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Getting started with your studies in Germany

Do you already speak some German, but not enough to study in Germany? Do you still lack the language level C1? But you don't just want to complete a language course, you also want to get prepared to study at university? Then HFU.Prep is just right for you!

  • ECTS: none
  • Programme duration: 1 semester
  • Campus: Schwenningen
  • Faculty: -
  • Programme begins: summer semester (March), winter semester (October)
  • Application deadline: 15 January (summer semester), 15 July (winter semester)
  • Entry requirements: German language skills CEF B1/B2, university entrance qualification for a German university
  • Teaching language: German
  • Accreditation: no
  • Fit for studying We offer German courses specifically tailored to your area of interest. You can already take part in individual lectures in our faculties, for example in engineering.
  • Only one semester In only one semester, i.e. 6 months, at our campus in Schwenningen, you will be ready to apply for a regular university place. From German level CEF B1/B2 to C1!
  • Why here? Do you want to learn German and the basics for studying in Germany in the shortest possible time? And would you like to stay in an economically strong region like the southwest after your studies? Then HFU.Prep is perfect for you.
  • Where are you from? Are you from a country outside the EU? Or from a country in Europe? Have you already completed or started studying in your home country? Then put HFU.Prep on your CV and study in Germany.

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

More than language skills

HFU.Prep is primarily about German language skills. But it is also about your individually selectable subject expertise. This means that if you already know now that you want to study mechanical engineering later, we will find courses in this area for you in the HFU degrees we offer. We also offer courses on learning strategies and academic writing.

Entry requirements

Language level for entry

In order to complete the HFU.Prep programme as a preparatory semester, you need German language skills at CEFR level B1*/B2 with a German certificate (CEFR = Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and a university entrance qualification for studying at a German university.
*We recommend B2 as the entry level for HFU.Prep. If you have a solid B1 level and, ideally, have already attended at least one B2 course, you can also be accepted into the programme without a B2 certificate.


How much does it cost?

Participation in HFU.Prep is free of charge. However, all students at Furtwangen University must pay semester fees of €155 per semester.
You must also pay the fees for the certificate examination (TestDaF, DSH or similar) yourself.
Fees may apply for subsequent regular studies in Germany.

What's covered

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Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences

At the Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences, everything revolves around "life sciences". Those who study with us contribute to improving people's health and quality of life. Our degree programmes train you to become experts in biotechnology, the environment, diagnostics or therapy and prevention.

Our society is getting older and older – which is why specialist knowledge in areas such as process engineering and (molecular) medicine, medical technology and biosciences is becoming increasingly important.

The Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences is one of the strongest in research at HFU. You will gain many insights into current research issues during your studies and will be able to work on specific tasks. Here you can find the Internal link opens in the same window:current research projects at HFU.



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