FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

International Foundation College at the Paderborn University

Does the International Foundation College at the Paderborn University have an entrance examination?

No. After you have received the admission confirmation you will be admitted to the course.

Is the International Foundation College at the Paderborn University public or private?

We are a private foundation college since we do not receive any funds from the state government. Therefore, a tuition fee will be charged in order to be able to conduct the courses under optimal conditions.

What does the International Foundation College at the Paderborn University offer?

Our foundation college offers specific preparatory courses for international applicants who do not have a direct admission to German higher education. In particular, we offer preparatory courses focusing on engineering and natural sciences (T course) as well as economics (W course).

Which degree programs can I study after passing the final assessment exam (Feststellungsprüfung)?

If you have selected the W course, you can study economics and social sciences etc. If you have selected the T course, you can study technical, mathematical and scientific studies etc.

Which visa do I need?

Before entering Germany, applicants must apply for a student visa at the German embassy (or consulate) in their country. Do not enter Germany as a tourist! A tourist visa cannot be converted to a student visa or student applicant visa! Applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia must submit an APS certificate.

Will the course at the Foundation College Paderborn be credited for my future studies at a university?

You are a registered (matriculated) student of the Paderborn University. However, the course at the Foundation College Paderborn will not be credited for future studies at the university.

Application / Tuition Fees

Will I definitely be accepted at the Foundation College Paderborn if I apply?

You can expect to be accepted at the Foundation College Paderborn if you meet the general admission requirements (at least German B1 certificate and a recognised secondary school-leaving certificate).

Will my chances to get an admission at the Foundation College Paderborn increase if I apply as early as possible?

Yes!

Do I have to pay tuition fees?

Yes, in order to be able to offer you the best possible study conditions, the tuition fee is 7,000 € for the 9-month course period (does not apply for participants in the APS special procedure).

Do I have to have a German B1 certificate when applying?

German B1 certificate is the basic requirement for a W or T course. Foreign certificates are recognised by TELC or the Goethe-Institut.

Does the Foundation College Paderborn grant scholarships?

At the beginning of each semester, the Studienkolleg grants scholarships of up to 7.000 € as part of the the Campus OWL Studienkolleg - DAAD Projekt Integra (for refugees only).

What do I have to do after I have received my admission?

Approximately 1-2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive further information about the course contents, the timetable etc. via e-mail.

Which documents are required for the applications?

  • a passport photo (important for the student ID card)
  • a copy of your passport
  • a residence permit / permit (for refugees)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • the entire school-leaving certificate (original and certified translation)
  • a German B1 certificate or higher

What other expenses do I have to pay?

  • Examination fees (approx. 500 Euro)
  • Visa costs
  • Costs for apartment/room (approx. 350 Euro per month for a single room, approx. 260 Euro per person per month for a double room in our dormitory)
  • Semester fee (approx. 300 Euro per semester)
  • Travel and travel expenses
  • Costs for personal needs (food, clothing etc.)


Note: We offer rooms/apartments in our  "International Boarding School" directly in Paderborn! Just ask us about it, we will be happy to help you!

Your time at the International Foundation College at Paderborn University

Can I rent a room in a student residence?

The Foundation College Paderborn has a student residence with single and double rooms. Please contact us via our contact form.

Am I allowed have a part-time job besides the course?

During your stay at the Foundation College Paderborn you may work part time with the work permit issued by the alien office. In general, however, you will not have enough time for a part-time job because the courses at the Foundation College Paderborn will be full-time.

Should I have health insurance for the duration of the course?

Yes, you have to get health insurance for the duration of your studies.

Will I be enrolled at the Paderborn University for the duration of my studies at the Foundation College Paderborn?

Yes, you are automatically enrolled at the Paderborn University and will receive a student ID card. With it you will have many student benefits. For example, you will get a semester ticket for the use of public transportation (bus, train, etc.) within North Rhine-Westphalia.

Please note that you will only receive the status "regular student" when you start your degree program at the Paderborn University.

Examinations / Diploma

Do I need English language skills?

Yes. English is an examination subject in the W course. Classes are held at level B1. Basic knowledge of English should therefore be present so that you can follow the lessons. We recommend an intensive basic course prior to the beginning of your studies.

I already have a German C1 certificate. Do I still have to attend German lessons?

German is a compulsory subject. You can only be exempted from the lessons and the exam if you have one of the following certificates:

  • Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz Stufe II
  • Test DaF with at least four points in each of the four parts of the test
  • "Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom" or "Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom" from a Goethe-Instituts
  • "Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung" (ZOP) from a Goethe Institut C1 or Telc Hochschule C1

Do I have to study at the Paderborn University after passing the assessment examination?

No, you don't have to. You can apply at all universities of applied sciences or universities nationwide. However, our students are guaranteed a place at the Paderborn University after passing the assessment examination!

What is the assessment examination and what can I use it for?

The assessment examination (the so-called "Feststellungsprüfung" or "FSP") takes place after approximately 8 months of course duration:

  • The assessment examination will take place in November if you started your studies at the Foundation College Paderborn in April.
  • The assessment examination will take place in June / July if you started your studies at the Foundation College Paderborn in October / November.
  • The assessment examination will take place in Paderborn - internally


If you pass the assessment examination, you will receive a university entrance qualification for universities and universities of applied science in Germany!

Will my assessment examination diploma be accepted throughout Germany?

Your Foundation College diploma is recognised by all universities and universities of applied sciences throughout Germany (does not apply for participants in the APS special procedure).

Where will the final assessment examination (FSP) take place?

We are allowed to execute the final assessment examination (Festellungsprüfung / FSP) internally by ourselves in Padeborn. This has many advantages for you! For example: You don´t have to travel to Cologne and you can fully concentrate on your final test in an familiar surrounding.

Lessons

Which subjects do I have?

W course (for economic and social science studies):

  • German
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Economics

T course (for technical, mathematical and natural science studies):

  • German
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

In which language will the subjects be taught?

The subjects are taught in German (except for English in the W course).

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