Step 1: Meeting Entry Requirements
To be admitted to study at Furtwangen University, you will need to provide evidence that you:
- hold a university entrance qualification
- have certain language skills required only in the following study programmes:
- have completed a preliminary internship – applicable only to the following degree programmes:
Molecular & Technical Medicine (MTZ)
Service Management (SMB)
Sales & Marketing (MVB)
Product Engineering (PEB)
University Entrance Qualifications
The primary requirement for admission to a Bachelor degree programme at Furtwangen University is the general high school leaving certificate (allgemeine Hochschulreife - Abitur), the subject-specific high school leaving certificate (fachgebundene Hochschulreife), the university of applied sciences entrance qualification (Fachhochschulreife), or a recognized equivalent educational qualification.
The General high school leaving certificate is gained through being awarded the "Abitur" at:
- general secondary schools (Gymnasien) and comprehensive schools
- careers-oriented and subject-specific secondary schools (Gymnasien)
- vocational schools (Berufsoberschulen)
- Kollegien als Vollzeitschule
- evening schools (Gymnasien)
- Waldorf schools
The Subject-specific high school leaving certificate is gained through being awarded the school-leaving examination certificate, the "Reifeprüfung", at:
- subject-specific secondary schools (Fachgymnasien)
- vocational schools (Berufssoberschulen)
The university of applied sciences entrance qualification is gained through being awarded the school-leaving examination certificate, the "Reifeprüfung" at:
- secondary schools, comprehensive schools, Waldorf schools (Gymnasien/Fachgymnasien/Gesamtschulen/freien Waldorfschulen) after the 12 class; proof of a practical part is additionally required
- technical colleges (Fachoberschulen)
- Berufskollegs and Berufsfachschulen
- evening schools (Abendgymnasien)
Further details can be found on our German webpages.
International applicants with international qualifications
International applicants with international qualifications and stateless applicants must have their qualifications evaluated at the Center for International Students Constance (Studienkolleg Konstanz):
The Center for International Students decides whether an assessment test or German language test (DSH) is required or an applicant can be declared eligible for direct admission to higher education.
Deadlines for applications to Centre for International Students Constance:
- For the next summer semester: 1 November
- For the next winter semester: 1 May
Further information is available on the Center for International Students website.
Foreign nationals with German university entrance qualifications and applicants from EU countries
Foreign nationals with German university entrance qualifications and applicants from EU countries (as well as from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) are admitted in the same way as German nationals. Applications for admission must be accompanied by university entrance qualification certificates and proof of adequate German language skills, such as the German Language University Entrance Exam for Foreign Students (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber und Studienbewerberinnen, DSH) or the German as a Foreign Language (Deutsch als Fremdsprache, DaF) test. All documents must be in German or translated into English. Only officially authorised copies are acceptable.
German nationals with international qualifications
German nationals with international qualifications
(e.g. emigrants) may apply for admission only after their qualifications have been recognised as sufficient for entrance into higher education by the:
Abteilung Schule und Bildung
Postfach 10 36 42
Tel: +49 (0)711 66 70 0
International Business (Internationale Betriebswirtschaft - IBW) programme
The area of specialisation you choose as part of the IBW programme determines the regional and economic focus it will have, and also determines which second foreign language you will need, i.e. in addition to English as the compulsory first foreign language. Admission requires English skills equivalent to approximately seven years of academic study or a TOEFL test score of at least 213. For EU applicants the level of English on the school certificates is adequate proof of English language proficiency. No additional proof is required.
- Area of specialisation – China
No prior Chinese language skills are required. The programme includes instruction in Mandarin Chinese.
- Area of specialisation – The Francophone World
This area of specialisation requires additional evidence of French skills based on approx. four to five years of French instruction or an equivalent level of proficiency.
- Area of specialisation – The Hispanic World
This area of specialisation requires additional evidence of Spanish skills based on approximately four to five years of Spanish instruction or an equivalent level of proficiency.
International Business Management (IBM) programme
Applicants seeking admission to the IBM programme must demonstrate good English language skills.
Applicants must provide the following tests or certificates as evidence:
- German certificate of university entrance qualification with English grade 2.0 or 10/11/12 points minimum
- TOEFL test score: minimum 550 points paper-based / 213 points computer-based / 79 points internet-based
- English grade from a secondary school in the EU
(equivalent German grade)
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 or better
- GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) English: grade B or higher
- International GCSE in English as a Second Language: grade B or higher
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency: grade B or higher
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate: grade A
- Exempt: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, USA
German-language skills are not required.
Service Management / Sales & Marketing / Molecular and Technical Medicine / Product Engineering
Applicants seeking admission to the following degree programmes are additionally required to provide evidence of having completed practical vocational training for a period of eight weeks (40 days minimum). :
Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
Applicants seeking admission to the Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics (MM) degree programme are recommended to complete a preliminary practical work placement of 12 weeks' duration.
The training activity should reflect the curriculum of the first practical programme semester. Successfully completed vocational training for a practical trade within the relevant occupational field or an equivalent occupation is recognised according to requirements set out by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts.