Information in English
Thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to hosting you at the Pädagogische Hochschule (PH) Freiburg/ University of Education and we hope that the following information will help you take your first steps successfully.
This information aims at the needs of students who stay for one or two semesters. However, students who complete a full degree, a doctorate or post-doctoral qualification will also find some useful information in here.
We hope to offer you the support you need for an unforgettable time in Freiburg. We provide a variety of services to our international students:
- Introduction and Orientation Weeks
- Meetings with student tutors
- German as a Foreign Language (DaF) courses
- German Culture and Society Studies (Kultur– und Landeskunde) courses
- Intercultural Competence courses
- Reasonably priced on-campus housing for early applicants
- Support in our office hours
Dr. Verena Bodenbender - Director of the International Office (AAA)
Guidelines for your stay at the Freiburg University of Education (PH)
- International Office Staff
- Freiburg and the University of Education (PH)
- Directions, maps, PH campus
- Visa regulations
- Find a Buddy! (Would you like someone to show you the ropes when you come study in Freiburg?)
2. Studying at the PH
- Semester dates
- Courses taught in English
- Academic Advice and Support
- ECTS credit transfer system and transcript
- School Placements
- Language Courses
- International Study Program (ISP)
- Writing Centre, Computer Centre, Sprachdidaktische Mediothek (SDM)
- Services offered by student union
3. Living in Freiburg
- Health Insurance
- Accommodation for Students
- Accommodation for Staff
- Costs of Living
- Food and Drink
- Sport and Culture
- Personal reports of former exchange students in English
4. Information for downloading
- Checklist for future incoming students
- Example of Orientation Programme
- PH image brochure
- Guidelines for studying at the PH Freiburg
- Housing information - Student Dorms
- Info package from the student union
- Illustrated dorm dictionary German/ English/ Chinese
Freiburg and The University of Education (PH)
Freiburg is a beautiful university city in southwest Germany, close to the French and Swiss borders. It is surrounded by the hills of the Black Forest, where you can ski in winter and hike in summer. The town offers a wealth of musical and cultural activities.
Learning has a long tradition in Freiburg - 30,000 of its 200,000 inhabitants are students either at the University of Education, the Albert-Ludwig University, founded in 1457, the University of Music or other institutes of higher education.
The University of Education (PH)
The University of Education, Freiburg (in German Pädagogische Hochschule, or PH for short) was founded in 1962 and gained university status in 1971. With approximately 4,000 students, it is the largest of six Universities of Education in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, which is known throughout Germany for the high quality of its education.
The University of Education specialises in teacher training for primary and lower secondary school teachers leading to the German State Examination for teachers. A variety of Bachelor and Masters courses is also available. These include a blended learning Masters degree in Early Foreign Language Learning (E-Lingo), a Masters degree in Bilingual Teaching and Learning (Europalehramt), and in Teaching German as a Foreign Language. Suitably qualified students may study for doctoral and postdoctoral degrees.
Directions, maps, PH campus
Freiburg´s location is ideal because of its close proximity to airports, InterCity train routes and the Autobahn. Freiburg also has excellent public transport. The Pädigogische Hochschule is easily accessible by bus, train and tram.
Freiburg can be reached via several airports:
The closest airport to Freiburg, 60 km away, offers international flights, as well as charter flights. There is a regular direct coach service to Freiburg which runs from immediately in front of the airport building, and takes about one hour. For timetable see link
There is also a public bus from Europort to Basel, where you can take a train to Freiburg.
Car hire is available at the airport. Take the Autobahn A5 towards Germany (Allemagne) follow the signposts to Freiburg.
Strasbourg Airport (Aéroport de Strasbourg)
About 60 km away from Freiburg, located south of Strasbourg in Entzheim.
Accessible by public transport: Deutsche Bahn from Freiburg to Strasbourg, via Offenburg and Kehl; from the Strasbourg train station there are buses, trams, and trains to the airport. The airport is also accessible by car via the Autobahn A5 in Germany, or the French autoroute.
