The school leaving certificate of certain countries allows you to apply directly to German universities. For some countries, specific grades are required. For still other countries the university entrance certificate is not recognised in Germany, which means that you will need to attend a preparatory college before commencing university studies in Germany.
You can find comprehensive information about the recognition of foreign qualifications on the information portal on the recognition of foreign educational qualifications (anabin) of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs. In the anabin database (available in German only), you can search for your country and school leaving qualification. You will find information there about whether direct access to university is a given for you and in which cases it is necessary to attend a preparatory college.
All preparatory colleges require you to complete an entrance exam. In addition to exams in the relevant subjects based on your focus of study, you must also demonstrate that you have German language skills to level B1 or B2About Proficiency Levels:
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At the preparatory college, you will prepare for several months to take the “Feststellungsprüfung” (assessment test for German universities). Once you have passed this exam, you can be accepted at specific German universities to study a subject in your field of focus.
Information for students applying at universities in Aachen:
Tip: get in touch with your universities of choice early and apply enclosing all of the necessary documents so that you can then apply for your visa in good time.
What evidence of German language skills do I need in order to be accepted for study at a German university?
As an alternative to these two exam formats, proof of German language skills can also be provided by the telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule exam, the German Language Certificate of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs – Level Two, and the Goethe Certificate C2 (Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom, GDS) offered by the Goethe Institute.
In certain special cases (e.g. in the case of previously completed German studies, or where a foreign university entrance qualification has been completed in the German language), this evidence is sufficient and you do not need to complete any further tests.
German language skills are even required for some English-language study programmes (usually to level B1 or B2About Proficiency Levels:
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Please consult your university of choice directly about precise admissions requirements.
However, at the majority of universities, foreign students who do not have a German university entrance qualification cannot apply directly, but must rather apply through the preliminary evaluation body uni-assist. uni-assist evaluates whether your qualification is equivalent to the German Abitur, and verifies whether your certificates entitle you to study in Germany. You will need to register with the uni-assist online portal. Evaluation of certificates, including preliminary evaluation of application documents, costs €75 for application to one university. The fee for each application to an additional university for the same semester is €15. In most cases, the applicant must bear these costs.
Each university sets application deadlines for applications through uni-assist. Please familiarise yourself with these deadlines in good time as all documents must be submitted to uni-assist before the deadline. Very few universities allow late submissions of documents. Send your application to uni-assist as early as possible; uni-assist recommends that you allow six weeks so that you can be notified of any missing documents or details before the end of the application period.