About FOM

Unique, state recognised and globally connected

Hochschulzentrum Düsseldorf

Academic teaching since 1994

Study at one of the largest universities in Germany

As an initiative of an economically focused foundation, FOM University of Applied Sciences offers financially manageable full-time and part-time degree courses. At the centre of FOM’s teaching is the transfer of expertise from academic theory to practical application in an everyday work environment. This is why the teaching staff consistently combine academic content with examples from international business. The setting of practical tasks within the degree course also makes it easier for you to understand theoretical principles and apply them to your future professional life.

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Internationally recognised

State recognised and system accredited

When the first courses started in 1994, FOM was already state recognised. All degree courses are accredited and all qualifications are globally recognised in the business world. In 2012, the internationally focused accreditation agency FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation) checked the quality management system of FOM and awarded FOM the rating of system accredited. This means that FOM is able to develop and run new degree courses independently.

Hochschulzentrum Düsseldorf

A university with a special format

FOM's multi-award-winning quality

FOM has always provided high-quality teaching. This is also reflected in independent surveys and awards. More than 96 per cent of students would recommend FOM to others, and the evaluation portal “StudyCheck” has awarded FOM with “Top university in Germany 2022”. In service checks on behalf of renowned business journals and magazines, FOM has been awarded multiple accolades as a private university, including for being exceptional value for money, the best digital education provider in 2021 and the best university in the Business schools/business universities category.

Why study at FOM?



years of experience in higher education and academic excellence

More than 50,000 students


Leading research strengths with 26 research institutes

Global network

A global network with international universities



cooperations with companies and associations


Internationally recognised degrees

The high number of faculty members

More than 2,000 professors and lecturers

International College of Management, Sydney

Academic cooperations

Connected with universities all around the globe

As an internationally active university, FOM has fostered a large network of cooperations with renowned universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the USA. This allows students at FOM from Germany to gain study experience abroad, from a one-week language programme in New York to a two-week summer school in Cape Town or a semester abroad in France, Spain or Ireland. In return, the partner universities send students to FOM as part of cooperative degree programmes.

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Company cooperations and current research provisions

New knowledge for the economy

The practice-oriented teaching at FOM forms the basis for countless business cooperations: more than 10,000 universities, associations and local authorities support their own staff and apprentices by giving them access to a FOM degree course. FOM in turn uses the exciting exchange with the cooperation companies to develop tailor-made degree courses for businesses and their employees. In research at FOM, the specific practical relevance also plays a significant role. New academic findings from the research facilities flow directly into the teaching. Bachelor’s and, in particular, master’s students are already able to get actively involved in the research process during their degree course.