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 or Halle/Saxony-Anhalt.