FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

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?

We offer 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 and social studies (W course).

We also offer German language courses and precourses (before T or 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.

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?

Short answer: 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 for our T or W course is 7.000 € for the 9-month course period (does not apply for participants in the APS special procedure).

Do I need 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.

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 application?

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

If you want to apply, please use our application online form. This will guide you through each step.

What other expenses do I have to pay?

Additional costs for the T or W course:

  • 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 (which are not included in the NRW semester ticket)
  • Costs for personal needs (food, clothing etc.)
  • Costs for your private health insurance (approx. 319€ for 11 month)

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, it is statutory to have a health insurance for the duration of your studies at our college. We can convey a health insurance package through our partner Care Concept. At the moment the costs are 29€ per month or 319€ for 11 month (duration of our T or W course). Please contact us via e-mail or contact form after your successful application for more information!

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.

Do I need English language skills?

Yes, but only for our W course. English is an examination subject in the W course. These 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. Please contact us if you are interested!

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 and universities of applied sciences in Germany after succeeding the FSP. However, our students get a guaranteed a place at the Paderborn University after passing the assessment examination! So you get a safe place of study in several bachelor programmes at the Paderborn University after our T- or W-Course AND you can apply at any university in Germany in addition.

What is the assessment examination / "Feststellungsrpüfung" 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!

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.

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).

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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