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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartment (shared)
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
College: College of Fine & Applied Arts Credits: 12-16 credits
Class Standing: 2nd Semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Description:
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Study in Stuttgart!


Hochschule der Medien is a public university (sponsored by the state of Baden-Württemberg) which teaches media specialists. Since the 1st September 2001, Hochschule der Medien has brought together the combined know-how of the former Fachhochschule für Druck und Medien (HDM) – a traditional educational institution for printing- and media-technologies - and Hochschule für Bibliotheks- und Informationswesen (HBI).Hochschule der Medien covers a broad spectrum of media expertise: from printed media to electronic media, from design to business administration, from library science to advertising, from content for media to packaging technology, from computer science to information science to publishing and electronic media.


High above the basin of Stuttgart, right on the campus of the district Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Here you find Hochschule der Medien (HdM). On the outskirts of the state capital of Baden-Wuerttemberg, students can enjoy the conveniences of the Swabian region. Resting areas are in short walking distances from the campus: "Rotwildpark“ with "Bärenseen“ and "Bärenschlössle“ ensure a vivid connection to nature. Stuttgart’s nightlife flourishes especially at "Theodor-Heuss-Straße" or at "Hans-im-Glück- Brunnen“. At "Max-Eyth-See“ relaxing in the summer is rather easy. Also worth a trip is "Karlshöhe“, a hill with a great view over the rooftops of the south or west of Stuttgart. The famous "Stäffele“ - old, steep stairs build by former winegrowers, the vineyards and the beer garden on top surely make it a rather special place.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Early September to Mid February (Optional pre-semester German language program begins in early September)
  • Spring Semester: Early March to Late July
For more information about the academic calendar please visit the HdM website.


Most students will stay in the Filderbahnplatz housing about 15-20 minutes from campus. Students will have their own room with shared bathroom and kitchens.  The housing is convenient to both campus and downtown with shopping nearby.   

Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options.  Students will submit their housing payment directly to the housing provider.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
Basic Exchange (App Tuition & Fees) based on your residency
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Spring Academic Year
Airfare $1000 - $1800 $1000 - $1800
Housing Deposit $450 $450
Housing $2500 $5000
Meals $1500 - $2000 $2800 - $3500
1Personal Expenses $1400 - $1700 $2500 - $3500
Books and Materials $150 - $300 $300 - $600
Student Union Fee $130 $260
German Health Insurance $600 - $700 $1200 - $1400
Local Transportation $200 - $300 $400 - $600
German Residence Permit (for US Citizens) $100 $100
Passport $150 $150
2US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
3Additional Personal Travel and Spending $1000 - $2000 $3000 - $4000
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  Please visit the HdM website for additional information about living costs. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: Academic Year and Spring.  

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


HdM offers several subjects taught in English.  These include Advertising, App Design and Development, Business Analytics, Games Technology, Integrated Product Design, International Publishing, Journalism and Communication Management, Media Arts, Media Creation and Management, Moving Images, Online Media Management, Print Media Technologies, Technical Sales and Consulting, Visual Communication, and Storytelling.  More information about individual course options can be found on the HdM exchange webpage

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the HdM program will be required to enroll in 24-30 ECTS credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.