Our mission as a Studienkolleg is to give you the best possible preparation for whatever examination(s) you wish to take.
“Your success is our success.”
That is our maxim and the standard by which we are measured.
We offer the following courses:
Our Foundation Courses prepare you for the “Examination to Assess the Qualification of Foreign Applicants for Admission to Universities in the Federal Republic of Germany” (better known as the Feststellungsprüfung or FSP) of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The examination is administered twice a year by the district government of Cologne, in May and in November. The FSP certificate is recognized in all of Germany, not just in North Rhine-Westphalia. The grades obtained in the FSP are an admission criterion for university applications, together with the grades of your school-leaving qualification.
An overseas school-leaving qualification which, according to the stipulations of the German Ministry of Education and the Arts (KMK), entitles you to attend a preparatory college (Studienkolleg) like ours. You can check whether or not your school-leaving qualification fulfills that criterion on the website https://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html – or simply ask us.
German-language proficiency at B2 level, proven for example by means of a relevant telc- or Goethe-certificate.
If you have not attained B2 proficiency level yet, you can take one of our Intensive German Courses to prepare you for the examination for the telc language certificate B2.
If you feel unsure about whether or not you need to take the FSP, or indeed have any other questions about studying in Germany, you should let us counsel you free of charge and without committing yourself to anything. Each individual case is different. Thanks to our comprehensive experience, we are able to offer you specific advice tailored to your personal circumstances. Moreover, we recommend that you seek our advice early on. Sometimes obtaining a visa can take a very long time. Hence, you ought to apply at least 3 months before the start of your Foundation Course.
Foreign university applicants who already hold a German university entrance qualification and have been offered a place at a German university need to pass a German language examination before they can commence their studies. There are three major German language tests that serve this purpose: telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule, the TestDaF examination and the increasingly obsolete “German Language Test for the Admission of Foreign Study Applicants” (DSH).
It is up to each individual university which of these examinations it accepts or prefers.
In recent years, telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule has emerged as the test preferred by most German universities. The examination comprises both a written and an oral part. The examination consists in the following components:
More information can be found here:
If this is the examination that you need to take, our Intensive German Courses will be tailored for you such as to specifically prepare you for passing this examination.
telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule
Like telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule, the TestDaF is another advanced German language test intended for overseas university applicants who already hold a German university entrance qualification and merely need to prove their language proficiency before they can commence their studies in Germany.
TestDaF exam results are stratified into three levels: TDN 3, TDN 4 or TDN 5, corresponding to CEFR proficiency levels B2 to C1. In most cases, the intermediate level TDN 4 suffices for admission to a German university.
The examination comprises both a written and an oral part. The examination consists in the following components:
For more information on the examination download:
If this is the examination that you need to take, our Intensive German Courses will be especially adapted for you such as to specifically prepare you for passing this examination.