Focus course

A course within a Studienkolleg which prepares you academically and linguistically for your studies in a specific subject area.

These courses are offered for various subject areas ("Fachrichtungen") and take one year (2 semesters). Each course culminates in a university qualification exam, the “Feststellungsprüfung” or “FSP”. Once you have passed the exam, you may apply for a Bachelor course (or a comparable undergraduate course of study) in your subject area.

Studienkollegs at "Universitäten" (universities) offer the following subject areas:

  • G course: for subjects within the humanities
  • S course: for linguistic subjects (some universities have combined G and S courses)
  • W course: for subjects within social and economic sciences
  • T course: for technical, scientific and mathematical subjects
  • M course: for medical and biological subjects

Studienkollegs at "Fachhochschulen" (Universities of applied sciences) offer the following focus courses:

  • TI course: for technical and engineering subjects
  • WW course: for subjects within the economic sciences
  • GD course: for artistic subjects
  • SW course: for subjects within social sciences


See also: Studienkolleg (preparatory course), Feststellungsprüfung (university qualification exam)