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Preparatory college - preparation for your studies

If your qualifications are not sufficient to be admitted directly for studies in Germany, you must take an assessment examination. Usually this entails attending a preparatory college.

Preparatory colleges provide pre-study courses. In five different main subjects students can prepare themselves for a degree course within one year. But the assessment examination qualifies you only for certain types of degree! If you first apply for a technical degree course and attend the technical oriented courses at the preparatory college, then you cannot afterwards apply for a humanities degree.

Application deadlines and application procedures for a preparatory college depend on where you would like to study later on. Individual universities are each assigned special preparatory colleges. If you have any questions, you should contact the international offices or the students' offices at the university where you wish to apply.

It is very important to make sure that the preparatory college is not just a German course - German is the language of instruction, so your knowledge of the language must be good enough!

Preparatory colleges