Application process

You've already decided to complete part or even all of your university studies in Germany? But not sure what steps to take next? Before studying abroad can become a reality, it requires a convincing - and above all, complete - application to your chosen university. To make the application process as simple and straightforward as possible, here are the most important points you should pay attention to.

  • Application for Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in Germany

    The basis for your application is the application form, which you can usually find in the download area of the respective university. You can find the form for TU Dresden here. International applicants with a foreign secondary or university degree can also submit their application online via the portal uni-assist.

    Since applications will only be processed if all required documents are submitted, you should pay special attention to the completeness of your application. Here we have compiled the most important documents for studying abroad. Foreign certificates must be submitted as certified copies and - if they are not in German, English, or French - as certified translations. In addition to completeness, it is also a basic requirement that the application be submitted on time. The deadlines of our partner universities can be found here. Since the majority of degree programs only begin in the winter semester, enrollment for the summer semester is only possible for higher semesters with recognition of academic and examination achievements from previous studies.

  • Certificates of achievement for study abroad in Germany

    It is not always possible for the diplomas of international applicants to be recognized at a German university. In such cases, an "examination to determine the university entrance qualification" - also called Feststellungsprüfung - is required for admission to studies. The assessment test is usually given at the end of a one-year preparatory course at a Preparatory College. Admission to the Preparatory College requires proof of sufficient German language skills at a level of at least B2 and is granted by the university at which the study abroad is to be taken up. Further information on the TUDIAS Preparatory College can be found here.

  • Language certificates for studying abroad in Germany

    Since, with the exception of isolated courses, instruction at most German universities takes place in German, appropriate language certificates are essential for admission to a study abroad program in this country. For almost all bachelor's degree programs, for example, a C2 German language level is required. If the required proof cannot (yet) be provided at the time of application, admission to studies is still possible with a good knowledge of German - equivalent to level B2 - and the successful completion of a DSH examination. More information on the individual language tests can be found here.

  • Enrollment/matriculation after successful application

    After the successful review of the application documents by the university, you will receive a notice of admission as well as all information regarding the subsequent enrollment/registration. While domestic applicants enroll for their studies at the student secretariat of the respective university, prospective foreign students should contact the International Office before starting their studies, which provides information about all the details and documents required for enrollment. Important: At most German universities, enrollment is done in person at the university and can only be done by mail or by an authorized person in exceptional cases.

    After enrollment, you will then receive the status of a student as well as a student ID and a matriculation number. This means that with the start of the semester you are (finally) officially a student at a German university.

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