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International Exchange Students.

Important Information for your DIT Exchange Semester

Course Choices

Your exchange programme options:


Spend your ERASMUS study semester at DIT and combine it with practical experience in Germany

Students can study either in English or German; Tourism Management, General Business and General Engineering are study programmes which were developed specifically according to the needs of our international exchange students, thus, they are taught in English. Besides, we offer many other top German degrees among six faculties. After the study semester (either at our main campus in Deggendorf or our European Campus in Pfarrkirchen) students complete a single semester internship directly at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology, or receive support to find an internship position in a partnering German company. We support with (preparatory or regular) German language courses, intercultural training and soft skill workshops, and simplify VISA and work permits.

This unique programme offers students the opportunity to become more culturally aware, especially regarding the German lifestyle, and implement gained soft as well as hard skills back in their home country.

The geographical location of our university is in beautiful Bavaria, a state which offers a variety of attractive leisure time activities along with fascinating historic places and traditional cafés, restaurants and markets. There are plenty of sport activities you can undertake, from horseback riding over canoeing on the Danube river to hiking in the famous Bavarian Forest. Bavaria offers a relaxed and recreative environment, and you will be stunned by how beautiful Deggendorf shines throughout all four seasons. Yet, the town is located very centrally, meaning that you can reach other cities like Passau, Regensburg and Munich easily by train within a minimum period of time.


What do I need to know about this programme?

As a European exchange student, you can apply to receive an ERASMUS+ subsidy during your study abroad and your internship semester. If there are enough funds available, the International Office may also provide a scholarship additionally (please clarify with the International Office beforehand).


What are the prerequisites to apply?

You are eligible to apply for the programme if you ...

  • Have already completed at least two semesters at your home university
  • Have at least B1 language level in the language of instruction (English or German) and
  • Are enrolled at one of our partner institutions during the whole duration of your stay at DIT


Did we wake your interest?

If you are ready for a new adventure and want to be part of this tailor-made programme, please send the following application documents at latest six months prior to your desired entry semester to :

  • Curriculum Vitae/ resume
  • Motivation letter
  • Current transcript of grades



Please direct further enquiries to international-office@th-deg.de



  • 100% in English
  • Campus: Deggendorf


Target group:

Business students at bachelor level



Students can qualify for this course if they have:

  • Completed at least two semesters at their home university
  • Have good to excellent knowledge of the English language (level B1-C1)

Prior knowledge of the German language is not required (but recommended)


Course content*:

The General Business programme, tailored especially to business and tourism students, is an exchange semester in which Bachelor's students can complete one or two semesters whilst earning between 20-30 ECTS per semester. From a wide variety of business subjects (all taught in English), participating students can choose the ones that suit their degree course at home. Additionally, students have the opportunity to attend German language classes.

Students should choose courses which suit the respective study programmes at their home universities. A minimum of 20 credits should be taken.

Subjects are offered by the School of Management and students also have the opportunity to participate in various intercultural training events.

The courses include subjects from the programmes Applied Economics, Business Administration, International Management and Tourism Management.

We also offer German intensive courses for beginners as well as higher-level courses for more advanced speakers.

* Subject to change and amendments


Course overview and course descriptions:


Exam schedule:

View all exam schedules on the Centre for Studies webpage


Hours per week:



Participants per course:

Limited to 30


ECTS points:



Starting date:

  • The starting date for the winter semester is 1 October
  • The starting date for the summer semester is 15 March



The programme is free of charge to all bachelor students



Sandra Erickson, Coordinator for the General Business Programme



  • 100% in English
  • Campus: Deggendorf


Target group:

This engineering exchange semester is open to international English-speaking bachelor degree students, who can complete one of their college semesters and earn up to 30 credits whilst learning German as a foreign language



Students can qualify for this course if they have:

  • Completed at least 2 semesters at their home university
  • A good to excellent knowledge of the English language (level B1-C1)

Prior knowledge of the German language is not required (but is advised)


Course content:

Students will attend German lessons and can also join in a tandem language programme, which is offered as a further linguistic support tool. After completing an introductory orientation week with intercultural training, students choose various engineering subjects for a minimum of 20 credits (see subject details below), to complement their degree course at their home universities.


Course overview and course descriptions:

DIT’s e-Learning system, iLearn has General Engineering lecture scripts, old exams and exercises for students to use as learning tools.
Click on "Course catagories --> Studies" to view the relevant subjects.


Exam schedule:

View all exam schedules on the Administration Centre webpage


Starting date:

  • The starting date for the winter semester is 1 October
  • The starting date for the summer semester is 15 March



The programme is free of charge for all bachelor students



Nadine Kappl - Coordinator for the General Engineering Programme


Exchange students may attend any degree courses in a range of semesters, provided all academic and linguistic pre-requisites are fulfilled.



Applying as an Exchange Student


All exchange students must participate in a German course during the semester. Additionally, an intensive German course is offered during the Orientation Week which is 1-2 weeks before the start of studies. Language certificates are not required.



