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uni-assist supports international student applicants and German universities in processing applications to study in Germany. uni-assist’s core responsibility is the check of student applications for uni-assist universities.
- We assess if your educational certificates fulfil the general criteria for university studies in Germany.
- We convert your grades to the German system of grades.
- We check additional admission criteria set by the universities of your choice, depending on the procedure.
- We register all data and documents necessary for the universities’ admission procedures.
- We inform you about the result of our evaluation.
uni-assist universities may access and edit these data.
The university of your choice, not uni-assist, decides on your admission.
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If you want to study in Germany, you will need a university entrance qualification (“Hochschulzugangsberechtigung”). This means that your previous education must qualify you to study at a German university. Generally, this refers to a school leaving certificate equivalent to a German “Abitur” (e.g. Matura, Baccalauréat). In some cases, you must have already completed certain university courses or a university entrance exam in your home country.
Most courses of study require proof of a certain level of German language proficiency. Certain subjects may require proficiency in other languages as well (e.g. language studies, international courses of study).
Depending on the university of your choice and your chosen course there may be further requirements, such as internship experience.
You can find out whether your previous education qualifies you for studying in Germany using
Please enquire about language and further requirements directly at the university of your choice.
Detailed information and further tips:
This depends on your chosen course.
Universities have very different requirements for language skills. Be sure to check with the universities about the required language level and the necessary language certificates. The requirements vary from university to university and from course to course.
Tips on language skills and language certificates:
- German is the language of instruction for most courses of study in Germany. This is why you generally have to prove sufficient German language proficiency, for example with a DSH or TestDaF certificate or a certificate from the Goethe-Institut.
- Some courses of study require language certificates for other foreign languages (for example, for language studies or international courses of study). TOEFL or IELTS certificates may be required for English, for example.
- If you intend to apply for a Studienkolleg (preparatory course) or for a preparatory German language course, then you generally also need to prove a certain level of German language proficiency. That also applies for the Studienkolleg even if, subsequently, you wish to take a bachelor course with English as language of instruction. This is because the language of instruction in the Studienkolleg is German.
- Some courses of study are available in English, in which case you may need little to no German. You can find international courses of study in the DAAD “International Programmes” database.
Your language certificates must be received by uni-assist before the end of the application deadline. They generally must be submitted by post as officially certified copies in the original language and, if necessary, also in certified translation (either English or German). Before you apply, please check with each university which language certificates are required.
Please check the following with your chosen university:
- Is uni-assist responsible for your application to a higher course semester?
- Does the university allow you to start with the desired course semester?
- What application deadlines apply for the higher course semester?
- How can completed university courses be recognised?
- Do you have to submit additional documents for your application to uni-assist?
Your chosen university will inform you about all the criteria mentioned above.