You might be wondering how to apply for Studienkolleg. Let us help to clarify steps of Studienkolleg application procedure to go through:

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Step 1: Checking qualification of your school-leaving certificate

A foreign school-leaving certificate should be evaluated if it is good enough for university study. If it is, you could apply directly to your wished undergraduate school. But it is not, you will be required to take a Studienkolleg course before attending university.

There are 2 ways to know if your school-leaving certificate is qualified enough:

  • Check with the university you want to apply: reading requirements of your university to know if your school-leaving certificate is qualified or not. Or you could send your certificate to their admission office first (normally the AAA = Akademisches Auslandsamt = International Relations Office). They will evaluate this document and let you know if it is accepted or not.
  • Checking database of the Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs: (Anerkennung und Bewertung ausländischer Bildungsnachweise = Recognition and evaluation of foreign educational certificates). It is a very user-friendly portal. You just need to choose the country origin of your graduation certificate and the type of certificate.

If your school-leaving certificate is not qualified for direct entry to university, you can continue to step 2 for application to Studienkolleg.

Step 2: Checking documents needed

To start applying for Studienkolleg, you need to know about the documents needed first. You can get this information on the school’s website or request it from your school’s admission office. Most of the Studienkollegs usually require these following documents:

  • notarized copy of high school leaving certificate with a summary of subjects and grades in the original language
  • notarized copy of the certificate of higher education entrance examination (in case you already started studying in your home country) with a list of subjects and grades in the original language
  • officially certified diplomas and diplomas in the original language (in case you already completed your studies)
  • notarized translations in case the original certificates are not issued in German or English
  • German language certificate (about 400-500 class hours, certificate B1): original certificate of the language school or notarized copy
  • notarized copy of the certificate of the German Language Examination for University Entrance (DSH) (in case it was taken)
  • notarized copies of certificates of professional experience so far (if required for admission)
  • copy of passport with the residence permit
  • detailed and completed Curriculum Vitae

After being informed about the required documents, you should start to prepare it as soon as possible because issuing certificates and translation might take time. It is recommended that you should prepare multiple copies of your documents for future uses and keep one copy for reference.

Step 3: Submitting your application


After collecting all the required documents, you can now apply to your chosen Studienkolleg. If your school is a member of uni-assist, you will have to submit your application via uni-assist portal. If your Studienkolleg is not a member of this institution, you can submit your documents directly to the school via their online portal or by post, depending on the school’s request. The appraisal fee is about €75.

Deadlines for application to Studienkollegs are normally as follows:

  • for next summer semester (begins in April): most Studienkolleg set a deadline of mid-January, some of the end of October
  • for next winter semester (begins in October): most Studienkolleg set a deadline of mid-July, some of the end of April Early preparation, as well as submission, is highly recommended to secure a place in your chosen Studienkolleg course.

Step 4: Visa for Germany to study at Studienkolleg

After getting admission from Studienkolleg, you can apply for a student visa. You can check the required documents from the German Embassy in your country or read our previous article

about a general application to German universities with a detailed part in getting a student visa for non-EU applicants.

Step 5: Taking the entrance exam to Studienkolleg


You need to check with your Studienkolleg about the date of the entrance exam and the tested subjects. Some schools only have a German examination while others might request you to sit for both a German test and a mathematic exam. You are advised to take the mock tests to equip yourself with the necessary skills and tips for these exams. You may find mock tests of many Studienkollegs here:

The requirements for the entrance exam are not so high so you might have no difficulty to pass it. However, all tests are taken in the German language so it is necessary for you to possess an independent level of German language use in advance (normally Goethe-Zertifikat B1). The entrance exam would be held in the spring and summertime before Studienkolleg starts. You may find appointments for entrance tests of many Studienkollegs here:

After the course, you might be asked to sit for an assessment test to evaluate your improvement after Studienkolleg, which is called Feststellungsprüfung (FSP). This exam will conclude all contents and modules of your Studienkolleg courses. You may find assessment mock tests of many Studienkollegs here:

Please note that the university could deny your application later if your performance on this final assessment test is not good enough. So it’s always better to study hard from the beginning. You may find appointments for assessment tests of many Studienkollegs here:

With the above instruction, we believe it would be much easier for you to start with your study voyage at Studienkolleg. Attending Studienkolleg not only supports your future study at university but also help you integrate into the German academic environment. Just take this chance to get along with your future classmates in this preparation year also. Finally, we wish you an enjoyable time in Deutschland and best luck with your future endeavors!