Here you find an overview of our most current course programme offered in the International Semester at Furtwangen Campus. Please note: Course programmes differ slightly from winter semester to summer semester. 

Computing & Media

Cloud Computing Technology (Lecture)

FH 28470(LC / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Christoph Reich
Learning Outcomes & Course Content

Cloud Computing (Workshop)

FH 28405(Lab / 6 ECTS / block course)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Christoph Reich
Learning Outcomes & Course Content

Collaborative Systems

FH 27707(LC, Lab / 6 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Achim Karduck

Learning Outcomes & Course Content
PrerequisitesFoundations of Software and Systems Architectures, and Software Engineering

Computational Photography (Lecture)

FH 28884(LC / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Ruxandra Lasowski
Course Content
  • Image Formation
  • Single Exposure Enhancement
  • Camera models (conventional and plenoptic)
  • Panorama stitching (manual)
  • Panorama stitching (automatic)
  • Blending and Compositing
  • Warping
  • Morphing
  • HDR Imaging
  • Superresolution and Deblurring
PrerequisitesModule MINT Basics  and Module Computer Graphics/Mathematics

Computational Photography (Lab)

(Lab / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Ruxandra Lasowski
Course Content
  • Programming: Image manipulations
  • Programming: Image formation pipeline
  • Programming: Panorama stitching and blending
  • Programming: Morphing
  • Lightfield Camera Photographs
  • Programming: Gradient Domain Editing
PrerequisitesBasic programming skills

Data and Services

FH 26485(LC, Lab / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Dr. Saed Imran

Learning Outcomes & Course Content

Digital Media Optics Lab

FH 26287(Lab / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Thomas Schneider / Thomas Gabor
Learning Outcomes
  • aware of optics concepts that are relevant for photography and video production
  • Be able to conduct optical experiments systematically in an laboratory environment
  • Be able to interpret experimental findings correctly
  • Understand in which way photographic design depends on optical facts and technical settings
Course Content
  • Law of Refraction/Total Internal Reflexion /measuring indices of refraction
  • Color of light/dispersion/chromatic aberration of optical systems
  • Focal length and cardinal points of single lenses, two-lens systems and camera lenses
  • Performance measures of camera lenses
  • Measuring geometric distortion of camera lenses and digital image correction
  • Plenoptic camera/light-field camera: Extended depth of field, refocusing, generation of depth maps
PrerequisitesPersonal interest in the optics foundations of photography.

DM Choir & Music Project (NEW in Summer Semester 2017!)

FH 26460(Lab / 6 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Bruno Friedmann/Prof. Thomas Schneider

Games Development (2D)

FH 28635(Lab, S / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Jirka Dell’Oro-Friedl
Learning Outcomes & Course Content
PrerequisitesBasic knowledge in programming and GiS

Games Development (3D)

FH 28636(Lab, S / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Jirka Dell’Oro-Friedl
Learning Outcomes & Course Content
PrerequisitesGames Development 2D

Game Design Workshop

FH 26118(Lab, sdL / 6 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Jirka Dell’Oro-Friedl
Learning Outcomes
  • Have knowledge of the relevant tools to design and create a digital game and be able to use them in practice.
  • Analyse a concept for a complex digital game and plan its creation.
  • Develop an idea for a complex digital game and create the game as part of a team.
  • Analyse and critique an idea for a game as well as the completed product.
Course Content
  • Creation and presentation of an idea for a game
  • Consideration of different aspects of design
  • Developing and formulation rules for the game
  • Creation of paper prototypes
  • Creation of design documents
  • Analysis of game concepts and planning the realization
  • Incorporation of various types of media
  • Creation of graphics, models and sound
  • Structured team work
PrerequisitesGame Design or Game Engineering knowledge.

