Technical Orientation Prep Course

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Get a taste of student life!

Are you wondering whether a degree programme is right for you? Are you interested in technology, but are unsure which degree programme might be right for you and whether you are good enough? Then why not give it a try! 
With our Technical Orientation (OT) prep course, we offer you the opportunity to get a taste of all of the Internal link opens in the same window:Applied Materials Science, Internal link opens in the same window:Engineering Psychology, Internal link opens in the same window:Mechatronics and Digital Production and Internal link opens in the same window:Medical Engineering - Technologies and Development Processes degree programmes on our Tuttlingen Campus in one semester!

  • ECTS: Acquired ECTS can be credited in a subsequent bachelor's programme
  • Programme duration: 1 semester
  • Campus: Tuttlingen
  • Faculty: Industrial Technologies
  • Programme begins: summer semester (March)
  • Application deadline: 15 January (summer semester)
  • Entry requirements: university entrance qualification
  • Teaching language: German
  • Accreditation: no
  • Take a look around You'll experience everyday student life on the Tuttlingen Campus, get familiar with lecture halls and labs and meet new people. You'll have lots of contact with other students and our professors. You can bet you'll find the right degree programme with us!
  • The full diversity We'd like to show you everything! That's why your timetable will focus on a wide variety of subjects - fundamentals of natural sciences, soft skills, orientation seminars, internships, excursions, ...
  • Personal & practically oriented You learn the basics at your own pace - we support you with exercises and personal supervision. Everything you learn can be used later on in your bachelor's degree programe. You'll also get to know the real world through company excursions and internships.
  • and afterwards? If you complete the Technical Orientation prep course, you can continue directly with a bachelor's degree with us! You can get credit for many subjects and already know your way around, so it will be an easy start!

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

During the Technical Orientation tryout semester, we introduce you to the basics of engineering within six months. You'll study theoretical subjects such as mathematics, physics and electrical engineering and deepen your knowledge through laboratory work. All of this will be supplemented by orientation seminars, time management and other soft skills.

  • 40% Engineering
  • 25% Mathematics
  • 25% Technical orientation: practicals, seminar, workshops
  • 10% Skills, e.g. working methods, self-management

Make contacts

An absolute highlight on the Tuttlingen Campus is the close cooperation with companies in the region. That's why you'll visit companies, gain insights into different sectors and perhaps even get to know your future employer. The exchange with former and current students will also help you decide on your course of study.

In black and white

Just like any other degree programme, there are exams at the end of your semester (absolutely doable, we promise). We'll award you a certificate for successfully completing your preliminary studies on the Tuttlingen Campus, which you can have credited towards a subsequent degree programme.

Entry requirements

To apply for the Technical Orientation prep course you need a university entrance qualification.

You need either the general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), the subject-specific higher education entrance qualification, the entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences or a previous qualification recognised as equivalent.

General higher education entrance qualification: Abitur at

  • general grammar schools and comprehensive schools
  • vocational grammar schools and specialised grammar schools
  • vocational high schools
  • colleges as full-time schools
  • evening grammar schools
  • independent Waldorf schools

Subject-specific higher education entrance qualification: school-leaving examination at

  • specialised grammar schools
  • vocational high schools

Fachhochschulreife: school-leaving examination at

  • gymnasien/Fachgymnasien/Gesamtschulen/freie Waldorfschulen after the 12th grade (academic part), a vocational part must also be proven
  • technical colleges
  • vocational colleges and vocational schools
  • evening grammar schools

Did you know that you can even study without an Abitur? If you have completed vocational training and have at least three years of professional experience, you can apply to study via an aptitude test.

Our Central Advisory Service will be happy to inform you! You can reach Victoria Reineck at Email application is started:rev(at)hs-furtwangen.de or by phone: +49 7723 920-2430

What's included

These subjects are on your timetable: 

  • Mathematics
  • Physics and electrical engineering basics
  • Subject-related skills development
  • Technology orientation
  • Methodological skills

Download file:OT Study and Examinations Regulations (SPO)

OT module descriptions:

Special features

  • Flexible, goal-oriented study entry with personal support
  • Practical relevance through laboratory internships and excursions to companies
  • Individual learning pace through exercises and tutorials in basic subjects
  • BAföG eligible, as full-time studies
  • Many subjects can be transferred to other universities and colleges
  • Equalization of later basic studies and free time during studies (can be used for language courses and internships, for example)
  • The second semester provides optimal preparation for successful studies
  • State-of-the-art labs and equipment on the Tuttlingen Campus
  • Personal contact with specialists and managers in companies
  • Wide range of media in the HFU libraries

Faculty of Industrial Technologies

The Faculty of Industrial Technologies on the Tuttlingen Campus is something very special. At HFU, all subject areas are taught with a lot of practical relevance– but on the Tuttlingen Campus, students benefit from a special proximity to companies in the region. The focus here is on cooperation with industry in many practicals, students are allowed to work in company labs and can thus also make important contacts for their future careers. At "ITE", we focus our degree programmes on current topics of the future – digitalisation and technologisation, smart materials, medical technology, the energy transition, sustainability and human-machine interaction are just some of the exciting topics that we are helping to shape the future with.

Find out more about the Faculty of Industrial Technologies (ITE)


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Your key contacts

  •  Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erwin Bürk
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erwin Bürk Leiter Orientierung Technik
  •  Sabine Hattung-Hocheder
    Sabine Hattung-Hocheder Faculty Office, Student support