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Shaping the Future with Knowledge

International Office

Dear students and readers of the prospectus, Choosing a course and the university where you would like to study and do research is an important decision affecting your future life. With this prospectus we would like to make your decision easier. It offers you an insight into the courses and services offered by Leibniz Universität Hannover. The motto of Leibniz Universität Hannover “Shaping the Future with Knowledge” reflects the fact that the university sets great store by the quality of your education. Leibniz Universität Hannover is a modern and efficient university. Excellence, interdisciplinary activities, practice orientation, close cooperation between science and industry, and internationalism are not mere buzzwords for us, but are lived out at Leibniz Universität Hannover You are invited to get to know our university through this prospectus, and also to make use of the internet pages of Leibniz Universität Hannover ( to find out about current offers and to get in touch directly with the contacts. I hope I will soon be able to meet some of you in person here in Hannover. I would be very pleased to do so.


Table of Contents

p. 4 Welcome to Leibniz Universit채t Hannover

p. 6 The City of Hannover

p. 8 Research Location Hannover

p. 9 The Region / the Surroundings

p. 10 Leibniz Universit채t Hannover

p. 12 Research and Teaching

p. 14 Degrees

p. 16 Faculties, Departments, Institutes

p. 25 Facilities

p. 27 Services for Students

p. 31 Not only Teaching and Research

p. 34 Finance

p. 36 Admission Requirements

p. 38 Application Procedures

p. 42 International Matters

p. 45 Further Information

Welcome to Leibniz Universität Hannover Have you ever heard of the world’s largest wave channel? Would you like to investigate gravitational waves, which Einstein predicted in his theory of relativity? Perhaps you wish to track down a dangerous fungus which can cause lung disease? Or would you rather follow in the footsteps of Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, political philosopher), who was born and brought up in Hannover? Leibniz Universität Hannover makes all of this possible. Its distinctive image is characterised by the person it was named after: the universal scholar and scientist Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1664-1716) lived and worked in Hannover. Leibniz Universität Hannover offers you the opportunity to study, just as it has previously attracted scientists and students from all over the world.


We invite you to take part in the study and research opportunities at our university! More than 80 subjects from the Leibniz Universität Hannover would like to play fields of engineering, science, its part in your academic and private life law, economics and manage– with its competence, its excellent facilities ment, humanities and social and its people. sciences are waiting for you at Leibniz Universität Hannover. We would like to give you an impression of what it is like to study, do research and live in Hannover, and fill you with enthusiasm for a stay at our university. This prospectus aims to provide international students and academics with all the necessary information. Choosing a university is a decision for life. What are you going to study? Where are you going to live? Many factors have to be taken into account. We hope that this prospectus will help you to take the right decision. We look forward to welcoming you in Hannover!


The City of Hannover Hannover is a green city at the heart of Europe. The historic old centre and the modern city of trade fairs – its inhabitants welcome guests from all over the world Hannover is modern! The World Fair EXPO 2000 put Hannover on the international map. The capital of Lower Saxony is wellknown as a modern trade fair location and host to the world’s largest computer fair, CeBIT. Above all, Hannover is an important centre of business and industry. Internationally active enterprises like TUI, successful service providers like AWD and global players from many different branches of industry are here – names such as Volkswagen Utility Vehicles, Continental AG or Varta. Hannover is historic! There is a lot of history in Hannover. As early as 1241 Hannover was granted a city charter. The historic old city centre with the old city hall and the market church surrounded by picturesque lanes and half-timbered houses present a clear picture of life in the Middle Ages. A “red thread” painted on the pavement leads you to all the sights, but do feel free to leave the route to drink a cup of coffee in one of the attractive cafés! The baroque Herrenhausen Royal Garden dating back to 1666 is among the most beautiful and largest in Germany, attracting visitors from all over the world with garden festivals, baroque firework displays and theatre performances. In the 19th century one man made his particular mark on the city as we know it today: Court Architect Laves designed the station, Waterloo Square and the opera house – and gave the city its distinctive appearance. 8

Hannover is green! The quality of life in Hannover is great, because the city has so many green spaces. Large areas of woodland stretch right into the centre – here joggers meet people out for a stroll, and dog owners greet fans of Nordic walking. You can even find quiet places for a relaxing picnic. Lake Maschsee lends itself to sailing, while the rivers Leine and Ihme are popular with canoeists. Everywhere all sorts of groups can be found doing their own particular sports right in the centre of this green city. And those who prefer to watch rather than do sports themselves can go to a first-league match of the football club Hannover 96, or an ice-hockey match of Hannover Scorpions and Hannover Indians, or perhaps to the annual beach volleyball tournament. Hannover is enthusiastic about culture! Culturally, you are spoilt for choice in Hannover – from highbrow to light entertainment, there is something here for everybody. The Schauspielhaus theatre is one of the best in Germany, while the opera, the ballet, the jazz club and the variety theatre are all extremely popular. The people of Hannover love the “Nanas”, three sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle – those cheerful, colourful and curvaceous ladies right in the city centre. The Sprengel Museum with the works left to it by Kurt Schwitters is internationally famous. And if you go in for major events, you will find them in Hannover: whether you want to see Robbie Williams, the Rolling Stones or Anna Netrebko.


Research Location Hannover The city of Hannover and its surroundings are extremely attractive as a research location. In and around Hannover there are a wide variety of firms with an international reputation, including Sennheiser, Solvay and many more. Business and industry contributes more than € 50 mil annually to the university budget. Other institutes of higher education in Hannover include the Hannover School of Medicine, the University of Veterinary Medicine, the University for Music and Drama and two universities of applied science. Over the years various research institutions have grown up around the university. The concentration of universities, industry and research institutions provide an ideal environment for cooperation and technology transfer. Scientists and students alike benefit from the partnerships between university, research institutions and industry. Research Institutions in Hannover · Geo Center Hannover · Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony · ARL: Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (Member of the Leibniz Association)


· German Institute of Rubber Technology · Eduard Pestel Institute of System Research · European Research Institute of Sheet Metal Forming · Research Institute of Philosophy · Frauenhof Institute of Toxicology and Experimental Medicine · Heinz Piest Institute of Craft Engineering · Institute of Building Materials Research · IPH – Hannover Institute of Integrated Production · Institute of Solar Energy Research · Hannover Laser Centre · Max Planck Institute of Experimental Endocrinology · Lower Saxony Institute of Economic Research · Lower Saxony Institute of Peptide Research · Lower Saxony Institute of Historical Regional Research · Federal Research Institute for agriculture · ForWind – Center for wind energy research · University information center · International neuroscience institute · Leibniz Archives Hanover · Institute for middle class lower saxony e.V. · Seismic Data Analysis Center · Technical Center Hanover · Max-Planck-Institute for gravitation physics

The Region / the Surroundings easy to travel to Paris, Moscow or Cape Town. Flights to European capitals such as London or Amsterdam are even available several times a day.

