International Student Life at WHU


The location of Germany and WHU within Europe.

The Federal Republic of Germany is located in the heart of Europe. Germany is surrounded by nine other countries: Denmark to the North, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and France to the West, Switzerland and Austria to the South and the Czech Republic and Poland to the East. The country covers an area of 357,050 km² and has a population of about 82 million people (2nd largest in Europe). The capital and largest city is Berlin.

Government type:

Germany is a democratic parliamentary federation and consists of 16 federal states.


Germany lies between the West winds of the Atlantic Ocean and the continental climate of the east. There is rainfall in every season. During the winter temperatures can drop down to between 5°C (41.0 °F) and -10°C (14.0 °F). The summer temperatures range between 18°C (64.4 °F) and 30°C (86.0 °F).


Germany is the 4th largest economy in the world and the largest economy in the European Union. It is the world’s 2nd strongest exporting nation. German companies have an excellent international reputation and the sign “Made in Germany” stands for quality, innovation and advanced technology.

Official language:

German is the official language but a lot of people know foreign languages.

Time zone:

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour, daylight saving time: +1 hour

Buddy Program

At WHU, each exchange student is assigned two buddies: a student buddy as well as an academic buddy. This way we aim at providing individual guidance to everybody.

Student Buddy

Your student buddy can help you out with all "regular" questions concerning studying at WHU and everyday life (at WHU, in Germany...). They will contact you before the beginning of the term, so that you can already get in touch via email before your arrival and communicate about possible questions. Your student buddy can show WHU as well as the city to you, introduce you to their friends, have a coffee together, etc. If you wish so, your student buddy might also pick you up at the train station when you arrive. It is a great opportunity to meet German students and to integrate into the WHU student community!

Academic Buddy

Your academic buddy can guide you as a counsellor with more specific academic questions (concerning literature...) you might have once you started your term at WHU. You will get more information about your academic buddy during your first week at WHU.

Although WHU students face a demanding and tightly packed program of studies, student life is by no means neglected. Many of them take the time to enrich their university life by engaging in one of countless student clubs.

Be it sport, music, art, theater, the stock exchange or social commitments, campus life offers something for everybody.

The enthusiasm with which they pursue common goals, and make dreams and ideas a reality is a manifestation of WHU spirit that is so highly valued by all university groups.

The following initiatives are currently active at the WHU:

  1. Campus for Finance
  2. Campus for Supply Chain Management
  3. Confluentes e.V.
  4. Enactus WHU Vallendar
  5. First Responder
  6. forumWHU
  7. Generations Cup
  8. Music Club (Hochschulmusikverein)
  9. Sports Club (Hochschulsportverein 1985 e.V.)
  10. IdeaLab!
  11. In Vino Veritas
  12. Social democratic ecological Group WHU
  13. University Liberals' Association (Liberale Hochschulgruppe)
  14. Ring of Student Christian Democrats (RCDS)
  15. Saidia Consulting
  16. SensAbility
  17. SmartUp!
  18. TEDxWHU
  19. The Entrepreneurial Group
  20. Theater Workgroup
  21. Visiting Student Integration Programm (VIP)
  22. WHU Debating Union
  23. WHU Euromasters
  24. WHU Finance Society e.V.
  25. WHU Golf
  26. WHU Students Help (WHU Studenten helfen e.V.)

In order to promote cultural exchange between residents and students, every semester WHU and the city of Vallendar organise an event called Integration@Vallendar. 

Within the scope of the series "Integration@Vallendar", students and international students in particular have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with Vallendar and its citizens. The aim of the project is to further integrate international students into the WHU community and the city of Vallendar. To this end, WHU and the city of Vallendar work closely together. The evening events are organized with the support of the exchange students for WHU students, members of the above-mentioned institutions and all other citizens of Vallendar. 

Each Integration@Vallendar event has a different theme. Among others, we have covered topics such as: "Let's Get Quizzical", "Living Library", "Meet our International Talents", "Taste the Middle-Rhine Valley", "Rediscover Vallendar at Night" or "Stories in 1001 Languages ".

Wine Festivals

Germany during the fall takes the gold and red colors. The Middle-Rhine, Mosel and Ahr valleys are riddled with the vineyards, ready to be harvested at that time. Almost every weekend in August and September different villages organize a wine festival. In the frame of Welcome Week, International Relations Office organizes for the exchange students in Vallendar a tour to one of the vineyards.


It is also the time of the world's famous Oktoberfest. VIP student association every year organizes for our exchange students a trip to Munich to let them celebrate this tradition.



This biggest European sport event for Business Schools takes place in November and attracts over 2000 participants from more than 25 European universities and Business Schools – international sponsors and recruiters offering Speed-Datings, a Recruiting Fair and hundreds of informal chats – six sports disciplines held in a huge coliseum and on the Rhine. You just can't miss that event. Read more

Christmas markets

Christmas markets' culture is something very special for Germany. Central squares of almost all German towns are filled with richly decorated, wooden huts where you can buy Christmas decorations, gifts and most importantly to meet with friends and colleagues for a glass of a mulled wine (Glühwein). 

Study Abroad Ambassadors

Looking for hands-on advice from former exchange students or WHU students? Ask our Study Abroad Ambassadors!


Information Materials for Exchange Students

Looking for more information about exchange at WHU?
You will find here our International Student Handbook, as well as various brochures and fact sheets.