You will find answers to frequently asked questions here.
Hier finden Sie Antworten auf die am häufigsten gestellten Fragen.
- Why has my online application been returned to me?
There are different reason why your application has been returned:
Possibility 1: The documents required for the review process are incomplete
Possibility 2: The VPD you provided is not made out for FHWS, but for a different higher education institution.
- Do I need a pre-study internship?
Some study programmes require a pre-study internship:
- You can perform your internship in your home country.
- It has to be passed by the end of the second semester.
- You can can split your internship up.
- The internship certificate: it should be issued in the company or school where you did teh internship. There is no FHWS form template. The certificate issued by the company should contain information about the person who has done the internship, duration of internship (exact start and end dates) and description of the work processes done by the the trainee.
Each study programme has different pre-study internsip requirements (content, duration etc.). Therefore, check the homepage of your study programme for information about it.
Information about the English TWIN-study programmes can be found here:
- When can I apply for a degree programme?
Please check the following link for detailed information:
- Can I provide a copy of my passport for my enrolment?
You can provide a copy of your passport or ID card if you do not have a birth certificate.
- Do other German or international universities recognize my bachelor‘s degree?
Yes, the FHWS bachelor‘s degree is recognized worldwide. It is also possible to switch to other German or international universities without any problems. Please also read trough the admission requirements at the university of your choice.
- Can I study a PhD programme at FHWS?
Yes, FHWS offers PhD programmes. These are often completed with the collaboration of industrial companies, or German or international universities. For more information, please contact the responsilbe faculty, at which you want to study the PhD programme.
- Can I study a master's programme at FHWS after I finished my bachelor's programme?
Yes, this is possible. Please note that we offer only a few master's programmes in English. You might have to do your master's programme in German, even if you completed your bachelor's programme in English.
You can find a list of all degree programmes on the following website: international.fhws.de/en/fhws-international/incoming-full-time-students/degree-programmes/ Please also read through the Admission requirements of the master's programme of your choice.
- How do I apply at FHWS?
Information about the application process can be found on the following link:
- Do I have to provide a certificate of German language skills in order to enroll?
That depends on the study programme you are interested in. Please check the profile of your favourite programme and find out which admission requirements are needed.
- How can I find out whether my pre-study internship counts?
If you have already completed an internship, the university will examine it once you have begun your studies. You can obtain an application form for this from the Hochschulservice Studium.
Please note that we are unable to provide detailed information on whether your internships count before you have begun your studies.
- How do I get information about the status of my application?
- If you have already registered with uni-assist online, log into your account by using your login data.
- If you have not yet registered online, register first, stating the application number you have received from uni-assist.
After having logged in, click on “Application” in the menu.
You will find all your applications listed up, inlcuding the current status of each on the right side of the column.
FHWS applicaction portal:
Log into the application portal by using your login data and check your status.
Please remember that university staff are unable to give you any detailed information about the status of your application while the application process is going on.
Any queries delay the application process immensely and, in the worst case, can prevent you from acquiring a visa in time.
- Which documents do I need for the application process?
Please check the following link for detailed information:
- Can I apply for a scholarship?
Find more information about scholarship options on our website.
However, there are also other organisations that may offer you a scholarship. Please see the following websites to find out about scholarships for international students from your home country.
- Which degree programmes can I study at FHWS?
Find here a list of all study programmes.
- How much are living expenses in Germany?
You can expect to spend an average of € 600 to € 800 per month. These costs are predominantly made up of your rent incl. additional charges such as Internet etc., food and spending on leisure activities. However, the amount you actually need will depend on your lifestyle.
- Are there tuition fees?
With the exception of MBA programmes, students at FHWS do not pay tuition fees. You will only be charged an administration fee depending on your campus.
Please find the current semester fees at our website.
The fee for both campuses inlcudes a semester ticket for the use of the public transportation system.
- Do I need German language proficiency for a TWIN study programme taught in English?
Yes, you need German language proficiency even if your study programme is taught in English. German language skills will help you to find accommodation, make new friends, at the city hall, find a job, etc. It simply makes your life much easier.
