Responsibilities of the Studienkollegs
The higher education entrance qualification for foreign university applicants from certain European, Asian, African and American countries are only conditionally comparable with the German Abitur school-leaving qualification. Hence, these applicants must pass the Assessment Test before they can start their full studies.
Studienkollegs offer foreign students from many countries linguistic and subject-specific preparatory studies in a kind of foundation course. The students study core courses of relevance to their chosen degree programme. This lasts one year and is completed with the Assessment Test.
Some 3,000 students from more than 40 countries are currently attending these courses.
Furthermore, many Studienkollegs also hold the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" (DSH).