The Thuringian Studienkolleg in the north of Thuringia

Preparatory college (Studienkolleg)

University preparation for international applicants
The Thuringian Studienkolleg in the north of Thuringia
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The Thuringian Studienkolleg in Nordhausen is a preparatory college that helps you prepare for your university studies in a specific subject area. After a year of intensive, subject-specific education and advanced German lessons at the Studienkolleg, you will take an assessment test. This test comprises both a written and oral part. A successful test is equivalent to a subject-specific university entrance qualification which you can then use to apply for a place on your chosen course of study at Jena. 240 university applicants from around the world are learning at the Studienkolleg Nordhausen.

Admission requirements

Technical requirements

Required documents

Application process, portal, and period

Applying for a room

Admission requirements

Please check first whether you already hold the university entrance qualification required to study in Germany or whether you must complete a year of preparation at a Studienkolleg.

You can use DAAD or anabin databases to check whether your foreign educational qualifications are valid in Germany.

If you are eligible for direct admission to university, you do not have to attend a Studienkolleg. If you still lack the required German skills (DSH-2), please read more about our DSH preparatory course.

If you would like to prepare for a study programme with restricted admission at a Studienkolleg, you need a secondary education diploma from your home country with a minimum grade equivalent to a 1.5 in the German grading system.

Applicants for the Studienkolleg must provide evidence of a B1 level of German.

If you meet the requirements to attend the Thuringian Studienkolleg in Nordhausen, you can take the admission test. This will be a German and/or mathematics test. If you pass the test and are among the top 120 applicants, you will be accepted for the Studienkolleg.

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Technical requirements

Paper applications are no longer accepted. You have to apply via our online portal.

  • You cannot apply via your smartphone.
  • We advise you to use an up-to-date version of the firefox webbrowser with JavaScript
  • Pop-ups must be enabled.
  • Your computer must be connected to a working printer.
  • Save your application as a PDF before printing it.

Note
Save your login (= your email address) and password. This enables you to enter the online portal again without having to re-register.

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Required documents

  1. Scan all documents listed below as pdfs and save them under specified file names.
  2. Have all documents ready at hand, because you will have to insert data from them in the online application.
  • a certified copy of your original school leaving certificate and university entrance examination (if applicable) with a translation (into German or English)
  • a certified copy of your original degree certificate or times of study with a sworn translation (into German or English)
  • a certified copy of the original transcript of records for your degree with a sworn translation (into German or English)
  • Chinese and Vietnamese applicants: the original version of the APS certificate issued by the Akademische Prüfstelle as proof your academic achievements
  • Moroccan applicants: evidence of the Baccalauréat de l‘Enseignement Secondaire with a result of at least “assez bien”
  • a certified copy of evidence of your German language proficiency (please see our information on language requirements)
  • a CV (in tabular form)
  • a copy of your passport

Please note
Underage applicants and underage students (who have not yet reached the age of 18 when starting their education at the preparatory college) please ask the preparatory college in Nordhausen whether general consent from the legal guardian (parents) is necessary.

Definition: certified copy

In Germany, all public bodies bearing an official seal can officially certify documents. This includes municipal administrations, district offices, and minor administrative authorities (e.g. local mayors, town administration, local registration offices etc.); it also includes courts and notaries. Official certifications can also be provided by the culture department of the embassy of the country that issues a certificate.

Outside Germany, the following authorities are authorized to issue official certifications: the Diplomatic Missions of the Federal Republic of Germany and the authorities and notaries authorized to issue official certifications in their respective countries. The original stamp and signature of the certifying person must be provided.

Definition: sworn translation

Certificates must always be translated by an official body, e.g. the issuing institution or a sworn translator. Attestations made by non-certified translators will not be accepted.

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Application process, portal, and period

  • Application period for the summer semester: 1 October to 30 November
  • Application period for the winter semester: 1 March to 31 May
  1. Please choose your future study programme [pdf, 269 kb] de at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and learn more about your focus course [pdf, 96 kb] de at the Studienkolleg as preparation for your studies.
  2. Complete the online application and upload all required documents (pdf). If you experience technical issues, please re-enter your data. Your application will then be recorded again (with a new, higher applicant number).
  3. Save your application (pdf).
  4. Print the application and sign it.
  5. Send your application for admission without documents or copies of certificates to the following address:

    Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
    Internationales Büro
    Fürstengraben 1
    07743 Jena
    Germany

  6. Your application will only be processed and/or included in the admission and selection process if it is received by the University by post within the deadline.
  7. You can check the status of your application in the portal by entering your username (your email address) and password.
  8. Make sure you regularly check your emails for updates regarding your application.

Here you can find the application portal for the Studienkolleg.

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Applying for a room

We strongly recommend that you apply for a room at the student services organization Studierendenwerk Thüringen at the same time as you apply for the Studienkolleg. Note that you need to apply for a room in Nordhausen (deadline: 15 July for the winter semester / 15 January for the summer semester), because the Studienkolleg is located on the campus of the Hochschule Nordhausen – University of Applied Sciences. Finding accommodation on the private housing market is much more difficult.

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Study college
Preparing for your university studies
Students at the Studienkolleg spend one year preparing for the subject they would like to study at a German university. They learn in German and English.
Information

Do you still have questions? Please get in touch with Ms Cornelia Dwars, Team International Students at the International Office.