International Exchange

Gaining experience abroad, learning foreign languages and being able to fit in with a different culture is becoming increasingly important for students today. HfG would like to encourage you to find out about studying and spending time abroad.
The International Office at HfG can offer students advice on studying and internships abroad (outgoing students), as well as advising and looking after guest students (incoming students).



Outgoing students – studying abroad

To make your stay abroad a success timely and comprehensive preparation is essential, and not only regarding the language. The following links provide you with specific information on the education and university systems of your destination, and offer general travel information and facts about the country itself.

DAAD Country Information worldwide 
Country and travel information Federal Foreign Office 

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January 1

Application deadline for a Fulbright Travel Grant (USA)

From March  

Application deadline for a semester abroad at one of HfG’s partner universities in the following winter semester

June 1

Application deadline for the Hessen-Queensland Program for a semester in Queensland, Australia in the following academic year

June 15 

Application deadline for a grant from the Franco-German Youth Office for the following winter semester

July 1

Application deadline for a one-year Fulbright Foreign Student Grant the following academic year

From August

Application deadline for a semester abroad at one of the HfG partner universities the following summer semester

October 1

Application deadline for a DAAD One-Year Grant for students for further artistic education in the areas of visual arts, design or film

November 1

Application deadline for the Hessen-Massachusetts Program and the Hessen-Wisconsin Program

November 15

Application deadline for a grant from the Franco-German Youth Office for the following summer semester

Scholarships, grants

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The German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD is a national agency responsible for implementing and executing the program in Germany.
In addition, BAföG aktuell also provides very extensive information on the Erasmus Plus Program on its Website.

  • Erasmus+ PIC number 946324629

The Erasmus Plus Program for HfG students

If you are studying for a diplom you can take out a maximum of 24 months for an Erasmus program of your choice. Those studying towards a doctorate can spend twelve months abroad on the Erasmus Plus program. You can divide this time as you wish between study and internship. Moreover, it is possible to obtain funding first during diplom studies and subsequently during doctoral studies, making for a total of 36 months spent abroad through the Erasmus Plus program!

  • Studying abroad between three and 12 months (between July 1 of any year and  September 30 of the following year) at one of the HfG partner universities
  • Internships abroad or Erasmus placements from two to 12 months
  • Countries participating in Erasmus are the 28 EU member states plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Turkey, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Students pay no fees at their guest universities
  • Students can attend a language course at their guest university 
  • Before travelling abroad students must check with their department whether the academic achievements gained abroad will count as part of their studies
  • Students will receive monthly financial support – including those receiving a BAföG grant 
  • Special funds are available for students with special needs to cover the additional expenses incurred abroad
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City plan for incoming students with many tips for activities around Offenbach

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Exchange project between CPUT in Kapstadt and HfG Offenbach

Photo: Berenike Eimler

DAAD Strategic Partnerships Programme

Exchange with Shanghai, China

The partnership between HfG Offenbach and Tongji University in Shanghai (China) has been in place since 2005, since when the door has been open for a direct exchange between creatives from the Rhine-Main region in Germany and those from the estuary region between the Huang Pu and the Yangtze, on the other side of the world.

Until 2019 financial support will be provided for this long-standing relationship with our partner university by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of its Strategic Partnerships Programme and networks for specific subjects placed on a strategic footing with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

A wide range of measures is planned, applicable to all departments. For example, amongst other things, every semester bursaries will be available for four German and four Chinese students plus two doctoral students, one from HfG and one from Tongji University, for study and research trips to the partner university.

Summer schools, specialized excursions and guest lectureships will be established with the long-term objective of promoting joint research projects and study programmes.

Tongji University is one of China’s most important state universities and is directly governed by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Particular importance is attached to College of Design and Innovation (D&I). This is the only institution of its kind in China and Business Week has chosen it as the world’s best design school three times in a row since 2006.


Dagmar Loris

T +49-69.800 59-149


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ISAP Program: International Study and Training Partnerships

The aim of this two-year sponsorship using funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is to establish enduring cooperation between foreign and German universities. Funding is available to highly-qualified German and foreign students to enable them to complete part of their studies at the respective partner university. The emphasis is on enabling German students to spend time abroad.​

ISAP Program

Exchange with Cape Town, South Africa

From July 2014 three HfG students will take up their studies in Cape Town. In the following 2015 summer semester three students from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) will spend a semester at HfG.