Karlsruhe-Baden Airport (Baden-Airpark)
The airport is about 100 km north of Freiburg, between Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe. Accessible by train from Freiburg to Baden-Baden, Rastatt or Karlsruhe. From these train stations, buses to the airport are available. There are also direct shuttle bus services from Freiburg. By car: take the exit for Baden-Baden on Autobahn A5.
Located about 150 km from Freiburg. Easily accessible by train; there is a direct Intercity Express (ICE) connection from Freiburg 's main train station to Zürich's main train station. From the train station in Zürich, regional trains to the airport are available. By car: take Autobahn A5 to Basel, and then follow signs for Autobahn A3 to Zürich.
About 200 km away from Freiburg. Easily accessible by train from Freiburg to Stuttgart's main train station via Karlsruhe. From Stuttgart, an S-Bahn runs to the airport. Accessible by car via Autobahn A5 and A8.
Located 270 km from Freiburg, however conveniently accessible by train. There is a direct connection with the Intercity Express (ICE) from Freiburg's main station to Frankfurt Airport; it takes about two hours, and passengers arrive at the entrance to the terminal.
From Freiburg's main station, take the train to Titisee-Neustadt or Seebrugg. Get out at Freiburg-Littenweiler train station, which is directly next to the Pädogogische Hochsule. This takes about ten minutes.
Take tram line 1 from the bridge above Freiburg's main station towards Littenweiler. Get out at the last station, Lassbergstrasse/Littenweiler. From there, walk approximately 200 m along Lindenmattenstrasse. The PH is next to the railway crossing. From Freiburg HBF (main train station), it takes about 20 minutes.
There are taxi stands in front of the train station. The trip will cost approximately 15 € from the main train station.
Officially the semesters run from the beginning of October until the end of March and the beginning of April until the end of September.
Actual teaching in the winter semester usually begins in mid-October and finishes in mid-February, and in the summer teaching begins in mid-April and finishes in late July.
There is always an orientation week two weeks before teaching begins, and a consultation and advice week (Beratungswoche) one week before teaching begins. After teaching ends there is an examination week (Prüfungswoche).
Sudents from Freiburg University of Education’s official partner universities do not pay fees at the PH.
There are Baden-Württemberg-Stipendium grants available to incoming students from our partner universities. These can provide between 400€ and 600€ (depending on qualification) per month for suitably qualified applicants. You must apply by 1 April for the following October. For information and application forms click here
Erasmus grants for study and internships lasting 3 months or more are also available at your home university if you come from a European Union country.
If you are not from an official partner university of the PH please enquire with the Auslandsamt. If your home university is willing to offer a place to one of our students now or in the future it may be possible to set up an exchange. In this case a so called social fee of EUR 65 has to be paid pro semester.
Courses taught in English
What can you study?
Students who speak English but not German will find a variety of courses in the English department and other subject areas.
The courses are suitable for students studying English either as their mother tongue or as a Foreign Language, students training to teach English, English as a foreign language or Modern Languages, and those wishing to extend their inter-cultural knowledge. A special inter-cultural training is offered to international guest students. Details are given after arrival.
Joining a weekly teaching practice group may be possible allowing students to compare practice in their home country and in Germany.
For a sample list of courses available in English and more information, click here
International students with a suitable level of German can take part in any program or course at the University of Education.
For information in German on all degree programs (Studiengänge) click here
For a list in German of all individual courses (Vorlesungsverzeichnis) in the current semester click here. Contact the International Office for help if required (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Academic Advice and Support
If you have any questions concerning your studies, please contact your lecturers and academic co-ordinators.
A list of our partner institutions and the academic contacts will be handed out by the international office tutors in the orientation week. You can also download the list of European partnership co-ordinators here and the list of co-ordinators for partnerships outside Europe here
Office hours of the teaching staff
If you need to see any of teaching staff outside class, you can see them during their office hours (Sprechstunden). Sometimes you need to sign up for an appointment or e-mail in advance.
