Foundation course

If the school-leaving certificate you gained abroad is not comparable to a German higher education entrance qualification ("HZB"), you are obliged to attend a foundation course before starting your studies, and take an assessment test to determine your eligibility to study (Feststellungsprüfung).

The foundation course supports international students by preparing them to start a German university degree programme. However, applicants cannot choose whether to attend a foundation course or not; it depends on what higher education entrance qualification they have.

Applicants whose foreign certificates are equivalent to the standard of German ones cannot join the foundation course.

You can be admitted to a foundation course and sit the Feststellungsprüfung only if you have school-leaving certificates that require the Feststellungsprüfung to be taken according to assessment criteria published in the anabin database under “Bewertungsvorschläge” (assessment criteria).

The following website provides information for applicants: “how to apply with foreign school-leaving certificates”. Above and beyond this, applicants have to prove that they have the required German language skills. Further information on the foundation course can be found here.

We've put together a table of our degree programmes and corresponding specialist subjects for you.

Entrance exam

If your application documents have been checked and found to be in order, and your data has been forwarded to the university by uni-assist, you will receive an invitation from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences to sit an entrance exam.

Dates can be found here:

Please note that the foundation courses offered at Darmstadt are only T (scientific-technical) and G (humanities) courses! If you would like to attend a W course offered through another university and then apply to h_da to start a degree in an economics-related course, please apply to our university via uni-assist after you have passed the Feststellungsprüfung.

Application deadlines for the foundation course
For a winter semester: 15 April of the same year
For a summer semester: 15 October of the previous year

Start of foundation course:
In the winter semester: beginning of September
In the summer semester: beginning of March

After passing the Feststellungsprüfung (assessment test) you can apply for any degree programme at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, in disciplines that the Feststellungsprüfung qualifies you for.

If you enrolled to attend the foundation course at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, you are not required to reapply via uni-assist. After you have received your results, please contact Ms Ruth Dunn  at the SSC (international[at] without delay, so that your application to study can be accepted in time. This requires you to to present the original of your results of your Feststellungsprüfung and your applicant number, or an officially certified copy, before the application deadline.

Applicants who were enrolled at another German university for their foundation course must apply through uni-assist.