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Guide for applying for Studienkolleg (preparatory course for international applicants)

International applicants who are in possession of a university entrance certificate which they acquired abroad, but which does not authorise them to enrol directly at a German university, are required to undergo an assessment before beginning a degree. The Studienkolleg (preparatory course) prepares you for this assessment. The assessment is made at the end of the course. International applicants who have not acquired a university entrance certificate abroad are not permitted to enrol on the preparatory course at Studienkolleg.

1. Applying for a place on a preparatory course at Studienkolleg

You cannot apply directly for a place at Studienkolleg. Applications must be submitted via the university at which you hope to subsequently study. The deadline for applications for the next summer semester is January 15; the deadline for the next winter semester is July 15.

You will need to submit the following documents when you apply in the International Office (by post or in person):

  • Application form (please also fill in section 10 of the form)
  • University admission qualification (generally Abitur certificate or equivalent school leaving certificate; where applicable: school leaving certificate in combination with a university entrance examination certificate or a certificate from a one-year higher education course or university certificate).
  • Updated CV
  • where applicable, marriage certificate / official proof of change of name
  • applicants under the age of 18: letter of consent from legal guardian
  • for non-EU/ECR citizens: Certificate confirming recent participation on an intensive German language course (20 hours per week), at least to B2 level (European guidelines). You must have completed an intensive German course within six months of the end of the closing date for applications (Jan 15 / Jul 15, respectively). German language schools abroad have to be certified by the Goethe-Institut.

Note for repeat applications: If you failed to pass the entrance examination for the preparatory course and wish to reapply, you must re-submit evidence of having recently completed an intensive German course (within six months of the end of the closing date for applications) to at least C1 level.
EU/ECR citizens do not have to furnish evidence of proficiency in German.

2. Acceptance on a preparatory course at Studienkolleg in Munich

If the university accepts your application (= acceptance onto a degree program), the university will send you a written invitation to complete an entrance examination for a preparatory course at Studienkolleg München. You will need to submit this letter when you apply for a visa. The entrance examinations (German test) for the preparatory courses are held in September and February at Studienkolleg in Munich. Due to high demand and a limited number of places on the preparatory course, all applicants are required to sit the entrance examination.

Students who wish to study engineering, maths, or a science will also be required to sit a further examination to assess their mathematical skills.

-> Past papers for the German test and sample maths questions.

3. Attending the Studienkolleg in Munich

If you pass the entrance examination for the preparatory course, you can enrol for one of the following courses, depending on the subject you wish to study, and register at one of the two universities in Munich. In order to do so, you must present a valid visa (category D, reason for residency: study) before the deadline.

The courses last for one year (2 semesters). They comprise 32-36 lessons per week. Attendance is compulsory.

You will be required to prepare oral and written work for the lessons on a regular basis. In each subject, you will be required to sit two exams each semester (one exam for subjects which are only taught two hours per week). You can only move on to the second semester once you have passed the exams in the first semester. You can only retake each semester once. Students may be excluded from repeating a semester.

If you do not attend the classes regularly, or you fail a semester the second time around, you will be expelled. In such cases, you will not be permitted to attend another preparatory course or study at a university in Germany.

Types of courses:

  • Course T for engineering, maths and sciences, e.g., for bioinformatics (also course M), chemistry (also course M), geography, geology, computer science, maths, mineralogy, physics, business informatics (also course W);
    Subjects: approx. 10 hours German: approx. 8 hours Maths: approx. 12 hours Physics and chemistry: 2 hours Computer science / constructive geometry / electrical engineering (depending on chosen degree program)
  • Course M for medical / biological degree programs, e.g., for biochemistry, bioinformatics (also course T), biology, chemistry (also course T), geoecology, medicine, molecular bioengineering, pharmacy, psychology (also course G), veterinary medicine, dentistry;
    Subjects: approx. 10 hours German: approx. 16 hours Chemistry, biology and physics: 4 hours Maths: 4 hours Latin/Greek vocabulary
  • Course W for business science & social science degree programs, e.g., for business studies, European economics, financial and business mathematics, law (also course G), social sciences, sociology, economics, economic geography, business informatics (also course T), business education, economic science;
    Subjects: approx. 8 hours German: approx. 8 hours Maths: approx. 10 hours Economics and business studies: 2 hours Social studies: 4-6 hours English
  • Course G for humanities, arts, languages and social science degree programs (where these are not assigned to course W) and for psychology (also course M) and law (also course W);
    Subjects: approx. 10 hours German: approx. 6 hours Literature: 4-6 hours History: 6 hours Social studies: 4-6 hours Latin or English (depending on degree program)

Assessment for University

At the end of the second semester of the preparatory course, you will be required to complete an assessment. In exceptional cases, you may be permitted to complete the assessment at the end of the first semester. Once you have passed the assessment, you may apply to any German university (or college of higher education) to study any of the subjects assigned to your respective course. However, if you wish to study a subject with numerus clausus admission restrictions or other selection criteria, a place cannot be guaranteed even once you have passed the assessment.

External applicants may also apply to complete the assessment (without attending a preparatory course first). Leaflet with information on applying for the assessment test as an external candidate, i.e., without completing the preparatory course (PDF)


The Munich preparatory course is free of charge. Students will be required to pay for their own books and materials (approx. €50 per semester). The fee for university registration is currently €129.40, and is payable as soon as you register at the university. Health insurance cover is mandatory.

More information

For more information, please see the website for the Munich preparatory course:

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