Application deadline for the 2014/15 winter semester (July 2014 to January 2015)

March 20, 2014

Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Faculty of Informatics & Design 

Application documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter outlining your motivation for studying
  • Portfolio


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Campus CPUT in Kapstadt, South Africa

Grants for France

The Franco-German Youth Office (DFJW) offers several programs for students destined to strengthen cooperation between universities, promoting young people’s experience of mobility and consequently improving their linguistic, social, intercultural and professional skills.

Students can currently apply for the following grants:

  • Franco-German university seminars
  • Grants for study-related internships in France (students who have completed no more than six semesters)
  • Grants for collecting material in France
  • Grants for studying in France for students at universities for Music & Theater / Visual Art Academies / Art and Design universities
  • Grants for intensive language courses in France​

Grants for France

Application deadlines

Grants for Franco-German university seminars

3 months before the start of the program

Grant for study-related internships in France

1 month before commencing the internship

Grant for collecting material in France 

1 month before commencing the internship

Grant for studying in France

June 15 for studying in the winter semester
November 15 for studying in the summer semester

Grant for an intensive language course in France

2 months before commencing the language course


Fulbright Grants for Studying in the United States

The Fulbright Commission fosters academic and cultural exchange between students and between academics. Every year some 700 German students have the opportunity to study at a US university as a guest student.

Fulbright Travel Grant

Application deadline for the following academic year

January 1

Fulbright One-Year Grant

Application deadline for the following academic year

July 1

Further Information


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Kap der Guten Hoffnung, Südafrika

Photo: Klaus Hesse

Promos – Program to increase the mobility of German students

Students participating in this DAAD program can receive partial monthly grants and/or travel allowances.

Grants are offered for the following visits of German students/foreign students studying in Germany

  • Studying within the EU (1 month min. to 6 months max.)
  • Internships outside the EU (6 weeks min. to 6 months max.)
  • Stays abroad at universities or in firms to complete a dissertation project (1 month min. to 6 months max.)

A special grant commission selects students according to specific selection criteria.

HfG maintains university cooperations

with universities in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shanghai, China, Jerusalem, Israel, Auckland, New Zealand, Moscow, Russia, and Taipei/Taiwan. Those wishing to study at our partner universities can be funded via the Promos Program.


Application deadline 

There is no set application deadline for the Promos Program. If you wish to apply for the program, please contact the International Office early to indicate your interest –even if you have not yet been accepted by a university or received an offer of a placement!


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Workshop with Prof. Klaus Hesse at Nanjng University of the Arts (NUA)

Photo: Klaus Hesse

DAAD One-Year Grant for further artistic education abroad

The DAAD awards grants to highly qualified students of Music, the Visual Arts /Design/Film, the Performing Arts (Dance/Acting/Directing/Musical) for further artistic education abroad. The program is offered for all regions of the world. 

DAAD One-Year Grant

Application deadline for studying the following academic year

October 1

Further Information


Further grant options

Can be found in the DAAD grant database, the grant guide of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research or at The DAAD also provides a list of various funding organizations.
Take a look for yourself!

National cooperation

The Hessen-QueenslandHessen-Massachusetts and Hessen-Wisconsin programs aim to promote the exchange of students and university staff between Hessen and Queensland, Australia, Massachusetts, USA and Wisconsin, USA.
They are based on agreements between universities in Hessen and universities in the state of Queensland, Australia and the states of Massachusetts and Wisconsin, United States. These national cooperations are instrumental in making Hessen universities more international.


Application deadline June 1 for the following year

Semester one: end of February to the end of June 
Semester two: end of July to the end of November 


Application deadline November 1 for the following year

Fall semester: end of September to the end of December
Spring semester: end of January to mid-May


Application deadline November 1 for the following year

Fall semester: end of September to the end of December
Spring semester: end of January to mid-May


BAFöG grant for study abroad

Students can apply for a special BAFöG grant (Auslands-BAFöG) to finance their studies abroad. As with the grant for students studying in Germany the amount they receive is based primarily on their parents’ income or their own income should funding not be based the parents’ income.
However, unlike grants for home study those for study abroad also cover travel costs, the costs incurred for health insurance and any additional costs that might arise in non-EU countries. 

This may mean that even if you are not eligible for a domestic grant, you might receive BAFöG allowances during your study period abroad.

