Information for Exchange Students

This page contains information for future exchange students at one glance. Each semester the West Coast University offers courses in English and a German language course for exchange students which can be found in the following tables. Please make sure you read the instructions carefully and to have a look at the useful facts as well. For any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact the team of the International Office. We are looking forward to welcoming you on our campus.

Course Offer

The West Coast University of Applied Sciences (German name: Fachhochschule Westküste, Erasmus+ Code: D HEIDE01) offers a catalogue of modules taught in English 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 has announced or nominated you towards us (the International Office).

The „German I“-Course (module 9735) is an obligatory course for all exchange students whose mother tongue is not German. Knowing the local language is an important key to understanding the culture of another country. "SWS" stands for the number of time units (one time unit equals 45 minutes) which is spent in class per week. If the credit number is high and the SWS amount is relatively low, the module contains a bigger larger amount of practical work and self-study than other modules.

[+] Modules in the Winter Term 2022/23

No. of ModuleModule TitelSWSCredits
10177Spaces of Tourism and Tourism Geography45Tim Harms
10082Intercultural Management46Sonja Göttel
10546German I - German as a Foreign language
(Exclusively for Incoming Students)
46Lisa Petersen
10546Ori-Kurs German I2-Lisa Petersen
10041Business English I45Ciara Colgan
10144Advanced Business English I46Ciara Colgan
10023Combined module English for Tourism I/ Spanish for Tourism I45Ciara Colgan
Paula Molina de Rohde
10173Combined module English for Tourism III/ Spanish for Tourism III45Ciara Colgan
Paula Molina de Rohde
10040Cognition, Learning and Neuropsychology45Prof. Daniela Aidley
10369Diversity Management26Prof. Daniela Aidley
10346Social Media Marketing & Communication45Dr. Sabrina Seeler
10538Protected Area Management and tourism in an international perspective45Prof. Dr. Julius Arnegger
10523Advanced Sustainable Tour
Operator Management
45Olav Clemens
 Introduction to German Law
(Exclusively for Incoming Students)
26Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stegmaier

[+] Modules in the Summer Term 2023

No. of ModuleModule TitelSWSCreditsContact/Lecturer
10546German I - German as a Foreign Language46Elisabeth Petersen
10546Pre-semester orientation course (part of German I) *2-Elisabeth Petersen
10030Combined Language module English for Tourism II / Spanish for Tourism II45Ciara Colgan-Buchenau / Paula Molina de Rohde
10041Business English I45Ciara Colgan-Buchenau
10101Business English I (Real Estate English)45Ciara Colgan-Buchenau
10273Business English I (Real Estate English)45Ciara Colgan-Buchenau
10169Advanced Business English II46Ciara Colgan-Buchenau
10219Tourism Future45Prof. Dr. Ulrich Reinhardt
10090Presentation techniques and management-oriented social competencies I Intercultural Competence45Sonja Göttel
10215Management-oriented social competencies II23Sonja Göttel
10528Tourism in developing countries45Prof. Dr. Julius Arnegger
10550Tourism, crises & resilience46Prof. Dr. Julius Arnegger
10083International Human-Resources & Management46Prof. Dr. Susanne Liebermann
10285Management Accounting25Prof. Dr. Ralf Kesten

*compulsory for exchange students

If you chose any language courses, you also have to consult the Language Department (German: Lisa Petersen petersen(at), English: Ciara Colgan colgan(at), Spanish: Paula Molina de Rohde molinaderohde(at) 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.

Modules taught in German

Exchange students who have a good or very good knowledge of the German language (min. B2 CERF) can attend modules taught in German from their course of study of choice additionally or instead of those from the course list of exchange students (except for German I, which is obligatory for all exchange students who don’t have German as their mother tongue). The modules need to be included in the learning agreement or list of subjects as well. Exams, presentations or assignments will usually have to be done in the language in which the course is taught.

Useful Facts

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar is available in German and English. The German version is available at in the box „Semestertermine“. The list of semester dates in English is included in our fact sheet which can be downloaded from


Accommodation 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 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: (German knowledge very useful)

There are also websites which are publishing private shared living possibilities such as

Please do not come to Heide without having organized a place to stay beforehand. It is almost impossible to find a room within one day. And please do not forget to inform the International Office (international(at) about your arrival, so that we can plan your welcome meeting and get quick help for your first steps.


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.

ECTS Credits

Please don’t forget to include all subjects which you want to have named later on in your transcript 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.

Facebook Group

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 download page at 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.

Studying in Germany

In order to get a taste of what studying in Germany feels like we can recommend the website (available in German and English) and the blog in which International students from all over the world share their experiences about their time in Germany.