Dear first semester students,
I’m glad that you decided to study at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences – welcome! My request to you is this: make the best of the time you will spend at our university! Be open to new things over the course of your studies. You’ll see that it’s worth it.
“We’ll coach you to academic and professional success” – that’s the motto we give to our work with you. Moreover, we see ourselves as a cosmopolitan, vibrant university that offers much more than just the dissemination of knowledge. In this sense, our role is not just to support students in their academic pursuits, but also in their personal development.
Even in the coronavirus era, I would like to give you a few tips that might be useful to you during your degree program. Take advantage of our additional offers that go beyond your pure academic studies. We offer many of these online. Counseling services now take place by phone and our University Sports team have on-demand videos that you can use to get active yourself. Find out from our Competence & Career Center (CCC) what online courses are available for soft skills, or learn a foreign language using web-based solutions at the Language Center.
For information and issues related to the coronavirus, the page hs-rm.de/corona may be helpful. Please also pay attention to information from your faculty in relation to programs.
I wish you all the best for your time at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences and good luck with your studies!
President of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences
Students require basic skills in mathematics in order to begin their studies at the university. The online courses provide a refresher of major contents from school and give an opportunity to reinforce these basic skills in tests and practice exercises.
The RheinMain University of Applied Sciences has five campuses in two cities: The campuses Unter den Eichen, Kurt-Schumacher-Ring, Bleich-/Bertramstraße, and the University and State Library (in Rheinstraße) are located in Wiesbaden, while the Am Brückweg campus can be found in Rüsselsheim.
All campuses are easily accessible, both by car and by public transport.
Note: all university buildings are currently closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
AStA, or the student union, represents the interests and is the executive organ of the student body. Structurally, AStA is subdivided into departments which fulfill various roles for students. These include services relating to cultural matters and campus life, but also counseling services for international students, social services and student funding options including BAföG (the German governmental financial aid program).
The Competence & Career Center (CCC) offers students from all faculties exclusive and free of charge seminars, workshops, and projects to build their core competencies. The CCC also provides personal counseling and information for beginning your career and starting a business.
Note: All university buildings, including the CCC, are currently closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, numerous seminars, workshops, and projects will be run online. Students can find more information on the CCC webpages.
The RheinMain University of Applied Sciences has a large number of partner universities in Europe and further afield.
Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity for students to grow professionally, academically and personally.
The RheinMain University of Applied Sciences is especially committed to balancing the needs of studies, work, and family and was certified as a “family-friendly university” for the fifth time in 2020. The university’s information portal “FamilienKompass” is a central port of call for family-related matters.
Ideas, questions, praise, and criticism – students can get all of these off their chests by talking to the feedback management team at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. The team can be contacted in person, by phone, using an online form or by dropping a note in one of the physical feedback mailboxes in Wiesbaden and Rüsselsheim.
The University and State Library RheinMain offers information relating to study, careers, and leisure. Its offering encompasses over one million printed items, but also numerous electronic services such as e-books, e-journals, and specialist databases.
Libraries on the campuses of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences are closed until further notice. Online items can of course still be borrowed. Students can find details on how to return borrowed books and other items on the website of the University and State Library (in German).
The student faith communities of the Catholic and Protestant churches for students at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences offer numerous options for meeting other students, getting involved in activities, and for students to discover their own beliefs. Due to the current coronavirus situation, please pay attention to information from the faith communities.
The i-Punkt at the Kurt-Schumacher-Ring campus is the first port of call for questions relating to studying at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences Students can receive information at the i-Punkt without long waiting times, or make an appointment with the Student Counseling Office.
During the opening times, application documents, requests for certified certificates, and other documents can be handed in for the Admission Office.
Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in-person counseling is currently not possible. Students are therefore requested to use the alternative contact options listed.
The IT and Media Center (ITMZ) is responsible for all centralized IT services at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. Students can find numerous IT options there, as well as assistance with issues and problems arising from services provided by the ITMZ.
Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the service desk will be closed for in-person visits until further notice. However, you can continue to reach the ITMZ by telephone or e-mail.
IT and Media Center
The mathematics media library provides you with an opportunity to refresh or expand your mathematics knowledge, or simply to practice some equations. In addition to learning videos and thematic summaries, the service offers various exercises, including solutions.
