Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany
With the founding of the University of Applied Sciences (FHB) in April 1992, Brandenburg on the Havel became a university town for the first time in its history of over a 1,000 years. In just five years the site of former cuirassier barracks in Brandenburg's military district was transformed into today's FHB campus with renovated buildings alongside newly constructed buildings. The FHB offers attractive, cutting-edge degree courses in three disciplines: engineering, business administration and economics as well as information technology and media.
More than 2,300 students are enrolled at the FHB, studying in modern teaching facilities and laboratories in a leafy campus setting. The range of courses on offer is constantly being further developed. Increasingly, courses leading to international degrees (bachelor and master degrees) such as Computing and Media and Technology and Innovation Management, are being offered. FHB students particularly appreciate the project-orientated courses on offer. Course content is defined in co-operation with partners in industry, commerce and public administration from around the region, giving students the chance to get to know their future field of work hands on right from the start. The university promotes with particular emphasis international exchange in teaching, research and study. The FHB has partnerships with universities across Europe as well as overseas.
The main building of the former cuirassier barracks, built in 1881, today houses the university administration along with the Business School. The stables were converted into a modern library and what was once the officers' dining quarters is presently being converted into an auditorium. These old red-brick buildings together with the three new buildings each bearing a yellow clinker exterior form a harmonious ensemble that makes the FHB campus one of the most attractive in Germany.
The library has its home in the restored former stables and offers spacious rooms with a voluminous literature collection, and advanced, technical equipment. The librarys shelves contain 42,000 volumes. For reading and studying, the library offers a spacious reading room,where students can choose from 259 subscribed newspapers and magazines. Users have the opportunity to search for information in a computer-aided catalogue. The library catalogue is also available over the World Wide Web so that literature can be sought independent of the library's opening hours. The library also has a large number of data banks at its disposal (CD ROMs) and has an electronic connection with the technology centre in Karlsruhe.
The computer centre is responsible for the communication infrastructure of the university. The planning and development of the local network is the basis for the link between the library, computer science department, engineering department and employs the latest technical standards. The student halls of residence - which are not directly part of the FH Brandenburg 7 University - are also linked in this way and helps to make studying here even more attractive by providing basic technical support.
Assistance settling in In order to smooth your transition to life in Brandenburg, the international office offers information sessions. In these sessions, student workers will help you get through the formalities, put together a course schedule, show you the closest grocery store, etc.
We make every effort to provide foreign students with accommodation in our student hall of residence near the university. Our hall is to be found on our campus. The cost of a room in the hall of residence is 220 euros per month. A returnable deposit equal to one months rent is required. Provided the terms and conditions of the contract have been kept by the tenant, this money is returned at the end of the rental contract. The rooms are let by the Studentenwerk (Students welfare office) in Potsdam Most rooms in the hall are single rooms. Four rooms form one unit, and all rooms are furnished. Each unit contains a communal kitchen and sanitary facilities (shower, toilets, wash-basin). In the kitchen there is an electric cooker, a refrigerator with separate lockers FH Brandenburg 5 (with keys), a kitchen table, chairs and a sink. It is advised to bring bed linens and blankets with you. You must bring your own cutlery, along with plates and dishes. Rooms do not have curtains, so you may want to bring these with you. The rooms are not equipped with TVs and radios.
There are washing machines and dryers in the halls, which function with a chip card. There is sufficient parking space for motorcycles and cars. There are a number of leisure rooms in the halls, which are arranged by the students themselves and used appropriately. Sport and game rooms are also at the students disposal.
For the students that do not desire or cannot get a room assignment in the hall of residence, we recommend arriving timely in Brandenburg before the beginning of term in order to seek an accommodation on the private market. The Allgemeiner Studentenausschuss (AStA) offers assistance finding accommodation.
Not far from Brandenburg University (about 15 min. on foot) there is an apartment building called: "Caasi". In addition to short-term accommodations, Caasi also offers one and tworoom apartments under special conditions to students. All apartments consist of a single and double room, equipped with a kitchen, toilette, and shower. Further information, as well as online inquiries and room reservations,
Cost of living
For daily life (food, culture, trips to Berlin/Potsdam, visits to the cinema, sport, discos etc.) you will probably need about 300 - 400 per month (excluding accommodation).
Semester - ticket
At present the semester ticket costs 95,80. This ticket entitles its holder to any number of trips using public transportation within the designated zones. All students are entitled and also obliged (exceptions exist) to buy this ticket.
Mensa and Cafeteria
The mensa (dining hall) and cafeteria is open from Monday to Friday on the university campus. The cafeteria, opened from 8 a.m., offers breakfast and snacks. Lunch is available in the mensa from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. There are four meals to choose from, ranging in price from 1,20 to 2,50.
Culture and sports
The students association offers various types of sports, such as volleyball, basketball, football, chess, water sports, (at the development stage) and table tennis. You can register for these activities at the sports office of AStA.
The student pub is situated on-campus in the cellar of the main building and is called IQ. It opened in March 1998 and students are permitted to organise their own parties and art exhibitions there.