International Programmes 2022/2023

INGprep Preparatory Study Programme INGprep Preparatory Study Programme

htw saar - University of Applied Sciences • Saarbrücken

In cooperation with

Saarland University

Teaching language
  • German
  • March - September 2023 (Registration deadline of course provider: January 15, 2023)
  • September 2023 - March 2024 (Registration deadline of course provider: July 15, 2023)

The INGprep Preparatory Study Programme

If you are interested in a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering, but your school leaving certificate from your home country does not grant you direct access to a German university, the INGprep preparatory study programme might be just the right thing for you.

The INGprep preparatory study programme at htw saar University of Applied Sciences (short: "htw saar") will provide you with a gradual entry into your academic career. A combination of intensive German language classes, engineering-related subjects, method learning, and preparatory semesters at htw saar in your chosen field of study will prepare you to have a smooth start in your Bachelor’s programme.

The INGprep preparatory study programme is split into two phases:

Phase One:
German language training leading to DSH 2 (C1) level and preparatory courses in maths and physics.
Duration: one to two semesters, depending on your German proficiency and your performance in maths, physics, and intercultural competence.

Phase Two:
After the successful completion of phase one, you will participate in regular introductory courses in electrical or mechanical engineering at htw saar. At this point, you will already start collecting ECTS credit points towards your Bachelor’s degree.
Duration: two to three semesters, depending on when you started phase two (summer or winter semester) and your performance.

Upon successful completion of the INGprep foundation programme, you will receive a subject-specific entrance qualification for your Bachelor’s programme at htw saar called the AHZB (alternative ausländische Hochschulzugangsberechtigung) as well as privileged admission to htw saar.

Why choose INGprep?

  • Professional German language training at the International Study Centre at Saarland University (ISZ Saar)
  • Gradual introduction to your academic career by participating in preparatory semesters at htw saar
  • Application-oriented studies
  • Transfer of credits (ECTS points) earned during the preparatory semesters towards your future Bachelor's degree, thus speeding up your overall study time
  • Constant support from the International Office, professors, and student tutors at htw saar, easing your way into your study courses and student life in Saarbrücken
  • Small study groups in a familiar atmosphere
  • Comprehensive preparation for an accredited Bachelor of Science degree with excellent career options in Germany and all over the world

Further information:

The INGprep preparatory study programme currently prepares students for the following Bachelor's degree programmes at htw saar:

Course components
  • Language course
  • Subject-specific preparation
  • General preparation for studies
  • Preparation for academic working methods
  • Preparation for entrance examinations
Further information on the language course / language courses

At the beginning of your studies, you will take a language placement test to find out which German course level and which study pace best suits you. After one or two semesters of intensive language training, combined with preparatory courses in maths and physics, you will take an exam ("Zwischenprüfung"). This exam will prove that you have achieved a German proficiency level of C1 according to GER (DSH 2). Upon successfully passing this exam, you will be able to begin your preparatory semesters at htw saar.

Recognised language exams offered (e.g. DSH, TestDaF, TOEFL)
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
Further information on subsequent admission to degree programmes/guaranteed admission

Upon successful completion of the INGprep programme, students will receive privileged admission to htw saar.

Average number of participants per group/course

The fee for a single semester at htw saar is currently 282 EUR. Since the first semester of the preparatory classes starts earlier than the general university semester, the fees for this first semester are slightly higher (approximately 330 EUR).

This price includes
  • Accompanying programme
  • Course fees
  • Course fees for language course
Further information regarding the price

Upon paying the semester fee, you will receive your student ID, with which you will get discounts on meals in the campus cafeteria (Mensa) and gain access to cultural activities on campus like university sports, the choir, the theatre group, and many more. With your student ID, you will also receive price reductions on theatre and movie tickets in Saarbrücken.

Also included in the fee is the so-called semester ticket. This ticket entitles you to free public transport within the entire federal state of Saarland.

Academic admission requirements

To join the INGprep preparatory study programme at htw saar, you need to qualify for subject-related or general admission to a preparatory course. To find out if your school leaving certificate from your home country meets these requirements, please refer to the following website:

DAAD website

Note: With an indirect higher education entrance qualification (indirekte Hochschulzulassungsberechtigung), you can apply for the INGprep programme.

