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Free Studienkolleg in Germany (Prep Course)

What is a Studienkolleg?

A Studienkolleg is an educational institution that can be autonomous or associated with a German university. Studienkolleg offers different preparatory courses to non-EU international students. These preparatory courses help international school graduates in obtaining a university entrance certificate that allows them to enroll directly at a German university.

Which students are required to study Studienkolleg?

A 12th-grade Higher secondary school certificate is not directly accepted as an entrance qualification in German universities. Because German universities accept 13 years of education as a university entrance qualification. For example, an A-level certificate is equal to 13 years of education and it is acceptable in German universities for direct admissions.

Direct access to German university

A-Levels = 13 years of education

In case you don’t have an A-level certificate or you didn’t complete at least two years undergraduate course (bachelor) at a local university then you cannot take direct admission at a German university for bachelors. So, in this scenario, It is important for you to study in a Studienkolleg (prep course) to make yourself eligible to take admission to a bachelor’s degree. This Studienkolleg will upgrade your 12-year education to a 13-year education with a preparatory course certificate and you will be eligible to take admission to a bachelor’s degree.

access to german university with studienkolleg

Can I study at any German University after successful completion of the Studienkolleg?

Yes, you can take admission to any German university after the successful completion of Studienkolleg. It means you can apply in both technical universities and the university of applied sciences after the successful completion of Studienkolleg.

Which courses are offered in Studienkolleg Germany?

Studienkolleg preparatory courses are different for both the University of Applied Sciences and Technical Universities. If one completes a preparatory course for the University of Applied Sciences then admission eligibility will be to study only at the University of Applied Sciences. If one attends a preparatory course for Technical University then admission eligibility will be for both the University of Applied Sciences and Technical University.

Studienkollegs offers a variety of preparatory courses. Each course is unique and prepares a student for a specific subject area. A student can choose one of the following specialized courses according to their desired course of studies:

University of Applied Sciences (Hochschulen/Fachhochschulen)

  • WW = Business Studies
  • TI = Technical and Engineering Sciences
  • SW = Social Sciences
  • GD = Art, Design and related fields

Universities (Technische Universität)

  • M = Medicine, Biology, (Chemistry) Pharmacy
  • W = Economics, Social Sciences, Business Studies, etc.
  • T = Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry (also in M), technical subjects
  • S = Languages
  • G = Humanities, German literature, and language

Duration of Studienkolleg:

In general, Studienkolleg takes two semesters or approximately 1 year. It usually end with an assessment test called Feststellungsprüfung (FSP).

Cost of Studienkolleg:

The state-funded Studienkollegs are tuition-free. Private Studienkolleg charging fees e.g Studien-kolleg-Germany (MDWi AG) charging 19,800 euros.

Application deadlines for Studienkolleg:

Applications must be submitted according to the following dates:

  • Winter Semester: until 15th of July
  • Summer Semester: until 15th of February

Required documents to take admission in Studienkolleg:

Following documents are required to take admission in Studien-kolleg:

  • Motivation letter
  • Official certified copy of the school leaving certificate (12 grade/high school diploma), translation is necessary if not in English or German.
  • Transcripts (grade 9, 10, 11 and 12)
  • an academic Curriculum Vitae
  • A1 certificate in the German language/Some demand B1/B2
  • Copy of Passport.
  • Two Biometric Pictures.

How to apply in Studienkolleg?

  • Arrange all the documents
  • Apply for admission and get an offer letter
  • Get a students visa
  • Start your classes

You will have to pass an entry test (mostly include German, Maths) before starting a foundation course. This test is usually very easy.

List of German Studienkollegs:

Here is the list of German Studienkollegs.

  1. TU Berlin
    • Offers: M, T, TI, WW, and W courses
  2. University of Hamburg
    • Offers: G, M, T, and W courses
  3. University of Hannover
    • Offers: T, M, W, G, and S courses
  4. University of Leipzig
    • Offers: T, M, W, G, and S courses
  5. University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen
    • Offers: M, T, TI, WW, and W courses
  6. University of Heidelberg
    • Offers: G, M, S, T, and W courses
  7. Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
    • Offers: T, M, G, and W courses
  8. Technical University of Munich
    • Offers: T, M, G, and W courses
  9. Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz
    • Offers: S, G, T, M, and W courses
  10. Karlsruhe Institute for Technology
    • Offers: T courses
  11. University of Stuttgart
    • Offers: T courses
  12. Fachhochschule Kiel – University of Applied Sciences
    • Offers: T and WW courses
  13. Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University
    • Offers: T, M, S, and G courses
  14. Hochschule Wismar
    • Offers: TI, W, and WW courses
  15. Freie Universität Berlin
    • Offers: M, W, G, and T courses
  16. Martin-Luther-Universität Halle
    • Offers: M, T, S, G, and W
  17. Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz
    • Offers: TI and WW courses
  18. Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences
    • Offers: T, M, S, W, and G courses
  19. Hochschule Anhalt
    • Offers: T, W, and G courses
  20. Philipps-Universität Marburg
    • Offers: G, M, T, and W courses
  21. Studienkolleg Bochum
  22. TU Darmstadt
    • Offers: T and G courses
  23. Frankfurt Goethe University
    • Offers: G, M, T, and W
  24. Uni Kassel
  25. University of Mainz
    • Offers: S, G, T, TI, M, W, and WW
  26. Hochschule Kaiserslautern
  27. University of Konstanz
    • Offers: T and W courses
  28. Studienkolleg Coburg
  29. Studienkolleg-Germany (MDWi AG)
  30. FH Aachen
    • Freshman course


How do I know I need to attend a Studienkolleg or not?

You can take admission to Studienkolleg with the following qualifications.
1) American High School Diploma
2) GCE/GCE AS & A Level (if you have not studied required subjects)
3) International Baccalaureate
4) National high school certificate/diploma (must be equivalent to 12 grade)

You can also check on Anabin Database whether your previous education is enough to take admission to a bachelor’s degree or you need to attend Studienkolleg.

Do I have to pass Studienkolleg first, if I want to study a bachelor’s in the English language?

Yes, the first study in a Studienkolleg in the German language and then you can take admission in bachelor with the English language. Nowadays some Studienkolleg is also offering preparatory courses in the English language. You can search these Studienkolleg on the Daad database.

What is Feststellungsprüfung (FSP)?

The Feststellungsprüfung is the final examination to complete a Studienkolleg.

How many marks do I need to get admission to a German university?

You need a minimum of 50% marks to take admission in a Studienkolleg.

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