Information from A to Z

for international exchange students at Reutlingen University

Accommodation/Housing

 

Please send your applications for accommodation in a student residence to all housing associations listed below in order to increase your chances of successfully acquiring housing within one of the dorms.

Housing Association/

Landlord

Name of student residence / location

Types of rooms

Monthly rent in Euros

Application

Studierendenwerk Tübingen-Hohenheim

 

 

Aquarium“ (Pestalozzistr 41) / on campus

Single Apartment

290 - 292

Online Application

 

If proof of enrolment is required during application, please upload your letter of acceptance from Reutlingen University.

Single room in shared flat (shared kitchen and shower)

276 - 330

Campus dormitories

Nr. 63 and 65 /

On campus

Single Apartments

305

single apartments suitable for disabled students

358

Single rooms in shared flat

291-296

GWG Housing Association

Theodor-Litt-House (Pestalozzistr. 29) and Adolf-Reichwein-House (Pestalozzistr. 39) / on Campus

Single room (shared kitchen and shower)

 254

Please download and fill out the application form and send it via e-mail together with your CV and a photo to students@dont-want-spam.gwg-reutlingen.de

Shared room (2 beds in one room)

193

Women’s dorm (Albstr. 39) /

City center (15 Min. by bus to campus)

Single room (shared kitchen and shower)

150

  • For every room, a security deposit and also a key deposit must be paid
  • All rooms are fully furnished; utilities (water, electricity etc.) are included in the rent
  • Internet access via the university network or alternative network is provided

Important

§  The housing market in Reutlingen is very competitive. We advise you to send your applications to the student residences by December 1/June 1 at the latest. Later applications run the risk of being disregarded.

§  Normally you won’t get a confirmation from the housing association that your application has been received. The housing associations will only notify you if your application has been successful.

§  If you don’t receive a room offer by the end of January/July, please contact your coordinator, so they can assist you in finding accommodation. It is your responsibility to actively approach us if you are still in need of a room.

§  The rental period for most dormitory rooms is March 1 to August 31 and September 1 to February 28. In general, it is not possible to move in at an earlier date (you generally have to pay 6 months’ rent even if you arrive late or check out earlier).

 

 

  • For additional information on student residences in Reutlingen, click here.

Moving in

Generally, it is not possible to receive your keys and move into your dormitory room on a Saturday or Sunday.  We strongly recommend that you schedule your arrival on a weekday!  Please check your rental contract for specific information on moving into your room. For assistance with your arrival please contact your Student4Student (student buddy; you will receive his/her email address around mid-February/mid-August at the latest)

GEZ

Recycling and waste

Handing over your dorm room

Contact your dorm’s facility manager about handing over your room on time – at least two weeks before the day you're leaving.

Usually, you will have to agree with them on a time to have the room inspected on the day you are leaving, where you can hand over the room keys and also ask exactly how your security deposit will be returned. Make sure you are handing over your room well cleaned (including windows and bed-mattress) and in good condition in order to receive your full security deposit back. Also make sure the shelves in the kitchen assigned to your room are emptied and cleaned.

Any problems in the room during your stay (like broken furniture) should be communicated to the facility manager as soon as possible and not when you are leaving! If you paid a key deposit, don’t forget to ask about it and how it will be returned, when handing over the keys.

All students, who received their contracts from RIO, will also receive detailed information about leaving the dormitory per email towards the end of the semester. They will return their room keys personally in the RIO office and must also provide the signed proof of inspection (the facility manager will provide the form needed upon inspection) – only this way they can receive the full security deposit back.

 

 

 

Application

After your nomination by your home university, the link for the online application will be sent to you directly.

Arrival

How do I get to Reutlingen?

From Stuttgart Airport: 

  • You can take the eXpresso (Bus X3) to "Stadtmitte, Reutlingen" or use the Deutsche Bahn website to plan your trip from Stuttgart to Reutlingen. Enter the following values to view a timetable: "Stuttgart Flughafen/Messe" to "Stadtmitte, Reutlingen".
  • Once you arrive at Reutlingen Stadtmitte, take Bus 4 or Bus 11 to "Pestalozzistraße" if you are going to Theodor-Litt-Haus, Adolf-Reichwein-Haus. Take the bus (4 or 11) to "Hochschulen" if you are going to the Reutlingen International Office (Building 3 Room 219.), or the dorms at Pestalozzistraße 41, 63, or 65. You can also use the DB website/app to plan these trips.

Please note: The dormitories "Kolpinghaus” and “Frauenwohnheim” are found in the city. For more information, see the “International Student Guide” and the maps enclosed in this document.   

 

From Reutlingen Main Train Station:

  • Take bus 4 (from bus stop "Unter den Linden") or bus 11 (from bus stop "Listplatz") to "Pestalozzistraße" if you are going to the Theodor-Litt-Haus, Adolf-Reichwein-Haus, or the Gästehaus/Aquarium.
  • Take the bus (4 or 11) to "Hochschulen" if you are going to the Reutlingen International Office (Building 3 Room 219.)

Please note: The dormitories "Kolpinghaus" and "Frauenwohnheim" are found in the city. For more information, see the "International Student Guide" and the maps enclosed in this document.   

 

From other cities in Germany (for example Frankfurt): Use the Deutsche Bahn website to plan your journey to Reutlingen by train. Once you arrive at Reutlingen's main train station (Hauptbahnhof) follow the directions above to reach your final destination.

 

** Always on the go? Make traveling easier while you're here by downloading the free Deutsche Bahn (DB) app for Android and iOS **

The (not so) Awful German Language

Have no fear, the RIO and IfF are here! 

Whether you are a beginner or already have an advanced knowledge of German, Reutlingen University offers courses for you. While most courses are taught in German, we also offer certain courses in English as well.

 

Intensive German courses

You will most likely take part in one of the intensive German courses before the semester actually starts. These courses usually last around 3 weeks and will help kick-start your language learning. On “orientation day” you will be given a placement exam which will determine your level (A1-C2). You can then use this level to select the right German courses for you. For more information about the intensive courses, click here.

