A) I have just finished the 11th grade of school (also without a school-leaving certificate).
Since 2019, in Ukraine, after 11th grade and passing the exam, you get the school-leaving certificate "Svidoctvo pro zdobuttja povnoji zahal'noji serednoji osvity. ", the Abitur. Since the general higher education entrance qualification in Germany is only achieved after completing the 12th or 13th school year, you must make up for a "gap year", i.e. study at least one year at a Ukrainian higher education institution or attend a preparatory course in Germany, in order to apply to a German higher education institution.
Please note: If you completed grade 11 this year but were unable to graduate, you can still apply to a German educational institution. Submit a copy of your 11th grade grades and any other documents your school may provide. However, this only applies if you have a residence permit according to § 24 of the Residence Act.
B) I will take my Abitur in Germany
If you have a German school leaving certificate, the admission procedure for you is the same as for German applicants.
C) I have finished the 9th grade of school and continued my education at college.
For enrolment at a German educational institution, you need a school-leaving certificate (Zeugnis über den Erwerb der mittleren Basisschulbildung, in Ukrainian "Svidoctvo pro zdobuttja bazovoji seredn'oji osvity"), and a college certificate stating the number of courses completed and the subjects taken at that time.
D) I have completed a Bachelor's degree and would like to enrol for a Master's degree.
Not every Ukrainian degree automatically entitles the holder to take up further studies in Germany. Please contact the university you would like to study at with your question about admission in order to receive an accurate assessment of your degree.
Further information on the recognition of university degrees and on planning your studies in Germany can be found here.
E) I am studying at a Ukrainian university and would like to transfer to a German educational institution
In the section "Direct University Admission" you will find information on university admission to a German university if you are already studying in Ukraine. Please note: Due to differences in academic teaching, it is possible that you will "lose" one or two years of study in Ukraine and have to enroll in a lower semester in Germany.
F) I am a researcher and am interested in opportunities to do academic work in Germany.
Numerous universities, research institutions and research-based companies in the country offer opportunities for refugee doctoral candidates to take up or continue doctoral projects and research projects in Germany.
The DAAD website contains the most important information and many offers for refugee researchers.
What is a Studienkolleg?
The Studienkolleg is a preparatory course for foreigners who wish to enter German educational institutions and whose secondary school leaving certificate does not meet German standards. The Studienkolleg usually lasts two semesters. Studienkollegs are usually affiliated with universities.
What is taught at the Studienkolleg?
The Studienkolleg prepares international applicants without a university entrance qualification for studying at a German university. All subjects except the specialist subjects are taught in German. The final examination at the Studienkolleg is the so-called Feststellungsprüfung.
A Studienkolleg offers 4 courses of study:
G/S - humanities, arts, social sciences
W - economic
T - technical
M - medical
In all study programs the German language is a compulsory subject and can be learned in advance in a propaedeutic course.
What are the particularities of the application process?
Find out about the application process on the website of the Studienkolleg you wish to enroll in. Applicants* usually have to apply for the study program at the university where the Studienkolleg is working. For example, if you want to enroll in a technical program at the Technical University of Berlin, you must apply for the Bachelor of Mathematics and the system will automatically direct you to the Studienkolleg.
Studienkolleg vs. direct admission to the university
The Studienkolleg gives you time to adjust to Germany and the educational system and also time to think if you have not yet decided on your desired field of study. In addition, you can make friends there. The biggest advantage of a Studienkolleg, however, is the lower level of German required: for a university you need a C1-C2 level, for a Studienkolleg - B1-B2 (more rarely: C1).
Another advantage of the Studienkolleg is that universities often reserve study places for students of their Studienkolleg. For example, if you studied at a Studienkolleg at the Technical University of Berlin, a certain number of places are reserved for graduates of the T-course for admission to the technical fields of study at the same university.
Necessary documents for admission to the Studienkolleg
- Secondary school leaving certificate. The secondary school leaving certificate must be translated into German or into English.
- Passport. A copy of your passport is sufficient. If you have lost your foreign passport, you can get a new one at the Embassy of Ukraine (please note that the waiting time can be 3-6 months).
- Language certificate (German). Educational institutions in Germany accept only official certificates. Please see the section "What counts as a proof of my German language skills?".
- Other. E.g. letters of recommendation, letters of motivation, certificates of specialized studies (for example, an internship with the Red Cross) or similar. Often they are not required, but can increase your chances of admission. The requirements for these documents vary depending on the university and the platform through which the documents are submitted.
There is no charge for taking the entrance test, classes, or the assessment test.
You pay a semester fee per semester (including a semester ticket).
Application for the summer semester: September 15 to November 30
Application for the winter semester: March 15 to June 30
Further information on the Studienkolleg at:
To be able to study at a university in Germany without a Studienkolleg, you must have a German language level of C1 (more rarely B2, C2) and have studied at a Ukrainian university for at least one year.
What documents are required for university admission without a Studienkolleg?
Secondary school leaving certificate. The secondary school leaving certificate must be translated into German or English.
A document certifying study at a Ukrainian university for a degree program and containing a list of completed subjects. An academic certificate with the complete academic achievements issued after the completion of the academic year is required. This document is necessary to prove that you have made up the academic difference between Ukrainian and German schools. For a successful application, contact the university where you will enrol. It usually works like this: Mathematics, physics, chemistry are required for a technical major - this means that in the first year you have to complete the subjects that are counted as necessary for the technical major.
Passport. A copy of your passport is sufficient. If you have lost your passport, you can get a new one at the Embassy of Ukraine (please note that the waiting time can be 3-6 months).
Language certificate. Educational institutions in Germany only accept official certificates. See section "What counts as proof of my German language skills?" and "Education in English".
Other. E.g. letters of recommendation, letters of motivation, certificates of specialised studies (for example, an internship with the Red Cross) or similar. They are often not required, but can increase your chances of admission. The requirements for these documents vary depending on the university and the platform through which the documents are submitted).
Application deadlines summer semester 2023:
15 January 2023
Fortunately, no additional introductory courses are required for admission to a Master's program (except in rare cases depending on the field of study and the educational institution in Ukraine).
What documents are required for enrollment in a Master's program?
- Bachelor's degree (The Bachelor's degree must be translated into German or into English. For more information, please refer to the section "Application: General Questions").
- Passport (A copy of your foreign passport is sufficient. If you have lost your passport, you can get a new one at the Embassy of Ukraine (please note that the waiting time can be 3-6 months).
- Language certificates German and / or English (educational institutions in Germany accept only official certificates.)
- Other (e.g. letters of recommendation, letters of motivation, certificates of specialized studies (for example an internship with the Red Cross) or similar. They are often not required, but can increase your chances of admission. The requirements for these documents vary depending on the university and the platform through which the documents are submitted).