Important information from A to Z

On this page you might find helpful information regarding your stay in Stralsund. Besides organizational issues like opening a bank account or explanations about the health insurance you also get advises about sports and the public transport. Additionally, we recommend you to have look into our Incoming Guide.

 

Are you finishing your studies soon and already looking for a job in Germany? Or do you want to apply for an internship? Just take a look into our Application Manual!

Arrival and Transportation in Stralsund and Germany

Arrival

For a stress free and smooth arrival in Stralsund, get further information here.

Public transport

In Stralsund, there is a network of bus routes. Line 1 goes directly to HOST (bus stop close to house 19) via Stralsund main station and town center. The closest bus stop of line 4 is called "Lilienthalstraße" (use of the way through the BFW). A single ride costs € 2.00. You can also buy a weekly, monthly or half-year ticket. If you do not use the bus every day, you could also buy an 6-trip ticket. The tickets can be purchased from the driver or at any ticket agency.
For more information about the schedules of all bus routes and prices visit the website of public transport in Stralsund (German only!).

Deutsche Bahn
All trains arriving in or leaving from Stralsund, can be found at the following link. In addition to the standard fares, there are special tickets (so-called "Ländertickets") which one can use in each province for short-distance travel with a maximum of 5 persons. Those tickets are valid 24/7 on weekends and on weekdays from 9 am. For more information on tickets and the countries of the Quer-durchs-Land-Ticket is available on the website of Deutsche Bahn.

For students who travel a lot, there is a rail card ("Bahncard"), which ensures a discount up to 50 % on standard rates. If you are enrolled in a tourism-related degree (Leisure and Tourism Management or Tourism Development Strategies) course you also have the possibility to apply for the Travel Industry Card. It is valid for one year, costs € 12.50 and offers discounts for long distance busses, trains, different leisure activities and hotel bookings for example.

Long Distance Busses
As an alternative you can also use busses instead of trains. Stralsund is connected to many different cities within Germany and Europe. The schedule you can find here.

Ferries departing from Sassnitz
The ferry port Sassnitz is a gate to the Baltic Sea. Scheduled ferry services offer crossings from Sassnitz to Denmark, Sweden, Russia and Lithuania. Further information about the schedule can be found at the following link.

Carpooling
If you are travelling alone, there are offers like BlaBlaCar or Bessermitfahren where you can find other people traveling to your destination. It could be by car or train, but you can almost always find something low priced.

Bank account

If your account does not participate in SEPA, we suggest opening a bank account in Stralsund. If you are staying in a student hall of residence, you will definitely need a SEPA account so that Student Services can debit your account.
 

You should contact your home bank to find out the cheapest and fastest way to transfer money between your bank in Stralsund and your bank in your home country. When you leave Stralsund, you should close your account here.
 

Credit cards such as MasterCard, EuroCard, VISA and American Express are accepted nearly everywhere in Germany. In lots of shops, you can also pay by card if it has a "Maestro" emblem. Opening an account should be one of your first steps in Germany. The buddies will help the international students with this.
 

You will need:

  • National ID card or passport 

  • Residential address in Stralsund/rental contract

  • Proof of enrolment (e.g. preliminary certificate of enrolment or letter of acceptance)

  • Details of your current account (incl. SWIFT/IBAN)

  • Possibly money for transferring the administration fees to Hochschule Stralsund

              Account holder: Hochschule Stralsund
              Bank: Sparkasse Vorpommern
              IBAN: DE16 1505 0500 0112 2350 93
              BIC: NOLADE21GRW
              Payment reference: Surname, first name(s)
 

If you need to apply for a resident permit and you did not have to open a blocked account for your visa, you can do so now.

Health and Accident Insurance

All students require health insurance. The Germany health care system you find explained here in 40 languages.

