Admission Prerequisites

Applicants to the FU-BEST program should be at least 18 years old, have reached the equivalent of second-semester sophomore status in college or university, have a very good command of English in order to complete a rigorous academic program in that language, be committed to participation in our intensive German language component, and have a GPA of at least 3.0. Students whose GPA is below 3.0 are welcome to apply, but cannot be guaranteed admission to the program until their overall qualifications are more closely reviewed. The FU-BEST program is intended for students at the second-semester sophomore level or beyond at 4-year universities and colleges who are in the process of completing their B.A./B.S. degree. Students whose native language is not English should note that the program is aimed primarily at students with fluency or at least a high level of proficiency in English. Non-native-speakers should plan to submit English test scores along with their application. For TOEFL, the score should be minimally 100. In the case of IELTS, the overall score must be at least 6.5 and the scores on individual parts must be no lower than 6.0.

Please note the following carefully:

For participation in the Fall semester, apply no later than April 1 (day of receipt); for participation in the Spring semester, apply no later than October 15 (day of receipt). If applying to participate for a full academic year, please submit two separate applications for two semesters at the same time or at separate points in time. Please note that the deadlines indicate the dates on which an application must have arrived in our office!

Applications for the Sommersemester (April-July) will be handled on-site. Prerequisites include a completed FU-BEST German language course of Intermediate 3 (B3) or above.

The FU-BEST program operates within logistical enrollment limitations. Admission is basically granted on a rolling basis, whereby formal program partner institutions receive additional preferential consideration. Students whose applications are submitted after a maximum feasible enrollment has been reached (although perhaps still prior to the regular deadline) are placed on a waiting list.

Keep in mind that course enrollment is carried out on a first-come-first-served basis. As a result, a) applying early is always a good idea and b) you may not get every course you select as your top choice(s).


Key aspects of the application process:

  • Check the semester schedule.
  • Download the General Terms and Conditions of Business (AGB) and read them carefully before applying.
  • Download the FU-BEST Application Form. Please read all instructions closely.
  • Note the application and payment deadlines contained in the General Terms document!
  • Remember that no incomplete application can be considered. All documents must be signed where indicated. If submitted via regular mail pages must all be printed single-sided.
  • Documents that detail the nature and extent of coverage of your health insurance policy must be submitted along with your application file (a minimal declaration or photocopy of an insurance card are not sufficient). Applications that do not include this material/information cannot be processed.


Download the General Application (pdf)