 

German language courses throughout the semester

The IfF offers a wide variety of German courses that you can take. These range from very beginner courses all the way up to advanced courses for students who are working towards becoming fluent and/or wish to complete an internship here in Germany. Make sure you only register for courses that are appropriate for your particular language ability. For a list of the German courses currently being offered, click here.

 

Informal ways to improve your German:

  • Don't be afraid to make mistakes
  • Practice speaking German with other students as much as possible
  • Join the tandem programme
  • Read German books, magazines, newspapers, etc.
  • Talk to Germans and make the effort to befriend some of the German students
  • Listen to German music
  • Watch German TV, YouTube videos, news, movies, etc.

 

Looking to learn another language besides German? Take a look at the other foreign language courses we offer!

Baden-Württemberg

Reutlingen lies in the state of Baden-Württemberg, which generates a large part of Germany’s powerful economy. Third-largest of the German Länder in terms of population and area, Baden-Württemberg has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and is a leader in Germany’s exports, research, and development. Whilst Baden-Württemberg is home to several large international firms like Daimler, Porsche and Bosch, most of the state’s firms are small- to medium-size businesses (Mittelstand) producing highly innovative, world-leading niche products. In the areas of biotechnology and genetic engineering, the state’s research infrastructure ranks as the best, in quality and quantity.

Bank Account

Having a bank account in Reutlingen will make your life a lot easier. Credit cards are less widely used in Germany than in some other countries, and they are not always accepted in smaller shops or restaurants. The most common ways of conducting larger monetary transactions are transfers (Überweisung) using transfer forms, or electronic transfers via the internet (online banking).

It is easy to open a checking account (Girokonto). Many banks offer students under the age of 25 a free account. Take your passport as well as your student ID, semester address and phone number when you go to open your account. You will likely receive an EC debit card, which is valid in most places and at ATMs throughout Europe (with fewer fees, perhaps, than using an Asian or North American card).

A lot of banks are available downtown, though most students choose either the Volksbank, located very close to campus on Pestalozzistrasse, or the Kreissparkasse Reutlingen on Alteburgstraße on in the city centre. Most banks are open 9:15am - 12:30pm and 2pm - 5pm Monday to Friday.


Some banks request a confirmation of your registration with the city before opening a bank account.

 

 

Buddy/Student4Student

Information about Students4Students can be found here.

Buying Bedding

Buying bedding from the RIO

Many students take advantage of this service when they arrive in Reutlingen. Bedding is located on campus and is reasonably priced. Students living in Aquarium (Pestalozzistr. 41) should speak with the building manager Mr. Arli about buying bedding. All other students who have rental contracts from the RIO and would like to purchase bedding, should E-Mail the RIO intern at praktikant.rio@dont-want-spam.Reutlingen-University.DE to set up an appointment. 

  •  Cost: €35 (cash; exact change preferred)
  • Set includes: pillow, pillow cover, fitted sheet, duvet, duvet cover

Please note: These items can only be purchased as a set.

 

Other places to buy bedding (and more) in Reutlingen:

Galeria Kaufhof (clothing, shoes, stationary, etc. also available)

  • Karlstrasse 20
  • Located across from the train station
  • Use bus 4 or 11 to get to the city center 

Möbel Roller

  • Föhrstrasse 1
  • Use bus 4 and get off at the stop "Schieferstr."
  • Buses 3 and 31 also run from the city center to the stop "Schieferstr".

 

While there are many more stores in the area, these are just two of our suggestions. Both of these stores offer products at student friendly prices however, you can also find more expensive items here as well.

For more information about shopping in Reutlingen, click HERE.

** Make sure to check the DB (Deutsch Bahn) app or visit http://www.deutschebahn.com/en/start/ to check for bus times **

City Registration

** For those staying longer than 3 months **

Upon arriving in Reutlingen, you must register with the city. Anyone living in an apartment/dorm room is required by law to register with the city (Burgeramt) within 14 days of their arrival. Note: Students participating in the intensive language courses will complete this process with help from the RIO otherwise, you will need to complete this process on your own.

 

Bürgeramt Reutlingen

Address: Marktplatz 22, 72764 Reutlingen

Telephone: 07121 303 5577

 

Open Hours

Monday 8:00am - 12:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday

8:00am - 12:30pm

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Thursday

8:00am - 12:30pm

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday 8:00am - 1:00pm

 

Required documents:

  • passport
  • ID card (EU Students only)
  • completed city registration form
  • "Wohnungsgeberbestätigung" (see Tips below)

 

Tips

If you live in one of the student dorms on campus, a "Wohnungsgeberbestätigung" will be automatically sent to the city or given to you with your rental contract.

Private renters should speak with their landlord (Vermieter) and ask for a "Wohnungsgeberbestätigung".

 

 

Contract Cancelling

Rental contracts:

This is one of the most important contracts to cancel. Make sure you have read through your rental agreement or spoken with your building manager (Hausmeister) or landlord (Vermieter) to inform yourself about the cancellation deadlines. If you live in a dorm, make sure to read about the important steps of moving out/handing over your keys. If you have private accommodation, please speak with your Landlord about the moving out process.

All other contracts:

In addition to your rental contrat make sure to cancel all other contracts you signed (internet, cell phone, bank, health insurance, etc.) on time. Contract termination in Germany usually has to be done in written form (preferably by post) and at least 4 weeks beforehand. When in doubt, make sure to contact the company and inform yourself about the exact termination conditions. If you are still not sure about the exact procedure, ask your student buddy for help.

Please pay special attention to the termination policy of saving accounts (Sperrkonto) with a bank here in Germany. Make sure you have made arrangements to unblock the account before you leave.

Costs/Financial Matters

Cost of living

This will depend on your personal lifestyle. Generally speaking though, Germany is fairly affordable for students. Housing/accommodation costs are one of the major expenses while here. Upon your arrival, you will be required to provide a key deposit and a damage deposit of 2 months rent which will be returned to you at the end of your stay if you have not lost your keys and your room is still in good condition (no repairs needed). Generally speaking though, students should be able to prove they have around 750€/month available (from savings/checking accounts, scholarships, etc.) for the duration of their stay. Proof of sufficient finances is crucial in order to recieve a residency permit.

