Why study for a degree "Made in Germany"?

Here are 10 good reasons why you should consider studying for a university degree in Germany.

Where are we?

Furtwangen University lies in the scenic Black Forest region of southern Germany. This beautiful area of unspoiled countryside, with its rolling hills and vast forests, is one of the most popular holiday areas in Germany. But Furtwangen's location in the very heart of Europe means many of Europe's major cities, such as Freiburg, Straßburg, Stuttgart and Zürich are not far away. What's more, this is one of the fastest-growing and most vibrant economic regions in Europe, home to many global companies such as Porsche, Daimler Chrysler, Bosch, Siemens and SAP, with whom HFU maintains excellent contacts. Furtwangen University is the ideal study location for those who want to be close to the cutting edge, without giving up quality of life.

Is Germany a safe country?

On an international scale, Germany is a very safe country and Furtwangen University is located in a very safe area of Germany. Crime levels are low and you can move freely day or night without having to take any special precautions. The police are reliable and help you in every situation.

Who are we?

Furtwangen University (HFU) is a state-run university of applied sciences with around 6000 students. We are located on 3 campuses in and near the Black Forest area. Being small enables us to focus on quality and the needs of our students. We have a great deal to offer - a dynamic, international atmosphere, forward-looking degree programmes, exciting research opportunities, high-tech facilities, a safe and supportive learning environment, top quality teaching, and close links with the business sector - all in the stunning natural setting of the Black Forest region.

With over 50 innovative and practical degree programmes at both bachelor's and master's levels, and the option to do a doctorate in some fields, we provide a wide range of academic opportunities. Our strong international orientation means we offer an ever-increasing number of programmes taught entirely in English, besides our bilingual and German degree programmes. Students from over 80 different countries around the world have already graduated from HFU. Almost half of our degree courses include an internship in a foreign country and we encourage our students to take exchange semesters abroad, too. We make this easy by providing all the organizational support students need, including the option of studying at one of 140 partner universities around the globe. All our degrees are internationally-recognized and our accreditation award means the high quality of all our degree programmes and services is guaranteed university-wide. Over 170 professors, with top academic and professional qualifications and broad-ranging international experience, provide outstanding teaching. High rankings in European university league tables reflect the excellent reputation for teaching,research and employability which we enjoy among students and employers.

Our students benefit from small study groups and friendly, personal contact with professors and staff, as well as from our outstanding support services and facilities. These include ultra-modern laboratories, a high-tech IT infrastructure and one of the best university libraries in Germany. As an Elite Sports university, we also make it easier for top athletes to continue their studies while competing. Excellent study conditions and optimal support in a safe and unspoiled environment, mean a great learning experience for your child, and peace of mind for you. And a practical, top quality, "Made in Germany" degree from a prestigious university guarantees excellent career prospects.

For more information on our degree programmes click here.

Why choose HFU?

Here are some of the reasons why we think HFU is an excellent choice:

  • Safe and supportive

    • small university with only around 6000 students forming multicultural student body from over 80 different countries
    • campuses located in small towns surrounded by unspoiled countryside
    • small classes ensuring close relationships with teaching staff
    • optimal support for international students from programme administrators and award-winning International Center
    • signatory of international code of conduct for international students

  • Prestigious

    • consistently high rankings in European university league tables
    • university-wide system accreditation (only 11 in Germany) guarantee of high academic quality of all degree programmes
    • modern laboratories, high-tech IT infrastructure and award-winning libraries
    • excellent reputation among companies

  • Cost-effective

    • no tuition fees for most programmes
    • location in relatively inexpensive part of Germany outside the big cities
    • some financial aid and scholarships available for outstanding students

  • International job prospects

    • innovative degree programmes geared to employers needs
    • broad career opportunities with excellent job prospects
    • international focus of many degree programmes, including language and intercultural communication modules and internships and study semesters abroad
    • international teaching staff with international experience
    • located in the heart of Europe in the centre of high-tech industrial area
    • close contacts with top companies for internship, thesis and employment prospects

  • Postgraduate opportunities

    • consecutive master's programmes
    • cooperative doctoral programmes with prestigious affiliate universities
    • excellent research opportunities within master's programmes

What do our foreign students say about HFU?

