Internationality is an integral part of Furtwangen University strategy and our trademark. We are one of the best-known international universities in Germany: an above-average number of students and teachers spend a period of time abroad every year. The University has a large number of international students and cooperates with numerous partner universities, companies and research institutes worldwide. Our location on three campuses in the beautiful area of south-west Baden-Württemberg, makes HFU an attractive destination for our international guests, who also appreciate the welcoming atmosphere and supportive staff, as well as our close contacts with organizations in the region.
Focus of strategic development
Internationalization is at the centre of the strategic development of Furtwangen University and of each area within the university, including teaching, learning, research and continuing education, as well as knowledge and technology transfer. The high level of teaching quality, the international competitiveness and the international visibility of the university is achieved through sustainable, qualitative and cross-faculty internationalization. The individual and differentiated strategies of internationalization at the the university are integrated in the strategic goals of the university and comply with the institutional goals and strengths.
Furtwangen University will continue to strive towards the goal of becoming an "International Campus" where people of all origins and backgrounds will study, research, teach and participate in lifelong learning. We support the academic, interdisciplinary, and sociocultural integration and networking of our students to make intercultural dialogue possible. We call upon both students and staff to participate in this tolerant and open-minded academic and cultural exchange.
Furtwangen University supports the mobility of students and university staff in exchange programmes, international collaborative research, integrated degree programmes, bi-national joint degree programmes and internationally and practice-oriented degree programmes. We aim to strengthen and expand worldwide contacts with universities, companies, research institutes and other institutions through long-term strategic partnerships.
Our goal is for at least half of each graduating year to spend an exchange semester abroad and gain international experience. Full transfer of credits for courses taken abroad and improved intercultural and foreign language skills are prerequisites for lasting results and high quality foreign exchanges. Students and staff members who wish to improve their language skills can choose from the wide range of courses offered at the Language Center, online language courses and language courses taken abroad.
Curricula and teaching methods are continually updated using international approaches enabling HFU students to gain international skills regardless of whether they take part in an exchange or not. The expansion of courses and degree programmes taught in foreign languages is very much a part of the multilingual policy of the university, as is the encouragement of our international guests to learn German to enable them to make the most of university and daily life in Germany.
Virtual learning opportunities are valuable for internationally oriented degree programmes and university partnerships. Blended Learning methods can be used to integrate short foreign exchanges in the study programmes. Furtwangen University also offers academic professional development through internationally and practice-oriented degree programmes, mobility options for working students and professional development with modules taken abroad.