Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Frequently asked questions – prospective students

Yes, but only one of the three offered specializations, “Medical Image and Data Processing“, which strongly focuses on programming, pattern recognition, algorithms and data structures, is taught in English. Please be aware that a student with English and German skills has a bigger variety of lectures to choose from, as some optional courses are in German. We also highly recommend that you take at least a basic German course before you start your studies at FAU. It will make dealing with administrative matters a lot easier.

Our other two branches of study, “Medical Devices and Prosthetics” and “Medical Electronics”, are only taught in German and require very advanced German skills (DSH 2 or TestDaF 4, but also keep in mind that academic vocabulary is more difficult to understand than daily life German).

If you only fulfil the English requirements please make sure that you choose the English branch (“Med. Bild- und Datenverarbeitung”) when you apply for the Master’s programme, otherwise we will have to reject your application.

No. The bachelor’s program is offered in German only. German language requirements are DSH 2 or TestDaF 4 – but please be aware that academic vocabulary is more difficult to understand than daily life German.

Academic requirement: subject-related qualification (computer science and engineeringfor university entrance at Master’s level (e.g. bachelor’s degree).

We expect our students to possess excellent programming skills, profound knowledge in Electrical Engineering and a strong theoretical Mathematics background. Our entrance qualification board individually evaluates each application with all taken courses in a bachelor’s program. This means that having studied Medical Engineering does not automatically make you suitable for entering our Master’s programme, as the content of each Bachelor’s programme varies enormously. On the other hand, you do not necessarily need a degree in Medical Engineering to join the program. Please understand that we cannot predict your chances to get accepted before you apply.

English language requirements: internet based TOEFL min. 95, paper based TOEFL min. 570, IELTS min. 7.0, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English or UNIcert III (no exceptions possible!)

A degree in an English-taught Bachelor’s program is not sufficient to prove your language skills.

You have been accepted to the Master’s programme under the condition that you pass one or more conditional subjects within the first year (i.e. from the 1st of Oct to the 30th of Sept or from the 1st of Apr to the 30th of Mar). This means you have to take certain classes in addition to your regular Master’s workload of 120 ECTS credits, usually “Engineering Mathematics” and/or “Advanced Programming Techniques”. You can find them in our information system UnivIS if you search the lecture list for the course title. The conditional subjects will usually not appear in your Master’s certificate, only in your Transcript of Records. You have the option, however, to have them counted for the module group “Flexible Budget” if you wish to. As soon as you pass the exams for your conditional subjects you have to communicate this to our examinations office (Mrs. Jahreis: helga.jahreis[at] If you don’t pass the conditional subjects within one year you cannot continue your studies!

“Advanced Programming Techniques” is only offered in the winter semester (WS), so please make sure to attend the class then. If you fail the exam in winter you can take a repetition exam in summer (if this is still within your one year deadline!).

“Engineering Mathematics” is only offered in the summer semester (SS) but you can get access to the lecturer’s slides, study on your own and take the exam in winter, too. Ask your study advisor about this option.

Expenses for a student living in Erlangen generally range around 700 Euros. Depending on your personal standards you have to expect to pay between 250 and 500 Euros for rent.

German universities do not provide housing for their students. It will be your responsibility to find a housing arrangement which suits you (hall of residence, shared or private apartment). Our accommodation co-ordination service can assist you with your search but cannot be held liable for your rental contract or the condition of your apartment.

No, FAU does not dispose of a scholarship system. But you can apply for scholarships at other institutions such as the German Academic Exchange service (DAAD). To learn more about scholarship options click here.

There are no tuition fees at German public universities. You only have to pay an administrative fee of currently 114 Euros per semester (i.e. twice a year), which also includes a student ticket for public transport.

The lecture period for the winter term starts in the middle of October, the lecture period for the summer term in the middle of April. The exact dates vary from term to term, you can find these and many other important semester dates on the Student Records Office´s website (switch to English language in the top right corner).

For more detailed information about the applying process, please click here.

The most convenient option is to book a flight to Nürnberg (Nuremberg). From there, you take the subway line U2 (subway station right in front of the airport entrance) to Nürnberg main station (Hauptbahnhof/Hbf). Trains to Erlangen leave several times per hour. You can buy your train ticket at the vending machines or at the Railway Service Centre (“DB Reisezentrum”) located on the ground floor in the western side hall. Choose “Erlangen Bahnhof/Bhf” (Erlangen station) as your destination. The train ride takes around 30 minutes. From Erlangen station you can take a taxi or bus to your accommodation. For more information on bus services see (English version available).

Yes. The program advisor, Ms. Claudia Barnickel, will be happy to help you with any question you might have concerning the study programme. At the beginning of each term a welcome meeting is held in order to provide you with general tips and information about your studies.

Moreover, FAU offers a “buddy programme”, in which international students are assisted by an experienced German volunteer from their faculty. Your personal “buddy” can help you with everyday problems, show you the city etc. and hopefully will become a good friend!

You can apply for this program here.

Studying Medical Engineering at FAU is closely linked to strong research and industrial partners such as Siemens, adidas, Fraunhofer Society and many others. This gives our students the chance to make useful contacts early on (e.g. during their Master’s project) and increases their job prospects. For an overview of companies involved in the ‘Medical Valley’ of Erlangen-Nürnberg click here.

Yes, of course! You can find general information about housing, health insurance, German culture etc. in our Welcome-Brochure. We also recommend you join our Facebook group for international Master’s students ( as soon as you receive your admission letter.