Find out here what our foreign students have to say about student life at HFU.

How big is the university?

FACTS & FIGURES

Students total: 6470
Students total - Furtwangen campus: 3500
Students total - Schwenningen campus: 2400
Students total - Tuttlingen campus: 570


Faculties: 9
Degree programmes: 51
Bachelor's degrees: 30
Master's degrees: 21

Professors: 168
Lecturers: 281
Other staff: 405

International partner universities: 142

How good is the university and the courses?

We can proudly say that HFU ...

  • regularly gains top rankings in prestigious European university league tables
  • is only the 11th university in Germany to receive the quality seal of system accreditation, which guarantees the academic quality of both individual degree programmes and the entire university
  • publishes more articles in peer-review journals than most other universities in Baden-Württemberg
  • earns more research income in third-party funding than most other universities in Baden-Württemberg
  • has more fans on Facebook than most other German universities
  • has been awarded the ERASMUS quality seal for outstanding support for international students
  • has twice been named "Best library in Germany"

Rankings
Furtwangen University can more than hold its own in the national and international educational marketplace as regular top placings in prestigious European university rankings have shown.

Quality
Structures and procedures at Furtwangen University are continuously evaluated and improved through our quality management system to ensure high academic quality, not only in the performance of the faculties and degree programmes, but also in the central services such as the International Center, the Information and Media Centre and the Language Center. At regular intervals, external quality assurance measures and procedures are also implemented to ensure adequate development of the university's quality system.

Accreditation
In May 2013 Furtwangen University became one of the first universities in Germany to be awarded the highly sought-after system accreditation which confirms that our quality standards are high and that we are committed to maintaining a culture of quality through the university.

What is a university of applied sciences?

In Germany there are two different kinds of universities: traditional universities and technical universities, and universities of applied sciences. Universities of applied sciences offer a more practical and less theoretical education, and academic programmes are specifically designed to prepare graduates for employment. For example, more than 60% of engineering graduates in Germany, gained their degree from a university of applied science.

Classes are smaller than at traditional universities, examinations are taken on a more frequent basis and breaks between semesters are shorter.

Research is also conducted at universities of applied sciences, carried out to match specific needs and find practical solutions. The Institute of Applied Research at HFU cooperates with other higher education institutions and research institutes in various research areas, often transferring research results and scientific knowledge to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Research is also an increasingly important part of the master's degree programmes at Furtwangen University, helping to keep the curricula up-to-date.

Universities of applied sciences are not entitled to award doctorates, but Furtwangen University's affiliations enable outstanding graduates to gain their PhD in cooperation with traditional universities.

Universities of applied sciences were first founded in Germany and are a relatively recent invention, however, due to their emphasis on learning practical skills and knowledge which can be applied in the working world, they are attracting an ever-growing number of students. Various countries have copied the German system and introduced similar institutions of this type into their own system of higher education.

Where are the campuses?

The original and largest of the 3 campuses is located in Furtwangen within the Black Forest, a scenic area of wooded mountains and green valleys in the south-west of Germany. The Furtwangen campus is home to 5 faculties. The Schwenningen Campus, which lies on the edge of the Black Forest about 30 miles east of Furtwangen, has 3 faculties. The newest and smallest campus in Tuttlingen is located in the heart of the medical technology industry and currently has one faculty.

Which faculties are on each campus?

Furtwangen Campus Faculties:

  • Computer Science
  • Business Administration and Engineering
  • Business Information Systems
  • Digital Media
  • Health, Safety, Society

Schwenningen Campus Faculties:

  • HFU Business School
  • Mechanical and Medical Engineering
  • Medical & Life Sciences

Tuttlingen Campus Faculties:

  • Faculty of Industrial Technologies

What is the Furtwangen campus like?

