University-related FAQs

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: refer to

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.

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 116 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.

Yes. The program advisors, Mr. Tino Haderlein and Mr. Felix Schmutterer, 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.