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Fachhochschule Münster University of Applied Sciences

The Fachhochschule Münster University of Applied Sciences (Fh-Münster) is one of the largest and most successful universities of applied sciences in Germany, holding top positions in national ranking surveys as well as in research and knowledge transfer. More than 10,000 students are registered at Fh-Münster in about 50 courses of study. In addition to classic engineering sciences, Fh-Münster offers courses in the areas of business studies, design and social studies. Through interdisciplinary and interculturality Fh-Münster equips its students with all that is needed for a life in the global market and provides them with a vivid understanding of the changing life- and work-environment. Backed by a network of strategic partnerships, Fh-Münster continues to further strengthen its leading position among German higher education institutions.

Fh-Münster maintains and cultivates its numerous international contacts in more than 90 active cooperation with universities abroad. This enables its students to gain the knowledge required to operate effectively on globalized markets and in fields of work characterized by other cultures. Moreover, international cooperative relations contribute to understanding the global professional world of work.

Münster, located in the northern part of the German state of Nordrhein Westfalen, is the cultural capital of Westfalen. With nearly 273,000 inhabitants, Münster offers the conveniences of a large city while having the character of a small town. Founded in 793 by St. Liudger, Münster was the seat of one of the most important ecclesiastical states of the Holy Roman Empire for over 1000 years. Münster has played a central role in European history since its founding. It was an important member of the Hanseatic League, and it is still an important trading city. During the Reformation, Münster was a center of the Anabaptist movement. Münster is perhaps best known as the home of the Peace of Westphalia, of 1648. This treaty ended the Thirty Years War, and is one of the foundations of modern Europe.

Münster has always enjoyed a reputation for tolerance, and was a center of resistance to the Nazi regime. Although nearly destroyed during World War II, Münster was rebuilt and many of the historic buildings were restored to their pre-war glory. Münster is a city with many architectural masterpieces, museums, parks, gardens, and bicycle paths that helped the city win an honorable distinction award from Liv-Com in 2004 for being one of the most livable cities in the world.

Münster is a transportation center well connected by road, rail and air to the rest of Europe. It is an ideal location for those who wish to explore Europe. The German Railways, with several trains a day going to destinations all over Germany and western Europe from Münster. .(Deutsches Bahn Website). The Münster-Osnabrück International AIrport (FMO), located just 30 minutes by rail from the main train station in Münster had nearly 1.5 million passengers every year. FMO offers daily flights to destinations all over Europe, North Africa, and the MIddle East, as well as convenient connections on major airlines to destinations all over the world. For more information go to: Münster-Osnabrück International Airport

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UNO ISEP Exchange

The regular International Exchange students can go for one semester or for a full academic year. The exchange agreement between UNO and Fh-Münster allows students to pay tuition at their home institution but they must pay all other expenses, such as housing, transportation, insurance, meals, etc.UNO students at the Fh-Münster must pay a "Semester Fee" of approximately €200 every semester they are at Fh-Münster. The Semester Fee pays for a variety of services for students, including Internet access and a rail pass good for local trains and public transportation in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Please keep in mind that the German academic calendar does not coincide with that of UNO, so those students wishing to study abroad for only one semester may find it beneficial to attend the "summer" semester in Germany. The winter semester starts October 1 and finishes at the end of February with a break for Christmas. The summer semester starts April 1 and ends the beginning of July.

Courses

While Fh-Münster offers courses in English, mostly in business, fluency in German will increase the availability of courses. Without enough language skills students will be restricted to classes within special programs, or to a small number of courses offered in English. German language courses are offered in all levels and will be credited by Fh-Münster yet may not be included in the exchange program.

Accommodation

UNO students on exchange at Fh-Münster are given priority for rooms in one of the university's residency halls. Students are responsible for making their own living arrangements while in Münster and the cost of these arrangements are borne solely by the student on the exchange. The cost for student housing in Münster is approximately €150-€250 per month.

The estimated cost of living for a student in Germany is €680/month (about $900). This includes housing, food, transportation and recreation.