"German Education Gate" programmes are offered twice a year and last about 10 months.
The next spring course will run from March 2019 to January 2020.
The deadlines are as follows:
- Applicants who are still abroad and do not yet have a visa: 31 August 2018
- Applicants who are already in Germany and have a residence permit: 31 October 2018
Selection processes (assessment centres) will be offered at the end of October 2018 in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou, China and at the end of November in Cologne, Germany.
"German Education Gate" is a programme offered by Hochschule Fresenius in cooperation with studienkolleg nrw (sk nrw). "German Education Gate" offers international students who do not have a German university entrance qualification a compact, high-quality programme to prepare them for the university entrance qualification examination (i.e., "Feststellungsprüfung"). The students can take classes, and the examination can be taken in English or in German.
From day one, students have direct access to all services of the Hochschule Fresenius campus in the centre of Cologne and benefit from the international education environment. At the end of the courses at sk nrw, students will take the final university entrance examination ("Feststellungsprüfung"). After passing this examination, they can apply for one of the Bachelor's degree programmes at Hochschule Fresenius, where a place is guaranteed. Depending on the chosen programme and visa granted, they can also apply to another university in North Rhine-Westphalia (for Bachelor's programmes in English) or throughout Germany (for Bachelor's programmes in German), depending on the visa granted.
Three different tracks ("focus courses") are offered either in German or in English: business (W-course), technical sciences (T-course), and medicine (M-course). Students in the business track take mathematics, political economy / business administration, and language classes. Students in the technical science track take mathematics, physics, chemistry, and language classes. Students in the medicine track take biology, chemistry, physics, and language classes.
The "Feststellungsprüfung" takes place at the Hochschule Fresenius Cologne campus at the end of the programme.
The Cologne Regional Council (Bezirksregierung Köln) has authorised this state-recognised private university to conduct the "Feststellungsprüfung".
Students are well integrated into small, international groups. The experienced sk nrw team and lecturers provide full support for both studying and living. During their studies at the sk nrw, students will visit several German companies and participate in cultural programmes throughout Germany. Students can focus on their studies while the sk nrw supports students with accommodation, mentoring, integration into the Hochschule Fresenius, intercultural training, and so much more.
- Academic preparation in the student's subject area
- Language preparation
- Preparation for academic research and studies
- Intercultural training
- Welcome days and orientation programme: living and thriving in Germany
- Introduction to academic working methods
- Excursions to German companies and cities
- Cultural programmes in Germany
- Mentoring programme
- International evening
- Student support