 

Financing your studies

Financial aid is generally not available through Reutlingen University. All financial matters have to be organized by students themselves. You should speak with your study coordinator in Reutlingen and/or financial aid department at your home university if you are looking for grants or scholarships.

To read some of our suggestions about financing your studies, click HERE

For more information about scholarship opportunities click HERE

You may also be eligible to receive scholarship money from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). For more information, check out their scholarship database HERE.

Courses

All five Schools at Reutlingen University offer courses for exchange students in English and German.

Please follow the links below for detailed information on the courses offered for exchange students in each School/degree programme:

In addition, the Institute for Foreign Languages (IfF) offers a wide range of German courses for international students, both intensive courses before the start of the semester and language courses which run throughout the semester. Furthermore, the IfF offers courses nine different languages, workshops on intercultural communication and other interesting topics. Click here for further information.

The average workload per semester is 30 ECTS credits. Course selection will take place after finalization of the application process.  

The responsible coordinator in your school/study programme will contact you to assist with your course choice. Additional to the courses offered by your study program, the Reutlingen International Office (RIO) offers lectures as part of the International Programs (you will be informed by your coordinator which course will be available); the Institute for Foreign Languages (IfF) offers German language courses, foreign language courses and workshops. The final course choice, registration and scheduling will be done after your arrival at Reutlingen University with the assistance of your coordinator.

De-Registration with the city

Before leaving Reutlingen, you must de-register with the city a week before you plan to return to your home country or leave for your next destination.

If you will be staying in a different city in Germany, you must still notify the city but you will need to fill out a different form for moving (“Umzüge”).

 Required documents:

  • Passport
  • ID card (EU citizens only)
  • Completed city de-registration form

 

Where?

Bürgeramt Reutlingen

Marktplatz 22
72764, Reutlingen
Telephone: 07121 303 5577

Open Hours

Monday 8:00am - 12:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday

8:00am - 12:30pm

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Thursday

8:00am - 12:30pm

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday 8:00am - 1:00pm

Doctors/Emergencies

Fire & Medical help: 112
Police: 110
Reutlingen Hospital: 07121 2000
Accidental Poisoning: 0761 19240
Reutlingen International Office (RIO): 07121 271 1006

Closest Emergency Pharmacy: Click here to access the pharmacy locator

 

** Please be aware that some of these doctors and their secretaries may not speak English **

General Medicine

Dr. Med. Klaus Neubert
Hermann-Ehlers-Str. 8 (near campus)
Tel: 07121 239 939

Dentist

Dr. Hansjörg Stotz
Unter den Linden 16 (city center in the Media Markt building)
Tel: 07121 346 076

Gynaecologist

Dr. Med. Eva Hunns
Kaiserstr. 11 (Next to the train station)
Tel: 07121 457 55 

 

 

 

Email Address

When you register at the university you will receive your student card with your all-important student ID number (Matrikelnummer).  You will need this number to gain access to the computer labs and to set up your University email address. You will need this email address in order to receive information from lecturers, to sign on to the online learning platform, and to register for exams, so you must set it up and check it regularly, even if you continue to use your usual private email account with another provider as well.

More information about your university email can be found here.

Enrolment

Once your application has been accepted, your next step is to register at Reutlingen University. 

Your coordinator will inform you and all other international exchange students in your school about a meeting to complete the enrolment together.

Documents for Enrolment: In addition to the application documents which you have already submitted, the following documents are needed for enrolment at Reutlingen University:

  • A certificate of enrolment from your home institution certifying that you are registered there as a student for the period you are in Reutlingen, and on what programme you are enrolled at your home university. This letter must be in German, French, or English (if not already uploaded during online application)
  • Postgraduate students need to hand in a copy of their Bachelor’s Degree certificate (if not already uploaded during online application)
  • Non-EU students: Two paper copies of your passport and visa
  • Presumably €97.30 in cash for administration and student services.
  • A copy of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for EU-students
  • Non-EU students must also provide evidence that they have health insurance during their stay in Germany. This must be in the form of a health insurance certificate  from your insurance provider at home where your name, validity dates, country of validity and coverage have to be indicated.If your health insurance policy does not cmeet the requirement for enrolment in Germany (see below), you will need to get German health insurance. There are various statutory and private health insurance providers offering student health insurance. Monthly fees vary from roughly €35 to €90 per month depending on the type of health insurance. You can find more information at https://www.1averbraucherportal.de/versicherung/krankenversicherung/international

IMPORTANT:

  • Under German law, a student’s private health insurance (whether foreign or German) may not put a limit on their benefits. For example, travel-insurance often includes a maximum payment of €30,000 or ($100,000 USD) for medical treatment. This type of health insurance policy will not be accepted for enrolment as a student; your policy must offer “unlimited” benefits.
    Moreover, your health insurance must cover both in-patient and out-patient treatment. If an excess (co-pay sum) is stated on the policy, this must not be higher than €5,000. Other benefits included in the travel package (for example, accident insurance or transport back home) may be limited to a certain sum.
  • Since your enrolment at Reutlingen University will officially start on September 1st (winter semester) or March 1st (summer semester), you must proof adequate health insurance coverage from the 1st of September / 1st of March until the final day of your study abroad stay. I.e. If you arrive for example in mid-September in Reutlingen, you must provide a proof of health insurance for the compelte month of September which meets the requirments for enrolment as student at Reutlingen University!
  • Without proof of valid health insurance the enrolment procedure is not complete and your student ID card as well as your Login Data for the University account cannot be received. Please contact your study programme coordinator at Reutlingen University if you have any questions.

Please ensure that you have the documents and items listed above with you when you arrive in Reutlingen.

Erasmus

Events and Culture

For cultural events on campus please see here


On the search for some adventures or new experiences? The Student Parliament (STUPA) offers different trips like skiing/snowboarding, paintball, laser tag, going to rock climbing/bouldering gym, and many more!

To check what's on the schedule for the semester, we recommend reading the MiMa (Mittwoch-Mail / Wednesday Mail) which you should receive every Wednesday through your Reutlingen University E-Mail account. Another option is to go directly to the StuPa office (Room 5-019) and simply ask what events are coming up.

