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

Winter Semester 2023/24

Orientation Week:
19 - 29 September 2023

Beginning of lectures:
25 September 2023

Ending of lectures:

9 February 2024

The examination period will be announced later.

Orientation Week

In order to ensure a good start for all exchange students in Düsseldorf and at HSD, the International Office offers the Orientation Week. During our Orientation Weeks 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)
  • Campus and library tour, guided tour in Düsseldorf's old town
  • Cultural Activities in order to get to know Düsseldorf and your fellow exchange students
The participation at the Welcome Event is mandatory for all exchange students. Furthermore, we highly recommend to participate at all the other events of the Orientation Week.

​Cultural programme

Cultural programme of the International Office
Every semester our tutors offer an exciting cultural programme with different free events.

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), the Muslim Student Community (German: Muslimische Hochschulgemeinde Düsseldorf, MHG), das Studierendenwerk 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:​


Studentenwerk Düsseldorf

Evangelische Studierenden Gemeinde (ESG)

Katholische ​Hochschulgemeinde (KHG)​

Muslimische Hochschulgemeinde (MHG)​

ESN Dü​sseldorf

International Office Photo Contest

​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.​​

Safety at HSD​​

Safety for all students and employees is a major concern of HSD. In case of emergency, you can rely on an efficient concept of  regulations and procedures. In order to know how to act in case of need, please get familiar with the safety instructions at HSD.

Sports programme

Safety Instructions