Exchange Students (Non-degree)

You can apply for one or two exchange semesters at HTWK Leipzig. According to the cooperation agreement between HTWK Leipzig and your home university, you can attend different modules and courses to gain ECTS credits.

Please check the section on how to apply for application requirements, application documents and information on the application process.

You can find all the information concerning your application, your arrival, accommodation, living expenses and contact persons at HTWK Leipzig in the document "Information for Exchange Students".

Please check the information on entry and stay requirements.

Semester calendar

Winter semester 2017/2018: 1 October 2017 – 31 March 2018
Lecture period: 9 October 2017 – 26 January 2018
Examination period: 29 January – 16 February 2018 & 26 March – 29 March 2018
Introduction course for exchange students: 18 September – 6 October 2017

Summer semester 2018: 1 April – 30 September 2018
Lecture period: 2 April – 6 July 2018
Examination period: 9 July – 27 July 2018 & 24 September – 28 September 2018
Introduction course for exchange students: 12 March – 30 March 2018

Winter semester 2018/2019: 1 October 2018 – 31 March 2019
Lecture period: 15 October 2018 – 1 February 2019
Examination period: 4 February – 22 February 2019 & 25 March – 29 March 2019

Please check the Academic Calendar (in German) for more information.

Study programmes and courses

You can find descriptions of modules and courses in the Studienordnung of the respective degree programme. As of now, descriptions are only available in German since the teaching language of all degree programmes, with the exception of the International Management Bachelor, is German. If you have questions, e.g. concerning courses and your learning agreement, please contact the international coordinator at your faculty.


The teaching language of all degree programmes at HTWK Leipzig, with the exception of the International Management Bachelor, is German. If you wish to attend courses taught in German, HTWK Leipzig requires German proficiency of at least B1/B2 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If you wish to attend courses taught in English, HTWK Leipzig requires English proficiency on a comparable level. We strongly recommend that you take German language lessons before your arrival, as general structures and university life function largely in German. As a preparation, we offer a free intensive German course (3 ECTS credits) for all exchange students during the introduction course “Deutsche Sprache und Landeskunde”. During the semester, you can attend free German courses for exchange students (2 ECTS credits) at Hochschulsprachenzentrum.

Introduction Course 'German Language and Culture'

The free introduction course takes place three weeks prior to the beginning of the lecture period (see Academic Calender in German). We organize orientation and cultural events as well as a German course so you will quickly get to know Leipzig, HTWK and your fellow students.

Student Mentoring Programme

To make the arrival at Leipzig and settling in easier, all exchange students get support through a HTWK student mentor. Even before your arrival, a mentor will contact you via email and will help you with questions. He or she will show you around Leipzig and will assist you during your first days in Leipzig.