Information for incoming exchange students

Germany is worlds’ leading nation in Mechanical Engineering. Mechanical engineering is a key industry and the “engine” of the German economy that ensures innovation and technological leadership. In the worldwide market for mechanical engineering, Germany has the largest percentage of market share at about 20 % (more than USA or Japan). Due to the high number of exports, all German larger companies in production engineering have a strong international orientation and are actively seeking international oriented engineers and managers with technical knowledge and competences in economics and foreign languages. Therefore, Germany is an ideal country for students of Mechanical Engineering from all over the world who plan to study one or two semesters abroad for one or two semesters.

Whether you are planning to come to Nuremberg and Erlangen as part of an international exchange program or whether you are considering completing your entire degree here, the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg has plenty to offer you. On this page you will find practical information for exchange students about the lectures in English language that are particularly suitable for exchange students.

Since its foundation in 1743, the traditional university has been open to new developments and adapted to innovation. Research in numerous rankings place the university among the top 10 universities in Germany. In some fields of engineering the university has been given the attribute of excellence. Both Erlangen with 100,000 inhabitants (1/4 of which are students), and Nuremberg, a city with a population of 1/2 million, both have their special charm with a medieval and metropolitan flair. The university’s motto “Advance through networks” of interdisciplinary and international degree programs at the interface between natural sciences, engineering and medicine, in close collaboration with the classical academic disciplines. At FAU, students receive a high level of academic training in a state-of-the-art research environment. Our graduates can look forward to optimal professional and career prospects. International students can count on multiple support services providing extensive assistance.

The study program “International Production Engineering and Management” is ideal for foreign students to study (winter or summer term is equally suitable) abroad for one or more semesters in Germany at one of the largest universities in Bavaria. Aside from our basic modules in German like mathematics, we offer various engineering and management lectures in English, which are particularly suitable for exchange students and which could be accompanied by our special German language courses for exchange students. You could also write your Bachelor’s thesis at FAU.

Therefore, for your application as an exchange student, a German language certificate is generally not required for ERASMUS exchange students if you have comparable English language certificates and want to choose English modules. If you plan on completing your entire degree here, you need a German language certificate (please refer to this page). For studying as an exchange student at FAU, you have to apply at the Central Office for International Affairs at our university. Further information may be found here.

Application deadlines:

– for the winter term: 01st February

– for the summer term: 01st September

Lecture periods (please also see here; the exams take place after the lecture period):

Term Start – End
Winter term 2018/19 2018-10-15 – 2019-02-09
Summer term 2019 2019-04-23 – 2019-07-27
Winter term 2019/20 2019-10-14 – 2020-02-24
Summer term 2020 2020-04-20 – 2020-07-14

The following courses will be held in English language (detailed English module handbook):

For information for times and places, please search for the lectures via
(choose: search: “Lecture list”, then choose the appropriate semester at the top right and type in the lecture name)

Name Lecturer ECTS in winter term 3) ECTS in summer term 3) Level 2)
Production Technology 1 with Exercises (with training in technical english) Merklein e.a. 5 basic (B)
Production Technology 2 with Exercises (with training in technical english) M. Schmidt e.a. 5 basic (B)
Fundaments in Metrology Hausotte 5 basic (B)
Quality Management NN 5 basic (B)
Advanced Seminar on International and Sustainable Production div. 2,5 2,5 basic (B)
German language courses University language center 5 – 15 5 – 15 basic, intermediate oder advanced
(B, M)
Laser Technology Schmidt, Alexeev 5 advanced (B, M)
Engineering of Solid State Lasers Alexeev 2,5 advanced (B, M)
Integrated Production Systems
(E-Learning course at vhb)
Franke 5 5 advanced (B, M)
International Supply Chain Management
(E-Learning course at vhb)
Franke 2,5 2,5 advanced (B, M)
Introduction to the Finite Element Method Mergheim 5 advanced (B, M)
Nonlinear Finite Elements Mergheim 5 advanced (B, M)
Computational Dynamics O. Schmitt 5 advanced (B, M)
Linear continuum mechanics Steinmann 5 advanced (B, M)
Nonlinear continuum mechanics Steinmann 5 advanced (B, M)
Numerical methods in mechanics Lang 5 advanced (B, M)
Theoretical dynamics I Lang 5 advanced (B, M)
Theoretical dynamics II Lang 5 advanced (B, M)
Innovation Voigt 5 advanced (B, M)
Sustainability Management: Issues, Concepts and Tools Beckmann 5 advanced (B, M)
Innovation Strategy III Möslein 2,5 advanced (B, M)
Innovation Design Möslein 2,5 advanced (B, M)
F&E Management Brem 5 advanced (B, M)
Technology and Innovation management Voigt 5 advanced ( M)
Advanced Service Management Bodendorf 5 advanced ( M)
Advanced Process Management Bodendorf 5 advanced (M)
E-Business Strategy and Networking Durst, Bodendorf 5 advanced (M)
Organizational Creativity Voigt 5 advanced (M)
Business strategy Hungenberg 5 advanced (M)
Change management Hungenberg 5 advanced (M)
Advanced Sustainability Management & Corporate Functions Beckmann 5 advanced (M)
Global Retail Logistics
(E-Learning course at vhb)
Hartmann 5 5 advanced (M)
Designing technology Möslein 5 advanced (M)
Platform Strategies Möslein 5 advanced (M)
Organizing for Digital Transformation Möslein  5 advanced (M)
International Technology Management Research Seminar Brem 5 5 advanced (M)
Stratetic intellectual property management Brem 5 5 advanced (M)
Internet of Things and Industrial Services Seminar Matzner/Stierle/Pauli 5 advanced (M)
Bachelor thesis with advanced seminar 4) div. 12+3 12+3 advanced (B)
Project thesis with advanced seminar 4) div. 12+3 12+3 advanced (M)
Master thesis 4) div. 30 30 advanced (M)

Further courses in english language of the Faculty of Engineering:



2) B=suitable for incoming Bachelor students; M=suitable for incoming Master students

4) For BA or MA theses, a language level of at least C1 in English or German and individual agreements with an institute are necessary.


More information may be found in this study folder