Application Deadlines

1 February - 1 May for Winter Semester (Begin in September)
1 August - 1 November for Summer Semester (Begin in March)

Application as an Exchange Student from an HFU Partner University

Please follow Steps 1 and 2 below.

Application as a Visiting Student (Free Mover)

First please contact the International Center at HFU (see Contact International Center below) to find out whether this is possible. When you have been accepted, follow the application process described below from Step 2.

1. Nomination by the home university

First apply for the exchange programme at your home university. When you have been selected there, your university must nominate you by sending an email to the International Center at the respective HFU campus. The following information should be included:

  • Student's name
  • Student's email address
  • Exchange semester requested (winter or summer semester)
  • Level of degree (Bachelor's or Master's)
  • Campus requested (Furtwangen, Schwenningen or Tuttlingen)
  • Degree programme

2. Online Application

Once the nomination has been made, applications should be made online. The following documents should be uploaded:

  1. CV
  2. Transcript of records
  3. Letter of Motivation in English or German
  4. Passport photo
  5. Copy of passport or ID card
  6. Proof of language proficiency in German or English (depending on the language of the study programme). Minimum level of CEF B1. (Common European Framework for Languages)

Admission and welcome package

The admission process starts once the International Center at HFU has received the complete application. A paper copy of the admission letter will be sent  to your home university.

A welcome package with important information regarding your stay at HFU (accommodation, medical insurance, deadlines, etc.) will be sent to you by email.

Language requirements

Exchange and guest students who wish to attend lectures or carry out a project in English do not have to submit proof of German language skills, however we advise you to acquire some basic German prior to your arrival to make getting by in everyday life easier.

A high level of English is a prerequisite if you wish to take courses taught in English (minimum level of CEF B1).

A high level of German is a prerequisite if you wish to take courses taught in German (minimum level of CEF B1).

Orientation Programme

An orientation programme for all new foreign students in English-taught degree programmes takes place two weeks before the lecture period on both the Furtwangen and the Schwenningen campuses.

During these two weeks you will receive important information regarding your study at HFU and we will also help you with all the paperwork and official registrations, e.g. matriculation, medical insurance, registration at the town hall, etc. A two-week intensive German course is also included free of charge enabling you to learn some basic survival German or to help you improve already existing German skills. At the weekend we organize various excursions in the area.

Please note: participation in the pre-semester Orientation Programme is mandatory for all exchange and guest students.

Contact International Center

Furtwangen Campus: international-fu(at)
Schwenningen Campus : international-vs(at)
Tuttlingen Campus : international-tut(at)