If you are an EU high school graduate or are a citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, your high school diploma or equivalent usually qualifies you to study in non-restricted programs in Germany – provided you meet the language requirements. For programs that are restricted by a Numerus Clausus (NC), please check out the following information.
Generally, you need at least your graduation certificate or diploma from your school of secondary education, such as your high school diploma, to study in Germany. The technical term is – for all fans of the German language – Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (HZB).
As a first step, you can search the Anabin database and see whether your country’s secondary education certificate qualifies. Many fields of study have additional requirements such as language tests or admission exams. Make sure to check with your chosen university.
If your secondary school diploma doesn’t qualify you automatically, many universities, Heidelberg as an example, require a so-called Feststellungsprüfung/FSP. This exam evaluates your readiness for your study program. In Baden-Württemberg, three universities offer courses to prepare you for the exam: The KIT, Heidelberg University and the University of Applied Sciences Konstanz.
When you find that your secondary education diploma is not accepted as a university entrance document, there is no need to worry. Studienkollegs can bridge the gap and provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to start your university career in Baden-Württemberg.
The portal uni-assist.de also offers a preliminary review documentation (VPD) that some universities require. Uni-assist.de evaluates your certificates and grades for the German system. A VPD can take 4 to 6 weeks, so please allow enough time to meet the deadline at your preferred university in Baden-Württemberg.
As a minimum, the following translated and officially certified documents are required for admission to a bachelor’s degree program in Germany:
- Secondary school graduation certificate/high school diploma
- Transcript with grades
- Proof of language proficiency
- Certified copies of passport/ID documents
- References and motivation letter (for certain programs)
Please note that you can only use officially certified copies and translations for your application. Official certifications can be issued – for example – by the German embassy in your home country.