Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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Gritt Eisenkopf
Referentin Internationale Studierende

phone: +49 345 55 21535
fax: +49 345 55 27427

Universitätsring 19/20
D-06108 Halle

postal address:
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
International Office
D-06099 Halle

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Orientation | First Steps

Summer Term 2021
VIRTUAL Introductory Session for International Students

At the beginning of the summer semester 2021 we welcome all new students of the Martin-Luther-University.

The International Office offers a virtual introductory event    in form of a permanently available video in German and English language. It contains comprehensive information on first steps at Martin Luther University and the city of Halle as well as information on topics related to the University of  Halle in general (library, student services, lion portal & Co.) and student life.

Please note that the video was recorded in September 2020 and some measures have changed, especially regarding the unsteady situation caused by Covid-19. Here you can find current information for international students related to Covid-19.

In addition to the virtual introductory event, international students have the opportunity to book    an appointment for an individual online consultation.

First Steps
First Steps WiSe21_neu_10.06.2021.pdf (1.3 MB)  vom 22.06.2021

Students Guide

This brochure contains a lot of useful information on your study stay in Halle.

Guide for international students
MLU_SchuberStudierende_eng.pdf (1.7 MB)  vom 15.01.2015

Map of the Campus Locations

The lecture halls and buildings of Martin Luther Universität are located all over the city. Here you can find a map of the main campus locations. You can also get this map in the university shop at the market square (tourist-information).

Main campus sites of the University
StadtplanUni-Standorte_A2_017092013.pdf (8.8 MB)  vom 17.09.2013

Academic Calendar

At MLU, the academic year is divided into two terms: "Wintersemester" and "Sommersemester". The winter term begins officially on October 1 and ends on March 31. The summer term begins on April 1 and ends on September 30. However, the lecture period only runs from mid-October until mid-February and from mid-April until the end of July. The remaining time, the so-called "vorlesungsfreie Zeit", is intended for writing papers, preparing exams or for internships, etc. Dorms are open throughout the whole year.

Summer semester 2021
(12.4.2021 - 30.09.2021)
First day of classesApril 12, 2021
Orientation dayto be decided
Easter MondayApril 5, 2021
Labour DayMay 1, 2021
Ascension DayMay 13, 2021
Whit MondayMay 24, 2021
Semester break17.07.2021 - 10.10.2021
Winter semester 2020/2021
(1.10.2021 - 31.3.2022)
Orientation weekOctober 5 - October 7, 2021
First day of classesOctober 11, 2021
End of summertime
(clocks are moved one hour back)
October 31, 2021
Reformation DayOctober 31, 2021
Christmas breakDecember 20, 2021 - January 8, 2022
Christmas DayDecember 25, 2021
Boxing dayDecember 26, 2021
New Year´s DayJanuary 1, 2022
Twelfth DayJanuary 6, 2022
Semester breakFebruary 14 to April 3, 2022
Beginning of summertime
(clocks are moved one hour ahead)
March 27, 2022

German Grading Scale

In Germany, the rating of study achievements is usually done with grades from "1" to "5" with one decimal place.

ScalePercentageGrade Description
1.0 - 1.5100 - 90 %Sehr Gut (Very Good)
1.6 - 2.590 - 80 %Gut (Good)
2.6 - 3.580 - 65 %Befriedigend (Satisfactory)
3.6 - 4.065 - 50 %Ausreichend (Sufficient)
5.050 - 0 %Nicht ausreichend (Insufficient)

Cost of Living

The following table shows information on the living expenses students in Halle have to cover during one semester.

Please note that these figures are approximate values and are only valid as references, since expenses for copies, books, and food, e.g., may differ from student to student and costs for accommodation may vary.

Living Expenses (1 Semester)per Semester
Semester Fee*
(administration, Student Services Organization, Semester-Ticket for bus and tram)
Please note: MLU does not charge any tuition fee!
€ 243.85
Books, Copies, study material€ 500.00
Accommodation€ 1,800.00
Food€ 900.00
Health insurance€ 630.00
Personal expenses (clothing, leisure activities, etc.)€ 600.00

Total

€ 4,655.00

*Information on the Semester Fee:

At Martin-Luther-Universität, we do not charge any tuition fees. However, every student enrolled at the university has to pay the Semester Fee. This fee is a contribution to the services the Student Services Organization Halle (Studentenwerk Halle) provides for our students. It is also the fee for the so-called Semester-Ticket for public transportation.
Currently, the semester fee is € 235.35. Upon receiving the payment, the university issues the student ID card (called Uni-Service-Card). This student ID card serves as the Semester-Ticket. That means, the student ID card can be used as a free ticket on buses, trams and local trains of the Central German Transport Association (Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund – MDV).

Buddy Programme

Anyone making part of their studies or even the entire study at a university abroad, must organize much and be prepared for a lot of new and unknown factors. In a foreign country with an unfamiliar teaching and learning culture one will find it is often not easy and is - in addition to the requirements of the course - a big challenge.
Our buddy program aims to facilitate the international students to start life in Halle and the University.
Our buddies are local students who help their international fellow students across organizational and cultural borders and sometimes technical support over the hurdles in the first weeks in Halle.

Currently, all international exchange students get a local buddy. Our international students have timely contact with their buddies, so that contact can be made even before the arrival in Halle.

If you have any further questions about the buddy-programme, please do not hesitate to contact .

Also visit us on Facebook – Facebook    – here you will find up-to-date information on funding and support  programmes and events, photo galleries, and you can always contact us!

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