Students from EU member states and students who come from countries that have a social security agreement with the EU (EEA countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Switzerland, Turkey and Tunisia) should make sure to find out the best way to receive health insurance by asking their health insurance provider in their home country, prior to departure. In most cases, students will receive the European Health Insurance Card which releases you from obligatory health insurance in Germany and provides you with medical care in emergencies. Find out more information on the website of the European Commission.

All other students (non-EU students) have two possibilities.

All students aged below 30 years can take out student health insurance with a statutory health insurance provider in Germany. The monthly costs amount to ca. 90 EUR. To do so, you will need to go to a branch of a health insurance provider with the following documents:

  • Passport or national ID card

  • Wohnungsgeberbestätigung (confirmation from landlord/rental contract)

  • Bank account details

  • Proof that you are a student (e.g. the Preliminary Certificate of Enrolment or the Letter of Acceptance)

If you have already taken out health insurance that is valid in Germany, you can have this recognised locally by a statutory health insurance provider. To do so, you will have to go to one of the branches of a statutory health insurance provider with proof of your current health insurance and apply for a Befreiung von der Krankenversicherungspflicht (release from obligatory health insurance). If they recognise your health insurance, you can enrol with their notification.

However, please keep in mind that international insurance policies do not always provide for the same amount of care as statutory health insurance in Germany and this could mean that if you fall ill, you might be faced with problems. If the health insurance protection is not sufficient, you will have to take out student health insurance with a statutory health insurance provider. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us!

Students who are older than 30 are not subject to obligatory health insurance. You can choose to take out health insurance with a statutory health insurance provider at a higher cost or take out private health insurance. Please make sure you take out sufficient health insurance protection for the entire length of your studies in Stralsund.

All enrolled students are covered with accident insurance from the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. This insurance covers any accidents that might occur during studies in Stralsund. If an accident occurs, you have to inform HOST (Division II) of the accident within 3 days. The University will then contact the insurance company. If you do not inform HOST of the accident, you will not be able to make any claims at a later date.

Resident Registration Office and Immigration Office

You register your address in Stralsund at the local Registration Office - the Ordnungsamt. You will also need the Meldebescheinigung (Certificate of Registration) for registration at the Ausländerbehörde (Immigration Office).

A "book of vouchers" has been developed as part of a joint project between HOST, the Friends of HOST (Förderverein der Hochschule Stralsund) and the Department of Economic Development/Town Marketing of the Hanseatic town of Stralsund, and is available at HOST.

Students at HOST can apply once for the Begrüßungsgeld (welcoming payment) that amounts to €150, if they can provide a Certificate of Enrolment from HOST and have recently changed their permanent address to Stralsund for study purposes.

The payment is made either via transfer into your account or alternatively in cash at the Town's treasury.

For registration you will need the following documents:

  • Passport or national ID card

  • Wohnungsgeberbestätigung (confirmation from landlord/rental agreement)

  • Bank account details

  • Proof that you are a student (e.g. Preliminary Certificate of Enrolment or Letter of Acceptance)

Ordnungamt of the Hanseatic Town of Stralsund

Schillstraße 5-7
18439 Stralsund

Opening Hours:

Monday   8.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

Tuesday   8.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. and 1.00 - 6.00 p.m.

Wednesday   Appointments only by prior arrangement

Thursday   8.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. and 1.00 - 4.00 p.m.

Friday   8.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.  

 

All foreign nationals from non-EU member states must register at the Immigration Office. You can also apply for or extend your residence permit there. More information on this topic here.

Ausländerbehörde (Immigration Office)

Marienstraße 1
18439 Stralsund  

Opening Hours:

Tuesday   9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. and 1.30 - 6.00 p.m.

Thursday   9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. and 1.30 - 4.00 p.m.

Administration Fee

All students at the HOST need to pay an administration fee of 97,00 € for the first and 80,00 € for each subsequent semester. *Exception: ERASMUS+ students have to pay an administration fee of only 77 EUR per semester.

