Information for International Students

    The HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences welcomes many international students from around the world each year. Exchange students have several options: you can spend a semester or year at our university or you can stay and earn your bachelor's or master's degree. If you are a refugee, we also have special programs to help you get started with your studies in Germany.

    Coronavirus Information

    For information on the Coronavirus and on getting help, please refer to the website of the International Office.

    Studying at the HTWG

    The information provided in this section is intended for newly-admitted or currently enrolled international students continuing their degrees or pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree at the HTWG Konstanz. Exchange students or students with a refugee background can also find information about starting or continuing their studies at our university.

    Please refer to the specific pages for more information.

    Location: Lake Constance, Germany

    The city of Constance and its famous lake are located in the very south of Germany, directly on the Swiss border. From here it’s also easy to travel to Austria, Liechtenstein, France and even Italy. Thanks to its location directly on the Lake of Constance and in close proximity to the Swiss Alps, Constance offers students a very attractive place to live and numerous leisure activities.



    Options for International Students

    • Application and Acceptance

      Foreign Applicants who would like to pursue a degree at the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences should contact the Studienkolleg Konstanz directly. They will be able to determine if the certificates you completed abroad are comparable to entrance qualifications required to study at a German college or university. This comparison is done using the set of guidelines determined by the German Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB). The Studienkolleg does NOT admit any students. After successfully completing the assessment, prospective students receive the entrance qualifications needed to apply to the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences. Prospective students also need to pass the German language test (DSH) or the assessment test which regularly takes place in Konstanz.

      Foreign students with German university entrance qualifications can apply DIRECTLY for a degree program (Bachelor’s or Master’s). Students however can only enroll after completing the German language exam “Deutsche Sprachprüfung for the Hochschulzugang” (DSH) which is regularly offered in different cities.

      You can find additional information at the German Academic exchange (DAAD) and the Ministry for Science, Research and Art websites.

    • Tuition for International Students

      Starting in the winter semester 2017/2018, international students in Baden-Württemberg are required to pay a tuition of 1,500 Euro per semester. Students from the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) as well as from HTWG Konstanz partner colleges and dual degree programs are exempted. Students who completed their high school degrees (Abitur) in Germany but do not have German citizenship (all nationalities) are also exempted. Refugees don't have to pay tuition fees either.

      You can find more information (in German) about tuition for foreign students at the websites of the Ministry for Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg and the Student Advising Center at the HTWG Konstanz.

    • Services for International Students

      For an overview of the services and programs for international degree-seeking students, please refer to the website of the  Intercultural Center (IKZ). Each semester the IKZ offers a Career Day in which (international) students are informed about the possibilities they have for starting their careers.

      Does your German need a bit of work?

      You can find an overview of the possibilities to improve your German and Academic German skills by clicking on the Language Skills (Sprachkenntnisse) link at the Intercultural Center website.

      If you were forced to flee from your home country, you can apply for a special language course for refugees. All information can be found in the rubric Information for Refugees.

    • Are my qualifications / diplomas sufficient to apply to the HTWG Konstanz?

      Refugees can bring their diplomas / certificates to the Studienkolleg to have them checked and verified.The Studienkolleg checks whether your qualifications (diplomas, certificates) from your home country are sufficient to apply or whether you need to participant in the Studienkolleg program before applying.

      You can find more information by clicking here. (Information in English on how to use the Anabin-Database, you find here.)

      • How do I get my diplomas/certificates verified?

        You need to bring the following to the Studienkolleg:

        • Translated (English or German), notarized (meaning they have an official stamp from the “Bürgerbüro”-  you can make an appointment there for this purpose) copies of your diplomas/certificates
        • Completed request form (download here)
        • Curriculum vitae and residence permit
        • If you already have it: proof of your current language proficiency level
      • How good does my German need to be?

        In order to study at the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences (or other universities with very few exceptions), you need the C1 University level.
        This proficiency level will make it easier for you to understand the content and technical language in lectures and to get off to a good start in your studies.
        A C1 University level means a score of at least 16 points on the TestDaF or a DSH 2 or 3 on the DSH test.

        Important: You can already apply before you take the test, however you need to submit the TestDaF score to the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences before the start of the semester (by March for the spring semester; September for the fall semester)!

      • Support

        Financing your studies

        Scholarships (Flyer only available in German)


        Studying in the Library

        All refugees receive free access to our library.

        • The library staff are available for registering and advising you from Mo-Fr from 9 am to 7 pm. General opening hours and library hours during the semester break can be found at the library website.
        • You can get a free library card. You only need to bring your residence permit.
        • The library card is valid for 2 months and can be extended.
        • You are allowed to check out a maximum of 5 items at the same time.

        Download flyer with more information about the libraries in Konstanz


        Sports are offered for refugees at the University of Konstanz (not the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences). You can take part even if you don’t study there or don’t study at all uniSport: for Refugees

      • Your contact person for general informations and advising

        If you need any help, please contact us to make an individual appointment:

        If you need more information about the different study programs at the HTWG Konstanz or if you don’t know what you want to study, please contact the Student Advising Center.

      Degree-seeking Students

      Below you can find all information regarding the application process and the requirements for students who wish to start a full-degree program (Bachelor's or Master's Degree)or transfer to the HTWG Konstanz:

      Refugees at HTWG

      If you were forced to flee from your home country and want to start or continue your studies in Germany, we will be happy to assist you!

      Below you can find all information regarding the requirements and options for refugees at the HTWG Konstanz:

      Incoming Exchange Students

      The International Office at the HTWG Konstanz – University of Applied Sciences serves all current and newly-admitted international students. We provide a variety of services and orientation programs to all incoming exchange students, including dealing with bureaucratic issues, registering for courses and finding accommodations. The International Office at the HTWG also organizes orientation programs for incoming international undergraduate and graduate students. We also provide academic as well as personal counseling (including personal emergencies). Please contact us.

      Information for incoming exchange students


      Center for International Students ("Studienkolleg")

      The "Studienkolleg" (the Center for International Students) can validate your records and issues the certification you need for your application to Universities of Applied Sciences in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

      In addition, the Studienkolleg offers a two-semester course that prepares you for your major and for the university entrance exam ("Feststellungsprüfung"):

      For information about the "Studienkolleg"