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(preparatory courses for international students)


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International applicants whose school-leaving certificate does not entitle them to take up their studies at a German university can take preparatory courses at the “Studienkolleg”. These courses last two semesters and are usually free of charge. The Studienkolleg offers training in language and academic skills. At the end of the course you will take the “Feststellungsprüfung” (Assessment Test). If you pass this test, you can apply for a place at a German university.


Places at the Studienkolleg are usually in high demand. Therefore, we recommend you to catch up on application requirements and deadlines as early as possible.


For general information on preparatory courses and links to the individual Studienkollegs see the website Studienkollegs in Germany.


Please note that education is the responsibility of the states in Germany. Therefore, the way the Studienkollegs are organised may vary. Thus, you should always turn to the Studienkolleg associated with the university you are planning to apply to for getting further information.


Studienkollegs associated with the TU9 universities:


Please note:

RWTH Aachen University: There are no Studienkollegs in North Rhine-Westphalia. Nevertheless, applicants whose school-leaving exams are not recognised as university entrance qualification in Germany have to pass the "Feststellungsprüfung" for being admitted to RWTH Aachen University. This exam can be taken at the Studienkollegs in other German states.


Universität Stuttgart: There is no Studienkolleg in Stuttgart, but the University of Stuttgart cooperates with the Studienkolleg Karlsruhe (natural sciences and engineering) and the Studienkolleg Heidelberg (humanities and languages).