How to apply

Application timeline

Applying to a university in itself isn’t easy, and studying abroad requires even more preparation. Which documents do you need? Which degree program is best suited to you? Do you have the necessary qualifications, prerequisites (e.g. language skills) and grades? To provide a better overview, we have structured the application process into five steps.

1+ years: Get informed

Where are you from (EU/non-EU)? German is the teaching language for most of the degree programs at FAU. That is why you will generally be required to provide proof of sufficient German language skills. However, there are a number of degree programs that are taught exclusively in English. Do you have sufficient proficiency in German to study? If not, you may be able to take a preparatory German language class at FAU (you will, however, already need to be at A2 level).

1 year: Check requirements

Are you interested in one of FAU’s degree programs? You will need a university entrance qualification. Depending on the country you are from, you may need to study in your home country for a few semesters.

You’re not sure whether you have the correct university entrance qualification? Contact our Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) to find out.

11 months: Apply

Plan for enough time for your application: Find out about important semester dates, processing times and application deadlines.

Also check any additional requirements about authentication and certified translations of documents.

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9-6 months: Prepare

One of the most important first steps after applying is organizing a visa/residence permit.

Make sure to account for the fact that these documents can take up to six months to process.

You will also need to clarify what else you need.

Do you need health insurance?

Do you want to open a bank account?

3+ months: Enroll

Which documents do you need to submit in person?

What do you need to know about official certifications and translations?

Our Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) will be happy to provide you with help and support with any issues you might have.



What we expect of you

We offer our students the best prerequisites for fulfilling their potential. This includes everything from excellent infrastructure, tools and highly innovative and pioneering partners to staff. As such, we are looking for students who are motivated and have an inquiring mind. That means you are self-reliant and independent and are able to thrive under the relative freedom of a classic university setting. Our interdisciplinary approach means we offer the perfect surroundings for those who are naturally curious and eager to learn.

What you can expect of us

In turn, you can expect outstanding teaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities that will enable you to unleash your full potential. You will benefit from the wide range of opportunities provided by such a well-connected and innovative further education institution. We are family: Join our global FAU community that has a wealth of knowledge and a comprehensive network for teaching, research, and partnerships.