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Preparatory course (Studienkolleg)

If you do not hold a secondary school diploma that permits you to directly start your studies in Germany, you can take a preparatory course (Studienkolleg) to qualify for admission to university. After a year of instruction, you can take an assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung). If you pass this test, you may be allowed to study certain subjects anywhere in Germany.

On uni-assist or anabin  you can check if you have to visit a preparatory course (Studienkolleg).


Types of courses

There are different types of preparatory courses, which will prepare you for one of five different fields. Your previous education and your choice of subject will determine which course you take:

  • “T” courses for technical, mathematical and natural science fields (except biology)
  • “M” courses for medical and biological fields
  • “W” courses for business, law and sociological fields
  • “G” courses for humanities, linguistics, language-related and artistic fields

No preparatory courses are held at Osnabrück University. As with all applicants to universities in Lower Saxony, Osnabrück applicants for the Studienkolleg courses must attend the Niedersächsische Studienkolleg in Hannover.


To be admitted to the preparatory course, you will need good German language skills, which must be documented (test results, etc.). Your documents may not be older than around one year.

For the courses we accept the Goethe Institute's Goethe-Certificate B1 or a TestDaF with a score of 12 points. As a substitute, we will also accept certification that you have completed over 800 hours of intermediate-level German instruction.

Admissions test

In addition, you must pass the admissions test to be admitted to the preparatory course. This examination consists of a German test and other tests in the various subjects. You will find the test dates and past papers on the following websites:

Niedersächsische Studienkolleg in Hannover

Assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung)

After two semesters of instruction at the Studienkolleg, you will take an assessment test. If you pass, you will be able to apply to all German universities that offer your particular subjects.
To begin a study program, you must again apply to the university of your choice.
Passing the assessment test is the equivalent of passing the DSH examination, so you no longer have to take any German language tests. You can also take the assessment test without taking a preparatory course. However, the success rate is very low, and we strongly advise against it.

Further preparatory course

There is also a private Studienkolleg in Mettingen  in the Osnabrück region. Applications for this Studienkolleg must be sent directly to Mettingen, not to the University.