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Living and studying in Düsseldorf

Heinrich Heine University is an attractive campus university. It offers first-rate study and research opportunities in the heart of Germany. With its strong medical faculty, excellent research facilities, and international scope, it is a hub for the life sciences in Germany and the world. Düsseldorf is the capital of the State of Northrhine-Westfalia. It is the city of modern art and magnificent lifestyle. With its outstanding cultural and culinary offers and impeccable economic and environmental record, it is consistently rated as one of the top 10 most livable cities in the World by the Mercer Quality of Living Survey.

On this website, we provide you with information about your stay specific to the Department of Experimental Psychology at Heinrich Heine University.

For general inquiries about the Erasmus exchange program or your stay as an international student, please contact our International Office.


International Office

Your first point of contact should be the International Office at Heinrich Heine University. The International Office will assist you with all organizational aspects of your stay.

Our International Office can:

  • ...help you find accommodation

  • ...assist with visa formalities and bureaucracy

  • ...connect you with fellow exchange students

  • ... Provide general support for any other questions.

Your contact at the International Office is


Academic year

The academic year in Düsseldorf consists of two semesters. It begins in October and ends in August.

Academic year

October – August

1st semester (winter semester)

October – March

2nd semester (summer semester)

April - August

 All important dates can be found here. Depending on the duration and time of your stay, different classes will be available to you.


Studying Psychology in Düsseldorf

The Institute of Experimental Psychology

The Institute of Experimental Psychology offers a Bachelor of Science program (6 semesters) and a Master of Science program (4 semesters) in psychology. As an Incoming student, you will be able to take classes independent of the program, provided you fulfill the criteria for each class (see below).

If you are interested in the research topics at our institute, you can find an overview of the research groups here.

For questions about student issues, or to just help you integrate into German student life, the local psychology student union (Fachschaft) will be very happy to assist you.


Depending on the duration and timing of your stay, different classes will be available to you. We have compiled the available classes into files for the winter semester, the summer semester, and classes that span both semesters. Within each category, classes are organized by topic. For each class, we indicate:

  • Whether it is part of the Bachelor or Master program

  • The format (e.g., lecture, seminar)

  • The ECTS credits

  • The content

  • The requirements

  • Additional information about the class language and supplementary materials

As an Incoming student, you can take classes from any program, provided you meet the criteria for each class. Please note that Master program classes are more advanced than Bachelor program classes. If you have no prior experience with a certain topic, please choose the corresponding Bachelor class.

Here you find the classes that …



Most classes are taught in German. We highly recommend that you speak German on at least B1 level, preferably at B2 level or higher. However, if you do not speak German but want to attend a German-only class, this is often possible. We usually allow Incoming students who do not speak German to sign up for German-only classes and take exams, but they will have to study the course material by themselves. This typically involves reading English text books and articles. In this case, exams are usually oral and can be given in English on request. Please keep in mind, though, that attendance of classes will be difficult for non-German speakers. Please contact the corresponding module coordinator to arrange this.

In addition, we offer some classes in English. Our English course offer varies from year to year, depending on teacher availability.

It is also possible to do internships, or write Bachelor and Master theses in English with most research teams at our Institute. If you are interested, please directly get in contact with the principle investigators of the research groups at our Institute.


German language courses

German language courses for international students are offered by the Department German as a Foreign Language. International and Erasmus students can register for these courses. All information, including admission criteria, obligatory placement tests, application deadlines and ECTS awarded for successful course completion can be obtained here.

FAQ Erasmus – Incomings


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