Applying to university in Germany

How can I prepare my application to university?

Requirements The first thing to do is always to check the requirements for the specific program you are interested in. Contact the international office or check the website of the university in question. Common Basic requirements in Germany are: - Meeting the language requirements - Having the Identification documents (ID, Passport, etc.) - For university: having a high school degree equivalent to the German high-school degree Please note, that there may be more requireme...

What are the language requirements to study in Germany?

Generally, the language level needed to start a degree program in Germany is a C1 German certificate. Some universities accept students with a B2-certificate at the time of application but on the condition that they can present a C1-certificate when their studies begin or after the first semester. Some universities also invite students to take the test at the university once they’ve been admitted to the program. For English-speaking programs, in most cases, a C1 English certificate is required....

How can I get the university entrance qualification Hochschulzugangsberechtigung - HZB?

If you want to study at a German university, you will need a university entrance qualification - in German: Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (HZB). This is a school-leaving certificate which qualifies you for university studies. First, find out if your previous education is recognized in Germany, and if so, at which level. You can figure this out in the Previous Education (https://campus.kiron.ngo/transfer/1) section of the Transfer Checklist on the Kiron Campus. If you can’t find your country or s...

What is uni-assist?

Uni-assist (https://www.uni-assist.de/en/) is an organization which processes the applications of international students to German universities. Uni-assist works with most German higher education institutions. You can find the answers to many questions you might have about them in their FAQ section (https://www.uni-assist.de/en/faqs/). If you want to study at one of the 180 German universities that use uni-assist, you need to apply through uni-assist instead of through the university. You ca...

What is the refugee TestAS?

The Test for Academic Studies (TestAS) is an official standardized exam offered to high school graduates from non-European countries who wish to study at a German university. It is a voluntary, standardized test that examines a student’s cognitive and intellectual abilities for a chosen study field. It measures a student’s academic skills and not her/his knowledge. The refugee TestAS is a version of the test specifically designed for refugees. It can help you increase your chances to successful...

How to get your documents certified?

For your university application and other official needs, you have to certify documents and every copy of the documents (amtlich beglaubigte Kopie) you are handing in. Simple copies will not be accepted. The certification (Beglaubigung) guarantees the authenticity of the document. A certified copy needs to fulfil specific criteria, like having a note, a signature and a seal from the certifier on it. Learn more about these criteria from uni-assist (https://www.uni-assist.de/bewerben/dokumente-sa...

How to get your documents translated?

For your application to university, uni-assist, or any other kind of application, you will need to get a certified German (or English) translation of your educational documents (school leaving certificate and/or transcript of records) by a sworn translator in Germany if the documents are not in German or English. In some cases, a translation by a sworn translator from another country may be accepted, but the safest option is to get your documents translated in Germany. Check which documents you ...

What can you except from a university application interview?

In the application process of some university programs, you will have to do a personal interview. This is an opportunity for you to: - learn more about your (possible) future university, teachers, other students and see how you feel there. - show your best skills and leave a good impression. If you are invited to an interview, it is a good sign that the university is satisfied with your application and that you are part of the next step of selection of applicants. The atmosphere, ...

What is a Vorpraktikum (pre-internship)? 

For some study programs an internship (often called “Vorpraktikum”) belongs to the application requirements. This is especially the case for technical subjects and programs at universities of applied sciences (https://support.kiron.ngo/414027-What-is-a-Fachhochschule-University-of-Applied-Science-), like social work. This internship has two purposes: - The applicants should get an impression of the practical part of a profession related to the studies. It should help you find out if this...

Which universities are Kiron partners in Germany?

Below is a list of partner universities with Learning Agreements with Kiron in Germany, divided by study track. To find out what a partner university of Kiron is, click here (https://support.kiron.ngo/836064-What-are-Kiron-Partner-Universities). Computer Science - University of Paderborn (https://www.uni-paderborn.de/en/university/) - Universität Rostock (http://www.uni-rostock.de/en) - Technische Hochschule Wildau (https://www.th-wildau.de/) - Technische Hochschule Lüb...

How can Kiron help me get into university in Germany?

Kiron supports you towards meeting the requirements for university entry with the possibility to gain new skills and knowledge through our online courses. Additionally, you can benefit from a range of support services such as: - Language courses (https://support.kiron.ngo/339914-Language-School) - Mentoring (https://support.kiron.ngo/308929-What-is-the-mentoring-program) - Counseling (https://support.kiron.ngo/348045-What-is-counseling) - Preparatory courses If you are...

What can I do if I lost my education documents?

The high school diploma is a very important document when you apply to a university. But, if some of your documents are missing or incomplete and you cannot prove your education level, there are several ways to verify your previous qualifications. Each German state (Bundesland) and university has different rules regarding this issue. So you should always first ask the International Office at the university you are interested in to tell you what your options are. You can find contact data of all...

