Are there any scholarships available for IWU?
How many seminars can I attend?
How many ECTS-credits can I earn?
How do I get a visa?
If you are a citizen of a country that is under a visa requirement to enter Germany, we will send you an invitation letter to facilitate the visa process after we've received your payment or your scholarship was confirmed. Many consulates accept the invitation letter as scanned copy. If not so, we will send you a hard copy by express mail.
Please check the website of your German consulate for information which documents are required for your visa application.
The visa process lasts several weeks - make sure you apply as early as possible! Please keep the coordinator informed during the process.
Is there an address where I can have mail sent during the IWU?
Please, have all mail sent to the IWU-office, c/o your name. Example:
International Winter University (IWU)
University of Applied Sciences Fulda
c/o your first name, last name
D – 36037 Fulda
We distribute all received mail during class breaks each day.
How do I get cash during IWU?
In case you need cash quickly during IWU, your family may send you a money order. Please ask at the IWU office for more information.
Can I use Travelers Cheques?
Where can I make phone calls during the IWU?
Public phones are available in the university dormitories and downtown.
Also, the rental of a cell phone with a German SIM card is included in the program fee (50€ refundable deposit required and € 10 for the first charge). Airtime can be bought at local shops, rates for outgoing domestic and international calls are both very inexpensive (between 0.03 € for a domestic call and 0.11 € or 0.29 € for international - depending on country called - calls per minute). Incoming calls are free for you.
Can I access the Internet during the IWU?
Is there an opportunity to do laundry during the IWU?
Do I have to bring sheets and towels?
Can I use my electrical appliances?
What happens if I get sick or have an accident during IWU?
Pre-existing and psychological conditions are exempt. If you suffer from or expect any such problems, please get information from your insurance at home about the coverage abroad and bring a sufficient amount of your medication with you.
If you are in urgent need of medical attention at the weekend or during the night then you can report to the "Ambulanz" or "Notaufnahme" ward (Accident and Emergency) in hospitals or call a doctor. The addresses and telephone numbers of doctors can be found in the local newspapers under "Notdienst" or "Ärztlicher Notdienst", or in the telephone directory.
The emergency numbers in Germany are 110 (Police) and 112 (Fire Brigade).
In Germany medicines can only be bought at pharmacies ("Apotheken"). Most medicines require a prescription from a doctor. The prescription drugs needed are written down on a prescription ("Rezept") by the doctor and taken to the pharmacy. The prescription is taken to the pharmacy by the patient and the pharmacist issues the medicines. A nominal fee is paid for each drug depending on the cost of each medicine. Some painkillers, such as headache tablets, are available at pharmacies without a prescription.
Private patients must pay the full price of the medicines and then claim this money back from their insurer.
There is always at least one pharmacy open in every area day and night. This is called the "Notdienst". In rural communities people may have to travel to the nearest village or town. The addresses of the pharmacies that are open on specific days are listed in local newspapers under "Apotheken-Notdienst". All pharmacies always have a sign to tell customers which pharmacy is open on which day.
Does my insurance cover medication for chronical deseases?
Do I need special vaccination for Germany?
For more information please visit the website www.fit-for-travel.de
Are there special health risks?
Risk of infection throughout the country.
Vector: ticks (especially in grass, woods, forests and bushes)
Increased risk of transmission from April through October.
Protection: Tick protection through skin-covering clothes; use of insect repellents (creams, lotions, sprays). Search you body for ticks after you have been in the woods and consult a doctor if you find a tick on your body. Be very careful while removing the tick or let the doctor do so. If you get infected you might have to take antibiotics.
Risk of infection throughout the country; Vaccination. Keep away from stray animals (especially dogs and cats). If you get bitten consult a doctor.