The Spring Programme is an offer for exchange students with modules being taught in English at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences (German name: Fachhochschule Westküste). We offer a choice of English modules each semester. The kind of subjects varies between the summer and winter term. You may choose the modules according to the requirements of your home university. In order to register, please include or add the modules to your learning agreement or list of subjects and send them along with your application documents. You receive our application documents when your international or ERASMUS+ coordinator announced or nominated you towards us (the International Office).
We can recommend the courses „Orientation Course“ and „German I“ (module 9735) to students from all courses of study. Knowing the local language is an important key to understanding the culture of another country.
|No. of Module||Module Titel||SWS||Credits||Contact/Lecturer|
|9735||German I - German as a Foreign Language |
|30 lessons before lectures start|
|9819||Intercultural Project||2 SWS||12||Bärbel Brouwers|
|9689||Financing/Investment Planning||4 SWS||6||Werner Kiehn|
|9738||Intercultural Management||4 SWS||6||Sonja Göttel|
|9105||Combined Language module English for Tourism II / Spanish II|
(both languages have to be attended)
|4 SWS||5||Ciara Colgan /|
Paula Molina de Rohde
|9087||Business English I||4 SWS||5||Ciara Colgan|
|9092||Advanced Business English II||4 SWS||6||Ciara Colgan|
|9636||International Marketing Management||4 SWS||6||Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Ruge|
|9358||Special Leisure, Culture & Event |
|4 SWS||7||Prof. Dr. Ulrich Reinhardt|
If you chose any language courses, you also have to consult the Language Department (German: Lisa Petersen petersen(at)fh-westkueste.de, English: Ciara Colgan colgan(at)fh-westkueste.de, Spanish: Paula Molina de Rohde molinaderohde(at)fh-westkueste.de) before attending the class. In some cases the language modules are electives for regular students and places available limited. Therefore you need to reserve in time.
The academic calendar is available in German and English. The German version is available at http://www.fh-westkueste.de/studierende/termine/ in the box „Semestertermine“. The list of semester dates in English is included in our fact sheet which can be downloaded from http://en.fh-westkueste.de/campus-service/international-office/downloads/.
Accomodation needs to be organized as one of the first things on your to-do-list. For international students we recommend staying in the student dorm near the campus or in shared private apartments with other students.
The application form for the student dorm is available at http://www.studentenwerk.sh/de/wohnen/wohnheimantrag-online/index.html. The website can be switched to English. The deadlines are similar to our application deadlines.
Private offers which are directed to our students are also published on our website:
http://www.fh-westkueste.de/studieninteressierte/standort-heide/wohnen/ (German knowledge very useful)
There are also websites which are publishing private shared living possibilities such as
After being nominated to us you will receive an application form for exchange students with further information about the next steps from us.
The nomination and application deadline for the winter term is the 15th July.
The nomination and application deadline for the summer term is the 15th January.
Students who don’t have an EU-citizenship or a permanent residence permit for the EU should send us their application as early as possible and also prepare the first steps with the local German embassy. The embassies in some countries are very busy.
Contracts have a high legal relevance in Germany. Before you sign a contract e.g. for rental, phone, please make sure to ask someone who speaks German fluently to understand a contract before you sign it. We are among the possible persons you could ask for help.
Please don’t forget to include all subjects which you want to have named later on in your trancsript of records on your learning agreement or list of subjects. In some modules attendance is compulsory (Anwesenheitspflicht), so you would need to participate regularly to receive credits. Your course coordinators will show you after your arrival how to register for exams.
For international students at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences the international department of the student union (AStA Auslandsreferat) runs a closed facebook group. The group name is „Foreign Students at FH Westküste“. You need to be nominated by your home university first, meaning the helping students and us need to know your name to grant you access. Here you can get into contact with other international students in Heide and German students. The group is meant to help each other, exchange information and to plan spare time activities together.
Exchange students should read our manual for incoming international students which is available on our dowload page at http://en.fh-westkueste.de/campus-service/international-office/downloads/. It is very useful to prepare your application and your stay in Germany.
Heide is a town in Northern Germany with 20.000 inhabitants which is close to the North Sea and the Unesco World Heritage Site National Park Wadden Sea. The air and environment is very healthy. This is one of the reasons why tourists are coming to the region. Our university has 1.900 students who like the friendly, family-like atmosphere and the modern facilities as well as learning in mostly small or medium groups. Our students from the student union who are helping international students in their spare time, your course coordinators and us but also many other people at the university will help you during your stay.