Frequently Asked Questions

In general, blocked account is opened in the name of the Student him/herself. The money the student deposits in it is used to cover the cost of living, accommodation, any other administrative fees etc. In general this money is to cover the everyday living cost.

Note: For PSP, for ICPF Tech and for ICPF Med a Blocked Account is necessary!

Get information on opening a Blocked Account here.








Medical Doctors are one of the most sought after field in Germany. Every year the demand for more doctors is increasing. Especially in the field internal medicine Germany faces a big lack. In addition Germany needs psychiatry, anaesthesiology , orthopedics, accident surgery, neurology, surgery, radiology, children- and youth medicine and geriatric medicine. Assistant Doctors are most difficult to find.
These facts are taken from a nationwide survey made by from June 2013.


The International Academy of Students (IAS) offers university study-preparatory programs, education and further education programs. It depends on the course who can join. In general can be said that IAS offers courses for foreign pupils (finished 12 years of schooling) and for foreign students (finished at least one year of university studies, finished Bachelor/Master). After the course work Bachelor- or Masterstudies or vocational training can be started in Germany.

IAS cooperates with University of Applied Sciences FHM Schwerin.

IAS ´ administration is situated in Lübeck, Germany. Place of studies is Schwerin, Germany – FHM Campus. IAS has also coordinators in India and China. Summarized in one sentence IAS and FHM qualify international pupils and students for further studies in Germany by teaching german language, by teaching subject-related and also with social and cultural integration program and much more…

ICPF Tech:

- General German language
- Technical German
- Industrial visits
- Exhibitions and Seminars
- Personal development classes
- Partner programs (e.g. SAP)
- Cultural programs
- Social and cultural integration.

- German Language level C1
- Medical language and healthcare training
- Hospital simulations
- Hospitation (Observatoryship)
- GMK exam- preparation

- Language and subject-oriented program
- Gateway to Bachelor studies in engineering/economics or medicine
related studies in Germany

Three kinds of PSP:

- T-Course for technical studies – subjects are German,English,mathematics,chemistry,physics

- W-Course for business-studies – subjects are German, English,mathematics, economics,business studies

- M-Course (coming soon) for medical studies – subjects are German,English,mathematics,chemistry,biology

The Course fees for ICPF-Tech, ICPF-Med and PSP cover the following:

- Tuition fees
- Study materials
- Examination fees
- Integration and Social Programs
- Care and Assistance

All students of ICPF (Med & Tech) and PSP must open a blocked account and deposit (8040 Euro) for living expenses. Also see the question "Why should I open a Blocked Account in Germany?".

No, it is not possible.

1. Once IAS receives all necessary application documents in the correct given format (look here for required documents), the documents will be checked.

2. If the student satisfies all the criteria for eligibility to the coursework for which he applied, the admission acceptance form (AAF) will be sent to the student via e-mail.

3. Student needs to sign the AAF and scan and send it across to ( Remember the original needs to be submitted once the student is in Germany) and also pay the Fees for the coursework.

4. Students also need to attend a skype-interview.

5. Upon receiving the both (AAF signed/total amount of course fees) and after attending the skype-interview, the admission letter and the skype-protocoll will be sent as scanned copy via e-mail.

6. With the scanned copy of original admission letter, scanned copy of skype-protocoll and the blocked account, students need to attend the visa interview at their respective German consulate/embassy.

All students must attend the Skype-interview. In this interview the student’s knowledge about the program, their future plans and their motivation are checked. If satisfied with the result, we issue a certificate.

This certificate must also be produced at the consulate/embassy during the visa interview.

IAS has prepared an article for guidance. Please, click here to read Pre-departure to do.

Everyone must apply for Long-Term Student Visa. All students will be registered at the University of FHM at Schwerin Campus. 

No, during ICPF it´s not possible to earn money. Students are not allowed to work during the coursework. On special cases students are allowed to do part-time work only during holidays and semester breaks.