Sailing, hiking and even skiing – there is a lot to do in the surroundings of Hannover! Between the rivers Aller and Leine, between the “Steinhuder Meer”, which, despite its name is not a sea , but an inland lake, and the Deister Hills you will find an idyllic landscape with little villages as well as the bustle of attractive towns. A sail on the Steinhuder Meer, a hike along the Deister, a stroll through the historic towns of Hildesheim, Celle or Stadthagen with their half-timbered houses: the mixture of town and country, nature and culture makes the region of Hannover so lovable and liveable! The capital of Lower Saxony lies at the heart of Europe. Via its two motorways, the A2 and the A7, Hannover is extremely accessible. Eleven European capitals as well as 60 German cities can be reached by using the ICE train. From Hannover Airport it is

Lower Saxony has a lot to offer! From Hannover it is easy to reach other interesting regions. You are soon in beautiful countryside, for example the Harz, the Lower Saxony mountain range, whose silver mines once brought wealth to the region. Where German emperors once built their imperial palace, half-timbered towns and fairytale woods now attract tourists. And in winter you can reach the ski slopes and cross-country trails in 90 minutes.




North of Hannover, the sandy landscape of the Lüneburg Heath is an inviting place for quiet walks. Down in the southwest of Lower Saxony, Osnabrück is where the Peace of Westphalia was signed. In the 12th century Henry the Lion decreed Braunschweig (Brunswick) as his residence and with this the political and cultural centre of Saxony. And on the East Frisian Islands in the far north of the state you can enjoy the fresh wind blowing across the wide sandy beaches.

Hannover lies at the heart of Germany. You can reach Hamburg and Berlin by train in less than two hours. An excellent network of roads with the motorways A2 and A7 as well as the airport guarantee that you can reach your national and international destinations quickly.


Leibniz Universität Hannover Founded in 1831 by the scholar Karl Karmarsch, the “Higher Trade School of Hannover” started with only 64 students. Today there are more than 20,000 students in science and engineering, humanities and social sciences as well as law and economics at Leibniz Universität Hannover. In accordance with the life and work of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, whose name it bears, the university stands for excellence in engineering and the sciences and a thorough training in a broad range of subjects. Situated in an idyllic spot, the Welfenschloss (Royal palace of the Guelphs) was converted in 1879 to house the institution, which had been granted the title of “Royal Institute of Technology”. In 1899 the institute of technology was put on an equal footing with universities: Emperor Wilhelm II granted it the right to confer doctorates. Over the decades, more and more subjects, such as horticulture, were added, and in 1968 the Faculty of Humanities was set up. The Faculties of Law and Economics and Management followed. The “Institute of Technology” became a “Technical University”, and finally “Leibniz Universität Hannover”.


As a university which has grown over a period of time, Leibniz Universität Hannover is not a typical campus university. It is spread over various buildings in the city. Many institutes are only a short walk away from the main building in the Welfengarten Park, while the others can easily and quickly be reached by the excellent public transport network. Nowadays, Leibniz Universität Hannover is an efficient and modern university. It has an academic staff of 2600 at nine faculties with more than 150 institutes. The range of subjects is exceptionally large; subjects like European studies, life science and plant biotechnology are rare in Germany. Membership of TU9, the nine traditional German universities with an excellent spectrum of engineering, technology and science, speaks for the quality of the teaching and research at Leibniz Universität Hannover. These TU9 universities are among the most select and recognised German universities and enjoy high esteem both in Germany and worldwide.

Leibniz Universität Hannover comprises the following faculties: · Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences · Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodetic Science · Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science · Faculty of Mechanical Engineering · Faculty of Mathematics and Physics · Faculty of Natural Sciences · Faculty of Humanities · Faculty of Law · Faculty of Economics and Management


Research and Teaching Leibniz Universität Hannover strives to meet the demands made on a forward-looking university in the twenty-first century. Top quality in research and teaching, training of young scientists, international appeal, and short duration of courses are important targets. With more than 80 subjects, Leibniz Universität Hannover offers its students a wide choice. An increasing number of research topics are at the interface between two subjects: Leibniz Universität Hannover takes this into account by setting up interdisciplinary courses. Plant biotechnology is an example of this, as are mechatronics and biomedical engineering. With its wide variety of subjects, Leibniz Universität Hannover gives national and international students the chance to gain a qualification according to their individual interests and targets. As far as teaching is concerned, the university has widened its international appeal in recent years above all by introducing bachelor’s and master’s degree courses. The internationally valid credit-point system ECTS ensures that the comparability of achievements of international students, and also those of German students abroad, is ensured. Through the introduction of junior professorships, young, well-qualified professors make use of their abilities in teaching, thereby contributing to the process of modernisation.


Side by side with teaching, the quality of research is an essential factor at any university. In order to raise the profile of Leibniz Universität Hannover, emphasis is placed on nationally and internationally competitive areas. LUH traditionally excels in engineering, physics and economics. Proving the existence of gravitational waves, which Einstein predicted in his theory of relativity, is one of the outstanding research projects at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. The Max Planck Institute for Gravitation Physics at the university is regarded as a world leader in its field. The Institute of Materials Science with its collaborative research centre “Manufacturing in Thin Sheet Metal”, as well as the Institute of Quantum Optics are also top of the league worldwide. Furthermore, the Institute of Mathematics has an international reputation. Six institutes belonging to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and well-known industrial partners work together in the Hannover Production Technology Centre (PZH). On a 17,000 m2 site they carry out high-quality research into production technology and put this into practice for example in the automobile or aircraft industry. The PZH is a successful example of collaboration between science and industry. The collaborative research centres and transfer units sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) are an important instrument for promoting and consolidating top-rate research at a university. Researchers are given the opportunity to investigate a topic over a longer period of time. Collaborative research centres run for up to 12 years.

Leibniz Universität Hannover has the following collaborative research centres: · Metall Forming Production of Complex Functional Components with Variant Elements Made from Thin Sheets – Massive Forming of Sheets · Quantum limited Measuring Processes with Atoms, Molecules und Photons · Process Chain for the Production of High Performance Precision-forged Parts · Construction and Manufacturing of Active Microsystems · Innovative Bio-Resorbable and Permanent Implants made of Metal and Ceramic Materials · Gentelligent Components in their Lifecycle – Utilisation of Inheritable Component Inherent Information in Production Engineering · Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Methods – Sources – Observation · Creating Strong Metal Structures and Alloys by Controlled Adjustment of Localised Properties · Medical Micro and Nano Systems – Reconstruction of Biological Functions

Excellence Cluster REBIRTH From Regenerative Biology to Reconstructive Therapy (Together with the Hannover Medical School, MHH) The excellence cluster “REBIRTH” is multidisciplinary in nature: The Leibniz Universität Hannover collaborates with the Hannover Medical School to stimulate innovative research in the field of regenerative medicine.

Excellence Cluster QUEST Centre for Quantum Engineering and Space-Time Research QUEST will explore the frontiers of quantum engineering and ultimate quantum sensors taking advantage of quantum-non-demolition methods and classical and non-classical state-of-the-art sources for photonic and matter waves. 15

Degrees Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees Bachelor’s The bachelor’s is an undergraduate degree. You can choose a single or combined degree, depending on which subject you wish to study. Most bachelor’s courses take six semesters and lead to the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. The bachelor’s is a first professional qualification.