The Furtwangen Campus, the original and largest of the 3 campuses, is located in the centre of the small, picturesque town of Furtwangen (c. 10,000 inhabitants), in the southern Black Forest region. Furtwangen was historically an important clockmaking town at the centre of the Black Forest clockmaking industry and Furtwangen University was originally a clockmaking school. Today little remains of the original clockmaking industry but the German Clock Museum, which is part of the university, helps to keep Furtwangen‘s past alive.

The university has been transformed over the last few decades into a modern campus, home to 5 faculties. Nevertheless it has retained its intimate atmosphere, and small student groups and outstanding support services mean students at our Furtwangen campus enjoy ideal study conditions.

Reknowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, the Black Forest area is one of the most popular holiday areas in Germany offering a wide range of outdoor leisure activities such as skiing and snow-boarding in winter and mountain biking or hiking in summer. At the end of a day in the clear, fresh forest air, students can relax in one of the cosy, traditional pubs and restaurants of the town, perhaps with a glass of traditionally-brewed local beer and a some local specialities, such as spätzle (a kind of Swabian noodles) or Black Forest ham.

And at the weekends, there are plenty of fun and interesting places to visit. The Black Forest area is located in the centre of Europe close to the borders of France, Switzerland and Austria. The university city of Freiburg can be reached in about 45 minutes by car and the French province of Alsace, the Swiss city of Basel, or beautiful Lake Constance are all close enough for day-trips. The university's International Center organizes a range of inexpensive trips and activities for students every semester, for example excursions to Heidelberg or Berlin, visits to the opera in Stuttgart, or skiing and hiking trips.

What is the Schwenningen campus like?

The Schwenningen Campus is situated in the twin town of Villingen-Schwenningen (c. 80,000 inhabitants) approximately 30 kilometres east of Furtwangen. It is home to 3 universities so it has a large student population, many of whom are internationals. In the past Schwenningen was a world-famous clock-making town employing thousands of local people in its factories. Nowadays the factories have gone and Schwenningen is a bustling town with shops, cafes and restaurants in an attractive pedestrian centre. Students can take advantage of all the amenities the town has to offer including a modern indoor swimming pool, an arena where the local ice hockey team plays in the German league, and several cinemas, which also show films in English.

The campus is located in the centre of Schwenningen in the historic setting of the Kienzle clock factory. The campus architecture is an eclectic mix of converted industrial space and ultra-modern buildings. The F building, completed in 2011, is home to the HFU Business School and the award-winning library. The campus also offers high-tech labs, a well-equipped computer centre and a modern dining hall and cafeteria. A large area of beautifully-landscaped parkland, complete with beach-volleyball court, located immediately adjacent to the campus, provides a relaxing oasis for students in summer.

The Schwenningen campus has a wide range of student organizations and clubs who regularly host their own business, social and sports events so there's always something happening around campus. And the multitude of indoor and outdoor recreational activities Schwenningen has to offer mean there is no shortage of things to do off campus either.

Schwenningen is also an ideal location for exploring Europe. Stuttgart, Constance and Freiburg are a one hour train trip away and France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy are all easily reachable for weekend trips.

What is the Tuttlingen campus like?

Tuttlingen Campus
Tuttlingen (c 35,000 inhabitants) is located approximately 30 kilometres east of Villingen-Schwenningen and 60 kilometres from Furtwangen. The town is built around the Honberg Hill, site of a ruined medieval fort, nowadays used as a picturesque location for festivals and concerts in summer. Tuttlingen is a world centre of medical equipment production with 50% of the world's surgical equipment being manufactured here. This explains the nickname of the Tuttlingen area - Medical Valley. It is home to more than 300 surgical equipment companies, such as the large international companies Aesculap and Karl Storz, with which the university works hand-in-hand to design courses. Experts from industry teach on the courses and hands-on work experience is gained directly in the companies as part of the programme.

Degree programmes offered

What type of degree can I gain?

All of the degrees which we award at Furtwangen University are recognized worldwide.

We currently offer 30 undergraduate Bachelor degree programmes. Graduates will be awarded either a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree.

