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Study start 2020

Planning for the first semester

For the coming semester, we offer students studying at the campus in Frankfurt a two-pronged model: offering students the choice as to whether they study online or on campus. Further information here.

Applications are still possible

Due to the situation this year with many delays in the school system, Frankfurt School is still accepting applications for the study start in 2020.

Application Process

1. Online Application

The first step of our application process is to complete the online application form. We strongly recommend you apply as early as possible, however no later than June 30th if you would like to be guaranteed a spot in our Bachelor of Science programmes. You are required to provide us with all necessary documents and successfully complete our application process.

Applications after June 30th will still be considered, however places will be assigned depending on availability and academic merit.

You will need to upload the following supporting documents:

  • Recognised secondary school diploma* (Abitur, IB Diploma, High School Diploma, European Baccalaureate, etc.) - If you have not graduated yet, then you can apply by uploading your last two school report cards
  • Optional letter of motivation (maximum 500 words): Please note that we do not accept general motivation letters. Please check our application portal and respond to the given question. 
  • CV (resume)
  • A copy of your passport or ID card
  • Other documents if applicable (references/letter of recommendation, extracurricular activities, certificates, awards, etc.)

    Start your online application here!

*Please be aware that specific requirements have been set by the German Ministry of Education for certain international high school diplomas. Some of these can be found below:

- IB Diploma (PDF)
- US High School Diploma (PDF)
- A-Levels (PDF)

If you are attending a high school which offers a different diploma to the above, please check the DAAD website for the exact requirements. The requirements are subject to change and we edeavour to provide up-to-date information. However, due to delays in receiving information, we cannot guarantee to always have the latest information available.

2. Assessment Centre

If your application is successful, you will be invited to one of our Assessment Centres. We arrange multiple Assessment Centres each year for your convenience. These take place on our campus and consist of an interview, an English test, an analytical test and a mathematical test. The Assessment Centre is free of charge.

As we have incorporated an English language test into our Assessment Centre, you are not required to submit an English certificate with your application. If you do not meet our English Language requirements at our Assessment Centre, we will get in touch with you to discuss further options.

If you are not able to attend an Assessment Centre here in Frankfurt, you can instead submit one of the following test results with your online application: SAT, ACT or TestAS (core test and Economics module), plus a standardised English test (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge or Pearson).

Due to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus, we are now offering certain Assessment Centres online. We encourage you to still complete your application normally and we will inform you as soon as possible, in which form your Assessment Centre will take place.

Alternatively, it may be also possible to organise an Assessment Centre in your own country for a fee of 130€. Please select this option when filling out the online application form and we will try our best to make it happen.

To get an idea of the types of questions you might encounter in the analytical test we have provided a few example exercises.

Quantitative Problem Solving (PDF)
Deductive Reasoning (PDF)
Diagrammes and Tables (PDF)
Mathematics (PDF)

German-speaking Assessment Centre dates


English-speaking Assessment Centre dates


3. Results

The final decision regarding admission to our BSc programmes will be based on a combination of the candidate’s school grades, English language abilities and performance at the assessment centre.

We also take into account other significant experiences, commitments or awards such as internships, international experiences and volunteer projects.

4. Programme Start

The programme starts at the beginning of September. All students are expected to be at Frankfurt School on this day. A week before the classes start there will be an introduction week where you will have the chance to meet your future coursemates.

For non-EU applicants who require a visa to enter Germany, please bear in mind that it can take up to two or three months to obtain the necessary visa. If you have any questions about your visa please contact our international office.

Scholarship application

In light of the current situation, Frankfurt School is pleased to announce a new merit-based scholarship programme to ensure talented students from a diverse range of backgrounds can focus on their future without worrying about their finances in these uncertain times. The diversity scholarship programme promotes diversity in terms of race, academic background, gender and academic excellence and consists of either a 25% or 50% reduction in tuition fees.

Am I eligible for a Scholarship?

Your academic excellence is important to us. However, we also take into consideration other factors when awarding scholarships. You should be able to identify with Frankfurt School and, once enrolled, be ready to actively engage in our student initiatives and contribute to the FS Spirit. We would like to also see you are team player and have proof of your motivation and engagement, especially related to the specific scholarship you are applying for. Generally, we don’t only put emphasis on just grades, however also achievements and personality.

How do I apply for a Scholarship?

You can apply directly for the Scholarship of your choice through our application portal whilst filling out your application. There is no application fee. You will required to write a motivation letter specifically for the scholarship you are applying for. We strongly recommend you emphasise in your motivation letter why you believe you are eligible for your chosen scholarship and allow us to get to know you better. Please make sure your scholarship motivation letter is written in English and is approximately 500 words (+/-20%).

Preparatory Course in Mathematics

Quantitative analysis is a core component of the Bachelor of Science at Frankfurt School. During the first two semesters students are introduced to advanced topics in the modules "Mathematics" and "Statistics and Probability". This requires a good understanding and advanced level knowledge of mathematics, as well as mastery of elementary mathematical concepts and calculation techniques. We know from experience that there can be significant gaps between school knowledge and the requirements of the module. That’s why we offer a preparatory course in mathematics. In a compact form, elementary and some fundamental concepts and techniques of applied (business) mathematics and statistics are provided, refreshed and practised. The topics covered in the preparatory course include:

  • Quantities and volume operations
  • Numbers and basics of calculation: powers, roots and logarithms; amount, maximum and minimum
  • Basic concepts of combinatorics; faculties and binomial coefficients
  • Calculating with sigma signs and product signs; frequently used total formulas
  • Term conversions; solving selected equations and inequalities
  • Functions of a real variable

A thorough understanding of these topics is the basis for successful participation in the modules “Mathematics” and “Statistics and Probability”.

Duration and date: 4 days (17 - 20/08/2020)
Location: Frankfurt
Language:    German or English
Lead by: Dr. Pia Domschke
Costs: 395 €

The preparatory course in mathematics is open to all students who have accepted an offer to start their studies in the Bachelor of Science at Frankfurt School in 2020. 

Available places are limited. The fee is payable upon registration.

Planning on taking a gap year?

If you are planning on taking a gap year before starting your studies to work or travel abroad, then you can simply apply and secure your study spot already now for 2021.

This is advantageous for those who know what and where they want to study, however would like to take some time off first after school. Through this you can completely enjoy your gap year and come back on time to start the programme mid-August!

Please note: We are receiving multiple applications for the study year 2020. Applicants who plan to start their studies in 2020 have precedence to the Assessment Centre. The earlier you apply, the higher the chances are of us being able to consider your application and offer you a contract. Please mention in your application that you are planning on taking a gap year and would like to start your studies in 2021. Our application deadline is the 30th of June 2020. Make sure you don't miss out!