Apply to the IOS Program

Application Deadline

The application deadlines for the winter semester are

15 July for international applicants (only through Uni-Assist). See for more information.

31 August for applicants with German Abitur or Fachhochschulreife.

We do not accept new applications to IOS for the summer semester.

The Internationally Oriented Studies (IOS) programs at the FH Aachen / University of Applied Sciences, Jülich Campus are open to German and international applicants. 

Before beginning these Bachelor's programs, many of our international students need the Freshman Year of the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences.  You don't need the Freshman year if you have all of the points listed below.  Then you can directly apply to the IOS program.

Language of Instruction

These programs are NOT taught in English. The language of instruction in the complete IOS Bachelor's programs is German starting in the first semester.  Some tutorials may taught in other languages, including, but not necessarily limited to, English.

See "Language Requirements" below for detailed German and English language admission requirements.

Notarized Documents

Documents not in German or English must be accompanied by notarized translations into English or German.
If you are admitted, you must show us the original documents upon arrival in Germany.

Application Requirements

All applicants must submit all of the following requirements. If any items are missing, we cannot consider your application.

Academic Admission Requirements

  • German Applicants
  • International Applicants

German applicants

Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or allgemeine / fachgebundene Hochschulreife. 


International Applicants

Students intending to come to the FH Aachen as exchange students from a partner university for only one semester on a student exchange should see

The current official admission requirements to German universities are set by the German government and can be seen at (German only).   We are required to use the current official version of these admission requirements. 

The admission requirements for many countries are also briefly summarized in English at

Individual academic requirements may vary depending on your documents.  

Any university study that is part of your admission requirement (such as one year in addition to your secondary school) cannot be considered for transfer credit. Decisions about any other transfer credit must be approved by the head of the examination committee.

If you do not meet the admission requirements for the IOS Bachelor's program, you may still be eligible for the Freshman Program, which offers a preparatory year.

See for more application information.

Language Requirements

We require proof of both English and German language ability.

  • German Language Requirements
  • English Language Requirements

German Language Requirements

International Applicants: For the uni-assist application you must demonstrate German language proficiency with one of the following German language certificates: Goethe Certificate B1 or telc B1-Certificate or DSH-1 or TestDaF 4x3.

Applicants with a Goethe Certificate B1 oder telc B1 Certificate must also submit proof of registration or participation in the either the exam or the preparation course with accompanying exam for one of the following: DSH-1, Goethe Certificate B2, TestDaF (4x3) or telc B2 Certificate.

For enrollment in an IOS field of study you must submit one of the following certificates: DSH-1 or TestDaF (4x3) or telc B2 Certificate or Goethe Certificate B2.

English Language Requirements

Proof of English is not requierd for admission.

Internship not required for admission to the winter semester 2021/2022

Internship not required for admission to the winter semester 2021/2022

Due to the corona virus, an internship (Vorpraktikum) is not required for admission to the winter semester 2021/2022. 

The internship will be required for admission to the winter semester 2022/2023.

Internship Requirements for winter semester 2022/2023 - Overview

Internship Requirements - Overview

All applicants to Electrical, Mechanical, and Physical Engineering must complete 8 weeks of basic practical training, internship or professional experience in a field related to the intended area of study before enrollment in the IOS program. 
The requirements vary according to your field of study, as described below. 

Internships are not required for Applied Chemistry and Medical Engineering.

We cannot make any exceptions to this requirement, so you should start investigating possibilities for this internship now. This must be full-time for the required number of weeks, not just part of a lab or other course in school. 

Proof of Internship 

A notarized certificate or letter from the company should describe 

1.  the work you have done and
2.  the dates you worked at that company. 

We do not require a journal with details of your daily activites during the internship. 

Internship not completed before you apply 

If you have not completed the basic internship before you send us your application, you must send a letter from the company/institution in charge that the internship will be completed before enrollment.

Location of Internship 

The internship can be completed in any country and with any company/institution that provides for the necessary structure and facilities.

Activities not Acceptable for the Internship

The following activities are among those that are NOT acceptable for the basic internship

  • computer programming
  • sales manager
  • systems manager
  • management trainee
  • translation
  • management
  • any field unrelated to the intended field of study

Internship Requirements for each field of study 2022/2023

Applied Chemistry and Medical Engineering

Internships are not required for applicants to Applied Chemistry and Medical Engineering.

Electrical Engineering

  • manual techniques for working with metals, plastics and other materials
  • machine techniques with cutting and forming machines
  • fastening techniques
  • installation and maintenance of machines
  • equipment and plants
  • measurement and testing
  • error detection and analysis
  • structure of business
  • organization of work procedures

Mechanical Engineering

  • Basic manual techniques: e.g. filing, chiselling, sawing, drilling, countersinking, grinding, etc.
  • Mechanized/automated techniques of shape-cutting techniques: e.g. turning on a lathe, planning, milling, bevelling, etc.
  • Manual techniques for non-cutting and molding techniques: e.g. trueing, folding, forging, deep-drawing, rolling, die cutting, casing
  • Joining techniques, heat and surface treatments: e.g. welding, soldering, splicing, riveting, ageing, annealing, nitrogen-hardening, electro galvanising, chrome plating, etc.
  • Tool design and construction, equipment design and industry standards: e.g. cutting tools, bonding tools, drilling, milling, lathe and joining equipment, mold design and construction, teaching of industrial standards etc.
  • Installation and Maintenance: e.g.. pre and final assembly, service and repair of production facilities, installations and products etc.
  • Quality control: e.g. mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, optical measuring techniques, surface measurement techniques, specialised measuring equipment for the quality control of mass-produced goods etc.
  • Company organisation, production planning: e.g. work scheduling, supervision, order processing etc.

Physical Engineering

  • Manual techniques with metals, plastics and other materials
  • mechanical techniques with cutting and forming tools and machines
  • fastening techniques
  • heat treatment
  • fundamentals of electrical engineering (installation, electrical machines, control and measurement devices/tools)


Chronological Curriculum Vitae or Resume

This must show all secondary and university education, work experience, and everything you have done since finishing secondary school, if completed. Dates must be included. Please limit your C.V. to one page. International students should list any German language courses here. 

Your CV must be similar to the model that you can download here: model curriculum vitae.

Copy of name and birthdate page from passport or birth certificate

Send us a copy of your birth certificate, passport or German Personalausweis.  Include all visa pages for Germany if you are an international applicant currently living in Germany (does not have to be notarized).