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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Language of Instruction:
English, German
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Business, Environmental Engineering, German, Industrial Engineering, International Business, Management, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering
Program Description:
Hof University Campus

Program Overview

Penn State Abington students can study at Hoff University of Applied Sciences during the fall semester. The city of Hof is an appealing university town with plenty of leisure activities. To relax and unwind, there are numerous cinemas, an orchestra, a theater, a landscaped park and a beautiful lake. Hof is also known for the annual International Hof Film Festival - along with the Berlinale one of the most important film festivals in Germany. The city of Hof is surrounded by beautiful nature, offering excellent opportunities for outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, climbing and skiing.

Hof University offers a wide range of study programs in Business & Economics, Engineering and Computer Science at the undergraduate level that meet the demands of the industry. The university forms an attractive study environment with its modern architecture and its state-of-the-art class rooms, laboratories and dormitories. With a very comfortable student-lecturer ratio (about 100 professors, all with PhDs, look after 3,700 students), students get intensive personal support during their studies. As a University of Applied Sciences, Hof pays special attention to the practical orientation of all courses and assignments and professors have profound experience both in industry and in academia.


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Education Abroad Credits

Students must enroll in the equivalent of 15 Penn State credits (30 ECTS credits). You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Hof University of Applied Sciences Historical Course List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

Hof University offers a wide range of study programs in Business & Economics, Engineering and Computer Science. Information about courses offered in English can be found in the Course Catalogue of Modules taught in English Guidebook.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Junior class standing or higher at time of study

Housing and Meals

In Hof accommodation is available in student dormitories or on the private market. More information about accommodation for exchange students can be found on the Hof University Accommodation website.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall Budget Sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Cost and Funding section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program or Dr. Dolores Rafter Arevalo, Coordinator of International Affairs at Penn State Abington.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 
You must complete the following materials in your application:
  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA

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