International Programmes 2018/2019

Pre-Study Fulda Pre-Study Fulda

Fulda University of Applied Sciences • Fulda

For information on Pre-Study Fulda 2020 please visit our website or contact the coordinator Ms Pitz, for individual information. We are looking forward to your application.

Course location
Teaching language
  • German
  • English
  • January 07 - March 29, 2019 (Registration Deadline October 01, 2018)
  • March 05 - June 14, 2019 (Registration Deadline November 15, 2018)
  • April 15 - August 02, 2019 (Registration Deadline January 15, 2019)
More information on course dates

Beginner's Course: 5 March - 14 June 2019, 25 hours per week

B2-course: 7 January - 29 March 2019; entrance level B1; 25 hours per week

DSH-course plus additional academic courses: 15 April - 2 August 2019, entrance level B2; 21 hours per week


Pre-Study Fulda is a special introductory semester for international applicants to Fulda University of Applied Sciences. It provides advanced preparation for students from abroad who want to "warm up" for their future studies. Pre-Study Fulda provides a solid basis for students to build upon in order to complete their regular degree programme more quickly and successfully. Pre-Study Fulda offers language courses in German and preparatory academic courses in the students' chosen subjects, in order to ensure that they have the required background knowledge to facilitate the start of their studies. Participants learn the scientific and scholarly methods of academic work that they need in order to study successfully at a German university. They also obtain tips on living and studying in Germany.

Pre-Study Fulda is currently offered for the following degree programmes:
Bachelor's Programmes:

  • BEng in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • BEng Mechatronics
  • BEng Renewable Energy
  • BEng/BSc Science and Engineering
  • BEng Engineering and Management
  • BA International Business Administration
  • BSc Applied Computer Science
  • BSc E-Health
  • BSc Digital Media
  • BSc Business Informatics
  • BSc Food Technology
  • BSc Health Promotion
  • BSc Health Care Management
  • BSc Health Economics and Health Policy
  • BSc International Health Sciences
  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • BSc Midwifery
  • BSc Nursing

Master's Programmes:

  • MA Intercultural Communication and European Studies (ICEUS)
  • MEng Embedded Systems
  • MEng Production Automation
  • MSc Global Software Development
  • MSc Applied Computer Science
  • MA International Management
  • MSc Public Health
  • MSc Public Health Nutrition
  • MA Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society

Please contact us if your desired study programme at Fulda University is not mentioned above.

Pre-Study Fulda comprises five modules:

  • Module One: German language courses at different levels, 21-25 hours/week
  • Module Two: English language courses level B1/B2, four hours/week + two weeks intensive classes in semester holidays
  • Module Three: Academic preparatory courses, six hours/week
  • Module Four: General introduction into: Living and studying in Germany, one hour/week
  • Module Five: Introduction into methods of academic work, two hours/week


  • Module One: German language courses depending on proficiency level
  • Module Two: English language courses especially for business students
  • Module Three: Academic preparatory courses (not for beginners, except MSc in Global Software Development and MA in Intercultural Communication and European Studies)
    Depending on the chosen study programme, e.g.:
    Study Programmes in Engineering and Technical Sciences: "Principles of Engineering" and "Tutorials in Physics and Mathematics"
    Department of Business Administration: "Principles of Management and Accounting"
    Department of Nursing and Health Sciences: "Health and Health Care Provision in Germany"
    Master's Programme in Intercultural Communication and European Studies: "Introduction to Intercultural Communication" and "Globalisation and Political Movements"
    Six hours/week
    Master's Programme in Intercultural Communication and European Studies/Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society: "Current Issues in the Social Sciences", "Cultural Interaction" and "Politics and International Studies"
  • Module Four: Living and studying in Germany
    Intercultural training, health insurance system in Germany, introduction to higher education in Germany (types of German higher education institutions, admission requirements, final degrees, counselling at Fulda University, etc.), information on visa, work permit, health insurance, accommodation, etc.
    One hour/week
  • Module Five: Methods of academic work (not for beginners)
    Introduction to the methods and proper techniques of academic work at a German university (presentations, scholarly papers, footnoting and bibliography, plagiarism, etc.)
    Introduction to the university's electronic data systems (e.g., network/IT services, VPN, creation of web pages)
    Two hours/week
Course components
  • Subject-specific preparation
  • General preparation for studies
  • Preparation for academic working methods
  • Intercultural training
  • Orientation "Living in Germany"
  • Excursions
  • Language course
Further information on the language course / language courses

Participants of the beginner's course have the option to attend connecting courses until DSH-exam. They should calculate between 15 and 18 months to reach DSH2, the requirement for admission to German-taught study programmes.That means you could start with your studies in October 2020. The price for each level is about 700 EUR. You are eligible to continue with the connecting course upon successful completion of the previous level.

Recognised language exams offered (e.g. DSH, TestDaF, TOEFL)
Types of assessment

There is a B2 German language exam at the end of the B2 language course, which is a requirement to continue with the DSH course. The DSH exam will be held at the end of the summer semester. Academic exams are part of the academic courses and will be held at the end of the summer semester; e.g., oral presentation, academic assignment, or written examination.

