International Office @ WBS:
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Wiesbaden, the state capital of Hesse, has a lot to offer. It stands out thanks to its varied cultural offerings and leisure activities. Tourists are not only enchanted by the wide range of beautiful parks, in particular the spa gardens, but also by the picturesque old town. On the weekend, many live bands perform gigs and bring even more life to the city center. In the summertime, there are numerous street festivals and an open air cinema. Wiesbaden boasts a diverse and vibrant nightlife that appeals to all tastes. There are numerous possibilities to have a night out. Whether you check out a student party or a trendy bar, an after-work-party or a salsa night, there is always something going on. Another very famous Wiesbaden attraction is the traditional casino with the nearby spa gardens. Wiesbaden is also known for its wide variety of sporting activities. Whether on foot, bike or inline skates, Wiesbaden is the place to be for outdoor enthusiasts. And don't miss the weekly skate night, which is an absolute must!

Directly next to Wiesbaden is Mainz, a marvelous university city. If you’re still looking for more after Wiesbaden, you’ll find your wishes met in Mainz. Thanks to its 32,000 students, Mainz boasts several student parties every week. The city even has an open air cinema and a go-kart track. The university pool party and the genuine sand beach along the banks of the river Rhine entice every lover of summer. Last but not least, Mainz hosts a very popular Carnival celebration, known throughout the world, in February. During the Carnival season, the whole city is on the go and the downtown turns into a showcase of colorful hustle and bustle.

 

TEAM Institution Identification code D WIESBAD01
Departmental Wiesbaden Business School
International Office
Bleichstrasse 44
65183 Wiesbaden, Germany
Fax: +49 611 9495-3101
Director of International Relations Mrs Marina Grusevaja (Prof. Dr.)
marina.grusevaja(at)remove-this.hs-rm.de
Phone: +49 611 9495-3119
  international.office-wbs(at)remove-this.hs-rm.de
Contact Person for Incomings Mrs Isabelle Meissner
isabelle.meissner@hs-rm.de
Phone: +49 611 9495-3107
Contact Person for Outgoings

Mrs Julie Huet (Currently on parental leave)
julie.huet(at)remove-this.hs-rm.de
Phone: +49 611 9495-3131

Mrs Milena Kaplan (Parental leave substitute)
milena.kaplan(at)remove-this.hs-rm.de
Phone: +49 611 9495-3131

Institutional Hochschule RheinMain
University of Applied Sciences
International Office
Kurt-Schumacher-Ring 18
65197 Wiesbaden, Germany
Fax: +49 611 9495-1574
Contact Person for Incomings
(application, registration,
accommodation, enrolment, visa)
Mrs Tanja Bauer
incoming@hs-rm.de
Phone: +49 611 9495-1625
Accommodation Housing Information

We (Lisa, Aline and Julian) are the Incoming Coordinators. That means: we are your contact persons for any kind of problem.

We organize weekly activities and some excursions for the incoming students during the semester. We'd like to have a chance to get to know each other a bit better and of course to have a lot of fun together. We are also available in our office three times a week during the lecture period to answer your questions personally. You can find us in room E-02, business department, Bleichstraße 44, it´s when you enter the old building on the right side.

Due to corona our current office hours will be held virtually. The office hours are held on Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m and on Thursday from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Please get in touch with us via mail and we will send you a link to our chosen communication plattform.

Further information will be given during the welcome week. If you have any kinds of questions, just contact us!

E-Mail: ic-wbs(at)remove-this.hs-rm.de

Follow us on Instagram: @icwbs

In December, it's that time of the year again - the unique Christmas lights at the Luisenplatz and the Christmas market in the center of Wiesbaden will once again attract throngs of people from all over the world. After the so-called “Shooting Star Market" ("Sternschnuppenmarkt”) had to be cancelled last year due to the pandemic, it will reopen in 2021. Through four large illuminated gates, visitors can enter the fascinating world of the market with its nearly 30-meter-high Christmas tree decorated with 1,000 blue and gold bows and 3,000 pears. An equally attractive eye-catcher is the nativity scene set up in front of the Christmas tree with its life-size carved wooden figures. 