Intercultural Competence in Media

FH 28297(S / 3 ECTS / block course)
Instructor:Simon Huber
Learning Outcomes
  • Can be credited as one language course
  • Train cross-cultural decision-making and responsibility
  • Learn to solve and prevent cross-cultural-conflicts 
Course Content
  • Cross-cultural value dimensions
  • Leadership styles
  • Organisational structures and working practices
  • Interncultural business skills
  • Human resources management and staff leadership
  • Marketing and sales
  • Intercultural management
  • Ground knowledge of the concept of culture
  • Cultural sensitisation

Internet of Things

INM 28006( LC, S, Lab / 6 ECTS / weekly)

Prof. Chrisoph Reich

Learning Outcomes & Course Content
PrerequisitesBackground in Object Oriented Programming, Databases and Computer Networks

Media and Counterculture

FH 28064(S  / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Christoph Zydorek
Course Content
  • Introduction to the topic counterculture
  • Counterculture in the media at present
  • Reasons and causes for countercultural movements
  • Strategies of countercultural movements
  • Commercialisation of countercultures
  • New mechanisms of media counterculture online
  • Countercultural exemplar project

Media and Society

FH 26235(S, SdL / 6 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Miguel Garcia
Course Content
  •  Reading comprehension: Analysing and summarizing english essays
  • Analysing, writing, summarising and criticizing texts
  • Basic principles of media theory
  • Reading essential literature about media theory
  • Political influence on media
  • Social media
  • Media and art
  • Media and gender

Mobile Systems and Applications

FH 28744(LC / 6 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Elmar Cochlovius
Learning Outcomes & Course Content
PrerequisitesBasic knowledge in topics such as computer networking, distributed infrastructures and basic programming skills.

User Interface Design Workshop (Guest Lecture Summer Semester 2016)

FH26405(LC / 3 ECTS / block course)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Veijo Väisänen, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland
Course Content
  • Veijo Väisänen teaches Internet programming, Internet Services, User Interface Design, Software Engineering, Object Oriented Design. Previous to his University career, he hold senior manager positions at Nokia Oyj, e.g. responsible for the new Kista (Stockholm, Sweden) GSM test laboratory and test network, as well as supervisor's tasks include in particular the responsibility of the GSM / WCDMA base station and radio network competency development . This included the participation in the planning of new product development projects.
  • User Interface Design and Engineering has been pioneered in Scandinavia, with prominent scientists such as Jakob Nielsen in cooperation with Stanford Professor Don Norman (Nielsen Norman Group). Usability always plays a central role in the adoption of new technologies, e.g. within mobile systems. The workshop draws on key principles of User Interface Design and Engineering, including User Interface Principles and Design Patterns, UX Storytelling and Narratives, the creation of UI Wireframes, the creation of UI prototypes and mockups, and the UI design process and UI design model examples.
Guest LectureSummer Semester 2016

Engineering & Business

Business Continuity Management

SSM 28002(LC / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Döbbeling
Learning Outcomes & Course Content
PrerequisitesCompetence in English language; Basic knowledge of methods like risk management, process planning, quality management.


FH 28966(LC / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Dr. Rosenbaum

Learning Outcomes & Course Content
PrerequisitesFundamentals of electrical engineering, electromagnetic fields, electronics, kinetics, mechanical design, drive technology.

Innovation and Commercialization

FH 26332(S / 3 ECTS / block course)
Instructor:Dr. Thurner
Learning Outcomes


  • Understand social developments and technological innovations, which offer opportunities for commercial success.
  • Work with the concepts of “technological lock-in”, serendipity effects and unintended consequences.
  • Understand episodes of technological and social development in mechanisation, communications, electronics, computers, power & energy.
  • Understand different commercialisation strategies from product and process introduction to new venture creation.
  • Discuss ethical and moral issues associated with technological choices.
Course Content
  • Radical, groundbreaking innovations
  • Web 2.0, software revolution, mobile devices, wearables
  • Quantify yourself, big data
  • How technology changes the way we think about management
  • Influence on economy and society as a whole
  • Creation and development of new professions
  • Required skill-sets
  • Commerzialization strategies
  • Technological lock-in
  • serendipity-effects
  • unintended consequences
  • Ethical and moral issues
PrerequisitesCompleted foundation studies

