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Preparatory Study at the Studienkolleg

There are a number of secondary school diplomas awarded in other countries which qualify students to study at a university in their respective countries, but which do not qualify them to study at a German university.  Preparatory studies offered through the Studienkolleg prepare international students in two semesters for the assessment exam required for admittance to German universities. Those who successfully pass the exam will be permitted to study in Germany.

Does your diploma qualify you to study in Germany?

You should determine early on if your secondary school diploma qualifies you for admission directly to a German university:

How do I apply to the Studienkolleg?

  • Direct application to the Studienkolleg is not possible. Students wishing to attend the Studienkolleg at the TUM must apply through the online application process on TUMonline.
  • There is a limited number of spaces available for the Studienkolleg entrance exam (one exam and two repeat exams).
    Failure to appear for the examination is equivalent to failure of the exam. If you are hindered from participating in an exam for which you are registered, please inform us by the appropriate deadline. Be sure to include your applicant number.
  • The official language of instruction at the Studienkolleg is German.  Your application must include proof of language proficiency Level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). An aptitude test will also be administered to determine if your German-language skills are sufficient for admission to the Studienkolleg. For those seeking admission to technical degree programs, there is also a mathematics portion of the exam. Only students who have been invited to take the assessment exam by the university may do so.  (Important dates of the Studienkolleg)
  • Appointment to the Studienkolleg takes place exclusively through the university at which the student intends to study

Courses at the Studienkolleg are taught as modules. Depending on the desired course of study at the TUM, students can select one of three areas of concentration:

  • T-course: for technical, mathematical and natural sciences programs
  • M-course: for medical and biology or sport programs
  • W-course: for business and economics programs

Students enrolled in the Studienkolleg are registered as students at the TUM until they officially pass or fail the assessment exam.

Application Materials and Deadlines

You can apply online to the Studienkolleg at the TU München:
Online application

Application periods are as follows:

  • 15 Nov. – 15 Jan. (summer semester)
  • 15 May – 15 July (winter semester)

Please note: Only the date of submission is relevant, not the date on which forms are filled out..

  • Applicants to the Studienkolleg at the TU München must apply directly through the university not through uni-assist!

  • The following documents must be submitted with your application:

    • a notarized copy of your higher education entrance qualification
    • a translation of your higher education entrance qualification by a sworn translator
    • a passport-sized photo
    • a curriculum vitae detailing schools visited, examinations passed, etc.
    • Proof of German-language proficiency Level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as a notarized copy
    • verification of any prior university study (e.g. copy of student ID)
    • verification of entrance qualification by the Certificate Approval Office of the Free State of Bavaria (for applicants from Georgia)
    • a certificate issued by the “Akademische Prüfstelle“ (APS) (for applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia)
    • please note the special rules applying to  specific countries

  • All copies of official documents must be notarized. Documents not issued in German or English must be submitted in German translation certified by a German consulate or sworn translator.

  • Students enrolled in the Studienkolleg must pay student union fees.

Advising and Information

Service Desk
Student Service Center

Arcisstr. 21
80333 München
You’ll find us here

Office hours:
Monday - Thursday 9 - 12 
and 1 - 4 
Friday  9  - 12  

Hotline

Tel. +49 89 289 22245
Fax +49 89 289 25414
studium@tum.de 

We are available by phone at the following times:
Monday 9  - 12
Tuesday to Thursday 1  - 4
Friday 9 - 12 

Please be sure to include your applicant or enrollment number on all correspondence.

Dates and Deadlines

Lecture Period, Lecture-Free Days/Holidays, Enrollment periods- overview on all dates and deadlines of each semester

Advising and Information

Service Desk
Student Service Center

Arcisstr. 21
80333 München
You’ll find us here

Office hours:
Monday - Thursday 9 - 12 
and 1 - 4 
Friday  9  - 12  

Hotline

Tel. +49 89 289 22245
Fax +49 89 289 25414
studium@tum.de 

We are available by phone at the following times:
Monday 9  - 12
Tuesday to Thursday 1  - 4
Friday 9 - 12 

Please be sure to include your applicant or enrollment number on all correspondence.

Dates and Deadlines

Lecture Period, Lecture-Free Days/Holidays, Enrollment periods- overview on all dates and deadlines of each semester