To be admitted to study at Osnabrück University, applicants must have a secondary school diploma equivalent to the German Abitur (Educational requirements). For direct admission, very good German language proficiency is also required. Applicants must have a high level of German language skills at the time of applying. Certain study programs may also require knowledge of other languages.
Secondary school diploma
Basically, all students, both international and German, must prove they are qualified to attend university. International students applying within Germany must have a secondary school diploma that qualifies them to study at a university in their home country. If you are only qualified to study certain subjects in your home country, then you will only be permitted to study those subjects in Germany, too. In this case, your certificate is called a subject-restricted diploma (fachgebundene Hochschulreife). As a rule, if you have completed a university degree in your own country, you will be permitted to study any subject at Osnabrück University.
Some international secondary school diplomas are also recognized in Germany and are therefore considered equal to a German Abitur. Students from some countries require a combination of a secondary school diploma and transcripts proving they have completed one or two years of college-level education to enable them to be admitted to a German university. To find out whether your diploma is recognized in Germany, check the anabin website (in German).
A limited number of places are available on some study programs (in German). In this case, your average grade is a crucial factor for admission.
What if your secondary school diploma is not equivalent to a German Abitur?
Secondary school diplomas from many countries are not recognized in Germany. You can find out whether your diploma will be accepted by checking the anabin website (in German). Applicants from these countries can, under certain conditions, take an assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung). Once passed, this test will allow the student to study certain subjects only. Normally, applicants can take the assessment test after following a one-year preparatory course (Studienkolleg) in Germany. Please note that no preparatory courses are held in Osnabrück. Applicants will be sent to preparatory courses in Hanover.
German language proficiency
To study at Osnabrück University, you will require very good German language skills. Language skills are proven in a DSH examination (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) or TestDaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with a certain result. As a rule, the DSH examination can be taken in Germany and TestDaF can be sat in your home country. We advise you to take the TestDaF in your home country. There are various TestDaF centers all over the world.
The DSH examination is divided into three different levels: DSH 1, DSH 2 and DSH 3. To find out which DSH or TestDaF level you require to study your chosen program at Osnabrück University, please refer to the lists of undergraduate and graduate programs.
We regret that Osnabrück University does not offer any preparatory German language courses for prospective students. This means that, to be admitted to Osnabrück University, applicants must enclose proof of the necessary language skills with their application.
If you have not taken the DSH examination or you do not have any other equivalent test results, you may still apply for a winter semester if you have taken the "Goethe Certificate B2".
Your proof of language skills may not be older than around two years. If your application is successful, you will be admitted to the University – but only if you pass the DSH examination. In this case, we will tell you when the DSH examination must be sat.
Degree courses in English language
For some Master's programs, you do not need to provide a German language proficiency, as these degree courses are exclusively in English.
For these degree programs, a proof of German language skills is not required:
- Cognitive Computing, M.Sc.
- Cognitive Science, M.Sc.
- Conflict Studies and Peacebuilding, M. A.
- Nanosciences - Materials, Molecules and Cells, M.Sc.
- Physics, M.Sc.
However, please note that you may need to present an English language proficiency for these programs.