Before you enrol in your first or exchange semester, please transfer 97,00 €* to:

Recipient: Hochschule Stralsund
Bank: Sparkasse Vorpommern
IBAN: DE16 1505 0500 0112 2350 93
BIC: NOLADE21GRW
Reference: Your name (for exchange students) and applicant number (for full course students)

Please bring a receipt or proof of this transfer to your enrolment.

For further semesters please transfer 80 EUR* to:


Empfänger: Hochschule Stralsund
Bank: Sparkasse Vorpommern
IBAN: DE44 1505 0500 0100 0572 09
BIC: NOLADE21GRW
Reference: matriculation number, first name, family name

Living

Living in Stralsund

You are searching for an accommodation in Stralsund? All information about living in Stralsund can be found here.

 

 

ECTS Points

Information on ECTS Points

The ECTS credit system makes degree programmes and student performance more transparent and comparable all across European Union countries. ECTS replaced or complemented the different local (national) standards within Europe. Thanks to the ECTS credit system students from EU-countries can go abroad and study a degree that will be universally accepted all throughout the European Union.

By completing a course, seminar, module etc., you get awarded with ECTS-credit points. Every ECTS credit point represents the amount of workload.

Some examples of ECTS credits assigned per degree type:

  • One year of studies - 60 ECTS-credits;
  • 3-year Bachelor’s programme - 180 ECTS-credits;
  • 2-year Master’s programme - 120 ECTS-credits.

Due to its relative nature, the ECTS grading scale can just give an orientation about a student’s performance but is much more transparent than many national grading systems and it helps compare your academic performance towards other students in Europe!

 

ECTS-Coordinators

The ECTS-Coordinators below are in charge to proof and sign your learning agreements. Changes (Changes/during the mobility) can be made until five weeks after semester start.


Faculty of Economics
Prof. Dr. Volker Rundshagen

House 1, Room 130

Tel. +49 3831 456 527


Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Steffenhagen

House 4, Room 102c

Tel. +49 3831 457317


Faculty of Engineering
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Olaf Lotter

Haus 19, Raum 311

Tel. +49 3831 456 926

 

ECTS Coordinator
Prof. Dr. Dirk Engel

House 1, Room 202

Tel. +49 3831 457 605

 

Language course

Required German language proficiency has to be proven prior to admission and enrolment.

We do not offer any German language intensive course at the moment. However, we offer licenses for a German online course. If you are interested, we are pleased to assist you.

The "Lektorat Deutsch als Fremdsprache" at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald offers German language courses at two different levels: 1. Mittelstufe = intermediate and 2. Oberstufe = advanced, which finish with the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber" (DSH). Prior to admission to the German language course, the applicants must have at least 400 hours of German language training in their home country. They have to show proof of this language training. To be admitted to the language course, an entrance test is necessary.

Applications for the German language course entrance test have to be submitted to ASSIST by 15th July for the Winter semester and by 15th January for the Summer semester.

More information about German language courses:
Summer Courses in Germany
Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache

Other language courses:
Chinese at Konfuzius-Institut Stralsund e.V.

Scholarships

As an international student, you can apply for a limited number of partial scholarships through the International Office. The scholarship recipients will be selected from the pool of eligible applicants by a committee made up of the president of the university, the International Affairs and one professor from each department. They will make their decision based on the criteria outlined below as well as your letter of motivation and your financial situation. Generally, scholarships are granted for one semester. The possibility of an extension depends on the number of other qualified applicants and the guidelines of the scholarship programme. Double funding through different scholarships (e.g. ERASMUS+) is not permitted.

Application deadlines:

  • For the winter term: 15 September
  • For the summer term: 15 March

If the deadline falls on a weekend or public holiday, the application documents must be submitted by the preceding workday. This is determined by the incoming post stamp.

Application documents:

  • A letter of motivation
  • Your CV
  • Your current transcript of records
  • Short information about your financial situation (income, expenses, former scholarships)
  • A list of the classes you plan to take the following semester

Please keep in mind that we cannot accept applications from students who are in their first semester.

