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International exchange students

Information for Erasmus+ / Exchange Students

Welcome to CUAS Mainz

We are pleased by your interest in studying at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences Mainz (CUAS Mainz) for one or two semesters.

Spending a semester abroad can be an adventure and we at the Institute of Applied Research and International Relations will be happy to support you before, during and after your study abroad semester in Mainz.

On this page you will find all the information you need to prepare your stay at CUAS Mainz.

You can download flyers and a guide book ⇒ here

An overview of all study programmes on offer is availablehere.

You can find all courses in our data management system kathi-net.

Please note that most of our study programmes are taught in German only, except for the international Bachelor programme “Social Sciences: Migration and Integration”. This bilingual study programme is taught in English and German. 

English taught lectures:

List of English taught lectures 2022-2023

List of Englsh taught lectures 2023-2024

Exchange students without knowledge of German language have the possibility to participate only in English taught courses. 

For whom? 

Students selected by our Erasmus exchange partners will generally qualify for this exchange programme. The annual number of students to be exchanged is agreed on in a bilateral agreement. Once selected and admitted by CUAS Mainz, you can apply for Erasmus funding through the Erasmus coordinator at your home institution.

Erasmus Charter and European Policy Statement 

The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027 provides the general framework for all European co-operation activities that higher education institutions may carry out within the Erasmus Programme. The Charter also sets out the fundamental principles and the minimum requirements underlying the Erasmus+ activities a higher education institution has to respect.

The European Policy Statement sets out the overall Erasmus+ cooperation strategy of the Catholic University of Applied Sciences Mainz in relation to its mission statment. 

Erasmus Student Network

The Erasmus Student Network is a non-profit international student organisation. Their mission is to represent international students, thus provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development.

Application deadlines

Nomination deadline for partner universites:

  • 15th May (for semester 1/winter semester)
  • 15th November (for semester 2/summer semester)

Application deadline for exchange students:

  • 31st Mai (for semester 1/winter semester)
  • 1st December (for semester 2/summer semester)

Academic Year

You can find information about the academic year at CUAS Mainz here.

How to apply

Before you can apply for a study exchange at CUAS Mainz, your home university must nominate you.

If you have further questions regarding the nomination process please contact us via: international(at) 

We confirm your nomination by e-mail and ask you to submit your application documents to us via your mobility portal, including

  • CV (German or English)
  • Proof of language skills (min. B2)
  • Transcript of records
  • Proof of your health insurance
  • Copy of your passport (official ID or passport)

Application for Free Movers

Please send the above-mentioned documents by e-mail before the application deadline to: international(at) 

A nomination of your home university is not required. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We accept students of our partner universities as well as free movers for one or two semesters.

Language proficiency:

Exchange students who participate in English language courses only must have a minimum English proficiency of B2.

Exchange students who participate in German language courses must have a minimum German proficiency of B2.

Enrolment and semester fees

Enrolment takes place after arrival in Mainz on the induction day. All students (German and international) are required to pay a semester fee at this time, which is approximately 370€.

The semester fee is a contribution to cover the costs of social care, as well as the semester ticket covering the free use of public transport in the Rhine-Main region throughout the semester. This is as well as the semester ticket covering the free use of transport for regional transportation within Germany throughout the semester.

Health Insurance

Every student in Germany must have health insurance, including exchange students.

If you are a European citizen, your national health insurance plan is usually recognized in Germany. Your national health insurance company issues your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

If your national health insurance plan is not recognized in Germany, you have to purchase an additional health insurance for studying in Germany. You can purchase either a public German insurance plan or a private insurance plan. Please note that a valid health insurance plan is mandatory for your visa/residence permit.

As soon as you are admitted, please notify your health insurance company by stating our university number 52733425 or alternatively the number H0002422 that you will be enrolled at CUAS Mainz from 01.03. (summer semester) or from 01.09. (winter semester).

You can find further information on health insurance on the German Academic Exchange Service’s website.


Please inform yourself as early as possible at the German embassy or consulate in your country whether you need a visa to enter Germany for the purpose of studying or whether you only need to apply for a residence permit here after your entry. Please also find out there which documents you exactly need and prepare them carefully.

You can find further information in our Guide book.

At CUAS Mainz we provide support when searching for accommodation.

You can have a look at different student dormitories here:

You will also find a number of options on the following pages:

You can also find more offers in various Facebook groups. 

Please also take a look at our Guide Book.

Good reasons for an exchange semester in Mainz 

Mainz is the capital of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate and looks back on a millennia-old history. Founded by the Romans, the city of Mainz today stands for tradition, culture, wine, a strong business location, lots of vitality and much more…

Mainz has a high number of students, which is why the city is very dynamic and offers many attractive leisure time activities for young people.

You can find more information about Mainz in the brochure Mainz Compact provided by the City of Mainz.

Studying at CUAS Mainz

The Catholic University of Applied Sciences Mainz is a small university, enabling personal contact and intensive exchange between students and teachers. Due to small study groups, you have the opportunity to get to know local students right from the beginning. Furthermore, the Institute of Applied Research and International Relations provides close guidance during your whole stay.

As a university of applied sciences, CUAS Mainz attaches great importance to practice-oriented education in order to qualify its graduates as competent specialists and managers.

Buddy Programme

Spending one or two semesters abroad can be a real challenge, especially at the beginning. In order to make your start in Mainz easier, the Institute of Applied Research and International Relations finds you a Buddy who will get in touch with you before your arrival in Germany. Your Buddy offers you orientation and facilitates your start at CUAS Mainz.

Here are some videos about getting to know the German culture, the German language and the German universities.

We are happy to answer any questions you might have.

Please contact Milena Rommel:

By telephone+49 6131 28944-350