Furtwangen University

4.4 out of 5 (15 ratings / 14 reviews) Furtwangen, 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 


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. 


Furtwangen University offers many opportunities for students to work as a student assistant ("Hiwi"). This film from GLF Campus TV shows examples of students working for the University Marketing Department, the Press Office and for the Information and Media Centre. However the International Center and the various Faculties are always looking for student assistance. It's always worthwhile to check with the Faculty or Department directly.

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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.

ICT services

Together with the other central facilities, IT-Applications aims to provide modern, universally accessible online services which support students, lecturers and other university staff in their daily work. Contact IT-Applications for information and advice on digitalization projects at Furtwangen University.

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

Furtwangen model: flexible study conditions for high performance athletes

Furtwangen University makes it possible to combine high-performance sport with studying for a university degree. Flexible conditions are set down in our Study and Examinations Regulations.

Student clubs

There 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.

  • Institute for Business Consulting
  • Verbindung Alemannia
  • Verbindung Horlogia
  • Hochschulinitiative Bundesverband Sicherheitspolitik


HFU professional training has been awarded the grade "Good" by the Stiftung Warentest magazine. HFU was only the second university of its type nationwide to be awarded the sought-after seal of system accreditation. The basis for this is the highly developed quality assurance system in the area of study and teaching.

Student Reviews

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Larissa Garcia rated 5 out of 5 stars

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The Professors are friendly and approachable. The school is always ready to answer every of your questions. You can easily approach any of the staffs for details about an issue. You get the chance to borrow things from the school all semester long. The buddy program, the student body, the staffs are all willing to assist in any way. To top it all there is no discrimination...

Furtwangen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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