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A book reading in auditorium G Show image information
Demonstration during a lecture in the “Audimax” Show image information
Studying in the O building Show image information
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A book reading in auditorium G

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

Demonstration during a lecture in the “Audimax”

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

Studying in the O building

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

The foyer with the Service Center

How to apply:

  • Important: an exchange can happen only with an official partner university of Paderborn University.
  • An official nomination by the partner university is required; this means the first step would be to apply for an exchange place in the international office at your home university.
  • After successful nomination, you will receive all necessary documentation from us via email: the forms for your enrollment, information about housing and language courses, as well as additional information about Paderborn. After successful application you will receive a letter of acceptance and – shortly before your arrival - an offer for housing (if requested), and the contact information for your German buddy in Paderborn.
  • Please note: The closing date for applications must be adhered to for there to be adequate time to reserve your accommodation. We cannot guarantee housing placement for applications that are submitted late, and if necessary you must find your own housing!


Nomination Deadline  
  • 15 November for a start in the summer semester
  • 15 Mai for a start in the winter semester
Application forms need to send by
  • 1 December for the summer semster
  • 1 June for the winter semester



  • Health insurance

Full coverage health insurance (a travel insurance during your stay is not enough!) is absolutely necessary in order to be able to enroll and study in Paderborn! All students in Germany must show that they have valid health insurance for the duration of their studies. More information about this can be found under „Life in Paderborn – Health Insurance, Doctors, and Hospitals“ (include link).

  • ­­Semester ticket und Student ID
  1. Valid for the duration of one semester (October-March or April-September)
  2. Cost: currently about 300€ - please note: Issuing is only possible after receiving payment and by showing adequate health insurance!

Valid for all busses, regional trains, trams and subways in the entire state of Northrhine-Westfalia. After successful enrollment, you will receive your student identification card at the beginning of the semester, which can also be used as library card, and makes it possible for you to register in the Notebook Café for access to the university IT offerings such as Wi-Fi. With your student ID you will also receive a student discount on food in the caferia/Mensa.

  • Bank account

It is recommended to open a German bank account while you study in Paderborn, especially if you are from a Non-EU country. This is normally free of charge and will make it easier for you to process transactions, for example the monthly rental amount. Within the EU it is relatively unproblematic to transfer money from your home country account to Germany for a small transfer fee. The decision on whether to open a bank account lies in whichever approach works best for you.





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