In addition to the Christmas market, the Christmas lighting on Schlossplatz, in the pedestrian zone and Wilhelmstrasse, the light display on Luisenplatz is definitely worth a visit. A special highlight is the illuminated horse-drawn carriage, which is linked to numerous times on Instagram. We'll spend many unforgettable evenings at the market Together with your friends and taste the numerous varieties of "Glühwein", German called mulled wine. The market and the lights can be admired every year throughout December. So what are you waiting for?

Im Philippe and im from Switzerland, I study business law. Besides this I used to work in a bank before coming here and when I return I will have just one semester left to finish with my masters. In my free time I like sports, for example football or tennis.

How were your first weeks at the new university?

Well I think it was an easy transition to come here, of course it also helps that I speak German. But I was also welcomed by the head of the department when I arrived and he showed me around the university. Nice gesture and it helped to get to know the campus. And I live at a student apartment, so there is always somebody around. All of this helps to get around. On top of this also the activities of the incoming coordinators in order to meet the other international students.

You are one of the students who have a hybrid semester. How has that affected you?

For me its better to have hybrid instead of just online classes and I think at my program the majority of the courses are at the campus. Its really great. I don’t think I would have moved to Germany if everything would have been online. I think it also enables a better quality of the education, as online classes have been a challenge for everybody. For me its also a way to get to know other students. 

What does a normal university week look like for you?

From Monday to Wednesday we have classes in the morning until approximately 11:30, after this we are more or less free but usually you need to use this time for homework, group projects or preparation of classes that takes quite a lot of time. Thursday is my day off, so I often go out on Wednesday haha. And on Friday I have my online classes in the morning. 

Is this how you imagined the university including the campus?

Yes pretty much, of course I didn’t know all the details but I'm really happy with my schedule as the online classes on Friday enable me to go on travels over the weekend sometime.

What are the professors like?

The professors are really good. I really enjoy that they usually also work besides teaching, so you really see that they have a lot of practical knowledge which makes the lectures way more interesting. And I also really enjoy that they take care of the fact that me and another student are from Switzerland and that we don’t have so much background knowledge of German law. They try to include more explanations, which makes us feel very welcomed. 

What has been your best experience in Wiesbaden so far? 

Of course it's always great to do the activities from the incoming office on the weekend. That’s always the highlight of the week, because you see all the other incoming students from other degrees, which you don’t see usually so often during the week. Also Wiesbaden and the surrounding cities are quite nice. On top of this we (the incoming students) started a karaoke bar tradition on Tuesday in the Irish pub. So mainly the recreational part, I really like that we have time for this as this is one of the most important parts of an exchange experience.

What tips would you give to new incoming students?

Good question. I think that in the beginning it's good to be open and to participate in the activities as you get to know the people there. And of course it always helps to inform yourself about the place where you are going and I think that with a little research you can get a quite detailed picture of the places. At the end you have to decide what is important for you, what you want from this experience and what place can offer this. 

Finally, the time had arrived again - after one-and-a-half  years of online events, we could switch to face-to-face activities and this was immediately implemented this semester. 
We - as the WBS Incoming Coordinators - were so glad to announce our very first activity of this semester: our famous City Tour! 

We invited all of our incoming students and showed them the most amazing places in Wiesbaden. On our way people already started to connect with each other and friendships started to develop. We didn’t just explore the city; we also offered a “Meet-Your-Buddy” event afterwards. Exchange students who come to the WBS are assigned a “buddy”, a WBS student who helps them out and makes sure they enjoy their stay with us. At the “Meet-Your-Buddy” event, our international students not only met their own buddies, but all the other buddies as well! We all used the event to meet new people, including students from other university departments. It felt like a return to normalcy, where we could finally socialize again.

With a new semester come opportunities to discover new things, and there are many on offer for students like you. We would like to introduce you to some of the very special ones, like free tickets for the theater in Wiesbaden, sport courses and museum tours. 

starting with the Wiesbaden Museum, which you can visit for free every first Saturday in the month. It is a hessian state-run museum with collections of local history and varied art as well as natural history exhibits. At the moment there is a special exhibition of Jawlensky shown in the art gallery! It’s definitely worth seeing!

Another great insider that not all of the students at our university know about is the State Theater ("Staatstheater") in Wiesbaden. You might be wondering why. Well just look it up! It is for sure one of the prettiest places you have ever seen! And, in addition to that, the entrance is free for you and your friends if you're students at our university. Take a look at the schedule, choose an opera, a ballet, play or a musical that suits you and go one or two days in advance to the entrance hall to receive your ticket. We will promise you, this is going to be one of the most extraordinary nights that you might ever have!

