Campus and Student Life

Campuses of Freshman Institute – Jülich and Geilenkirchen

The campuses are situated in quiet small towns of about 20,000 to 32,000 people with green environments. Shopping facilities are within walking distance and many larger cities can be reached for free by public transportation with the student semester ticket.


Jülich Campus
  Heinrich-Mußmann-Straße 1
  52428 Jülich, Germany
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Directions to Jülich

Geilenkirchen Campus
  Gut Loherhof
  Pater-Briers-Weg 85
  52511 Geilenkirchen, Deutschland
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Directions to Geilenkirchen

Campus in Jounieh, Lebanon. Since 1999
     Sarba Highway, Beirut direction
     Jounieh, Kesserwan – Lebanon
Website Lebanon Campus:

Live on Campus during the Freshman Program

During the Freshman program, most of your classes will take place on campus in classrooms conveniently located just a few steps from your dormitory.

The photos below were made just before the new students moved into the dorms. Once the students move in, they may decorate their rooms.

Please note that the facilities are slightly different in each dorm, so the photos you see here may not be of the room you will be assigned. Rooms are assigned upon arrival.  It is not possible to request a specific dorm.

Campus Geilenkirchen

What is in the Apartments?

Our apartments have

  • sheets, blanket, pillow, desk, desk lamp, chair and wardrobe
  • furnished communal kitchen with oven, stove with 4 cooking elements, refrigerator, table and chairs
  • one bathroom with shower, toilet and sink
  • trash can, clothes drying rack, broom, cleaning supplies and first aid kit
  • credit card-operated laundry facilities

Living conditions - accommodation in double rooms

We will assign you a room for the duration of the Freshman program.  The room rental will not be refunded if you leave the program or move to another address.

  • Students share a room with another Freshman of the same gender during the Freshman program. 
  • Students live in apartments with 4 to 8 students of the same gender in each flat.
  • The rooms have a living and sleeping area of about 10-16m².
  • Most rooms or apartments have their own kitchen/common room and one bathroom.  In some cases shared bathrooms are in the hall, in which case there are separate bathrooms for male and female students.
  • Wifi is available.
  • Study rooms and sport facilities such as table tennis and badminton are available for free on campus.

Students attending classes in Jülich may eat lunch from Mondays to Fridays in the university dining room (Mensa).  You can see the daily menu here:

Cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc.

All students should learn to cook, clean, do laundry and sew on buttons and other small items before coming to Germany. All students are responsible for preparing their own meals and keeping their rooms clean, including the bathrooms.  In particular students seem to enjoy cooking together and sharing different kinds of foods with each other.

There are credit card-operated washing machines in the student dormitories.  Students must do their own laundry.

General assistance

  • pickup service from Dusseldorf airport upon first arrival in Germany
  • registration at town hall

  • residence permit/visa
 after arrival in Germany
  • individual and social support

  • mentoring by former Freshmen
  • written lecture materials and use of the textbooks during the Freshman program are included in the fees

Food, personal articles, sim card (phone contract) and pocket money are not included.

Security Deposit

  • A security deposit of €500 is included in your Freshman program fees.  
  • You will get your security deposit back only if you leave the room in good condition at the end of the Freshman program.

Medical Issues

During the Freshman Program

All students are covered by private health insurance during the Freshman program.

This health insurance covers most medical and dental problems that may arise during the Freshman program, however, it does not cover pre-existing conditions.

If you get sick, our staff will help you find a doctor and make an appointment for you, if necessary.

During the Freshman program students are also covered by liability insurance.  

After the Freshman Program

When students enroll in a bachelor's program after completion of the Freshman program, they will be required by law to purchase health insurance at a German public health insurance company.  This currently costs approximately € 110 per month.  More information will be available during the Freshman program.  

German public health insurance covers most medical and dental problems.

Students must purchase their own liability and other insurance after the Freshman program.

Working in Germany

Students are not permitted to work during the Freshman program.

After completion of the Freshman program, students enrolled at German universities are permitted to work part-time.

Upon completion of their degree, students may stay in Germany for up to one and a half years to find employment.