Furthermore, Reutlingen offers a wide range of other cultural events, sights to see, and places to visit. Here are some of our recommendations:

Events especially for you offers ICARUS.

First week in Reutlingen checklist

Welcome to Reutlingen University! We know that the first few days and weeks of your semester in Germany are an exciting and challenging time, so we in the Reutlingen International Office (RIO) have put together this checklist to guide you through your next steps. Click on each title to find out more about each task. Make sure you read through all the information for each task to find out EXACTLY what you need to do. If you have any questions or concerns please stop by the RIO; we are always happy to help!

You can find a downloadable PDF version of this checklist in the service panel to the right.

 

Register with the city

This must be done within 14 days of moving in. If you are taking one of the intensive German courses, you will do this together with members of the RIO on "orientation day". If not, you can get a copy of the Stadtanmeldung form online or from the Bürgeramt.

Get your health insurance documents checked / purchase health insurance

Depending on your situation, you will either be required to buy German health insurance or you will receive an exemption. ** Health insurance from non-EU countries should provide UNLIMITED coverage otherwise, you may have to purchase German health insurance **

Fill out your university registration forms (Einschreibung)

Please ask your study program coordinator for assistance. In addition, you will need to include a passport photo, proof of health insurance, proof of enrollment at your home university, and all fees required.

Pick up your ID card & put money on it, activate your accounts, and set your passwords

Use the log-in information sheet that comes with your student ID to create a custom password and set up your campus Wi-Fi, E-Mail, RELAX, and BSCW accounts. For students participating in the intensive language courses, the RIO hosts a special help session for you on “orientation day”.

Buy bedding (optional)

If you live in one of the student dorms on campus, you may buy a bedding set (with pillow, sheet, and duvet) for €35 from the RIO intern. Please send an E-Mail to praktikant.rio@dont-want-spam.Reutlingen-University.DE and set up an appointment with the intern if you are interested.

Open a bank account (optional)

To make things easier for everyone and to avoid any expensive transfer fees, we recommend opening a German bank account. Many banks offer free checking accounts (Girokonto) to students.

Buy the NALDO semester ticket (optional)

The NALDO semester ticket makes transportation easy and will allow you to explore Reutlingen and the surrounding areas from the comfort of a bus or train. Make sure you have a NALDO “Bescheinigung” or confirmation of enrollment before you try to buy a ticket.

Germany

The Federal Republic of Germany lies in the heart of Europe. Its position as a geographical link between Eastern and Western Europe as well as between Scandinavia and the Mediterranean has become even more clearly defined since reunification in 1989. Reunified Germany now plays a leading role in the European Union and hosts the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

Founded by treaty in 1993, the European Union is a supranational and intergovernmental economic and political community encompassing the majority of countries in Europe. The European single market created a zone of free trade, travel, and work within its member nations, and has used the Euro (€) as a common currency since 1999.  German is the most-spoken mother tongue in the European Union and the second-most-spoken language overall (first-place English as a first or second language is spoken by over half of EU residents).

Germany consists of 16 federal states, known as Länder, each with its own capital.  The nation covers an area of about 357,000 km2 and has a population of about 82.4 million. Its economy is very strong, with the world’s third-largest nominal GDP bolstering the world’s best export total and second-best import total.  Engineering prowess remains the chief strength of German exports, including automobiles and auto parts, machines, metals, chemical goods, and pharmaceuticals.

Germany is situated in the moderately cool west wind zone. The weather is typical of a continental climate: expect periods of cold (down to -20°C/-4°F) in winter, whereas in summer temperatures of 30°C/86°F and above are quite common.

For further information go to: www.schwaebischealb.de/; www.tuebingen.de/; www.stuttgart.de/; www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/.

GEZ

For more information about the licence fee please click here. Make sure to view/download the PDF "Information for Students".

Health Insurance

Students in Germany are required by law to have health insurance. You will not be allowed to register at the university until you have provided proof that you are properly insured.

 ** PLEASE NOTE: 

  • Under German law, a student’s private health insurance (whether foreign or German) may not put a limit on their benefits. For example, travel-insurance often includes a maximum payment of €30,000 or ($100,000 USD) for medical treatment. This type of health insurance policy will not be accepted for enrolment as a student; your policy must offer “unlimited” benefits.
    Moreover, your health insurance must cover both in-patient and out-patient treatment. If an excess (co-pay sum) is stated on the policy, this must not be higher than €5,000. Other benefits included in the travel package (for example, accident insurance or transport back home) may be limited to a certain sum.
  • Since your enrolment at Reutlingen University will officially start on September 1st (winter semester) or March 1st (summer semester), you must proof adequate health insurance coverage from the 1st of September / 1st of March until the final day of your study abroad stay. I.e. If you arrive for example in mid-September in Reutlingen, you must provide a proof of health insurance for the compelte month of September which meets the requirments for enrolment as student at Reutlingen University!
  • Without proof of valid health insurance the enrolment procedure is not complete and your student ID card as well as your Login Data for the University account cannot be received. Please contact your study programme coordinator at Reutlingen University if you have any questions.

Please choose the option that best describes you:

EU student:
Bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and have it verified at the University by AOK (located on the ground floor of the Mensa). After this has been completed, you should be exempted from having to purchase German health insurance.

 Non-EU student with insurance from home:
Bring copies of any insurance cards & policies you have (make sure they are in German or English) and get them checked at the university by AOK (located on the ground floor in the Mensa). You will then be informed whether your insurance is acceptable or whether you must purchase German health insurance. Depending on your situation, you may be able to buy a supplementary plan that extends the coverage of your health insurance from home.

 Non-EU student without insurance from home:
Click HERE to find out more about German health insurance. Please note, certain parts of the website may only be in German. Take some time to research German health insurance companies & their policies before you arrive and choose the one that’s best for you.

Do not hesitate to speak with your coordinator here in Reutlingen or someone in the RIO if you need help selecting a provider or insurance plan; it’s much better to triple check and avoid any mistakes.

HIP

There are multiple important things that can be done through HIP. One of the most commonly used functions is printing confirmation of enrolment at Reutlingen University.

Printing confirmation of enrolment:

  1. Click here to visit the HIP website
  2. Log in
  3. Click the British flag in the top right corner for English
  4. Click “Administration of study programme” on the left side
  5. Click “Study reports for all terms”
  6. Click “certificate of registration” next to the current term
  7. Save & print the document

 ** Enrolment certificates are only valid for the current semester**

 

 

ICARUS

ICARUS stands for "International Campus Reutlingen University". We are a group of international students from the Reutlingen university, and our goal is to help the incoming international students to improve the relationship between German and international students.

Through the semester we organize different kinds of activities and excursions. Furthermore, you can reach us per email for any concerns or problems.

Join our FB group for staying in touch and for any concerns.

ICARUS Facebook page

Institute for Foreign Languages (IfF)

The Institute for Foreign Languages (IfF) of the International Office offers language courses for all students at the University. These include courses in German as a Foreign Language for international students, as well as courses in a range of other languages.

International students are welcome to join a language course organised by the IfF. However, if you have no knowledge of German, you may find the beginners’ classes difficult to follow, as explanations of grammar are usually given in German. You should talk to your programme coordinator before signing up. ECTS credits are awarded in most cases.

The semester-long courses in German are offered at all levels from Beginners to Advanced. A preparatory course for the TestDaF exam and online courses are also available. ECTS are awarded for most of these courses.

The IfF also offers a number of workshops in both German and English, which are open to all students. Topics covered include:

  • Writing applications and CVs, interview techniques
  • Study techniques (e.g. academic writing, presentations)
  • Intercultural issues

For students who are keen to improve their foreign language skills on a more informal level, the IfF offers a system of Tandem Partnerships, whereby students work together with a learning partner from another country. Each partner teaches the other his / her native language.

Individual guidance on writing in German is also available from the IfF.

Internship/Job

Jobs/Work Permits

Students from EU states do not need a work permit to work in Germany. Non-EU students are allowed to work 120 days (or 240 half-days) per year, excluding time spent in a compulsory internship / industrial placement. Those who wish to work longer will require a work permit from the Federal Employment Agency and the Aliens’ Registration Office. Depending on the type of job you find, the number of hours worked and the amount of money earned, you may be liable to pay taxes and social security contributions.

 

Internships

German commerce and industry have an enviable system of internships (industrial placements) of which we at Reutlingen University take full advantage of. Almost all our own students have to complete one or two six-month internships during the course of their degree programme. We have excellent relationships with a large number of German and international companies that regularly take our students as interns. The individual Schools will be able to assist you as an international student in obtaining an internship, if required. However, we do not arrange these internships for you: students are responsible for applications, documentation, and arranging interviews where necessary. This can be quite a long process, and cannot sensibly be started until students are actually here in Reutlingen. Check that your visa will allow you to complete an internship!

For help with applications: ask about workshops offered by the IfF/RIO and Career Centres in the individual Schools

 

 

 

Language Requirements

Language Requirements for exchange students:

B2 in either English or German, depending on the courses you are going to attend

Language Requirements for degree seeking students

LGBTI

Reutlingen University STUPA - Diversity Council 

The student parliament Diversity Council specifically supports students from the LGBTI community. To improve inclusion and raise awareness, we organize several events each semester, where all university students are invited to join. Those events include both professional workshops with partner companies (e.g. Diversity Workshop with McKinsey & Company), as well as social events such as going on a hike or, to the movie theatre. You do not have to sign up and you are welcome to join by yourself or with a group of people. 

If you are interested in our events, please check the weekly MIMA (student mail issued by ASTA) for more information. If you have any questions regarding the STUPA Diversity Council, or want to get to know us better, please don’t hesitate to send an e-mail to lgbti@dont-want-spam.reutlingen-university.de. All messages are treated confidentially.

 

 

Library

The University Library is located in Building 3. Students can use their student ID to borrow books and other media. The Library provides not only German-language materials but also international press and literature, as well as a number of internet work-stations.
For more information, please click here.

Reutlingen City Library is one of the best in Baden-Württemberg. It offers a wide range of books and other media in German and other languages. When you go to register there, please take your passport and student ID, as well as your semester address with you.
Opening times: Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 7pm; Saturday: 10am - 1pm.

Tübingen University Library is open from 8am till midnight Monday-Saturday, and 10am - 6pm on Sundays.

Mensa

Moving out/handing over your keys

This information is only for students living in dorm rooms. If you have private accommodations, you should speak with your landlord about the moving out process.

The appointment

Make sure you contact your building manager (Hausmeister) and discuss your plans to move out. Usually, you are required to make an appointment with them to have your room inspected on the day you leave. Appointments should be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Appointments are only available during the week (Monday-Friday). If your flight leaves on the weekend, you should arrange to stay somewhere else (with a friend, at a hostel, in a hotel, etc.) after you move out of your dorm room.

 

The moving out process & cleaning

Make sure that you are handing over a well-cleaned room in good condition if you wish to receieve the full security deposit back. Any problems in the room during your stay (like broken furniture) should be communicated to the building managers as soon as possible and NOT when you are leaving! In addition to cleaning your room, please make sure that the kitchen is clean as well (even if it's not your day/week to clean). Ask the others on your floor if they can help you out.

Here is a short list of some things that you should do:

  • wash windows (inside and out)
  • clean the sink and mirror thoroughly
  • sweep & mop the floors
  • dust off the desk & shelves
  • empty the fridge and any shelves/drawers in the kitchen
  • clean up the kitchen (oven, shelves, refridgerator, take out trash, etc.)

 

Getting your key & security deposit back

You will only get the full security deposit back if your room is left in good condition (no new damages, no broken/missing furniture, etc.). If new damage is found by the building manager, the repair costs will be deducted from your security deposit. Generally, the security deposit will be transferred back directly to your bank account so make sure you provide this information on the sheet you receive when moving out.

If you paid a key deposit, ask the building manager if this amount will be transferred directly to your bank account or if you will get it back in cash.

All students who received their contracts from the RIO should receive detailed information per email about the moving out process. These students will personally return their keys with the signed inspection sheet (provided by the building manager upon room inspection) to the RIO. 

