You’ve made the decision to study in Germany, either for a few courses or a complete program, and can hardly wait to jump right in? Before studying abroad can become a reality, it requires a convincing – and above all complete – application to the university you have chosen. In order to make the application process as simple and straightforward as possible, we have put together the most important aspects that you should pay attention to here.
Application for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Germany
The most important part of your application is the application form, which can usually be found in the download area of the selected university. You can download the TU Dresden form here. International applicants with a foreign secondary or university degree can also submit their application online via uni-assist.
Since your application can only be processed if all necessary documents have been attached, you should pay particular attention to the completeness of your application. Here we have compiled the most important documents for studying abroad. Foreign certificates must be submitted as a certified copy and a certified translation if they are not written in German, English, or French. In addition to completeness, the timely submission of the application is an important requirement. You can find the deadlines for our partner universities here. Since most of the programs only start in the winter semester, the application for the summer semester is often only possible for higher semesters when you have already completed coursework and examinations from a previous program.
Certificates of achievement for studying abroad in Germany
The certificates of some international applicants are not always recognized at German universities. In such cases, an examination to determine an applicant’s university entrance qualification (in German: “Prüfung zur Feststellung der Hochschulreife” or “Feststellungsprüfung”) is required to start their studies. The assessment test usually takes place at the end of a one-year preparatory course as part of a so-called preparatory college (in German: “Studienkolleg”). Admission to the preparatory college requires proof of sufficient knowledge of German at a level of at least B2 and is carried out by the university at which the study is to be started. Further information on the TUDIAS Preparatory College can be found here.
Language certificates for studying abroad in Germany
With the exception of a few courses, most German universities teach in German. In order to start studying abroad in Germany, appropriate language certificates are therefore essential. For example, for almost all bachelor’s degree programs, at least a C1 language level is required. If the required proof cannot (yet) be provided at the time of application, admission to the course is still possible: You can apply with a good understanding of German – meaning a certificate with a level of B2 – followed by the successful completion of a DSH language exam later. You can find more information about the individual language tests here.
Enrollment/Matriculation after successful application
After the university has checked the application documents and found that you have met all the requirements, you will receive a letter of admission as well as all information on subsequent matriculation. While German applicants register for their studies in the university’s student secretariat, foreign prospective students should contact the International Office/Akademisches Auslandsamt, which provides detailed information on all documents required for enrollment. Please note that at most German universities the enrollment must be done in person and can only be done by post or by an authorized person in exceptional cases.
After enrolling you will receive the official status of a student as well as a student ID and a matriculation number. This means that you are (finally) officially a student at a German university!