Most Studienkollegs are public education facilities which prepare students for their full studies at a university or university of applied sciences in Germany. The courses have been conceived for foreign applicant students whose school-leaving qualification is not equivalent to the German Abitur. Hence, their qualifications are not yet sufficient for university study.
Preparation for the Assessment Test
To prove their academic and linguistic aptitude, applicants must take an Assessment Test or an alternative test called the "German Language Test for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicant Students - DSH".
The 37 Studienkollegs located across Germany are currently training some 3,000 students from more than 40 countries to prepare them academically and linguistically for their full academic studies. After the one-year preparatory course, the students sit the Assessment Test. This is then the ticket with which they can apply for a place at a German university.
With the exception of the Studienkollegs in Dresden and Glauchau, attendance of the Studienkolleg is free-of-charge, although the stay in Germany is not. But how much money do you need?