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TOP-10 German schools, colleges and universities that offer preparation courses to enter universities in Germany: Studienkolleg for international students

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German education is highly valued in the world, TOP-10 German universities are included in prestigious international ratings, and most of them are open today for foreign students all over the world, who most often choose to study in Germany after high school. But not every students knows how to enter the university in Germany. Nowadays, TOP-10 German universities are attractive for international students due to their tuition fees and high-quality education. 

If you are planning to enter German high educational institutions, you must understand that due to probable differences in educational system you need to have the appropriate entitlement. Besides, every country has its own specific school-leaving certificates and, not all of them can be equal to a German and some foreign school-leaving certificates are not recognized or partially recognized in Germany.

The German educational system provides for a 13-year secondary education cycle. Accordingly, to enter a university in Germany, some graduates need to compensate for two missing years of studeying. Studying abroad after the 11th grade, namely admission to educational institutions in Germany, requires a deeper and fuller preparation from the student.

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How to enter one of TOP-10 universities in Germany for foreign students?

There are several ways to enroll in a German institute for foreign applicants. Most popular programs in Germany among foreign students after grade 11 are:

  • studying in a national state or accredited private institution of higher education for at least 2 years in a specialty corresponding to chosen in Germany;
  • Studying in German Studienkolleg (1 year full-time) after school (11th grade);
  • Passing of senior-level programs in Germany (IB in English , Abitur in German). Programs are taught in private schools in Germany

Practice shows that the second method is more popular. It allows you to enter German university after 11th grade, saving 1 year, quickly adapt to a new language and academic environment.

Enrollment after Studienkolleg is possible based on the results of the qualifying examination. There are no additional entrance exams, interviews are possible in some institutes. It is also often necessary to take TestAS, a special assessment test for foreign applicants. In addition, the average score of the school certificate is taken into account.

Pre-university language preparation

In order to enter German institution of higher education, not only excellent German proficiency is important. The language barrier, as practice shows, prevents many entrants in the implementation of the dream of a prestigious European education. SMAPSE experts recommend effective language courses for everyone who wants to master command of German.

In SMAPSE catalogue you will find most prestigious German language schools. Specialized centers for teenagers (16+) and adults offer academic German programs: they allow not only to improve existing knowledge, but also to acquire the skills necessary for further education.

German schools, offered by SMAPSE, foreign students are invited to study in university conditions. This helps to quickly adapt to the new environment, get acquainted with the traditions, get used to the rules, discipline. In addition, such courses are an intensive everyday practice. A combined programme, including a linguistic module and studying relevant disciplines in accordance with the chosen specialty, provide an opportunity to effectively prepare not only for enrollment, but also for study in it.


Make the right choice with SMAPSE experts

It's really convenient to choose programme and school, Studienkolleg courses after 11 grade due to SMAPSE catalogue. On its left panel there are filters that allow sorting information by type of programme, the location of the school.

Individual selection is also available on the site. To order fill in the short form or contact us by e-mail, via chat, by phone. Specialists of SMAPSE know how foreign students can enter the university in Germany. And they are ready to share the experience with you!

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Since when does the training at the Berlin Humboldt University start? And at what time do you need to file documents?
Rinat, good afternoon! Standard training on the bachelor's program begins in late September - early October. The documents must be submitted as soon as possible, the deadline for filing is mid-July, the exact date should be specified for the current year (on that day the documents must already be in the university admission committee)
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