Master’s Traditional German Degrees Staatsexamen (State Examination) The Staatsexamen, or state examination, is an examination monitored by the state, which is taken in law and medicine. The first state examination is usually followed by a period of practical training. After this comes the second state examination. The state examination is not an academic degree, but it is generally accepted as an entrance qualification for a doctorate. The first state examination may be taken by students of all nationalities, but you should clarify in advance whether the German state examination is recognised in your home country.


The master’s is a postgraduate degree. After the bachelor’s, you can continue with a master’s course in the same field. You thus have the chance to increase your knowledge or specialise in a field which you have already studied. Alternatively, you can supplement your bachelor’s with a master’s in a further subject, thus widening your knowledge and skills beyond the degree you have already taken.

Master’s courses generally take four semesters and lead to the degree of Master of Arts or Master of Science.

Doctorate By means of an extensive written doctoral thesis you have the chance to specialise in a research area. The thesis presents new research results and is worthy of publication. Doctorates can be awarded by all the faculties at Leibniz Universität Hannover, and in many different subjects. A top-rate degree (master’s, Magister, state examination or Diplom) is required. Although there are three research training groups, doctoral candidates usually work individually on a topic. It is necessary for a doctoral candidate to find a supervisor who is an expert in their field and willing to accept them as a PhD student. On completing the thesis, you must present and defend your research results in an oral examination.

Some professors expect you to participate regularly in a colloquium for PhD students and present your results. You do not however have to take part in a special course programme, and you are completely free in your time and work management. Depending on the subject, between two and five years are needed to complete a doctorate. In most faculties it is also possible to take a doctorate in English.


Faculties, Departments, Institutes

Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences Architecture is an expression of our culture and a reflection of our society. For this reason, the Department of Architecture has for a time long paid particular attention to social factors and aspects of use in design and planning. A characteristic of Leibniz Universität Hannover is the proximity to and close cooperation with the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. Subjects offered by one department are listed jointly with the subjects of the other. A special feature is that students are essentially free to select their own core study area after the four-semester basic study stage. In this way the course can fulfil the changing requirements of professional practice. 18

The following institutes are attached to the faculty: · Institute of Vocational Sciences in the Building Trade · Institute of Design and Building Design · Institute of Design and Building Construction · Institute of Design and Urban Design · Institute of Architectural History and Theory · Institute of Creative Design and Architectural Drafting · Institute of Open Space Planning and Design · Institute of Landscape Architecture · Institute of Environmental Planning

Course Guidance Architecture: Frau Sibylle Frers Studiengangskoordinatorin Fakultät für Architektur und Landschaft Tel. +49 511.762 - 195 29 Fax +49 511.762 - 2115 Email Course Guidance Landscape Planning: Frau Sonja Nollenberg Institut für Landschaftsarchitektur Tel. +49 511.762 - 5563 Email

Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodetic Science If you wish to study civil engineering, computational engineering or geodesy and geoinformatics under optimal conditions, then you will benefit from the exceptionally successful research in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodetic Science. Leibniz Universität Hannover is one of the leading places in Germany for studying computational mechanics. At the centre of this are theoretical and numerical solutions of problems in applied mechanics und mathematics. In the research sector, the work carried out over many years by the collaborative research centre “Coastal Engineering, Tides and Transport Processes in Coastal Protection, Sea and Harbour Constructions” and its successor the Coastal Research Centre (FZK) deserves special mention. Further outstanding examples of cutting-edge methods and technologies in this field include the world’s largest wave channel, in which the effect of waves on coastal and harbour structures are investigated, and the research project GIGAWIND. The following institutes are attached to the faculty: · Institute of Computer Science in Civil Engineering · Institute of Mechanics and Computational Mechanics · Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Environmental Physics in Civil Engineering · Institute of Building Materials Science · Institute of Concrete Construction · Institute of Steel Construction · Institute of Structural Analysis · Institute of Geotechnique · Institute of Building Site Operations and Management

· Institute of Underground Construction · Institute of Transport, Railway Construction and Operation · Institute of Transport, Road Engineering and Planning · Franzius Institute of Hydraulics, Waterways and Coastal Engineering · Institute of Water Quality and Waste Management · Institute of Water Resources Management, Hydrology and Agricultural Hydraulic Engineering · Institute of Geodesy · Geodetic Institute · Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics · Institute of Photogrammetry and Geo Information · Working Group on Postgraduate Continuing Education in Civil Engineering - Water and Environment · Working Group on Postgraduate Continuing Education in Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering · AG “Working Group on Cooperation with Developing Countries” · Material Testing Laboratory for the Building Industry of Hannover · Water Resources Management Section · Institute of Building Physics · Institute of Wind Energy Systems Course Guidance Civil Engineering and Computational Engineering: Britta von Pichowski-Mrozik, Institut für Bauinformatik Tel. +49 511.762 - 5982, Email Rouven Sagel, Institut für Baumechanik und Numerische Mechanik Tel. +49 511.762 - 4755, Email Geodetic Science and Geoinformatics: Tanja Freitag Tel. +49 511.762 - 4408, Email 19

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science covers the whole range of electrical engineering, information technology and computer science from the classical fields in electrical engineering to modern data processing and theoretical computer science. The spectrum ranges from electric power systems, automation technology and mechatronics (taught together with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering) to high-voltage engineering, power electronics and drive systems to communication technology, radio technology, semiconductor engineering, micro und nanoelectronics and technical informatics. LUH is the only German university to offer the core research area of electrothermic process engineering. The following institutes are attached to the faculty: · Institute of Basics of Electrical Engineering and Measurement Science · Institute of Electric Power Systems · Institute of Drive Systems and Power Electronics · Institute of Automatic Control · Institute of Electrothermic Process Engineering · Institute of Electromagnetic Theory · Institute of Radiofrequency and Microwave Engineering · Institute of Information Processing · Institute of Communications Technology · Institute of Microelectronic Systems 20

· Institute of Man-Machine-Communications · Institute of Practical Computer Science · Institute of Systems Engineering · Institute of Theoretical Computer Science · Institute of Distributed Systems · Institute of Electronic Materials and Devices · Laboratory for Information Technology · Centre for the Didactics of Engineering Course Guidance Electrical Engineering and Information Technology: Prof. Egbert Baake Institut für Elektroprozesstechnik Tel. +49 511.762 - 3248 Email Course Guidance Computer Science: Prof. Udo Lipeck Institut für Praktische Informatik Tel. +49 511.762 - 4951 Email Course Guidance Mechatronics: Lan Dang Hung Institut für Antriebssysteme und Leistungselektronik Tel. +49 511.762 - 2829 Email

Faculty of Mechnical Engineering The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering has a long tradition at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Nowadays, the activities of the institutes range from fundamental research in engineering science and application-oriented projects to development in direct cooperation with industry. Key areas of research and opportunities for studying are in production and materials technology, in energy and chemical engineering and in mechatronics as well as in biomedical engineering. Additionally, further research institutions have interesting research projects to offer: Hannover Laser Centre (LZH) creates laser applications for industry, the Centre for Biomedical Engineering (ZBM) works in close cooperation with Hannover Medical School on such projects as implants e.g. artificial hip joints, and in Hannover Mechatronics Centre (MZH) the use of mobile service robots is being investigated. As an interface between Industry and Research, the Production Technology Centre Hannover (PZH) was recently opened on a 17,000 m2 site. The following institutes are attached to the faculty: · Institute of Dynamics and Vibration Research · Institute of Production Systems and Logistics

· Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools · Institute of Nuclear Engineering and Non-Destructive Testing · Institute of Continuum Mechanics · Institute of Machine Elements and Engineering Design · Institute of Multiphase Processes · Institute of Measurement and Automatic Control · Institute of Micro Production Technology · Institute of Nano and Micro Process Technology · Institute of Technical Combustion · Institute of Thermodynamics · Institute of Transport and Automation Technology · Institute of Turbomachines and Fluid Dynamics · Institute of Metal Forming and Metal Forming Machines · Institute of Materials Science · Institute of Mechatronic Systems Course Guidance Faculty of Mechanical Engineering: Sarah Engelmann Institut für Dynamik und Schwingungen Tel. +49 511.762 - 183 02 Email Course Guidance Biomedical Engineering: Florian Evertz Tel. +49 511.762 - 193 55 Email


Faculty of Mathematics and Physics In the classical areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics and stochastics with their many and varied applications, research and teaching are highly valued. This makes itself apparent on the one hand in a broad and at the same time substantial range of courses, admitting a wide variety of minor subjects, and on the other hand in the opportunities presented by a research training group. One innovation is the course “Computational Science”, connecting mathematical methods and the tools of computer science with real-life problems. In over 140 years of research and teaching, Hannover has played a decisive role in physics. Fundamental research of international repute is carried out for example in the field of gravitation. The Max Planck Institute for Gravitation Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) attached to the faculty aims to prove the existence of gravitational waves, which were predicted by Einstein in his Theory of Relativity. For this a laboratory is being set up with international participation. The following institutes are attached to the faculty: · Institute of Algebra, Number Theory und Discrete Mathematics · Institute of Algebraic Geometry · Institute of Analysis · Institute of Applied Mathematics · Institute of Mathematics and Physics Education


· Institute of Differential Geometry · Institute of Solid State Physics · Institute of Gravitation Physics · Institute of Probability and Statistics · Institute of Meteorology and Climatology · Institute of Quantum Optics · Institute of Theoretical Physics · Institut of Radioecology and Radiation Protection Course Guidance Mathematics: Torsten Becker Tel. +49 511.762 - 5450 Email Course Guidance Physics / General Physics: Prof. Herbert Pfnür, Institut für Festkörperphysik Tel. +49 511.762 - 4819 / - 4820 Email Course Guidance Meteorology: Prof. Thomas Hauf, Institut für Meteorologie und Klimatologie Tel. +49 511.762 - 2678 Email

Faculty of Natural Sciences Chemistry, biology, horticultural sciences – the Faculty of Natural Sciences is home to an exceptionally broad range of institutes. In chemistry, research focuses on materials and nanochemistry, medicinal and product chemistry, and analytical chemistry. Biology and chemistry offer the joint interdisciplinary course in life science. Leibniz Universität Hannover is one of the German universities offering biochemistry as an independent degree course. At the Geography Department you will receive a thorough and particularly practice-oriented training as well as having good opportunities to gain work experience. If you are, for example, interested in the conflict between shopping centres on green-field sites and inner-city development, you are in the right place here. A further advantage for students of geography is the very wide range of minor subjects at the university. The range of subjects taught in horticultural sciences and plant biotechnology at Leibniz Universität Hannover is unique compared to other German universities. Scientists from phytomedicine, molecular genetics, bioinformatics, plant technology and plant nutrition work closely together with experts from the classical subjects of vegetable science, floriculture, fruit and tree nursery science. The courses benefit from this interchange between very different research fields and methods.

The following institutes are attached to the faculty: · Institute of Inorganic Chemistry · Institute of Biological Production Systems · Institute of Biophysics · Institute of Biostatistics · Institute of Soil Science · Institute of Botany · Institute of Natural Science Education · Institute of Geobotany · Institute of Geology · Institute of Food Chemistry · Institute of Food Science and Human Nutrition · Institute of Microbiology · Institute of Mineralogy · Institute of Organic Chemistry · Institute of Plant Nutrition · Institute of Plant Genetics · Institute of Plant Diseases and Plant Protection · Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry · Institute of Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology · Institute of Technical Chemistry · Institute of Economic and Human Geography · Institute of Floriculture and Tree Sciences Course Guidance Natural Sciences: studiengaenge/index.php 23

Faculty of Humanities Research into the way people of different times and social groups think and act is the common link in the Faculty of Humanities. In addition to the subject-oriented courses at the faculty, a number of interdisciplinary core areas have developed; an example of this is applied regional and third-world research. Researchers have formed working groups setting such interdisciplinary focal points as European studies, gender studies and transformation studies, from which teaching benefits to a high degree. The spectrum of core research areas at the Department of German Literature and Language extends from literature of the 14th century to the present day, from the history of the German language to the sociology of language. The core area of German as a foreign language, which helps to meet the needs of foreign students, is well established. Apart from the history of English and American literature, new literatures in English and text analysis by computer are at the focus of interest at the English Department


The following institutes are attached to the faculty: · German Department · English Department · History Department · Institute of Education · Institute of Vocational Education and Adult Education · Institute of Practical Design and Art History · Institute of Educational Psychology · Political Science Department · Institute of Education for Special Needs · Institute of Sociology · Institute of Sports Science · Institute of Theology and History of Religions · Romance Studies Section · Institute of Philosophy · Department of Romance Languages and Literatures · European Studies · Transformation Studies · Working Group on Intercultural Pedagogics · Working Group on Interdisciplinary Social Structure Research Course Guidance Humanities: studiengaenge/index.php

Faculty of Law If you wish to study law in Hannover, you can take the first state examination in law here. It is, however, also possible to take part in a master’s programme integrated into the law course, including a compulsory stay abroad. The three-semester postgraduate course ”European Legal Practice” leads to the degree “Magister Legum Europae” (MLE). This additional qualification, together with the foreign language skills you will acquire, will help on the international job market. 30 European partner universities take part – from Iceland to Malta. The postgraduate course in legal informatics established at the faculty in 1999 caters for students from Germany and abroad who have already taken an undergraduate degree in law. With the study of the requirements, applications and effects of information technology in the legal system, the course aims to provide vocational

qualifications in legal informatics. This one-year postgraduate course includes a stay of at least three months at one of the ten European partner universities, and is completed with the degree of “Master of Laws (Legal Informatics)” (LLM). The following institutes are attached to the faculty: · Institute of Industrial, Business and Social Law · Institute of German and European Civil and Commercial Law · Institute of the Theory of Administrative Law · Criminological Institute · Institute of Procedural Law and the Training of Lawyers · Institute of Legal Informatics · Institute of International Law · Institute of Constitutional Science Course Guidance Law: Christiane Hellwig, Tel. +49 511.762 - 8114 Email Kerstin Wagner, Tel. +49 511.762 - 9065 Email 25

