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Application and Admission

The entire application is completed online. In addition to formal eligibility requirements we require the following documents with your application:

  • CV
  • Relevant certificates (high school diploma, etc.)
  • Letter of Motivation (1-2 pages)
  • Proof of English or German language knowledge (depending on the language of instruction for the concentration you are applying to)

When should I apply?

The official deadline for application is 31 May for a start in August. We strongly recommend, however, that you apply early to make sure that you get a place. Also, if you come from abroad, administrative processes such as the recognition of your university entry examination and visa applications could take time.

When does the Programme start?

The programme starts each year in mid-August.

For the second step of the admissions process you will be invited to a phone interview (approximately 45 minutes long).

If you speak German and are able to come to Frankfurt, you may participate in our assessment center at Frankfurt School as an alternative to taking the standardised test and interview.

Eligibility for University Studies in Germany

To study at a university in Germany you need to be eligible according to German law. If you do not hold a German Abitur, you have to fulfil certain requirements determined by the government. This process is not under the supervision of Frankfurt School, however we will help guide you through the necessary steps.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Holders of an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) are eligible for university studies if they fulfill all of the following:


(1) You need to have at least 12 years of progressive full-time schooling.

(2) Among the six IB examination subjects are:

  • two languages on level A or B, of which one needs to have been taken continuously as "Language A" (from 2013: "Language A: Language and Literature" or Language A: Literature) or "Language B HL"
  • one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • one of the following: Mathematical Methods, Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL
  • one of the following: History, Geography, Economics

(3) The sixth examination subject may be one of the above or:

  • any other modern language
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Business and Management
  • Classical Greek
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Environmental Systems and Societies
  • Film
  • General Chemistry
  • Latin
  • Literature and Performance
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

(4) One of the three subjects studied at higher level has to be Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

(5) All subjects have to have been studied continuously throughout the Diploma Programme on the same level (standard or higher). Students need to have at least grade 4 (satisfactory) in each of the six subjects. If one of those subjects is graded with 3, students may compensate by having one other subject graded with at least 5.

If you fulfil these requirements you are eligible to study at a German university. However, the authorities still need to recognize your IB diploma by submitting certified copies of certain documents. Please contact our student advisory office as early as possible to ensure enough time for the process.

Other International Certificates

Please check the databases at uni-assist or (if you understand German) Anabin to see if there is information available for your country. If your country is not listed or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact our student advisory office.

You may find that a preparatory course (Studienkolleg) is a requirement for your eligibility to Frankfurt School. Please note that Frankfurt School itself does not administer those courses. They are organized by public universities in Germany and require you to have good knowledge of German.

Language Requirements

English Language

For our English-language concentrations you need to be fluent in written and spoken English. We accept any of the following tests as proof:

German Language

If you are applying to one of our majors taught in German you need to be fluent in written and spoken German. We accept the following certificates as proof:

Assessment Center (AC)

At Frankfurt School we do not have cut-off grades for school results. Our decisions on admission are based on a combination of factors and we like to have an holistic view of our candidates. We take into account not only your grades, but your skills and experiences as well: international experience, for instance, internships, work experience, extracurricular achievements or interests, volunteer work, etc.

After reviewing your application documents, qualified German speaking applicants will be invited to participate in our Assessment Center.

Assessment Center for International Students

We will arrange individual test dates with qualified international candidates at our campus in Frankfurt in English language. Our Assessment Center will conduct a personal interview, a knowledge test, a written English test, and an analytical test. The Assessment Center is free of charge.

International applicants who are unable to join us in Frankfurt may have the option to complete the admission test in their home country or provide any of the following standardised tests:

For the second step of the admissions process you will be invited to a phone or Skype interview (approximately 45 minutes long).

Dates Assessment Center

Semester Abroad

Frankfurt School maintains a network of partner universities around the world. As a Frankfurt School student you are required to study abroad for at least one semester. Currently, we offer our Bachelor of Science students 110 locations in 43 countries.

One or two semesters abroad is an integral part of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and comprises two elements:

  • Studying at a university in the host country
  • Internship

The semester abroad takes place in the fifth semester. This is normally the winter semester i.e. in the period beginning of September to the end of January. Students in the International Management concentration spend two semesters abroad during the fourth and fifth semester. Our International Office will support you with organizing your semester abroad.

An internship abroad will give students the opportunity to gain practical experience around the world.

Financing your studies

Financing your studies is a complex issue which should be planned with a long-term view. We’ll be delighted to advise you in person.

Student accommodation

Make your future campus your new home! Frankfurt School provides more than 200 rooms in shared apartments on the new campus.

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Career Services

At Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Career Services represent a gateway between the business school’s academic activities and entry into the job market.

Our Career Services team is there to support you as you search for exciting internships and your first job after graduation. We host two large in-house career fairs every year, regular workshops, visits by recruiters, and more.