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:
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.
Learn more about campus activities and events
Hochschule Fuer Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd organises an International Seminar Week for international students to socialise and get to know one another. MOST KIND (Mentoring OSTwürttemberg – Kooperative Integration Nicht-Deutscher) gives international students a first virtual contact point in their new study and living environment. Additionally incoming international students are able to take advantage of language courses, local excursions and extra-curricula learning opportunities focused on the local region and its history.
The Buddies programme promotes contact between local students and exchange students. Buddies also help you with general enquiries that incoming student may have.
Travel & accommodation
Visas & insurance
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: