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Get ready for university!

The preparation semester for international students.

Currently no application for the winter term 2020/2021!



Engineering: Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
Medical technology: Simulation Lab
Online research in the library
Lab work in the S1 Lab
Agitator bead mill for the disruption of cells
Agitator bead mill in use

The agitator bead mill is used in our Technical Centre. It is used by students in the Applied Biology, Bio and Process Technology and Sustainable Biotechnology programmes.

  • Would you like to take a degree at a German university? Preferably in the areas of Engineering, Medical Technology, Computer Science or Biological Sciences?
  • Do you already speak German at a B1/B2 level but need a  DSH or TestDaF certificate for Level C1?
  • Are you keen to work later on in the economic powerhouse region of south-west Germany, in a good job with very good career opportunities, and want to make sure you choose the right study programme?

Then PrepTec is just right for you!

What is PrepTec?

PrepTec is a pre-study preparation course for engineering and natural sciences degree programmes at German universities. We offer:

  • A compact, effective preparation course for the German certificate examination at C1 level
  • German courses customised for the fields of natural sciences and engineering
  • A solid grounding in mathematics and the natural sciences
  • The soft skills you need for your study programme, from learning and presentation skills to teamwork
  • Insights into the engineering and natural sciences degree programmes offered at HFU and into everyday life at university, as well as experience in labwork
  • Careers guidance after graduation

Study and Examinations Regulations for PrepTec
PrepTec Module catalogue

And we help you every step of the way!

We support you at all stages of your PrepTec pre-study semester, in both your academic programme and in planning your study, for example finding accommodation or financial support. When you have passed the PrepTec course, you can start right away in a degree programme at HFU or another German university.


To participate in the PrepTec programme, you need:

  • German language proficiency at CEF B1/B2 level with a German certificate (CEF = Common European Framework for Languages)
  • a university entrance qualification which entitles you to study at a German university

Course content

Lecture theatre in E Building on Schwenningen Campus
Mathematics lecture with Prof. Conzelmann

Group sizes in lectures and practicals make active involvement by students, which is strongly encouraged, possible.

The PrepTec course aims to give you the ideal preparation for studying engineering or the natural sciences at a German university. Besides language courses, your knowledge of the natural sciences will be further developed and the fundamentals of maths reinforced. You will also be taught practical skills, for example in the teaching lab. Additional courses in soft skills, such as learning strategies and project management, ensure that you are well-prepared when you start your degree programme. You will also be advised about the programmes that HFU offers and the future career pathways open to you through information events and trips to various industrial companies in the region.



  • 3-week intensive German preparation course
  • Language courses for academic study and everyday life
  • Preparation for the C1 level language certificate
  • Principles of mathemics
  • Areas of mathematical application in degree programmes
Engineering and natural sciences courses
  • Orientation events for study programmes offered at HFU, to point out the focus of each study programme and the career perspectives
  • Lectures and seminars selected to make up individually customised timetables
  • Labwork in mechanical engineering, mechatronics, biotechnology and medical technology courses
Soft skills for your degree programme
  • Learning, time and self-management strategies
  • Information processing strategies
  • Teambuilding and various forms of teamwork
  • Intercultural competence
Career counselling
  • Information about employment in the STEM area (STEM =  science, technology, engineering, mathematics)
  • Visits to firms in the region
  • Comprehensive, personalised counselling on choice of degree programme and career path

How much does the programme cost?

  • The PrepTec course is free of charge.
  • You are required to pay the fees for the certificate examination (TestDaF or DSH) yourself.
  • Please note: if you take a degree programme in Germany after completing the PrepTec course, fees may be payable. More information on this can be found here.
  • You may be eligible for a grant for the PrepTec programme. More information on this can be found here.

How do I apply for PrepTec?

We are sorry, PrepTec is NOT offered in the current winter term 2021/22!

Send your application documents by email to Email application is started:bewerbung.preptec.hfu(at) or by post to the following address:

Hochschule Furtwangen
Orientierungsprogramm PrepTec
Prof. U. Salat
Jakob-Kienzle Straße 17
D-78054 Villingen-Schwenningen

Please include the following documents in your application:

  • completed Download file:application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • short letter of motivation (maximum 1 – 2  A4 pages in German or English)
  • Proof of German language proficiency at CEF B1 or B2 level
  • Proof of university entrance qualification or certificate which entitles you to study at a university in your home country. (Generally the Centre for International Students in Constance checks certificates and issues the necessary certification with which you can apply to a University of Applied Sciences in Baden-Württemberg. Centre for International Students in Constance)

Please do not send any original documents.

What happens after I apply?

  • You take part in an (online) selection interview
  • You take an (online) placement test for German
  • You will be notified as to whether you have been allocated a place on the PrepTec programme in June (for the Winter Semester) or January (for the Summer Semester).
PrepTec - preparation for international students (I14258)

PrepTec - Contact person

  • Stephanie Kahsay: PrepTec, contact person for PrepTec, responsible for applications and selection interviews, language courses, student support and counselling
  • Dr. Stefanie Scherr: Head of Global Services, responsible for applications and selection interviews, student support and counselling, project financing
  • Henrike Seidinger: academic staff, responsible for organisation and coordination
  • Dr. Elmar Dammann: academic staff, mathematics lecturer, Learning Lab, support/counselling
  • Mary-Rose Keane-Matt: Language Center, responsible for intercultural training
  • James Tan: Language Center, responsible for marketing and coordination of student assistants
  • Andrew McDouall: Head of Language Center, responsible for student support and counselling
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Salat: Professor of the Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences, Head of PrepTec Programme, MINT module lecturer
  • Prof. Dr. Edgar Jäger: Professor of the Faculty of Mechanical and Medical Engineering, joint Head of PrepTec Programme, mathematics lecturer

Do you have any questions?


Note: Fields marked with an asterisk (*) must be filled in.

PrepTec - preparation for international students (I20375-1)

The project is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Science, Research and The Arts.