Before starting your studies
What can I study at the University of Rostock?
The University of Rostock (UR) is a comprehensive university. This means that you can take courses from all the faculties at the UR. There is an extensive range of courses available. Courses are divided into the following fields of study:
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Courses are divided into undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
» Undergraduate Courses
Undergraduate courses lead to an initial professional qualification and can be started straight after the general university entrance certificate (Abitur) that is taken at school. The degrees awarded depend on the academic field in which they are taken:
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Education
- State Examination(Medicine)
- State Examination(Teaching)
- Magister theoligiae
An alphabetical list of all undergraduate degree programmes with information about the standard period of study, the degree, admission requirements and the type of degree can be found here.
» Postgraduate Courses
Postgraduate courses can only be started once you have an undergraduate degree. The following degrees are available at the UR:
- Master of Arts
- Master of Science
- Master of Laws
- Master of Education
An alphabetical list of all postgraduate degree programmes with information about the standard period of study, the degree, admission requirements and the type of degree can be found here.
» International Courses
International courses are conducted in English. These include:
- Computational Science and Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Physics of Life, Light and Matter
» Double Degree-Programme
There is also the option of taking a number of courses where the first part is completed in Rostock and the second part at a partner university. After successful completion of the course, you receive a degree from the University of Rostock as well as from the partner university. Our Double Degree Programmes include:
- Integrated Advanced Ship Design - EMship
- MSc in Electrical Engineering in partnership with the Technical University of Madrid, Spain
- MSc in Business Informatics in partnership with the ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia
How much does it cost to study at the University of Rostock, and what are the options for financing?
Studying at the University of Rostock (UR) is basically free of charge – we only charge a semester fee. In the summer semester of 2022, the semester fee for studying at the UR was 209 € in total. This sum is made up of 125 € fee for the semester ticket for the Verkehrsverbund Warnow public transport association, 75 € fee for the Studierendenwerk Rostock-Wismar (Students’ Union), and fees for organisations in the Students’ Union, such as the StuRa (Students' Council), the AStA (General Students’ Committee) and the student bodies amounting to 9 €.
In addition, you need to bear your living expenses in mind. How high these are and precisely which financing options are available can be found here.
In addition, Rostock International House offers promotional schemes that are targeted at vulnerable students, doctoral candidates and scientists. These include the Hilde Domin-Program and the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. Detailed information is available here.
Taking up studies may result in cuts in other financial services. The Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency) can provide further information on this matter.
What knowledge of German will I need to be able to study, and how do I get a language course?
The ability to speak German is one of the central requirements for studying at a German university. The required German language proficiency depends on the field of study you have chosen, but for most it is C1 level (roughly at the level of a native speaker). In a few cases, Level B2 will be adequate. An overview of the language knowledge required for your desired field of study is available here. If your knowledge of German is not yet adequate, you are more than welcome to attend one of our language courses at any time. For refugees these are free of charge. Further information about the course content and registration is given below:
German language courses for refugees preparing for study
The Rostock International House, in collaboration with Study in Germany Rostock e.V., offers regular intensive German language courses (B1.2 to C1) to linguistically prepare refugees who are interested in studying at a university. The intensive German language course concludes with a TestDaF examination. Courses starting from A1.1 can also be offered upon request.
! Entry into the course is possible at any time and at any language level.
Lessons are normally held from Monday to Thursday by trained DaF teachers. The course is accompanied by a framework program consisting of weekly tutorials, workshops, excursions and social activities. This is intended to improve general language knowledge with the support of our tutors. The acceptance for a free place in a German course for preparation to study depend upon the validation by Rostock International House of your capability to study and of a refugee background. This requires you to submit the following documents by email or by post:
previous graduation certificates from your homeland in German or English
valid residence permit or ID
CV in table format
previous language certificates or other evidence of language level, where available
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send an email to: refugeesuni-rostockde
Which of the university’s offers can I make use of before I have matriculated?
The Stammtisch is our monthly Get-Together for meeting new people, having fun and practicing the German language together. It's really not about the right grammar but about the fun of interacting with each other in a safe and casual environment. On these evenings, however, we want to try and speak only German. Nevertheless, you are also very welcome to join uin if you have only a beginner's level (A1) and may not be comfortable to speak in German the whole evening. We meet once a month on monday evening at 7pm in the Global Café (Parkstraße 6). Please find the exact dates below and on our flyer.
- 5th September 2023
- 17th October 2023
- 7th November 2023
- 5th December 2023
We're looking forward to meeting you there!
Attending lectures as a guest
The guest student program lets students use the facilities of the University of Rostock without being “properly” enrolled, for example, if you would like to attend a language course before you begin your studies.
