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Admission requirements

Different admission requirements apply for the degree programmes taught in German and English – particularly with regard to the language requirements. Please see below for the admission requirements dependent on the programme’s language of instruction.

1) University entrance qualification

To be able to study in Germany, you must have a university entrance qualification. For applicants with a German school-leaving qualification, these are the general university entrance qualification (Abitur), subject-specific university entrance qualification (fachgebundene Hochschulreife), advanced technical college certificate (Fachhochschulreife), or general/subject-specific qualification for working professionals. Please see the information sheet on university admission for working professionals for details. 

For international students, the conditions vary widely from country to country. The most important stipulation for recognition in Germany is that the level of education after completing the school-leaving qualification must be approximately comparable to the German Abitur school-leaving qualification. Please note that it might be necessary to complete further studies in your home country after obtaining your school-leaving qualification to be eligible to study in Germany.

On the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) you can check the admission requirements depending on your country of origin. Information is also available in the database of the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder (Kultusministerkonferenz, KMK) available at www.anabin.kmk.org. Please note, however, that this database is currently only available in German. For some countries, Uni-assist.de offers information on the specific requirements for admission to higher education in Germany.

2) Language requirements

If you intend to study in German, proof of German language proficiency of the level B2 is necessary. The according proof should be no more than one year old. This requirement does not apply for native speakers or for applicants who have obtained a German school-leaving or study qualification.

FHWS accepts the following types of proof of language proficiency (language test, level of proficiency):

  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), Level 1 or higher
  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF), Level 3 or higher (in all examined parts)
  • Goethe Institute language certificate, min. Level C1
  • Telc certificate, min. Level C1
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der KMK (DSD), Level 2 in all parts
  • SDI Munich Deutsche Sprachprüfung (DSP), Level C1
  • UNIcert®, Level B2 (University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt)
  • Language certificate B2 (University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt)

Please note that for some degree programmes special language requirements may apply. There are special language requirements for the following degree programmes:

Undergraduate programmes:
Specialised Translation (Level C2)
Industrial Mathematics (Level B1)

Graduate programmes:
Trade Journalism and Corporate Communications (Level C1/C2)
Specialized Translation with Media Translation (Level C1)
Information Systems (Level C1)
Business with Europe (language proficiency not specified)
Compliance & Data Privacy and Security (Level C1)
International Business with Focus on Asia, Western Europe or Central and Eastern Europe (Level A1)
Brand and Media Management (Level C1)

A list of the individual language requirements of every degree programme is available in the Enrolment Regulations of FHWS (in German only).

Additionally, there is an info sheet regarding the language tests of the exceptions mentioned above.

3) Additional requirements

Different admission requirements apply depending on the degree programme. Please see the leaflet on your chosen degree programme for details of whether further requirements must be met in addition to the admission requirements detailed here.

1) University entrance qualification

To be able to study in Germany, you must have a university entrance qualification. For applicants with a German school-leaving qualification, these are the general university entrance qualification (Abitur), subject-specific university entrance qualification (fachgebundene Hochschulreife), advanced technical college certificate (Fachhochschulreife), or general/subject-specific qualification for working professionals. Please see the information sheet on university admission for working professionals for details.

For international students, the conditions vary widely from country to country. The most important stipulation for recognition in Germany is that the level of education after completing the school-leaving qualification must be approximately comparable to the German Abitur school-leaving qualification. Please note that it might be necessary to complete further studies in your home country after obtaining your school-leaving qualification to be eligible to study in Germany.

On the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) you can check the admission requirements depending on your country of origin. Information is also available in the database of the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder (Kultusministerkonferenz, KMK) available at www.anabin.kmk.org. Please note, however, that this database is currently only available in German. For some countries, Uni-assist.de offers information on the specific requirements for admission to higher education in Germany.

2) Language requirements

German language proficiency

Proof of sufficient proficiency in German is also required for degree programmes taught in English, though to a lower level. The according proof should be no more than one year old. This requirement does not apply for native speakers or for applicants who have obtained a German school-leaving or study qualification.

FHWS accepts the following types of proof of language proficiency (language test, level of proficiency):

  • Goethe Institute language certificate, min. Level A2
  • Telc certificate, min. Level A2
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der KMK (DSD), min. Level A2 in all parts
  • SDI Munich Deutsche Sprachprüfung (DSP), min. Level A2
  • UNIcert®, Level A2 (University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt)

Additionally, all language certificates listed in the language requirements for German language programmes will also be accepted.

Please note: Applicants who applied for the English degree programmes Business and Engineering, Logistics and Mechatronics can take language courses at FHWS (UNIcert A2) in order to achieve the required proficiency level of the German language at A2 level within the first two semesters of their studies at FHWS.

English language proficiency

We strongly recommend you provide proof of English language proficiency to confirm your suitability for degree programmes taught in English. This requirement does not apply for native speakers or for applicants of either language who have obtained an English school-leaving or study qualification.

High proficiency in English is required for our degree programmes taught in English. You may provide one of the following types of proof of language proficiency (language test, level of proficiency):

  • TOEFL, min. 80 points (internet-based test)
  • IELTS, min. 6.5 points
  • Cambridge Certificate, Advanced (CAE)

Please note that you must have taken the language test in the past two years.

3) Pre-study internship 

There are special requirements concerning the pre-study internship of the following English language programmes: Business and Engineering, Logistics, and Mechatronics.

The following PDF files provide information regarding the individual pre-study internship: 

Pre-study internship for Business and Engineering/Logistics
Pre-study internship for Mechatronics

4) Additional requirements

Different admission requirements apply depending on the degree programme. Please see the leaflet on your chosen degree programme for details of whether further requirements must be met in addition to the admission requirements detailed here.