More than just language courses!

The preparation semester for international students



Engineering: Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
Medical technology: Simulation Lab
Online research in the library
Lab work in the S1 Lab
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  •  Are you looking for a bachelor‘s or master‘s degree programme that will open up excellent international career opportunities in an attractive field of work?
  • Would you like to deepen your language skills in advance and in a compact way, so that you can fully concentrate on your degree programme afterwards?
  • Do you already have External link opens in a new window:B1/B2 level German but still require a External link opens in a new window:TestDaF certificate level C1?
  • Have you already studied a couple of semesters or completed a degree programme in your home country and would like to continue your education in Germany?

Then HFU.Prep is just what you are looking for!

What is HFU.Prep?

HFU.Prep is a qualification programme designed to prepare you for studying in German at university. It can be taken as a pre-semester course focussing on your German language skills.

With us you get:

  • compact, effective preparation for the German certificate exam at C1 level (TestDaF)
  • German courses specifically tailored to your area of interest
  • the possibility to attend seminars/lectures in the subject area of your choice at participating faculties
  • soft skills for your studies (e.g. study and motivational techniques, academic writing)

And you are not alone!

We support you in all phases of your HFU.Prep semester, both with your professional training and your everyday life. We are happy to advise you on any questions you may have.

Once you have successfully completed HFU.Prep, you can directly apply for one of the degree programmes at HFU or another German university.

Students who are already enrolled at HFU can also take advantage of the HFU.Prep programme (in addition to their degree programme). Simply contact us by mail: Email application is started:hfu.prep[at]hs-furtwangen.de.


In order to participate in the HFU.Prep programme, you need to have:

*We recommend starting with a B2 level. If you have a solid B1 level and ideally have already taken at least one B2 course, you can also be accepted into the programme.


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Mathematics lecture with Prof. Conzelmann

Active participation of students is strongly encouraged, made possible by the small group sizes.

The content taught in HFU.Prep is specifically designed to prepare you in the best possible way for your studies at a German university of applied sciences (HAW).

In addition to language skills, the programme also promotes the individual choice of subject skills. Furthermore, courses in soft skills such as learning strategies and academic writing ensure that you start your studies in top shape or that you can complete your studies successfully.

We will be happy to advise you on the degree programmes available at HFU and help you to plan your future career.

How much does the programme cost?

  • HFU.Prep is free of charge.
  • All students at Furtwangen University pay a semester fee of €149 per semester (from Winter Semester 2023/2024).
  • You are required to pay the fees for the certificate examination (TestDaF, DSH etc.) yourself.
  • Please note: if you take a degree programme in Germany after completing HFU.Prep, fees may be payable. More information on this can be found External link opens in a new window:here.

How do I apply for HFU.Prep?

You apply for HFU.Prep via the Furtwangen University application portal.

This is how the application process works:

  1. Please register on the Furtwangen University application portal at https://mio.hs-furtwangen.de
  2. As confirmation you will receive a welcome email with an activation code.
  3. Save your curriculum vitae (CV), university entrance qualification certificate (school/university diplomas + recognition of these diplomas by Studienkolleg Konstanz) and proof of German language proficiency as PDF files on your PC. You will need these documents later in your application.
  4. Apply at our university. You will be guided through the application process by an assistant.
  5. You can interrupt the application process at any time and resume it later, e.g. if you need to research information. Your previous information will be retained.
  6. You can only edit the application and the relevant information until the point where you finally submit it by clicking on "Submit application". After that, changes can only be made after the application has been withdrawn and the application will not be processed by the university until it is resubmitted.
  7. You can use the "Print Control Sheet" function to check and print all of your entered data.

You need the following documents for your application:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • short letter of motivation (maximum 1 – 2  A4 pages in German or English)
  • Proof of German language proficiency at CEFR B1* or B2 level
  • Proof of university entrance qualification (The Centre for International Students in Constance ("Studienkolleg Konstanz") checks certificates and issues the necessary certification with which you can apply at any university of applied sciences in Baden-Württemberg, see External link opens in a new window:Centre for International Students in Constance

*We recommend starting with a B2 level. If you have a solid B1 level and ideally have already taken at least one B2 course, you can also be accepted into the programme.

If you need a provisional admission letter (e.g. for a visa application) or have questions about the application procedure, please contact us at Email application is started:klal[at]hs-furtwangen.de.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

What happens after I apply?

After 15 July (for the following winter semester) or 15 January (summer semester) you will receive your admission letter from the student affairs department. With our support, you can then enroll at Furtwangen University and start your HFU.Prep semester with the intensive language course.

As long as there are places available, we accept applications for the winter semester until the beginning of September, and for the summer semester until Mid-February.

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