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What is Studienkolleg?

22/03/2017 - 12:22-26 Comments by | egypt flag

So the Studienkolleg summer semester has gotten off to a slow but steady start over here, and it’s been challenge getting used to a number of things; most significantly waking up at 5:30 in the morning so that I’m early enough to make it to class on time. I thought I’d take this opportunity and shortly explain what exactly Studienkolleg is.
If you a recent high school graduate, with a certificate that is not recognized by the higher educational institutions in Germany, then there are two paths to follow. The first one comprises of enrolling at a university in your home country, for at least one year, after which you can directly apply to a German university, if you meet the language requirements. The second choice is attending the Studienkolleg in Germany.

Studienkolleg is a form of preparatory courses for those willing to study at a university in Germany. It usually lasts for one year, which is equivalent to two semesters, with the possibility of repeating only one semester. It is divided into 4 courses, each with varying subjects and depending on one’s choice of future studies, which are as follows:

  • T-Kurs : German , Mathematics , Physics , Chemistry and Informatics
  • M-Kurs : German , Mathematics , Physics , Chemistry and Biology
  • W-Kurs : German , Mathematics , Economics , Business and Sociology
  • G-Kurs : German , History , German Literature , Sociology and Statistics

As you can see German is the one constant in all of the courses, also having the dominant share of hour count between all of the other subjects. This highlights one of the goals of Studienkolleg , if not the most important one , which is preparing you language-wise for enrolling at a full time German-taught program at any university later on. Furthermore, the prospect of spending a whole year in a completely German environment, in which you can practice the language every day, grasp most of the basic concepts and technical terms in the different subjects, and even just slowly integrating yourself into the German society and getting accustomed to life as a student, is far more better than to embark directly on a university degree and will definitely leave you more prepared in my opinion. That is also supported by the fact that the curriculum covered throughout the year  is highly relevant to that of most high school certificates all over the world , which makes everything a whole less stressful and somewhat limits your obligations to just revising all the stuff you’ve learned before , but this time in German.

Sounds fun, right?

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Comments

26 Comments

    Am from Ethiopia,is it scholarship base or not?

    Comment by Woldesemayat created 04/04/2017 - 18:41

      Hi,
      you can find scholarships for graduate students in the DAAD scholarship database https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/en/21148-scholarship-database/.
      The application requirements are listed in the respective description.
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 05/04/2017 - 13:21

    What about master applicants?

    Will they get admit into studienkolleg?

    And how about the scholarship prospect for ms applicants?

    Iam B.E Mechanical engineer from India,iam trying to do masters in German medium of instructions,so that iam willing to do some bridge course (technical/language)there at germany,so that I can get accustomed to language as well as Country.

    Please Kindly guide me for the same.

    Comment by thangaraj created 05/04/2017 - 17:55

      Studienkolleg is for a pre-undergraduate course. However , you can attend a language preparation course relatively easy , those are offered by either universities themselves or private language centers.

      Comment by Mohamed Nagy created 05/04/2017 - 20:42

    Hey Mohamed ,
    Nice blog.Very well written .
    However, as Thangaraj commented ,I was wondering if Germany offers studienkolleg or any such preparatory courses for Masters applicants .

    Actually i graduated in Electronics & Telecommunication ,but would like to switch to Computer science/Informatiks for my masters, but i dont have the requisite credit points in CSE based topics.I was hoping to attend one of these preparatory courses to gain the requisite credit points in CSE , as well as learn German on the side .

    Regards,
    Abhi .

    Comment by Abhi Bhattacharya created 14/04/2017 - 13:49

    Is there any age limit to attend a studienkolleg? Bochum turned down my application on grounds that am less than 18yrs, please I need help.

    Comment by Stanley created 27/04/2017 - 13:30

      Hi Stanley,
      each German university is responsible for determining its own admission policies. That’s why you should ask the International Office at the German university of your choice whether you fulfill all the requirements for admission and how much of your previous academic work will be recognised. You will find a list of universities and courses in our database https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/find-programme-and-university/
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 28/04/2017 - 11:16

    Ive herd that now you can study in germany without ielts. Is this true? I checked this on this website.
    http://p2gstudy.com/news/study-in-germany-without-ielts-for-pakistani-students/
    Im trying to apply but im confused. Some people are saying that you have to clear German language test and dont need ielts while some say that you have to clear ielts.

