International Office

Strategy for Internationalization

Art, design and media realities are characterized by cross-media and cross-cultural convergences. This is reflected in the structure of our educational system. HFG Offenbach's cross-media strategy is innovative and future-oriented. It aims to set new national and international standards, keep pace with new technological developments and train artistic talents that will be able to meet the demands of a landscape of constantly changing occupational profiles, think in cosmopolitan ways and find interdisciplinary problem-solving approaches.

Strategic goals

  • to successfully compete in the areas of teaching, research and the advancement of art and design on an international level and to further develop the university’s individual profile.
  • To prepare university graduates for the challenges of a global job market and to educate them as cosmopolitan individuals,
  • to create an international environment for all university staff and students.

Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Offenbach's internationalization is not an end in itself but rather is being implemented to satisfy the demand for the highest academic and artistic quality.

Guidelines of the internationalization strategy

International partnerships

HfG Offenbach is strengthening its international network with renowned partners. In this regard, the principles that apply are that collaboration has to be between equals and that research and teaching are mutually defining. The goal is to establish cooperation based on mandatory quality standards.

International studies

HfG Offenbach is purposefully orienting all of its study paths internationally, while taking each individual field’s specific academic culture into account. The Internationalization of Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach is the guiding principle in this.

International agents

HfG Offenbach provides additional training for its staff and actively seeks to recruit internationally experienced staff: outstanding academics and artists that have international networks at their disposal as well as interculturally competent personnel for the administrative sector. The recruitment of particularly suited international students is also being fostered. 

International mobility

HfG Offenbach encourages the international mobility of its undergraduate and graduate students as well as of its staff.

International structure 

HfG Offenbach supports the internationalization process on all levels and actively seeks to attract external funding. 

The guidelines for the internationalization strategy are coordinated by the International Office and implemented in collaboration with the Executive Board and the individual departments. 

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New Zealand

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South Africa





Language tandem

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Foto: Robert Shittko

You like to improve your language skills and meet new people? You are an exchange student and would like to improve your German with native speakers? Then a tandem language exchange is what you are looking for! It is up to each of you to decide how, what and how frequently you like to meet. Why not meet at an exhibition about cultural diversity? After all a tandem exchange is not only supposed to improve language skills, but also to learn interesting facts about each other's country. And learning a language works best when you are having fun!


To register for the tandem language exchange, you will need to fill in the registration form and either submitted personally in the international office (room 21) or by email. You will be registered and then contacted once we have found an language partner for you. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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Dagmar Loris

Project coordination Strategic Partnership

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International Exchange

5 years ago

In September 1914, Klaus Hesse, Professor of Conceptional Design at HfG Offenbach, conducted a two-week workshop at Nanjing University of the Arts (NUA) and at GXNU School of Design - to kick off the "Outlandish" project..

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5 years ago

Trip to the USA - making new contacts and holding discussions

From 17 to 27 September, 2014 Prof. Peter Eckart, Prof. Dr. Markus Holzbach and Prof. Werner Lorke visited universities and research institutes on the East and West coast of the USA as part of a fact-finding mission.