Naldo (Public Transport)

Please note: Information on the linked websites may only be in German.

What's the Naldo semester ticket?

All students enrolled at Reutlingen University are able to buy the Naldo semester ticket. All you need is proof of enrollment to be able to purchase the semester ticket.

How much does it cost and how long is it valid?

approx. 90€ per semester

  • Winter Semester: Sept. 1 - Feb. 28
  • Summer Semester: March 1 - Aug. 31

Where can I buy it?

You can purchase your ticket at Papeterie Tran or from the "Reisezentrum" (travel bureau) inside the main train station in Reutlingen.

How do I use it?

The Naldo semester ticket is only valid in combination with a student ID and can be used for travel by bus and/or train (except IC/ICE trains).

 

How far can I go?

You can travel anywhere inside the Naldo region for free. Outside of this region, other travel rates apply which must be paid for separately with a NALDO extension ticket.

 You can find out more information about Naldo extension tickets here.

Partner Universities

Unsure if we have a partnership with your home university? Check our list of partner universities worldwide. Once on the webpage, simply click on "Suche" to view the full list.

Play an Active Role

If you would like to meet new people by organizing events or by working on small or large projects, Reutlingen can offer you a lot of opportunities to do just that. In general, it is a good idea to visit the StuPa office (Room 5-019) and ask them about possible projects you can help with. The people there can give you a lot of information about any current and upcoming projects. If you have any ideas of your own, this is also the place to go and ask for help and/or even funding if needed. 

Organizing smaller events like trips will give you an easy start and the chance to meet new people. Bigger events like annual campus celebrations are always worth checking out too. You don’t need any previous experience to help out and your assistance will be greatly appreciated. Here are some links to check out for more information:

Playing an active role at Reutlingen University

StuPa/ASTA website

Students4Students

ICARUS Facebook page

Printing

Printers/photocopiers are available in many places on the campus, although not in the student residences. Your student ID card functions as a copy card—use the terminals provided to upload credit on to your card. You can also use the Print Shop in Building 5.

Recycling and waste management

Germany’s system of waste disposal is one of the most progressive in the world and may be very different to what you are used to in your home country. It can be quite complicated at first, so ask a friend or neighbour to help with your first time separating trash!

Garbage is separated into five categories. Bins are provided in your dormitory for items 1-4:

  1. Altpapier: a box for old paper and cardboard for recycling. NOT for soiled pizza boxes etc.
  2. Biomüll (bio-degradable materials): all food leftovers (remove packaging!), including food that is spoiled or rotten; coffee filters, tea bags, egg shells, paper towels, flowers and potted plants.  DO NOT line the Biomüll waste bin with plastic bags.  Instead, place old newspaper in the Biomüll bin and use this also when you put old Biomüll into containers on the street.
  3. Gelber Sack (plastic and similar recyclables): a yellow garbage bag for disposing of food packaging, plastic and aluminium items.
  4. Restmüll (non-biodegradable materials): everything else, except glass.
  5. Glas (glass): large recycling containers for various colours of glass can be found in the car park behind the Penny Markt supermarket, but not in the dormitories.

 Please do not throw your glass or other recyclable items into the Restmüll.

RELAX

RELAX is Reutlingen Universities learning platform. You will use it to register for courses, recieve important updates such as class cancellations, and much more. 

For more information, please click here.

Ready to log in to RELAX? If so, then please click here.

Religion on campus

The Protestant and Catholic Student Ministry (EKHG) attempts to find and live by modern forms of Christian faith, and offers help and advice to students on both academic and personal matters. The EKHG offers workshops about how to develop and improve the important soft skills one needs when studying, in one's career, and in one's private life.

The group supports student matters and initiatives; it offers help, advice, and companionship in emergencies and personal crises. Upon request, they can arrange contact with German familites for foreign students and faculty members.

The EKHG is facilitated by the Protestant and Catholics Churches. For more information please click here.

Since winter semester 2016/17 there is a Meditation and Prayer Room (Raum der Stille) for members of all faiths and denominations on the ground floor of building 20.

Re-Registering at the University (Rückmeldung)

If you spend more than one semester at Reutlingen university, you will have to re-register for each subsequent semester. You must do this before the deadline, otherwise you will have to pay a fine (a reminder will be sent to you, but in German only). View the deadline. Re-registration (Rückmeldung) simply involves paying the appropriate fees, and can be done either by bank transfer or online using your Campus CaRT. 

If you re-register online, you must have a German bank account from which the University is entitled to debit your fees. Online re-registration has the advantage that it is effective instantly, whilst a traditional bank transfer may take up to 10 days. With online re-registration you can immediately download all the certificates you need for the coming semester and also extend your Campus CaRT's period of validity.

Access HIP and complete re-registration

Residence Permit

After registering with the Bürgeramt, non-EU students will also have to go to the Foreigners' Office (Ausländeramt) in Reutlingen's City Hall (Rathaus) to apply for a residence permit (Aufenthaltsgenehmigung / Aufenthaltstitel).

Required documents:

  • Completed 4 page application form (available in the Rathaus in German and the RIO in multiple languages)
  • your valid passport (with entry visa if necessary) which must be valid for the entire period to be spent in Germany
  • a passport photo
  • proof of valid health insurance
  • proof-of-income document, confirming that you are able to finance the whole of your study period in Reutlingen (Finanzierungsnachweis)
  • a certificate of acceptance at Reutlingen University (Zulassungsbescheid)
  • If you are a scholarship holder, you should bring the original certificates with you
  • approx. 100€ in cash

For students of the RIO international programme: appoinment times will be reserved for you. Make sure to always check your E-Mail so you don't miss out.

 

Ausländeramt
Oskar-Kalbfell-Platz 21
72764 Reutlingen

Opening times:
Monday 8am-12pm
Tuesday 8am-12pm
Wednesday 2pm-4pm
Thursday 8am-12pm, 2pm-6pm
Friday 8am-1pm

Reutlingen - History of the City

Reutlingen lies in the state of Baden-Württemberg, which generates a large part of Germany’s powerful economy. Third-largest of the German Länder in terms of population and area, Baden-Württemberg has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and is a leader in Germany’s exports and research and development. Whilst Baden-Württemberg is home to several large international firms like Daimler, Porsche and Bosch, most of the state’s firms are small- to medium-size businesses (Mittelstand) producing highly innovative, world-leading niche products. In the areas of biotechnology and genetic engineering, the state’s research infrastructure ranks as the best, in quality and quantity.

