FOKuS: Programme Changes beginning in WiSe 22/23

We are happy to be able to expand FOKuS--Studienstart Deutsch.

  • NEW: An intensive B1 German course will be offered before the Wintersemester 2022/23 in person at Ulm University (expected dates: 01.09.22 - 14.10.22).
  • Our B2 und DSH Preparatory language courses will be offered this fall during the normal semester period (17.10.22 - 18.02.23). Those who successfully complete the B1 course during the summer can continue directly with the B2 course.

Please note: Applications for all language courses (B1, B2, DSH) must be submitted via uni-assist by 15. July 2022.

Updated on 18.05.22

FOKuS Overview

German Courses

  • before WiSe 22/23: B1 Language Course (duration: 6 weeks)
  • B2 Language Course (duration: 1 semester)
  • DSH Preparatory Course* (duration: 1 semester) 
     *Preparatory German language course with final DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang - German language test for admission to higher education for foreign study applicants)

Specialized Courses

  • Tutorials (e.g. mathematics tutorial, study skills tutorial)
  • Specialized language course
  • Seminar on current news with historical & political context

Student Support

  • Orientation activities (e.g. city & campus tour) 
  • Excursions + leisure activities
  • Buddy programme

Please note: If you begin with the B2 language course and then take the DSH course, the prepatory programme will last 2 semesters (1 year).

**As the programme is being expanded starting with the WiSe 2022/23, the application requirements are also being adjusted. Information about the updated requirements will be provided on this page by the end of May 2022 at the latest.**

The following criteria must be met when applying for FOKuS--Studienstart Deutsch:

  • Proof of German language skills: completed A2 level at the minimum (according to the Common European Framework for Languages)
    • A2 level --> participation in B1 course before beginning of semester necessary
    • B1 or better --> course placement in B2 or DSH course determined after placement test at beginning of semester
  • All other admission requirements (except of proof of recognized language certificates for admission to higher education) for the desired study programme at Ulm University, Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences or Ulm University of Applied Sciences

Admissions statutes of Ulm University for the Preparatory Course for international  prospective students - May 05, 2017 (only in German).

The preparatory course including language courses is currently free of charge.

Participants are, however, responsible for paying their DSH examination fees, with the DSH examination fee is expected to be 175.00€.

The following fees are due for all Ulm University students (per semester):

Administrative fee:  70.00 €
Student services fee  87.00 €
Contribution to the authored student body  13.00 €
Total amount 170.00 € 

The amount of living expenses is difficult to quantify, because these may vary from one person to another. A room for students in Ulm costs about 300.00 € per month at the minimum. Considering costs for food, clothing, insurance, etc., students usually need at least about 735.00 € to 800.00 € each month to cover all costs.

Important information and instructions for living and studying in Ulm and at Ulm University can be found at the following website: Welcome to Ulm!

Please apply online via the service center uni-assist (in Berlin).

Application documents to submit (online only!):

  • Certificate that entitles you to study in your home country
    • original document
    • an official translation in German or English
  • Proof of German language skills
    • original document
  • Study achievements, certificates, transcripts of grades or transcripts of records about your previous studies at a foreign university
    • original document
    • official translation in German or English
  • Original APS certificate for applicants from China and Vietnam


All application documents must be translated by a sworn translator in Germany or abroad (see: information about certified copies and translations from uni-assist). English or German language documents do not need to be translated!

Application deadlines:

  • Summer semester: 15 October - 15 January
  • Winter semester: May 15 - July 15

The complete application must have been received by uni-assist in Berlin by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Please note: It is not necessary to send the application by mail!

Application costs (uni-assist): [Last updated: September 2021]

  •  € 75.00 for your 1st choice of study in an application semester
  •  + € 30.00 for each further study request in the same application semester

Applicants who would like to study the following unrestricted Bachelor programs at Ulm University, we can guarantee a study place after the preparatory semester.

For these subjects, a renewed application is not necessary. 

  • Chemistry (*)
  • Chemical Engineering (*)
  • Computational Science and Engineering (*)
  • Electrical Engineering (*)
  • Computer Science (**)
  • Communication and Computer Engineering (*)
  • Mathematics (**)
  • Mathematical Biometry (*)
  • Media Informatics (**)
  • Physics (*)
  • Software Engineering (**)
  • Chemistry and Management (*)
  • Mathematics and Management (**)
  • Physics and Management (*)
  • Economics (*)

* – start only possibly for winter semester
** - possibly for winter semester as well as summer semester

For all other study programmes it is necessary to apply according to the admission and enrolement rules.

Overview of the study programmes of Ulm University:

If you are interested in living in a student dormitory during the preparatory programme, we are happy to help you reserve a room. More information on student housing can be found on the Studierendenwerk Ulm website.

Application deadlines

Summer semester:
November 1 - January 15

Winter semester:
May 1* - July 15

*The application link for WiSe 22/23 should be active by the end of May 2022.

The complete application must have been received by uni-assist in Berlin by this date. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Visa Application

Please note that applying for visa can take a long time.

We therefore recommend that applicants residing abroad apply for FOKuS early so that they can be present for the beginning of the semester.