Preparing to study

You do not yet meet the language requirements or are not sure what to expect in a university study programme? Whether you want to make language or subject-related preparations for your studies, Fulda University has the right course for you.

Fulda Pre-Study

Fulda Pre-Study is the best, most comprehensive option for international applicants who want to prepare for studies at Fulda University. The programme lasts a whole semester and is always run in the summer semester. The programme includes

  • Intensive German courses at various levels from beginners to DSH preparation courses
  • English courses to develop existing English skills – particularly important for applicants who want to apply for study programmes that are conducted in German but also require English skills as part of the study programme is conducted in English (e.g. International Business Administration)
  • Bridging courses in the chosen subject (in German and English)
  • Introduction to the methods and techniques of academic study at a German university
  • Information about studying in Germany (in German and English)
  • Specially for refugees: buddying. An experienced student from your subject area acts as your “buddy”, introducing you to the practicalities of studying at university and student life and giving you help and support throughout the entire semester.

Click here for detailed information on Fulda Pre-Study

Application deadline for refugees: From now until 11 April

Pre-Study fees: Refugees pay no fees as they are covered by the federal state of Hesse.

Matriculation: Pre-Study participants are fully matriculated and are therefore automatically given a semester ticket, which enables them to use public transport (buses and trains) free of charge for one semester (= 6 months) – within Fulda but also as far as Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Giessen, Kassel or Marburg, for example. Click here to find out how far you can travel with the semester ticket.

Matriculation fees: Approx. EUR 300



Contact person for Fulda Pre-Study

Christina Pitz

Christina Pitz

Coordinator "Pre-Study Fulda"

Organisation of the "Fulda Pre-Study" preparatory semester for international students

Gebäude 43, Raum 203
Christina Pitz +49 (0) 661 / 9640 1455
Mon + Wed: 10.00 - 12.30
Mon - Thu: 8.00 - 13.00, Fri: 8.00 - 12.00 (Telework Mon + Wed: 14.00 - 17.00)

Advice and contact

If you are interested in Fulda Pre-Study, please arrange to meet Christina Pitz. She is the programme coordinator and will be happy to explain how you can enrol.

German courses

You are not yet sure what subject you want to study at Fulda University but would like to acquire the necessary German skills? If that is the case, the intensive German courses are just what you need. They are offered at various levels and prepare you specifically for admission to an academic course of study. The other people on your course will all be future students. In contrast to Fulda Pre-Study, you will focus entirely and solely on learning German.

If you have no German skills, you should allow at least one year to reach DSH 2 standard. This is the level that you need for admission to a university study programme in German. In terms of time, that means around 1,000 – 1,200 hours of German lessons.

However, you should learn German even if you want to enrol in a study programme in English at Fulda University. German skills will help you to integrate and will make campus and city life easier.

As most study programmes begin in the winter semester (which starts in October), the summer semester (which starts in April) is the perfect time to attend an intensive German course.

Duration: 1 semester, from mid-April to the end of July

Hours per week: 20 – 24

Application deadline: From now until 11 April

Fees for German courses: Refugees do not have to pay any fees as they are covered by the federal state of Hesse.

Matriculation as a guest student: In this case, you are not given a semester ticket. However, Fulda University checks whether you can matriculate as a regular student (with a semester ticket).

Matriculation fees: Refugees do not have to pay any fees to matriculate as guest students as they are covered by Fulda University.

Click here for more information on the various German courses.



Contact person for German courses

Sabine Kirschenhofer

Sabine Kirschenhofer

Head of Languages, Language Centre

Gebäude 22, Raum 204
Sabine Kirschenhofer +49 661 9640-477
WS 18/19: Tues and Thurs 10-11 am

Advice and contact

If you are interested in attending an intensive German course, please make an appointment with Sabine Kirschenhofer. She is the Head of the Language Centre at Fulda University and will be happy to discuss what course would be best for you.