Each member of the teaching staff offers at least one office hour per week. You can find the times on the department’s notice board or homepage.
ECTS Credit Point System and Transcript of Records
The ECTS point system is valid for all courses in all subjects at the PH. The number of points available for each course is shown in each course description.
As a guide:
- a standard seminar course with assessment is worth 4 ECTS points
- a lecture course with assessment is worth 2 ECTS points
- a practical course or tutorial with assessment is worth 3 ECTS points
- an advanced seminar course (Hauptseminar) is worth 6 ECTS points
- a project is worth 3 ECTS points
1 ECTS point is approximately 30 hours workload.
If you want to register for a school placement (“Schulpraktikum”), please contact the “Zentrum für schulpraktische Studien“ of the University of Education or, if you do not speak German, ask the international office.
For information in German see:
- the secretary for placements in KG II, Room 218/219; Tel: 0761.682-283 or 0761 82–284
If a placement is not available, you may be able to join a teaching practice class to visit a school as an observer. The international office tutors can help you investigate this possibility during the orientation week.
Language and Culture Courses
Courses that are specially designed for our guest students take place during the semester as announced in the university calendar (“Vorlesungsverzeichnis”) at https://lsf.ph-freiburg.de
German as a Foreign Language, German Culture and Society, Inter-Cultural Training
Our course offers “Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DaF)“ and “Landes- und Kulturkunde (LuK)“ (both taught in German) can be found here
Inter-cultural training sessions are announced at the beginning of each semester.
You can also find courses for Turkish, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Russian here
International Study Programme
The “Internationale Studienprogramm (ISP)“ is offered during semester-break. It is not part of the regular semester program.
In addition to the university calendar (”Vorlesungsverzeichnis”), the “Internationale Hochschulstudienprogramm” offers German as a Foreign Language courses (“Deutsch als Fremdsprache DaF”), German Culture and Society (“Landes- und Kulturkunde LuK”) and Intercultural Competence courses.
Objectives of the two to four week long courses
· Improvement of German language skills
· Preparation for DSH and DaF Test
· knowledge of cultural dimensions, communication styles, code systems
· Extension of knowledge of German culture, society and economy
· Preparation for a further academic stay in Germany
For further information, please contact
Thomas Bauer Tel. +49/ (0)761-682 578
Fax +49/ (0)761-682-575
Office hours Thursday 15:00-16:00
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Writing and Computer Center, SDM
The writing center (“Schreibzentrum”) offers help and support in writing essays, minutes, portfolios, presentations etc. The writing center is near the staircase leading up to the cafeteria (“Mensa Zwischendeck”).
Office hours Monday 12-16, Tuesday 12-14 and 18-21 Wednesday 14-16,
Thursday 12-16, Friday 12-14
Advance notice of visit: termin(atnospam)schreibzentrum-freiburg.de
The computer centre (“ZIK= Zentrum für Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie“) is responsible for your “PH- Account“. The ZIK also lends out technical devices (notebooks, digital cameras, cassette recorders etc.). They may also help you with technical problems. The service point is in KG IV, room 035 (ground floor).
Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:30- 12:30 and 13:30-16,
Wednesday 11:30-12:30 and 13:30-16, Friday 9:30-12:30
The SDM ("Sprachdidaktische Mediothek") is the reference library for the German and foreign language department. The SDM holds a variety of textbooks, teaching material and media (audio, visual and multimedia). The SDM is on the ground floor of the cafeteria (Mensa) building.
Office hours: Monday, Tuesday Thursday 12-16, Wednesday, 13-16,
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Services Offered by Student Union
The Student Union offers a variety of services:
Meeting point for international students who are interested in intercultural exchange. Club Membership comes with a number of advantages, such as excursions, parties, reduced fees for excursions and admission to MensaBar events, help looking for a tandem partner and much more. A Club Membership costs about 2 Euro per semester.
For further information, please contact the International Club or via its Email address: ic@ studentenwerk.uni-freiburg.de or visit the homepage of “Studentenwerk”.