German language proficiency:
1. You don`t need initial German language proficiency for:
- Business & Engineering
But by the end of the second semester, you have to provide German A2 level.
2. You need German A2 level right from the start for:
- International Management
The according language proficiency test should not be older than one year.
You don`t have to provide this language proficiency test, if you:
- are German native speaker or
- have obtained a German school-leaving/study qualification.
You'll find the language requirements for each programme at our website.
Students can attend German language courses during their studies:
- What are the admission requirements for a degree programme?
- University entrance qualification, study record and/or further qualifications if required. The school education requirements you need to meet depend on the country in which you have achieved your highest qualification.
You'll find the language requirements for each programme on our website.
Applicants who have completed their school education or a university degree completely in German and/or English (for the programmes in English) and native speaker are exempt from this.
Please note that you have to fulfill additional requirements like a pre-study internship depending on the study programme. You can find this information at the profile of each programme.
Please note that no exceptions will be made with regard to our admission requirements.
- How long does it take to complete a study programme at FHWS?
- Bachelor Programme: 7 semesters (3.5 years)
- Master Programme: 4 semesters (2 years)
- Which degree programmes can I study in English?
Currently, FHWS offers the following BA programmes in English:
- Business and Engineering (B.Eng.)
- International Management (B.A.)
- Logistics (B.Eng.)
- Mechatronics (B.Eng.)
- Robotics (B. Eng.)
In addition, FHWS offers the following MA programmes in English:
- Business with Europe (MBA)
- International Social Work with Refugees and Migrants (M. A.)
- International Business with Focus on Western Europe, or Focus on Asia or Focus on Central and Eastern Europe (MBA)
Admission - After your arrival at FHWS
- Does FHWS provide language courses?
Information about English and German language courses of FHWS can be found on the following link:
- When does the orientation programme take place?
Two weeks before the start of the term, FHWS offers the orientation programme for all international students.
Please check the following link for detailed information:
- What is the orientation programme?
Two weeks before the beginning of the new semester, FHWS offers the orientation programme for all international students. The orientation programme supports you regarding the following topics:
- Academic study support
- Support with administrational formalities (registration office, residence permit, bank account, health insurance, etc.)
- Intercultural seminars (GAT tutorials etc.)
- Language courses.
- Leisure activities.
- When can I enrol?
Enrolment in person for the winter semester takes place in late September.
Please check the following link for detailed information:
- When will my degree programme start?
Most study progammes, including the TWIN-Bachelor degrees taught in English, start in winter semester. Check the homepage of your study programme.
Information about semester start:
Admission - Before your arrival at FHWS
- Do I need health insurance?
You must provide a valid certificate of health insurance cover in order to enrol at a German university. We recommend that you choose insurance from a German public health insurance provider. You will receive further support in this after enrolment and during the orientation weeks.
If you already have health insurance in your home country, please ask your provider whether you are also covered in Germany. If you are, you must provide a certificate to this effect no later than at the time of enrolment. A German health insurance provider can issue this certificate. In addition to health insurance, we highly recommend to choose a private liability insurance in addition. That will cover all the risks of daily life and costs around €80 per year. You can find information on liability insurance during the orientation weeks or from a German health insurance provider.
- How can I find accommodation?
The FHWS does not provide any dormitories.
Please check the following page for further information on accomodation:
- Do I need a visa?
EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland
Applicants from EU countries do not need a visa. Once you have found accommodation in Germany, you must register at the residents’ registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt) to receive your residency permit.
Non-EU member states
Applicants from Non-EU countries normally need a visa. Please contact the German embassy in your home country in order to find out if you will need a visa. This has to be issued for residency for the purpose of study. To receive a visa, you must provide proof of how you will finance your studies. This shows that you can afford to live in Germany for a year. The German embassy in your home country can provide you will information on how this proof should be provided. You can apply for a visa from the German embassy or consulate in your home country, before travelling to Germany. You can find more information, the addresses of embassies and consulates and the current visa regulations for all countries on the German Foreign Office website. Further you can find more information about visa regulations on the website of www.germany-visa.org and www.studying-in-germany.org.
