Semester Exchange

HSO – Germany

Institution: Hochschule Osnabruck —

Location: Osnabruck, Germany —


The Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences has a high reputation in the region and far beyond. It is the largest and highest performing University of Applied Sciences in Lower Saxony. Four faculties (Agricultural Sciences and Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Computer Science, Management, Culture and Technology in Lingen, as well as Business Management and Social Sciences) and the Institute of Music form the backbone of the university at the two locations in Osnabrück and Lingen.

With 110 degree programs, the Bachelor’s, Master’s and advanced training levels are truly comprehensive. Our university has been a pioneer in many areas of academic training – in the establishment of new degree programs, for example – and has thus earned the reputation of being an innovative and progressive institution of higher education. Now with over 13,700 students our ever-growing university has reached an impressive size. Nonetheless, it has cultivated and maintained the character of a familiar and personal place of teaching and learning.



Study Dates Application Deadline
September 1, 2019 – February 28, 2019 August 31, 2018
March 1 – August 31, 2020 February 1, 2019
September 1, 2020 – March 1, 2020 August 31, 2019
March 2 – August 31, 2021 February 1, 2020
September 1, 2019 – March 1, 2021 August 31, 2020
March 2 – August 31, 2022 February 1, 2021

Orientation will take place the week prior to the first day of classes

Language requirements:

HSO is a bilingual school offering courses in both English and German. Exchange students must have completed at least the B1 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR) in German or English, depending on whether they take part in German or English-language lectures. The B2 level is, in part, also required.

Tuition and Academic Fees:

Students will pay their regular Niagara College Tuition. Students are not required to pay the tuition of HSB. The only ‘additional’ academic expenses will be classroom materials such as textbooks.


Students from EU countries do not require a visa. All non-EU citizens should check with the German Federal Foreign Office, to see if they are subject to the visa requirement.

Please keep in mind that there are different types of visas. If you participate in a short program (e.g. summer university), a “Schengen visa” is sufficient with which you may travel up to 90 days within the Schengen-associated countries. This visa cannot be extended, you have to leave the country after 90 days. Therefore, you should apply for a “national visa” if you stay for a semester or longer.

For the visa and also for the residence permit in Germany you are required to present proof of financial resources. You are expected to demonstrate funds of at least 735 euros per month (appox. 8,800 euros for one year). Several German Embassies/Consulates require the visa applicants to open a blocked account with a German bank.

For your visa application you will also need proof of sufficient health insurance.

For students from China, their visa applications must be reviewed by the Academic Evaluation Center (APS) in China.

Residence Permit:

All students from non-EU countries irrespective of whether or not they require a visa, will need to apply for a residence permit at the Aliens’ Registration Office of the City of Osnabrück after arrival.

All German and international students residing in Osnabrück must register within a week of arrival in Osnabrück at the appropriate authority of the City of Osnabrück. EU students do this at the Citizens’ Registration Office (Bürgeramt); non-EU students do this at the Aliens’ Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) by applying for their residence permit.

Don’t forget: When you leave Osnabrück at the end of your stay, you must deregister again at the Citizens’ Registration Office or the Aliens’ Registration Office.


The Student Services Osnabrück maintains more than 20 apartment buildings in Osnabrück and an apartment house in Lingen. Some of the rooms and the apartments are rented furnished. The housing service of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences gives you tips for your search for a suitable accommodation and assists with the application for a room.

The housing Service of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences provides accommodation in furnished single rooms for international students who are enrolled in English-language programs and have no or only limited German language skills and for our international guest students.

Cost of Accommodation is estimated at 200–350Euro per month

Cost of Living:

The cost of living in Osnabrück is relatively low compared to many other cities in Germany. Specifically, the rents in Osnabrück are comparatively affordable.

HSO estimates that students in Osnabrück need around €700 – 800 per month to cover all costs. This is, of course, is dependent on personal needs, habits and lifestyle. Please note that you must submit proof of financial resources which verifies that you have funds at your disposal of at least €735 each month for the visa and the residence permit.

  Estimated Cost in Euro
Accommodation 200 – 350 per month
Meals 2 – 4 per meal at cafeteria

(50 – 90 per month)

80 – 130 for further food

Public Transport in Lower Saxony Free with student card
Study Materials 30 – 50 per semester
Television 15 – 25 per month
Residence permit for non-EU students 110
Housing Deposit 400
Housing Purchases (towels, bedding etc.) 150

 Optional Buddy-Program:

A buddy will assist you in finding your way around the university and the city more easily especially at the beginning of your stay in Osnabrück.

A buddy is a student in a higher semester. For example, his or her task is to pick you up from the train station, help you move into the dorm room and show you to the campus and the university. Your buddy helps you when you register at the Alien’s Registration Office or accompanies you if you wish, e.g. to doctor’s visits.

