Hochschule Reutlingen

Reutlingen University is consistently rated among the top universities in several fields, it prides itself on international reputation for academic excellence. The international dimension is one of the hallmarks of this university. In 2010, Reutlingen University, won Germany’s International University of the Year 2010 award.

An international dimension, an interdisciplinary approach, practically oriented degree programmes, support for students’ personal development and social responsibility: these are the most important features which have made Reutlingen University famous on both a national and international level – as a university renowned for Engineering, Business, Informatics and Design.

Reutlingen University is committed to innovative teaching methods in an attractive learning environment, and promoting applied research and development.


Campus facilities

The university occupies spacious modern buildings on a “green” campus on the south-western edge of town. The dormitories and the cafeteria are situated just a few minutes away from the classrooms. The sports park lies within walking dis-tance, as does the city centre with its good shopping and leisure facilities, including many pubs and clubs.

On campus you will find a refectory and snack cafeteria, a library, a computing centre, a bookshop, travel agent and gymnasium with indoor swimming pool. There are ample parking spaces on campus for those students with cars.


The University’s Computer Science Center Labs are in Building 3. Other smaller computer labs can be found in almost every building. It is recommended you bring a notebook/laptop with you, since this a wireless campus and the computer labs have limited opening times. Also remember to bring appropriate adapters and converters.


The University Library is located in Building 3. Students use their student ID to borrow books and other media. The Library provides not only German-language materials but also international press and literature. The University Library holds around 200,000 books and 350 regular periodicals. In addition, a number of specialist databases, 10,000 e-journals and 4,000 e-books can be accessed on the campus network. In its capacity as the central place of learning on campus, the Library provides a good environment for independent study.

You can find ample work space for private study here. The library also has PC workstations where you can access all electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books). Quite a few of these resources are accessible via the campus network 24 hours a day. The flexible, student friendly opening hours, liberal loan periods and good photocopying facilities enhance the student experience. 

Guided tours of the library are available and students can also take advantage of the courses on information literacy. More information can be found at http://www.ph-ludwigsburg.de/index.php?id=50&L=1

The Reutlingen University ID card also allows you to use the Tübingen University Library. This library is known for its vast archives (6 million volumes and almost 8,000 journals). It is an excellent place for research, especially if you read German, the building provides a number of spaces to study and work on computers. Reutlingen City Library is one of the best in Baden-Württemberg. It offers a wide range of books and other media in German and other languages.

Other (Gym, clubs and societies)

The "Mensa" (Refectory / Cafeteria), located in Building 7, is the main place to eat on campus and food prices are reasonable. It is open from 8.30am - 4pm Monday - Friday for snacks and coffee; between 11.30am and 1.30pm a selection of low-cost hot and cold main meals are also available. Menus are available online: http://www.ph-ludwigsburg.de/index.php?id=50&L=1

You need to use your Campus CaRT to pay in the Refectory.

In the same building there is also a bookshop and a branch office of the student health insurance company AOK, which is open every Tuesday from 10am - 2pm.

Sporting activities are organised free of charge by the Student Association (AStA) with a variety of sports available.

Both the Local ERASMUS Initiative (LEI) and the International Office have a programme of excursions and social events for international students to places such as the Hanover Industrial Fair or the Munich Christmas Market.

The school has excellent relationships with industry and can offer assistance with internships.

Academic calendar

Autumn Semester: October to February

Spring Semester: March to July

Please have a look at the academic calendar on the University website

Before lectures begin, exchange students will be invited to an official Welcome Session. You will meet the staff responsible for student exchange in International Business as well as their “student buddies”, who will assist in administrative and academic matters over the first few weeks. Attendance by all new exchange students is essential.

Academic life

The minimum language level required to study at Reutlingen in German is B1.

The grading system in Germany ranges from 1 - 5 with 1 being the highest mark and 5 a fail. The pass / fail level is generally 4 /5. Please see the full description below: 

Full Description: Marks: 1: sehr gut; 2: gut; 3: befriedigend; 4: ausreichend; 5: nicht ausreichend

Please note that you must sign up for examinations at the university. For exam registration dates, refer to the academic calendar given to you by Reutlingen University/available on their website and in their Guide for Exchange Students.


Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details

Passing requirements

Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services a Hochschule Reutlingen for students who have disabilities.

For more information please visit http://www.my-stuwe.de/cms/57/1/1/cat/StudiumundBehinderung.html


Reutlingen is located about 35 km (22 miles) south of the State capital of Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart. It lies in the Southwest corner of Germany, right next to the Swabian Jura, and that is why it is often called The gate to the Swabian Jura (Das Tor zur Schwäbischen Alb). The Echaz river, a tributary of the Neckar, flows through the town centre.

The area is very affluent and many multinational companies, such as Mercedes or Bosch, have a strong presence in the area. Hochschule Reutlingen is a campus university, the campus is very green and Reutlingen town is a few minutes  drive away.