Upon completion of a bachelor's degree at HFU, it is possible to continue studying for a master's degree in some subject areas. We currently offer 21 postgraduate Master’s degree programmes. Graduates will be awarded either an Master of Arts (MA), a Master of Science (MSc) or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

With a master’s degree from HFU it is also possible to gain a doctorate (PhD) in some fields, in cooperation with various partner universities. Many of our master’s graduates have already taken this step and some are already professors themselves.  The doctoral research is carried out at HFU while the doctorate is awarded by one of our university affiliates. We currently have around 30 doctoral candidates. More information can be found here.

What can I study at HFU?

We may be small but we have a lot to offer at HFU. Check out our degree programmes here by:

Area of Interest

Faculty

Undergraduate programmes

Postgraduate programmes

Doctorate programmes

Language of Study

What degree programmes are offered in English?

At HFU we offer several programmes in English. Some are taught entirely in English and others are bilingual, German-English degree programmes.

Check these links for more detailed information about applications to our English and bilingual programmes.

Do I have to be able to speak German?

Students who are studying on a degree programme taught in English are not required to be able to speak German. However we do advise you to learn some basic German before you arrive to make your everyday life easier and help you make friends faster. Why not watch this video to get started learning German right away! Click here for free online German lessons.

Nobody is saying German is easy to learn, but we do our best to help you. And don't forget, knowing a foreign language also looks great on a résumé! A two-week pre-sessional German crash course is offered through the International Center as part of the orientation programme for international students. This will give you some basic survival German and you willl pick up the language quite quickly by living here and talking to other students.

Classes in German as a foreign language are also provided free of charge to international students enrolled at HFU over our Language Center. These are offered at 5 different levels, the type and number of courses offered depending on current demand.

You can also take German courses online and learn at you own pace. These courses are free of charge with enrollment, too.  You can log on to our German as a Foreign Language (DaF) portal to exchange opinions, problems or ideas and to get to know other foreign language learners.

What courses are offered for Exchange Students?

More information on the International Semester programme for exchange students can be found here.

Costs and financing

How much are the tuition fees?

There are no tuition fees for Bachelor’s programmes and most Master's programmes. Only the following Master's programmes charge tuition fees:

Degree ProgrammeTuition Fees
Business Consulting MSc€1,500/semester
International Business Management/Executive MBA€4,500/semester
International Business Management MBA  €3,200/semester
MBA Sales & Service Engineering €2,100/semester
MBA Medical Devices and Healthcare Management €4,125/semester
Physical-Technical Medicine Online Master  €10,400 in total

What other fees have to be paid?

Before enrolling, you must transfer payment of the following fees to the university account.

Type of FeeAmount
Administration Fee
(Verwaltungskostenbeitrag)
€60
Student Services Fee (Sozialbeitrag)€47
Student Contribution (Studierendenschaftsbeitrag)€13

Exchange students only pay the Student Services Fee of €47.

What are the costs of living in Germany?

The cost of living in Germany is lower than in other parts of Europe, and our area of Germany is less expensive than in most other German university towns. The cost of living for students per month is estimated at around €550 which includes accommodation and health insurance, but for visa purposes your child will have to submit proof of a monthly income of €670 for the entire time they are in Germany.

ItemAverage Cost
Student dormitory
€ 250/mth
Single apartment€ 200-300/mth
Medical insurance for students under 30€ 78/mth
Canteen lunch€ 2.65
Beer in restaurant (0,4 l)
€ 3
Milk (1 l)
€ 0.70

Can I finance my studies by working in Germany?

The number of hours non-EU students on study visas can work is strictly regulated. Non-EU students are normally only allowed to work for up to 120 days or 240 half days per year without a work permit. In addition, they are allowed to work as a student assistant (so-called Hiwi jobs) on campus, in the library or marketing department, for example, for a maximum of 46 hours per month. These jobs are limited in number and students often need to have a good command of German. Information about positions available can be found here or by contacting the faculty or department directly.

Job opportunities in local companies are advertised on the notice boards at the university, but here also, as with most part-time jobs, students usually need to have a good command of German.

Please also bear in mind that it is difficult to work and keep up with the requirements of the degree programmes.

What scholarships are available to international students?

Information on scholarships is available through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Bonn.

