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 introductory courses help international school graduates obtain a university entrance certificate that allows them to enroll directly at a German university.

Which students are required to study Studienkolleg in Germany?

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 schooling. It is acceptable in German universities for direct admissions.

Direct access to German university
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 of undergraduate course (bachelor) at a local university. You cannot take direct admission at a German university for a bachelor’s. In this scenario, you need 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. You will be eligible to take admission to a bachelor’s degree.

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. Suppose one completes an introductory course for the University of Applied Sciences. In that case, admission eligibility will be to study only at the University of Applied Sciences. Suppose one attends a preparatory course for Technical University. In that case, 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 one year. It usually ends 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:

The following documents are needed 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 admission letter/offer letter
  • Get a students visa
  • Start your classes

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

List of German Studienkollegs:

Here is the list of German Studienkollegs.

  • TU Berlin
    • Offers: M, T, TI, WW, and W courses
  • University of Hamburg
    • Offers: G, M, T, and W courses
  • University of Hannover
    • Offers: T, M, W, G, and S courses
  • University of Leipzig
    • Offers: T, M, W, G, and S courses
  • University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen
    • Offers: M, T, TI, WW, and W courses
  • University of Heidelberg
    • Offers: G, M, S, T, and W courses
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
    • Offers: T, M, G, and W courses
  • Technical University of Munich
    • Offers: T, M, G, and W courses
  • Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz
    • Offers: S, G, T, M, and W courses
  • Karlsruhe Institute for Technology
    • Offers: T courses
  • University of Stuttgart
    • Offers: T courses
  • Fachhochschule Kiel – University of Applied Sciences
    • Offers: T and WW courses
  • Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University
    • Offers: T, M, S, and G courses
  • Hochschule Wismar
    • Offers: TI, W, and WW courses
  • Freie Universität Berlin
    • Offers: M, W, G, and T courses
  • Martin-Luther-Universität Halle
    • Offers: M, T, S, G, and W
  • Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz
    • Offers: TI and WW courses
  • Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences
    • Offers: T, M, S, W, and G courses
  • Hochschule Anhalt
    • Offers: T, W, and G courses
  • Philipps-Universität Marburg
    • Offers: G, M, T, and W courses
  • Studienkolleg Bochum
  • TU Darmstadt
    • Offers: T and G courses
  • Frankfurt Goethe University
    • Offers: G, M, T, and W
  • Uni Kassel
  • University of Mainz
    • Offers: S, G, T, TI, M, W, and WW
  • Hochschule Kaiserslautern
  • University of Konstanz
    • Offers: T and W courses
  • Studienkolleg Coburg
  • Studienkolleg-Germany (MDWi AG)
  • FH Aachen
    • Freshman course

FAQs about Studienkolleg:

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 the 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 for a bachelor’s in English?

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.

Is Studienkolleg free in Germany?

Yes, it’s free in public universities.

What percentage in 12th grade required to take admission in Studienkolleg?

Minimum 50%.

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Minahil October 8, 2023 at 12:19 am

I am currently in Fsc pre medical and planning to come Germany for studien Kolleg first and then bachelors in biotechnology. Can you suggest some English prepatory courses for studien kolleg and what is the total expense, living, accomodation and is there any semester contribution?
Kindly guide me with these queries.
Thank you

Maryam Naveed February 7, 2023 at 1:58 pm

can anyone guide me how to get admission in studienkolleg and also guide which university is best for this??

Taha December 14, 2022 at 3:58 pm

I am from Pakistan .I have done done FSC pre medical but now I want to change my field to computer science ,can I do it by enrolling in t course studien kolleg

    admin December 15, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Yes, you can choose any course of your interest in Studienkolleg.

Dan October 14, 2022 at 12:05 am

Is it possible to take get a Studienkolleg course taught in English in the public Studienkolleg. I don’t have German knowledge

    admin October 22, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    No, Currently German institutes are only offering Studienkolleg in the German language.

