Requirements & Application & Admission

We endeavor to attract excellent female and male students from all over the world and from Germany who aspire to pursue a career in international business.

Application process

Your application documents have to pass the official administration of our university, where our general requirements and your higher education entrance qualification degree are being approved.

All applications fulfilling the formal criteria will be ranked by the average grade of the Higher Education Entrance Qualification. Based on a ranking, we invite selected candidates for an interview, either face-to-face or by means of modern communication media. The interview is usually held at the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences within four weeks after the application deadline. Applicants are invited to the interview by the university in due time by e-mail. Relevant criteria are your motivation, social skills, self-presentation, English language skills, and analytical thinking.

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Application deadline

May 31th : Deadline for foreign applications from non-EU countries with foreign school transcripts.

July 15th: Deadline for all other applicants.

What are the general requirements?

  • Certificate of (foreign) university entrance qualification (higher education entrance qualification) and a translation of this certificate into German or English
  • Proof of appropriate English language skills. The language proficiency in English must be at least level B2+ (IELTS > 6.5, Toefl > 95, etc.) of the common European framework of Reference for Languages. A list of the language certificates that are accepted can be found here: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
    • For graduates with a German university entrance qualification, the level of competence has been reached:
      • a certificate of upper secondary education - upper secondary school or
      • a a secondary II degree- bilingual degree (also International Baccalaureat - language A2)
      if English has been continued until you have passed your university entrance qualification.
      • Attention: only valid for the Allgemeine Hochschulreife (Abitur)!
        does not apply for
      • Fachgebundene Hochschulreife 
      • Fachhochschulreife
      • for a Fachhochschulreife, the required language skills must be proven by an external certificate such as TOEFL.
    • Applicants with an Germany state-recognized certificate from an English-speaking-school are considered native speakers and meet the required level of competence.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume with tabular overview until the time of application

An overview of the required documents can be found here: Application materials checklist. We recommend you to view this list because, different documents are needed, depending on where you come from (EU / non-EU etc.)

Equivalence of degrees

Criteria for the evaluation of degrees and secondary school leaving certificates 

As a first orientation you may check the list of entry requirements recommended by the state Baden-Wuerttemberg and the German Kultusministerkonferenz KMK for the various countries.

In the download section you can find more Information like FAQ.

How to apply?

Please fill out our application form and send it with all enclosures to our office via postal mail!

Application Address:

Hochschule Pforzheim

Studentische Abteilung
Tiefenbronner Str. 65
75175 Pforzheim

Information for German applicants: the applications are not submitted with the help of hochschulstart. de

Application deadline

May 31th : Deadline for foreign applications from non-EU countries with foreign school transcripts.

July 15th: Deadline for all other applicants.

In the download section, you can find more Information like FAQ.

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