University of Applied Sciences Fresenius

The Hochschule Fresenius is a private, state-accredited University of Applied Sciences with an international focus, which places emphasis on the newest scientific areas and research-led teaching. Through close collaboration with other European universities, the Hochschule Fresenius makes programmes of study possible, which are unique to Germany. A network of various international business enterprises allows the trainees and students to complete internships around the world.



The University of Applied Sciences Fresenius, with its parent house in Idstein, can look back on a scientific tradition of a more than 158 years. Founded as a school of chemistry in 1848, it gained recognition in 1971 as a state-approved, private university of applied sciences.


Approximately 850 university and 400 vocational students are at present being educated in the main building, as well as in three additional buildings in the town. 14 full-time and 6 part-time in-service training courses, as well as 6 occupational training courses and 4 courses for advanced and further education in the Faculties of Chemistry and Biology, Health and Economics and Media are currently offered at the University of Applied Sciences Fresenius Idstein and at the associated University of Applied Sciences Fresenius institutes in Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Zwickau in Germany and Vienna, Austria.


It began in 1848 as Fresenius Chemical Laboratory; today Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest private educational institutions in Germany. Its mission – both then as a laboratory and now as a university – has always been to unite research and development, education and service under a single roof. Initially it conducted research into “Chemistry/Biology/Pharmacy”. Subsequently, the faculties of Health and Social Sciences, Economics and Media and Design developed into research mainstays. Currently, a fifth subject, Online plus, which addresses digital transformation in industry and commerce, is being established.


There are career perspectives for dual career partners in an academic capacity, as well as in administration roles. Professors’ (full or part-time) and scientific positions are to be filled, as well as roles in the fields of administration, services and consultation.

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)


Student services

International Services

They are committed to international cooperation because we want to provide our students with the best possible preparation for the labour market and with unforgettable experiences during a stay abroad. To do this, they have established a network of international partnerships with institutes and universities around the globe.

Medical services

The non-profit Institute for Health Management (gewi) was established in 2005. The Institute has set itself the key task of examining economic aspects of the health service industry using scientific methods. A particular concern is to provide the parties involved with the information they need to partake in health policy discussions and make entrepreneurial decisions.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Applied Sciences Fresenius parent house is located in the picturesque town of Idstein, with its historical town centre, at the edge of the Taunus Mountains. Wiesbaden and Frankfurt are accessible in a thirty-minute drive from Idstein. The main building of the University of Applied Sciences Fresenius is situated in the centre of Idstein.

Student clubs

The Students’ Union (Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss or AStA) represents the interests of students’ at a campus and is an independent body of the university. The AStA performs the following tasks:

  • Represents the study-related and social interests of the student community in dealing with the university, Ministry of Education, media, etc.
  • Administers student community funds in coordination and collaboration with the university
  • Gives statements on university or science policy-related issues at the university
  • Looks after the cultural interests of its members
  • Supports and promotes student sporting activities


Since autumn 2005, the quality management and organisational development at Fresenius University has been subject to annual evaluations conducted by the German society for the certification of quality assurance systems (DQS) in accordance with the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), the European Committee for Standardization (EN) and the International Organization for Standardization.