International Programmes 2018/2019

Preparation Course T & W | Foundation Year Preparation Course T & W | Foundation Year

Paderborn University • Paderborn

Course location
Teaching language
  • German
  • April - December 2019 (Registration Deadline February 28, 2019)
  • November 2019 - July 2020 (Registration Deadline September 30, 2019)

The International Foundation College at Paderborn University offers two different courses (“T” and “W”). Our W-Course is best for business-related studies, while our T-Course prepares for technical-orientated studies.

This is best for technical, mathematical studies and studies in natural sciences. The T-Course includes lessons in:

  • German
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

This is best for studies of business, economics and social sciences. The W-Course includes lessons in:

  • German
  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • English

Summer semester: April - December
Winter semester: November - July

"Feststellungsprüfung (FSP)"

Graduates of the International Foundation College can apply for the following study programmes at Paderborn University:

  • Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Chemistry, Physics
  • Mathematics, Technomathematics
  • Computer Science, Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering (with a focus on mechanical or electrical engineering)
  • and a lot more..

The W- and T-courses last for two semesters, which are completed in approximately eight to nine months. At the end of the training, there will be an assessment test/final exam (FSP), the successful completion of which entitles students to enter a Bachelor's programme in a mathematical, natural science or engineering subject at a German university or university of applied science.

All information on the T- and W-Courses at the Foundation College can be found here:

Course components
  • Preparation for entrance examinations
  • Language course
Further information on the language course / language courses

Our T- and W-Course brings you from German level B1 to C1. After the final examination you are allowed to study at a German university. We guarantee a place at a Bachelor's programmeme at Paderborn University to all our graduates.

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

"Feststellungsprüfung (FSP)"


Written examination: German, Mathematics, Physics
Oral examination: Chemistry

Written examination: German, Mathematics, Economics
Oral examination: English

Average number of hours per week
Do course participants have student status?
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
Preparation for subject groups
  • Engineering
  • Law, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics, Natural Sciences
Further information on subsequent admission to degree programmes/guaranteed admission

Guaranteed place of study for our graduates in a Bachelor's programme at Paderborn University

7,000 EUR
This price includes
  • Course fees for language course
  • Course fees
11,200 EUR
This price includes
  • Accommodation
  • Course fees
  • Course fees for language course
Further information regarding the price

We can offer over 320 apartements for our students near the campus of  Paderborn University.

Academic Admission Requirements

Secondary school leaving certificate

Language requirements

German level B1

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

Internationales Studienkolleg an der Universität Paderborn
Ahornallee 9
33106 Paderborn

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

A cafeteria is close to the classrooms.

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

We offer one excursion per semester to cities like Berlin, Hannover or Cologne.

Free internet access
Support in visa matters
Pick-up service from train station/airport

Paderborn University

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The International Foundation College at Paderborn University offers specific preparation courses for international students who are interested in studying mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, information technology, industrial engineering, mathematics, computer sciences, physics, or chemistry, etc.

The Foundation College helps high school graduates (secondary school graduates) whose school diploma does not directly entitle to enter a Bachelor's study programme at a German institution of higher education. It offers the necessary courses which, after successful passing of the final assessment exam (Feststellungsprüfung/FSP), give access to these technical and scientific higher education programmes at all German universities and universities of applied sciences.

There are good reasons to choose the International Foundation College Paderborn. Our advantages are:

  • A diploma that is recognised at all German universities and universities of applied sciences
  • State-approved assessment test (”Feststellungsprüfung”) at Paderborn University
  • Learning environment with modern classrooms and laboratories
  • Well-equipped accommodations near the campus of the university
  • Highly qualified, friendly teachers with a lot of professional experience
  • Awarded with the quality label "Training - Made in Germany" by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Guaranteed place of study for our graduates in an admission free Bachelor's programme at Paderborn University
  • The only foundation college in North Rhine-Westphalia that cooperates with a state-owned German university
  • Semester ticket for free use of public transportation throughout North Rhine-Westphalia as well as interesting excursions
1,100+ graduates

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