQUIRED

All participants are required to attend a pre-departure meeting with the Hessen Coordinator. This orientation covers topics not already covered in the on-line orientation and focuses on topics about which participants will have questions and will need clarification.

Participants who do not complete in-person program-specific orientation will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply. The time and date of htis meeting will be coordinated with all accepted students and take place in Dempsey 202.



This page was last updated on: May 11, 2018