Apply for your visa in plenty of time, ideally as soon as you receive your acceptance. Applying for a visa can take weeks or even months. You must register with the foreign citizens’ office (Ausländerbehörde) within three months of arriving in Germany in order to obtain your residency permit for the purpose of study.
- What do I have to do after having received my letter of admission from FHWS?
1. Apply for a visa in time (if necessary).
2. Take care of your accommodation as soon as possible.
3. Prepare your journey and assure that you arrive at FHWS early enough to take part in the orientation prorgamme (2 weeks before the start of the semester).
4. Take part in the orientation programme.
During the orientation programme, applicants will receive support with the following formalities:
- Registration office
- Opening a bank account
- Health insurance
During your studies
- Can I change my study programme?
Yes, you can change your study programme, BUT not at any time.
If you want to change, you have to apply for the new study programme like a new student during the regular application period.
- Winter semester: 1.5.until 15.7.
- Summer semester 1.11 until 15.1.
- Application: Via online application portal: go.fhws.de/apply/
Please note that some study programmes start only in winter semester.
If you don`t start as a beginner, but are already acknowledged for a higher semester, you can also start your study programmes in summer semester.
To be acknowledged for a higher semester, you need at least 4 subjects being recognized by the new study programme.
Depending on your study programme, the following documents are required beside your general application documents:
- Semester certificate (duration of previous studies).
- Confirmation of the grade or certificate of previous achievements.
- Study and examination regulations with hourly schedule and contents or module manual (preferably as file in PDF format).
- If applicable, proof of the service of the practical module.
- Exmatriculation certificate (if the student was enrolled in another German university).
- Where applicable, evidence of pre-practice (possible to submit it by the end of the 2nd semester).
The exam commission will decide if the previous exams make at least 20-15 credit points and an applicant can be admitted to the second semester.
- What should I do if I lost my FHWS student card or have problems using it?
First ask at the post office, library, and service point, if your FHWS student card was found. If you cannot find your card, you have to apply for new one.
1. In Würzburg
Students in Würzburg can address the following office (Kartenbüro):
Münzstraße 12, First floor, Mr. Baier.
At the entrance, turn left. The second door is the card office.
2. In Schweinfurt
Students in Schweinfurt can address the Hochschulservice Studium (Student Affairs Office of their study programme):
Campus 1, opposite the library, room: 7.E.6-7.
If the FHWS student card gets lost, students have to pay 20 euro for a new card. If the student card does not work anymore, the new card will be provided for free.
- What is GEZ?
GEZ is the German broadcast fee for public radio, television and internet use.
• Every household has to pay € 17.50 per month
• People sharing an apartment share the costs: They divide the amount by the number of people in the flat, but one person should register
• You can pay the fee every three, four, six, or 12 months
- Can I download music or movies?
• Downloading and sharing movies and music is illegal and STRICTLY forbidden in Germany!!!
• Fines starting from € 1,500
- Does FHWS provide WLAN?
Enroled students can use the WLAN of the FHWS using their k-number and password which they get at the time of personal enrolment.
WLAN name: FHWS
- What happens if I failed an exam?
- Each student has the right to take an exam three times => failing three times => exmatriculation
- Rule upon failing: the student is obliged to take the exam for the second time within the next 6 months (next semester after failure), the third time of examination can be taken within the next 12 months (vlt. besser: If the student fails the exam at the second try too, they can try for the third time within 12 months)
- Every exam is offered every semester
- Some lectures are sometimes offered only in the winter or only in the summer semester
- Are there exam deadlines?
- §18 from the SPO:
- Every study programme has determined basic subjects.
- Examination of basic subjects: must be taken at least once until the end of the 2nd semester.
- The basic subjects differ in every study programme.
- Apart from the basic subjects:
1. Subjects from 1-2 semester => must be taken at least once until the end of the 3d semester
2. Subjects from 3-4 semester => end of 6th semester
3. Subjects from 5-7 semester => end of 9th semester
- What is SPO?
Every faculty has their own study and exam regulations (SPO):
- Information about exam deadlines, bachelor thesis, leave of absence, modules, examinations, exam failure, semester abroad etc.
