Apply to the IOS Program

You have missed the application deadline

You have missed the application deadline for the Internationally Oriented Studies program. We are no longer accepting applications for the winter semester 2019/2020. 

Applications to the program starting in winter semester 2020/2021 will be accepted starting in April 2020. At that time more information will be available here.



Application Deadline

The application deadlines for the winter semester are

1 July for non-European Union members.

15 July for German citizens and European Union members. 

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

Additional Information for International Applicants

Students from all African countries, Bangladesh,
India, Nepal and Pakistan should send completed
applications with all properly notarized documents
by 15 May to increase your chances of getting a
visa on time.  

For international students (except those from EU
countries) who are waiting for final secondary
school documents, the last date for all complete
documents is 15 July.  If all documents not here
by then, you must reapply next year.

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 Requirements - Overview

All applicants 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. 

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

Applied Chemistry

  • fundamentals of laboratory techniques
  • structure of business and organization of work procedures in industry (production, processing, treatment).

Biomedical Engineering

The internship should consist of an even mixture of the following activities.  We recommend  

  • hospital and nursing
  • medical engineering in hospitals or medical engineering in industry (production/ manufacturing, installation, development, maintenance)
  • electrical engineering activities and mechanical engineering activities

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)

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

Proof of English language ability is required of ALL applicants. 

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).