If you’re more into sports, the RheinMain University is offering physical sports courses again after almost two years. This means that you can participate in over 30 different sport courses, from volleyball to golf and even dance workouts!

Our second activity was all about wine. But we finished our tour at the Hessian State Parliament (“Hessischer Landtag”). Why?

Well, in October there was a fascinating light show in front of the building. People, not just tourists, but also locals are visiting the free show every evening. The theme was ”We are democracy” (<<wir sind demokratie>>) to celebrate the 75th birthday of the state of Hesse and the Hessian constitution. The almost 2,000 square meter area of the Hessian Parliament was shown on ten evenings in October. All windows and doors of the Landtag were measured in advance and an extravagant light show was created with the help of 3D mapping. The twenty-minute show could also be seen in live stream. We were all very impressed by this event, and so we had an extraordinary finish to our vineyard hike.

Want to watch the show again? Then check it out here

Wiesbaden Business School - Clip 1 (language neutral)

Dates and Deadlines for Upcoming Semesters

Note: the dates and deadlines at the Wiesbaden Business School differ from the university's Academic Calendar. Classes are beginning and ending earlier for the better purpose of internships and a semester abroad.

Academic Calendar (global)

  for Summer Semester for Winter Semester
Nomination Deadline for Exchange Students 15.11. 15.5.
Registration Deadline for Exchange Students 30.11. 31.5.
→ all documents must be uploaded before 30.11. 31.5.
German intensive course (2 weeks) middle of March middle of September
Semester dates 1.4. - 30.9. 1.10. - 31.3.
Lecture period April - July October - January
Semester break Easter (4 days) Christmas (1 week)
Examination registration early in May early in November
Main Examination period (3 weeks) July/August January/February

Useful Links: Application / Get prepared

We know that the first weeks in a new environment are not always easy. That's why Wiesbaden Business School offers the Buddy Program, in which we provide you with a buddy - a fellow student - for your semester abroad. He or she will help you with all your questions and supports you during your stay abroad. He or she will also give you valuable tips for living and studying in Wiesbaden and the surrounding area, and who knows, maybe a great friendship will develop out of it!

1. How do I get from A to B?

In the area of Wiesbaden/Frankfurt the easiest way to find out when the next bus or train is leaving is the website of the RMV.

Looking to visit Berlin or Munich?
For trains all over Germany you should have a look at the website of the Deutsche Bahn.
A cheaper alternative would be to take a long distance bus, called Fernbus in Germany.

2. What is the Buddy Programm?

Before the semester starts you'll be asigned to a Buddy. A Buddy is a German student that will help you with your questions and problems. We encourage you to get in contact with your Buddy even before the semester starts (your Buddy will write you a mail) and ask him or her to pick you up at the airport upon your arrival.

At the start of the semester there will be an activity called 'Meet your Buddy' which is organised by us, the Incoming Coordinators.

Should there be a problem with your Buddy please contact us (ic-wbs@hs-rm.de) so we can try to solve it or even assign you a new Buddy.

3. If I have a problem, who do I ask for help?

The first person to ask for help should always be your Buddy. If he or she can't help you, you can always ask us (ic-wbs@hs-rm.de or visit us during our office times) and we'll try to find a solution with you and possibly Ms Meissner.

4. Where do I get relevant information throughout the semester?

After you first login in your StudIP account (you'll get your password send to your german address) you are automatically registered to the Newsletter of the WBS.
With the Newsletter you get relevant information regarding the courses and lectures.

You will also regularly receive mails from us, telling you about upcoming activities or reminding you to register for the exams.

5. What do I do if I don't receive the mails from the Incoming Coordinators?

Please write us a mail (ic-wbs@hs-rm.de) telling us about your problem.

6. Where can I find my timetable?

During the first WBS-Info-Meeting at the beginning of the semester you will receive a list with information to all the courses taught in English.

Alternatively you can access that list here.

7. How do I find my courses?

In general you are able to take any courses that are part of the faculty WBS. We are always happy to help you with your choices.

8. How do I register for my courses?

In general an official registration for the courses is not necessary. We do advise you to register for your courses in StudIP, because that is where you get most of the relevant material.

