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Freshman Programme, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 11 months
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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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 11 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Informatics
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  •  Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Biology
  • Sports
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Social Sciences
  • Law 
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Languages  

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Application form
  • Final high school, intermediate or senior secondary school certificate showing completion of high school.
  • Any university certificates, if available
  • English: B1 with a mark of 1 or B2 or IELTS 4.5 or TOEFL iBT 53, if available
  • Any German language certificates, if available
  • Copy of passport or ID card. Write the number on the application form.
  • Photo attached to application form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19500 EUR per year and a duration of 11 months.
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Living costs for Aachen

  • 813 - 1140 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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