International Programmes 2019/2020

Pre-Study Fulda Pre-Study Fulda

Fulda University of Applied Sciences • Fulda

Course location
Teaching language
  • German
  • English
  • October 14, 2019 - February 14, 2020 (Registration Deadline October 01, 2019)
  • February 17 - June 05, 2020 (Registration Deadline November 15, 2019)
  • April 14 - July 31, 2020 (Registration Deadline January 15, 2020)
More information on course dates

B2-course: 14 October 2019 - 14 February 2020, entrance level B1, 20 hours per week

Beginner's course: 17 February - 5 June 2020, 25 hours per week

DSH course, plus additional academic courses and modules: 14 April - 31 July 2020, entrance level B2, 21 hours per week German class + modules


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.

Please choose your desired degree programme from the list on our website

Participants may enrol in "Pre-Study Fulda" and get a "semesterticket" (free public transport).

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

The academic preparatory courses depend 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", etc.

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 in the beginner's course are eligible to continue with the subsequent course upon successful completion of the previous level. They may continue to do this until they take the DSH exam. They should calculate between 15 to 18 months to reach DSH2, the requirement for admission to German-taught study programmes. That means you could begin your studies in October 2021.

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

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 granted 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 study programmes BSc Nursing, BSc Physiotherapy and BSc Midwifery as well as an integral part of Pre-Study Fulda during the semester break.

Average number of participants per group/course
500-970 EUR (depending on the package)
This price includes
  • Course fees
  • Course fees for language course
  • Accompanying programme
500 EUR
This price includes
  • Course fees
  • Accompanying programme
Further information regarding the price

We offer the following packages:

Pre-Study starting in the winter semester with German language level B1: 750 EUR + 970 EUR until the DSH exam in the summer semester

Pre-Study starting in the summer semester with a DSH course, including academic courses: 970 EUR

Beginner's course starting in mid-February until the A2 exam: 880 EUR + B1 language course until mid-September: 750 EUR

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

Further costs:
There is a semester fee of approx. 290 EUR (includes a ticket for regional 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

1. Bachelor's programmes: university entrance qualification
If you are not sure whether you are eligible, please check for more information at (Please note: the page is 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 programmes, a lack of special academic knowledge during the course. Please contact the coordinator of Pre-Study Fulda: Ms Christina Pitz,, +49 66196401455.

Language requirements

Certified proof of German language knowledge of the previous level (A2/B1/B2) 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 DSH2 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 B1:

  • Goethe Zertifikat A2
  • telc-Zertifikat A2

German language course B2:

  • Goethe-Zertifikat B1
  • telc-Zertifikat B1
  • TestDaF with TDN 3 in at least one of the parts

DSH course:

  • Goethe-Zertifikat B2
  • telc-Zertifikat B2
  • 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?
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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. 280-400 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 a canteen, a student cafe, and takeaways. 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 will be one of about 15 students in the language course. Academic courses are offered in your chosen degree programme in groups ranging from five to 15 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
  • approx. 10,000 students
  • approx. 1,300 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% Percentage of international students
65 Study programmes

University Location

A historic city founded in 744, Fulda currently has a population of 68,000 with approx. 100,000 people living in the wider region. Fulda's 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 to offer 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! Fulda enjoys ideal public transport connections. One of Europe's principal international airports, Frankfurt Rhine-Main, is just an hour away by car or direct train. Other major cities in Germany, such as Berlin, Munich, Cologne, or Hamburg are easily reachable since they are only two to three hours away by train. Even famous European capitals like Paris are reachable in no more than five hours by train.

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