Fall Programme 2017/18

The Fall Programme is a catalogue with modules being taught in English and/or designed for exchange students. at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences (German name: Fachhochschule Westküste, ERASMUS+ code D HEIDE01). We offer modules taught in English each semester. The subjects offered vary in the summer and winter term. You may choose the modules according to the requirements of your home university. In order to register, please include or add the modules to your learning agreement or list of subjects and send them along with your application documents. Once you have been nominated to us by your International Office or ERASMUS+ coordinator you will receive your application documents.

Modules for Exchange Students

We recommend the courses German I as well as Regional and Cultural Studies to students from every course of study. Knowing the local language is an important key to understand the culture of another country. In Regional and Cultural Studies you can take part in excursions and get insights into the local, regional and national culture of Northern Germany and also attain a basic knowledge of German history, society, politics and business. The module is an excellent addition to the German course and, by the way, a good opportunity to meet other students.

No. of ModuleModule TitelSWSCredits
9735German I - German as a Foreign Language
30 lessons before lectures start
("Orientation Course")

(during semester)

Lisa Petersen
9744Regional and Cultural Studies
4 SWS6Bärbel Brouwers
9820Intercultural Management 4 SWS5Sonja Göttel
9670Destination Brand Research (can be combined with module no. EP, modules differ by examined destinations) 4 SWS8Ellen Böhling
9819Intercultural Project2 SWS10Dr. Rüdiger Kelm
EPDestination Brand Research (can be combined with module no. 9670, modules differ by examined destinations)2 SWS8Ellen Böhling
9104English for Tourism I / Spanish I
(both languages have to be attended)
4 SWS5Ciara Colgan /
Paula Molina de Rohde
9106English for Tourism III / Spanish III
(both languages have to be attended)
4 SWS5Ciara Colgan /
Paula Molina de Rohde
9342Spanish I4 SWS6Paula Molina de Rohde
9343Spanish II4 SWS6Paula Molina de Rohde
9089Business English II4 SWS5Ciara Colgan
9090Advanced Business English I4 SWS6Ciara Colgan
9614English for Business Psychology I4 SWS5Ciara Colgan
9618English for Business Psychology II4 SWS6Ciara Colgan
9653Business and Legal English I4 SWS5Ciara Colgan


If you choose any language courses, you also have to consult the Language Department (German: Lisa Petersen petersen(at)fh-westkueste.de, English: Ciara Colgan colgan(at)fh-westkueste.de, Spanish: Paula Molina de Rohde molinaderohde(at)fh-westkueste.de) before attending the class. In some cases the language modules are electives for regular students and the places are limited. Therefore, you need to reserve in time.

General Information for Exchange Students

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar is available in German and English. The German version is available at http://www.fh-westkueste.de/studierende/termine/ in the box “Semestertermine”. The English list of semester dates is included in our fact sheet which can be downloaded from http://www.fh-westkueste.de/campus-service/akademisches-auslandsamt/downloads/.


Accommodation needs to be organized as one of the first things on your to-do-list. For international students we recommend staying in the student dorm near the campus or in shared private apartments with other students.

The application form for the student dorm is available at http://www.studentenwerk.sh/de/wohnen/wohnheimantrag-online/index.html. Please have a look at the deadlines, applying as soon as possible is recommendable because the places are very popular.

Private offers which are directed to our students are also published on our website:

http://www.fh-westkueste.de/studieninteressierte/standort-heide/wohnen/ (German knowledge very useful)

There are also websites which are publishing private shared living possibilities, such as www.wg-gesucht.de. Please do not come to Heide without having organized a place to stay beforehand. It is almost impossible to find a room within one day. And please do not forget to inform the International Office (aaa(at)fh-westkueste.de ) about your arrival, so that we can plan your welcome meeting and get quick help for your first steps.


After being nominated to us you will receive an application form for exchange students with further information about the next steps from us.

The nomination and application deadline for the winter term is the 15th July.
The nomination and application deadline for the summer term is the 15th January.

Students who do not have an EU-citizenship or a permanent residence permit for the EU should send us their application as early as possible and also prepare the first steps with their local German embassy. The embassies in some countries are very busy.


Contracts have a high legal relevance in Germany. Before you sign a contract, e.g. for rent or a phone, please make sure to ask someone who speaks German fluently to understand a contract before you sign it. We are among the possible persons you could ask for help.

ECTS credits

Please do not forget to include all subjects which you want to have named on your transcript of records on your learning agreement or list of subjects. In some modules attendance is compulsory (“Anwesenheitspflicht”), so you would have to participate regularly to receive credits. Your course coordinators will show you how to register for exams after your arrival.

Facebook Group

For international students at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences the international department of the student union (“AStA Auslandsreferat”) runs a closed facebook group. The group name is “Foreign Student at FH Westküste”. You need to be nominated by your home university first, meaning the helping students and us need to know your name to grant you access. Here you can get into contact with other international students in Heide and German students. The group is meant to help each other, exchange information and to plan spare time activities together.


Exchange students should read our manual for incoming international students which is available on our download page at http://www.fh-westkueste.de/campus-service/akademisches-auslandsamt/downloads/. It is very useful to prepare your application and your stay in Germany.


Heide is a town in Northern Germany with about 20.000 inhabitants and close to the North Sea and the UNESCO World Heritage Site National Park Wadden Sea. The air and environment is very healthy. This is one of the reasons why tourists are coming to this region. Our university has approximately 1.900 students who like the friendly, family-like atmosphere, the modern facilities and learning in mostly small or medium groups. Our students from the student union, who are helping international students in their spare time, your course coordinators and the International Office, but also many other people at the university will help you during your stay.


For all kind of questions please don’t hesitate to contact us:

International Office

+49 (0) 481 8555 -171/-172