No. After you have received the admission confirmation you will be admitted to the course.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
Short answer: Yes!
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).
German B1 certificate is the basic requirement for a W or T course. Foreign certificates are recognised by TELC or the Goethe-Institut.
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.
If you want to apply, please use our application online form. This will guide you through each step.
Additional costs for the T or W course:
The Foundation College Paderborn has a student residence with several single and double rooms. Please contact us via our contact form.
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.
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!
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.
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!
German is a compulsory subject. You can only be exempted from the lessons and the exam if you have one of the following certificates:
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.
The assessment examination (the so-called "Feststellungsprüfung" or "FSP") takes place after approximately 8 months of course duration:
If you pass the assessment examination, you will receive a university entrance qualification for universities and universities of applied science in Germany!
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.
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).
W course (for economic and social science studies):
T course (for technical, mathematical and natural science studies):
The subjects are taught in German (except for English in the W course).