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Fachstudium (re. studying a subject)
The term "Fachstudium" refers to one's actual, full-time course of study at a higher education institute. This is as opposed to preparatory courses, pre-study language courses and other propaedeutics, which do not form part of a Fachstudium.

Faculty
Sub-division of an institution for a particular field of study (e.g. law, arts, medicine). A faculty is led by a dean and his deputy, the vice dean.

Foreigner/foreign national
(Eng. "foreigner") The term "Auslaender" refers to all those without German citizenship. During the application process for a programme of higher study, it is more the origin of one's certificates than one's own origin that is the deciding factor. Special conditions apply to those who have acquired their "Allgemeine Hochschulzugangsberechtigung" (HZB) abroad. Even for those who have attended German institutions abroad, it is critical whether the certificate acquired from the institution was the German Abitur or the country's own leaving certificate. Upon being accepted, foreign students and citizens of the EU acquire the same rights as German students and are thus treated as Germans for educational purposes.

Funding confirmation
Confirmation that an applicant can fund his/her studies in Germany from independent means or with the support of a trusted person (certain amount in blocked account) or organisation, e.g. in the form of a bank guarantee or scholarship agreement.

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