Although the area was inhabited for hundreds, if not thousands, of years before its first recorded history, the documented history of Reutlingen as a town stretches back to the 5th century during the fading of the Roman Empire’s power in this area. Celts and, later, Alamanni lived in a small settlement between the Georgenberg (an extinct volcano) and the Achalm (a table mountain). In 1030 Count Egino of Urach, a Celtic settlement, started to build a castle on the top of the Achalm, close to the Alamannic settlement. One of its towers was rebuilt in the 19th century and is a popular destination for hikers. Of linguistic note are the suffixes of town names throughout Swabia (a geographically and linguistically distinct area of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria).Towns with names ending in “-ingen,” such as Reutlingen, Tübingen, Plochingen, Esslingen, and so on, derive from Alemannic tribal settlements, while towns ending in “-ach,” such as Bad Urach, Neubulach, and Grömbach are originally Celtic. The Reutlingen area today has several varieties of Swabian dialect (not just accents), and many people you will have to deal with will speak Swabian to a greater or lesser degree, so be prepared for a period of linguistic acclimatization!

By the beginning of the 13th century, Reutlingen had received both market rights and the status of free imperial city from German Emperor Friedrich II, and the town began fortifying itself with walls, moats and towers against threats from neighbouring Württemberg. In the 14th century, citizens created a democratic constitution based on the guilds, consolidating their independence from the Duchy.

Between about 1374 and 1862, Reutlingen was governed by twelve guilds, each holding significant political and economic power. Each guild owned a guild house, where master craftsmen worked and conducted business. The houses were also stations where travellers in need could spend the night.  You can see the town’s guilds depicted in sculpture on the Guild Fountain near St. Mary’s Church: butcher, cooper, tanner, chandler/trader, tailor, blacksmith, baker, vintner, wagon-maker, cobbler, spinner and furrier.

Of the original four city gates, the Gartentor and Tübinger Tor remain standing today. The Gartentor faces the Achalm and was always kept closed because of threats and attacks from local Counts of Württemberg. Though often assaulted throughout the Middle Ages, Reutlingen never capitulated. Of particular importance is a 13th century battle against Württemberg, in which the citizens of Reutlingen prayed to St. Mary to deliver them from defeat. Almost immediately, a heavy rainstorm began, and the resulting muddy battlefield created favourable conditions in which the citizens of Reutlingen were able to defeat the opposing knights and capture their battering ram. As the populace had promised to erect a church to the Virgin Mary if she saved them, they began work on the Marienkirche (St. Mary’s Church), finishing it in 1343. Though it originally housed the battering ram, part of the church was burned in 1726 together with much of the rest of Reutlingen.

During the Reformation, Reutlingen was one of a small number of cities in southern Germany to sign the Augsburg Confession and Formula of Concord, breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church. As testament to this fact, Reutlingen’s city seal appears on the largest Martin Luther monument in the world in the city of Worms, and the Marienkirche holds Protestant services in an originally Catholic church. Until the 19th century, adherence to the Augsburg Confession was obligatory if one wished to become a full citizen of Reutlingen (a “Bürger”).

During the Middle Ages and the 30 Years’ War, Reutlingen suffered the loss of a third of its population to disease. The latter lasted from 1618 to 1648, and started as a conflict between Protestants and Catholics, later becoming a war between European dynasties. In 1726 a tremendous fire destroyed four-fifths of Reutlingen’s homes and most of its public buildings, making 1,200 families homeless. Though rebuilt, the city fell increasingly under the sway of powerful Württemberg, and in 1802 ended its imperial self-administration to join Württemberg both commercially and politically. Only 4 years later, the Napoleonic Wars swept through Europe and the French army quickly conquered the German states, including Reutlingen and its ruling Duchy. Napoleon created the Confederation of the Rhine to rule much of Germany, and from 1806 to 1813 Württemberg (now declared a Kingdom) and Reutlingen were governed by France. After Napoleon’s defeat, the Kingdom of Württemberg became part of the German Empire, and in 1818, Reutlingen became a district seat.

With the completion of a railway line in the mid-19th century, Reutlingen’s economy grew quickly, and added a plethora of light industries and thousands of workers. In the 20th century the city passed from the German Empire to the Weimar Republic after World War I, and then into National Socialist Germany before World War II. Because of its extensive industry (especially textiles) Reutlingen was badly damaged by air attacks during the war and lost a quarter of its homes. After the war, the area was occupied by French troops and rebuilt under local commanders of the wartime resistance, one of whom, Oskar Kalbfell, was town mayor from 1945 to 1973.

A number of administrative reforms during the twentieth century led to the gradual incorporation of eleven smaller towns and villages, known as Stadtteile, i.e. “town parts” or suburbs. These include Altenburg, Betzingen, Bronnweiler, Degerschlacht, Gönningen, Mittelstadt, Oferdingen, Ohmenhausen, Reicheneck, Rommelsbach and Sickenhausen. Each small community retains its own administrative and commercial centre and, to an extent, its village atmosphere. Nowadays it is the ninth largest city in Baden-Württemberg, and is well-known as a prosperous and attractive place to live, study and work. Modern architecture, the public library and museums, busy shopping districts and arcades, the weekly market, cafés, restaurants to suit all tastes.


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Reutlingen University

Originally founded as a weaving school in 1855, the institution underwent a number of changes in name and status before becoming a University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) in 1971, and since 2006 it has been known as Reutlingen University (Hochschule). Germany’s Hochschulen are smaller than some other institutions at the tertiary level. This results primarily from their statutory narrow range of academic specialization. Currently, about 5,800 students are enrolled on a full-time basis in Reutlingen. The University has 5 Schools (Fakultäten), each offering a number of degree programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s level. Reutlingen University has an international reputation for academic excellence, and is consistently rated among top Schools in several fields of study.

