Principally, anyone with a foreign school or university degree may study at a German university. In respect of the admission to a study program, refugees are treated in the same way as any other international applicants. The admission to or continuation of a study program does not require a certain residence permit. The minimum requirements to take up a study program are:
- a recognized university entrance qualification as well as
- sufficent command of the language in order to be able to follow the tuition.
University entrance qualification
Recognition of university/school graduation certificates
Students who acquired their university entrance qualification abroad (non-EU citizens) can only be admitted to study programs if the graduation degree
- enables them to take up a study in the home country and
- is equivalent to the German Abitur.
The online data base http://www.anabin.de/ provides information about whether a foreign degree can be recognized in Germany.
The decision about the recognition is taken by the university at which the student would like to study, in the framework of the application procedure. For this, please include the university entrance qualification certificate of your home country in your application (the original or a certified copy) as well as a translation into the German language carried out by a certified translator.
In the case of applicants whose university entrance qualification got lost when fleeing the war or disaster area it is still possible to have the lost certificate recognized. Please ask at the university at which the study program is to be started or continued for further information about the required recognition procedure.
Even if the graduation degree does not correspond to the German Abitur a study can be taken up in Germany if
- the assessment test at the Staatliche Studienkolleg in Nordhausen has been successfully passed or
- a one or two-year study program has already been accomplished at a recognized university in the home country that corresponds to the chosen study program in Thuringia.
Since the first of March uni-assist e.V. offers a procedure for refugees to have their university entrance qualification assessed free of charge. Further information about the preconditions of the free assessment is available under https://www.uni-assist.de/fluechtlinge.html.
Assessment test at the Staatliche Studienkolleg Nordhausen
Applicants whose graduation degrees does not immediately entitle them to study in Germany can take an assessment test at the Staatliche Studienkolleg Nordhausen. The assessment test is meant to find out whether applicants are suited for the intended study program.
The Studienkolleg offers one-year courses to prepare for the assessment test and to acquire the linguistic and subject-related basic knowledge required for the desired study program. There are preparatory courses in different fields.
In individual cases, applicants can take the assessment test without previously attending the Staatliche Studienkolleg, i.e. after independent preparation. For further information please contact the Staatliche Studienkolleg Nordhausen.
In order to be admitted to the Staatliche Studienkolleg Nordhausen applicants have to pass an acceptance test - their admission depends on the achieved performance and the available places.
Applications for the attendance of the Studienkolleg have to be submitted to the university at which applicants wish to study. The university grants a conditional admission which is the precondition for an admission to the Staatliche Studienkolleg. Is not possible to submit a application directly to the Staatliche Studienkolleg!
In order to attend the Staatliche Studienkolleg principally a German proficiency of at least level B1 is required. Applicants with poor knowledge of the German language can attend a pre-course at the Staatliche Studienkolleg in order to improve their language knowledge. Please contact the Staatliche Studienkolleg Nordhausen for further information and contact partners.
Preconditions for an admission
If all the general preconditions for a study have been fulfilled the first step has been taken.
Some study programs are open for everyone to enrol who has fulfilled these conditions (study programs without admission restrictions).
In the case of study programs where it can be expected that there will be more applicants than places the admission is restricted. These restrictions may apply nationally (study programs with national admission restrictions) or to only one study program at a certain university (study programs with local admission restrictions).
When choosing the applicants different criteria are taken into consideration:
- Often, the average grade of the university entrance qualification is viewed which is called Numerus clausus (NC). The NC values have not been fixed beforehand. Whether an applicant is granted a place or not depends on the number of competing applicants and their grades.
- In some cases, further criteria are considered beside the average grade, such as motivational letters, professional experience or weighed invididual grades.
Some universities have admission procedures which do not consider the average grade at all. In some study programs (such as Art, Music, Design oder Sports), applicants are required to prove their suitability and talent for the chosen study in the framework of specific procedures (ability test).
The International Office of the university where the applicant wants to study helps to determine whether a study program has restricted admission or requires an ability test.