An indoor swimming centre (open in winter only) is located in the city centre.  Closer to campus there is an outdoor swimming centre at Markwasen (open from May 1st till the autumn).  Outdoor running tracks and soccer fields are situated close to campus. Reutlingen and its beautiful surroundings offer the visitor numerous castles, baroque abbeys, rivers and waterfalls as well as excellent opportunities for walking, biking, hiking and winter sports. Reutlingen has an ice rink in winter.

For more information about sports and entertainment please contact Frau Haug in the Student Office, Building 2, Room 011. She is the contact person for the AStA office, a student organisation representing students’ interests on and off campus.


Reutlingen with its library and museums, busy shopping precinct, open-air market, cafés, restaurants and bistros, has lots of places where one can relax and meet friendly people. Events, music, cinema and theatres can all be found together in the so-called 'cultural mile' in the town centre. Reutlingen offers a plethora of other cultural activities, often with cheap last-minute student tickets for as little as 5 EUR. 

Tübingen, a city intimately associated with its university, is 10 minutes away from Reutlingen by train. With an overall population of 85,000, Tübingen has the highest student density (approx. 20,000 enrolled students) of all German university towns. Like all university towns, Tübingen has plenty of popular nightspots, including venues for regular rock, jazz, blues and reggae concerts, featuring performers and groups from all over the world.

Stuttgart, a one hour train ride from Reutlingen, is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg and numbers more than 2.5 million inhabitants. It is a renowned cultural centre: the State Art Gallery, the Bach Academy, the Opera House and the Ballet Company, as well as the Musical Hall, the Baden-Württemberg State Theatre and the Friedrichsbau Variety Theatre are just a few examples of the wide range of cultural venues to be found in Stuttgart. 

For more information please visit the IPO Study Abroad pages on Blackboard and view the Country Information Packs. Click here to log into Blackboard. 


Student residences are located near campus and cater for both men and women. There is one hostel for women only, located nearer to the town centre. There are also some individual private rooms available on the open market.

It is crucial to apply for a room as soon as possible. Reutlingen University advises that you apply to all of the housing associations mentioned here.

 Halls of Residence

Halls of residence on Campus



Contact Person

Application Forms


Pestalozzistr. 29

Mrs. Häfner/Mrs Cotur




• Bewerber

• Wohnungssuche


Pestalozzistr. 39

Mrs. Häfner/Mrs Cotur




• Bewerber

• Wohnungssuche


Pestalozzistr. 35

Mr. Pehlke


• Bewerber

• Wohnungssuche

Studentenwerk Tübingen

Pestalozzistr. 41

Mrs. Röder



• Online application

Halls of residence in the city


(Women only)

Albstr. 93

Reutlingen International Office (RIO):



• Bewerber

• Wohnungssuche

Studentenheim "Am Heilbrunnen" and Kurt-Schu-macher-Haus

Am Heilbrunnen 10

Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3-5

Mr. Huber: Hausverwal-tung@Studentenheim-reutlingen.de

Please send a request for the application form to Hausver-waltung@Studentenheim-reutlingen.de

Administratively and financially the student residences or dorms (Studentenwohnheime) adjoining the campus are not part of the university, but are owned and administered by the GWG Housing Association and the Tübingen Studentenwerk. Nonetheless, in the allocation of rooms, exchange students are normally granted a certain preferential treatment.

You have to apply for a room in the normal way (please find appropriate application forms and information on the university website).

Private housing market

The university’s student office (Studierendenbüro) offers assistance if you are interested in renting a private room. You can obtain more information by writing an email to the following address:


You can also publish an advertisement with your search for private accommodation in one of the following local newspapers:

Reutlinger General-Anzeiger, Burgstrasse 1-7 , 72764 Reutlingen

Reutlinger Nachrichten, Burgplatz 1, 72764 Reutlingen

Wochenblatt (Anzeigenblatt), Marktplatz 16, 72764 Reutlingen

Accomodation Link on the Reutlingen University website:

www.reutlingen-university.de  click on HOCHSCHULE -> CAMPUSLEBEN -> Zimmervermitt-lung

Cost of living

Hochschule Reutlingen suggest that your cost of living will depend on your personal lifestyle. However, the overall cost of living in Germany is fairly affordable for students.

Accommodation costs are one of the major expenses. Students generally need about €800 per month to cover accommodation, food, transport, leisure and other personal costs.

Eating out and entertainment is also less expensive compared to some other European metropolitan cities.

Here are some examples:

Cinema – 7€

Coffee in a bar – 2€

Cocktail in a bar- 7-8€





Students who have been nominated to study at Hochschule Reutlingen will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance  

You must provide evidence of having an appropriate, comprehensive health insurance. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

If you come from an EU country, remember to apply for a European health insurance card (EHIC) before leaving.

Visa requirements

EU citizens will not need a visa to enter Germany. Other nationalities should contact the German embassy for advice. All students are required to register with the local authorities upon arrival in Hochschule Reutlingen.

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.



Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: Germany
Language of tuition: English,German
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Erasmus+ exchange

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