Freshman Institute - FH Aachen

The Freshman program will start as planned in October 2020.

The entrance exams and dates will be adapted to the individual situation in each country.

Information about online exams will be posted within the next few weeks.

Please check this website regularly for updates.

Information about the entrance exam is at

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What is the Freshman Program?

The Freshman Year is the simultaneous technical and linguistic bridge between schools in your home country and German university studies. We offer international applicants unique access to university programs in Germany.

In 1998 the Freshman Program was founded as an entry to English-language university programs in the North Rhine-Westphalian (NRW) public university system. 
Since 2010 the Freshman Program offers the Higher Education Entrance Qualification Examination (Feststellungsprüfung) which enables students to apply to all university degree programs in Germany.

This program is, in many respects, unique in Germany. Participants from around the world live on campus and learn in small groups. This unique intercultural environment is the best preparation for life in today’s globalized world.

Nearly 400 Freshmen successfully complete the program each year.

University Studies in Germany

Those who hold the necessary German language knowledge (B1 certificate with 90%), can, after successful completion of the Freshman Year, take the Higher Education Entrance Qualification Examination (Feststellungsprüfung) and are eligible to apply to all German universities.

Applicants with little or no previous knowledge of the German language may purse their university studies in English and/or German. We offer guaranteed admission to selected bachelor's programs at one of our partner universities.

Intensive language training is an integral component of the Freshman Program.  Depending on appropriate academic performance in language and subject coursework, it is possible to change between programs.

The Freshman Program is, therefore, tailored specifically to the academic and language requirements of each field of study.

*Limited to specific bachelor's programs at the partner universities.  See list at

Intensive language training is an important component of all options in the Freshman program. Transfer from one program to another during the Freshman year is possible with good performance in academic or language courses.