foreign applicants admission of applicants from non-EU countries

Whether you can be admitted to a German university depends on your previous education.

You have a foreign nationality or are stateless and would like to study in Germany. Then apply directly to the university where you want to study later or via uni-assist . This applies to all degree programmes.

  • University entrance qualification, which enables university access in the country of origin (e.B. Matura, Baccalaureat, School-Leaving-Certificate, General Certificate of Education GCE), and the associated lists of individual grades
  • acquired university or university certificates (also from colleges, academies) and the associated lists with individual grades
  • Certificate of the passed assessment test including a grade overview (if already taken)
  • Certificates or certificates (including grade list) of university entrance examinations passed abroad
  • Enrolment or study certificates (if available)
  • Proof of knowledge of the German language if the application is not made exclusively for an English-language course of study
  • CV with a complete tabular overview of the previous training

Note: The respective university will inform you about the submission of further documents.

Forms: yes
Online procedure possible: partly
Written form required: yes
Personal appearance necessary: partly


  • an educational level equivalent to the German university entrance qualification (certificates or Studienkolleg assessment examination),
  • language skills required for the course of study and, if necessary,
  • the fulfilment of university-specific requirements.


To examine their university entrance qualification, they turn to the International Office of the university at which they would like to study.

If the certificate from the country of origin is not recognised, a so-called assessment test is carried out. Throughout Germany, Studienkollegs are offered to prepare for this exam.

You can also bypass this examination if you start your studies in your home country and then, for example, after completing your basic studies at a German university and start directly.

Alternatively, you can attend a Studienkolleg in Germany and acquire your university entrance qualification there.

Related Links

  • Article 2(2) of Directive 2004/38/EC (freedom of movement)
  • ยง 8 Brandenburg Higher Education Act (BbgHG)

Related Links

  • Overview of possibilities and legal regulations for access to universities
  • Dtenbank of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (anabin)

You usually apply for a place on the Internet via the application portal of the respective university. In addition, you must send a signed printout in paper form to the university in good time.

You request the "application for admission to the first semester" as well as the application documents from the respective university. The application form can also be found on the website of the respective university.

You must then submit the application and other required documents to the university in due time. This is often possible online. The university decides on your admission and informs you about it.

In the event of a promise of a place at university, you will receive information about the deadlines for enrolment (enrolment) at the university with the admission notice.

In the event of a cancellation, you will receive a rejection notice with information on the follow-up procedure.

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