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International campus

We want our international students to feel at home and get to know German students and the local people quickly.

The following programmes and initiatives will help you do this:

Buddy Programme

We want our foreign students to settle in quickly and the best way is to get a German student to help you. That's why the International Center set up the Buddy Programme. Your "buddy" is a German student who will look after you and help you settle in at Furtwangen University. This way you will get a better idea of what German student life and everyday life is like. You might even be able to teach each other your native languages.

  • You and your Buddy will be in contact by email before you arrive.
  • If you've got any questions, you can ask them right away before you arrive in Germany.
  • Your buddy will help you with any practical details and questions about the university.

The International Center and the International Student Community (ISC) organize numerous excursions and events during the semester for foreign students and their buddies. And of course buddies can also organize trips, film evenings or other events as part of the ISC.

If you have grown up in Germany or have a very good command of German, you can apply to become a buddy any time. The application deadline is 1 December. For further information and the application form, please contact the International Center.

International Student Community (ISC)

Meet people from around the world!
The International Student Community (ISC) is a student organisation which brings different cultures together, creating a platform for international exchange. The ISC works closely with the International Center and complements its international student programme. As a student club and part of AStA, the ISC is open to all HFU students. ISC activities range from excursions in the area and film and games evenings, to cooking together, dance workshops, talks and much more.

International exchange students and German students who would like to participate in an exchange programme, can get involved in ISC.

More information about ISC activities can be found on Facebook:

International Festival

International students present their native countries with culinary specialities, dance and music. The International Festival takes place on the Furtwangen Campus in the winter semester in the auditorium and in the summer semester outside in the Robert-Gerwig Square in Furtwangen in cooperation with the town of Furtwangen. In summer an International Festival is also organized on the Schwenningen Campus by the HFU Business School. The video below will give you an idea of what this colourful festival is like.