Through the DAAD STIBET Programme, HFU can offer a limited number of scholarships every year.

Studienabschlussbeihilfen are scholarships which offer financial assistance to students during the period when they are sitting their final exams. Stipendien mit Betreuungsleistung are scholarships which stipulate that recipients work for approximately 2-4 hrs/wk at the International Center assisting other international students. For further information on application procedures and the award process, please contact the International Center.

STIBET Information sheet
STIBET Application form
Reference form for HFU scholarship application

A small number of "Deutschlandstipendien" scholarships are available for both German and non-German undergraduate students who have achieved outstanding academic results. Applications are accepted once a year at the end of the summer semester and the scholarships are awarded by a committee selected by the university senate.

For more information please contact:
Hans-Peter Fredrich
Tel: 07723 920-2170,
E-Mai: fr(at)hs-furtwangen.de

International HFU students who have achieved outstanding results in their foundation studies (first two semesters), can apply to various organizations for financial support, e.g. Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds. Further information about other possible funding organizations can be found here.

A limited number of scholarships for Master's students are available through some HFU faculties. For more information please contact the faculty directly.

Exchange students from partner universities can be granted a Baden-Württemberg scholarship for their exchange semester at Furtwangen University. Students must be nominated by their home university.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Can I stay in Germany after I graduate?

Foreign students are encouraged to remain in Baden-Württemberg after graduation as businesses in Baden-Württemberg urgently need skilled workers.  This is the aim of the Baden-Württemberg Skilled Workers Alliance which comprises the state of Baden-Württemberg, businesses, unions, employment services and local government.

New and particularly favourable entry and residency requirements for foreign students and graduates from outside the EU were introduced in August 2012.

  • Students are allowed to work up to 120 days a year in a part-time job during their course of study
  • Graduates are allowed 18 months to search for employment.  During this time they are allowed to take on any type of employment to support themselves
  • Permanent residency status can be applied for after only 2 years of employment in Germany

For more information on current jobs click here.

Further information in German can also be found here.

What are the career prospects for HFU graduates?

HFU graduates have excellent career prospects due to the practical nature of our innovative degree programmes, our close connections with industry and our outstanding reputation.

As a university of applied sciences, our academic programmes are specifically designed to prepare graduates for employment by imparting practical skills and knowledge which can be immediately applied in the working world. HFU cooperates closely with industries in our educational programme. Professionals are invited to lecture or are involved in developing curriculum. The university has close connections with many of the numerous high-tech firms in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering and in the automotive and computer industries which are located in this area of southern Germany who also act as internship or thesis partners. The research which is an integral part of many of our master's degree programmes, is also carried out to match specific needs and find practical solutions for real life situations. Many of our programmes also have an integrated internship semester, where students gain real life work experience and improve their future job prospects.

These factors explain why Furtwangen University is ranked highly in the area of employability by both national and international businesses and by our students themselves.

The Germany university system

What does studying for a degree at HFU entail?

As a university of applied sciences, we specialize in innovative and practical academic programmes specifically-designed to provide the applied skills and knowledge our graduates will need in the modern working world.

Academic Calendar
There are 2 semesters per year; the winter and the summer semester. Most programmes at Furtwangen University start in the winter semester. This starts at the beginning of October and continues until the end of February, including the exam period. Some study programmes start in the summer semester, which lasts from mid-March until the end of July, including the exam period.

Study Programme Format
The degree programmes are made up of a series of modules which are completed over a period of several semesters. These are usually taught in the form of lectures. Project work and presentations, often carried out in groups, are an integral part of our programmes. Many of the English and bilingual programmes have a strong international focus, including foreign languages such as French, Spanish or Chinese and intercultural communication modules, as well as integrated exchange semesters and foreign internships. International students have the option of doing an internship in Germany or choosing another country. These, together with the teamwork and soft skills taught and practised during the programmes, prepare students well for a career in the global marketplace.