Innovation Management

(LC / 3 ECTS / block course)
Instructor:Elena Stefanova

Learning Outcomes & Course Content

  • Basics in Business Administration;
  • Interest in new topics in the field of Strategic Innovations;
  • Ability to understand lecture in English and communicate in class/ participate in discussions

Intercultural Communication

WIB 20049(S / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Regina Mühlich
Learning Outcomes & Course Content
PrerequisitesGood English Knowledge

Knowledge Management & Robotics (Guest Lecture Summer Semester 2016)

FH26403(LC / 3 ECTS / block course)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Aladdin Ayesh, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK Faculty of Technology
Course Content
  • The current vision of future technological advancements has identified 4 strands of challenges and development. These are: Cognitive Systems, Internet of Things, Big Data and Games.  One may argue that these four has three common backbones data, mobility and automation.  The rapid development in mobile networks infrastructure, protocols and technologies, has led to a flux of data generation. This growth in data meant that the requirements of data storage, management, and retrieval have become more demanding leading to such developments as seen in cloud computing and business intelligence, to give examples.
  • The lecture of Dr. Aladdin Ayesh looks at these four strands of challenges with particular focus on knowledge management from the Artificial Intelligence (AI) perspective. Knowledge representation has been a primary theme in AI since its founding. To relate theory to practical applications, the course uses robotics, which interjects mobility and automation issues in the coverage of knowledge management.
Guest LectureSummer Semester 2016

Logistics and Sales Processes in SAP

FH 16484(LC / 2 ECTS / block course)
Instructor:Prof. Harald Kopp
Learning Outcomes & Course Content
PrerequisitesPassed foundation level studies

Technologies in Service

FH 26109(LC / 2 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Dr. Abdel Razek
Learning Outcomes & Course Content

Health & Society

eHealth Technologies (Guest Lecture Summer Semester 2016)

(LC / 3 ECTS / block course)
Instructor:Dr. Terhi Holappa, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Course Content
  • Terhi Holappa brings in a combined competence from IT and Life Science into the future of eHealth infrastructures and innovation adoption. She closely collaborates with technology companies in the eHealth field in Finland, as well as with regulatory institutions. For her lecture with the focus on Mobility and Innovation, she brings in her distinct academic and industrial experience from the following areas: 
  1. human factors: driving motivation, problem statement, engagement, usability, etc.
  2. technology factors: ICT, practicability, privacy, etc.
  3. Medical factors: responsibility, accountability, evidence-based benefits, best practices, etc.
  4. SW ecosystem: partners involved, regulations, end-to-end solutions, platforms, etc.
Guest LectureSummer Semester 2016

Global Health

FH 26363(S / 3 ECTS / block course)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. habil. Birgit Reime


Learning Outcome & Course Content

Hazardous Work and Fall Protection (Security & Safety Engineering)

FH 26265(S / 3 ECTS / weekly )
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Stephan Lambotte
Learning Outcomes & Course Content
PrerequisitesSafety 1 & 2 recommended

Additional Courses

Workshop: Industry and Innovation Ecosystem in Germany

The Workshop “Industry and Innovation Ecosystem in Germany” provides our international students with an insight into the innovation ecosystem of the region and its continuous innovation approach. The region is full of companies, from medium-sized to large, often even (hidden) global players. The “Black Forest Ltd.” represents approx. 1,500 companies from the engineering, automotive, renewable energies and medical technologies sectors, all of which are driving forces of Industry 4.0. 

Company visits within the region as well as university laboratories and research centre visits across our faculties will provide participants with an academic and entrepreneurial insight into the continuous innovation pipeline. This is achieved through the combination of education, research, and industry. Participants will experience outstanding presentations on innovation topics from various faculties, as well as demanding case studies within their teams. These case studies will also be presented at the participants’ home universities, thus providing a further facet of mutually beneficial international academic cooperation.

Participants of the workshop will get an insight of current technical, social, and policy innovation which, together,  lead to a much more efficient use of resources. Furtwangen University has made sustainable developments part of its corporate strategy (SEED), as have many of our partner universities. With respect to our common global challenges and our aim to contribute to SEED, we need to learn from each other's best practices in areas such as efficient use of  resources, policies, and citizen involvement.  The workshop on “Industry and Innovation Ecosystem in Germany” is aimed to achieve mutual learning and thus contribute to the success of our international student exchanges.