As a guest student you can:
attend lectures on open-admission courses;
use the library at the University of Rostock;
take courses at the Language Centre;
participate in university sports courses.
Guest students are not enrolled, so they are not "proper" students of the University. This means that they cannot take exams or tests.
Where to apply for the guest student program
Anyone interested in the guest student program can submit an application to the Student's Office.
How much does the guest student program cost?
How much does the guest student program cost? The guest student program normally costs 46.00 €. Depending on your residence status, refugees are excluded from paying this fee. Include a copy of your residence permit with your application so that we can check whether you need to pay the costs or not.
Dining hall (Mensa)
Even if you have not made an application for a guest student program, you are allowed to eat as a guest in the dining halls at the University of Rostock. You must be aware that the price of the meals is more expensive in comparison to that for students.
You can also use the library services and take out books before your studies start at the University of Rostock. In order to get a guest library ID, just go to an information desk in one of our library locations and ask a member of staff for a library ID for guests. You can start as soon as you register there. Here you can find the locations and opening times of all the departmental libraries.
How do I apply for a degree course or a doctorate at the University of Rostock?
Have you already taken a German course and would now like to start or continue with a degree at the University of Rostock? Or have you already completed a study programme and would now like to do a doctorate?
The following links provide detailed information about application, admission and enrolment at the University of Rostock:
Do you have any more questions about the application process or do you need help with something? Don’t hesitate to send an email to: refugeesuni-rostockde
r contact our Online Advisory Service (every Thursday from 5 pm to 6 pm).
MINT Summer Academy 4 Refugees & Internationals
The RIH offers a summer school for refugee prospective students to learn about the study opportunities at the University of Rostock (UR).
Our two-week programme "Mintsa Summer Campus 4 Refugees" makes you ready to study at the University of Rostock. Attend selected courses, get advice on all aspects of your studies and support in your application process. Get to know the first university in the Baltic region and one of the oldest German universities.
Find out more about the great atmosphere at this medium–sized university (12,665 students) and the student life in Rostock! The summer school will take place in our beautiful historical main building – this is one of the most picturesque spots in the centre of the city.
|Date||18th - 29th of September 2023|
|Venue||Main building University of Rostock|
|Target group||Refugee prospective students|
|Registration||30th of May to August 30th 2023|
|Language||English (at least B2 GER) and a litte bit German|
Programm & Information
We want to help you to come closer to your desired study. Besides information about application and admission the focus will be laid on practical explorations.
- Getting to know the University of Rostock
- Which degree programme suits me best?
- General University entrance requirements
- How to apply
- Preparation for your study at the UR
- Insights into student life
- Social integration
- Preparation for academic life in Germany
- Support at the university and projects
- Fun activities
The university introduces itself, along with its various institutions (Language Centre, Studierendenwerk Rostock-Wismar, Students Office, Student Service Centre, Rostock International House, ...).
You will gain an insight into the various specialist areas (STEM subjects, medicine, humanities etc.) in a series of introductory lectures.
The main language for the Mintsa Summer Campus is English. However, German will also be used for brief exercises and games. No prior knowledge is required in this regard.
At the Mintsa Summer Campus, you will get to know the campus of the University of Rostock, meet students, and familiarise yourself with the University's institutions.
Getting to know the city of Rostock is also part of the social programme.
The events will be accompanied by tutors and staff members from the Rostock International House.
We are looking forward to meeting you!
Your Refugee Team
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any costs ?
No. The Summer Campus is free of charge.
Can I earn credit points (ECTS) by attending the Mintsa Summer Campus?
No. You will get a certificate of attendance at the end.
I would like to start studying next year. Can I still attend this year's Summer Campus?
Sure. The Summer Campus is for everyone who is interested in studying at the Uni Rostock, this year or next year.
Does the Mintsa Summer Campus include a German language course?
The Mintsa Summer Campus is not a German language course. However, we will do various exercises in German (no previous knowledge required) and acquire some language skills for campus life.
How are participants selected? What requirements do I have to meet?
Language level B2 in English GER
intention to participate in the whole summer campus programme
submission of your CV
I'm an international student and I don't have refugee status. Can I still apply?
The Summer campus is primarily aimed at students with a refugee background who are starting a course. International students can also apply, but students with a refugee background will have priority.
Please let us know if you need an acommodation.
Do you still have questions? Don’t hesitate to send an email to:mintsa.rihuni-rostockde
Coordinator for refugee-related projects and events
Tel.: +49 (0) 381 4981702
Tuesday 2pm – 4pm
Thursday 9am – 12pm
or online by apointment only
Kröpeliner Str. 29
Rostock International House