Exchange Students

Those who choose to study at the Baroque City of Ludwigsburg will live and study around Ludwigsburg Castle in the heart of Europe. Exchange students study and live in Ludwigsburg on an attractive campus that will be redesigned in 2022/2023.
As a royal seat in south-western Germany, Ludwigsburg is known throughout Europe. The royal palace (Residenzschloss) and its two adjoining palaces, the royal hunting lodge (Jagdschloss Favorite) and the lakeside palace (Seeschloss Monrepos), as well as the "Blühendes Barock" palace gardens are a cultural hotspot that attracted the celebrities of its time, from Mozart to Casanova, all of whom visited Ludwigsburg at one time or another. Besides you can easily reach the capital of Baden-Württemberg in just 25 minutes by train, where you will find many other attractive leisure activities.

You are considered an exchange student if you come to the University of Public Administration and Finance for one or two semesters and then return to your home university. You do not earn a degree from the School of Public Administration and Finance, only credits for the courses you attend. Entry is possible either in spring or autumn.

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Name of University

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Hochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung und Finanzen

University of Applied Sciences - Public Administration and Finance


Head of University
























Dr. Iris Rauskala
+49 7141 140-1521



Professor Dr. Sascha Gieseler
Prorektor für Forschung und Internationales
Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs
+49 7141 140-1468



Prorektor:in für Studium und Lehre
Vice-Rector for Studies and Education
+49 7141 140-1564



Dr. Henrik Becker
+49 7141 140-1524




Head of International Office           




Project Management

International Office &




Dr. Natalia Jörg
+49 7141 140-1545


Dipl.-Oec. Nicole Eisenbraun
+49 7141 140-1484





Reuteallee 36
D-71634 Ludwigsburg





Faculty I (Management und Recht / Management and Law)


Head of Faculty I


Dekan / Dean:
Professor Dr. Arne Pautsch
+49 7141 140-1542


Prodekan / Vice Dean:
Prof. Matthias Müller
+49 7141 140-1491



Prodekan / Vice Dean:
Prof. Dr. Rafael Bauschke
+49 7141 140-1479


Prodekan / Vice Dean:
Prof. Michael Grau
+49 7141 140-1553



Public Management (B.A.)
(gehobener Verwaltungsdienst / Senior Public Service)

Studiendekanin / Dean of Studies:
Professor Dr. Matthias Müller
+49 7141 140-1606


Public Financial Management (B.A.)
(Management of Property, Manpower and Finance)
Studiendekan / Dean of Studies:
Prof. Michael Grau
+49 7141 140-1553


Pension Insurance Management (B.A.)
Studiendekanin / Dean of Studies:
Professor Dr. Martin Schulz
+49 7141 140-1983



Digital Public Management DVM (B.A.)

Studiendekanin / Dean of Studies:
Professor Dr. Robert Müller-Török
+49 7141 140-1983



Faculty II (Steuer- und Wirtschaftsrecht / Tax and Business Law)

Head of Faculty II

Dekanin / Dean:
Professorin Dr. Alexandra Albert
+49 7141 140-1470


Prodekan I / Vice Dean I:


Prodekan II / Vice Dean II:


Prodekan III / Vice Dean III:
Professor Dr. Axel Schlenk
+49 7141 140-1476


CourseSteuerverwaltung (B.A.)
Tax Administration (B.A.)


Studiendekan / Dean of Studies:
Professor Dr. Hartwig Maier
+49 7141 140-1462



Masterstudiengänge / Master's degree program 

Course book

European Public Adminstration (M.A.)

Public Management (M.A.)


Studiendekan / Dean of Studies:
Professor Dr. Gerald Sander
+49 7141 140-1506


Leitender Studienmanager /
Head of Study Management:
Dr. Thorsten Kaesler
+49 7141 140-5108


Studienmanagerin / Study Manager:
Eva Baum M.A.
+49 7141 140-1600



Institut für angewandte Forschung
Institute for Applied Research

Geschäftsführender Leiter / Head of Institute:
Professor Dr. Christian F. Majer
+49 7141 140-1467



Stellvertretender Leiter / Deputy Head of Institute:
Professor Dr. Jörg Dürrschmidt
+49 7141 140-1500


Forschungssupport / Research Support:
Daniela Ohlemacher
+49 7141 140-1570


Within the time period envisaged for practical training a maximum of 3 months can be performed in the service of an administrative training unit abroad according to § 23 article 3 of the training and examination arrangements for the Upper Grade Civil Service (APrOVwgD).

