International foundation programme (VSi MINT)


Starting in winter semester 2018/2019 international applicants without a higher education entrance qualification have the opportunity to join our VSiMINT foundation programme. Applicants who successfully complete the VSiMINT programme are eligible to begin the orientation phase at Saarland University or at htw saar.

(1) VSiMINT replaces the compact preparatory ‘T courses’ that were previously offered.
(2) The German acronym ‘MINT’ is equivalent to the English acronym ‘STEM’, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

Preparatory courses in German, Mathematics and Physics

The international foundation programme VSi MINT has been designed to enable candidates who do not have a recognized higher education entrance qualification and whose German is not yet proficient enough for normal study to join Saarland University’s special ‘Bachelor Plus MINT’ programme.
Contact hours: 15 hours per week, combinated with a level B2/C1 German course.

Note on application:

To participate in the VSiMINT programme, please apply for the subject "Bachelor Plus MINT" at Uni-Assist. You will then receive all further information there.

Programme schedule

During the first semester, students attend a German language course at CEFRL level B2/C1 (18 hours per week) in combination with foundation courses in mathematics (10 hours per week) and physics (5 hours per week). At the end of the semester, students will take a German language exam, which is structured similarly to the DSH language proficiency test, and an intermediate exam in mathematics and physics.

This is followed by a preparatory phase at the institution at which the student wants to study. For more detailed information, please use the following links: VSi MINT (for Saarland University) and ING Prep (for htw saar, flyer (in German))

If you do not yet have the necessary German language skills to join the level B2/C1 language course, you can attend the ‘level I’ preliminary course.

** Current contact details **

In order to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, the ISZ Saar currently offers restricted services.
You can reach the secretariat Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. by phone at +49 (0) 681 - 302 2850.
Otherwise, please contact us by e-mail if you have questions

For general concerns, please write to Ms Keller: info-isz(at)

Questions regarding application/enrolment in study-preparatory DSH and VSiMINT courses


International Study Centre Saar (ISZ Saar)

Director: Dr. Michael Aulbach
Secretary: Elisabeth Keller
Phone: +49 (0) 681 302-2850
Fax: +49 (0) 681 302-2824

Postal address

Internationales Studienzentrum Saar (ISZ Saar)
der Universität des Saarlandes
Campus, Gebäude A3 2
66123 Saarbrücken