Thus, you have a familiar person in Osnabrück who you know from the onset: Maybe a lifelong friendship will result.




*Price may increase or decrease depending on exchange rates, final vendor quotes and number of participants.


Payment Options

When making payment through online banking:

  • Set up Niagara College as the payee and use your student number as the account number
  • Once payment is made, you MUST email [email protected] and provide your name, student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for Be World Ready International Field Study. Please copy Be World Ready, at [email protected] on the email
  • The following business day the payment will be uploaded to your student account and as long as Student Accounts receive an email from you, the IFS charge will be posted accordingly

Other Important Information

All, full-time Niagara College students participating in an international activity are eligible for up to $500 worth of Be World Ready grants to help offset the cost of their experience. In order to qualify for the grant:

  • Apply to an international experience
  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting (dates to be determined)
  • Complete the online pre-departure component (consisting of Blackboard modules and Risk Management forms to sign)
  • Successfully attend the international experience
  • Upon return, submit five high-quality photos and a 100 word minimum well-written testimonial referencing your experience abroad to the Be World Ready team.
  • Apply online
  • Email a copy/photo of your passport to [email protected]
    • Please ensure all text is legible as this is required to book your airline ticket
  • Pay the deposit (spots for this trip are only secured after a deposit payment has be made)

Students registering for and making initial deposit towards an IFS are considered committed for that IFS.

After the initial deposit for each International Field Study (IFS), Niagara College begins making payments to suppliers (airlines, accommodations, and in-country destination management companies) for these IFS’. Therefore, all students who cancel their participation after their initial deposit will be required to pay 100% of the original IFS cost, and no refunds will be issued.

For students who choose to make payments in accordance to the established IFS payment scheduled and miss a payment, the installment will be charged directly to the students’ account and a late fee will be applied to each missed payment.

For Niagara College students requiring an international country visa, you are required to make your payments as per the payment schedule for your respective International Field Study. You cannot defer your payments until after a decision has been made on your country visa. Niagara College’s international travel insurance policy will allow students to make an insurance claim to receive a refund for fees paid towards an International Field Study if your visa is denied.

Travel and Accommodations

Q: Can I bring a friend?

A: You can bring as many friends as you like as long as they are current full-time Niagara College students or within 6 months of graduation from Niagara College and meet the program eligibility requirements.

Q: Can I bring a parent/friend/child from outside the college?

A: No. At this time we are only able to accept current full-time Niagara College students or Niagara College alumni within 6 months of graduation.

Q: What will the rooms be like?

A: Rooms will vary in style on each trip, they are commonly twin-share (2 people to a room, separate beds) in a central location. Single rooms may be available for an additional room fee provided adequate notice is given to Be World Ready staff. We strive to ensure you have comfortable, affordable accommodations anywhere you travel.

Q: Will it be safe?

A: Your safety is the most important aspect of this trip. Be World Ready and Niagara College will take all possible pre-cautions to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable experience while travelling abroad.

Q: Can I book my own flight?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I have a one way ticket?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I change my flight Itinerary?

A: No. We will not be able to accommodate a return flight that is different from the group. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: I require a travel visa for the trip I registered for. Can Be World Ready get the visa for me?

A: We cannot get your visa for you, however, we will provide you with all the information that we can and guide you through the process of obtaining all the necessary visas for travel.

Q: I have a NEXUS card, do I still need a passport to travel to the USA with Be World Ready?
A: Yes. All Be World Ready Participants must have a valid passport.

Be World Ready Grant

Q: What is the Be World Ready Grant?

A: The Be World Ready grant is a pre-determined sum of money that is granted to each qualifying student who is travelling on an approved educational trip to offset the cost of their learning experience. Up to $400 of grant money will be ADVANCED and posted to the students’ account which will then be transferred to the International Field Study account as payment. The remaining grant money, up to $100, will be AWARDED at the completion of your trip provided student has met all grant requirements.

Q: How will I know how much the grant will be for the field study I am on?

A: The value of the Be World Ready grant will included in the welcome email you receive after registering for the trip.

Q: What must I do to receive the grant?

A: You must complete the online modules, pre-departure waivers and attend an in person training session to receive the grant.

Q: How will I know if I received the grant advance?

A: The majority of the value of the grant will be deducted from your final payment and then posted to your student account as a payment towards your field study.

Q: How do I receive the remaining 20% of the grant?

A: You must provide a well written, 100 word, testimonial of how your experience on the trip impacted you. You must also submit 2 jpeg photographs that showcase your destination and yourself in destination.

Q: I have been on an International Field Study before and received the Be World Ready grant. Do I need to complete the online training and waivers again?

A: Yes, you must complete the online training and fill in the waivers again to receive the grant.

*Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email [email protected] a copy/photo.

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