The job service includes short-term jobs as well as longer-term positions and internships. All students may use this service free of charge. Please follow your visa rules and regulations for residence and employment.
Excursions and cultural events
Each semester Freiburg’s Student Union (Studentwerk) offers excursions to a wide variety of destinations at very reasonable prices. These excursions are accompanied by tutors. Book early via www.studentenwerk.uni-freiburg (look for events and culture/international club or “studitours” on the English pages)
The “Studentenwerk” offers free counselling for students, e.g. psychotherapeutic counselling, legal counselling, social counselling, advice on studying or for handicapped students. See their website.
Library of the University of Education
Kunzenweg 21; Tel.: 0761.682-202
Opening hours: Monday- Friday 8:00-20:00, Saturday 10:00-16:00
University Libraries (Universitätsbibliothek—UB)
Tel.: 0761.2 03 39 18
UB 1 (open 24h): Schwarzwaldstr. 80 (Stadthalle)
UB 2 (open Mo-Fr. 8-20h and Sa. 9-18h): Rempartstr. 10-16
Library of the City of Freiburg (Stadtbibliothek)
Münsterplatz 17; Tel: 0761.20 12 20 7
Opening hours: Tuesday- Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-14:00
You have to pay a user fee of about 10 Euros per year.
Please make sure you are sufficiently insured for your journey and until you have obtained your confirmation of compulsory health insurance in Germany. It is your duty to ensure that you are satisfied with the level of cover offered!
Before you can enrol as a student you need confirmation of compulsory health insurance (“Krankenversicherungsbescheinigung einer gesetzlichen Krankenkasse”) .
Students from EU countries, European Economic Area and Switzerland: Before you come to Germany you need to get a “European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)“ from the health insurance authorities in your home country.
When you get to Germany you need to take the EHIC to a compulsory health insurance company (“gesetzliche Krankenkasse”) and they will give you the confirmation of compulsory health insurance that you need. Help with this will be available during the orientation week.
For non- European students: In order to enrol you will have to obtain health insurance from one of the compulsory health insurance companies (“gesetzliche Krankenkasse”) or apply for an exemption. Help with this will be available during the orientation week.
Accommodation for Students
There is shared student accommodation at Kunzenweg on the PH campus for students coming for a whole semester. Places are limited, so you need to reserve your room as early as possible at the International Office.
Each apartment has four single rooms, plus a shared kitchen and bathroom. The rooms are furnished with basic furniture (bed, wardrobe, bookshelves) and bedding is provided. Cups, plates, pots and electronic kettles are not included. An internet connection is available for 10-15 € per month. A common room and laundry room are available for all residents to use. The cafeteria is close to the dorm.
The monthly rent for a room is approximately 245 € including electricity, heating and water. An initial deposit of 400€ is required which will be refunded at the end of your stay. There is also an administrative charge of 21 Euros.
Please note, the minimum rental period is six months. It may be possible to let your room to another student if you wish to leave before the six months is up, but there is no guarantee that this is possible. If you wish to do this you need to contact the Studentenwerk as early as possible.
The apartments are very close to all your PH lectures. About eighty students live there in total, so you will get to know other home and international students. The apartments are only about two minutes’ walk from Littenweiler train station and five minutes from the Littenweiler tram stop. The rent is very reasonable compared to other accommodation.
You can look on your own for a room in a shared student apartment here
There is also information in English here about finding private accommodation on arrival. The page also has links at the bottom to help you search before you arrive.
The Homestay program offers rooms at reduced rent in exchange for small chores. For Information in English click here
The youth hostel (Jugendherberge) is within easy reach of the PH. There you will pay approximately 25 Euros per night in a room shared with up to three others, with one bathroom for every two rooms. Information in German at http://freiburg.jugendherberge-bw.de/
The tourist office offers information in English here (when you get to the page, click on the flag and follow link to accommodation) These start at around 50 Euros per night if shared between two or more people, but bear in mind that they will often be set up for couples and families. (An apartment for two may only have one double bed and not all will accept groups of students.) You can also search on the internet using the search term “Ferienwohnungen” (holiday apartments).