STIBET Scholarship for students actively involved in university activities
Criteria:

  1. Full-time enrollment at HS Stralsund
  2. Good academic performance
  3. Outstanding contributions to international activities at HS Stralsund (please elaborate in your letter of motivation)

This scholarship is usually granted for the summer semester. Applications for the winter semester are possible and will be considered in the absence of eligible applicants for the STIBET Contact Scholarship.


STIBET Contact Scholarship
Criteria:

  1. Students from foreign universities with an existing or planned cooperation or agreement 
  2. Good academic performance

 

STIBET Degree Completion Scholarship
Criteria:

  1. Full-time enrollment at HS Stralsund
  2. Good academic performance
  3. A successful completion of the course of study must be expected within a year


Scholarships from the Ministry for Education, Science and Culture Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Criteria:

  1. Cost of living can not be provided independently

  2. Current (or, in exceptional cases, former) enrollment in one of our partner universities in the Baltic region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, European Russia or Sweden)

  3. Good academic performance



Emergency Scholarships from the Ministry for Education, Science and Culture Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Students who find themselves in financial hardship through no fault of their own may apply for a scholarship in order to successfully complete their studies.
Criteria:

  1. Current enrollment in a master’s course or at least the 3rd semester of a bachelor’s course
  2. Exceptional financial hardship


Note: Students who are enrolled in a second or additional course of studies cannot be funded through this programme. This scholarship can be granted for a maximum of 12 months. Come by the International Office for information on how to apply.

Other scholarship opportunities:
Consult the DAAD scholarship database for a comprehensive overview.

Prepartory course

In September 2019 starts the new preparatory course for international prospective students at the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund (HOST). In two semesters the students get prepared specifically for engineering and economical study courses.

 

Since the most important requirement for successful studies in Germany is a necessary langue level of the student, the German intensive-course is one of the main objectives of the programme. The course includes especially an intensive course for general German with „TestDaF-Training“ with a target level of GER B2.2. Moreover, the preparatory year includes the modules „study organisation and study practice“ as well as the module „technical German“ as a blended learning course via online and offline lessons. During the last three months the course mainly focuses on the preparation for future studies with an emphasis on technical German combined with scientific working techniques. The contents of the courses are corresponding with a GER C1 language level.

 

The intensive-course in German and the modules are accompanied by research projects regarding living in Stralsund and studying at the HOST as well as by a side-programme which provides, besides a German tutorial and a visit of a lecture, intercultural training and support together with grading tests and midterm examinations. Furthermore, there will be an excursion programme and support regarding everyday questions.

 

The participants receive regular feedback regarding their performance level and can adjust their main focus flexibly during the preparatory year. Moreover, teachers and tutors are always available as contact persons.

 

Information sheet: german / english

 

Contact

University of Applied Sciences – International Office

Incoming Coordinator

Tel: +49 3831 45 6533

incoming@hochschule-stralsund.de

 

Buddy-Programme

The Buddy programme enables international students, whether full-time or guest students, to find their way around Stralsund with the help of volunteer local students, to fight their way through Germany's government jungle and to find connections on campus. The students of the University of Stralsund assist the Internationals with questions and help them on arrival, enrollment and support them to overcome language barriers. It is a chance to make new friendships worldwide, improve language and international skills and promote intercultural exchange.

Who can participate?

All students who come to Stralsund as exchange/guest students are automatically assigned a buddy. All international students who are going to complete full-time studies in Stralsund can register for the Buddy Programme after receiving their confirmation of admission.

How can I participate?

Once you have received a confirmation of admission as a full-time student, you can register for the program at the following e-mail-address, using the information below:

E-Mail: international.students(at)hochschule-stralsund(dot)de

Required information: Name, study program, country of origin, arrival date

 

Here you'll find an interview with the former Buddy Programme Coordinator Ms Juliane Wloch.

International Programm sommer semester 2020

The International Office offers various workshops and events during the semester. In cooperation with the International Event Point we would like to invite you to our international "Get Togethers" and other events to make international and German contacts and to have a great time together with friends.