Within the framework of the studies for the degree of a graduate in Public Management (University of Applied Sciences) students are free to undergo practical training abroad for up to three months. This practical placement abroad aims at providing candidates for the Civil Service with the possibility of acquainting themselves with a foreign administration (organisation and procedures) and of making comparisons to the administrative practice at home.


During the practical placement the trainee involved has the status of a Civil Servant until revoked. The foreign municipal administration will not have to cover any costs related with the practical placement of a trainee. The candidates for a civil service position continue to obtain their salary during the practical placement abroad and are insured. In case of damages the state ("Land") Baden-Württemberg is liable within the framework of its sovereign liability under the Civil Service Law.


The University offers the possibility to cover the costs of the traineeship abroad in Europe or worldwide with the help of a grand. These grands are provided by ERASMUS, PROMOS and the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung.

Course Overview for External Students (Public Management) 

Subject title (specialising field only) / Kursniveau / Course Level



Europarecht / European Law

Einführung / Introduction



Staatsrecht / Constitutional Law

Einführung / Introduction



Grundlagen des Verwaltungsrechts /

Basics of Administrative Law

Einführung / Introduction



Sozialrecht / Social Law

Einführung / Introduction



Öff. Finanz- und Betriebswirtschaft 1/
Publ.Finance and Business Administration 1

Einführung / Introduction



Öff. Finanz- und Betriebswirtschaft 2

Publ.Finance and Business Administration 2

Einführung / Introduction



Öff. Finanz- und Betriebswirtschaft 3

Publ.Finance and Business Administration 3

Einführung / Introduction



VWL und Soziologie /

Economics and Sociology

Einführung / Introduction



Personal / human resources

Einführung / Introduction



Psychologie / Psychology

Einführung / Introduction



Sprachen & Interkulturelle Kompetenzen /

Languages ​​& Intercultural Competences

Einführung / Introduction






total 65


For more detailed information about our courses please contact us.


Please mention that all classes are in German language. Therefore admission requires at minimum German level B2.

Language of instruction

BA: German Level B2

MA: German Level B2 (English upon demand)


via e-mail


health insurance, accident insurance, liability insurance


  1. 1.   Youth hostel Ludwigsburg

Informationen auf Deutsch

Information in English


  1. 2.   Dormitories/Private homes

Hochschule Ludwigsburg: Information on accomodation (in German)

Studierendenwerk Stuttgart: Information on accomodation





Auswärtiges Amt (German Federal Foreign Office)

Practical Information

Prior / upon arrival

necessary documents to be considered for incoming students:


2 passport photographs


2 passport copies


registration at registration office („Einwohnermeldeamt“):
Wilhelmstraße 9, Ludwigsburg


organisation at Student office (Mrs. Huhn):
   - certificate of enrollment

   - international student identity card (1 passport photograph needed, see above)


copy of your European Health Insurance Card “EHIC”


open a bank account in Ludwigsburg, e.g. Postbank, Commerzbank or Kreissparkasse


Public Tansportation 


VVS-Student Card for 6 months being able to use trains or buses
Information on opening hours and contact

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and its collaborating European countries. For successfully completed studies, ECTS credits are awarded.


One academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS (30 ECTS per semester). Please note that ECTS credits won’t be awarded if the student doesn’t attend the classes and does not undertake the assessments.

Credits measure the students workload which is required to pass the examination and include class attendance, classwork, laboratory work and individual study.

Exams are graded using a grading scale from 1 to 5. The passing grade is 4 or above.

According to the grading regulation a 1 - 5 grade applies in all higher education in Germany.

