University of Osnabrück


Location:Osnabrück/Germany, 165,000 inhabitants


Population: 1,800,000


Language of Instruction: German and English

University International Office Website

Website of specific departments and course descriptions: mainly taught in English)

University Profile


Founded in 1974, the University of Osnabrück is a young and lively university, well known for its research and teaching programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Law and Business. Known for high standards of research and structured PhD programs, it offers an ideal learning and research environment to its 10,000 full-time students (including 650 international students and more than 900 PhD candidates). The University of Osnabrück also offers modular and interdisciplinary study programs with accredited, internationally recognized degrees.



Osnabrück, also known as “the city of peace,” is the only German city situated in a national park –the UNESCO Geo park TERRA.vita. As the third largest city in the state of Lower Saxony, it is a vital cultural centre with about 164,000 inhabitants. It is a university and diocesan town, home to renowned painters Felix Nuss baum and writer Erich Maria Remarque, and home to the German Foundation for Peace Research and the German Foundation for the Environment.

Osnabrück in brief:

  • 165,000 inhabitants
  • Short routes, easy orientation
  • Family-friendly atmosphere
  • High quality of life
  • Low cost of living
  • Safe environment
  • Wide range of activities
  • Charming, rural surroundings

Distances to major cities (by car or train):

  • Amsterdam: three hrs
  • Berlin: three hrs
  • Hamburg: two hrs
  • Düsseldorf: two hrs



School of Social Sciences
School of Culture and Geo Sciences
School of Education and Cultural Studies
School of Physics
School of Biology/Chemistry
School of Mathematics/Computer Sciences
School of Linguistics and Literary Studies
School of Human Sciences
School of Economics
School of Law

Language Notes


Since most lectures are held in German, it is necessary that students have sufficient knowledge of German (at least B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Exchange students from partner universities do not have to prove their German language proficiency by submitting a language certificate; we assume that universities which send exchange students to Osnabrück have checked the students’ language proficiency before nominating them.

Cognitive Science and English and American Studies courses are held in English.

We offer German language courses during the semester for all levels, free of charge.

Room and Board


Accommodation in one of our student residences can be provided if the students apply for it. We offer furnished single rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom from approx. 150 to 220 EUR per month, meals not included.

Exchange Dates


The academic year is split into two semesters. Students can apply for one or two semesters:


  • Winter semester: October – March (lecture period: mid-October – mid-February)

  • Summer semester: April – September (lecture period: mid-April – mid-July)

Admission Requirements


Students must send their application form with approval from their home university to the University of Osnabrück by the application deadlines:

  • January 1 for the following summer semester
  • July 1 for the following winter semester

Application Instructions


  • Complete online application, send it online.
  • Print online application, sign it, get signature from international coordinator at home university
  • Send printed and signed application form to Osnabrück by the application deadline.
  • Send accommodation application to Osnabrück by the application deadline, if accommodation in student residence is desired.

Special Conditions


Both undergraduate and graduate students can participate in the exchange.