The online application portal is only activated during the following application periods:

  • 1 April - 1 June for October entries
  • 1 October - 1 December for March entries



After completing the first online application, applicants receive an email containing a link and login details. The applicant then must follow the link and enter a password, before entering further details and uploading documents (such as CV, photo, copy of passport, grade sheet, certificate of enrolment).

Application as an exchange student at DIT is ONLY via Mobility Online. All required documents can be uploaded and nothing should be sent through traditional post.


Orientation Week for Exchange Students

The Orientation Week with intensive German prep course is an essential and fun 10-day welcome week for international students arriving at the main campus in Deggendorf. Find out more details and view the schedule.

German Language Classes

Attending a German language course is obligatory for all exchange students.

You can expect an extensive range of courses on the levels A1 to C1, which will enable you to improve and extend your German language skills and at the same time get to know Germany and the German culture better.

You can obtain official certificates for German as a foreign language directly here at the THD (TestDAF, telc).

Student Testimonials

Testimonials from exchange students in Deggendorf:


"Studying in Deggendorf is really enriching and convenient. I have been studying here for two years. My impressions of Deggendorf and the university are very positive. I love the way, how the town works. People do not hurry too much and everybody is very kind and nice. That helps a lot when arranging important things with the International Office and other departments at the university. From time to time there are very nice events organized in the city. Students love especially Frühlingsfest which is a very traditional Bavarian event with lots of traditional food and music.

I love studying at Deggendorf Institute of Technology. I am studying English International Management program. Courses at the university are taught in a very interesting way, professors usually try to cover lots of practical examples. Thanks to attending one course, I could even visit BMW plant which was really valuable experience. We also have many lectures with foreign professors who are real experts in their field and have lots of practical experiences.
Reason, why I decided to come to Deggendorf, was besides others my intention to learn German language. Even though it is difficult to find people speaking proper German, since a lot of them speak Bavarian, I could improve my German language skills significantly. I would never change my decision about studying at Deggendorf Institute of Technology. High quality of dormitories, services at the university, easy availability of all you need and very nice people around me made Deggendorf my second home."




"Academically, DIT has good rankings in Germany and learning structures are really well prepared and professional. All the professors also treat all the students very well. There was no distance between them, so we were free to ask questions and express opinions.

I never regretted choosing Deggendorf University of Applied Sciences. I have learned a lot and gained valuable experience by studying here in an international environment. This was a truly amazing and challenging experience for me, for all exchange students, and even for German students themselves.”

“Heeeeey .... if you want to know more, you should be here!!!”




“Initially I chose this college because I was impressed of the unique name of this city "Deggendorf". I found Deggendorf to be friendly and peaceful urban environment, which is good for learning. 

After I was accepted in Deggendorf University of Applied Sciences and after following AKI orientation week I was really amazed about all the new people I got to know. I would have never thought I would get so many friends from all over the world. People were all really nice and pleasant to me. I saw that International Office is really active and is in the most important role in promoting the campus on international scale.

If we look at the environment and the design of the campus, I think this is one of the colleges that has a good environment and is suitable for studying, like in my home university “State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta”. University Deggendorf is designed to focus not only learn but also to be able to socialize and exchange opinions among individuals in order to get to know one another. Not all campuses have an interesting design like this, and supported by an excellent infrastructure. An excellent infrastructure is also supported by high technology. In the class we have all the technology needed for everyday learning. Not surprisingly, Germany is the famous for its beauty and sophisticated technology, and that is also one of the greatnesses of this campus.” 


"Ich glaube, dass technische Innovationen das Leben der Menschen vereinfacht und verbessert. Deshalb habe ich nicht zweimal überlegt als ich die Gelegenheit bekam ein Austauschjahr zu machen: Deutschland, das Land der Technik.

Neben meinem Studium an der Technischen Hochschule Deggendorf arbeitete ich im Fahrwerk bei dem Formula Student Team, Fast Forest. Die Technische Hochschule Deggendorf gab mir die Möglichkeit nicht nur die Einheit von Theorie und Praxis, sondern ein erfolgreiches deutsches Engineering-Unternehmen durch ein Praktikum von innen zu sehen. Die Studenten und die Lehrer zusammen mit den Mitarbeitern sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit.Deshalb konnte ich auch mein Deutsch verbessern und Freundschaften schließen."




O que nos gostamos em Deggendorf?
"Deggendorf apesar de ser uma cidade pequena tem uma infraestrutura muito boa e é perfeita para uma vida estudantil, tudo é perto e você dificilmente vai sentir falta de um carro andando na ciclo via que conecta toda a cidade as margens dos afluentes do rio Danúbio. O custo de vida também não é caro comparado a grandes cidades como Munique e Berlin o que deixa Deggendorf atrativa e viável".

O que foi melhor na faculdade THD ?
"Na universidade além de salas de aula bem equipadas e bons professores o contato entre o meio acadêmico e profissional é muito grande, o número de empresas desenvolvendo projetos junto aos estudantes é impressionante e devido a isso as portas para novas oportunidades estão sempre abertas".

