BSc/MSc Exchange

Academic Calendar BSc/MSc

Semester January 8 - May 4 (*including exams)
Quarter III January 8 - March 3*
Quarter IV March 5 - May 4*
Mandatory Orientation January 4 and 5
Semester September 3 to December 21 (*including exams)
Quarter I September 3 to October 27*
Quarter II October 29 to December 21*
Mandatory orientation August 30 and 31

Spring 2019

Semester January 7 to April 29 (*including exams)
Quarter III January 7 to March 3*
Quarter IV March 5 to April 29*
Mandatory orientation January 3 and 4

Fall 2019

Semester September 2 to December 20 (*including exams)
Quarter I September 2 to October 26*
Quarter II October 28 to December 20*
Mandatory orientation August 29 and 30

Course Information

  • Students are allowed to take courses according to their academic background and program studied at their home university. 
  • 100% of courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs are taught in English, however, 20% of the undergraduate courses are also taught in German.
  • Each semester at WHU is divided into two quarters. Therefore, most of the courses are taught only in one quarter.  
  • Information about courses that have been offered during past terms you may find in the online course guide.
    Due to the ongoing implementation of the new campus syste, you may only be able to see courses offered until Spring 2016. In order to discuss your course approval with your home university, we kindly ask you to check courses offered in the last semesters, for your initial reference. If you require more information, please contact one of our exchange coordinators directly. The final course selection can only be made once the term has started at WHU.

Course registration will be opened only after the beginning of the semester, through our intranet. During the orientation days, there will be a separate info session dedicated to this topic. You will have access to a detailed schedule of classes and exams upon arrival at WHU. It will be available in our intranet. You will receive your login data upon arrival at WHU.

We consider the regular workload for exchange students to be 5 to 7 courses per semester. However, you should always discuss your choice of courses with your home university to make sure that your semester abroad will be validated!

Credits at WHU are stated in ECTS credits. This credit transfer system is used across the European Union and some other countries.

1 ECTS credit equals 25-30 hours of overall workload, i.e. including contact hours, group work, cases, lecture and exam preparation.

  • WHU offers classes running one quarter, as well as compact courses with a duration of just two or three full days. 
  • There are different methods of assessment (exams, papers, presentations, etc.).
  • Generally, an undergraduate course has a total of 24 contact hours, whilst a graduate course has 30 contact hours in total. 

WHU applies grading on a curve system whilst assessing the exams for each class. That means, that grades are distributed based on the performance of the class as a whole.

Grades at WHU are based on the following scale:

1.0 to 1.5 - VERY GOOD
1.6 to 2.5 - GOOD
2.6 to 3.5 - SATISFACTORY
3.6 to 4.0 - SUFFICIENT
5.0 - FAIL  


Fall semester and one academic year: June 1
Spring semester: October 1

If you are unable to nominate your students in time or fill out the online application before the deadline please inform us.

Admission Procedure  

  • If you're interested in studying for up to two semesters at WHU and your home university is a partner university of WHU, you may apply for admission to WHU as an exchange student after being selected and officially nominated by your school. Please contact the international office at your home university for details on your school's exchange program with WHU.
  • Once we have received your official nomination as an exchange student from your home university, you will be provided with further information about our online application system from our exchange coordinators.
  • After submitting a complete application, you will then receive an information package and your letter of acceptance, opening the doors to Germany.

Admission Requirements

BSc and MSc exchange students do not need to prove their proficiency in English as we trust the selection process of our partner universities. Yet, we strongly recommend having an internet-based TOEFL score of at least 95 points or equivalent.

If your home university is not a partner university of WHU (see list of WHU's partner universities), you may apply for admission to WHU as a freemover under certain conditions.

If you are interested in studying at WHU for 1-2 semesters but your home university is not one of our partner universities, you could benefit from a slot as a feepaying guest student (freemover).

To apply for admission as a freemover at WHU, please send your application including your CV, motivation letter and transcripts to our exchange coordinators.

Contrary to exchange students whose tuition is covered by the cooperation agreement between WHU and their home university, freemover students have to pay tuition fees at WHU.

For more information on our freemover program and current tuition fees for freemovers, please contact the responsible exchange coordinator.

If you would like to apply for admission to WHU as a degree-seeking student, please contact the respective program office at WHU.


Our housing office will be assisting you in finding accommodation during your stay. WHU offers several housing options in Vallendar, ranging from studios and one-bedroom apartments to bigger apartments and several rooms in shared flats. The monthly rent will be between 425 and 650 €, depending on the housing option. 

You can apply for housing with your exchange application - just fill in the form "accommodationn for exchange students" and sned it to the housing office.

Please visit the website of the housing office for more information on housing for international students.

You will hand in your application for housing with the online application for your exchange semester. Housing will be distributed on a first come, first served basis - hence, applying early will pay off! The housing office will contact you shortly after you submitted your application. Before arrival at WHU, you will receive a detailed map and description of the apartment. Alternatively, current WHU students will assist you in finding accommodation.

After having accepted the proposed accommodation, you will receive a preliminary rental contract. This is a binding document and you will rent the appartment for the entirety of your stay. This contract cannot be revoked in any form.

Contact our Housing Office

Philomena Richartz

Housing Manager Facility Management


Sabine Neuer

Housing Manager Facility Management

+49 (0)261 6509 506

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