Preparatory Study at the Studienkolleg

Some international secondary school certificates do not directly qualify students to study at a German university. In these cases, you can qualify for a degree program at a German university via the Studienkolleg.

What is the Studienkolleg?

The Studienkolleg is an educational institution for students who are qualified to study in another country,  but not in Germany. The final exam after the course at the Studienkolleg is the so-called Feststellungsprüfung, which enables subject-specific access to a degree program at a German university. The preparatory phase in the Studienkolleg takes 2 semesters.

The Studienkolleg München ist responsible for applicants to all bavarian universities, including TUM.

There are different courses at the Studienkolleg that provide access to different degree programs:

  • The G course for Humanities and Arts degree programs
  • The M course for Medicine and Biology degree programs
  • The T course for Technical, Mathematical and Natural Science degree programs
  • The W course for Business and Social Science degree programs

If you would like to apply to the Studienkolleg München via TUM, please submit an online application throughTUMonline. Select “Preparatory colleges” as type of studies and choose your desired course from the list. You will be assigned to a suitable course accordingly.

This overview shows which TUM Bachelor’s degree programs are assigned to which course of the Studienkolleg München:

Degree program or Studienkolleg?

Be sure to check as soon as possible whether your secondary school diploma qualifies you for direct access to a German university. If you are qualified to study in your own country, but not in Germany, then the courses at Studienkolleg are a way to qualify for a regular degree program at a German university. In some countries, you also need to have completed a university entrance exam or to have studied for at least one year at a univerity or similar institution.

Please be aware that the language of instruction at Studienkolleg is German. To apply, you need to provide proof that your German language skills are at least on Level B2. During the admission exam to Studienkolleg you will then have to prove that your language skills are sufficient to successfully complete the course there.

If you apply for Studienkolleg, you do not need a Preliminary Documentation (VPD) by uni-assist.

Additional regulations apply to applicants from certain countries. For more information, see “Online Application”.

Preparatory study for refugees – registration from 15.06. until 31.07.2024

To prepare for the entrance examination for summer semester 2025, the Studienkolleg München is offering preparatory courses specifically for refugees in the winter semester 2024/25, starting on September 16, 2024:

  • The intensive course is aimed at applicants with language level A2+/B1 (CEFR).
  • The basic course is aimed at applicants with language level B1 (CEFR).

The focus of these courses lies on teaching German and mathematics skills.

Necessary documents for registration:

  • Passport
  • Proof of recognized refugee status (not necessary for refugees from Ukraine)
  • Proof of German language skills at least at the respective required level
    If you have a German language certificate, please upload it. If you do not have a language certificate, please upload a short statement in German or a certificate of participation in a German course.
    In this statement, please explain that you have knowledge of German but do not have a language certificate. Your German language skills will be tested in an entrance test in any case.
  • Higher education entrance qualification (for refugees from Ukraine: indirect higher education entrance qualification, which is acquired by attending the eleventh grade in Ukraine)

You can find more information about the courses and the entrance exam here. Registration for this course is possible between 15.06.2024 and 31.07.2024 and is done directly through the university.

All information on how to apply for the Studienkolleg via TUM can be found at

Application for Studienkolleg – step by step

The courses at Studienkolleg have a limited capacity – be aware that there is not guarantee for a spot in the courses, and that applications which do not fully comply with the formal requirements cannot be considered.

After Studienkolleg – Application for a Bachelor's

In order to apply for a regular bachelor's after Studienkolleg, you need to submit a new online application within the designated application periods. 

Even if you have originally applied for Studienkolleg via TUM, you need to submit a new application and upload all required documents in due time. In addition, you must also apply via uni-assist and upload all necessary documents for the application for a Preliminary Documentation (VPD) on their website.

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