Faculty of Economics and Management To overcome the traditional and often criticised separation of business administration and economics, the Faculty of Economics and Management at Leibniz Universität Hannover offers a course integrating the individual and overall economic perspectives of the subject. The diverse research interests of the faculty include both theoretical and practically relevant economic issues. Contact to economic practice is ensured through permanent working groups, symposia, specialised conferences and consultancy. Empirical research projects, which involve students in learning through research, also illustrate the practical orientation. The following institutes are attached to the faculty: · Institute of Industrial Economics · Institute of Banking and Finance · Institute of Company Taxation and Tax Theory · Institute of Controlling · Institute of Empirical Economics · Institute of Development and Agricultural Economics · Institute of Theory of Financial Markets · Institute of Monetary Economics · Institute of Social Policy Research · Institute of Macroeconomics · Institute of Marketing and Management · Institute of Microeconomics · Institute of Public Finance · Institute of Human Resource Management 26

· Institute of Production Management · Institute of Auditing and Trusts · Institute of Statistics · Institute of Environmental Economics and World Trade · Institute of Management and Organization · Institute of Insurance Business Administration · Institute of Computer Science for Business Administration · Institute of Interdisciplinary Industrial Science General Study and Examination Matters: Nicole May, Tel. +49 511.762 - 5658 Email Economics and Business Administration: Christian Heidrich, Büro des Studiendekans Tel. +49 511.762 - 4423 Email Course Guidance Industrial Engineering: Caroline Kellenbrink, Tel. +49 511.762 - 8002 Email Ariane Khoramnia, Tel. +49 511.762 - 4687 Email

Facilities Libraries

Regional Computer Centre

The availability of literature is essential to the quality of research and teaching. The Technical Information Library (TIB) is the central German library of technology and the fundamental sciences of chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics. With a stock of over five million publications and roughly 18,600 journals from all over the world, it is one of the world’s largest specialist libraries. Since 2003 the TIB has also provided the social sciences and humanities with literature. The university library with its various specialist libraries works in close cooperation with the TIB. In addition, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library (State Library of Lower Saxony) with its stock of more than 1.6 million publications is an important source of information for students and academics alike.

The Regional Computer Centre for Lower Saxony (RRZN) is a central facility of the university. The RRZN provides the university with its know-how and resources in scientific data processing and technical communication – and it goes without saying that every student has access to the internet. Since April 2002, the computer system IBM p690, among the fastest and most efficient computer systems worldwide, has been located at RRZN. Students benefit especially from the clearly written publications on operating systems and software. Furthermore the RRZN offers a wide variety of computer courses.


Career Service As the interface between studying and the world of work, the career service is there for students and the university faculties as well as for all branches of industry. Its programme is based upon four pillars: exchange with the world of work, events on current topics of everyday working practice, additional qualifications and individual career advice.

Languages for Academic / Specific Purposes Centre (LAP / LSP) Excellent foreign language skills are nowadays essential for your success on the international job market. Since 1989, the Languages for Academic / Specific Purposes Centre at Leibniz Universit채t Hannover has provided the opportunity for students to learn foreign languages and take courses in languages for academic / special purposes. The courses take place during your studies and are mainly free of charge. The LAP / LSP also offers courses and workshops in German as a foreign language as well as German for engineering / technology. The centre provides preparatory courses for the DSH (test in German for foreign applicants to German universities) and the TestDAF (test in German as a foreign language), and holds the DSH test.

Centre for Psychological-Therapeutic Counselling (ptb) The counsellors at the ptb offer a wide variety of therapeutic approaches. Students can turn to them in personal crisis situations. Counselling is confidential and free of charge. For example in cases of disruption and crisis due to or affecting your studies, of relationship and partner conflicts, of anxieties about exams and disruptions in your studies, or of loneliness and contact problems, the counsellors are there for you and help you in overcoming the crisis. 28

Services for Students We at Leibniz Universität Hannover support you not only in your academic career but also by means of a social support network. We do our best to make sure that your stay will be a success in every way! On these pages we provide an outline of the services we offer at Leibniz Universität Hannover. If you need more detailed information, please contact the team at the International Office. We are happy to help you and to put you in touch with the people who can answer your questions.



The ServiceCenter in the main building of Leibniz Universität Hannover is the central information centre for all enquiries concerning your studies or services offered by the university. Here you will find staff from the many different areas of the university, from the Registration and Admissions Office, the Student Advice Office (ZSB) and the International Office as well as representatives from Student Services, who are there to answer your queries from their wide range of expertise. In addition there is an “infothek”, or self-service information point, with further up-to-date material. PC terminals are also available.

The Service-Hotline is available to answer telephone enquiries. Offering a similar service to the ServiceCenter with its personal callers, the ServiceHotline is a first point of contact via telephone, email, fax and letters. Enquiries to the Registration and Admissions Office, the Academic Examinations Office, the International Office and the Student Advice Office are then dealt with competently and efficiently in one place. organisation/servicecenter/

Contact: Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm, Friday from 9am to 3pm Tel. +49 - 511.762 - 2020 Email

Student Advice Office (ZSB) Detailed information on admission requirements, choice of subject and the structure of courses is available from the Student Advice Office (ZSB). 29

Student Services (Studentenwerk) Student Services offer a wide variety of services for students. They are responsible for the financial and social support of students in Hannover. Student Services run several refectories, providing healthy and tasty food at unbeatable prices. Several halls of residence are run by Student Services, which also give financial support to children’s groups. One of the most important activities of Student Services is the administration of BAFöG, the state financial support for students. In addition, they offer assistance in dealing with problems, whether they are of a financial, social or legal nature.

to small individual flats. All the rooms are fully furnished and have a telephone point. An internet connection can be rented in almost all of the halls of residence. In most cases men and women live side by side in the halls of residence. There is, however, a limited contingent of rooms on single-sex corridors. Depending on size and facilities, a single room costs between € 138 and € 221. Students with disabilities are given special consideration. Detailed information about the halls of residence and the application form is available from our website at Email enquiries can be made to

Halls of Residence Student Services have 14 halls of residence in Hannover, all of them near the various institutions of higher education and mostly in green surroundings. In comparison to private sector rentals, accommodation in the halls of residence is extremely reasonably priced. You have a choice from single rooms with communal facilities, studio flats, and shared flats for two to six people 30 or Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee a place in a hall of residence, unless you are taking part in an exchange programme. Demand is high; places are allocated according to a waiting list. As soon as you have a confirmed offer of a place at the university, you may apply for a place in a hall of residence.

Refectories and Cafeterias

Private Accommodation A large number of students live in privatelyrented accommodation, most of them in shared flats. In Hannover there is a wide range to choose from. In general a room in a shared flat costs between € 150 and € 300, while a studio flat costs between € 250 and € 350, including running costs. It is advisable to look for available rooms or flats via the internet – before you come to Germany. Ideally, you should have found accommodation one month before the semester starts. Only in this case will you be able to start your studies in a stress-free way.

Student Services run several refectories and cafeterias open to all students and staff at the various sites of the university. A selection of dishes, which changes daily, is offered from Monday to Friday. Student prices range from € 1.20 to € 5.00 for special dishes such as steaks.

