Guest studies

General Information on Guest Studies and Courses for Senior Citizens

Anyone who wants to further their education in individual fields of knowledge without earning course certificates, passing examinations or completing a degree can become a guest student at the University of Bamberg. The prerequisite for attending courses is the general higher education entry qualification (e.g. Abitur) or secondary education (Mittlere Reife).

There are different kinds of courses:

In a Lecture (Vorlesung, abbr. V), an instructor gives a lecture, often in conjunction with a discussion or an opportunity to ask questions.

The Practical Training Course (Übung, abbr. Ü) gives the opportunity to solve mostly practical tasks that fit the content of a lecture.

The Seminar (S; PS: intermediate seminar; HS: advanced seminar; BS: block seminar) offers an intensive examination of the topic through debate, discussion and participation. Here, students usually give presentations, an obligation that does not apply to guest students, however.

In addition, there are colloquia (K), tutorials (T), revision courses (R), as well as practical language training (SA), field trips/courses (E) and study groups (AG). The abbreviation for other courses is ‘SL’.

Which courses are open to guest students?

You will find all courses available to guest students in the course catalogue for guest students in UnivIS under the heading Gaststudierendenverzeichnis.

All courses listed in the directory for guest students are open to this group. Guest students can attend the lectures marked as suitable for guest students.

Please note that for seminars and practical training courses, the number of participants may be limited; if so, students have priority. Furthermore, special requirements (previous knowledge, previous examinations etc.) may prevent guest students from attending the course. It may therefore be helpful to contact the instructor before the first day of the course.

The course catalogue shows day of week and time, e.g. Mo 14 - 16.

This means, the course takes place every Monday in

summer semester 2024 from 15 April 2024 until 19 July 2024.

Course length usually is 90 minutes, unless specific time is stated (e.g. 10:30 – 12:00).

Abbreviations of the rooms shown in the course catalogue are listed here.

For example, if it says room U5/00.24, this course will take place in the building An der Universität 5 (U5), ground floor (00), room 24 (/24).

You can enrol as a guest student for the summer semester 2024 between 18 March 2024 and 28 March 2024.

Please contact the Registrar’s Office

Registrar’s Office

Tel. +49 951 863 1024


Please fill in the application for guest studies(109.0 KB, 2 pages) and send it to

Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

Zahlstelle (Payment Office)

96045 Bamberg


Concurrently, please transfer the fee to the following bank account:

Recipient: Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
IBAN: DE80770500000000026567
Bank name: Sparkasse Bamberg
Purpose: Guest student/ surname/first name

According to the University of Bamberg’s  Immatrikulations-, Rückmelde- und Exmatrikulationssatzung, you have to pay a fee graduated according to the number of credit hours per week during one semester (SWS):

Up to four SWS:               € 100 per Semester
five to eight SWS:           € 200 per Semester
nine and more SWS:      € 300 per Semester

As soon as the University of Bamberg has received the amount, we will send you the confirmed application for enrolment. With it you will get a login account (BA-number and password), to use the online system and participate in online courses offered.

As a guest student, you can attend online courses on Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern (vhb) for a fee. For further information, please contact the vhb registrar’s office ( or see


In case you are interested in regular studies, we offer numerous part-time degree programmes and you can also chose single modules from a modular study programme.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Student Advisory Service (studienberatung(at) or Tel.  +49 951 863 1050) for further information.