HFU as partner

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Working together for progress

Collaboration (I3415)

Collaboration is not just an option for us at Furtwangen University. Collaboration is a basic prerequisite for further development! That is why at HFU we cultivate an enriching range of collaborations. For example, we work closely with schools to open up the exciting world of science to pupils. We offer high-quality training courses for teachers. We cooperate with other universities and research institutions, and of course with our strong partners in industry, to promote applied research, the high quality of which we stand for. We have cooperation partners for student projects and exchange programmes, for doctoral projects and patents, and we work with municipalities, cities, counties, associations, foundations and societies. By working with these many, many partners, we as a university make an active and direct impact on society. As a whole, we shape – progress. 


Partner universities

HFU is a cosmopolitan university that promotes intercultural and academic exchange. More than 100 partner universities worldwide offer students, academics and staff a wide range of opportunities for mobility and cooperation. Students from more than 90 countries study at our three campuses.

Click here for the HFU partner university database.

Click here for the Download file:HFU Partner universities fact sheet.

International projects


FiPS places the students with companies and, as a coordination office, ensures compliance with the legally required formalities such as ZAV exemption, health insurance cover and enrolment at Furtwangen University. FiPS also serves as a point of contact for companies, partner universities and interns.

Further information about FIPS

I.DEAR – Ingenieure Deutschland–Argentina

The bilateral exchange programme "I.DEAR - Engineers Germany-Argentina" promotes the mobility of German and Argentinian students in the engineering sciences. The partner is the University of Buenos Aires.

Engineering Study Abroad Programme

The Engineering Study Abroad Programme, which HFU organises in cooperation with San Diego State University (SDSU), is a so-called "faculty-led programme" for engineering students at SDSU. "Faculty-led" means that the students are accompanied by a lecturer from their own university. This lecturer is usually responsible for the implementation of an engineering module. The host university organises a cultural module and an accompanying cultural programme. SDSU students receive full credit at their university for this fee-based summer programme. These programmes are very popular among US students and are often preferred to a semester-long stay abroad.

The four-week summer school has been organised in close cooperation between HFU's International Center and SDSU's College of Extended Studies since 2015.

German-Iranian-Jordanian Cooperation Project

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supported the "German-Iranian-Jordanian Cooperation to Improve the Connection of Technical Universities with the Industry" (CICTI) project as part of the "Higher Education Dialogue with the Islamic World" programme from 2015-2018. In addition to Furtwangen University, the Iranian Shiraz University of Technology and the Jordanian German Jordanian University also took part.

Scientific workshops were held and reciprocal visits strengthened intercultural understanding.


Furtwangen University is a member of various national and international networks and university organisations:

International Lake Constance University

Furtwangen University is a member of the cross-border university network International Lake Constance University (IBH). This network brings together 30 universities from four countries – Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein. With over 100,000 students, around 20,000 employees and 3,000 professors, the IBH is the largest cross-university network in Europe. The IBH supports projects in the areas of teaching, research and development, knowledge and technology transfer and structural education in which at least two universities from at least two of the four member states are involved.


Trinational Metropolitan Region Upper Rhine

Furtwangen University is a cooperation partner in the Trinational Metropolitan Region Upper Rhine (TMO), which sees itself as an area of excellence with a model character in the heart of Europe. The Upper Rhine region in the border area between France, Germany and Switzerland plays a pioneering role in research, development and innovation. The TMO combines a large number of universities and research and development institutions of outstanding scientific quality, numerous sectors with high growth potential, innovative companies, efficient networking of players from research, development and innovation.



As a member university of GATE-Germany, Furtwangen University uses the services of the largest and most experienced service provider for international university marketing. GATE-Germany has been in existence since 2001 and now has 147 member universities, at which 85% percent of all international students in Germany are enrolled.

GATE-Germany's target group and region-specific offers take into account the different needs of the universities and are supported by the global image campaign "Study in Germany – Land of Ideas". GATE-Germany also offers marketing strategies and the professional positioning of German universities on the international education market.


Skilled labor alliance winning region

Since 2013, 15 regional partners in the alliance have been pursuing the goal of securing skilled workers for the regional economy. Bottleneck occupations in the Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg region are identified and appropriate measures are taken to increase employment in these occupations.

External link opens in a new window:wirtschaftsfoerderung-sbh.de/fachkraefteallianz

You have questions about collaboration? Feel free to contact us!

Your key contact

  •  Prof. Dr. hum. biol. Ulrike Salat
    Prof. Dr. hum. biol. Ulrike Salat Vice President for Collaboration and Society
    Professor of Molecular Biology