Legal Advice Student Services provide fee-paying international students with free legal advice concerning their status as foreigners. Advice is available in particular on matters concerning the law as it applies to foreigners and questions on the rules concerning employment of foreign students. Legal advice is provided by individual lawyers. The law firms are authorised to so on receiving a warrant from Student Services. The warrant is available from the social counselling section of Student Services. For office hours see: sozberatung.html

Students with Children There are a large number of children’s groups near the university catering especially for children of students. Further information is available from the International Office and the Student Advice Office.

Students with Disabilities Leibniz Universität Hannover supports the application of disabled persons and endeavours to provide the services and personal support you require. Please contact the ServiceCenter before applying at: organisation/servicecenter/ Here you will find information about facilities in lecture rooms and laboratories, as well as further aids. 31

Student Representative Bodies Student Representation within the Faculties (Fachschaften and Fachschaftsrat) The body of all students at any one faculty is called the “Fachschaft”. A “Fachschaftsrat”, or student faculty council, is officially made up of a few elected students from this student body. Once a year, students at a faculty elect the members of the student faculty council. In everyday life, all the students who are interested in working for the student faculty council may do so. This is then called open working for the “Fachschaft”. In other words, everyone is free to join in – international students are welcome! Taking part in the work of the student faculty council provides the opportunity to share ideas about course contents, or to discuss what role in society is fulfilled by one’s subject or by academic life as a whole. Other topics could be the way courses are taught, or course structures and aims. Working for the student faculty council offers all of the participating students the chance to exchange new political or subjectoriented ideas. Some of the student faculty councils run their own cafés or publish a newspaper. All the student faculty councils are listed at:


Students’ Union (AStA) The students’ union (AStA) is the body representing all students at Leibniz Universität Hannover. One of its jobs is to represent political issues concerning students. The AStA has several officers, each with their own specific field. They are elected for one year. In the AStA there is a Department for International Students, whose members are happy to advise and support you. The AStA is located next to the main building at the following address: Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss (AStA) der Leibniz Universität Hannover Theodor-Lessing-Haus, Welfengarten 1 D - 30167 Hannover Tel. +49 511.762 - 5061 Email

International Students’ Representative The general meeting of international students at Leibniz Universität Hannover elects an international students’ representative. Further details are available from AStA’s department for international students, or at

Not only Teaching and Research... At Leibniz Universit채t Hannover, music, sports and joint activities can enrich studies and academic life. A wide variety of groups provide the chance to pursue a hobby and to get to know your fellow students or colleagues in their private lives; and over a beer after your sports class or after a music practice you are sure to find friends quickly.

University Sport Tennis, canoeing, dancing etc.: the Centre for University Sport (ZfH) offers an extensive sports programme for students and staff from all the universities in Hannover. Apart from the indoor and outdoor sports facilities near the university main building, there are more than 20 further sports facilities throughout Hannover where university sports take place. Each semester more than 300 activities in over 80 types of sport are on offer. On the lake Steinhuder Meer the ZfH has several catamarans, and in Reit im Winkl we even have our own ski chalet. Activities are offered by the semester during the lecture period; outside of this time the programme is slightly reduced. In the programme you will find courses teaching the basics of various types of sport. In addition there are groups for more advanced participants. Most classes are free of charge to students. The

full programme is available on the internet at: Apart from the sailing activities offered by the ZfH, the Academic Sailing Club is always happy to welcome newcomers. Active members meet to go sailing on the Steinhuder Meer every weekend during the season In the Academic Flying Club you can build a glider with your own hands or learn to fly. Various aeroplanes are available to flying enthusiasts in Oppernhausen near Celle. Further details are available at: and


Music and Theatre


Where would the Hannover jazz scene be without the university big band? The fans of jazz and swing meet once a week to practise; they perform regularly inside and outside of the university. The large university choir has a wide and varied repertoire. Up to 80 singers rehearse each week for concerts, with a wide selection of works from baroque to the twenty-first century. If you have a good voice, you are welcome to come along! The Collegium Musicum is the symphony orchestra of Leibniz Universität Hannover. In two to three concerts per semester, works from all periods are performed. About 70 members meet to practise once a week.

The “Putto-Filmclub” regularly shows classic films and also more recent films that are worth seeing. Showings are in the Audimax (main lecture hall). Those students wishing to produce their own films meet in the club “Film-AG”.

Do you fancy going on the stage? Then you are bound to find a theatre group at the university – or perhaps you can found your own. The group which for years has always played to a full house is the English Theatre Group at the English Department. As a rule one play in English is performed per semester. Supervised by a lecturer, the group meets weekly to rehearse, build scenery and sew costumes. Perhaps you can discover your talents as an actor? You are welcome to join any of these groups! Information: collegium-musicum/



Literary Salon

International Groups

The Literary Salon of Leibniz Universität Hannover is a unique and much acclaimed feature in the cultural landscape of Germany. Originally set up by students as a small university activity, the salon is today an essential part of the cultural life of the city. International writers, famous directors and musicians, and even top-ranking politicians love to come and present their work or take part in a discussion. The ensuing discussion with the audience is a fixed part of the series – every Monday in the semester.



Student Groups Are you a fan of photography or a-capella singing? At gruppen.shtml you will find a list of all the student groups. No limits are set to the range of interests here.

This group is aimed at students at Leibniz Universität Hannover who have already had experience of various European universities - mainly through the Erasmus programme. They meet socially to exchange experiences. The group is a member of the ERASMUS Student Network. Not only Erasmus students are welcome. Anyone who is interested may come along.

Elpis Elpis is an ERASMUS initiative primarily for law students. This non-profit-making organisation supports German and international students from the student point of view in their plans to study abroad. There are information sessions and many more activities. All other ERASMUS students are equally welcome to attend their events. Dates etc. are available at or under the email address

AIESEC AIESEC is the international student organisation for students interested in economics and business administration. The organisation has many years of experience in finding placements abroad and offers various activities to prepare for them and to review them afterwards. Apart from those listed above, there are a variety of other groups for international students, for example the Muslim Students Union Hannover (PSG), the Thai Students Association in Hannover (TSVH) und the Association of Chinese Academics and Students in Hannover (VCWSH). For information about all of these groups see


Finance It is absolutely essential that you should consider your financial situation before studying in Germany. Make realistic calculations about how expensive studying at Leibniz Universität Hannover will be for you and whether your financial means will be sufficient for this. Please be aware of the fact that it is unrealistic to expect to finance a major part of your stay by working in Germany. Although there are a large number of jobs on offer for students, the money earned is usually not enough to support you completely – especially since your working permit restricts the opportunities for earning money. For your visa and residence permit you must produce financial evidence to the German embassy and the authority for non-residents. Here you must produce evidence that you have € 600 per month for the period of at least one year. For this you have to set up a blocked account at the bank with about € 7000 in it.



Cost of Living

Student fees and fees for long-term students

The standard of living in Germany is relatively high. Of course how much you spend each month depends on your lifestyle. But living costs of € 650 to € 700 per month are realistic. The following monthly expenses are to be reckoned with:

From winter semester 2006/2007 student fees of € 500 per semester are to be paid. In addition you are liable to further fees if you exceed the prescribed course length by 1.5 times, socalled long-term student fees. For example, with Diplom courses this is the case from the 14th semester.

Semester fees All students at Leibniz Universität Hannover have to pay semester fees of about € 283. Part of this goes to Student Services to finance refectories, halls of residence, its service for students and much more. A further part of the fees pays for the semester ticket. This allows you to use public transport in the Region of Hannover and the regional trains of the German railway companies in the whole of Lower Saxony: with this ticket you can even go to the seaside.

· Food € 200 · Rent € 250 · Health Insurance € 55 · Miscellaneous € 200 (books, clothing, telephone etc.)

Scholarships There are a large number of foundations or support organisations which finance studies at German universities in part or in full. Scholarships depend on your country of origin, your subject, and your school or academic achievements so far. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers support for international students. An internet database provides information on support

In the Stiftungsindex (index of foundations) you can find foundations offering suitable scholarships for you: Leibniz Universit채t Hannover offers scholarships covering student fees for its students. For details enquire at the ServiceCenter or at the website index.php

Casual Work As a full-time student you will need a lot of time for your courses, as well as preparation and review. If German is not your mother tongue you should additionally invest time in learning the language. In this way you will not have much time for a part-time job, if your studies are not to suffer from you working to earn money. In Hannover there are many casual jobs for students. You must observe the law concerning work for international students. With most visas, working is limited to 90 full working days (or 180 half days). Job offers can be found in newspapers, city magazines, and on the notice boards in the university buildings. In addition there is the option of working as a student assistant (HiWi) at the Institutes of Leibniz Universit채t Hannover.


Admission Requirements Admission requirements for studying at Leibniz Universität Hannover vary according to subject, type of degree, and your education in your home country. The Admissions / Registration Office (I-Amt) is happy to answer your questions concerning admissions, student fees, visas, insurance etc. Admissions / Immatrikulationsamt (I-Amt) Welfengarten 1, 30167 Hannover Tel. +49-511-762-2020 Fax +49-511-762-3145 Detailed information for applicants from EU countries is available on the internet at bewerbung/vergabe/eu-anfaenger-wise/ Information for non-EU citizens is available at bewerbung/hinweise-nicht-eu/index.php


Academic Requirements …if you wish to apply to study for a first degree (bachelor’s, Staatsexamen) As with German applicants, foreign applicants applying to study at a German university need a university entrance qualification (HZB). If your university entrance qualification is comparable to the German Abitur, you can be admitted directly to study here. If your school certificate is valid for studying only certain subjects in your home country, then the same conditions apply in Germany, too. If a university entrance examination is required in your home country in addition to your school certificate, evidence of passing this examination is also required for studying in Germany. If your university entrance qualification is not comparable to the German Abitur, you must pass an assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) before applying to study a subject. The preparatory classes taking two semesters (Studienkolleg) prepare you for this examination. Information:

…if you wish to apply for a master’s degree course To be admitted to a master’s course you must have at least a bachelor’s degree with good grades. The master’s course you have chosen should build on the contents of your bachelor’s degree. Before applying to study at Leibniz Universität Hannover you are therefore recommended to check the internet for the course contents of the subject you wish to study. For some subjects like Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, and Production and Logistics you must pass an additional aptitude test. Further details are available from the faculties (see chapter “Faculties, Departments, Institutes” in this prospectus). Applications are to be handed in to the Admissions / Registration Office (for the adress see page 40).

…if you wish to study for a doctorate Normally a good to excellent degree is required: either a master’s or an equivalent degree, which as a rule means five years of studying and a thesis. You must find yourself a professor in good time to act as your supervisor. It is best to discuss with your potential supervisor which requirements you need to fulfil.

Language Requirements At Leibniz Universität Hannover most courses are held in the German language. If German is not your mother tongue, you must produce evidence that you can read, write, speak and understand German. This must be at a level corresponding to that of a university. With the following certificates you can provide evidence of your language ability: · Test in German as a foreign language (TestDaF) with at least level TDN 4 in all sections · Test in German for foreign applicants to German universities (DSH) with the overall result of at least DSH-2 Evidence of one of the following examinations or qualifications is accepted as an exemption: · A school certificate corresponding to a German university entrance qualification · “Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – Stufe II” (DSD II) · “Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung” (ZOP) of the Goethe Institute · “Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom” of the Goethe Institute · “Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom” of the Goethe Institute

Exceptions may be possible for participants in exchange programmes If you have not yet taken any of these examinations, Leibniz Universität Hannover provides preparatory classes for the examinations TestDaF or DSH. The Language for Specific/Academic Purposes Centre at Leibniz Universität Hannover will inform you.

Doctorate For a doctorate at Leibniz Universität Hannover, it is not always necessary to provide evidence of language ability. Please discuss with your supervisor what requirements are relevant for you. You must also stipulate in what language the doctoral thesis is to be written and the oral examination / thesis defence is to be held.


Application Procedures At Leibniz Universität Hannover application procedures vary between those for students from countries outside of the EU or those for students from EU countries.

If you come from a non - EU country... For some time now, application procedures for a BA and BSc degree course at Leibniz Universität Hanover have been via the organisation ASSIST (service for international student applications). ASSIST checks and evaluates foreign educational certificates according to the criteria of the university. Applicants from non-EU countries must apply via ASSIST. By clicking you will find an application form which you can fill in on the screen and then print out. The final date for applications is 31st May for undergraduate courses starting in the winter semester (BA, Staatsexamen and preparatory courses / Studienkolleg) Applications for starting in the summer semester are not possible.


The following documents must be handed in together with the completed application form: · Your final school certificate with an outline of the grades, potentially further evidence of university entrance examination, registration or studies in your home country (with outline of grades or credit points awarded) · Evidence of knowledge of German (intermediate level 1 (Mittelstufe 1) or participation in intermediate course) · Certificate in German as a Foreign language for participants in preparatory courses (Studienkolleg) · A copy of the page in your passport containing your name and photograph A minimum grade is required for admission. This is true for all subjects as well as the preparatory courses. Places for subjects with restrictions (NC subjects) are allocated according to grades (school certificate and studies) and quotas for individual countries. Do not send original documents. Please send applications for MA and MSc courses directly to Leibniz Universität Hannover Immatrikulationsamt (I-Amt), Welfengarten 1, 30167 Hannover Email, Applications for MA and MSc courses for starting in the summer semester and the winter semester · 31st May for the winter semester · 15th January for the summer semester More information about courses starting in the summer semester:

ASSIST needs certified photocopies of the above documents and certified translations into German of them. Certificates in English, French or Spanish need not be translated. We regret that incomplete applications cannot be processed!

Please fill in the application form for MA and MSc courses and attach the following documents to your application: · a school-leaving certificate, a proof of a successful study with corresponding grading summary as well as Bachelor’s certificate · proof of German language knowledge (TestDaF with a result on level TDN 4 in all fields or passed DSH -2)

Further details on application procedures, minimum grades and admission restrictions as well as language requirements can be found on the internet at: bewerbung/hinweise-nicht-eu/index.php


Registration for non - EU students

If you come from an EU country...

