Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

What are the entrance requirements?

You will need the university of applied sciences entrance qualification (Fachhochschulreife).

If you are not sure whether your school qualifications are good enough, please check with the Admissions Office of Furtwangen University.

Admissions Office
Email: zulassungsamt@hs-furtwangen.de 

Telephone: 07723 920-1234 and 07723 920-1233

Can I study without "Abitur/Fachhochschulreife"?

Under the State University Law (LHG § 58 Para. 2 Nr. 5 and 6, 1 April 2014 version) and the University Entrance Regulations for the Employed (BerufsHZVO of 1 April 2014), those who have a recognized advanced vocational training qualification (Berufstätige mit Aufstiegsfortbildung), e.g. "Meister" or "Fachwirt", are legally entitled to enter any study programme at any university. 

Those with a vocational qualification and a minimum of 2 years, but normally 3 years of professional experience, can gain admission to a subject-relevant study programme appropriate to the existing vocational qualifications by passing an eligibility test.

In either case, a counselling interview will also be held at the University.

Please send your application well before the application deadline to the Admissions Office of Furtwangen University so that there is time to plan a counselling interview with the Dean of Studies if necessary and to make sure the application documents are complete by the deadline.

Application deadline for those with an advanced vocational training qualification (Berufstätige mit Aufstiegsfortbildung): 15 July for winter semester

Application deadline for applicants taking eligibility test: 01 February for winter semester

As soon as you have submitted your application documents, you will receive further information from us as to what to do next, as well as contact details for the counselling interview (normally the Dean of Studies).

If you have not yet made your final decision about what you would like to study and would like some advice, please contact the university's General Academic Counselling Office who can answer general questions about studying and will help you find the right course.

Do I have to have a particular grade (Numerus Clausus)?

We do not set a fixed grade for acceptance into Electrical Engineering.

If the number of applicants is greater than the number of free study places, after deducting the advance quota for special cases, 90% of the places will be allocated using the University's own selection criteria and 10% over the waiting list.

Do I have to be very good at maths and physics?

Electrical engineering is based on mathematics and physics. The necessary basics will be repeated and extended in the foundation level studies. To be successful, you do not have to be particularly good in these subjects, but by the end of the first semester you must be confident in carrying out calculations of numbers and units. If there are gaps in your knowledge of maths and physics when you apply, these can be filled  during lectures or tutorials, but we assume you are prepared to make an effort to do so.

Do I have to pay tuition fees?

EU citizens and those who have done their "Abitur" in Germany (so-called Bildungsinländer) do not have to pay tuition fees. Starting in the Winter Semester 2017/18, non-EU citizens must pay tuition fees of €1,500 per semester.

In addition, administration and student services fees and a contribution to the Student Union, which together come to €130 are paid during matriculation.

What are the application deadlines?

Application is only possible for the winter semester. The application deadline for the coming winter semester is 15 July every year.

How can I find out more about the study programme?

Please contact Frau Weis in the Departmental Office either by email or by telephone:

We also run various information events:

  • Applicants Information Day for the winter semester which takes place in the week after applications close
  • Schools Day in the 2nd or 3rd week in November

You can try out various course lectures and teaching staff is available to answer any questions you may have.

You won't get more freedom to work on projects, or better careers perspectives, anywhere else thanks to the interest and support of professors and postgrad students.
Stefanie Höschele, Electrical Engineering & Technical Computer Science graduate