STEP 4: Find out how to apply at a Studienkolleg of your choice. Some Studienkollegs let you apply directly, others require you to do so through uni-assist. If a Studienkolleg is affiliated with the university of your choice, you may have to apply through the university. Check out the information at the University of Heidelberg as an example for the application process but note that the process varies from university to university.
Usually, you need at least the following documents translated and the copies officially certified by a notary:
- Your high school diploma, A-levels or equivalent
- Transcript from your secondary education classes including grades
- Proof of language proficiency
- Curriculum Vitae
Often, Studienkollegs conduct their own admission exams. Check with the Studienkolleg where to take the exam and how to prepare for it. The admission tests usually assess your knowledge German and often include a math test.
Ask the Studienkollege about their specific language requirements and practice tests. At a minimum, you need to fulfill the requirements of the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Start the process early to make sure you meet all the deadlines and are well prepared.
STEP 5: If you are a non-EU student and have been accepted by a Studienkolleg, you can apply for a student visa at the German embassy in your country.
STEP 6: At private Studienkollegs, you often have to pay tuition. Check the study fees, living expenses and other financial aspects and make sure there is a safe way to transfer the funds.
STEP 7: Take the entrance exam and start your studies. The Studienkolleg is typically a yearlong course that covers necessary topics and skills specific to your field of study.
STEP 8: Pass the final exam (Feststellungsprüfung). Congratulations! Now you are ready to study at a German university. Please note: If you have passed the final exam at a general Studienkolleg, you can study at any university. If you graduated from a Studienkolleg associated with a university of applied sciences, you may be limited to universities of applied sciences.