What can I do if my studies elsewhere were interrupted?

If you have documents to show that you started a university degree, which was interrupted, it is best to: - Check the Institutionen section on the Anabin website (https://anabin.kmk.org/no_cache/filter/institutionen.html) to see if Germany recognizes your university. - Speak with someone from the International Office of the university where you would like to study in Germany. They can best advise you on where and when you should submit your documents. You can find a list of all the i...

Can I finance my studies through a scholarship?

Scholarships are a good way of funding your studies, and they do not need to be paid back. But there are specific requirements for every scholarship and the application process for a scholarship may be challenging. Always check with the university you wish to apply to see which scholarships they recommend, or if they provide any funding themselves. It is also helpful to search specifically for scholarships that fit within your field of studies. To find scholarships, check out the following sch...

Can I finance my studies with BaföG?

Compared to other European countries, university fees in Germany are quite low. For many students, the issue is rather how to finance living costs, since they do not earn a salary when studying. The website study in Germany (https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-stay/money-and-costs/cost-of-living_28220.php) gives you useful information about the costs you face when living in Germany. It depends of course on the city where you live, but generally, a student needs around 850 Euros per month. Bafö...

How do I prepare my application for a scholarship?

Once you have identified a scholarship that could suit your situation, make sure you: - Read about the requirements and the application procedure thoroughly (apply only if you meet the criteria!) - Check the deadline, as no applications will be considered once it passes If you decide to apply, send all the documents required, in the right order and attached in a single PDF. These documents might be on the list of required documents: - Motivational letter in which you explain y...

What is the Studienkolleg (STK)?

If you want to study at a German university, you need a university entrance qualification, ‘Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (https://support.kiron.ngo/541241-How-do-I-acquire-the-university-entrance-qualification-Hochschulzugangsberechtigung---HZB)’ (HZB). This is usually a school-leaving certificate that qualifies you for university studies. If your secondary-school certificate is considered insufficient for studying in Germany, you will have to attend a preparatory/foundation course called Studie...

If I want to study in English, do I need to go to a Studienkolleg?

The vast majority of Bachelor programs in Germany are taught in German, so most people who want to study in Germany need to have C1-level knowledge of the German language. However, whether or not you need to attend a Studienkolleg (STK) depends on your previous education and not on your German language level. The STK offers a way of acquiring the university entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung - HZB (https://support.kiron.ngo/541241-How-do-I-acquire-the-university-entrance-qual...

What can I study at the Studienkolleg?

Studienkollegs (STK) prepare students for different areas of studies and different types of higher education institutions. It is very important that the courses you study at the STK align with the subject/program you want to study and the type of university that you want to attend. The subjects are ususally named by letters such as M, G, T etc. Please find an overview of the different subject areas and types of universities that you can apply to after attending the different STKs programs here (...

What is the Feststellungsprüfung?

The final exam of the preparatory courses in the Studienkolleg (STK) (https://support.kiron.ngo/133747-What-is-the-Studienkolleg-STK) is called the Feststellungsprüfung (FSP). Passing this exam will provide you with a university entrance qualification, which qualifies you to apply to a university in Germany in a specific study-area/field. You can either attend an STK for one year and then take the FSP, or you can take the FSP without attending an STK. If you are attending an STK and feel that i...

What can I do in case of a rejection?

If you are not admitted to a program or university, reach out to them to ask why you were rejected. It is important to understand the reasons, to see whether it is possible to do something against the rejection or not. Please also contact Kiron to understand the options available to you and how we can support you.

I have a subject-restricted HZB but I want to study in another field

If your previous education was recognised as a subject-restricted admission (fächergebundene Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (https://support.kiron.ngo/541241-How-can-I-get-the-university-entrance-qualification-Hochschulzugangsberechtigung---HZB)), you can only apply for university programs that are within that specific subject field. This subject field is the same as your previous education. For example, if you studied a language track in your high school, you may be admitted to study languages or...

Can I move to another federal state for my studies?

You might be able to. The residency restrictions for refugees in Germany are called “Wohnsitzauflage”. According to these restrictions you have to stay in the federal state (Bundesland) that was responsible for your asylum procedure for the three years after your recognition as a refugee. This law applies to everybody who was granted: - a refugee status (Flüchtlingsschutz) - an entitlement to asylum (Asylberechtigung) - subsidiary protection (Subsidiärer Schutz) - or a national ban ...

Can I work during my studies?

In general, you are allowed to earn money with a side job while studying and there are many opportunities to do so. However, keep some legal regulations and your own study management in mind. Where can I work? Besides the typical student jobs, like waiting tables, baby-sitting and working in a supermarket or in a delivery service, you can also look for jobs that are related to your studies. The most prominent option is to work at your university as a student assistant. Student assistants - s...