Information in English can be found here. Select your language and desired type of accommodation. The cheapest rooms without en-suite facilities tend to start at around 45 Euros. Rooms with en-suite facilities are likely to be between 80 to 100 Euros per night.
There are very reasonably priced staff apartments both on campus and in town but this must be booked well in advance with Frau Felber If this accommodation is not available, please see list of alternatives under student accommodation section.
The public transport company in Freiburg is called “Freiburger Verkehrs AG (VAG)”
“Semesterticket”: If you are enrolled as a student you can get a a semester ticket costing 79 Euros, which is valid for 6 months (one semester). The “Semesterticket” is valid for all trams, buses and trains (2nd class) in Freiburg as well as in the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald area and Emmendingen, excluding ICE (Intercity Express) and IC/EC express trains. The tutors can help you buy your semester ticket in the orientation week.
For further information on other tickets and fares click here
Costs of Living
The cost of living in Freiburg is appoximately 650-800 € per month.
To help you plan your finances here are some examples for a student budget:
Rent: 250-350 €
Food: 150-200 €
Transportation: 10 € (per month with the semester ticket)
Social fees at the university: 10 € (per month, payable at the very beginning)
Study material: 30 €
Culture/ cinema/ theater: 20 €
Other: 100-150 €
Food and drink
The cafeterias (Mensa) offer cheap and tasty food for about 3 Euros. You can pay cash or with your PH card. You pay less if you use your PH card. You can charge up your PH card either at the red terminals (EC card needed) or service points in the cafeterias (cash or EC card).
Cafeteria Littenweiler (PH)
Kunzenweg 29 (orange building)
Lunch: Monday- Friday 11:30-14:00
Pasta and salad buffet until 14:45
You can find the latest meal plans online at
Rempartstraße 18 (in the town centre)
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30–14:00, Saturday 11:30-13:30
Dinner: Monday-Friday 17:30-19:30
Cafeteria Institutsviertel (in the town centre)
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30-14:00
Salad buffet: Monday-Friday 11:30-13:45
Dinner: Monday-Friday 17:00–19:30
(You have to go to the “Institutscafé” which is in the same building)
Sport and Culture
Hochschulsportprogramm: The university offers a wide range of sport classes for all students. Brochures are available at the International Office or online at http://www.hochschulsport.uni-freiburg.de/
Usually you have to register online. It is advisable to register as soon as possible because most of the courses are booked out after a few days.
Swimming: there are eight indoor swimming pools and three outdoor swimming pools in Freiburg. The closest indoor swimming pool to the PH is the Faulerbad (Faulerstraße 1), the closest outdoor pool is the Strandbad (Schwarzwaldstr. 195).
Sports and Leisure Clubs: Further information on sports- and leisure clubs of the city of Freiburg is available online at www.freiburg.de/servlet/PB/menu/1169393_l1/index.html
Freiburg has many theaters, cinemas, museums and art galleries. Further information is available online at www.badische-zeitung.de/freizeit/.
Information on cultural events is also published in the Badische Zeitung on Wednesdays (special section called Ticket) or available at Tourist Information (Rathausplatz 2-4).
Kulturkneipen: The so called Kulturkneipen offer live music, cabaret or parties. For example, the E-Werk (Eschholzstraße 77), Jos Fritz Café (reading, reggae, exhibitions; Wilhelmstraße 15/1), Jazzhaus (live concerts, Schnewlinstraße 1).
Live Concerts: Usually live concerts take place in the Stadthalle, in the Konzerthaus Freiburg or pubs like the Waldsee, which is close to the PH. Further information is available online at www.badische-zeitung.de/freizeit/
Arbeitsgemeinschaft-Theater Heute: The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Theater Heute organises theatre visits and cheap trips to cultural events. The meetings take place on Wednesdays, 20:15, Erbprinzstraße 12 (first floor).
To sign up, please contact Hans Meyer-Heubach,