International Prep School (IPS)
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International university applicants whose high school certificates are not considered equivalent to the German high school diploma (Abitur/Fachhochschulreife) are required to pass the Feststellungsprüfung (official assessment test for university admission) before they can be offered a place at a German university. The International Prep School (IPS) prepares international students for the externe Feststellungsprüfung (Economics) at the Technische Universität Berlin. The IPS is affiliated to the University of Applied Sciences for Business, Technology and Culture (Hochschule für Wirtschaft, Technik und Kultur – HWTK). The courses are held at the F+U Academy of Languages (AOL) in Heidelberg, at the centrally located F+U Campus, close to the main railway station.

Courses Offered

Twice a year (from February and September) the International Prep School (IPS) offers a preparatory course for the external Feststellungsprüfung at the Technische Universität Berlin. The nine-month course consists of language and specialist subject lessons, with a total 40 teaching hours per week. The subjects taught are German, English, Mathematics, Informatics and Economics/Business Administration. The course therefore comprehensively prepares learners for their academic studies in Germany. After passing the external Feststellungsprüfung, students have the opportunity to study for a degree in subjects such as Business Administration, Business Informatics or Industrial Engineering* at the HWTK in Berlin or in Baden-Baden. Passing the external Feststellungsprüfung guarantees admission to an HWTK degree programme at either learning centre.

*in preparation

Further details

Duration: 36 weeks
Starting dates for 2016/2017:

  • September 2016 (application deadline: 15.02.2016)
  • February 2017 (application deadline: 15.08.2016)

Holiday: 2 weeks (to be announced for each individual class)
Minimum required level: B1 (German); A1 (English)
Number of participants: 12-20
Lessons: 40 teaching hours per week (Monday-Friday, 9:00-16:30)

Prospective students without the required language competence can acquire the necessary skills at our language schools in Heidelberg, Berlin or Darmstadt. Accommodation is available on request.
Further information is available by telephone at +49 (0)6221 9120-35 or by email at ips@hwtk.de.

Prices

Listed below are the fees for the preparatory external Feststellungsprüfung course at the International Prep School (IPS) in Heidelberg. Accommodation in an F+U hall of residence is available on request.

Service Fee TH/wk Course times (Mon-Fri) Learners Duration German skills Start / Date
Preparatory seminar 8.500 €* 40 09:00-16:30 12-20 36 weeks B1 Sept. 2016
Feb. 2017
Preparatory seminar + Single room 11.740 €* 40 09:00-16:30 12-20 36 weeks B1 Sept. 2016
Feb. 2017
Preparatory seminar + Double room 10.840 €* 40 09:00-16:30 12-20 36 weeks B1 Sept. 2016
Feb. 2017
Feststellungsprüfung 500 €            

*The fee for the external Feststellungsprüfung is not included and is paid separately.

Language courses:
Prospective students without the required language competence can acquire the necessary skills at our language schools in Heidelberg , Berlin or Darmstadt. Accommodation is available on request.

Further information is available by telephone at +49 (0)6221 9120-35 or by email at ips@hwtk.de.

The Feststellungsprüfung

The external Feststellungsprüfung at the Technische Universität Berlin is held twice a year. The test consists of a written and an oral examination.

Learners at the International Prep School (IPS) participate in the specialist subject course in Economics. The Feststellungsprüfung for Economics tests subjects including, among others, German, Mathematics and Economics.

Examination periods: June/July and December/January.
Examination fee per person: 500 euro (single payment)

Sample Examination Questions
On the TU Berlin website you can find sample examination questions, including for the Economics subject specialisation.

Further information is available by telephone at +49 (0)6221 9120-35 or by email at ips@hwtk.de.

Application

Admission Requirements and Application

To be accepted at the International Prep School (IPS), you first need to apply for a place on a bachelor degree programme at the University of Applied Sciences for Business, Technology and Culture (Hochschule für Wirtschaft, Technik und Kultur -- HWTK). You can find an overview of bachelor degree subjects offered at the HWTK here.

Please do not send your application documents direct to the International Prep School!

How to apply to the IPS:

Please apply both to the HWTK for a place on the HWTK bachelor degree programme and to uni-assist for the Studienkolleg (preparatory college) in cooperation with the HWTK.

In your application to the HWTK, please be sure to answer ‘yes’ to the question on your interest in the ‘International Prep School’.

If you meet all admission criteria, you will receive a conditional offer of a place at the HWTK, as well as further information on enrolment at the IPS.

Application deadlines:
Applications for admission to the IPS are accepted up to 15 August for the subsequent spring semester (beginning in February) and up to 15 February for the autumn semester (beginning in September).

You will require the following documents for your application:
Please have the following documents ready to upload and complete your application:

  • Covering letter detailing your motivation to study (pdf/doc)
  • Tabular curriculum vitae (pdf/doc)
  • Application photograph (jpg)
  • Certificate of school diploma (pdf/doc)
  • Evidence of German language level B1 (pdf/jpg)
  • Evidence of English language level A1 (pdf/jpg)
  • For applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia:
    The original certificate confirming the documents from your home country have been pre-checked by the Academic Evaluation Centre (Akademische Prüfstelle – APS).

Please note that at the point of enrolment we require an original insurance certificate from your health insurance provider.
Further information is available by telephone at +49 (0)6221 9120-35 or by email at ips@hwtk.de.

Contact

Ms Carolin Kemen

MA Chinese Studies
Email: ips@hwtk.de
Telephone: +49 (0)6221 9120-35
Fax: +49 (0)6221 23452

We can be reached by telephone Monday to Friday, 08:00-20:00 and on Saturday 10:00-16:00.





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