In accordance with the Study and Examination Regulations (SPO) of the University of Public Administration and Finance, based on § 19, paragraph 1, number 9 and § 32 of the Law on Universities in Baden-Württemberg (Landeshochschulgesetz - LHG), version 17. 12. 2020 as well as of section 15, paragraph 1, sentence 2, section 18, paragraph 5, section 26, paragraph 3 of the Ordinance of the Ministry of the Interior on the Training and Examination for the Higher Administrative Service (Training and Examination Ordinance for the Higher Administrative Service - APrOVw gD), version 10.07.2020 the following system is applied:


very good

(1.0 to 1.5) - an excellent performance;


(1.6 to 2.5) - a performance significantly above average;


(2.6 to 3.5) - a performance that meets average requirements;


(3.6 to 4.0) - a performance that, despite its deficiencies, still meets the requirements;


(4.1 to 5.0) - a performance that no longer meets the requirements due to deficiencies.


he Institute for Applied Research (Institut für Angewandte Forschung, IAF) is the central research institution of the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg. The academic staff focus their research efforts on good governance, taxation, and the transformation of public administration under the current trends of migration and digitisation. The IAF is active in the field of both basic research and research oriented towards issues relevant for public policy and administration. Researchers also work regularly as consultants for the state, municipalities and public enterprises on a variety of issues including law, finance, human resources, organisation and business.


For more information please visit: Institute for Applied Research (IAF) (in German language)

Ludwigsburg Competence Centre of Public Administration LUCCA was founded in 2016 as an establishment for professional training at the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg. 

LUCCA contributes to fulfilling the University's further education mandate in accordance with the Higher Education Act by organising professional training evets and supporting and coordination the development of further education offers and innovative teaching formats.

LUCCA endeavours to implement scientific knowledge in a practice-oriented manner, to promote the transfer of scientific knowledge into practice and to develop concepts for new problems.

Interested parties will find various training formats, contact study pragrammes and day-to-day events there, that can currently also be carried out in digital form.


For any further information please visit: Ludwigsburg Competence Centre of Public Administration (LUCCA) (in German language)

The Ludwigsburg University of Education kindly allows HVF students to attend the German language courses offered there.

Overview of the courses offered (course catalog)


Application for admission as a guest student

If you are interested, please contact:

Ludwigsburg University of Education
Language Teaching Center
Reuteallee 46
71634 Ludwigsburg

Karin Elm
Phone: +49 7141 140-1355

Professor Dr. paed. Stefan Jeuk
Head of the Center for Language Didactics

Phone: +49 7141 140-1698


PIC 946305229
ECHE 235835-EPP-1-2014-1-DE-EPPKA3-ECHE
Erasmus-Code D LUDWIGB03
EUC-No.: 235835

International Cooperations

The University of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg cooperates on a bilateral basis with a large number of universities and institutions in various countries. The University actively encourages exchange between students and academic staff by organising and conducting workshops, conferences, study and research projects, guest lectures and summer academies. Additionally, students are encouraged to complete a traineeship abroad and are supported throughout the process.


We are interested in establishing further strategic partnerships.

Please contact us for more information.

How to get to us

When travelling by public transport

- by train
at Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof (main station) take S4 from Stuttgart to Marbach/Backnang. Disembark at “Ludwigsburg, Favoritepark”. The University is approx. a 5 minute's walk away from the stop.

Alternative directions:
from Marbach/Backnang take the S4 to Stuttgart or the S5 Bietigheim to Stuttgart. Should you have to take the S5 you will need to change to the S4 in Ludwigsburg, at the latest.

- by bus
from Ludwigsburg: bus line 424 in the direction of Ludwigsburg IKEA. Disembark at the bus stop “Ludwigsburg Pädagogische Hochschule”

All Stuttgart public transport timetables can be found here:


When travelling by car

Leave the A81 motorway Stuttgart-Heilbronn at the exit “Ludwigsburg Nord”, go over the traffic lights and follow the signposts for Ludwigsburg. Follow the main road (B27). Immediately after the urban railway bridge, go into the left-hand lane and turn left following the signposting for “Pädagogische Hochschule”, “Fachhochschule” & “Rotes Kreuz”. Parking facilities are available as marked on the following map.

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