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University Oslo and Askerhus

Photo: Marianne Löhr

Outgoing students – internships abroad

Are you interested in an internship abroad? We also recommend doing an internship in addition to your studies abroad.
We wish you every success in planning your internship abroad!

Internships in Europe for students

The EU’s Erasmus Placements Program offers students diverse options for doing an internship within Europe. Funding is available for students who undertake an internship for at least three months in an EU member state, an EU candidate country (also Turkey) or in Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. The Erasmus Placements Grant constitutes a monthly allowance of EUR 350 and should last at least three months and not exceed 12 months.

Internships in Europe for Graduates

Graduates can receive funding for an internship in Europe (excluding Germany) with the Leonardo da Vinci Program. The Leonardo ad Vinci Program is ideally suited to bridge the period between completing studies and beginning work. Depending on the country in question allowances vary between EUR 700 and 1,000 per month. The duration for the placement abroad should be between two and six months.

For either program students are obliged to participate in online training on intercultural skills. By accessing an alumni forum, students can get tips and information from former internees regarding flat-hunting, life in their selected country etc. Naturally, after completing the placement you will receive a certificate testifying to participation in the program.​

Where students already have an internship place they can arrange a consultation with a special advisor to determine whether the place can be funded via the Erasmus Placement or the Leonardo da Vinci Program, or whether other programs could be considered for this internship. Following consultation you need to submit your application documents to the International Office. Should your application be considered suitable a report is drawn up for you and you will be added in principle to the program.

Internships for Students outside of Europe ​

Under the PROMOS Program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) stays abroad either for study purposes or placements can be funded with partial monthly grants and/or allowances for travel expenses.

Application deadlines

Students must accept responsibility for arranging their own placement.

  • If you have already been accepted your documents must be submitted 1 month before the start of the placement
  • For those still looking for a placement papers must be submitted 2 months before the start of the internship

Links for finding placements abroad​

Leonardo placement database

Quality-tested European internships

Videos on placements abroad


Field reports

Reports by HfG students on their stays abroad.

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Incoming students

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Dear incoming students,
We are pleased that you are interested in spending an exchange semester/year at HfG! On the following pages we have assembled the most important information you will need to make your planning easier. If you have further questions on the application procedure, studying at HfG, life in Germany or anything else, you are welcome to contact the International Office at HfG.
The following information is for exchange students, who would like to study one or two semesters at HfG. If you would like to study more than two semesters at HfG please contact the Registrar’s Office.
Further information: Studying at HfG.

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Semester periods

Winter semester

October 1 to March 31
Lectures from mid-October to mid-February

Summer semester

April 1 to September 30
Lectures from mid-April to mid-July

Applications deadlines

for the winter semester

May 15

for the summer semester

November ​15


Please fill out the Student Application Form. It has to be signed by you and your department coordinator or the university coordinator at your home university and then returned to HfG. Please also enclose a brief description of your motivation in German or English, a Learning Agreement (only for Erasmus students), a curriculum vitae, evidence of your qualifications, and a portfolio giving an overview of your more recent work.

The Learning Agreement can also be drawn up at the start of the semester together with a professor in Offenbach. Please bear in mind that application documents will not be returned. For this reason do not send any valuable papers or originals. You can send all documents by e-mail or fax to Dagmar Loris.

Buddy programm

The Buddy program founded in the summer semester of 2013 is a collaborative initiative by HfG Offenbach’s international office and the AStA department for intercultural matters represented by Aldin Sakić.

It aims to help international exchange students settle in to the country and university as pleasantly as possible. Here, current students play a crucial role as they function as cultural intermediaries and friends – buddies – before, during and after the international students’ arrival. They offer their time and knowledge in order to help with unexpected problems. All buddies work on a voluntary basis. 

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Excursion to Rio de Janeiro -- Merry Samba

16 December, 2014 / 7 p.m. / Linke Kapelle LixoLuxo invites you to a Brazilian Christmas with Bossa Nova, caipirinha, Salgados and pictures from the trip to Rio de Janeiro. In collaboration with Angela Carvalho the participants of the LixoLuxo project from the summer...

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HfG postgrads as trainnes at the IDC International Design Campus

As part of their post-graduate desgin studies at HfG since mid-2014 students have been in Shunde as trainees. Shunde is in the Pearl River Delta, south-west of the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong - all within close proximity..

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Design workshop and design talks in Oslo

At HIAO - Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences Prof. Frank Zebner talks about student exchanges.