To be accepted for a Studienkolleg, applicants must meet certain criteria:
1. German language skills:
Even if you would like to take a course at the Studienkolleg to improve your German language skills, you will already be expected to have attained a certain proficiency level right from day one. You can prove that you have reached this level by presenting a certificate issued for passing a DSH or TestDaF exam (after approx. 400 to 600 class hours). This language level corresponds roughly to level B1 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages". Some Studienkollegs even require you to pass a DSH 2 exam. Please contact the Studienkolleg directly to inquire what language skills the Studienkolleg in your university town requires you to have. One thing is certain, however: If you don't have any previous German language skills, you will not be able to take a course at the Studienkolleg.
2. Student visa
Before you can enter the Federal Republic of Germany, you might have to go to a German Embassy and apply for a student applicant or student visa. You can find a list of all countries requiring a visa on the DAAD website. Please note: It is not possible to change a tourist or other visa into a student visa once you have entered Germany!
3. Authenticated translation
You must present originals of your certificates and of the authenticated translation.
4. Enough money
Only come to Germany if you are sure about how you plan to finance your studies. Although a student visa allows you to take a job, this is only permitted for a very limited number of hours during the out of session (vacation) period. This is not enough to be able to completely finance your studies yourself. You can check the DAAD Scholarship Database to find out more about grants and scholarships that might be offered.
5. Status of Studienkolleg students
Students admitted to any university Studienkollegs automatically have the status of registered (matriculated) students of the respective university. However, the time spent studying at the Studienkolleg cannot be credited to their later academic studies in Germany.
6. Application papers
You must submit the following documents to the Studienkolleg:
- A secondary school-leaving certificate issued in your home country
- Proof of having passed the Deutschprüfung (DSH)/ TestDaF
- Application for university admission
- Students from some countries must additionally prove that they have passed the university entrance exam in their home country and/or have studied successfully in their home country for one or two years
7. Application deadlines
The application deadlines and addresses differ greatly from one Studienkolleg to the next. Some Studienkollegs arrange their academic year by university semesters, while others use the half-yearly school rhythm. In some federal states, you can apply direct to the chosen Studienkolleg, while in other cases, you apply to the International Office of a university, and in others, the application will go to a public authority. Please check the respective website of the chosen Studienkolleg to find out what arrangements apply at the respective institution.