The recent programm can be downloaded here.


For further information please visit the Facebook page of the International Event-Point.

International Event Point

The International Event-Point – a place where cultures meet

Hello and welcome to the IEP!

Every semester there are lots of Internationals studying at the Hochschule Stralsund. On the other hand there are plenty of Germans here who want to get in contact with other cultures. The IEP is a group for all of those: where both International and German students can meet up, plan and celebrate together.

Already interested? The IEP caters something for all tastes!

Maybe you like organising and coordinating? Then you should definitely join the Organisational department. It deals with administrative questions like the application for financial support or the cooperation with the university. So it is the perfect chance to get an insight into the organisation and the responsibilities of a group like the IEP.

Another important part of our team is the Marketing department. Its members advertise events and programs on social media. By designing flyers and stickers or by writing articles you can fully act out your creativity and get by the way interesting knowledge about the basics of marketing.

Maybe you have already been at a Get-Together or at some excursions organised by the Event and Journey department? From planning and moderating those events to collecting feedback afterwards - a lot of work but also fun lies in the hands of this team. Is there anything better than enjoying a relaxed evening at the beach or doing bigger excursions to interesting places like Hamburg or Rügen while meeting people from all over the world?

Our aim is to offer something for every student of the HOST. No matter if you just want to have fun at one of our many events or if you even like to join our team - everyone with an open mind is always welcome at the IEP!

Are you already a bit curious? Then visit us at our weekly meetings during the Gremienzeit.

If you want to get more information, find us on Facebook @eventpoint16, on Instagram @internationaleventpoint or write an email to event.point@hochschule-stralsund.de.

Refectory and Cafeteria

On campus there are a refectory and a cafeteria where students can have lunch or a light snack. Opening hours are from 8am till 4pm. Lunch is available from 11:15am till 2pm. At present for students the price of lunch starts from € 1.75. The lunch can be paid cash or by using the HOST Card.

 

Sport in Stralsund

Sport Clubs in Stralsund
Apart from the University’s sports club, there are also other sports clubs in Stralsund that offer a wide variety of sports. Membership in a sports club is not very expensive. Members have to pay an annual membership fee and can then take part in all sports activities. The sports clubs in Stralsund offer a huge array of sports, ranging from basketball, handball, football, volleyball to martial arts, gymnastics and athletics.


Go-Carts
The go-cart track can be found on the industrial estate in Grünhufe. With a length of 277 m, it provides enough space for fast laps. So come along and put your foot down!

Bowling
Bowleros is located right next to Stralsund’s central train station. With its 1700 m², the Center offers enough space for ten-pin bowlers of all abilities, whether it’s just for fun or more serious hobby bowlers. Visitors also have the chance to play pool, table hockey and table football.

HanseDom

The HanseDom leisure center is the right place for a fun swim or slippery slides, a pool for lane-swimming, the oriental sauna landscape, a well-equipped fitness studio and a broad range of sports possibilities, for example tennis, squash and an indoor climbing wall.


Sailing School Altefähr
The sailing school in Altefähr, which is located on the opposite side of the Sund to Stralsund, offers sailing boats and catamarans, windsurfing equipment, kayaks, fishing boats, yachts and traditional wooden boats.


Tree-Top Adventures on Rügen
There are two tree-top rope courses on Rügen:

Waldseilpark Rügen
Seilgarten Prora


Stralsund Football Club - The Stralsund Pikes
You love football or want to try it out? Then get in contact with the Pikes.

 

Stralsund Rowing Club
You can row at different levels of ability at the Stralsund Rowing Club. You can take part in training sessions during the week, at weekends or go on water tours and there will be enough time for socializing. The Club rows on the Strelasund.

Daniel Gratkowski

Incoming Koordinator

Tel:

+49 3831 45 6533

Room:

128, Haus 1

Office hours from 06. January to 24. January 2020

Tuesday
9:00 - 12:00 a.m.