International Programmes 2019/2020

Preparation Courses T & W | Foundation Year Preparation Courses T & W | Foundation Year

Paderborn University • Paderborn

Course location
Teaching language
  • German
  • April - December 2020 (Registration deadline of course provider: February 28, 2020)
  • November 2020 - July 2021 (Registration deadline of course provider: September 30, 2020)

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

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

  • German
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

Preparation Course W
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 both last for two semesters; they 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 German 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 courses will bring you from a German level B1 to a level C1. After the final examination, you will be allowed to study at a German university.

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

"Feststellungsprüfung" (FSP)

T course:

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

W course:
Written examinations: 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 offer our students over 320 apartments 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 study programme 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 located 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, chemistry, etc.

The Foundation College helps high school graduates (secondary school graduates) whose school diploma does not directly entitle them to enter a Bachelor's study programme at a German institution of higher education. It offers the necessary courses which, after successfully passing the final assessment exam (Feststellungsprüfung/FSP), give students 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 at Paderborn. The advantages include the following:

  • 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 university campus
  • 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

University location

We are based in Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany.

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