Exchange students may choose courses from the full-time M.Sc. or the full-time MBA program.
All courses at HHL are taught in English.
For foreign exchange students our recommended workload is 20 ECTS credits per quarter.
The minimum workload expected is 15 ECTS credits; the maximum is 30 ECTS credits.
Language of instruction
The language of instruction is English.
MBA students coming for an exchange term may take courses from the MBA program and from the M.Sc. program. Courses in the MBA program may be restricted to exchange students coming from a MBA program at their home institution. HHL reserves the right to decide individually according to specific requirements such as pre-knowledge and work experience, whether students from other programs are eligible for MBA courses as well. Students coming from consecutive programs (usually a 4- or 5-year European program leading to an equivalent of a Master’s degree) are welcome in the M.Sc. program.
Once registered for a course you must attend the exam. The only reason for taking an exam at a later date is a certified illness verified by a sworn medical officer (Amtsarzt).
For regular treatments (not during exams) please see the list of doctors in Leipzig (scroll down and choose your language).
|German System||ECTS System||Explanation|
|=1,0||A (best 10%)||outstanding|
|≤ 1,6||B (next 25%)||very good|
|≤ 2,0||C (next 30%)||good|
|≤ 3,0||D (next 25%)||satisfactory|
|≤ 4,0||E (next 10%)||pass|
|> 4,0||Fx||fail (second exam allowed)|
|> 4,0||F||fail (second exam not allowed)|
|P||Grades not awarded|
Here you can find useful information about what to do before your arrival in Germany. Click on the blue bars to learn more about visa requirements, health insurance, opening a bank account and housing options for your studies at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.
Please be aware that processing time for a student visa might take up to three months. Application deadlines for our programs are fixed to allow students enough time for their visa process and on time arrival. Please note, HHL is unable to speed up the processing time for the visa.
Important: Do NOT apply for a tourist visa. We are not allowed to accept it and it cannot be changed into a residence permit. We are unable to accept latecomers!
EU citizens maintaining a passport from the following countries do not require a visa, but need to go to the city registration office after arrival:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Spain, Slovak Republic, Slovenia; other countries of the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland.
Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa, but need to apply for the residence permit at the foreigners’ office after arrival. Furthermore, they need to go to the city registration office after arrival: Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Korea (South), New Zealand, USA
Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa, but are not allowed to work during or after the program at HHL without a visa, so visa application is highly recommended. They will need to apply for the residence permit at the foreigners’ office after arrival. Furthermore, they need to go to the city registration office after arrival:
Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco, San Marino
You will need to provide the following documents to the embassy:
German Consulates are allowed to request to open a blocked account in Germany for proof of your living costs. In this case, you should open an account, e.g. Deutsche Bank Hamburg. Use the form given on their website and sign it in presence of the visa officer.
With your signature, your account is blocked in favor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and you may withdraw EUR 735 per month from it. In all other cases, we suggest opening a German bank account after your arrival in Leipzig.
In some cases, the embassy will ask you for an address for your stay in Germany. As soon as you have your official letter of acceptance, you should start searching for an accommodation in Leipzig. You could, for instance, apply for an accommodation in the dorms of the Leipzig Student Union (Studentenwerk Leipzig) or look for private accommodation on the internet.
All international students coming to HHL will have one mandatory orientation week. The orientation includes:
After finding accommodation, you have to register within the first two weeks of your stay at one of the offices of the City Hall. Their offices are located in all parts of the city. All students have to present the following form together with a confirmation of the landlord for their apartment and their passport (or for EU citizens alternatively: Identity Card). Once you have registered at the City Hall, you are entitled to receive the Moving Bonus. Further information about living costs and the Moving Bonus can be found here.
It is highly recommended to open a bank account in Germany for the duration of your stay. You may open a bank account at a bank of your choice. Some institutes offer special conditions for students. The Foreigner’s Office might ask you to open a blocked account for your stay in Germany (EUR 735 per month). In this case you must open an account.
Each student has to pay a fee to the local student union. This fee has to be paid to HHL and HHL is obliged to transfer the money to the student union. The fee is Euro 201,50 and includes the free usage of Leipzig’s public transport system also in the surrounding areas of Leipzig, the usage of the cafeterias around the campus and the student dorms.
A waiver of the mandatory fee is possible only in cases where the student is absent from Leipzig for a period of at least six months. The student union will decide based on the written application (in German) of the individual student.
Students from countries which are part of the EEA countries have the right to work in Germany.
With some exceptions, non-EU-citizens must apply for a work permit (exceptions see below). Permission will be granted in case the central employment office certifies after a priority review that no nationals from EEA countries are available for the same job.
A) Access to the labor market as a student:
In case your residence permit shows that you are “allowed to work 120 days full-time or 240 days part-time” you may work during 120 days with a minimum of 4 hours/day (=full-time) or 240 days with a maximum of 4 hours/day (=part-time) without any restrictions during a period of 360 days.
Salaries for the exceptions described in A) are not limited.
B) Highly qualified employees (for graduates):
A definition of “highly qualified” is given by the German Foreigners Act. It is defined by the annual salary. In case you receive more than EUR 48,400 per year (for 2015), there will not be a priority review.
Internships for Exchange students
In case of a nomination of your home university you may stay for an internship in Germany, provided you have passed a prior first semester as an exchange student at HHL. Your nomination must show that an internship is a required part of your study program. German knowledge is an important asset for an internship in Germany.
Travelling (short stay – tourist)
Non-EU students need a visa to enter Germany, see information about Visa Issues. In most cases this is a national (type D) visa, valid for Germany and the Schengen states. This visa is the basis to apply for a residence permit. For this permit you must apply before the visa expires (usually within the first 90 days of your stay).
With the residence permit (or with a D visa) you are allowed to travel within the Schengen states.
These countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (without: French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion), Greece (without Athos), Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (without Ceuta and Melilla).
For all other countries you might need a visa.
The option for a second degree requires a separate agreement between HHL and the partner university.
Incoming students seeking a second degree usually take the regular study program at their home university and earn 60 ECTS credits at HHL. The master thesis must be written at the home university. The final transcripts will be handed out to the student by the home university after completing both programs.
For courses please refer to the Courses section above. Please make sure to only choose courses from the program you are intending to achieve an additional degree.
Please note: It is not possible to earn credits for
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