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Information for Erasmus / Exchange Students

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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.

An overview of all study programmes on offer is available here.

You can find all courses in our data management system Kathi-Net.

=> Course catalogue - Instructions

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 2020-2021

Exchange students without knowledge of German language have the possibility to participate only in the 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 2014-2020 (pdf) 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 (pdf) sets out the overall Erasmus+ co-operation strategy of the Catholic University of Applied Sciences Mainz in relation to its mission statement.

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 universities:

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

Application deadline for exchange students:

  • 31st May (for semester 1 / winter semester)
  • 31st January (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 by email.

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

• CV with photo (German or English)

• Proof of language skills (min. B2)

• Transcript of records

Registration form

• Proof of your health insurance

• Copy of your passport (official ID or passport)

Please send your application documents via email to:

ifb[at]kh-mz(dot)de

Application for Free Movers:

Please send the above-mentioned documents by email before the application deadline to:

ifb[at]kh-mz(dot)de

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 € 360.

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 not a tuition fee. Exchange students pay normal tuition and fees to their home institution as appropriate. They will not have to pay for tuition at CUAS Mainz. Students are responsible for travel costs, passport and visa, room and board, textbooks, health insurance and personal expenses including leisure travel.

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). Please hand in a copy of the EHIC to the student office.

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.

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

Visa

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 information sheet.

At CUAS Mainz we provide support when searching for accommodation. You will find a number of options on the following pages:

http://www.wg-gesucht.de/

https://housinganywhere.com/de/

Please also take a look a look at our Guidebook for Exchange Students.

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.

Leisure activities for students

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.

We are happy to answer any questions you might have.

Please contact:

Anneke Schröder M.A.

By telephone: +49 (0) 6131 289 44 350

By email: anneke.schroeder[at]kh-mz(dot)de