National Code of Conduct on Foreign Students at German Higher Education Institutions

The Code of Conduct (Download)aims to ensure that students from abroad receive the quality of support and advice needed when studying in Germany or that this support and advice is improved to ensure this. The code defines quality standards for foreigners studying at German universities and thereby establishes, for the first time, a set of common minimum standards in the fields of information and marketing, admissions, supervision, support and advice, plus follow-up services, on which international students can rely.

The guiding principle is, wherever possible, to grant international students the same rights as are available to German or EU students and, over and above this, to offer them the services and assistance that they particularly need as foreign guests.


The Code of Conduct was developed by a joint working group of HRK and DAAD in the framework of GATE Germany.