    Comment by Uzair Mehmood Sardar created 06/07/2017 - 20:34

      Hi,
      each German university is responsible for determining its own admission policies. That’s why you should ask the International Office at the German university of your choice whether you fulfill all the requirements for admission and how much of your previous academic work will be recognised. You will find a list of universities and courses in our database https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/find-programme-and-university/
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 17/07/2017 - 14:10

    Hi Mohamed,
    I’m a little bit confused, do the Studienkolleg requires certain German language level? do I have after which to attend an intensive german language course to pass the DSH-examination? or after attending the Studienkolleg it allows me to pass the DSH-examination without the need to attend the intensive language course.

    many thanks
    Dina

    Comment by Dina created 14/07/2017 - 12:13

      Hi Dina,
      if your secondary school-leaving certificate is not recognised in Germany, you can gain entrance qualification to German university by completing a foundation course (“Studienkolleg”). You first have to pass an entrance examination to participate in a foundation course. Good German language skills are a prerequisite (B1 level of the European Framework of Reference for Languages). For more information, see the section on foundation courses https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/prep-courses-and-foundation-courses_28537.php
      Best wishes, your Study in Germany team

      Comment by Redaktion created 17/07/2017 - 14:09

    Hi
    I have read alot about Studienkollegs,and I have already gotten my acceptance. I just want to know if I can do the Feststellungsprüfung after 1 semester? Is it possible? Like I know it’s possible and maybe no one will stop me,but is the curriculum that flexible? Or is the material for the exam is spread in 2 semesters, meaning that by doing the Feststellungsprüfung after only 1 semester one can not get a good grade?
    I’ll be doing the M-kurs , and want to study either Pharmacy or Chemistry/Biochemistry

    Comment by Lida created 25/07/2017 - 22:50

      Hi,
      we suggsest to ask your course provider directly if you have doubts.
      Besides, on our website you can find more information on foundation courses: https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/prep-courses-and-foundation-courses_28537.php
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 31/07/2017 - 12:43

    I was wondering which specific Studienkollegs you’d recommend that are

    1.) Good for preparing someone for a very high level german university, and
    2.) Good for student life and are part of a university

    Comment by Ben created 30/07/2017 - 18:47

      Hi,
      as all German universities and course provider offer very good education, it’s hard to say which one is the best. Please check the following university ranking if you want to get more information: https://www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/ranking/en/.
      On our website you can find more information on foundation courses https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/prep-courses-and-foundation-courses_28537.php
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 31/07/2017 - 12:46

    I have completed diploma with 60 % and now looking for BE in German
    1, what is the bank balance is required to mainted?
    2, what are the exam must be return to get BE in German
    3. Can I cover living wages by part time job?

    Comment by Gouthamreddy created 31/07/2017 - 15:07

      Hi,
      you will need around 670 euros per month to cover your living expenses. The largest expense is your monthly rent. In most cases, applicants have to prove that they have around 8,700 euros at their disposal for one year. For more information, see the section on money and costs https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-stay/money-and-costs/

      Each German university is responsible for determining its own admission policies. That’s why you should ask the International Office at the German university of your choice whether you fulfill all the requirements for admission and how much of your previous academic work will be recognised. You will find a list of universities and courses in our database https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/find-programme-and-university/
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 07/08/2017 - 09:12

    Hi!
    My son appeared for studienkolleg entrance exams recently. Though he had a very good exam, he has not been accepted in 3 universities.
    The universities have declared very few seats for Engg, average 20 per University.
    Are there any second lists?
    Is there any way to get admission to studienkolleg to save six months before next attempt?
    Kindly advise

    Comment by Amit created 05/09/2017 - 04:20

      Hi,
      each German university is responsible for determining its own admission policies. That’s why you should ask the International Office at the German university of your choice whether you fulfill all the requirements for admission and how much of your previous academic work will be recognised. You will find a list of universities and courses in our database https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/find-programme-and-university/
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 05/09/2017 - 09:21

    How much is preparatory course(M-KURS,Germany ,Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and do they offer accommodation?