Credit Point System
We use the standardized credit point system (ECTS) now common in most European universities. ECTS credits are awarded for each successfully completed module. The workload of a full-time student for one semester amounts to 30 credits (or approximately 900 hours). This works out to an average of 20 hours of lectures per week with the rest of the time taken up with homework, assignment and project work, and study or revision. ECTS credit is also awarded for internships and preparation of thesis work as these are part of the academic programme. This system makes the transfer of credits from other universities, including those from courses taken during exchange semesters, much easier.

Assessments
Module assessments often take the form of written exams at the end of each semester but some modules may require students to complete written assignments or make presentations, instead of, or in addition to, these written exams.

How is studying at a university different from high school?

Students have more responsibility at a university than they had in high school. They are responsible for attending lectures, completing assignments on time and for planning their own study and revision schedule. Understandably, first year students sometimes find this adjustment hard and academic counselling is available free of charge for students if requested.

At the beginning of a semester students are given a timetable with the lectures for the modules they are taking that semester. The remaining time should be used for assignments, group work and studying material which will require a great deal of reading. As part of their studies at HFU, students are also often expected to work in groups or teams, on assignments, projects or presentations. In this way students learn to apply theory to practice by working in teams which are often multicultural.

 

What is the structure of the degree programmes?

Bachelor's Programmes
Bachelor's study programmes at Furtwangen University generally take 7 semesters (approximately 3 and a half years). The first two semesters are the foundation studies and are an introduction to the subject. The 3rd and 4th semesters are the advanced study period where students focus on particular areas by choosing electives. In the 5th and 6th semesters, students usually complete internship and exchange semesters. Study semesters abroad can be carried out at one of our many partner universities or at another university of the student's choice. In the 7th semester students write their bachelor's thesis. Detailed information on the Study and Examination Regulations for bachelor's programmes can be found here.

Master's Programmes
Master's programmes are postgraduate courses, some of which are consecutive, designed to build upon one of our bachelor's degrees. Others can be taken following a period of professional work experience. Our master's degrees generally have a duration of 3 semesters, the first 2 semesters being taught semesters and the 3rd, the thesis semester. Detailed information on the Study and Examination Regulations for master's programmes can be found here.

Languages & International Focus
Many of the programmes that are taught in English have an international focus, stressing languages, cultural diversity, intercultural communication, teamwork and soft skills to prepare students for a career in the international marketplace.

What is the duration of our degree programmes?

The duration of our Bachelor's programmes is normally 7 semesters, including one semester spent as an intern in a company.

7th semester + Thesis

6th semester - recommended study abroad semester

5th semester - internship

4th semester

3rd semester

2nd semester

1st semester

The duration of the Master's programmes is 3 semesters.

3rd semester + Thesis

2nd semester

1st semester

How are students examined?

Each module is assigned a certain number of credit points which the student gains by passing the required assessments. The assessments required to gain credits for each module taken, vary from module to module, but usually there are written exams (so-called Klausuren) at the end of each semester. Some modules may require students to complete assignments, such as presentations, instead of, or in addition to, the written exams. These requirements are explained in detail at the beginning of each module. Detailed descriptions of the module content and assessments can also be found in the so-called Study and Examination Regulations.

How many intakes are there per year?

Most programmes at Furtwangen University start in October, for the winter semester. A few study programmes may start in the summer instead and some have an additional summer semester intake. The summer semester starts in March.

What are the starting and ending dates for the academic year?

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

 

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

 

Lectures and Examinations

 

 

 

Lectures and Examinations

 

 

 

approximately Oct.1 - Feb. 20

 

 

approximately March15 – July 31

 

 

Winter semester

 

 

 

 

Summer semester

 

 

 

Please note: There are no lectures between Christmas (December 24) and New Year´s Day (1st January). There is also a one-week break either around Easter or Whitsun (Pentecost). The university campus is open year-round.

What is the German grading system?

Grades are expressed in whole numbers, ranging from 1 for outstanding work to 5 for insufficient performance (fail). Decimals are added for greater meaning, e.g. 1, 1.3, 1.7, 2, etc.

What is the European Credit Transfer System?

