Welcome to the FernUniversität in Hagen
The FernUniversität in Hagen
The FernUniversität in Hagen is Germany’s only state distance-learning university and the largest university in Germany in terms of student numbers. With more than 40 years of experience in distance learning and more than 70,000 students, the FernUniversität offers a quality university education that is adapted to the individual needs and life situations of its diverse student body. The FernUniversität is not only committed to developing new and innovative forms of teaching, but is also dedicated to supporting the innovative and wide-ranging research of its scholars, both within and across academic disciplines.
How to Get Here
Hagen's main station is well-connected to Germany's rail network and easy to reach from any direction. From the station, there are frequent buses to the FernUniversität campus. By car, you can reach the campus quickly via the Autobahn A45. The nearest airports are Düsseldorf or Cologne/Bonn, which are about an hour away, or Dortmund, which is 40 minutes away.
On the FernUniversität campus, you will find the faculties, the university management, the university library, the Center for Media and IT, the central university administration and a cafeteria. Bakeries, grocery stores, restaurants, and a hotel are located nearby. The campus is on the edge of the city, surrounded by woods, and is accessible for people with disabilities.
The “City of Four Rivers” has a lot to offer: from culture, art, and architecture to sports and hiking to shopping. Not only is Hagen considered the gateway to the Sauerland region, which is known for its natural parks and hiking trails, it also sits at the edge of the Ruhr area with its industrial heritage and culture.
Where to Stay
For short stays, or until you find an apartment, the Bildungsherberge hostel or nearby hotels are a practical option. Additionally, the FernUniversität cooperates with a local housing provider, which offers both furnished and unfurnished apartments to rent. You can find more information and tips for your apartment search in our arrival checklist and information.
Getting Started in Germany
Whether you are here for a short research stay, or moving to Germany for the first time, there is a lot to take care of when you first arrive. This guide will help you with the first steps.
To help make your stay as comfortable as possible, we have gathered some useful tips, information, and links for day-to-day life at the FernUni and in Hagen.
The FernUniversität's International Office is happy to provide advice and assistance to our international guests. If you have questions or need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.