    Comment by Johannes Oskar K created 05/09/2017 - 08:41

      Hi,
      the tuition at German universities is very low. However, all students have to pay a semester contribution. For more information, see the section on money and costs https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-stay/money-and-costs/
      The Accommodation Finder on our website is a helpful tool for obtaining information about various student residences in your university town https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-stay/accommodation/dormitoryfinder/. Our website offers information on finding accommodation as well https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-stay/accommodation/finding-accommodation_26611.php
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 05/09/2017 - 09:22

    Hello

    I really really wish you would help me with this. I have searched everywhere on the Internet and can’t find any website/blog that covers this issue.

    ” What happens after the Feststellung exam? ”

    Let’s say the 2 semesters are over , and the Feststellung exam is successfully done.
    How should we apply for universities in different parts of Germany?
    Let’s say the Feststellung exam is in January/February… will there be time to apply for the Sommersemester of the same year? Starting in March/April.
    Or if the Feststellung exam is in June/July….will there be time to apply for the Wintersemester of the same year? Starting in October?

    Yes , yes I know. This all depends on the Studienkolleg date for the Feststellung exam and the Universities deadlines. But in general, does it work like this? Does the Studienkolleg give the grades out in time for applying for the coming semester?

    What other documents do we need to send for universities aside from our Feststellung grades?

    It would mean the world to us if there was such a table that would show all the deadlines for Studienkolleg students applying to universities.

    When I check university websites, I don’t know which section I belong to. International student? But I’m already in the Studienkolleg and I’m not applying from abroad !
    German student? But I haven’t done the Abitur.

    I know this is such a long question, but I would really really really appreciate it if you could give me some help.

    Comment by T created 21/09/2017 - 10:54

      Hi,
      Study-in.de is not an agency or advising service, and that’s why we cannot offer you any direct help with your application to German university. However, if you have general questions or want to be pointed in the right direction, please feel free to contact one of the DAAD offices all around the world https://www.daad.de/der-daad/kontakt/en/29344-addresses-telephone-numbers/

      Each German university is responsible for determining its own admission policies. That’s why you should always ask the International Office at the German university of your choice whether you fulfill all the requirements for admission and how much of your previous academic work will be recognised. You will find a list of universities and courses in our database https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/find-programme-and-university/
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 04/10/2017 - 12:49

      Studienkollegs vary in their timetables, they do not follow a unified timetable or deadlines but in my experience yes they would issue you the required documents in time for you to apply for the upcoming semester. You should also take note of the deadlines for both semesters. 15th of January for the summer semester and 15th of July for the winter semester. The FSP is usually about a month beforehand, and you’ll get the grades before the deadlines but it’ll be handy to have all your other documents ready so that you can send them in as soon as you get your Studienkolleg certificate.
      Regarding your status when applying for Uni, Studienkolleg students are international students, unless you have a German passport.

      Comment by Mohamed Nagy created 05/10/2017 - 08:17

    Hello,

    I am in the process of preparing to attend a Studienkolleg for this upcoming September (2018).
    In the German courses of the Studienkolleg, which level do they usually teach? B2? C1?
    I read in one of your comments that we need a german B1 level to be able to apply. Is this general knowledge throughout Germany?
    I am enrolling for the Studienkolleg belonging to Frei Universität Berlin in July, and they state that they require a B2 level certificate with the application, however they give out this link:
    http://www.studienkollegs.de/The%20application%20process.html
    in their website where it states a minimum level of B1 is necessary upon application. I guess I’m just a little confused.
    I know this is a very specific case, but any general advice would be appreciated!

    Many Thanks,

    Benedicte Audet

    Comment by Benedicte Audet created 05/11/2017 - 21:14

    Hi I want to know how the entrance test is …….like the tested subjects

    Comment by Reznov created 04/01/2018 - 06:49

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