Facharztweiterbildung is a study (continuing education) to become a super speciality medical doctor. The studies take 6 to 7 years. During the period most of the hospitals/clinics where you do your Facharztweiterbildung provide money as part of the program. As of 2014, it is around 3500 to 4000€  per month.

Look at the question: "What do I do after completion of the program (ICPF Tech/Med or PSP)?"

Facharztweiterbildung  means medical super specialization in certain field of medicine like Surgery, Orthopedic, Pediatrics, Internal medicine, General medicine etc. After a period of 6 to 7 years, once the candidate passes the exam, then will be conferred as Facharzt (Super Speciality Doctor). For some more information see "Can I earn money during medical specialization?". 

Students can apply again for the DSH Exam and get a new date to appear again for the exam once more. For the Medical Test from State medical council there are no limits on the number times the examination can be taken. But a student must pass all the exams before 24 months from the start date of the program. 

All Programs correlate with the Semester begin of Bachelor or Master studies. i.e If a student starts the coursework say in Summer Semester 2014, he can join the Bachelor or Master studies by Summer Semester 2015. Similarly if the student starts by Winter Semester 2014, can join then by Winter Semester 2015.

Students will receive a scanned copy of original admission letter and a scanned copy of the Skype Interview Certification. For the procedure and more details see "What is the admission process like?". 

No, you need not. ICPF-Tech and ICPF-Med include lessons in German language from A1 till C1. Previous German knowledge is not necessary!!!

Various partners work with us in providing hostel rooms for our Students. Student hostels are available for PSP/ICPF students and they can write an email to us to request for an Accommodation. The rent varies from 225 to 250€ and mostly are twin sharing rooms with Bathroom & Kitchen. A deposit of 2 months rent is required to be paid upfront upon taking the Hostel rooms.

Most of our new students will be staying at the following address (We request students to give this address for Visa purposes)


Wismarsche Strasse 218

19057, Schwerin


For more information click here

Visa Process is done by the Embassy/Consulate in your Home country and also by the Alien's office in Germany. According to the German Embassy, the process might take maximum upto 8 weeks. So we strongly suggest students to start the admission process early enough so that they could join their program on time.

Each and every individual student is proofed by their respective Embassy/Consulate, we from the University/Intl. Institute cannot say how long it takes for this process. ONLY the Embassy/Consulate can let know a student about his/her Visa status. So for any Visa related queries (After the Visa Interview) always write to your resprective embassy/consulate. But note it does take some weeks before they could actually update you about your status.

Note: Visas are issued just a week or so prior to the course begin date & not before unless otherwise specifically mentioned.

IAS recommends IELTS exam. The IELTS result should be above 5,0. Find detailed information about IELTS here:

Alternatively you can do TOEFL Test. There you should reach about 80 points. Follow this link:

or Pearson PTE Test. There you should reach more then 46 points.

The International Academy of Students (IAS)/University of Applied Sciences FHM Schwerin a wide range of higher education program for foreign pupils (finished 12 years of schooling) and students. From three kinds of courses, which are conducted by IAS and FHM together, can be chosen:

1. Inter Cultural Program for Freshman for foreign
a) Engineers – called ICPF Tech
b) Medical doctors – called ICPF Med

2. Pre-Studies Program (PSP) for foreign pupils (finished 12 years of schooling).

Facing life and further studies in Germany, it is necessary to learn the German language. German language is the first urgent step on the way to university studies in Germany.

PSP, ICPF Tech and ICPF Med not general German language courses they are study programs culminating in final exam (a must for further studies in Germany). The coursework contains also technical or medical German vocabulary, depending on the chosen ICPF – program (Inter Cultural Program for Freshman). Furthermore ICPF participants benefit from social integration because of our additional cultural programs. Engineers from abroad will visit companies and German industry, medical doctors from abroad will visit hospitals and benefit from hospitations.

All lessons during PSP (Pre-Studies Program culminating in internal or external final exam) are taught in German. Language- and subject-oriented they prepare for Bachelor studies at FHM University or at other German universities.

Visit "courses" under the main menu to get more detailed information about all programs in offer!