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Furtwangen University

4.3 out of 5 (12 ratings / 11 reviews) Furtwangen im Schwarzwald, Germany
Furtwangen University's core focus is on employment-oriented education and training based on academic principles. Traditional boundaries between subject fields are removed in interdisciplinary projects. .HFU is a leader in the specialist areas of engineering, computer science, information systems and management, business administration and engineering, media, international business and health.



  • 5 March, 1850 Foundation of Archduke of Baden's Clockmaker School in Furtwangen
  • 1852 Foundation of the "German Clock Museum“ - still a department of the HFU to this day
  • 1863 Closure of Clockmaker School but vocational school remains
  • 1877 Re-establishment of the Clockmakers' School and establishment of Wood-carving School 


HFU's core focus is on employment-oriented education and training based on academic principles. Our aim is to provide a top-notch, practice-oriented and professionally recognized academic education. We are continually extending our range of programmes and qualifications which include undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses as well as professional training at university level. In our bachelor's and master's degree programmes, academic, technical and methodological skills are taught using innovative teaching methods in an attractive learning environment. Studying at HFU provides students with an interdisciplinary, application-oriented education which prepares them well for their future careers.


  • Applied research has a high priority at Furtwangen University. Research themes from industry, business and society are dealt with in our 6 core RESEARCH THEMES and 10 thematically focused RESEARCH INSTITUTES.  In our research projects we develop solutions, for example, for Industry 4.0, digitalization, IT security, service engineering, medical engineering, health and healthcare, and societal changes.
  • The INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED RESEARCH is the central and cross-faculty contact and coordinator for research activities at HFU, one of its most important tasks being to provide information about research activities and to support applications for third party funding for research. 


Career Prospects First-rate Career Prospects Smart systems are used in various industrial sectors, including the automotive industry, automation, communication, microsystems engineering and the manufacture of everyday items. Our graduates are qualified for leading positions in various professional areas – such as innovative roles and research & development work [...] career and obtaining a doctorate.

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Student services

The Student Affairs Department of Furtwangen University is responsible for any questions our students may have regarding applications, admissions, enrolment and examinations, before, during and after their study time.

The Student Affairs Department is responsible for:

  • General academic counselling
  • Applications and admissions
  • Administrative support in study place allocation procedures
  • Administrative support in exam procedures
  • Enrolment and re-enrolment
  • Maintainance of the student database

Housing services

The International Center of Furtwangen University normally arranges accommodation for students who come to Furtwangen University as part of an exchange programme.

Master's students and students of the International Business Management bachelor's programme, get support in finding accommodation from the coordinator of the relevant programme.

Library services

Our library media portfolio includes more than 130,000 e-books, 50,000 books and 25,000 electronic newspapers, as well as many scientific databanks, literature administration software and video portals. Comprehensive counselling on the various media is also available.

Student Life

Campus life

Furtwangen University is not only the highest university in Germany geographically, in prestigious rankings students and businesses have also voted us one of the top educational institutions in Germany. Our 9 faculties offer a broad range of practical and future-oriented degree programmes across 3 campuses — Furtwangen, Schwenningen and Tuttlingen. The friendly and supportive HFU atmosphere which is our trademark, enables our students to settle into academic life quickly and to concentrate fully on their studies. Classes are small allowing personal contact with teaching staff. 

Sports facilities

There is a great sense of community in Furtwangen. Being small makes it easier to meet other people, whether it’s in the common room of the student halls of residence, at the swimming pool or the gym, or at student parties or events such as the International Festival.

Bikes can be used for commuting as well as for sport. They are great for getting your system going again after a hard day of lectures. Our students and staff have the advantage of being able to enjoy the wonderful countryside of the Black Forest region and the area around the source of the Danube. So there are plenty of good reasons to leave the car at home, forget the bus and just use your own legs. 

Student clubs

Here Are Various Student Organizations And Clubs On Each Of The Three Campuses Of Furtwangen University. The Various Sports Initiatives Are Coordinated By The Student Union Asta.Furtwangen Campus

  • Institute For Business Consulting
  • Verbindung Alemannia
  • Verbindung Horlogia
Schwenningen Campus
  • Business Talks
  • Big Band Vs Campus
  • Enactus
  • Ib Consulting
  • International Student Community (Isc)
  • Stocks Floor
  • Student Initative For Kids


Accreditation of degree programmes (programme accreditation) is laid out by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and is a requirement in the State Higher Education Act for the official approval of a degree programme. In system accreditation, it is not simply individual degree programmes which are accreditated, but actually the quality control system of the whole university in the area of learning and teaching.

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My university Hochschule Furtwangen universitat has a great campus in the middle of the black forest. The teachers are highly motivated to give the best education to their students. There are not too many students in class and the teachers usually focus on make practical lessons in a way that the students acquire better the knowledge. There are a lot of international...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I just got accepted by the university and I will start to attend by October 2021

Small city but good university
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Small city but very good university. Nice international atmosphere with very engaged and dedicated professors.

Furtwangen im Schwarzwald, Germany

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