Further Information:

Team Project (optional)

At Furtwangen University projects are often conducted within the context of a real-world case study. Project teams usually consist of 3-5 students who participate in a semester long project according to their skills and interests. Recent projects included tasks such as the design and introduction of a new networking infrastructure for a small organization, the combined approach of monitoring health parameters and collaborative lifestyle support, as well as a portal for online information on the local community transportation.

We support you in 3 different project options:

1) You join a project with HFU-students, for whom this is a compulsory part of their studies. A professor at HFU will supervise the project.

2) You propose a project idea and work on it with a team of international students. An HFU supervisor will be assigned to the project. If suitable, it may be integrated into an ongoing research activity.

3) You become an external team member of a project at your home university. Due to modern technology this, too, may be a feasible option.

Projects are offered across all faculties and in all study areas of our Furtwangen Campus. Project topics are offered during the first week of the semester within the various faculties. After reviewing all available spaces and matching those with the students’ interests, the respective faculty coordinator or supervising professor will provide details of the project each student has been assigned.

Orientation Programme and German Seminar

FH 16329(LC, Lab / 3 ECTS / block course)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Achim Karduck, Brigitte Minderlein
Learning Objectives
  • Get a general idea about Germany, the Black Forest Region and the German University system
  • Master administrative issues in Germany
  • German language training on on two levels (depending on the prerequisites):
  • Level A1: Learn basic communication skills in German for everyday tasks (introducing oneself, giving basic information about oneself, asking the time, asking for basic information such as prices, shopping for groceries)
  • Level A2/B1: Learn intermediate communication skills in German for everyday tasks: introducing oneself, giving information about oneself and one’s family, talking about one’s course of studies, making travel plans, asking for and giving directions, doctor’s visits, visits to official institutions
Course Content
  • Introduction to Germany and the German University System
  • Adminsitrative issues like opening a bank account, registering at the town hall, health insurance, enrolment etc.
  • 45 contact teaching hours of Basic or Advanced German language classes (depending on the prerequisites)
  • Field trips in the region
  • None
  • a Placement test in German before classes start, so that the students are registered in the system NEO

This is Germany

FH 26307(LC / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Jürgen Schwarz
Learning Objectives
  • Gain an understanding of German history as well as of modern Germany’s political and economic system and social structures.
Course Content

  • Geography (situation in Europe, neighbouring states, topography, climate,
  • mountains and rivers, federal states)
  • History (Holy Roman Empire of German Nation, Reformation, Prussia and Austria, Revolution and Napoleon, The Path to unification, Unification under Prussian lead, Imperial Germany and World War I, The Weimar Republic and Facism’s rise, The Era of National Socialism and World War II, The Two German States, Integration with the West and European Reconciliation, Reunification)
  • Political System (Basic Law, political parties, electoral system, constitutional Bodies: Bundestag,  Federal President, Federal Chancellor and the government, Bundesrat, Federal constitutional Court)
  • Culture (Fine Arts and Architecture, Literature, Music, Film)
  • Economy (Social Market Economy, social security, social partners/collective bargaining, Branches of Industry, Foreign Trade )
  • Education and Research (Preschool Education, School System, Vocational Training, Higher Education, German Nobel Prize Winners)
  • Society (Population, Women, Immigration and Integration, Church and Religion,The Media).

German Language Classes

Click here for a complete current list of courses offered by the Language Center on the Furtwangen Campus. Language courses are free of charge for exchange students. Below you find a list of our German courses. For more information about the language courses offered at HFU, please contact the Language Center.


German for:




DaF 2

everyday-life and university




DaF 3

everyday-life, university and internship 1




DaF 4

everyday-life, university and internship 2




DaF 5

business and technology




DaF 6

advanced German





TBAto be announced      
1 ECTS  25 – 30 hours workload      
LCLecturesS     Seminar
Lablab/practical courseTU


sdLself-directed learningOConline course