Reutlingen University (Hochschule Reutlingen)

Reutlingen, Germany

In 2008, the Centre for University Development (CHE) gave 5 stars to two bachelor programmes of the School of International Business (International Business IB and Außenwirthschaff). CHE regularly ranks bachelor degrees in selected disciplines throughout Germany.

The exchange agreement

Signed in 1999, the exchange agreement between the University of Lethbridge and Reutlingen University is well established. In 2008, the Centre for University Development (CHE) gave 5 stars to two bachelor programmes of the School of International Business (International Business IB andAußenwirthschaff). CHE regularly ranks bachelor degrees in selected disciplines throughout Germany.

Semester dates

Fall semester
beginning October – mid January (or to end December, for U of L exchange students needing to return for our spring semester, when special arrangements can be made)
Orientation: beginning of October
Pre-semester “German Language and Culture course” (optional): one week before classes start
Kettering Program: mid September – mid December 2010 (orientation: mid September; suggested arrival: mid September)
Spring semester
early March – early July
Orientation: early March
Suggested arrival: beginning of March
Pre-semester ‘German Language and Culture course (optional): one week before classes start
Internship (optional): after completion of spring semester

For a detailed academic calendar see http://www.reutlingen-university.de/ then follow the links to Exchange Students and Dates.

The country

The Federal Republic of Germany is located in the heart of Europe, linking the west with the east, the north with the south. The most densely-populated country in Europe, Germany is flanked by nine neighbouring states since the unification of the two German states in 1990. An integral part of the European Union and NATO, Germany is a partner to the central and eastern European states that are en route to becoming part of a united Europe.

Some 82.6 million people live in Germany. Some 7.3 million of these citizens (8.9% of the total population) do not have their origins in Germany. And this means diversity, a diversity which is contributed to by the migrants living in Germany, the ethnic minorities, the regions and the different states with their traditions and dialects.

Germany wears its riches well: elegant big-city charm, small picture-postcard towns, pagan-inspired harvest festivals, a wealth of art and culture and the perennial pleasures of huge tracts of forest, delightful castles and fine wine and beer are all there for the savouring.

Deep in the heart of Europe, Germany has had a seminal impact on Continental history. From Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire to Otto von Bismarck's German Reich, Nazism and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, no other nation has moulded Europe the way Germany has.

For more information about Germany see sites such as en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany.

The city

The city of Reutlingen is located in southwest Germany, about 40 km south of Stuttgart the capital city of Baden-Württemberg state, a world-famous centre of mechanical engineering and automobile engineering. The population of the city of Reutlingen is approximately 100,000. Historically, its economy and wealth are based on the textile industry. The downtown is modern with excellent shops and markets. The city offers multiple attractions such as pubs, restaurants, cinemas, and other sightseeing. The larger cities of Stuttgart and Tübingen (famous for its student life) are also located only half an hour from the university.

Reutlingen is nestled in the attractive countryside at the foot of the Swabian Alb close to the Neckar valley. Reutlingen is a very prosperous and attractive city and is an excellent place for students to live and study. It is a medium-sized city with a variety of historical and cultural facilities such as a concert hall, theater and libraries. It also has extensive recreational facilities and recently was named as the second best city for quality of life in Germany.

For more information about Reutlingen, visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reutlingen.

The university

Reutlingen University is located in the southern German city of Reutlingen. While the city of Reutlingen traces its history back to the 12th century, Reutlingen University is much younger. The university began in 1885 as a College of Textiles and Weaving.

The university enjoys a prestigious reputation as one of Germany's most international business schools and is consistently ranked as one of the best "university level" business schools. It has a student population of around 4000 studying in 7 schools ranging from engineering and science to business administration. The School of International Business at Reutlingen University comprises of roughly 600 students and offers two major degree programs: Außenwirtschaft (AW or Bachelor of Business Administration program) and the School of International Business (SIB) program which is taught entirely in English.

The university maintains a large number of partnership and cooperation agreements (over 100 in total) with universities around the world, and over a quarter of the students currently registered come from countries all over the world, creating a very multi-faceted Family of Nations on the attractive campus. An increasing proportion of courses are now taught in English, providing opportunities for German and non-German speakers alike to study at Reutlingen University.

Detailed information in English on all aspects of the Reutlingen School of Business exchange program, can be found in the Overall Guide for Exchange Students from Partner Universities and ECTS Guide (PDF, 4 pages). The document was produced by Reutlingen University and should be read carefully in its entirety by all prospective exchange students. For further information, check the Reutlingen University's website at http://www.reutlingen-university.de/

Activities for exchange students

At Reutlingen University, the International Office staff are extremely friendly, well organized, and helpful and plan a number of events for students throughout the semester. Trips have included Nuremberg, Munich, Mercedes factory tours, and various dinners with other international students including a 'Running Dinner' where students drive from one house to another throughout the evening. The 'Challenger Weekend' takes students to a mystery location where they are given a chance to meet and have fun with all the other new German and international students.

Courses

Although Reutlingen University teaches primarily in German, more and more courses are now offered in English. The International Business (IB) degree courses are taught entirely in English. Full lecture/course descriptions in English can be found by clicking on the “Programme, Course and Syllabus Guide” under the degree programmes “Bachelor-Studiengang Außenwirtschaft (AW)” or “International Business (IB)”. Exchange students may follow courses on all these programs. Exchange students are registered during the induction session before the start of the relevant semester.

Some exchange students studying in Reutlingen choose to take the intensive “German Culture and Language” course before the semester for a fee of €250. This course is offered for three weeks (90 classroom hours) in September and early March (1 week, 25–30 hours). Other German language courses of various levels are also taught during the regular semesters.

During the fall semester, an alternative program called the Kettering Program is offered only for exchange students (most are from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, USA). If additional spaces are available, they may be offered to University of Lethbridge students as well as students from other partner universities. This program is taught entirely in English and there are no local German students in these courses. Courses in this program come in a set package, including “German as Foreign Language”, “Germany within Europe”, “International Business with Case Studies in Industry”, “Principles of European Business Law”, and “Lean Management”.

Internships

Reutlingen International Office staff are happy to assist exchange students in obtaining an internship: exchange students, like local students, are responsible for applications, documentation, and arranging interviews where necessary. This can be quite a long process, and cannot commence until students are in Reutlingen. As all AW and IB students are required to complete internships, Reutlingen University has excellent connections with a large selection of German and international companies that regularly take student interns. These companies range from global players such as DaimlerChrysler, BMW, IBM, Siemens, and Bosch to the medium and small-sized companies that are still the backbone of the German economy. Internships are traditionally 5-6 months in duration and are full-time positions. Students must hold "continuing student" status at the U of L in order to qualify.

Housing

Exchange students going to Reutlingen are advised to apply to live in student residences. 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. Students apply for a room through the same route as local students, though exchange students are normally granted a certain preferential treatment in the allocation. The student residences are located either close to campus or on-campus. While most dorms have single rooms, very few have double-occupancy rooms. Bathrooms and kitchens are shared in all dorms. The residences are self-catering, so you will need to bring your own bed-linen (including pillows and blankets), but other equipment (such as cutlery, cups, saucepans) is probably best bought locally. Internet and utilities are included.

Housing is to be paid in full at the beginning of the semester.

Residences administered by the GWG: single room: €200–€300 per month; double (shared) room: €155–€250 per month. A refundable deposit of 2 months rent (approx. €400 for single room or €310 for a double room), plus €30 for your key is payable on, or shortly after, arrival. The residence administered by the Studentenwerk Tübingen is more expensive: €240–€340 per month (€300 deposit). NOTE: The rental contract obliges all students to pay for their rooms for an entire semester at the beginning of the term. For Kettering students, special arrangements can sometimes be made, and students will be housed in a small double-occupancy dorm room for a cost of approximately $225/month. Internet and utilities are included.

If you are not offered residence accommodation, The Reutlingen International Office we will do their best to assist you in finding a private room/shared flat when you arrive. However, housing is not easy to find in Germany. A private room will cost upwards of €250–€450 per month and may well involve some travel to and from the University.

Transportation

Road, rail and air connections for long distance travel to and from Reutlingen are good. You will probably choose to arrive via Stuttgart, either by air or rail, and take the direct rail link from Stuttgart to Reutlingen. There is also a new bus route linking Reutlingen directly with Stuttgart Airport (Expresso Bus). Stuttgart is the nearest international airport, just 30 km away, but you may have to take a flight landing at Frankfurt or Munich, both of which are within 2-3 hours rail travel.

