Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences
Fachbereich Sozial- & Kulturwissenschaften
Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies!

For information regarding the Corona pandemic, please see our website. It is being updated on a regular basis.

Please check out the Guide for international exchange students​ and the HSD information sheet.​

Classes held in English- plan for the whole year  and learning outcomes​

Course overview & learning outcomes for exchange students ​

Classes held in English - summer semester 2023

English classes summer2023.pdf​​​

Classes held in English - winter semester 2023/24 (draft overview)

  • Experimental Detours through everyday Spaces (Course code: G5)

  • Social and Personality Psychology (Course code: A2.1)

  • International Teamworking Skills (Course code: A2.2)

  • Introduction to Children´s Rights  (Course code: A3.1)

  • Sociological Perspectives on Contemporary Theories of Social Justice (Course code A3.1)

  • Right to the City: Equality, Sustainability and Participation in Urban Realm (Course code: A5.1 or A5.2)

  • Community Music: Conversations: a reading group, discussing  community music theories (in collaboration with the University of Limerick)  (Course code: A5.1 or A5.2)

  • Social Work need Structures! (Course code: G4: 3 ECTS)

  • International Perspectives on Social Work and Pedagogy - Part 2 (Course code: SP9.2)

  • Off Space Writing (Course code: A5.1 or A5.2)

  • Creative Writing (Course code: A5.1 or A5.2)

  • Community Singing and trauma sensitive approaches to practice (Course code: A5.1 or A5.2)

  • International student conference: Social work as human rights profession?! (Course code: SP6.1 or SP6.2)

  • Elective module (Course code: WM.1 or WA.1)

Usually we publish our list of courses mid January for the following summer semester and by mid July for the following winter semester.

Classes held in English - last semesters

Classes in english winter 22_2​3.pdf

English classes winter semester 2021_2022

English classes summer semester 2021

It is also possible to attend classes from the Faculty of Design. Please let us know in advance, so we can reserve a place for you.

Click here to see the overview of courses offered in English at the Faculty of Design.

Click here to see the overview of Social Work / Social Pedagogy course contents in German.

If you have a good knowledge of German (at least B2*) and you want to attend a class taught in German, please contact our office to see if this is possible. You get an overview of all the classes taught in German in the list of courses of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies.


Our classes in English are either block- or long-term classes:

There are intensive classes  (Block i and Block II") during the first two weeks and the last two weeks of the semester. The duration of a block class  is usually 5 days. Most of the them have preparatory or follow-up meetings that can be compulsory.

There are also long-term classes that take place throughout the regular teaching weeks.

Teaching weeks   ​

Semester structure
Winter semester: always 01.09. of each year until end of February of the next year.
Summer semester: always 01.03. until end of August.

This is just the semester period, classes take place during a defined period of time (see below for the next semesters).​

Winter Semester 2023/2024 (25.09.2023 – 09.02.2024)
Longterm-classes: 16.10.2023 – 26.01.2024
Block 1: 25.09.2023 – 13.10.2023
Block 2: 29.01.2024 – 09.02.2024

Autumn break: 04.10.2022 – 07.10.2022
Winter break: 24​.12.2021 – 03.01.2022

Summer Semester 2024 (02.04.2024 – 26.07.2024)

Longterm classes: 15.04.2024 – 24.05.2024 and 03.06.2024 – 2.07.2024 
Block 1: 02.04.2024 – 05.04.2024
Block 2: 08.04.2024 – 12.04.2024
Block 3: 27.05.2024 – 31.05.2024 
Block 4: 15.07.2024 – 19.07.2024
Block 5: 22.07.2024 – 26.07.2024 

The teaching weeks of the next semesters and lecture-free days are available here.

Further information

For general information about your stay in Düsseldorf, the application and the enrolment, please check the website of the HSD's International Office (for all faculties):

Overview for incoming exchange students

UsefuI information for your stay in Düsseldorf

Leisure activities

If you have any questions, please don´t hesitate to contact us!

* According to the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEF).

Get in Touch

Sandra Lerchen
International Relations Office

(Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies)

Marie Kunyak
Student Assistant

Building 3
Room ​03.2.012

T +49 211 4351 3343

Open office hours:
We offer virtual meetings via MS Teams or live on Campus.

Just get in touch to make an appointment!

Please note that we are working part-time. Sandra is available Tuesdays–Thursdays.