Once a walled city, later part of East Germany, Schmalkalden is nestled on the slope of the Thuringian Forest and is famous for its quaint Fachwerk houses and Wilhelmsburg Castle. Established in 1902 as a school for craftsmen, Schmalkalden now enjoys a 90% professional placement record for its graduates.

You can find more information at www.fh-schmalkalden.de/

Transfer Courses: Business, including International Business, Marketing, Economic Sciences; Engineering (electrical, applied plastics and mechanical), Information Technology, Automation Technology, Computer Science.

Semesters: Spring and Summer

Application deadline: October 1 (for Spring); March 15 (for Summer.)

Language of Instruction: English for courses in Business, Economics, Programming, and some Mathematics. Other courses are in German.

Housing/Meals: Students may live in dorms or nearby apartments. Housing will cost about 220€ per month plus a 200€ refundable deposit. You may request a roommate attending at the same time. The rental agreement starts on April 1, but international students should arrive earlier and therefore pay a small rental charge for the end of March and arrange for their own meal plans.

Visa: Students holding a US passport may enter Germany without a visa but once in Germany, must apply, with the assistance of the university, for a residency permit. Note that the German government has strict requirements about insurance coverage and requires a statement indicating students have access to at least 600€ per month for living expenses. German residency permits may also require extra passport photos.

Applying to Schmalkalden University

After you have been accepted to the FMU exchange program, you will be required to complete the following:

  • An application to Fachhocschule Schmalkalden
  • Selection of courses
  • Copy of your FMU ID card
  • Passport-sized photo for application
  • Completed Housing application form

Your FMU Liaison, Dr. Ward, will assist you with the application process and mail your documents to Fachoschule Schmalkalden. Once you’ve received your acceptance packet you will apply for housing.

An Orientation Meeting will be held for all students traveling abroad shortly before departure.

Photo of Schmalkalden Timberframed
Five people posing for a picture in Warters Germany

FMU Liason:
Dr. Russell Ward
Professor of Sociology
FH 242 | 843-661-4632 | rward@fmarion.edu