Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

Hochschule Fresenius blends tradition with innovation. Digital transformation, demographic change or skills shortages: we know what makes people, societies and economies tick. We are constantly developing our study programs to train the next generation of specialists and managers. Join us and help shape the future with your specialist skills, creativity, agility and empathy.

Top reasons to study here

  • Total flexibility when choosing your location and model of study in Germany and our integrated semesters abroad.
  • Teaching is practical: Most of our lecturers work in their area of specialization. Courses often also feature guest lectures to relate theory to practice.
  • Personal attention: The group size has a maximum of 25 students. Our staff and lecturers will be happy to help you at all times.



  • 1848: Foundation of the Fresenius Chemical Laboratory by Carl Remigius Fresenius in Wiesbaden
  • 2003: Location in Cologne with the Faculty of Economics & Media
  • 2013: Foundation International Business School in Cologne
  • 2014: Campus in Berlin opens
  • 2015 Distance learning introduced. 
  • 2016 New York study center opens. 

  • 2017 Hochschule Fresenius Heidelberg opens.
  • 2019 Wiesbaden campus opens.


Fresenius University of Applied Sciences is one of the oldest private universities in Germany. It is state-recognised and has an academic and educational tradition stretching back about 170 years. The International Business School is a school of Fresenius University of Applied Sciences. Its English-taught programmes attract international students and offer globally-oriented students an international dimension in higher education. The resulting study groups provide exciting possibilities for students to build bridges across cultures at the start of their academic careers.

Further information for our international students can be found here. 


Our study programs prepare students for the demands of globally operating companies and qualify them for entry-level positions in all relevant fields in those companies. Study materials based on practical cases and the latest research findings will enable them to take soundly based entrepreneurial decisions in their professional life. Graduates will find a broad range of areas where they can apply the business skills they have acquired to their working life. Regular feedback from cooperation partners indicates that our Bachelor and Master programs meet market requirements.

We have a network of 556 cooperation partners from business, science and politics

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Student services

Hochschule Fresenius offers its students a wide range of different services. 

  • Our academic assistants support the students concerning all academic issues and organizational questions about their study programs.
  • Our International Services helps students organizing their time abroad, whether if it is a whole semester or just a few weeks.
  • Alumni & Corporate Relations offers our students many opportunities to improve their own career profile, to get in contact with business partners and alumni and support them finding an internship or a job.
  • The Competence Center Languages offers different language courses our students could attend at no charge. For international students we offer German courses.

Housing services

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences offers support to students seeking accommodation. There is a platform on the website that announces private accommodation vacancies. The Central Administration Office also distributes current lists of available flats and contacts new providers of accommodation.

For more information on housing, please visit our comprehensive support guide.

Library services

Hochschule Fresenius has its own library. It provides university students, professors and staff with a range of specialized literature and reference materials tailored to the needs of international business studies. Along with printed books, magazines and further publications, the library provides electronic media, such as eBooks and databases for online-literature with attached magazine archives.

ICT services

Hochschule Fresenius provides computers and printers in the library and in the students lounge. Furthermore, the university has an IT service where students can borrow hardware and get support with technical questions. WiFi is free on campus.

Medical services

Please ask our student advice team for further information here. 

Student Life

Campus life

To experience international culture also means being mobile, sometimes to leave your home surroundings and to complete your studies with a change of scenery by moving to another city. At least that’s the first step on the way to internationalism. By taking it, you will widen your circle of acquaintances and friends and get to know new people and cities. Flexible relocation means that you won’t lose any time or credits if you move to another campus of the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences. Continue to study comfortably and and with little bureaucracy in spite of moving.

Sports facilities

Hochschule Fresenius does not offer sport facilities, but students can take part in the extensive range of university sports of Cologne University. 

Student clubs

The Student`s Union of Hochschule Fresenius (ASTA) is very committed and regularly organizes events such as the summer and winter festivities, partys and the famous “Frese-Cup” which is hold every year at one the campuses in Munich, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Idstein or Berlin. Also the orientation week for first semester students is arranged by the Student`s Union.


Hochschule Fresenius offers the highest quality of education. We posess institutional accreditation by The German Council of Science and Humanities in 2016 and the system accreditation since 2015. All study programs passed the internal quality assurance, are fully accredited and state-recognized.

Köln, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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