For registration you must appear in person at the Admissions / Registration Office. You must bring the following documents with you: · Receipt of payment of the semester fees · Evidence of health insurance for students, issued by an official German health insurance (gesetzliche Krankenkasse) · Your passport · Your certificates in the original, plus translations of them · Test in German for foreign applicants to German universities (DSH) with the overall result of at least DSH-2 or · “Test in German as a foreign language (TestDaF) with at least level TDN 4 in all sections

Students from an EU country wishing to study at Leibniz Universität Hannover must apply in writing or online. For further information on application and the application forms see Documents which must be sent in together with the application form: · Your final school certificate with an outline of the grades · Translation of all documents (unless they are issued in English, Spanish or French) · Test in German as a foreign language (TestDaF) with at least level TDN 4 in all sections or · Test in German for foreign applicants to German universities (DSH) with the overall result of at least DSH-2 Please do not send the originals of your certificates but certified photocopies. Certified copies are available from embassies, consulates, regulatory authorities, notary’s offices and universities. Final Dates for Applications Your application for admission in the winter semester of an academic year, together with the necessary documents, must be with us at the latest by: · 15th July, for subjects with entrance restrictions · 30th September, for subjects without entrance restrictions

For further information on registration see bewerbung/hinweise-nicht-eu/index.php 42

Please send your complete application to: Leibniz Universität Hannover Immatrikulationsamt, Welfengarten 1, 30167 Hannover

Registration for EU students For registration, you do not need to appear in person. The registration date appears in your admission documents. The following must be sent in: 路 Registration form with receipt of payment of semester fees 路 Evidence of health insurance For further details on application and registration see bewerbung/hinweise/index.php Detailed Information on admissions is also available at: voraussetzungen/

Academic Year Winter semester: 1st October to 31st March Lecture period: mid October to mid February Summer semester: 1st April to 30th September Lecture period: mid April to mid July 43

International Matters Leibniz Universität Hannover is proud of its international contacts and cross-border partnerships. A growing number of international students are interested in our courses. The proportion of non-German students is on average twelve per cent; in some subjects the figure is over 25 per cent. As well as looking back on a 20-year cooperation programme with the State Technical University of St. Petersburg, Leibniz Universität Hannover has had contacts for many years to Tongji University (Shanghai), to four universities in Pozna´n, and to the University of Nebraska Lincoln. The faculties, institutes and departments of Leibniz Universität Hannover currently have about 2000 collaborations in 95 countries on all continents. While most contacts are with the USA, Poland and China, the Russian Federation has also become an important partner. Cooperation with Southeast Asia and India is being further developed.


Leibniz Universität Hannover would like to equip its students to be competitive on the international job market. Supporting exchange programmes and stays abroad for students is thus an essential component of what the university has to offer. Since the beginning of 2006, Leibniz Universität Hannover has taken part in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a multilateral exchange programme with 300 members worldwide. This gives students from Leibniz Universität the right to apply for places in the exchange programme at all universities participating in the ISEP. In connection with the internationalisation of studying at Leibniz Universität Hannover, a definite trend can be observed of students spending a semester abroad. For years, the largest and most popular exchange programme has been the Erasmus Programme, where students from any faculty can study for one or two semesters at partner universities in EU countries, EFTA countries, Switzerland and the EU candidate countries (Turkey). Students from these countries can come to our university. At the moment there are contracts with about 200 universities in all the member states. The growing success of the programme

is also due to the fact that for the students taking part in the exchange programme ECTS has been established for all courses which have already changed to the bachelor / master system. In this way mutual recognition of the credit points gained at the partner university is assured. It is also possible to spend some time abroad for example at the following institutions: USA: Purdue University, University of Nebraska, Michigan Technological University Asien: University of Science and Technology Bejing, Chinese University Hong Kong, EWHA Womens University (Seoul), Ajou University, Israel Institute of Technology (Technion Haifa), Yonsei University (Seoul) Lateinamerika: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile), Universidade Federal Minas Gerais (Brazil) Australien: University of Wollongong, University of the Sunshine Coast, University of Queensland The mechanical engineers have an exchange programme with the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the biologists with Northeastern University Boston, the chemists with Stanford University, the architects with Nebraska and St. Petersburg, to name just a few of the partnerships maintained by the faculties or institutes.

International Office The International Office coordinates all the international activities. For many years we have been greeting students and academics from all over the world and looking after them during their stay at Leibniz Universität Hannover. We try to ensure that they receive optimum support, so that they can concentrate on their studies and research. You should be able to use your time at Leibniz Universität in the best way possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about visas, accommodation, financial support, etc. The International Office works in close cooperation with the faculties in order to implement ways to enhance academic and social support for international students: · Arrival service (service package) · Accommodation service and host family programme · Assistance with registration and authorities · Orientation days and events to welcome international students · Preparatory and ongoing language courses · Academic support from senior students: subject tutorials · Workshops on soft skills, e.g. intercultural communication, time management · A mentoring programme (in some faculties) · A variety of cultural events and excursions · A “Study Buddy” programme which promotes contact with German students · Various scholarships and bursaries These programmes and events will make it easier for you to integrate into life in Hannover and the German university system. They will increase your chances of academic success. 45

Support upon Arrival Even before you leave home, you can contact us and order a service package. If you sign up for this package, you will be picked up when you arrive in Hannover and, if you like, we will provide a room for you at a student hostel. Your tutor, a student at Leibniz Universität Hannover, will accompany you to the various authorities and help you look after everything you need to do to register. Even without a personal tutor, you can still get support from our accommodation service, host family programme, arrival service and our information table at registration time. If you would like to meet German students as soon as possible, you can sign up for our Study Buddy programme before you arrive. We will arrange a German student who can help you settle in during the first few weeks. To give you a better idea of all the support services available at the International Office and the university in general, we organize Orientation Days before the beginning of each semester. Orientation Days will give you an overview of everything on offer and bring you into contact with us and your fellow students. The registration form for a personal tutor is available at Email

Social and Cultural Support A wide variety of weekly cultural and regional events will give you the opportunity to get to know Hannover better. We offer trips to the opera or theatre as well as overnight excursions to fascinating cities like Berlin or Brussels. These events are also a good way to meet other students from 46

Germany and around the world. Our weekly Regulars’ Table at a pub near the university is another great way to meet new people. For more information, look at our website, which presents all our service offers online. Or drop in and meet us in person. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Academic Support Higher-semester international students can support you in your own area of study. These subject tutors will give you tips to help you organize your studies and prepare for exams. They will also advise you on work and time management. Some faculties complement the tutor programme with a mentoring programme: you can work directly with a teacher to determine and achieve your goals throughout the semester. Our series of workshops on soft skills will support your working methods: in our interactive seminars, you will work with German and other international students to improve intercultural learning or time management. Contact International Office Welfengarten 1A, 30167 Hannover Tel. +49.511-762-2548, Fax +49.511-762-4090 Email

Further Information Further information on studying and living in Germany is available from the following websites or in the publications of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). · Studying in Germany (Information for foreigners on university studies) · International Degree Programmes in Germany (CD-ROM and brochure) · Study and research in Germany (WWW-links, with comments) · Destination Germany (Guide for international students) All publications can be ordered from: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Kennedyallee 50, D – 53175 Bonn, Email Links

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