- It is extremely important to read these regulations carefully!!!
- How do I dis-enroll?
If you are enrolled at FHWS and would like to leave the university, you should de-register by submitting an application form for de-registration to the Student Affairs Office of your study programme (the office where you get your student ID card).
You can find the application form on the following link:
- When do exchange students receive the Transcript of Records (ToR)?
The transcripts are not issued every semester. The transcripts of records for exchange students are issued after the exchange students have completed their study stay at FHWS.
Transcripts are always issued two weeks after semester start:
1. middle of October or
2. end of March.
- The International Office will send the transcripts to the exchange students by email and by post to your coordinator at your home university.
- Until the end of September or Middle of February, you can print your exam results from the FHWS Studentenportal yourself: studentenportal.fhws.de/login
- What are the emergency numbers in Germany?
• Call 112 for emergencies ambulance or fire department. 110 for police.
• Keep the door closed. In Germany, living on ground floor does not pose a threat.
- What is re-enrollment?
Students are enrolled for JUST one semester. If they want to continue their studies, students have to re-enroll for the next semester.
Please use the following link to re-enrol yourself at FHWS: studentenportal.fhws.de/login
1. Winter semester: 15.01.-27.01.
2. Summer semester: 29.06.-10.07.
Exchange students who stay longer than one semester at FHWS or take part in an internship semester also have to re-enroll.
1. Please save the confirmation message (the last step in the re-enrollment procedure) about your successful re-enrolment in the portal as a PDF file for verification purposes (e.g. in case you need to apply for a prolongation of your residence permission).
2. A confirmation mail about the successful re-enrolment will be sent to your FHWS student email address at the latest by 21.07.
3. After the confirmation message was successfully registered in the portal, the semester fee will be debited from the student`s account in the beginning of September or in February. Please ensure that you have enough money on your account around that time.
4. In case of a defective direct debit, the amount of the semester fee plus the reimbursement charges (€ 6) should be transferred by the student to the FHWS account.
5. After having successfully debited the semester fee, the student is automatically re-enrolled for the next semester.
Enrolment certificates (“Immatrikulationsbescheinigung”) for the next semester can be obtained around two weeks before the start of the new semester in the student portal (https://studentenportal.fhws.de/login).
Enrolment after the regular re-enrolment period:
1. If you have missed the regular re-enrolment period, you can re-enroll by 31st January or 31st July (please wait for the reminder email to be sent to you!).
2. If you did not manage to re-enroll yourself successfully, your student ID card won`t be valid in the next semester and you will be exmatriculated.
Please notice that you have to validate your FHWS student card each semester (two weeks before the start of the new semester) after having successfully re-enrolled at FHWS!
- Who can I contact when I have technical difficulties?
IT Service Center (ITSC)
• your internet log-in data
• software problems
• printer problems
• problems with your computer
- Schweinfurt: Campus 1 (next to the computer pools, after the orange tables)
- Würzburg: Pavillon, Münzstraße 19 (behind the tall building)
• Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
8.30 am – 5 pm
• E-Mail: Helpdesk.ITSC@fhws.de
- How can I share large amounts of data during my studies?
To share files or folders: cloud.fhws.de
First steps description: itsc.fhws.de/fileadmin/redaktion/ITSC/dokumente/20160126_FHWS_Cloud_FirstSteps_V01_DRAFT.pdf
No back up system, no security by ITSC
- Which subjects count towards my degree?
You must first enrol at our university before we can assess whether studies you have completed in the past can count towards your degree. Once you have begun your degree programme, you can make an application to the Hochschulservice Studium for previous studies to be taken into account.
As a general rule, subjects/courses can be counted towards your degree if they are similar to the programme here in terms of content, number of teaching hours and credits awarded.
Please note that we are unable to provide specific information on which of and whether your subjects count towards your degree.
- Can I work during my studies?
Students from non-EU countries
You may work for 120 full or 240 half days per year. If you work as a student assistant at the university or company, these times may be higher.
Students from EU countries
No limitations on work.
Please note that you should always focus your efforts on your studies. Because of the high number of students, the FHWS is unable to offer assistance in finding a job.