HFU uses the standardized ECTS credit point system (European Credit Transfer System), now common in most European universities, which is used to define the workload required of a student in each academic module. Each degree programme is made up of a defined number of modules each of which must be passed to gain the final degree. ECTS credits are awarded for each successfully completed module. The workload of a full-time student for one semester amounts to 30 credits (or approximately 900 hours). This works out to an average of 20 hours of lectures per week with the rest of the time taken up with homework, assignment and project work, and study or revision. ECTS credit is also awarded for internships and preparation of thesis work as these are part of the academic programme. This system makes the transfer of credits from other universities, including those from courses taken during exchange semesters, much easier.

Application process

What are the academic qualifications required for foreign applicants?

An overview of the academic qualifications required for admission to German universities of applied sciences for some countries, can be found in English here. For more detailed information refer to the Anabin database of the Central Office for Foreign Education.

What are the entrance requirements for the degree programmes?

Each degree programme has its own individual entrance requirements, including language proficiency requirements, so it is wise to check the individual degree programmes for exact admission requirements and deadlines. Details can be found by looking under the Quick Info page for each degree programme.

Detailed information on all English and bilingual programmes and their language and other application requirements can be found under Admissions.

Foreign students applying to study on a course taught in German must first have their qualifications recognized by the Center for International Students in Constance before applying to HFU.

An overview of the academic qualifications required for admission to German universities of applied sciences for some countries, can be found in English here. For more detailed information refer to the Anabin database of the Central Office for Foreign Education.

How do I apply for a degree programme?

Applications for all Master's programmes should be sent directly to the faculty responsible for the programme. All other applications should be made to the Admissions Office. Please note, foreign students with foreign academic qualifications must first have their qualifications recognized by the Center for International Students in Constance before applying to HFU.

Detailed information on all English and bilingual programmes and their language and other application requirements can be found here.

It is wise to check the individual degree programmes for exact admission requirements and deadlines and to allow plenty of time for application processing. An overview of the academic qualifications required for admission to German universities of applied sciences for some countries, can be found in English here. For more detailed information refer to the Anabin database of the Central Office for Foreign Education.

What are the application deadlines?

Application deadlines at the Center for International Students (Studienkolleg) in Constance for recognition of qualifications:
For entry in the summer semester: 1 November
For entry in the winter semester: 1 May

Application Deadlines (Bachelor's Programmes)
Entry in summer semester: 15 January
Entry in winter semester: 15 July

Application Deadline (International Business Management Bachelor)
Entry in winter semester only
Non- EU applicants: 15 April
All other applicants: 15 July

Application Deadlines (Master's Programmes)
These vary, so please check each individual degree programme.

It is best to check the exact deadline details for each degree programme on their individual websites on the Quick Info page. Information on programmes taught in English can be found here.

It is also advisable to apply early, so that you can be informed of any missing documentation in plenty of time.

How do I apply for a Bachelor's programme taught in English?

If you apply for a degree programme taught entirely or partially in English, proof of English language proficiency is required. More information on which programmes are offered in English and their application requirements can be found here

As a foreign student, how do I apply for a Bachelor's programme taught in German?

Academic requirements for admission
As a general rule, the entry requirements for admission to a Bachelor‘s programme are the same university entrance qualifications foreign students require to enter the same type of academic degree programme in their home country. Information on various countries and specific requirements can be found here, and on the website of the Center of International Students and for more detailed information refer to the Anabin database of the Central Office for Foreign Education.

Step 1: Evaluation of academic qualifications at Center for International Students - Constance
The qualifications of all foreign students applying for Bachelor degree programmes must be evaluated and recognized by the Center for International Students, Constance (Studienkolleg) before application to HFU. Applications will not be accepted until this has been carried out. Details on how to go about doing this can be found here. If evaluation is not successful, preparatory courses are offered to bring qualifications up to the required standard. More information on these courses can be found here.

Exceptions
Applicants who hold a German university entrance qualification (so-called Bildungsinländer) are treated as German citizens and are subject to the normal application and admissions procedures.

