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Admission criteria for German Universities

All foreign students need

  • a visa for study purposes
  • cost of living in Germany around 659 euro per month

First-year students needs furthermore

  • a certificate for admission to higher education in Germany: If this qualification is recognised as equivalent to the German qualification, the foreign applicant can be directly admitted to take a course of academic studies in the chosen discipline,
  • foreign applicants holding a higher education entrance qualification which is only conditionally comparable with a German qualification may also be admitted to a course of academic studies, but they must pass an assessment test, the so called Feststellungsprüfung (FSP). The FSP must be taken before enrolling. Part of this FSP is the language test (DSH),
  • adequate knowledge of German: Students from abroad have to pass either an academic language test called "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH)".


Foreign applicants holding a Bachelor's degree can apply to all German higher education institution for a course of graduate studies with the goal of gaining a Master's, Magister or German Diplom degree without restriction. The recognition of the study and examination achievements and certificates which you already hold will play a major role here. For courses of study in German language they also have to pass the DSH.

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