The helpdesk is a resource available to all students in Bachelor degree programs. During teaching periods, the helpdesk provides assistance from student tutors for all mathematics-related questions. These tutors hold office hours on a regular basis. They can also be contacted via e-mail.
In summer semester 2020, students can also use the helpdesk service online. Advice can also be provided via forums, online chat, e-mail, and video conferencing.
Whether breakfast, lunch, or a little snack on the go – the cafeterias in Wiesbaden and Rüsselsheim offer fresh items at student-friendly prices.
Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all catering facilities operated by Studentenwerk Frankfurt am Main are closed until further notice.
Student questions concerning the organization of examinations (how to register, withdrawal from participation, doctor's certificates, proof of class attendance etc.) can be answered by your department/faculty, or by the secretariat of your degree program..
If you are a student and have questions about the approval of transfer credits for graded course components (referred to in German as ‘Prüfungsleistungen’, or PL) from other degree programs, please contact the student counseling team or Examination Board for your degree program. You can find more detailed information at Approval of transfer credits for graded course components.
The start of lectures has been postponed throughout Hesse until 20 April 2020. The regulations will therefore apply to all campuses of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. Welcome events for first-semester students are canceled. Preparatory and block courses, internships within the university, and all other teaching-related events that require in-person attendance are canceled until the start of lectures, unless they are able to be run online.
Computer Science, Communication Design, and Mechanical Engineering students work together on the Scuderia Mensa project, the student racing team of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. The team designs and builds a race car each year and uses this to take part in international competitions held under the ‘Formula Student’ banner.
The RheinMain University of Applied Sciences offers an extensive sports program for students and all other university members. An attractive range of all kinds of sports, from aerobics, to hockey, to Zumba, aims to provide university students and staff a way to relax and to take a break from their everyday study and work routines and to try out something new outside of class. Competitive sport, which plays a major role at our university, is also well-served. Due to the current coronavirus situation, University Sports are offering some sports sessions online via YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.
The RheinMain University of Applied Sciences considers the development of foreign language competence an important responsibility Each semester, Language Center instructors teach courses in English, French, Spanish, German as a foreign language, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Chinese, Arabic, Thai and German sign language. Around 75 courses are offered, preparing students for internships and semesters abroad.
In addition to the German governmental financial aid program BAföG and other options for funding their studies, students may also qualify for scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to students who undertake political or other voluntary work or who achieve particularly good grades in their studies.
The StudentCard is the ID for students at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. It is an all-in-one student photo ID, SemesterTicket (semester public transport pass), electronic wallet for dining halls and cafeterias, and library card. The Admissions Office can answer your questions related to the StudentCard.
Note: As the university is closed until further notice, StudentCards are currently not able to be issued. The new issuance dates will be published once the university re-opens.
As the validation terminals are currently also inaccessible, AStA (the student union) has arranged for an alternative solution for the SemesterTicket with the transport associations. You can find more information about this on the AStA website.
Potential living, university, and housing costs play a major role when choosing a degree.
For students at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, housing is available in both cities. You can find more information on this page.
Additionally, students can find here all the details on funding their studies via BAföG (the German governmental financial aid program), part-time work, scholarships, student loans, and other degree financing options.
Funding your studies
Housing in Wiesbaden and Rüsselsheim
Wiesbaden is the state capital of the federal state of Hesse and has around 280,000 residents. While it’s true that Wiesbaden lives up to its image as an old spa town – thanks to its hot springs, the spa gardens known as the Kurpark, and its well-preserved architecture – the city has much to offer for students as well.
Many concerts, flea markets, and other events are held on the event grounds around the renowned Schlachthof cultural center. If you wish to get active, the many forest areas around Wiesbaden are easily accessible. In total, there are around 15,000 students studying at three universities in Wiesbaden.
Many shared student apartments are located in the ‘Westend’ neighborhood. From there, it is not far to the Wiesbaden campus of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, which houses the Architecture and Civil Engineering, Design Computer Science Media, and Applied Social Sciences faculties, and the Wiesbaden Business School.
Rüsselsheim has 60,000 residents and is located in the center of the Rhine-Main area. Mainz, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, and Frankfurt are 15 to 20 minutes away by car. The more than 120 different nationalities living in Rüsselsheim make the city a multicultural meeting point.
Many residents are employed by the automobile manufacturer Adam Opel AG. Many students from the Faculty of Engineering, which is situated on the Rüsselsheim campus, also complete internships at Opel or begin their careers there.