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University entrance qualification (FS)

2 semesters

Programme fee
12,000 EUR


Start of programme

Our Foundation Year at a glance

Would you like to study at Frankfurt School but do not yet meet the requirements for direct entry into our bachelor programme? Or perhaps you want to get a solid foundation before moving on to the next level of education? The two-semester Foundation Year taught entirely in English will prepare you academically for the rigour of undergraduate studies at Frankfurt School.

During the programme, you will build your foundational knowledge as well as decide what subjects you would like to specialise in to be fully prepared for the Bachelor of Science programme of your choice. You will also have exclusive access to:

  • Modern and well-equipped facilities
  • Excellent student learning & career support
  • Over 40 extracurricular activities
  • Highly intercultural and dynamic environment
  • Up-to-date teaching methods
  • Small learning groups & experienced lecturers

After successful completion of the foundation year course, you will be granted admission to one of the Bachelor programmes: Bachelor in Business Administration (BSc), Bachelor in Management, Philosophy & Economics (BSc), Bachelor in Computational Business Analytics (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts.

Facts & Figures


Examination which gives you the necessary qualification to study a Bachelor of Science Programme at Frankfurt School

Study location           

Frankfurt am Main, on campus

Duration 2 semesters - starts in September 2024




12,000 EUR

Foundation Year Diploma

Ideal candidate

This programme is right for you if at least one of the following statements applies to you:
  • You have participated in the Frankfurt School Admissions process for the Bachelor of Science but unfortunately did not pass it
  • You had problems in school with Mathematics, Statistics, or Economics
  • Your school did not offer Economics- or Data Science-specific subjects
  • You wish to close the educational gap between your school education and the German Abitur
  • You are moving to Germany for the first time, and you would like to take a year to get accustomed to the language and culture
  • You are unsure which Bachelor of Science programme suits you best, and you would like to prepare thematically.


Undergraduate studies in bachelor programmes at Frankfurt School are rigorous and academically demanding. To perform well, it is crucial to possess excellent mathematical and language skills. During the Foundation Year, we prepare you perfectly for what will come next by providing a finely curated curriculum:

Curriculum_Dec 2022_Foundation

All information is intended to provide a general overview of the study programme. Frankfurt School of Finance & Management reserves the right to modify the curriculum.


Students can select one of the following topics as specialisation:

  • Business & Management
  • Data Science

Application process

1) Online Application

Please apply via our online application portal for one of our Bachelor of Sciene programmes. Our admissions team will assess your suitability for our preparatory course and Bachelor programmes.

In case you would like to attend the Foundation Year, please apply here.

Language Skills

German: no specific requirements.

English: As we have incorporated an English language test into our 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 Assessment Centre, we will contact you to discuss further options.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the study start in September 2024, is 30 June 2024.

2) Assessment Centre

At Frankfurt School there is no Numerus Clausus (NC). Successful applicants will be invited to an Online Assessment Centre (AC).

Find out more

3) Results

You will receive a feedback regarding your application within a week. Aside frome school grades and performances at the Online Assessment center, we also take into account other significant experiences, commitments or awards such as internships, international experiences and volunteer projects.

4) Programme Start

The study start is in September every year. The introduction week takes places a week ahead. Within this week you will meet your fellow students.

Class Profile - Intake 2023


Number of students 46
Nationalities 25
Average age 18


Male 63%
Female 37%

Country of residence before studying

Germany 43%
Outside Germany 57%


Asia 41%
Europe 33%
North America 11%
South America 9%
Africa 7%

Overall costs

Tuition Fee* EUR 12,000.00
Enrolment Fee EUR 250
Public transportation ticket EUR 500 (estimated costs)
Student Council EUR 20
Total EUR 12,770

*Books for this course are provided without additional costs

Additionally, students should plan EUR 1.000 - 1.500 per month for living expenses (including housing).

Students have the option to arrange monthly instalments. A surcharge of 5% of the tuition fees to be paid is levied as an administrative expense.


Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for our Foundation Year.

Once you are doing the foundation course, we can take you into consideration for the Frankfurt School Bachelor of Science scholarship programme. We will take a look at your school grades, mid-term and final results (foundation programme), extracurricular achievements and assessment results from your application. If you are chosen for the scholarship, we will then award you the scholarship early so that you know in advance if you receive a scholarship for the BSc.


Living in Frankfurt

Frankfurt is not only the business hub of Europe but also the most international city in Germany. It accommodates 180 different nationalities and through its international airport and home to international companies it is a great place for you to live in. Located closely to the city center our campus is easy for you to reach.

More information about Frankfurt


By the end of 2023, we are planning to build around 1,100 new student apartments and furnished serviced apartments on our Adickesallee campus. Over 80 percent of the apartments are earmarked for rental to students.

While building work continues on our on-campus student apartments, we do have a selection of fully furnished apartments at Yugo and Alvarium student hostel in the centre of Frankfurt’s Bockenheim district.

Find our more about housing

Talk to our students

Aagam Ghelani

Aagam Ghelani 

Intake 2022

Diana Kovtun

Diana Kovtun

Intake 2022


Programme Manager

Magdalena Slawinska
Foundation Programme Manager