International student support

Welcome at Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf!

For international students, there is a variety of services supporting you at the beginning as well as in the course of your studies. Moreover, with our Cultural Programme you will get to know your new hometown and surroundings in no time.

Orientation & study support

FEEL AT HOME” welcome programme at the HHU
So that you feel at home with us, we want to answer as many
of your questions as possible beforehand with our new “FEEL AT HOME” welcome programme. As a new student from abroad,
you will receive regular information by email on how to prepare
efficiently for your studies and stay at HHU from the day of your
admission onwards. Simply send us your email address so that
we can already start to send you information regularly before
you arrive, for example on visas, health insurance, accommodation,
how to organise your studies or recreational activities.
If you have any specific questions, please simply send us an
In addition, on one of your first weekends in Düsseldorf there
will be an extensive programme where you can get to know your
future home city and make lots of new contacts.


  • Please send us an undefinedE-Mail with the following information: name, country, subject of study, BA or MA

Tutorials for international students
Developed in cooperation with the faculties / departments, our tutorial programme is designed to familiarise you with the university system, support you in structuring your studies and revising study material and prepare exams.

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Information & advisory services

Welcome Guide “FEEL AT HOME”
Our Welcome Guide covers all you need to know before and after your arrival to “feel at home” right from the start: from visa, health insurance and formalities to  organising your studies, leisure and working as a student.

Junior Scientist and International Researcher Center
The Junior Scientist and International Researcher Center is the central contact and service center for international doctoral researchers, postdocs and visiting scientists who are taken care of in frame of the Welcome Service for international researchers. JUNO is part of Heine Research Academies (HeRA).

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Social & cultural activities

HHU Buddy Programme “Mate-For-You”
In our Buddy Programme, we “match” new international students to local students with similar interests. Your “buddy” will help you settle in - at university, in Duesseldorf and German culture. In events and monthly meetings you will find friends from all over the world.

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Learn German

German courses (HHU Student Academy)
International students and researchers at HHU can participate in the German language course programme of the department German as a Foreign Language It includes German courses on different levels as well as courses on the history and culture of Duesseldorf with excursions.

English-speaking lectures and English language courses

It is possible to visit courses taught in English. You will find an overview within the lecture timetable here.

It is also possible to attend English language courses  at the Language Centre during the semester.  For further information please follow this link .

Attention! Erasmus Students:

The Language Centre offers English language courses for Erasmus Students. For further information please follow this link.

Tandem partnerships
A language tandem is a learning partnership allowing you to learn foreign languages in a social context and to improve your speaking skills.

Tandems in Roman languages and German can be mediated by Fachschaft Romanistik (Romance Studies student representatives).

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Financing & scholarships

Funding and scholarships for international degree students
International degree students fully enrolled at HHU can find information on financing their studies and scholarships here:
⇒Funding and scholarships for international students

Scholarships for exchange students / visiting researchers
Students at universities abroad interested in a stay at HHU for the purpose of study or research (up to two semesters) will find information on scholarships and exchange programmes here:
⇒Scholarships for exchange students / visiting researchers

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Career prospects

Online career portal “Make it in Germany”
“Make it in Germany” is a career portal for university graduates and specialists interested in permanently living and working in Germany. The website compiles advisory and support services and helpful information on starting your career.

Career Service
The HHU Career Service offers advice and workshops on job applications, recruitment and career planning, organises company presentations and runs the job portal Stellenwerk where job offers for students and graduates are announced.

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Projects of partner organisations

Students' Union (AStA) - Section for international students
[page in German only] The Section for international students of the Students' Union (AStA) supports and advises international students in questions arising at the beginning and in the course of their studies, offers accompaniment to authorities and organizes intercultural events.

Student Services Düsseldorf: Café Alemania
International and German students come together every Wednesday, 6 - 8pm, at campus vita for Café Alemania, to meet people from all over the world, practice speaking German, and to simply chat in a relaxed atmosphere.

Student Services Düsseldorf: Cultural activities
Student Services Düsseldorf organises cultural activities and excursions for international and German students to explore Düsseldorf and the surrounding regions together.

Protestant Student Community (ESG) International
The Protestant Student Community (ESG) offers advice and und mentoring for international students and organizes intercultural events. Students of all cultural and religious backgrounds are welcome. Under certain conditions, students from “developing” countries can obtain financial support.

STUBE Rheinland - Studienbegleitprogramm [page in German]
STUBE Rheinland is an extracurricular programme for students from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and interested European students. The programme consists of workshops on topics such as intercultural competence, development politics, and sustainability.

Catholic Student Community (KHG)
The Catholic Student Community (KHG) offers advice and support for international students, especially in (financially) precarious situations: the team will assist with finding funding opportunities and applying for scholarships and can connect to further services for other problems.

ERASMUS Student Network (ESN) Düsseldorf
ESN Düsseldorf organises parties, events, and a weekly meeting for current and former ERASMUS students and offers a mentoring programme. Further information can be found on the Facebook page and in the Facebook group.

Duesseldorf Aktiv
The voluntary board mediates mentors for international students and organizes meetings. For people new in Duesseldorf, the group “Welcome to Duesseldorf” offers support, organizes events and tours and meets every first Tuesday a month at 7pm.

Mosaik e.V. - Centre for the promotion of intercultural dialogue
The association Mosaik e.V. offers a language tandem, holds regular intercultural meetings and organizes workshops and events with intercultural focus.

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Picture credits / copyrights
if not indicated otherwise: all rights reserved;
use only allowed by consent of the respective author/ copyright holder.

ISOS logo: International Office HHU / atelier caer;
Welcome Guide (cover screenshot): International Office HHU / atelier caer;
Welcome Week (globe icon): International Office HHU / atelier caer;
iQu logo: Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf;
Buddy Programme (lighthouse picture): Pixabay/Holger Detjes (CC0);
Cultural Programme icon: International Office HHU / Atelier caer;
“Tandem bicycle”: Wikimedia commons/Pearson Scott Foresman (CC0);
Company visits icon: International Office HHU / atelier caer;
“Make it in Germany” logo: BMWi / Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Medien GmbH;
Student Services logo: Studierendenwerk Düsseldorf;
ESG logo: Evangelischen Studierenden-Gemeinde (Protestant Student Community);
STUBE logo: STUBE Rheinland
ESN logo: Erasmus Student Network;
Düsseldorf aktiv logo (cropped):;
Mosaik e.V. logo: Mosaik e.V. Düsseldorf.

Welcome Guide for
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