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International Office

Welcome to the International Office

You've come to the right place if you want to go abroad as part of your studies. Under the menu item Outgoing you will find all the important information on exchange programmes, funding opportunities, partner universities, advisory services offered by external organisations and information on current events.

International students wishing to spend an exchange semester at the OTH or apply for a study place will find initial information under the menu item Incoming.

If you require further information, simply arrange a consultation appointment.

Current Notes and Events

Regulars’ table for international students at OTH Amberg-Weiden. For all those of you who want to exchange their views and experiences with other international students.
Due to the contact restrictions, we will have virtual meetings.
The next meeting will be announced here shortly.
We are looking forward to seeing you again.

The International Student Organisation (ISO) offers recurring web tutorials for studying abroad in Canada, Australia or the USA.

You can choose between the following universities:

  • International College of Management, Sydney
  • Vancouver Island University
  • National University
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington

An overview of all tutorials can be found here.

All universities offer various options for reimbursement of costs or even postponement of your stay if you are unable to start your studies due to the Corona Pandemic.

Infosession regarding studies abroad in Australia, New Zealand, the US and Southeast Asia: GOstralia!- GOmerica!.

Focus “Internationalization”

Internationalization at the OTH Amberg-Weiden is a quality feature of higher education and an integral part of all activities in the fields of study and teaching, applied research and transfer, in society and in cooperation and networking.
The further intensification and expansion of internationalisation is a fundamental and sustainable component of the strategic goals of OTH Amberg-Weiden.
The goals and measures of our "Internationalization Strategy" (2020-2023) can be found here:

Internationalisation strategy

The OTH Amberg-Weiden is becoming ever more international: The university is focussing on an innovative digital strategy, which it will implement together with the OTH Regensburg. The Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences and Arts is supporting these measures with 294,000 euros as part of the Internationalization 2.0 programme.

"Science and teaching know no national borders," says Dr. Annabelle Wolff, head of the International Office at the OTH Amberg-Weiden. "We want students, academics and researchers to be able to exchange ideas and information easily and quickly in a globalised world. Digitization has provided us with new instruments for this purpose - and we are making sure that our students and professors benefit from it". In concrete terms, the OTH Amberg-Weiden is tackling two measures in cooperation with the OTH Regensburg: the implementation of the Mobility Online software and the redesign of the International Office's website.

The Software Mobility Online supports and simplifies many processes in the international area of the university, such as Erasmus+ activities, non-European bilateral cooperation, double degree programmes, summer/winter school activities, short courses or admissions of international students. To this end, the database covers, among other things, all the steps from application to the stay abroad and return to the university.

In redesigning its website, the International Office is relying primarily on videos: "We want to offer international students information, teaching and learning films in order to provide them with optimal advice and support," says Dr. Annabelle Wolff. "Possible contents of the videos include information about the Upper Palatinate or leisure activities in Amberg and Weiden, but also tips on finding a room or registering with the Foreigners' Registration Office".

With its Internationalisation 2.0 funding programme, the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences and Arts supports higher education institutions in developing and implementing concepts that bring digitization and internationalization together. The funding period extends over four years, from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2022. The programme was accepted on the basis of an application prepared under the leadership of Prof. Ulrich Müller, Vice President of OTH Amberg-Weiden, and Dr. Annabelle Wolff, Head of the International Office at OTH Amberg-Weiden.

The German economy is dependent on the immigration of skilled workers. International students, in particular, provide good conditions for the labour market: They know the language and culture and hold a recognised university degree. But how do you succeed in attracting international students and getting them interested in a career in Germany? An HRK event at the OTH Amberg-Weiden provided initial answers for the higher education region.

The Round Table of the German Rectors' Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz - HRK) on 26 July 2019 brought together experts from education, business and industry and municipal administration - one student from Ecuador brought the student perspective to the table. In the so-called World Café, they discussed and brainstormed on three thematic blocks: recruiting international students, socio-cultural integration and preparation for and integration into the labour market. In other words, the participants focused on the ideal journey of an international student: from the world to the campus of the OTH Amberg-Weiden and from there to the companies in the university region.

The topic of "Recruiting" focused on two key questions: What distinguishes the OTH Amberg-Weiden and the university region? How can the city, business and OTH Amberg-Weiden attract international students? In addition to good study conditions and the attractive living environment, the strength of the economic region and the flourishing labour market are among the assets with which the Northern Upper Palatinate can grow.

With regard to "socio-cultural integration", the participants asked themselves how to make the cultural offerings of the city/region/university more international and improve the exchange between international and German students. The thematic block "preparation for and integration into the labour market" revolved around the key questions: How can (initial) contact with companies be promoted? What skills do international students need to bring with them for integration in companies?

The round table showed that when experts from different disciplines and sectors put their heads together, a lot is possible. Because together they can develop good, creative and practical ideas. In a next step, the participants will systematically work out the ideas and design a joint strategy for action. After all, international recruitment and student marketing can only be successful if the university, the economy and the region all work together.

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