Freshman Year Program

<br>What is the Freshman Year Program?<br>

What is the Freshman Year Program?

The Freshman Year is the simultaneous technical and linguistic bridge between schools in your home country and German university studies. We offer international applicants unique access to university programs in Germany.

In 1998 the Freshman Program was founded as an entry to English-language university programs in the North Rhine-Westphalian (NRW) public university system.
Since 2010 the Freshman Program offers the Higher Education Entrance Qualification Examination (Feststellungsprüfung) which enables students to apply to all university degree programs in Germany.

This program is, in many respects, unique in Germany. Participants from around the world live on campus and learn in small groups. This unique intercultural environment is the best preparation for life in today’s globalized world.

Nearly 400 Freshmen successfully complete the program each year.

Partner Universities

There are currently five accredited universities associated with the Freshman program.

FH Aachen (AC)
Universität Duisburg-Essen (DuE)
Hochschule Rhein-Waal (RW)
FH Südwestfalen (SW)
• SRH Hamm

In addition there are several other universities that accept students from the Freshman program.  Some programs have a limited number of available spaces (nc=Numerus clausus), so we cannot guarantee a specific university.  However, the Freshman Institute guarantees that everyone who successfully completes the Freshman program will be able to study at a university in Germany.

Entrance Exam for Freshman Year

English:  The entrance exam is in English for applicants without previous knowledge of German.

  • English - written and oral
  • Mathematics - written

Use of calculators is not permitted.

  • Working with
    • fractions
    • square roots
    • powers
    • logarithms
    • exponential functions
  • Polynomials
    • basic properties
    • finding zeros of linear, quadratic and cubic polynomials
  • Trigometric functions
  • Areas and volumes
  • Solving mathematic text problems
  • differential calculus

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