What is meant by a studienkolleg :
The Studienkollegs function as a “bridge” to help you move from the academic culture of your home country to German academic culture. They offer targeted preparation courses for foreign applicants. The Studienkolleg teachers, your “bridge builders”, are highly
qualified and specialized experts who will work with you.
This sipmly means if you do not hold a valid qualification or required one for Germany
university admission for a bachelor degree level, then you have to study in a Studienkolleg
first to fill in the gap of university needs.
In Germany, the high school education consists of 13 years in total, which is as follows:
1. German preschool/nursery (Kindergarten)
2. German primary school (Grundschule)
3. Secondary school in Germany: This third type and final schooling is divided into more following parts,
• Gymnasium – for academic students;
• Realschule – for intermediary students;
• Hauptschule – for less academic students;
• Gesamtschule – a comprehensive school combining all education types;
So this simply means German students get into a bachelor degree after completing 13 years
of high schooling. Same is true for those international students who want to get education
in German universities; they must hold a qualification and high schooling of 13 years. This
problem, often face the students of India where high schooling is for 12 years only.
Completing a one year foundation course in Studienkolleg, one can easily get into a
If you have a high school qualification of 12 years, you will have to study in a Studienkolleg
What is Aufnahmeprüfung
Many students seem to be confused when willing to know admission process in a studienkolleg in Germany. Applicants who wish to attend the Studienkolleg must prove in an entrance examination that their German language skills are sufficient, that they can successfully participate in the Studienkolleg class and that they have sufficient basic knowledge of mathematics. The entrance exam for the summer semester takes place in January or February. The entrance exam for the winter semester takes place in July. It can be repeated twice (however it can vary for all studienkollegs).
Don’t forget that some studienkollegs only require German language test.
Though all studienkollegs have different types of entry tests but majority follows the following pattern:
Entrance exam German (the exam lasts 60-90 minutes)
It consists of reading comprehension tasks, language structures and possibly text
production. The exam should demonstrate good intermediate level knowledge (level B1
(for majority studienkollegs it is B2) according to the Common European Framework of
Reference for Languages - Independent Language Use) in German. It clearly means you
must learn German language in your country of origin before reaching Germany. Many
countries have German learning institutions and online portals also provide you a lot of
study materials for preparation. This knowledge can be acquired in about 600-800 hours of
intensive instruction. Please do note that tablets, mobiles, dictionaries and answer books
are not allowed during exam.
Following reading are recommended for good preparation:
Dreyer, Hilke and Richard Schmitt: Teaching and Exercise Book of German Grammar,
Hueber Verlag Ismaning, ISBN: 978-3-19-007255-2
Földeak, Hans: Words and Phrases, Hueber Verlag Ismaning, ISBN: 978-3-19-007459-4
Hering, Axel et al.: German as a Foreign Language – Exercise Grammar for the Intermediate,
Hueber Verlag Ismaning, ISBN: 987-3-19-011657-7
Here is an important point to remember that every studienkolleg has its own requirements, so you must check for your desired studienkolleg before applying for admission.