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Application and Admission

When should I apply?

The first step of our application process is to complete the online application form. We recommend that you apply as early as possible. If you have not yet received your final school degree, you can apply with your last two records / predicted grades. Successful applicants will be invited to our online Assessment Centre.

Application information for international students

The admissions requirements are the same for German and international students. Applicants are asked to hand in their documents in the online application form. Our admissions office will then check your school degree in terms of valid University Entrance Qualification for Germany (as defined by the German Ministry of Education), grades, motivation (optional) as well as extracurricular activities (optional). In case we require more information, you will be asked to hand in additional documents.

Application Process

1. Online Application

The first step of our application process is to complete the online application form. We strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible, however, no later than 30 June. Applications after 30 June will only be considered if places are still available.

You will need to upload the following supporting documents:

  • Recognised secondary school diploma* (Abitur, IB Diploma, High School Diploma, European Baccalaureate, etc.) - If you have not graduated yet, then you can apply by uploading your last two school report cards
  • An optional letter of motivation (maximum 500 words)
  • CV (resume)
  • A copy of your passport or ID card
  • Other documents, if applicable (references/letter of recommendation, extracurricular activities, certificates, awards, etc.

*Please be aware that the German Ministry of Education has set specific requirements for certain international high school diplomas. Some of these can be found below:

A-Level qualification in Germany (Due to government regulations the following two regulations are currently valid for international students in Germany):

If you are attending a high school with a different diploma than the above, please check the DAAD website for the exact requirements. The requirements are subject to change and we endeavour to provide up-to-date information. However, we cannot always guarantee to have the latest information available due to delays in receiving information.

If your secondary school leaving certificate does not meet the requirements for direct entry into German university set forth by the Ministry of Education, you have the opportunity to apply to our Pre-University Foundation Programme. Upon successful completion of the foundation course, you will be eligible to pursue your bachelor’s degree at Frankfurt School. If you would like to know more about the Foundation Progamme, you are welcome to take part in one of our information sessions. 

2. Online Assessment Centre

If your application is successful, you will be invited to our online Assessment Centre. We arrange multiple online Assessment Centres each year for your convenience. These take place on our campus and consist of an interview, an English test, an analytical test and a mathematical test. The online Assessment Centre is free of charge.

As we have incorporated an English language test into our online Assessment Centre, you are not required to submit an English certificate with your application. If you do not meet the English language requirements at our online Assessment Centre, we will contact you to discuss further options.

Alternatively, you can provide us with one of the following test results in your online application: SAT, ACT or TestAS plus a standardised English test (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge or Pearson). In this case, you will also be required to take part in an online or telephone interview.

We accept the following English test scores:

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (overall)
  • Cambridge English: 173
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 71

Note for impaired applicants and applicants with chronic diseases: So that we can advise and support you at an early stage (e.g. when applying for a disadvantage compensation in form of a time extension), please contact us or the representative for disabled and chronically ill students promptly before the assessment centre. For more information, please visit our Health and Counseling Services website.

To get an idea of the types of questions you might encounter in the analytical test, we have provided a few example exercises.

Tips and example questions

Once you have been invited to participate in our online Assessment Centre, we will gladly send you more information and content related tips as preparation.

Mathematical Test

This test measures mathematical skills on a high school level. A separate preparation is usually not necessary since you are already dealing with the topics in school. Here are some examples:

Sample questions

Solution

Cognitive Test

This test consists of the following:

  • Numerical reasoning - This test measures the ability to find and use numerical information in tables, lists and diagrams to answer various questions.
  • Verbal reasoning - This test measures the ability to find and use linguistic information in articles, lists and instructions to answer various questions.
  • Inductive reasoning - This test measures the ability to make inductive logical deductions. The task is to discover the rules and relationships by which tables are assigned to two different categories. The discovered rules are then used to assign new tables to the appropriate categories.
  • Deductive reasoning - This test measures the ability to make deductive logical deductions. The task is to find out how a circuit works through interactive trial and error. The format of the answers and the secondary data collected, rule out the possibility that guessed solutions might be correct.
English Test

This test measures language skills within three categories: Language mastery, vocabulary and spelling.

Interview

Our online interview is about getting to know you better personally. Our interviewer will ask you to introduce yourself briefly. Then you will be asked to answer a few questions about Frankfurt School and your motivation.

Test dates

Please note that your application should be submitted two weeks before your preferred online Assessment Centre date.

Upcoming German-speaking online Assessment Centre dates

19.5.2022 15.6.2022

Upcoming English-speaking online Assessment Centre dates

1.6.2022

29.6.2022

3. Results

The final decision regarding admission to our BSc programmes will be based on a combination of the candidate’s school grades, English language abilities and performance at the online Assessment Centre.

We also consider other significant experiences, commitments or awards such as internships, international experiences and volunteer projects.

4. Programme Start

The programme starts at the beginning of September. All students are expected to be at Frankfurt School on this day. A week before the classes start, there will be an introduction week where you will have the chance to meet your future coursemates.

For non-EU applicants who require a visa to enter Germany, please bear in mind that it can take up to two or three months to obtain the necessary visa. If you have any questions about your visa, please contact our international office.

Scholarship application

In light of the current situation, Frankfurt School is pleased to announce a new merit-based scholarship programme to ensure talented students from a diverse range of backgrounds can focus on their future without worrying about their finances in these uncertain times. The Diversity Scholarship Programme promotes diversity in terms of race, academic background, gender and academic excellence and consists of either a 25% or 50% reduction in tuition fees.

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

Your academic excellence is important to us. However, we also take into consideration other factors when awarding scholarships. You should identify with Frankfurt School and, once enrolled, be ready to engage in our student initiatives actively and contribute to the FS Spirit. We would also like to see that you are a team player and have proof of your motivation and engagement, especially related to the specific scholarship you are applying for. In summary, we not only emphasise grades but also consider achievements and personality.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

You can apply directly for the scholarship of your choice through our application portal whilst filling out your application for one of our programmes. There is no application fee. You will be required to write a motivation letter specifically for the scholarship you are applying for. We strongly recommend that you emphasise why you believe you are eligible for your chosen scholarship in your motivation letter and allow us to get to know you better. Please make sure your scholarship motivation letter is written in English and is approximately 500 words (+/-20%).

Planning on taking a gap year?

If you plan to take a gap year to work or travel abroad before starting your studies, you can apply now and secure your study spot for 2023.

This is advantageous for those who know what and where they want to study but would like to take some time off first after school. In this way, you can fully enjoy your gap year and come back on time to start the programme in mid-August!

Please note: We receive many applications for the study year 2022. Applicants who plan to start their studies in 2022 have precedence to the Assessment Centre. The earlier you apply, the higher the chances are we will consider your application and offer you a contract. Please mention in your application that you are planning on taking a gap year and would like to start your studies in 2023. Our application deadline is 30 June 2022. Make sure you do not miss out!