GIZ's Welcome Centre for incoming programmes is situated in Saarbrücken in the state of Saarland. Participants from all over the world are received in the Office and prepared for their stay in Germany. A variety of services concerning the entry into Germany and the beginning of the programmes is offered. Those also include support for orientation in everyday life, such as seminars on German life and institutions, intercultural awareness trainings and activities for socializing and networking.
Southern Africa and Central and Eastern Europe are the areas the State Office Saarland addresses with its capacity building programmes. On behalf of the Saarland Ministry of Economics and Science and in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences, Regional Centre Saarland is organising and conducting trainings in management and marketing for young professionals and executives from Southern Africa. The trainings as well as networking events aim at establishing and maintaining strong economic ties between Saarland and Southern Africa.
The State Office Saarland runs the business end of the International Foundation Programme of the University of Applied Sciences. In so doing, GIZ provides an important service required by the Saarland University Act. The Saarland International Foundation Programme offers advising services to university applicants from abroad, verifies their educational certificates and organises preparatory courses to fulfil university entrance requirements.
Development policy issues must be brought to the attention of the population as a whole, even in a small Bundesland like Saarland. State Office Saarland focuses on sustainable economy.
GIZ's State Office Saarland runs the business end of the International Foundation Programme of the Saarland University of Applied Sciences (HTW). This was established by a mandate from the Saarland state government.
The International Foundation Programme (ASK) offers advice to university applicants from abroad and verifies their educational certificates in accordance with the guidelines set out by the Conference of German cultural ministers. If their general qualifications are not equal to the German Abitur, a leaving certificate granted by German secondary schools that qualifies pupils for admission to a university, applicants must attend a two-semester preparatory course.
These courses are organised and run by the ASK and culminate in an "appraisal test" which qualifies applicants for admission to a programme of study at a technical university.
University applicants from abroad whose school leaving certificate entitles them to enrol directly in a university must demonstrate sufficient German language skills. One way to do so is to pass the "German Language Test for University Admission" (DSH), for which the ASK also offers preparatory courses.
The ASK processes up to 1,000 applications annually. A maximum of 100 participants attend the preparatory courses offered each year.
The courses offered by the International Foundation Programme at the Saarland HTW always commence in the winter semester of any given year.
Application deadline for the following winter semester is 15th of July.
Admission to the courses offered by the International Foundation Programme depends on the results of an admission test in German (for all courses) and in mathematics and physics (only for courses in applied sciences). The admission test is normally scheduled to be held on September.
Preconditioned are good German skills (B1/B2, about 650 lessons).