The train system is the best way to travel within Germany and to other countries. Local buses provide the cheapest and most efficient way of traveling within Reutlingen. Once you are registered in the university and have your student ID card, you can get discounts for a Semesterkarte (bus /train pass). A semester pass can be purchased for approximately €35 or C$55. For those planning a lot of travel throughout Europe, it is recommended to buy a Euro Rail pass. The Euro Rail passes must be purchased before going to Germany. More information about the various types of passes can be viewed on Reutlingen’s website or at raileurope.com. There are also very inexpensive flights (with Ryan Air, Germany Wings etc.) within Europe. These flights are not very accessible from Reutlingen, however, and must be booked well in advance.

Costs

Based on comments from our previous exchange students to Reutlingen, the costs for the exchange are approximately as follows:

  • Housing:
    • GWG:
      • Single room: €200–300 per month. Deposit of two months rent. Key: €30
      • Double room: €150–250 per month. Deposit: €310 or C$440. Key: €30
    • Studentenwerk Tübingen: €240-340 per month. Deposit: €300.
    • Off-campus housing: private room will cost upwards of €250–350 per month, plus travel to and from the University.
  • Textbooks: 0–$100. Handouts are most commonly used and many textbooks are available in the library.
  • Food: €150-300/month
  • Transportation: €50/month for a semester bus pass/Semesterkarte.
  • Visa: ~$60
  • Registration fee: $100/semester

Arrival information

If you possibly can, arrive by the Tuesday or Wednesday before courses start (residence accommodation can be taken up on September 1 or March 1). This will give you time to become familiar with your surroundings, settle into your accommodation, open a bank account, and start your linguistic acclimatization. An early arrival is particularly advisable if you have not been offered residence accommodation. If you arrive on a weekend or after the housing office is closed, be prepared to make arrangements to stay in a hotel or hostel near the train station. The liaison tutors and assistants are always available at the school the week before courses begin, but the first official meetings with them will be the induction on the Friday prior to the start of normal lectures.

You will have to send your arrival information to the Reutlingen International Office. It must be received at least two weeks before arrival to confirm that you are coming. Please be aware that there may not be any one available from Reutlingen to pick you up at the train station and you may have to make your own way to the campus. Students may use the Expresso bus connection between Stuttgart Airport and Reutlingen city center. Cost €5 ($7.50) for a single fare.

Visa requirements

Canadians staying less than 90 days do not require a visa and are classified as tourists. Canadians wishing to stay longer than three months to study in Germany, are no longer required to obtain a visa before entering. However, you will need to submit an application for Residence Permit at the local Alien’s Authority shortly after arrival. We recommend you review the application prior to departure to ensure you have all necessary information required for submission at the local Alien’s Authority. For further details about a visa and/or residence permit, contact the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Vancouver.

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Vancouver
704-999 Canada Pl
Vancouver BC V6C 3E1 Tel: 604.684.8377
Fax: 604.684.8334
Email: germanconsulatevancouver@telus.net
Website: www.ottawa.diplo.de

Opening hours of the Consular Section: Monday to Friday - 09.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m.

Videos and photos

To view on online video clip of a former UofL exchange student to Reutlingen, as well as the talk about the Germany exchange at our February 2005 UofL International Program Info Sessions, see crdcserve.crdc.uleth.ca/movies/exchange/Germany.mov (MOV, 00:04:55).

Student contacts

My exchange to Germany was incredible. I met so many people from all over the world. It was truly an experience that compared to nothing else. Every week brought a new adventure and a new experience. I would strongly encourage people to take part in an experience like this.

Nathan Adams, UofL exchange student to Reutlingen

For me, it was the best time of my life. I am truly glad I had the opportunity to participate in this program. I would encourage all students to take advantage of these opportunities during their time in university. The people you meet and the memories you create will last forever.

Gary McInenly, UofL exchange student to Reutlingen

I will promise anyone this: this will be one of the greatest experiences of your lives. The friendships you will make, the places you will see, and the experiences (both good and bad) will change who you are and what you will accomplish in life.

Jordan Speakman, UofL exchange students to Reutlingen

Former and current UofL exchange students to the Reutlingen University, as well as our current incoming exchange students from Reutlingen are happy to talk to students interested in the exchange. To request their contact information, please email int.programs@uleth.ca.