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Study as an exchange student for one to two semesters at the FH Potsdam

Zwei Studierende vor der Mensa im Tischgespräch
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Welcome to your semester abroad at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam! The FHP participates in the Erasmus+ program and has many bilateral agreements with partner universities worldwide. As an international exchange student, you will study with us in an application-oriented and interdisciplinary way!

Campus der FH Potsdam mit Hauptgebäude und Haus D

All departments of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam welcome exchange students: Department of Design, Department CITY|BUILDING|CULTURE, Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Social and Educational Sciences, Department of Information Sciences. Find out about our degree programs and learn more about campus life. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Campus Life

How to apply

How to apply in just a few steps. This is how you enroll as an exchange student with us.

1. Nomination

First, you have to be nominated for a stay abroad at the FH Potsdam. Thus, your home university has to nominate you. The nomination is done before the application deadline by email to the International Office of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam:

There is no cooperation agreement between your university and the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam? We also accept applications from Free Mover students. Please contact the International Office and also submit a current certificate of enrolment with your application.

2. Application

After you have been nominated, you can apply to us. Send the following documents by mail to

  • Application form
  • Letter of motivation (500 - 1000 words)
  • Curriculum vitae (tabular)
  • Transcript of records from home university in English
  • Language certificate. This must be submitted for the language of instruction (German or English). Language certificates, letters of recommendation by language teachers, OLS test results are accepted as proof of language skills.
  • Portfolio if you are applying for Design programs

Application deadlines

June 01 for the academic year or winter semester (end of September to end of February).

November 01 for the summer semester (end of March to end of July) 

3. Selection and admission

After we receive your application, the coordinators in the study programs will check your documents according to the respective admission requirements (for example, language skills, portfolio, etc.). You will receive feedback from the International Office within 6 weeks by e-mail.

If you receive a letter of acceptance Letter of Acceptance from us, then we welcome you warmly to FH Potsdam in the next semester.

4. Enrollment

After admission you will be enrolled as an exchange student at the FHP. You will receive a Campus.Account and a Campus.Card with multiple functions: Semester ticket, student card, library card, copy and print card.

A semester fee is charged for this. The fee is currently 265.34 EUR per semester for exchange students. Important: These are not tuition fees or fees for enrollment!

5. Learning agreement

In the next step, start creating your Learning Agreement. In principle, you can choose from all courses at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences if you fulfill the prerequisites for the course. This means that you can also select courses from other degree programs and interdisciplinary courses. You should earn a maximum of 30 ECTS per semester. The minimum number of credits you must acquire is determined by your home university.

Language skills

The language of instruction is German. For the application you have to prove appropriate language skills for German on level B1 of the European Framework of Reference. Exception: For the English-language Master Childhood Studies and Children's Rights a language certificate for English B2 has to be submitted with the application.

The following programs offer a limited range of courses and academic support in English: Cultural WorkSocial WorkDesign (all programs), Architecture and Urban planning Master

University Calendar

Course overview all courses

You can find a current overview of the courses taking place at the FHP in the course catalog. Registration for the courses takes place upon your arrival.

Course catalog

Course Overview Design Department

The course offerings in the design courses can be found in the extra course catalog Design. Enrollment in the courses is done via the communication platform in the Design Department called Incom. If you have been accepted as an exchange student, you can already register as a guest in Incom and familiarize yourself with the course offer.

Course Catalog Department of Design

English language courses

You want to study with us in English? Please contact the International Office first for advice.