Apoorva Deep Singh September 19, 2022 at 1:42 pm

Dear sir/madam


actually i hve some questions like , currently am in class 12th and apart from this am learning german in india to A2 level and i need some public studion kollegs beacuse i can’t afford huge amount of fees , am i doing it correctly like i don’t know how this studionkollegs procedure works
1) do i hve to give goethe in india for the german lang certificate.
2)what after goethe ?
3)then do i hve to give entry exams in studionkollegs?

    admin September 24, 2022 at 3:47 am

    Dear Apoorva,
    The complete procedure is mentioned in this article, so read it carefully.
    The answer to your questions:
    1) Yes, you need to get the German language certificate (whatever level you do in India) from Goethe. Later you will attach it with your Studienkolleg admission application.
    2) After getting the German language certificate, apply for admission to Studienkolleg (foundation course). All free Studienkollegs are mentioned in this article. Once you get your admission letter, apply for a student visa at the German embassy.
    3) No, you don’t have to give any entrance exam. Instead, you will pass Studeinkolleg in Germany and then apply for a bachelor’s in Germany.
    You can get all visa-related information at this link:

M Faizan amanat September 10, 2022 at 11:53 am

Hello everyone, I’ve got a question regarding something I’ve been guided, the thing is that I’ve done my 12 years of education in Pakistan and have been suggested that I should move to Germany on a language course for one year after that proceeding to studienkolleg and then after these two years to land into any Public University 🙂
But some people have also warned me that it’d be way more expensive for me to learn german living in Germany 🙄 And that Studienkolleg exams are very tough to move on with!
Is this information correct? Or what should I do else if I don’t want to waste my year!.And for long term visa i apply first in german university for bachelor’s degree or not.I have no german language degree.Can german university can give me conditional admission letter in any German program.or not.

    admin September 10, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    You have heard it correctly, learning German in Germany is expensive and Stuienkolleg is also not easy. But, the good thing is, you can work and earn money for your tuition fee and living expenses. I would suggest, learn German till the B1 level or B2 level (C1 level is the best) in Pakistan then moving to Germany for Stuienkolleg and Bachelor’s degree. This way, you can easily get a job and easily pass your exams.

Nabeel March 29, 2022 at 12:04 pm

Hello Sir,
Nice to meet you. I am Nabeel have 12 years education in 2019 (in 10th class i got 1024/1100 marks and in 12th class i got 896/1100 marks) . And also i have passed 1st semester in Bachelor in information Technology. But due to corona virus and financial i had leaved my education. Now i am working at construction site as laborer. But i want to continue my education again. I need admission in Bachelor in cyber security. I need guidance to take admission in studeinkolleg and in university.
I have some question
1. would i apply in studeinkolleg and bachelor at same time.
2. Would i apply in one university for both studeinkolleg and bachelor.
Please reply sir.

    admin April 29, 2022 at 2:47 am

    1. First you will apply for Studienkolleg, pass it and then you will be eligible to take admission further in bachelor.
    2. Yes, you can.
    You can ask these types of questions on Xpatsforum.com and get instant help.

Anonymous January 8, 2022 at 4:37 am

Dear Sir/Madam


This is Mr. Afshin Geshnizjani

Iranian and father of 17 years old daughter who is very interested to continue her education in Germany and I have lots of Families and good friends in Saarbrucken in case she needs any help or supports .

we have traveled several times to Germany and I we believe your country is the best place and safe place for a young single girl to continue her studies and we have spent lots of great times and summer vacation in Germany.

She is very good in her studies during High School( she is in 11th grade ) and has B1 German language certificate and her English is good as well .

She wish to study Medicine or dentistry but better to decide after attending college and study some courses in Germany .

I would like to get some advise from your side about how to apply and what to do for getting permission to attend the college and what is the first step .

please guide me to help her to take the right decision and the actions .

what I have to do ?

can i have any direct number to contact ?
what are the courses or exams and tests she has to attend before get permission and approval for studding Medicine or dentistry or any other subject she wishes to study.

please advise us

Best Regards

Mr. Afshin Geshnizjani
00989131187384 Mobile with Whats App

    admin January 8, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Dear Mr. Afshin,
    We are currently not providing any consultancy services.
    Kindly,ask this question on German Study Guide forum. Its a dedicated forum related to study in Germany.
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