Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Heidenheim is introducing a new program called the “Bridge Year”. Our Bridge Year will help international students to get prepared for studying in Germany at DHBW (Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg - Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University). In order to study at DHBW as a foreign student you need to provide proof of German language skills, a school leaving certificate equivalent to the German “Abitur” and a training contract with one of our cooperating companies. During the Bridge Year Program we will support you in the application procedure.

About the program

  • Program duration: October 2015 to August 2016
  • The program is directed at foreign students with little or no knowledge of the German language.
  • Those completing the program will be able to pass the official German language proficiency test (DSH), one of the requirements to study at DHBW as a foreign student.


  • Language training
    • Block I Courses A1 and A2 (beginners) with a total of 300 hours
    • Block II Courses B1 and B2 (intermediate) with a total of 300 hours
    • Block III Preparation for DSH test
  • Intercultural training
    • Germany and the Germans – Overview of the German history
    • “Typically German” – German culture and society
Training for job applications Program specific courses
  • students are assigned to different groups depending on the faculty in which they want to be enrolled - Business Administration, Engineering or Social Work
  • students receive subject specific courses like mathematics, physics, social work, academic work, presentation skills
Internship/work placement at one of our cooperating companies Excursions, site visits to local companies, social events and other extra-curricular activities.

Cost & Fees

  • program fee € 1,500
  • accommodation € 250-300 per month
  • living expenses approximately € 300 per month
  • a limited number of scholarship will be awarded

Entry Requirements


  • must be of full age
  • must possess a school leaving certificate which is equivalent to the German university entrance qualification
  • must have a good command of English
Program taught in:
  • English
  • German
This course is Campus based
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1 year
1,500 EUR
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