FHP courses in English winter 20-21.pdf (PDF, 306.55 KB)
Übersicht der englischsprachigen Kurse an der FHP im Wintersemester 2020-21
FHP Courses in English summer 2022.pdf (PDF, 134.29 KB)
Übersicht englischsprachiger Lehrveranstaltungen im Sommersemester 2022

Academic calendar

Lecture time & exams

Welcome and Orientation Days 

24.03. – 25.03.2022
Lecture period 28.03. – 08.07.2022
Exam week 12.07. – 16.07.2022
Exam week

26.09. – 30.09.2022

Lecture-free days

Easter 15.04. – 18.04.2022
Ascension 26.05.2022
Whit Monday


Lecture time & exams

Welcome and Orientation Days 

26.09. – 30.09.2022
Lecture period 04.10.2022 – 27.01.2023
Exam week 23.01. – 27.01.2023
Exam week

27.03 – 31.03.2023

Lecture-free days

German Unity Day  03.10.2022
Reformation Day 31.10.2022
Christmas break

24.12.2022 – 01.01.2023

Preparation for the semester abroad

Find accommodation

The University of Applied Sciences Potsdam does not have its own dormitories or accommodation. The housing market in Potsdam and Berlin is tight, it is not always easy to find an apartment. It is best to start looking for an apartment as soon as you have decided to spend your semester abroad in Potsdam. 

This overview will support you in your search for accommodation

Follow FHP Connect

The student team of FHP Connect organizes events and excursions for international students during the semester, where you can get to know student life, the FHP and the cities of Potsdam and Berlin. Follow them right now on social media.

FHP Connect

Register with the Buddy Program

Sign up for our buddy program and get in touch with other FHP students even before you start your studies at our university. The FHP Buddies will help you before your arrival and at the start of your studies. 

Buddy program

Plan your arrival - Welcome and Orientation Days

Prior to the start of the semester, the International Office will hold Welcome and Orientation Days for all exchange students. Plan your arrival accordingly and inform the International Office about the planned arrival day. Please note that rooms in student residences are often only rented from 01 October or 01 April. So for the transition you will have to look for another accommodation. 

Before departure

The following steps are necessary to end your stay with us. Remember to cancel all memberships and contracts in time or to inform others of your new registration address.

If you want to stay in Potsdam until the end of the semester or want to use the semester ticket until the end of the semester, then you do not have to do anything and will be automatically deregistered at the end of the semester.

If you want to deregister before the end of the semester (31.03. or 30.09.), you can apply for a partial refund of the semester ticket fee. Use the form to apply for a refund and submit it to the International Office by email together with the application for exmatriculation.

Antrag auf Erstattung des Semestericket-Beitrags (PDF, 89.27 KB)
Antrag auf Erstattung des Semesterticket-Beitrags für Austauschstudierende

You can find the fees you still have to pay in your My.Campus Portal. Please pay the fees before you leave!

If you need a confirmation of your period of stay with us for your home university, then get the signature from the International Office. Send us the pre-filled document by email.

If you have registered your residence with the city of Potsdam or Berlin, you must also deregister there. 

Cancel the contract 3 months before your departure if there is no end date in the contract. In Germany it is customary to make a handover appointment with the landlord or janitor on the day you move out. Be prepared, clean the apartment thoroughly and do not leave any garbage or objects behind!


Inform your insurance company about the end of your studies and about your new valid address abroad. If you want to cancel your health insurance taken out in Germany before the end of the semester, you must submit proof of exmatriculation for this purpose (see exmatriculation application above).

Inform your bank when you leave Germany and ask for the final steps to cancel the account. If you can continue the account, you must inform the bank about your new registration address.

Sign off for leaving Germany here 

Grades and Transcript of Records

At the end of your semester abroad at the FHP, you will be issued a Transcript of Records for the overview of your achievements.

At the FHP, credit points are awarded as ECTS points. 60 ECTS points correspond to the workload of one academic year. The acquisition of one ECTS credit point is based on an average workload of 30 time-hours.

Some courses at the FHP are graded pass or fail as ungraded courses.


grade / grade at FHP Beschreibung / Description ECTS Note / Grade
1.0 very good /excellent A
1.3; 1.7; 2.0 very good/very good B
2.3; 2.7; 3.0 good / good C
3,3; 3,7 satisfactory / satisfactory D
4.0 sufficient/sufficient E
5.0 insufficient / fail F
ungraded / not graded passed / pass  
  failed / fail  


Antrag auf Erstattung des Semestericket-Beitrags (PDF, 89.27 KB)
Antrag auf Erstattung des Semesterticket-Beitrags für Austauschstudierende