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

International applicants must first apply online via uni-assist to receive the necessary VPD (preliminary review documentation). This can be done at any time during the year.

After receiving your VPD from uni-assist, please apply directly to htw saar: application procedure

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

htw saar does not run its own student dormitories, but the International Office at htw saar will gladly assist you in finding your new home away from home. Just write an e-mail to Compared to many other German cities, Saarbrücken offers fairly affordable housing for students. So, get ready to start apartment hunting on the private rental market!

Independently owned and run dormitories / student residence halls

These student residence halls mostly offer furnished rooms and single or double apartments. To get a place in these residences, you need to apply directly to their respective administrations:

The Carl Duisberg House: Das Carl Duisberg Haus
Student Housing of ESG: Wohnheim der ESG
The Cusanus House: Das Cusanushaus
Apartments of the SBT: Wohnungen des SBT
Apartments of WOGE Saar: Wohngesellschaft Saar

Private accommodation

On this virtual blackboard, you can find offers for flat shares ("Wohngemeinschaften" or "WG" for short) and private accommodation. You can also post your housing wanted ad there:

To find a room in a student flat share, this is also a good place to look (information only available in German):

Further links to accommodation providers (usually single apartments) in Saarbrücken:

Ads in local newspaper:
Saarbrücker Zeitung:


With your student ID, you will get discounts on meals on campus.

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

Student buddies will show you around campus and Saarbrücken and help you with any questions you may have concerning your studies and student life at htw saar. They will also organise cultural outings, soccer games, barbecues, and trips to local theatres and cinemas. Check out our current semester programme on Instagram:

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

htw saar - University of Applied Sciences

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The "Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes" (commonly referred to as htw saar) is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in the region with approx. 6,000 students. htw saar is a multi-campus university with a very diverse student community. The percentage of international students is significantly higher than the national average. Currently, there are approximately 800 international students from over 60 countries studying together.

htw saar offers more than 40 Bachelor's and Master's programmes, either taught in German, English, or French in the four schools: Business, Architecture & Civil Engineering, Engineering, and Social Sciences.

htw saar is proud of being a pioneer in shaping fully integrated German-French degree programmes in cooperation with our partner university in Metz, France.

Studies at htw saar are application-oriented with an excellent combination of hands-on skills along with a strong theoretical knowledge base. Research is fundamental and we attach great importance to applied research and development. We conduct research with industry partners in Germany and abroad and we belong to the top-ranked universities of applied sciences in Germany for R&D. International students are welcome to participate in the various R&D projects and get a better understanding of German cutting-edge technology and innovation.

13% International students

University location

With a population of around one million people, Saarland is the smallest of the German federal states. The Lorraine region in France is only a stone’s throw away and Luxembourg a mere 90 km from Saarbrücken. The very green region offers lots of space and opportunities for extended bike rides and hikes in the woods.

Excellent transport systems provide fast connections to major cities in Germany and throughout Europe. From Saarbrücken, the Intercity Express train service (ICE) takes you to Paris in less than two hours.

The city of Saarbrücken is the state capital and regional centre of the federal state of Saarland, which is situated at the heart of the Saar-Lor-Lux region. With approximately 180,000 inhabitants, Saabrücken is the perfect size for an active student life. It is safe to walk and ride your bike everywhere, and the next pub, movie theatre, restaurant, gym, or supermarket is never far away.

When it’s time for a break from the books, there’s always plenty going on, both on and off campus. Saarbrücken is a modern, dynamic city with a French flair that offers a variety of pubs and clubs and a diverse cultural scene. Get involved in one of the many sports and cultural clubs around the city and get to know the friendly locals.

For a taste of the good life, go ahead and try some of the many regional culinary delights in Saarbrücken’s numerous restaurants and cafés.

During the summer months, take a walk or a bike ride along the Saar River. Go ahead and join local students having a picnic on the lush greenery beside the river or during one of their favourite recreational activities: "Schwenken" (having a barbecue).

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