Application deadlines at the Center for International Students are:

For entry in the spring semester: 1 November
For entry in the winter semester: 1 May

STEP 2: Apply to Furtwangen University
Admission to Furtwangen University is only possible once your university entrance qualifications have been officially recognized by the Center of International Students. Details on how to apply to Furtwangen University can be found here.

Application deadlines at the HFU are:

For entry in the spring semester: 15 January
For entry in the winter semester: 15 July

If you wish to enter a programme with special entry restrictions, 10% of the places available are reserved for foreign students. Students from any European Union Country (EU) possess the same status as German nationals.

How do I apply for a Master's programme?

If you wish to apply for a Master‘s programme, you must send your application directly to the faculty running the programme. Information on Master's programmes taught in English can be found here. Information on all Master's programmes can be found here.

To apply for entry into a Master‘s programme, the following documents must usually be submitted:

  • Special departmental application form, including two passport size photographs
  • University entrance qualification
  • Certified copy of first academic degree
  • One official academic transcript
  • Resume
  • Proof of language proficiency
  • Letter of motivation
  • Other relevant documents such as letters of recommendation

Please note: Minimum entrance requirement for any Master‘s programme is a three year university degree from an accredited institution, following a 12-year school education. Applicants who hold a 4-year academic degree in addition to an 11-year school education may also apply.

Is there restricted intake?

All study programmes at Furtwangen University have a restricted intake. If you wish to enter a programme with special entry restrictions, 10% of the places available are reserved for foreign students. Students from any European Union Country (EU) possess the same status as German nationals. On the International Business Management programme, places are assigned by an HFU selection committtee on a ratio of 50:50, EU applicants to internationals.

Some programmes may have other other restrictions or quotas, so for detailed information, please check the Quick Info page for each individual degree programme.

How can I get further information regarding admissions?

Further information can be provided by the Admissions Office.

Planning

Will HFU help me with the planning process?

Yes, we will help you through the whole process — with the application and admission procedure, the paperwork such as obtaining a visa, obtaining residence and work permits and the practical matters such as finding accommodation and getting the right insurance. More information on who exactly will be assisting you can be found here.

What are the visa requirements?

Full information about visa requirements and deadlines can be found on our website here.

How can I learn to speak German?

Students who are studying on a degree programme taught in English are not required to be able to speak German. However we do advise you to learn some basic German before you arrive to make your everyday life easier and help you make friends faster. Why not watch this video to get started learning German right away!

Nobody is saying German is easy to learn, but we do our best to help you. And don't forget, knowing a foreign language also looks great on a résumé! A two-week pre-sessional German crash course is offered through the International Center as part of the orientation programme for international students. This will give you some basic survival German and you willl pick up the language quite quickly by living here and talking to other students.

Classes in German as a foreign language are also provided free of charge to international students enrolled at HFU over our Language Center. These are offered at 5 different levels, the type and number of courses offered depending on current demand.

You can also take German courses online and learn at you own pace. These courses are free of charge with enrollment, too.  You can log on to our German as a Foreign Language (DaF) portal to exchange opinions, problems or ideas and to get to know other foreign language learners.

How will I find accommodation?

All international students will be assisted in finding accommodation. More information can be found here.

Support for International Students

Is there a department to help foreign students?

Yes, the International Center is responsible for supporting and counselling all international students. To help German and international students get to know each other, the International Center works with the students' organization, the International Student Community (ISC), to organize a buddy programme, numerous excursions and events, intercultural workshops and seminars for students. The university also organizes a Host Family programme to help students learn more about Germans and their culture.

More information can be found here.

 

 

Who can I talk to if I have personal problems?

Whatever the problem you are facing, whether it is related to your university course or a personal problems, perhaps related to money, your accommodation or just plain homesickness, Furtwangen University has experienced, professionally-trained staff who are there to help you. Services are free and available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students. Confidential counselling is also available. More information can be found here.

What is the Code of Conduct?

Furtwangen University is a signatory of the National Code of Conduct for German Universities regarding International Students, set up by the German Rectors' Conference in 2009 to maintain and improve standards of support for foreign students. The main aim is to extend to our international students wherever possible the same rights as Germans and EU students, and to provide the assistance which our foreign guests especially need.