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Studienkolleg in Germany: Everything You Need to Know

Studienkolleg in Germany: Everything You Need to Know

The education system in Germany is quite different from many countries. This unique feature of the education system makes it difficult for students to apply to German universities. Students with a national certificate who have completed their high school in a foreign need to attend a preparatory course before being accepted to a bachelor’s course. This course is provided by studienkolleg.

Studienkolleg in Germany
Studienkolleg in Germany

What is Studienkolleg?

Studienkolleg is an educational institute that prepares international students to meet the criteria of the German education system for admissions. This allows the student to get some skills and knowledge about the particular subject. This also helps students to gain a university entrance certificate helping them to get admission to a German university.

Who Requires Studying Studienkolleg in Germany?

German universities do not directly accept 12th-grade higher secondary school certificates as the German education system has 13 years of school education setting. The student willing to get admission to a German university with 12 years of school education requires studying this preparatory course. The foundation or route programs are analogous to Studienkolleg in English-speaking countries.

Courses at Studienkolleg

Depending on the student’s future study interests, the classes are separated into 5 portions, each of which covers a distinct subject.

T Course:

With international students, some universities for engineering and IT courses show some conditions. Generally, they ask for a T Course in a studienkolleg. There are 5 subjects in these sources: Physics, chemistry, mathematics, German and technical subjects. At the end of the course, you need to perform a written and oral test.

M Course:

If you want to study medicine, biology, health science, and pharmacy then this M course is for you. Subjects like biology, physics, and pharmacy are generally taught under this. Likewise, in a T Course, you need to perform the test in the M course also. The oral test is only for chemistry whereas in other subjects you need to perform a written exam.

G Course:

Students willing to pursue humanities or social science programs can go for this G course. In this course, you study subjects like History, German Literature, Sociology, and Statistics. In this course, you need to study for 10 months 32 hours a week. You need to perform a written and oral test at the end of this course.

S Course:

For students who want to attend college for specialized language courses then this S course is for you. This S course along with the language includes papers in German, literature, history, and social science. With this course, you can pursue the options like philosophy, law, or translation to a foreign language.

W Course:

This W Course is specialized for the students willing to study economics, business administration, or social sciences at a German university. Under this course subjects like economy, mathematics and English are taught. This course lasts for about 38 weeks and 32 hours per week are required.

For Students Willing to Pursue Course at Technical University of Applied Science

TI Course

For the courses in technical science, engineering, and IT then you can pursue the TI course. The subjects in the TI course include Mathematics and IT, Natural Sciences, German, and Drawing.

WW Course

For the course in Business Studies, you can attend the WW course. The subjects in a WW course include Mathematics and IT, Economics, German, and English.

SW Course

If you are looking to pursue a course in social science and economics, then the SW course is for you. While you study subjects like Mathematics, Pedagogy, and German.

GD Course

For attending a reputed college in Arts and Design you need to choose this GD course. As a part of Studienkolleg, you study the subjects like German, Mathematics, Physics, and Design.

Types of Studienkolleg

In Germany, there are two types of studienkolleg. These are

    • State-run Studienkolleg

Every state in Germany has a state-run institution providing these foundation courses free of cost. Most of these institutions are affiliated with recognized universities providing you with a state-recognized degree.

    • Private Studienkolleg

Private institutions are also similar to state-run institutions. The key difference is that the private one charges a fee whereas in the state-run institutions there is no tuition fee.

Duration of Studienkolleg

Generally, studienkolleg take two semesters or can say a year. Still, the duration depends on the courses. At the end of these courses, you need to appear in an exam called Feststellungsprüfung (FSP).

 Cost of Studienkolleg

As mentioned above the state-run institutions charges no tuition fee whereas private institutions charge around 4,000-6,000 Euros.

Document Requirements to get Admission

To get admission to a course at studienkolleg you need to have the documents listed below

    • School leaving certificate
    • A1 certificate in German (depending on the requirement it may vary)
    • Motivation Letter
    • Copy of Passport
    • Biometric Picture
    • Resume
    • Transcripts for grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Additional Admission Requirements

Along with the documents you need to meet some of the requirements to get admitted to a studienkolleg. These are

Application Deadlines

The deadlines for application to these courses are:

For the Summer semester: January 15

For Winter semester: July 15

Is Studienkolleg compulsory?

Studienkolleg is not mandatory to get admission to a German university. Also, this is not the only means to become eligible for entrance to a German university. There are many alternative courses that you can choose to become eligible for.

Studienkolleg provides you with a foundation course that makes you eligible for admission to a German university. This course provides you with a strong foundation to help you throughout the degree. This course also teaches you the German language which also helps you to communicate.

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