Welcome to the Center for International Students of the Universities of Applied Sciences in Baden-Württemberg


    We have summarised the most frequently asked questions for you

    • What are certifications?


      For your application, you absolutely need properly certified copies of the original language certificate documents.

      Official certification of copies can be carried out in Germany by a notary public or by any public body that is officially authorised to use an official seal (e.g. city hall, authorities, universities).

      Outside Germany, only the German Embassy or the German Consulate will certify your copies of certificates in the required form. In some countries it is also possible to have copies certified by apostille. The original apostille must appear on the copy of the certificate.

      Unfortunately, we cannot recognise simple copies of certificates. Similarly, certifications by ecclesiastical offices, by the AStA of a university, by health insurance companies or by translation agencies are not recognised.

      How can I recognise an official certification?

      - A certified document always bears an official seal and a signature.
      - Collective certifications often have a string and a seal mark. The sheets may also be stapled together at the corner. Then the stamp must be on each folded sheet

      Detailed Information on Certifications

      Recognized certifications from Germany:  

      - City Hall
      - Authority
      - Citizen's Office
      - District Office
      - University
      - Notary Public

      Recognised certifications from abroad:

      - German Embassy / Consulate
      - Original Apostille

      Special requirements for individual countries:

      Nigeria: for the verification of secondary school leaving certificates we need the scratchcard and the token from you. We only accept proof of studies if the proof is sealed and signed and sent to us directly from the university in a sealed envelope.

      Not recognised certifications:   

      - Churches, parish offices
      - AStA of a university
      - Health insurance companies
      - translation agencies etc.
      - Foreign notaries

    • What German language skills do I need?

      For admission to a degree programme (direct admission):

          Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) is a German language examination that takes place at universities. No DSH is offered at Konstanz University of Applied Sciences.
          TestDaF is a German language examination that allows you to prove that you meet the language requirements for university studies. You can take this exam at many places.

      The following examinations exempt you from the DSH or TestDaF:

          Language Diploma of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs Level II
          Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (Small German Language Diploma), awarded by the Goethe-Institut on behalf of the University of Munich
          Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung of the Goethe-Institut (ZOP)
          C2 Certificate of the Goethe-Institut
          Feststellungsprüfung Deutsch at a German Studienkolleg (preparatory course)
          School-leaving certificate from a German school abroad with predominantly German-language teaching
          Attendance at a school up to and including the 9th grade at which all subjects were taught in German
          telc German C1 University
          ÖSD C2

      Further information on TestDaF
      Further information on language examinations

      For admission to the Studienkolleg:

      - German Language Diploma of the KMK- First Level
      - Certificate B1 of the Goethe Institute, if the examination was taken abroad.

      The language certificate must be submitted at the latest three weeks before the entrance test.