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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 (only available in German) 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

The proof of having passed the German language exam must be submitted by the time of enrolment at the latest (end of September for the winter semester or beginning of March for the summer semester). Please refer to the Enrolment Regulations of FHWS for more information.

If you intend to study in German, proof of German language proficiency of the level B2 is necessary. These requirements do not apply for native speakers or for applicants who have obtained a German language school-leaving or study qualification. In these cases, a document from the school or higher education institution certifying that the degree was obtained in German is sufficient.

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

  • Certificate of DSH examination; minimum DSH 1
  • Certificate of TestDaF; minimum TestDaF at level 3 (TDN 3) in all examined parts
  • Certificate of the passed “Special University Admissions Procedures for Foreign Students” (Feststellungsprüfung)
  • second level (DSD II) of the German language diploma of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder
  • German language certificate from the Goethe Institute, minimum level B2
  • Certificate of German language examination II (Deutsche Sprachprüfung; DSP II) at the Sprachen & Dolmetscher Institut München (SDI)
  • Telc certificate at minimum level B2
  • UNIcert® Certificate, minimum level II ,(UniCert®-II)
  • Language certificates for minimum level B2 obtained at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt

Please note that for some degree programmes special language requirements may apply. For more information, please refer to the overview of language entrance requirements.

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 (only available in German) 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

The proof of having passed the German language exam or required English language skills must be submitted by the time of enrolment at the latest (end of September for the winter semester or beginning of March for the summer semester). Please refer to the Enrolment Regulations of FHWS for more information.

German language proficiency

Proof of sufficient proficiency in German is also required for degree programmes taught in English, though to a lower level. These requirements do not apply for native speakers or for applicants who have obtained a German language school-leaving or study qualification. In these cases, a document from the school or higher education institution certifying that the degree was obtained in German is sufficient.

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

  • German language certificate from the Goethe Institut, minimum level A2
  • Telc certificate at minimum level A2
  • UNIcert® Certificate, minimum UniCert® Basis
  • Language certificates for minimum level A2 obtained at the 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

For enrolment in an English-speaking degree programme, English language skills at least at level B2 must be proven as a rule.

At the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, proof of English language proficiency at level B2 is accepted, in particular, through the following language examinations and levels:

  • Valid TOEFL IBT® test result of at least 83 points (internet-based)
  • Valid IELTS test with at least 6.0 points
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) or Cambridge B2 First, minimum grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge C1 Advanced, minimum level B2
  • UNIcert® Certificate, minimum level II (UniCert® II)
  • English language certificates at the minimum level B2 obtained at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt

Please note that English language proficiency at a different level is required for some degree programmes. For more information, please refer to the overview of language entrance requirements.

These requirements do not apply for native speakers or for applicants who have obtained an English language school-leaving or study qualification. In these cases, a document from the school or higher education institution certifying that the degree was obtained in English is sufficient.

For applicants with a German school leaving certificate the following applies: Level B2 is recognised,

  • if the certificate of the general higher education entrance qualification shows at least the grade "sufficient" in the continued foreign language (i.e. in the first or second foreign language of the German Gymnasium or at the corresponding level of another typoe of school leading to the general higher education entrance qualification) or
  • if the certificate of the higher education entrance qualification of a public or state-recognised German Fachoberschule or Berufsoberschule shows at least the grade "sufficient" in the relevant language. Alternatively, level B2 may also be proven by another official document.

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.