Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences


Semester dates

Academic year
Winter semester: 1 September to 28 February
Summer semester: 1 March to 31 August

Lecture period
Winter semester: End of September to Mid February
Summer semester: Mid March to Mid July

Summer Semester 2019

Orientation weeks:
11 - 23 March 2019

Beginning of lectures:
25 March 2019

End of exams/Beginning of holidays:
Mid/End of July to Mid/End August 2019

​Orientation Weeks

In order to ensure a good start for all exchange students in Düsseldorf and at HSD, the International Office offers the Orientation Weeks. Two weeks before the lectures start, we will complete the formalities and give you a lot of important information:
  • Presentation of the International Office and the tutors
  • Enrolment
    • Completing the necessary forms
    • Health insurance registration or exemption
    • Payment of the semester contribution
    • Receipt of the Student ID
  • Information sessions for each faculty
  • Information on the registration with the Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt)
  • Information on obtaining the residence permit (students from non-EU countries)
  • Information sessions on the registration withthecity and the application for a residence permit
  • Free German language course
  • Campus and library tour, guided tour in Düsseldorf's old town
We highly recommend to participate in the Orientation Weeks.

​Cultural programme

Cultural programme of the International Office
Every semester our tutors offer an exciting cultural programme with different free trips. Please find the current cultural programme on the right.

Further events and important deadlines are also listed in our semester calendar, which can be found on this website.

Further cultural events
The Protestant Student Community (German: Evangelische Studierenden Gemeinde, ESG), the Catholic Student Community (German: Katholische Hochschulgemeinde, KHG) Studentenwerk Düsseldorf and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) also offer regular cultural events. You can find further information under the links on the right.

Photo contest

Hand in your best picture from your stay in Germany to the International Office Photo contest and win great prices! Further information and forms are available on our websites

Further information:

Culture Programme Winter Semester 2018/19

Studentenwerk Düsseldorf
Evangelische Studierenden Gemeinde (ESG)
Katholische ​Hochschulgemeinde (KHG)​
ESN Düsseldorf



International Office Photo Contest

​Information on the faculties

Below you will find information on the faculties, their study programmes, their courses and contact persons.

Unfortunately, the HSD website is not yet fully available in English, so some information is currently provided in German only. If you cannot find the information you are looking for on the English pages, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be glad to help you.


Faculty of Architecture

Architecture and Interior Architecture (B.A.)
Architecture (M.A.)
InteriorArchitecture (M.A.)

Here you can find information on the courses (only in German).

Soon, you will find further information on the English website of the faculty.

Faculty of Design

Communication Design (B.A.) 
Applied Art and Design (B.A.)
Retail Design (B.A.)
Communication Design (M.A.)
Exhibition Design (M.A.)
Applied Art and Design (M.A.)

Here you can find information on the courses (only in German).

Further information in English is available here.

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Communication and IT (B.Eng.)
Electrical Engineering (B.Eng.)
Industrial Engineering (B.Eng.)
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (M.Sc.)

Here you can find information on the courses (in German only).

Faculty of Mechanical and Process Engineering

Product Development and Production (B.Eng.) 
Process, Energy and Environmental Technology (B.Eng.)
Industrial Engineering (B.Eng.)
Simulation Technology (M.Sc.)

Here you can find information on the courses (only in German).

Further information in English is available here.

Faculty of  Media

Media Informatics (B.Sc.) 
Media Technology (B.Eng.)
Audio and Vision (in cooperation with the Robert Schumann Conservatory) (B.Mus.Eng.)
Media Informatics (M.Sc.)

Here you can find information on the courses (only in German).

Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies

Social Work / Social Pedagogy (B.A.) 
Pedagogics of Childhood and Family Education (B.A.)
Culture, Aesthetics, Media (M.A.)
Empowerment Studies  – Socialwork / Social Pedagogy in Globalized Communities (M.A.)

Here you can find information on the courses (only in German).

Further information in English is available here.

Faculty of Business Studies

Business Administration (B.A.)
International Management (B.A.)
Communication and Multimedia Management (B.A.)
Communication, Multimedia and Market Management (M.A.)

Here you can find information on the German courses programme.

The Faculty of Business Studies offers an international programme in English for exchange students who do not speak German. This programme can be downloaded below.

International programme_ SoSe18.pdf

International Programme WS2018_19.pdf



Language courses

HSD offers  free language courses during the semester. We recommend attending a German language course! Please find the current language programe on the right

Language programme​

​Sports programme

Every student can participate in the university sports programme. Most courses take place at the university campus. Most sports are free of charge. A fee of 30 Euros per semester has to be paid for the weight room. There is also an entrance fee for the swimming pool. You can find the current sports programme under the link on the right. Unless stated otherwise in the programme, you can just come along to the next date and talk to your trainer. It’s best to bring your sportwear along with you so that you can join immediately.​​

Sports programme