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International Society for University Development and Cooperations

International Prep School

A German qualification has a strong reputation around the world because of the high quality of the programmes on offer. The admission requirement for applicants from abroad is a university entrance level qualification equal to German standards. Prospective students from abroad who do not meet this requirement but would like to study in Germany need to complete a one-year preparatory course at a college in Germany and pass an exam that confirms their suitability for studying at a German university. This exam is the so-called ‘Prüfung zur Feststellung der Eignung für die Aufnahme eines Fachstudiums an einer deutschen Hochschule’, or ‘Feststellungsprüfung’ for short. Places at public preparatory colleges are however very limited, making it difficult for foreign applicants to gain access to German higher education.

The International Prep School (IPS) is an educational project run by the HWTK’s Institute of International Educational and Social Research (IBS) in cooperation with F+U Group and the Academy of Languages. It offers preparatory courses for the Feststellungsprüfung to prospective HWTK students from abroad who do not meet the above-mentioned requirement. The courses are focused on economics and participants will take the external Feststellungsprüfung at the Technical University of Berlin. The nine-month course is offered twice a year at the centrally located F+U Academy of Languages (AOL) campus in Heidelberg. Participants who pass the Feststellungsprüfung are guaranteed a place at the HWTK.

Study programmes and specialisations


An overview of the advantages
  • Comprehensive preparation for studies in economics
  • Highly qualified teaching staff with intercultural competence and extensive experience in exam preparation
  • Small groups of maximum 24 students
  • A modern campus in a top location
  • Accommodation in an F+U residence or a selected host family in Heidelberg
  • The possibility to brush up on necessary language skills at the F+U Academy of Languages before the preparatory course starts
  • A guaranteed place to study in an economics-related course at the hwtk


About the course
Location: Heidelberg
Duration of the course: 36 weeks
Next starting dates: February 2017; September 2017
Number of participants: 12 to 20 people
Holidays: Two weeks
Study units per week: 40 units at 45 minutes per unit
Language requirements: German B1; English A1*

*If you’d like to study at the IPS but do not yet have the necessary language skills for German (B1) or English (A1), you can study towards these levels in language courses at the F+U Academy of Languages in Heidelberg or Berlin.

Contact the IPS by telephone: +49 (0)6221 9120-35

About the Feststellungsprüfung
The external Feststellungsprüfung can be written twice per year (June + July or December + January) at the Technical University of Berlin. The exam has a written and an oral part. Participation costs €500.

Students at the International Prep School (IPS) follow the course with the focus on economics. Tested subjects for this course include, among others, subjects from the fields of German, mathematics and economics.

On TU Berlin’s website you can find practice examples, including for the subject economics.

Course Name Fee Starting date
Preparatory Course €8,500* February 2019
September 2019
Preparatory course + accommodation in a single room €11,740* February 2019
September 2019
Preparatory course + accommodation in a double room €10,840* February 2019
September 2019
Feststellungsprüfung €500
once-off payment

* Excludes the fee for taking the external Feststellungsprüfung.


Admission requirements and application
To be accepted at the International Prep School (IPS), you first need to apply for bachelor’s studies at the University of Applied Sciences (hwtk). You can find an overview of the hwtk’s bachelor’s programmes here.
Then you can apply for the IPS
Apply for a bachelor’s programme at the hwtk and on uni-assist for the preparatory college in cooperation with the hwtk.

In your application, please answer the question about whether you’re interested in the IPS with YES!

If you meet all the admission requirements, you’ll receive conditional acceptance for a place at the hwtk as well as more information for enrolling at the IPS.

Please do not send the application documents directly to the International Prep School.

You'll need the documents listed below for your application
Please prepare the documents below for upload:

• Letter of motivation (PDF/doc)
• Tabulated CV (PDF/doc)
• Application photo (jpg)
• School-leaving certificate (PDF/doc)
• Proof of German level B1 (PDF/jpg)
• Proof of English level A1 (PDF/jpg)
• For applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia:
The original certificate from the Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) confirming that your qualifications from your home country have been verified.

Please note that at the time of registration, we need the original insurance certificate from your health insurance provider that proves you have been insured for your studies.

Ms. Carolin Kemen

Phone: +49 6221 9120-35
Fax: +49 6221 23452

You can reach us by telephone from monday to friday from 8am-8pm and saturdays from 10am-4pm.