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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.


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

October – March

2nd semester

April - August

 All important dates can be found here.


Accomodation and practical issues

Our international office can…

  • ...help finding accommodation
  • ...assist with visa formalities and bureaucracy
  • ...gets you in touch with fellow exchange students
  • ...is generally very helpful with about everything.

For more information, contact

Studying psychology in Düsseldorf

The Institute of Experimental Psychology

You will find all information about our study programmes as well as our research here. For all practical matters, 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.

Module descriptions

The following links are very useful for completing your learning agreement and planning your stay in Düsseldorf. You can download our module handbooks here (available in English and German):

Course schedules

You can download the course programs here (available in English and German):

You will find up-to-date information on the course schedules here.

Course admission

Admission to some courses is restricted. You can find detailed information on course admission, prerequisites and requirements in the English course schedules (Bachelor schedule or Master schedule; please check the footnotes).



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 visiting foreign 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.

In addition, we offer some classes in English. Although our English course offer varies from year to year, depending on teacher availability, you can find information on our regular selection of English courses here: Bachelor schedule or here: Master schedule (please check for courses marked with a superscript E and see footnotes).

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