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University Entrance Qualification

International students who wish to study at a German university have to meet several requirements. Some school leaving certificates are not comparable to German certificates and are therefore not recognized as higher education entrance qualifications in Germany. If this is the case, international students are obliged to attend a special foundation course that prepares for an entrance qualification to German university. 

This foundation year supports potential students in many ways and helps to acquire the necessary language and academic skills. It comprises a German language course and key topics for different subject areas. Applicants choose a specific pathway programme, depending on the subject they wish to study. 

Success at a German Universities

Success at a German university depends on good German language skills. Therefore, an entrance examination is required. If the knowledge of German is below the required level (B1 level of the European Framework of References for Languages), it is possible to complete extra German courses before the foundation course. 

The final university entrance assessment examination (“Feststellungsprüfung”) consists of several subjects and a language test.

A fulltime foundation course usually takes two semesters to complete.  

Applicants with a school leaving certificate that is recognized but insufficient German language skills cannot attend a foundation course or enrol directly at a German university. These students can take preparatory German language courses to obtain the required linguistic ability (C1 level of the European Framework of References for Languages).

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