Furtwangen University (Campus Villingen-Schwenningen)

Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
Over its more than 160 year history, from its roots in the State Clockmaker School in the Black Forest, to the well-respected, internationally-oriented educational institution of today, Furtwangen University has always placed a high value on both practical applications and innovation. The outstanding quality of its degree programmes, closely combining theory and practice, its wide-ranging research activities and its distinctly global outlook with over 150 partners around the world, make HFU the ideal stepping stone in a successful career. The degree programmes offered cater for the demands of the modern workplace and include, besides more traditional courses, a range of unique courses which are customised to the needs of a changing society. The warm atmosphere of the campuses and close personal contact with teaching and administrative staff are conducive to study, while the wonderful natural surroundings of the area offer many opportunities for relaxation. The first-class infrastructure and central location i
  • 1 Masters
  • 2491 Students
  • Public Institution Type


Furtwangen University's core focus is on science-based, practical education and training. Traditional boundaries between subject fields are overcome in interdisciplinary projects. HFU is a leader in the specialist areas of engineering, computer science, information systems and management, engineering management, media, international economics, and health. The university is constantly adapting its range of courses and programmes to take account of innovative developments. Our aim is to offer forward-looking degree programmes to talented young people and to award them with qualified, officially recognised degrees, thereby opening up exceptional career opportunities for them. At the same time, we want to support their journey towards becoming responsible and competent individuals who are able to independently develop and put forward their own solutions to problems.

In addition, through application-oriented research and academic professional development, our university supports the next generation of scientists and contributes to innovation and to the advancement of skills in business and society.

High quality and innovation in teachingOur aim is to provide high-quality, practical education that leads to professional qualifications and is based on scientific fundamentals. Our range of programmes includes undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as professional training at the university level. In our bachelor's and master's degree programmes the university teaches academic, technical, and methodological skills. We are always improving our range of programmes and qualifications and use innovative teaching methods in an attractive learning environment. Studying at HFU gives students interdisciplinary, application-oriented knowledge that they can draw on independently to develop the necessary skills for their careers. Encouraging students to develop transferrable skills strengthens their abilities and contributes to their own personal development as individuals.

Practical focus through cooperation with industryAs a leading innovation partner of the business sector, the university understands the importance of cooperation and strong partnerships with industry. Ongoing knowledge exchange with our partners in companies and institutions guarantees a practical focus in teaching, research, and professional development. We work with those partners to develop new study programme models as well as relevant funding programmes for our students.

International focusWe support international education and research by working in partnership with universities and companies around the world. As a globally minded, outward-looking university, HFU is driving forward international academic and cultural exchange between students and other university members. To a large extent, we develop our degree programmes with a focus on international opportunities and demands, and guarantee that our university degrees will be recognised around the world. The inclusion of international developments in our course content, the teaching of foreign languages and intercultural skills, and the provision of funding for travel abroad all help to prepare graduates for work in an international environment. Our international profile is further strengthened by our international relationships and partnerships around the world: study modules abroad; dual-degree agreements; recruitment of international students, staff, and professors; and international research cooperation agreements.

Applied researchWe consider applied research and technology transfer in cooperation with our partners to be especially important as a catalyst for innovation and a requirement for maintaining the relevance of our teaching. Lecturers are required to be involved in application-oriented research, development, and project work to ensure that the content of their teaching remains up-to-date and of a high standard. We emphatically support such activities and the resulting publications, and invite students and companies to actively participate in the research and results.

Professional development and lifelong learningWe are the university for lifelong learning, offering continuing education courses for academic and professional qualifications. We explore new approaches and develop innovative, customer-oriented programmes and courses for companies, organisations, and graduates.

Qualifications and motivationWe cross boundaries: in cooperative work between students, staff, and professors; in interdisciplinary projects bringing together all areas of the university; and between teaching, research, and professional development. Our visiting lecturers act as important links between the university and industry. A focus on service, transparency, and continuous improvement characterises all processes at our university. Motivation, personal aptitude, professional dedication, and research and development experience all guarantee academic and technical competence.

Social responsibility and safeguarding the futureWe put social responsibility, sustainability, and safeguarding the future at the forefront. As a university, we provide our students with the necessary skills for forward-looking, sustainable action in relation to industry, the environment, and society. We actively support the balance of family and career and/or university studies and the consideration of gender issues, and we take into account the specific personal circumstances of all members of the university. Personal responsibility and entrepreneurial spirit improve opportunities for the development of both the individual and the university. Our students will always remain our students as alumni.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)

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Student Life

An International University in the Heart of the Black Forest

Furtwangen University is located over 3 campuses in small, friendly towns, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Black Forest region of southern Germany, one of the most popular tourist areas in the world.
Yet, HFU is the ideal study location for those who want to be close to the cutting edge without giving up quality of life. You will study in an innovative, modern degree programme in high-tech facilities alongside students from every corner of the globe. And Furtwangen's location in the very heart of Europe means many of Europe's major cities, such as Freiburg, Strasbourg, Stuttgart and Zürich are not far away. What's more, this is one of the fastest-growing and most vibrant economic regions in Europe, home to many global companies such as Porsche, Daimler, Bosch, Siemens and SAP, with whom HFU maintains excellent contacts.
On campus there is an impressive range of student clubs and organizations to get involved in, such as the Big Band, a business consulting group, the International Student Community and Enactus, an international student organization that sets up social projects to help local communities. Students themselves organize many sports, social and business events including the French, Spanish and Chinese evenings on the Schwenningen campus, and the International Festival co-hosted with the town of Furtwangen. The flyers in the column on the right, produced by a group of students, give an insight into life on campus.
You'll find out a lot more about life on and off campus in the following pages, but first have a look here at what our students have to say about studying at Furtwangen University.


System accredited by ACQUIN

In May 2013 Furtwangen University became one of the first universities in Germany to be awarded the highly sought-after system accreditation seal of approval. System accreditation confirms that our quality standards are high and that we are committed to maintaining a culture of quality.

Specifically what this means is that the internal quality management system of the university has been reviewed according to system accreditation standards to assess its ability to maintain quality standards and allow for continuous development and improvement in our quality levels. This has now been confirmed through accreditation and as a result the high quality of all academic programmes offered by the university, not only individual study programmes, is guaranteed.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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