Start of studies in WiSe20/21 - Studying in corona times

You are unsure whether you will actually take up your studies for WiSe20/21?

Yes - of course! Certainly, due to the corona situation it is still uncertain, but we promise you: With us you can start your studies for the winter semester 20/21 for sure. We are very flexible: Whether studying in online or classroom teaching - we are optimally prepared for both and together we will enable you to master both forms of teaching and learning!

Convince yourself - apply now quite simply via our applicant*inside portal

To find out how teaching is currently organized at your future department, visit the respective department page. Here you can find out which teaching formats are actually used in compliance with the national regulations regarding the handling of the corona virus. 

Further university-wide guidelines, averages and FAQs regarding the corona situation at the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer can be found under the following link: 

If you have any further questions or uncertainties, please contact our Central Student Advisory Service. Contact details of the consultants can be found here: 


Studying despite Corona - our students have noted down what you need to do


In order to be as well prepared as possible for the start of your studies, our students have written down "Must Haves" for you, so that you are as well prepared as possible for the Ersti week and for studying despite the corona!

  • Internet connection (you will move to Emden or Leer for your studies? Great - but remember early enough that you will need an internet connection after the move to take part in the offers of your university - unfortunately, due to Corona, not everything can take place in the presence again)
  • Laptop/Tablet/PC: Everybody needs a basic technical equipment during their studies (also before and after Corona times)!
  • Camera: You have a basic technical equipment, this does not necessarily include a camera - but of course it is always an advantage if your fellow students (and also the teacher) can see one - after all, I want to see the others too ;)
  • Microphone (all online tools have a chat function. So if there is no microphone integrated in your laptop/computer, that's not sooo bad: Questions can also be asked via the chat!)

Welcome to the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer

Here you will find all the important information you need to start your studies. Keep an eye out here regularly for news!

We will do everything we can so that you can get to know your lecturers, fellow students and your campus personally and on site during the first semester week (28.09.2020-04.10.2020). Of course, the final implementation of the project also depends on the requirements of the country regarding the handling of the corona virus.

We will definitely welcome you via live stream at our university-wide welcome event on September 28, 2020, at 09:00 am. You will find the link to the live stream of the official welcome here from the beginning of September.

For some courses of study there are preliminary courses and an orientation programme. You will find further information on the respective page of your department.

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Those who start their studies usually need a room or an apartment. Fortunately, Emden and Leer are not "university metropolises". Compared to other cities you can get relatively cheap places to stay, even below 200 euros in the vicinity of the university. It is just a question of how?

For anyone who is visiting Emden or Leer anyway (e.g. to have a look at the university) can check the numerous "black boards" in the university building. On-site you can also visit one of the numerous real estate agents or do a walk through the city center, and discover some shop windows with accommodation offers; however, this mediation is not free of charge.

Furthermore, the Saturday edition of the local newspapers (Emder Zeitung, Ostfriesen Zeitung) contain a large real estate section, the Emder Zeitung offers also an online market. In addition, free newspapers with numerous classified ads will appear on the weekend.

In addition to private rentals, there are also several student dormitories in Emden

These are managed by the Studentenwerk Oldenburg (SWO), detailed information is available online. If you are interested, you can apply online, waiting times are possible.

The SWO also arranges rooms in Emden, which are offered by private landlords. Information about this can also be obtained from the counseling center.

Consultation hours of the counseling center of the SWO in Emden:

Monday, Wednesday u. Friday: 09:00 to 12:00

Tuesday u. Thursday: 09:00 to 12:00 and 12:30 to 15:00

In Leer you also have the possibility to rent rooms from private providers. A list of current offers can be obtained from the Admission and Examination Office in Leer (Mrs. Kampen).

The location of the apartment is secondary, distances in Emden or Leer can be easily reached with the most popular East Frisian mean of transport, the bicycle (There is also a bicycle repair shop with instructions at the HS Emden!).

Emden: In addition to the city center, it is also worth taking a look at the surrounding neighborhoods. The Constantiaviertel in Emden is of course ideal because of the proximity to the university, but it is rather expensive. Larrelt is conveniently located and easily reachable by a pedestrian bridge over the ring road, the same applies to the settlement Conrebbersweg which can be reached through the bridge over the Larrelter Tief. But if you are looking forward to a cheap apartment in Petkum, you should first take a look at the city map.

When do you have to submit your insurance certificate?

The following cases apply for the submission of your insurance certificate: for enrollment at the beginning of your studies, in case of a change of  health insurance or in case of a change of university.

Family insurance during studies

Students can be co-insured by their parents with a statutory health insurance up to the age of 25 years. Who has done basic military or civil service and therefore had to interrupt studies or pursued the study at a later point in time, remains insured for this period and beyond. If you are insured with your parents, please submit a certificate from the health insurance company.

At the age of 25 you have the choice

Of course, with the expiry of the family insurance, it is possible to continue to be insured with the previous health insurance. Upon request, you will receive a new insurance certificate, which you must submit immediately.

Exemption from compulsory insurance

If you have a private health insurance or you are privately insured by your parents, you must obtain a certificate of exemption from a statutory health insurance (AOK, Barmer, TK, etc.).

End of compulsory insurance

Compulsory insurance usually ends after graduation of your studies (latest at the end of the 14th semester) or with the semester in which you complete your 30th year. In exceptional cases, please contact your health insurance.

Please note: Insurance certificates can only be accepted if your insurance number and the company number of the health insurance are given. A copy of your insurance card is not enough.

The application for the regular BAföG should be submitted to the Departmental Support Service of the Studentenwerk Oldenburg, Schützenweg 44, D-26129 Oldenburg no later than upon receipt of the letter of acceptance. The application can also be submitted to the SWO branch office in Emden (Mensa building). A proof of enrollment, such as a copy of the letter of acceptance must be attached to the application. The enrollment certificate must be submitted after successful enrollment.

Office hours of the BAföG consulting in Emden:

Tuesday and Thursday: 09:00 to 12:00 and 12:30 to 15:00

Further information can be found on the Internet at:

The tuition fee must be paid each semester and covers the tuition fee for one semester.

Further regulations and peculiarities can be found here.