What purpose do degrees serve?

If you want to study at a German university, you have to meet some requirements. The most important basics for an application are explained here.

University entrance qualification

Whether you are allowed to study in Germany with a foreign school-leaving certificate depends on whether you meet the requirements for one. This serves as proof of your school leaving certificate and confirms that you are qualified to study in Germany.

Are you from a country of EU, out Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or the Switzerland and if your certificate is sufficient there for university admission, then it is usually also sufficient in Germany. For Applicants from outside the EU Depending on where you come from, two to three semesters of study in your home country are often sufficient. In artistic subjects, particularly gifted students are sometimes only admitted on the basis of work samples or aptitude tests.

You can use the to check whether your higher education entrance qualification is recognized in Germany (Information available on more than 130 countries). There you can find out whether and for what type of access (or) your degree is suitable for studying in Germany. More detailed information to all countries you find in .

TIP: In any case, ask the university of your choice whether you meet the requirements, because in the end it is the university that decides on your application.

Admissions database

With the help of the DAAD, international students can check whether they meet the requirements for their desired course in Germany.


The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB-Diploma) is a school diploma awarded by the Geneva-based private International Baccalaureate Organization and can be obtained at many thousands of schools around the world.

The IB Diploma is recognized as a university entrance qualification in Germany under certain conditions.


The GCE is accepted as direct in Germany under certain conditions.

The alternative: preparatory college and assessment test

If your school leaving certificate is not recognized as a university entrance qualification, you can first apply Studienkolleg visit. This is a preparatory course for studies that takes place in institutions at universities and colleges for applied sciences (HAW) or (FH) and lasts around two. Good knowledge of German (level B1 des) and a successful entrance exam are required. Classes range from 28 to 32 hours per week.

The visit closes with the Assessment test which consists of several subjects that are important for your later studies and which also includes a language test. If everything goes well, you can study afterwards. Additional information can be found at.

Further requirements

In addition to these formal requirements, yours are of course an important prerequisite for studying in Germany: It also depends on the quality of the, that and that, that and that. If you want to know in principle whether you can cope with the requirements of studying in Germany, you can take part in one of the many international test centers. It not only helps with the decision, but sometimes even increases the chances of getting one at the university of your choice.

TIP: Because there is a lot to organize before studying abroad, it is important to find out more in good time. Start examining the prerequisites early so you don't get disappointed.