Application and Enrolment Process
If you would like to complete a whole Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at Schmalkalden University, you have to pass pretty much the same application process as our native students. As a foreigner you will, however, need to prove sufficient German skills for all bachelor and master degrees except for our three degrees in English language, M.A. International Business & Economics, M.Eng. Mechatronics & Robotics, and M.Sc. Applied Computer Science. We accept one of the following certificates:
Furthermore, you will need to prove your university entrance qualification equivalent to German high-school diploma (“Abitur”). In most cases, this will be your high-school certificate; however, please note that in some cases it is obligatory for an applicant to complete a preparation year at “Studienkolleg”. If this is the case for you, we will inform you after reviewing your documents. On www.anabin.de you can find out how your high-school degree is rated in Germany.
In any case, these are all the documents you need to provide when applying at Schmalkalden University for a full degree:
Please send them to
z. H. Cornelia Weisheit
via post by July 15th for the following winter semester or by January 15th for the following summer semester, respectively. Please note that for the majority of our study programmes, enrolment is only possible in winter semester. In general, we advise you to apply as early as possible to allow for sufficient time for the further steps explained below.
During your study period, you will most likely wish to be living close to campus. The student dormitories are affordable, fully furnished, comfortable and on-campus, and they are especially interesting for exchange students, who are going to stay in Schmalkalden for only a few months. Please note that the dormitories are not administered by the university, but by an external organisation. The contact is person in case of questions is Annika Jelsch. Be sure to apply for a room at least three months prior to your arrival in Schmalkalden. Also, do not miss to respond to any confirmation e-mails sent by the dormitory management; otherwise, your application may cease to be valid. What is more, there are three dormitory tutors in charge of the student tenants. Be sure to tell them in advance when you are going to arrive in Schmalkalden. One of them will pick you up from the train station and take you to the dormitory.
However, the private housing market also offers affordable apartments for students near the campus. Please consult our Housing Info Sheet for more detailed information. In addition, our housing team will be happy to help you find accommodation; contact details can be found here.
If you are travelling with a child, we kindly ask you to contact Mrs. Saarmann regarding the general organisation, for example a place in a kindergarten.
Another important point you need to consider is a valid health insurance for Germany. If you are a citizen of an EU member state and are in possession of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you have nothing to worry about; your card will be accepted in Germany the same way as in your home country.
The same holds if you have insurance coverage due to bilateral agreements between your country of residence and Germany. In this case, you need to ask your health insurance agency for a letter confirming the agreement and bring it with you to Schmalkalden where you will be exempted.
If, however, you are not covered by EU health insurance, we strongly advise you to only take out short-time travel insurance prior to your arrival in Schmalkalden. During the orientation week, representatives of three German public health insurance companies will be on campus so you can easily obtain proper insurance coverage.
In order to study at a German university, it is obligatory to either take out public health assurance or to be exempted from it (on the basis of a valid foreign insurance). While you can, of course, choose any private insurance company you want, we would like to point out that they do not always meet the criteria for exemption. For detailed information, please see our info sheet on health insurance.
Please mind the latest regulations on arrivals to Germany and Schmalkalden during the pandemic. We are summarizing all relevant information in our info sheet which will be kept up to date.
The same holds for a German bank account. While it is not obligatory to have a German bank account, it might be useful to have one when it comes to withdrawing money and making bank transfers. There are currently three German banks that have branches in Schmalkalden: Sparkasse, Postbank and Raiffeisenbank. Again, you can easily open a free account (by the conditions that apply) at any of them.
You will be assigned a personal student buddy who is going to help you with this and other administrative tasks such as your registration at the residents’ office and the immigration office. If you have any questions regarding your stay in Schmalkalden, do not hesitate to contact them.