9. Where do I get the material relevant to my courses?

Most of the Professors upload their material to StudIP, but some also give them out at the beginning and throughout the semester.

10. How do I register for the exams?

You register via QIS, usually about 6 weeks after the semester started. Without registering you will not be able to take the exam!
But don't worry, we will remind you to register in time.
Additionally you need to fill out the Course Choice Forms and give them to either us or Ms. Meissner. They act as an additional measure of safety in case something went wrong with your online registration.

11. How do I get the results of my exams?

In Germany the exams are graded from 1,0 (the best grade) to 4,0 (worst grade). Everything worse than 4,0 will be graded as 5,0 which means you have not passed the exam. The result will be send to the university in your home country and as a copy to you (via e-mail).

12. How can I view my graded exam papers?

Usually around one month before the next semester starts, every student has the possibility to view his graded exam papers. You will receive a mail telling you about exact time and place.

13. What do I do if I fail an exam?

Failed examinations can be re-taken in the examination period of the next semester after consultation under certain conditions. If you fail your exam, please contact Ms Meissner.

14. What do I do if I want to stay another semester?

First you need to ask at the university in your home country if that is possible and then ask them to write a letter to Ms Meissner with the request for an extension of your stay.
Please also visit Ms Meissner at her office or write her a mail regarding your decision.

15. How do you get from Frankfurt Airport to Wiesbaden?

Emeline (France)

My exchange semester in Wiesbaden was a great experience despite the current Corona situation.
I had the opportunity to bond with other exchange students from different campuses through online activities organized by the Incomings team and student coordinators. At the WBS, I also had the opportunity to socialize with Germans through different group projects. Wiesbaden is a very pleasant city to live in and the student pass allowed me to visit the surrounding cities very easily. 

I would recommend this exchange program at the WBS for the quality of the courses provided as well as the Incomings team who knew how to adapt to make our experience better despite the Corona.

Karolina (Russia)

My semester in Wiesbaden
Semester as an exchange student in Wiesbaden is the best thing that happened to me in my life. I had an opportunity to better know the country and German people. I met a lot of people from different parts of the world, who are now my close friends, and this is the thing I’m the most thankful for. 
When I arrived my buddy met me at the airport and helped me to ‘survive’ on my first day in a foreign country. During the semester incoming coordinators were very supportive and helped me with any question I had. They organized different activities every week to be sure exchange students are having fun while being there. Of course besides the entertainment we had classes at WBS and professors were very tolerant and gentle. Every person I met in Wiesbaden was so nice and full of kindness. Also I really loved Wiesbaden, it’s beautiful and cute city with great opportunities to travel around Europe.
If you don’t know what country to chose for your exchange program, I would recommend you to go to Wiesbaden!

Giorgia (Malta)

Having the opportunity to study and live in Wiesbaden for this semester has been such an amazing experience. I managed to make a lot of new foreign friends whilst also learning about other cultures and traditions and different lifestyles. During my semester here, I never felt alone due to the great amount of help that was always given. The international coordinators also made sure we all had a good stay here, with all the fun activities organised every week for us. Wiesbaden is also a great location and it is also a lovely city to visit, and it is very easy to get around with. I would most definitely recommend Wiesbaden to any student for their exchange semester abroad as it was an experience I will always cherish for life!

Andrea (Italy)

My experience as an erasmus student was amazing . Wiesbaden is a very cute city , different from all the big European cities , but with many opportunities to have fun. The people there were very welcoming and always ready to help you and become your friends. The international coordinators helped me to be more integrated with all the people there thanks to their activities . During this experience , I met people from all over the world , they became my new family there . Now they are my friends for life even if they live in different countries . I am very glad I chose Wiesbaden for my Erasmus , if I had to , I would do it again !

Leo (Chile)

My semester in Wiesbaden

The exchange semester has been the best experience of my life.

I learned every day, since language and business topics to life’s experience, this is helping me to grow as a person. I met people from many different countries, many diverse cultures, I learned a bit of all of them from all the friends that I made, these people left their mark on my life, I will always keep them in my heart.

What started as a dream, became reality, a reality that surpassed my own imagination, that was the level of this experience, unforgettable. 

Viel Liebe für euch alle, auf wiedersehen 

Leo

Wiesbaden Business School - Clip 2 (english)