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What is Studienkolleg?

22/03/2017 - 12:22-66 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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66 Comments

    Hi, thanks for the info.
    Should I go through Studienkolleg if the course I’m taking is in English?

    Comment by Praneel created 17/08/2018 - 15:00

      Hi,
      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 23/08/2018 - 07:44

    Hello
    I’m liveing in iran but my dream it is study in germany.i have pre-university diploma and my scores is very well.and my cousin liveing in germany.l hope you can help me
    Tanks

    Comment by Atousa sarvi created 01/09/2018 - 13:03

      Hi,
      as a first step, have a look at our guideline on https://www.study-in.de/en/service/ten-steps-to-studying-in-germany_28447.php. You will find important steps, links and tips for studying in Germany.
      Best wishes,
      your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 19/09/2018 - 14:52

    I graduated at university of information technologies

    Comment by Oybek created 16/09/2018 - 09:21

    Hi! Should I do studienkolleg with my A-Levels results?

    Thanks!

    Comment by Natalyn created 18/09/2018 - 01:55

      Hi,
      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 19/09/2018 - 14:51

    Hi !
    I’m from Iraq and I want to study in Germany for medicine for the purpose of I contacted with a company here and binging my business

    But I want knowledge about studenkollge
    Is this condition to achieve high marks at studenkollge for the purpose of studying in medicine?

    Comment by Alan created 07/10/2018 - 00:03

      Hi Alan,
      the Studienkolleg is a public educational institution in Germany for students whose graduation certificate is not recognised as equivalent to the German Abitur (secondary school leaving certificate which allows access to university studies in Germany). It is a preparatory course for academic study at a university. German is spoken on all courses.
      If your school leaving certificate is not equivalent to the German higher education qualification, you have to have to attend the preparatory course at a “Studienkolleg” and then pass an assessment test, the “Feststellungsprüfung”.
      You will find a lot of information as well as locations of “Studienkollegs” at: http://www.studienkollegs.de/home.html
      Best wishes,
      Your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 08/10/2018 - 09:01

    Hi
    I just wanted to know after doing studienkolleg and then passing the test ,its 100% sure that I will be able to get my seat in a medical college.

    Comment by Palwasha created 09/10/2018 - 18:13

      Dear Palwasha,

      that is not a 100% sure, because it also depends on the result of the test. We cannot provide detailed information about admission criteria because each German university is responsible for determining its admission policies. Nevertheless, you can check out the requirements of the programmes you wish to apply to on their website. You can find information about the courses on our database.

      Best wishes,
      Your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 11/10/2018 - 12:04

    Hi,
    how do i apply for the Studienkolleg ? Do i apply to the university or do i directly apply for the Studienkolleg?
    thanks

    Comment by Jane created 12/10/2018 - 11:11

      Hi,
      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 17/10/2018 - 10:31

    Hi,
    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

    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 27/07/2018 - 09:59

    Hi,
    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 27/07/2018 - 10:05

    Hi,
    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 27/07/2018 - 10:06

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