Language and Orientation Programme

The 4-week Language and Orientation Programme (LOP) has been designed to help new international students settle in Lüneburg, become acquainted with cultural differences and characteristics, get to know a lot of new people from all over the world and to prepare to study at Leuphana.

The Language and Orientation Programme is subject to a fee of 75 Euros for undergraduate and graduate students (Ph.D. students who have an employment contract with the university members pay a fee of 150 €). The programme includes:

  • an intensive German course (beginner/intermediate/advanced)
  • registration with Leuphana University and with the local authorities
  • orientation on campus and introduction to the University's facilities
  • support in setting up the individual course schedule (learning agreement)
  • information on the course offer and support with course registration
  • a 3-day tour to Berlin (optional - approx. 100 Euros)
  • a Hamburg sightseeing tour (optional - approx. 10 Euros)

Exchange students can acquire 5 ECTS credits for participation in the language and orientation programme after consultation with their home university. Requirements include regular attendance, active participation and a final exam, usually a written exam (60 minutes) or oral presentation and essay.

The schedule of the Summer Semester 2020 programme can be found here: pdf

Exchange students: Please register for the Language and Orientation Programme together with the application for admission.


In addition to the orientation programme new international students receive individual support by fellow students upon request. The so-called 'buddys' have volunteered to help newly arrived students from abroad to settle in and make them feel at home in Lüneburg. Buddys pick up new students at either the airport or the train station, take them to their place of stay and provide support to cope with daily life matters. A buddy is an individual contact person and might even become a good friend.

Sign up for a buddy

For further information, please contact:

Kirja Frommeyer

International Student Administrator
International Office / C14.105