University of Oldenburg

Area of Study Biology, Business, Environmental Practice, Environment and Geoscience, Information Technology, Languages, Marine Science, Politics, Social Work
Course Language(s) English, German
Average Credit Load 30 ECTS
Semester dates Fall/Winter October - March
Spring/Summer April - September

About the University

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg was founded in 1973, making it one of Germany‘s young universities. Its goal is to find answers to the major challenges society faces in the 21st century – through interdisciplinary, cutting edge research. The University of Oldenburg is preparing  over 13,700 students for professional life. It offers a broad range of disciplines, from language studies, cultural studies and the humanities to educational sciences, art and musicology, the economic and social sciences, mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences and the new medicine and health science programmes established in 2012.


Oldenburg, Germany

Oldenburg is a city in northwest Germany. The central Horst-Janssen-Museum displays works by the 20th-century artist, including lithographs and drawings. The State Museum for Nature and Man has exhibits exploring the region's natural history, plus an aquarium. Oldenburg Castle houses part of the State Museum for Art and Cultural History, which showcases regional artifacts and European paintings.

Exchange information

Courses available

For more information on courses taught in English visit the University website.


The Studentenwerk Oldenburg offers housing for students in 7 halls of residence in the city of Oldenburg. The halls of residence run by the Studentenwerk are a good choice for both short and long term accommodation. Situated at comfortable distances from the Carl von Ossietzky University as well as the Jade Hochschule (University of Applied Sciences), the halls provide single rooms, either in shared flats, in double apartments or in single apartments. The single and double apartments have their own kitchen / kitchenette and bathroom, whereas in the shared flats, you find shared kitchens and bathrooms.

Unlike in some other countries, enrolment in a university does not mean that a dorm room is automatically reserved for you! You need to apply for a room in one of the halls of residence by submitting an application form. Please bear in mind that an application is not a guarantee of accommodation. Wait times apply for all our dorms, so we recommend you check them before applying to make sure that your chances of getting a room are as good as possible.

Cost of living

Cost of living varies depending on personal needs, the estimated cost of living for one month including accommodation, food and health insurance is estimated at EUR 720. This does not include fees EUR 275, residence permit, EUR 110, German course EUR 250 and spending.

See current exchange rates.

Visa requirements

Exchange students from non-EU countries require a residence permit to study in Germany. Australian students can enter Germany and need to apply for a residence permit no later than one month after arrival in the country.

Students should fill-in the "Confidential Financial Statement" in order to proof sufficient funding for the duration of their stay. This document should be completed before departure and provided upon appointment at the foreigner's office in Oldenburg.

Other information

Come to Oldenburg Grant 2000 euro grant for costs related to the stay abroad (e.g. travel costs, housing, cooks). Contact Global Experience Office to see if there is a current round.

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