Diferenças entre Alemanha e Brasil?
"São muitas, desde paisagens ao estilo de vida, mas o que mais me impressiona é a infraestrutura, tudo funciona bem: transporte público, trânsito, segurança e por ai vai..."

Como são os Alemães?
"São muito educados e prestativos, varias vezes me encontrei perdido em alguma situação e sempre encontrei alguém disposto a ajudar, e foi algo que me surpreendeu muito pois a primeira instância eles parecem bravos e fechados mas assim que você começa a conhecê-los fica claro a simpatia e solicidade do povo alemão".

3 razões para escolher a Alemanha?
"Como estudante eu diria: Praticidade no cotidiano, ela é referência em qualquer área da engenharia e claro boas universidades".



What do you like about Deggendorf?

"Despite being a small town it has a very good infrastructure and is perfect for a student life, everything is close and you will hardly see a car walking in the cycle route that connects the whole city to the banks of the Danube tributaries. The living costs are also not expensive compared to bigger cities in Germany like Munich and Berlin which makes Deggendorf attractive and viable".

What was the best thing on campus?

"At university, in addition to well-equipped classrooms and good teachers, the contact between the academic and professional environment is very big, the number of companies developing projects with students is impressive and because of this the doors to new opportunities are always open".

What are the differences between Germany and Brazil?

"There are many, from landscapes to lifestyle, but what impresses me (about Germany) the most is the infrastructure, everything works well: public transportation, traffic, security and so on... "

How are the Germans?

"They are very polite and helpful, several times I found myself lost in some situation and always found someone willing to help, and it was something that surprised me a lot because at first instance they seemed to be a kind of cold people in the own, but as soon as you get to know them is clear the sympathy and solicitude of the German people".

3 reasons to choose Germany?

"As a student I would say: Practicality in everyday life, it is a good reference in any area of engineering and of course has good universities".


"My name is Qais Sunna', I am 22 years old. I came from Jordan to Deggendorf on 25th Feb. 2017 as an exchange student at Technische Hochschule Deggendorf. I study mechatronics and I am currently in my 8th semester.

As we all do know, nothing is perfect.  However, my experience here at DIT was close to perfection.  I have not been here for a long time, but certainly enough to tell you why I would recommend DIT to you.
When I first came here at Deggendorf, the university was kind enough to provide us with a pickup service, where some students welcomed us and helped us with our luggage.
The university is quiet medium sized but enough for you to get to know to it and be comfy in a short amount of time, also it is located in a central location where it is almost near to any other place. The staff is super friendly and helpful, so if you were a student looking for studying abroad in Germany, I can tell you that DIT is a must :)."



“Doing an internship in Germany is worth all the effort you must put in to get it. I made my internship with Siemens Healthcare in Kemnath. I was in an automation project and they really gave me important responsibilities that challenged me and made me better. Besides of working and learning a lot, it also gave me the opportunity to make little trips due to the flexible schedule. The THD Career Service helped me a lot, checking my resume, trained me for my interview, and much more.
Maybe you will not get into your first option, but there are a lot of great companies, where you can develop your skills and have fun."
General Engineering student


International Management student

“It was a long journey to get here, but once I got here, all my expectations were nothing but right.
DIT really opens the door for many students to have an amazing experience, to get to know the culture and make great friends of different nationalities.
When I got here I was not quite sure what to expect. The lectures, the professors, the classmates, everything is so different from my home country. But something that I can be sure of, is that the people are very friendly and you really feel welcome always in every situation.
The time is short in Deggendorf, the words can´t describe so many wonderful experiences. Knowing that so many people are dedicated to help you to make your stay abroad an unforgettable experience is very rewarding. I am very grateful to the DIT for an experience that I will never forget.”


"I came to Deggendorf because I knew that I would fit in and that I could actively contribute to the community. The University and the town are not that big so it’s very easy to get to know other students. There is something about this small Bavarian town which makes you feel comfortable, safe and relaxed."



International Management student

“My first impression about Deggendorf and the university was very positive. Deggendorf University of Applied Sciences offers many programs to help the students for example Host Family program and Tandem program, where you can practice German language and also make a new friend. There is students’ club called AKI, which helps foreign students with orientation and filling in the forms. AKI Club organizes parties, trips and some nice activities during the semester.  Help from AKI and International Office makes you really feel comfortable in HDU. The courses are in English so it is easy to communicate. The professors have a good knowledge and they are all open to discussion and suggestions. The learning methods are a little bit different compared to Brazil. Here the teacher interacts with students all the time and we have the opportunity to ask questions freely. At first I felt a little uncomfortable because the systematic is quite different and I was a bit lost, but it didn’t take too long to adapt myself. The professors always encourage students to spend one semester abroad and help to find an internship or job by sending emails with opportunities frequently. The city is really small and cozy and I can feel safe any time. There are many options of student dormitories and they are all nice. I recommend the Deggendorf University of Applied Science because it is really prepared for all kinds of students, is receptive and you get to know people and the city in a short time. The atmosphere is welcoming.”