Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences

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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 2019/210

Orientation weeks:
18 - 28 September 2019

Beginning of lectures:
23 - 30 September 2019

End of exams/Beginning of holidays:
Mid/End of January to Mid/End February 2020

​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:

Kulturprogramm Flyer SoSe 2019.pdf



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

 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.​​



Sports programme