Applied Research, with its many facets, is a further integral part of the structure of the University. The Reutlingen Research Institute (RRI) coordinates research activities in the areas of science and technology, and of business and economics. Research is focused on six main interdisciplinary fields, with the aim of developing further cooperation and collaboration with universities, businesses and research institutes both in Germany and abroad.

The University occupies spacious modern buildings on a “green” campus on the south-western edge of town. The dormitories are situated just a few minutes away from the classrooms. The sports park lies within walking distance, as does the city centre with its good shopping and leisure facilities, including many pubs and clubs. On campus you will find a refectory and cafeteria, and in the same building the bookshop and - once a week - the information desk of the local health insurance providers AOK and TKK.

 

NEU: https://www.reutlingen-university.de/en/our-profile/our-profile/

Reutlingen International Office (RIO)

The Reutlingen International Office (RIO) is the major link for domestic and international students and staff in all matters regarding exchange programmes and cooperation agreements with foreign universities and institutions. In addition to its core activities, such as creating and maintaining new study-abroad opportunities for students. The RIO coordinates events such as study-related excursions and company visits, field trips, cinema and international evenings, and receptions. 

RIO office hours:

Monday 2-4 pm (14-16)
Tuesday

9 am-12 pm (9-12)

2-4 pm (14-16)

Wednesday 9 am-12 pm (9-12)
Thursday

9 am-12 pm (9-12)

2-4 pm (14-16)

Friday 9 am-12 pm (9-12)

 

Want to know more about the RIO? Click HERE to visit our page!

Semester Dates/Calendar

Winter Semester: Beginning of October
Summer Semester: Beginning of March

 

Semester dates are available in our university calendar. Please be aware that some degree programmes of the ESB Business School (e.g. IMX, IB) have different semester dates starting and ending earlier than study programmes of other schools.

 

 

Shopping

Shops in Germany are open Monday to Saturday (excluding holidays), and most close at the latest at 8pm hoever, some may close as early as 6:30 pm. Almost nothing except restaurants and gas stations is open on Sundays, so plan meals ahead and purchase enough food for the weekend. Banks, public offices, etc. are also closed on Saturday's and Sunday's.

Shopping near campus
Penny-Markt is the closest grocery store to campus. It is at the end of Pestalozzistrasse near the Pestalozzistrasse bus-stop. On Friedrich-Naumann-Strasse which dead ends into Pestalozzstrasse right by the Penny-Markt, there is the Edeka grocery store. Edeka has a wide selection of food for slightly higher prices, and includes a deli with a variety of meats, sausages and cheese, and a bakery. Across the street is Edeka's Getränkemarkt (drink store). Metzgerei Marx (past the Edeka Market on the right side) specializes in international foods.

Shopping in the city centre
In the city centre you will find an array of different shops. Galeria Kaufhof is a big department store where you can buy clothes and household items (opposite the main train station). MediaMarkt (behind the train station) offers a wide range of electronic products, media, and computer devices.

Reutlingen's pedestrian zone offers dozens of stores in a friendly, bustling European marketplace. Every Tuesday, Thursday (in summer), and Saturday morning there is an open-air farmer's market in the centre of town on the market place in the pedestrian zone. Other facilities in the pedestrian zone include bookstores, the Müller Galerie (Reutlingen's shopping mall), bakeries, clothing stores, banks, restaurants etc.

Opening times of some local shops

  • Penny-Markt: Mon - Sat: 8am - 10pm
  • EDEKA: Mon - Fri: 8am - 7pm
  • EDEKA Getränkemarkt: Sat: 8am - 6pm
  • Real: Mon - Sat 7am - 8pm

Mail
The main Post Office is located close to the train station. Opening times: Mon - Fri 8am - 6:30pm; Sat 9am - 1pm.
Alternatively, the AGIP gas station in Gustav Schwab Strasse close to campus includes a part-time post office (Mon - Fri 9 am - 12 noon, 2:30 pm - 5 pm, until noon on Saturdays).

 

Shopping around Reutlingen


Betzingen
, a small town very close to campus, has a large shopping centre with furniture and household items, Braun Möbel Center, and one of the largest grocery stores in the area called Real. (Take Regionalbus 7611/10, direction Tübingen)

Metzingen, a town nearby easily reached by public transport, is famous for its many upscale outlet stores.

For wider selections and other specialities, go to Stuttgart and walk through the pedestrian zone on Königsstraße.

 

Sports


If you are interested in doing sports while abroad, don’t worry! Reutlingen has a whole list of sports from A-Z to offer its students. In cooperation with the Reutlingen sports club TSG, Reutlingen University is able to offer a variety of different sports courses throughout the semester that you can participate in. Most (but not all) activities take place in building 11.  You can find a list of all sport activities here. Most sports are free of charge for students studying at Reutlingen University.

For Germans, it is common to sign up at sport clubs – since you might only stay for 6 months or less, we don’t recommend this option. However, if you stay for one year or more, a local sports club may be an alternative option for you to look into. Please keep in mind that these clubs often come with membership fees.

If you are interested in going to a sports club here some offers:

TSG Website

List of sport activities in Reutlingen
Click on the sport you want to do, then a new website will open you will either find links that guide you to directly to the website or the name of the sports club who is offering the activity. It is best to ask some German friends, or the RIO staff in case you have trouble understanding.

General sport website of Reutlingen
Gyms: Sometimes gyms offer student prices. There is also the opportunity to get a coupon from the StuPa which grants you special prices or additional features (for example access to the sauna) at the gym. You can get the coupon at the Stupa office located in building 5, room 019.

 

 

Stay in Touch with Reutlingen University

Make sure you stay in touch with everything happening in Reutlingen by following the university on Facebook and Instagram or even by joining one of our alumni associations. We hope you come back soon; maybe for your masters degree?

Student ID Card

Your student ID can do more than you think! Click here to uncover the power and importance of your Campus CaRT.

Students4Students/Buddy

Information about Students4Students can be found here.

Transcript of Records

You will be able to download your transcript of records after the end of your stay from HIP

Visa

Some students might need to apply for a visa. For more information please visit the website of the German embassy in your home country.

Residence permit (after arrival)