Average number of hours per week
Do course participants have student status?
ECTS credits (max.)
Does this course involve taking the university entrance examination or does the course specifically prepare students for this examination?
Preparation for degree programmes
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Preparation for subject groups
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Nutritional Science
  • Engineering
  • Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Law, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics, Natural Sciences
Further information on subsequent admission to degree programmes/guaranteed admission

Upon successful completion of Pre-Study Fulda, a bonus of 0.3 on your GPA will be given and admission to your chosen programme can be guaranteed. Successful completion means that you:

  • participated on a regular basis - minimum 85% attendance - in all courses
  • passed the mandatory final exams with the following grades:

a) Academic courses: the grade must be at least equal to or better than the minimum admission grade for the desired course of study, at least 2.5 (German grading scale) for most of the Master's programmes and
b) German courses: DSH-2

Integrated internships

A six-week internship is an admission requirement for the BSc Nursing study programme and an integral part of Pre-Study Fulda for future students of the study programme Nursing. Internships will be held in cooperation with our partners during the semester breaks.

Average number of participants per group/course
500-1,650 EUR (depending on the package)
This price includes
  • Course fees
  • Course fees for language course
  • Accompanying programme
Further information regarding the price

We offer the following packages:
Pre-Study starting in January with B2 course until DSH exam, including academic courses: 1,650 EUR
Pre-Study starting in April with DSH course including academic courses: 950 EUR
Beginner's course starting in March until A2 exam: 850 EUR (without academic courses)

B2 language course only: 700 EUR
Pre-Study without language course: 500 EUR (only possible if you submit a DSH-2 or DSH-3 certificate)

Further costs:
Approx. 290 EUR semester fee (including ticket for public transport). This fee is not mandatory for introductory courses prior to the regular degree programme.

The two best graduates will be awarded a scholarship of 650 EUR.

Academic Admission Requirements

These are the admission requirements:
1. Bachelor's programmes: university entrance qualification
If you are not sure if you are eligible, please check for more information at (please note: page only available in German!)

2. Master's programmes: university entrance qualification and first degree in the field of the desired Master's programme. The first degree must be considered equivalent to the German three-year Bachelor's degree.

Please find further information about the admission requirements on our website Pre-Study Fulda cannot replace the completion of "Studienkolleg" (preparatory college). Students may be able to compensate for a lack of German language skills and, in some study courses, a lack of special academic knowledge during the course. Please contact the coordinator of Pre-Study Fulda: Ms Christina Pitz,, +49 66196401455

Language requirements

A B1 or B2 certificate (or equivalent) is required at the start of the course (not for beginners). This means that your level may be lower at the time of application. Applicants who have a DSH-2 certificate (C1 CEF) or higher may be exempt from the German language classes.

The following certificates are accepted:

Beginner's course: no German language skills required

German language course B2:

  • Goethe-Zertifikat B1
  • Zertifikat Deutsch (B1) from Goethe Institute or telc
  • TestDaF with TDN 3 in at least one of the parts

DSH course:

  • Goethe-Zertifikat B2
  • Zertifikat Deutsch B2 from Goethe Institute or telc
  • TestDaF with TDN3 in all parts
  • or DSH1

Equivalent certificates may be recognised on an individual basis. If you do not have any of these forms of proof, you may be allowed to take a placement test on campus (only applicants who are already in Germany).

Do applicants require a higher education entrance qualification recognised in Germany?
Do applicants have to have already been admitted to a degree course at your university?
Submit application to

Is accommodation organised?
The organiser helps participants look for accommodation.

You can choose between accommodation in a university hall of residence or a private room in a local residential student community on campus or in town. All rooms are completely furnished with a kitchen, a laundry room with a washing machine and dryer, a toilet and shower, a TV, and Internet access. Monthly costs are approx. 250-400 EUR. If you prefer to organise accommodation by yourself, you are free to do so. In this case, we can support you with a list of residence halls.


Directly adjacent to the campus and in town, you will find various shopping facilities. There are also supermarkets with international food, such as Turkish, Asian, or African products. On the campus, you can find student cafés, takeaways, and, of course, the students' cafeteria. For example, a cup of coffee and a sandwich each cost 0.80 EUR.

Is a social and leisure programme offered?
Description of social and leisure programme

During the orientation week, we assist you in all administrative affairs that have to be dealt with (e.g., health insurance, residence permit, rental agreement, student card, registration). Our Buddy Programme pairs new international students with experienced German or international students. You are invited to take part in activities, such as excursions to the near and far surroundings, to get to know Germany, the city of Fulda, our university, the campus and, of course, the other students.

Free internet access
Support in visa matters
Pick-up service from train station/airport
Supervisor-student ratio
You are one of about 15 students in the language courses. Academic courses are offered in your chosen degree programme with five to eight students.

Fulda University of Applied Sciences

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Fulda University of Applied Sciences is a practice-oriented university with an international profile and a strong focus on applied research. Founded in 1974, the university currently encompasses:

  • eight academic departments
  • approx. 65 study programmes
  • 170 professors and 375 support staff
  • 9,000 students
  • approx. 1,200 international students

The university offers academic and professional education. Numerous research and development projects are undertaken in cooperation with private business and industry. Fulda University collaborates with more than 100 universities around the world. Six international Master's programmes such as "International Management", "International Communication and European Studies", or "Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society" and three international Bachelor's programmes e.g. "Science & Engineering" or "International Health Sciences" are offered. These programmes are taught partly or entirely in English.
Fulda University has a pleasant campus with wide green spaces, where history meets modernity.

13% International students in percent

University Location

A historic city founded in 744, Fulda today has a population of 65,000. The Baroque Quarter is one of the most beautiful in Germany, attracting visitors from all over the world. The picturesque Old Town has many cafés, taverns and inns, with interesting shops and boutiques. The city's cultural life has something for everyone. The high quality of life makes Fulda a great place to live and an ideal place to study - and it is a safe city! The Frankfurt International Airport is just an hour away.

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