International Students


Studienkolleg - Center for International Students

Admission to German Universities


If you wish to study at a German University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) you need to have the necessary entrance qualification for German universities. 

The Studienkolleg will validate your application documents according to the guidelines of the ZAB (Central office on foreign education systems). 

Due to differences in international educational systems not all entrance qualifications of all countries can be validated. 

Validation of your certificates puts you in one of the following categories : 

  • Category I
    Applicants eligible for direct admission to university (Direktzulassung),

  • Category II
    Applicants eligible for admission after passing the Assessment Exam (Feststellungsprüfung),

  • not eligible for admission to university. 

The Studienkolleg Konstanz does not allocate study places.
The Studienkolleg validates your papers. Once your certificates have been validated you may either apply to the University of Applied Sciences of your choice in Baden-Würtemberg, or apply to the Studienkolleg for the preparatory course leading to the Assessment Exam. This prepatratory course is offered only in German, not in English.

Validation of your records


Category I

Applicants eligible for direct admission to university (Direktzulassung)

The applicant has a school graduation certificate attesting to

  • regularly attending 13 years of school,
  • attending 12 years of school in a EU country or 
  • university studies and 

a Proof of German language skills

The applicant can apply to university.

Exception: Applicants for English study program don't need a German language proof.


                                              Category II

Gaining admission through the Studienkolleg  Assessment Exam (Feststellungsprüfung)

The applicant's school-leaving records make him/her eligible for admission to a University of Applied Sciences after passing the Studienkolleg Assessment Exam (Feststellungsprüfung).

Preparation for the Studienkolleg Assessment Exam (Feststellungsprüfung) at the Studienkolleg takes two terms. To be admitted to a Studienkolleg you need to pass the Studienkolleg Entrance Exam (Aufnahmetest). Studienkolleg Preparation courses are not available in English.

After passing the Studienkolleg Assessment Exam (Feststellungsprüfung) the applicant can directly apply to a University of Applied Sciences.