Apply to the IOS Program

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The application portal is now open. 

The application deadline is 15 July 2020.

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.  

Please contact us for details or if you have any questions about entrance requirements. In addition to all school leaving certificates and university certificates, you must enclose your mark statements or grade reports from those schools or universities.

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.

All admission decisions are made solely by the FH Aachen / University of Applied Sciences, Jülich Campus, Internationally Oriented Studies program.

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.

Applicants from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan are among those from countries who must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet our admission requirements, even if your education was completely in English.

Internship not required for admission to the winter semester 2020/2021

Due to the corona virus, an internship (Vorpraktikum) is not required for admission to the winter semester 2020/2021. 

The internship will be required for admission to the winter semester 2021/2022.

Language Requirements

We require proof of both English and German language ability.

  • German Language Requirements
  • English Language Requirements

German Language Requirements

We require a TELC or Goethe Institute B2 German language certificate according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages*.  We also accept the following certificates as equivalent: 

We cannot make any exceptions to this requirement.

English Language Requirements

Applicants to Electrical, Mechanical and Physical Engineering do not have to submit proof of English language ability.

Proof of English language ability is required for applicants to Applied Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering
You can prove your ability in English in one of the following ways, with a notarized document as described above.

Applicants from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistanas well as many other countries must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, even if your complete education was in English. 

All score sheets must be submitted with your application. We cannot upload or review score sheets sent separately by ETS, IELTS, TOEFL, the applicant or another organization.

  • TOEFL score 53 on the internet-based test (IBT) or equivalent. 
  • IELTS. Minimum score requirement Band 4.5.
  • English is your native language.  This is only valid if you have attended at least 4 years of secondary school in one of the following countries and enclose a school certificate showing your grades for the entire period of enrollment: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America.
  • If English was your language of instruction from another country than those listed, contact Ms. Stone stone(at) for more information.  
  • Option only available to applicants for Biomedical Engineering:  German Abitur or Fachhochschulreife with a minimum mark of 3 (befriedigend) in English.  Please contact Ms. Stone stone(at) if you have any questions. 

The FH Aachen reserves the right to decide if the student’s academic background demonstrates sufficient English knowledge.

Applicants already in Germany who do not meet the English language requirements above may be interested in an exam offered by our partner institution, the Sprachenakademie Aachen.  See the website for more information.

* For more information about the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) see



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).