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Qualification for University Entrance

Important: In order to study at a German university, all international students must be able to show that their academic knowledge and language skills are comparable to that of a German Abitur. In other words, are you academically prepared to take on a course of study at a German university? If it is determined that your academic knowledge or German language skills are as yet insufficient to begin at the university, you will have to attend courses at a sort of preparatory college (das Studienkolleg) and pass an assessment test to qualify for university admission (die Feststellungsprüfung). Below we have listed the steps to follow to qualify for entrance into a German university.

:If your academic knowledge is deemed insufficient If your German skills are deemed insufficient
  • Qualifying Examination for a Prepratory College (Aufnahmeprüfung zum Studienkolleg)
  • Preparatory College (Studienkolleg)
  • Assessment Test for University Admission (Feststellungsprüfung)
  • Language course

University admission contingent upon schooling:

Foreign applicants whose skills and knowledge, which were acquired during their schooling, are comparable to that of the German Abitur (higher education entrance qualification), and are also recognised as such, are said to possess the so called "direct university admission" (direkter/freier Hochschulzugang). These students may apply straightaway to the university and are not required to attend a Studienkolleg, nor complete the Feststellungsprüfung.

Caution: Direct university admission does not mean you have been accepted into the university. It simply signifies you are capable of commencing studies at a university without additional preparatory schooling. You still must apply, naturally in adherence to university or uni-assist requirements.

Do I have "direct university admission"?

You may check whether or not you have "direct university admission" on the DAAD (Deutscher Akademische Austausch Dienst) website http://www.daad.de/deutschland/wege-durchs-studium/zulassung/06550.de.html.

If you find you do not qualify for "direct university admission", please see our section entitled Studienkolleg/Feststellungsprüfung (Preparatory College/Assessment Test for University Admission) to read more about what steps you will need to follow in order to reach your goal of studying at a German university.

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