HFG Schwäbisch Gmünd – Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Hochschule Fuer Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd  is a university of design in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Schwä­bisch Gmünd is a relatively small city, but benefits from a really strong strong student commu­nity. The Finan­cial Times Germany attri­buted Schwä­bisch Gmünd as ​”Germany’s Secret Design Capital“ since there are nume­rous design agen­cies, adver­ti­sing and mul­ti­me­dia com­pa­nies, archi­tects and crea­tive service providers

Schwä­bisch Gmünd with its 60.000 inha­bi­tants is located close to Stutt­gart and is sur­roun­ded by forests, meadows, and farm­land. Street cafés, wine bars, markets, variety of shops, and rich and lively cul­tu­ral scene give the town its special flair.

Programmes of study

DMU’s exchange agreement with HFG Schwä­bisch Gmünd allows students enrolled on the following programmes to study abroad:

  • Arts, Design & Humanities – Graphic Design, Interior Design and Product Design

Spending a year on exchange will expose you to new design approa­ches, themes, dif­fe­rent tea­ching, and lear­ning methods by following modules related to the Commu­ni­ca­tion Design, Inter­ac­tion Design and Product Design. You are allowed to mix courses taught in English from those three programs and the new program, Internet of Things. You don’t have to be able to speak any German, and throughout the year you can enrol on a free, weekly German language course.

Exchange students will be required to follow a full programme of study for the academic year.

Travel & accommodation

  • Travel – the nearest major airport is Stuttgart Airport. It is recommended you take a train to Schwäbisch Gmünd which should take approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Accommodation – the University does not offer student accommodation. The inter­na­tio­nal coor­di­na­tor will send you flat offers two to three months before the start of your exchange, and your buddy will help you find a place to live. The average monthly rent amounts to around £250-300 per month. Some options being can be found on WG-gesucht.

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that you meet German immigration requirements.
  • Insurance – All students are recommended to purchase travel insurance for the duration of their time in Europe to cover personal possessions and healthcare. UK and EU nationals can apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is time-limited to the length of the exchange period.


Living costs in Germany tend to be lower than those in the UK. We recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have a created a simple cost comparison between the UK and Germany: