If you are interested in a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, but your school leaving certificate from your home country does not grant you direct access to a German university, the INGprep preparatory study program might be just the right thing for you.

The INGprep preparatory study program at the htw saar will help you ease into your academic career. A combination of intensive German language classes, engineering-related subjects, method learning and preparatory semesters at the htw saar in your chosen field of study will prepare you for a smooth start to your bachelor’s program.

The INGprep preparatory study program is divided into two phases:

Phase One:
German-language training leading to the DSH 2 (C1) level and preparatory courses in mathematics and physics.
Duration: 1-2 semesters, depending on your German proficiency

Phase Two:
After the successful completion of phase one, you will participate in regular introductory courses in electrical or mechanical engineering at the htw saar on a trial basis. During this second phase you actually start collecting ECTS credit points towards your bachelor’s degree.
Duration: 2-3 semesters

Upon successful completion of the INGprep study program, you will receive a subject-specific entrance qualification for your bachelor’s program at the htw saar called the AHZB (alternative ausländische Hochschulzugangsberechtigung), as well as privileged admission to the htw saar.

Why Chose INGprep?

  • Professional German-language training at the International Study Centre at Saarland University (ISZ Saar)
  • A gradual introduction to your academic career by participating in preparatory semesters at the htw saar
  • Application-oriented studies
  • Transfer of credits (ECTS points) earned during the preparatory semesters towards your future bachelor’s degree, thus speeding up your overall study time
  • Constant support from the International Office, professors and fellow students at the htw saar, easing your way into your study courses and student life in Saarbrücken
  • Small study groups in a familiar atmosphere
  • Comprehensive preparation for an accredited Bachelor of Science degree with excellent career options in Germany and all over the world

Additional information:
The INGprep preparatory study program currently prepares you for the following bachelor’s degree programs at the htw saar:

Additional degree programs are planned.

Application Procedure and Admission Requirements

International applicants with foreign educational credentials must apply online via uni-assist, the service agency for international students.


To select the INGprep program on the uni-assist website, please click on “My assist” in the top right corner. This will open the course catalog. Under “Search criteria” – “University”, please select “htw saar”, then chose the course “Studienvorbereitung (DSH und INGprep)“.

We recommend you submit the accompanying documents to uni-assist at least 6 weeks before the deadline.

Admission Requirements

To join the INGprep preparatory study program at the htw saar, you need to qualify for subject-related or general admission to a preparatory course. To find out if your school leaving certificate from your home country meets these requirements, please refer to the

DAAD website

Note: You can apply for the INGprep program with an indirect higher education entrance qualification (indirekte Hochschulzulassungsberechtigung).

Language Requirements

German Level B1

Please check here to find out which German language certificates are accepted for the INGprep preparatory program.

  • Goethe-Zertifikat B1 / Goethe certificate B1
  • Zertifikat Deutsch telc B1 / Certificate German telc B1
  • DTZ (Deutsch Test für Zuwanderer), Gesamtergebnis B1 / German Test for Immigrants, overall result B1
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kulturministerkonferenz (DSD) Erste Stufe / German Language Diploma from the Conference of Ministers of Education (DSD), First Level

The following higher level language certificates are also accepted:

  • DSH Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) - mindestens DSH 2 / German language proficiency test for foreign applicants seeking admission to higher education, minimum DSH 2
  • TestDaF / Test of German as a foreign language
  • Prüfungsteil Deutsch der Feststellungprüfung an einem Studienkolleg / German language section of the Academic Assessment Test (FSP)
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der KMK, Zweite Stufe (DSD II) / KMK German Language Diploma), Level 2 (DSD II)
  • Schulabschluss, der eine deutschen Hochschulzugangsberechtigung entspricht / A school-leaving certificate equivalent to the German higher education entrance qualification
  • Goethe Zertifikat C1 or C2 / Goethe certificate C1 or C2
  • Goethe-Institut Kleines oder Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GI KSD or GSD exams)
  • Zeugnis „tele Deutsch C1 Hochschule" / Diploma "telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule"


At the beginning of your studies, you will take a language placement test to find out which German course level and which study pace suits you best. After one or two semesters of intensive language training, combined with preparatory courses in mathematics and physics, you will take an exam ("Zwischenprüfung"). This exam will prove that you have achieved a German proficiency level of C1 according to GER (DSH 2). Upon successfully passing this exam, you will be able to take up your preparatory semesters at htw saar.

Course Dates and Application Deadlines

For the winter semester (September - March) the  application deadline is July 15
For the summer semester (March - September) the application deadline is January 15

The overall duration of the program is approximately 3-4 semesters, depending on your proficiency in German and your personal study pace.

Application Procedures and Admission Requirements



Study Program and Advice for International Students

Norma Dettloff International Student Advisor


t +49 (0) 681 58 67 – 99136


htw saar
Haus des Wissens
Gebäude 11
Malstatter Straße 17
66117 Saarbrücken
Room 11.01.12

Further Information

You can find additional information on the German websites of

- the program
- the language requirements 

The htw saar offers German language courses leading to language proficiency level C1 according to GER (exam DSH-2) for applicants with a direct higher education entrance qualification (direkte Hochschulzulassungsberechtigung).
You can apply via www.uni-assist.de/en, course “Studienvorbereitung (DSH und INGprep)“ at the university "htw saar". 


Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft
des Saarlandes
Goebenstraße 40
66117 Saarbrücken

Telefon: (0681) 58 67 - 0
Telefax: (0681) 58 67 - 122
E-Mail: info@htwsaar.de

Ministerium der Finanzen und für Wissenschaft des Saarlandes

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