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Westphalian University of Applied Sciences

Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, or Westfälische Hochschule, is present in four cities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia: Ahaus, Bocholt, Gelsenkirchen and Recklinghausen. Being a state-managed university, it focuses on offering practical and academic training in its campuses in order to assure qualified workers who meet the economic needs of the region.

The university' study programs have a technical and economic vein, which can be observed through the courses offered by the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences and the cooperation programs with several companies in the area.

Westphalian University of Applied Sciences

Westphalian University of Applied Sciences in numbers

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Founded in 1992 under the name of Gelsenkirchen University of Applied Sciences, the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences has almost 30 years of history. With more than 8,000 students and 200 professors in its four campuses, the university is proud of offering an international environment for students attending one of the 45 courses offered.

More about Westphalian University of Applied Sciences

The university's economic growth profile can be observed not only in its Bachelor and Master degree programmes but also in the dual study programmes, which are built in partnership with companies in the North Rhine-Westphalia area. The future-oriented study programmes focus in well established courses such as engineering, economics and journalism, and in new branches.

To develop its young talents, the university of applied sciences supports studies and research in a broad range of topics. As one of the educational pillars, research at the Westfälische Hochschule is shaped by application-orientation and close cooperation with the practical field. The university offers eight research focus areas that range from Cyber Security to Urban Traffic. This diversity is also present in the university's openness to international students.

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Thorsten Kasemann

Thorsten can help you with your health insurance to study at Westfälische Hochschule.
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TK - Your health insurance partner at Westphalian University of Applied Sciences

Take care of your studies - we take care of the bureaucracy!

TK is one of Germany’s leading public health insurance providers. As a health insurance partner for Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, many students choose to be covered by TK during their studies. Health insurance is mandatory by law for all residents in Germany, including international students.

You will need to have your public healthcare cover organized before applying for your visa. At Expatrio, we partner with TK to help register international students for public healthcare cover, ensuring they can apply for their visa and are legally covered during their studies.

Students aged under 30 are entitled to a discounted student rate for health insurance. This is available at Expatrio through TK. Although TK offers the same basic cover as most public providers, it also offers English language support and registration as well as vaccination advice, dental hygiene cover, and well-being classes.

Everything you need for your student visa

Health Insurance

Everyone who comes to Germany for work or studies needs to register for health insurance.


You’ll need to prove you have the funds to cover living costs for one year or the duration of your stay.


You'll need to provide your high school diploma or equivalent.

Visa paperwork

You'll need: passport, biometric photo, certificate of enrollment, proof of: finances, health insurance, and residence; plus the visa application filled out.

Language Skills

Depending on whether you are doing a German or English-taught course you’ll need to prove you have a grasp of the language.


You’ll need to provide proof of acceptance onto your university course.

Studying at Westphalian University of Applied Sciences

Students who choose to study at Westfälische Hochschule enjoy an excellent student life in an exciting and vibrant city.

There are many reasons to choose to study at Westphalian University of Applied Sciences; namely that it is considered as one of the experts in economical education. The aim is to train future leaders. There are also many reasons to choose to study in Germany itself, including the lack of tuition fees, a high standard of living, and relatively low living costs.

Before embarking on a degree course, many international students need to apply for a Student Visa. There are many requirements when it comes to applying for this, including healthcare cover, proof of living funds and proof of acceptance onto the course.

At Expatrio we offer a wide range of services for potential students in Germany, including assisting with the visa application by offering a Blocked Account for proof of finances, as well as healthcare cover and additional services. Check out our Value Package, which can help you save time and money while taking advantage of all these services as a neat bundle.

Blocked Account

Fast, cheap & secure

German Blocked Account for your visa application!

  • Approved by the German Federal Foreign Office
  • Individual Account number of course!
  • Official 'Opening Confirmation' within minutes*
  • Low fees: €49 (set-up) & €5 (monthly)
  • Fast Customer Service with a 24-hour response guarantee
  • Money-back guarantee in case of visa refusal
  • Monthly cancellation or extension possible
  • Optional: free Current Account for payouts
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Value Package

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Our all-inclusive package for an easy start in Germany! 

  • Blocked Account: the fast, cheap and secure solution
  • Health Insurance: essential coverage with awarded providers

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Health Insurance Plus

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Health Insurance coverage for visa & stay in Germany!

  • Approved by the German Federal Foreign Office
  • Incoming Insurance free for up to 92 days* & accepted worldwide
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Everything you need for your new life in Germany

Blocked Account
A Blocked Account is the easiest way to prove you have sufficient funds to cover your living costs during your time in Germany. At Expatrio, we offer a federal-approved Blocked Account which can be set up online from your home country before applying for your visa. Remember that the proof of funds for living costs is essential for a German student visa.

Incoming Insurance
At Expatrio, we offer Incoming Insurance as part of our Value Package and Health Insurance Plus. We partner with a highly recommended provider that has over 60 years’ experience in covering global mobility. This insurance covers you for the first days or weeks of living in Germany, meaning the time between your arrival and the start of your course. The Incoming Insurance is not only mandatory for your visa application, but also necessary, because your public healthcare cover will only start from your first day of enrollment or work.

Health Insurance
Private or Public Health Insurance cover is absolutely essential for every type of visa and for any resident in Germany. At Expatrio, we can help students aged under 30 to register for Public Health Insurance at the discounted student rate. We partner with TK (Techniker Krankenkasse), the biggest and one of the most popular public health funds in Germany. We also offer Private Health Insurance options if applicable to the individual situation.

Current Account
You will also need to set up a German Current Account; you do not need this in order to get your visa but it is much easier to have this completed prior to your arrival in Germany. Once set-up, you can arrange for monthly living costs to be transferred from your Blocked Account to your Current Account each month. At Expatrio setting up your current account comes optionally with the Blocked Account, but can also be opened stand-alone.

We can arrange your ISIC card: an international student identity card that gives you access to 150,000 discounts in over 130 countries. Many of these discounts are on leisure, food, and travel. The card is also a useful proof of ID and of student status. A virtual card can also be used in conjunction with the ISIC App. Again, this card is low in cost or even free as part of our Value Package.

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