Requirements and Admission

I've already studied a few semesters in my home country and now I'd like to continue studying in Germany. Will the German university recognise my previous degree/ credits in its degree programme?

Each German university is responsible for determining its own admission policies. That’s why you should contact one of Olco’s consultant to check if you are eligible to apply for your choice of programme at the University and how much of your previous academic work will be recognised.

Where do I find the requirements for studying in Germany?

You can find general requirements on our website. For specific admission requirements pertaining to your course of study, you should send us an email or submit a ticket for further information.

What can I do if they don’t recognise my school leaving certificate?

If your secondary school-leaving certificate is not recognised in Germany, you can gain entrance qualification to German university by completing a foundation course (“Studienkolleg”). You will first have to pass an entrance examination to participate in a foundation course. Good German language skills are criteria to get an admission into the foundation course (B1 level of the European Framework of Reference for Languages).

I want to apply for admission to study a bachelor programme. What do I have to do?

The first thing to do is to find out whether your university entrance qualification is recognised in Germany. You can confirm this through our agency. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact one of our consultants. For more information, see the section on TUITION FREE STUDY.


How much money do I need for my living expenses in Germany?

Compared to other European countries, the cost of living in Germany is quite reasonable. The prices for food, accommodation, clothing, cultural events, etc. are basically in line with the EU average. You will need around 670 euros per month to cover your living expenses. The largest expense is your monthly rent. In most cases, applicants have to prove that they have around 8,700 euros at their disposal for one year.

How high are the tuition fees at German universities?

The tuition at German universities is very low, and some universities charge no tuition fee at all. Most German universities are funded by the German government. Normally students in bachelor programme don’t have to pay tuition fees. Low tuition fees are charged, however, for some exceptional master degree programme. All students have to pay a semester contribution. For more information, see section Studying in Germany.

How do I get a visa to study in Germany?

Some international students require an entry visa for Germany depending on where they come from and how long they plan to stay. You will find general information on visas and residence permits on our website. For more information about visa requirements, contact the German embassy or German consulate in your home country.


How do I find a suitable degree programme at a university?

Our database contains hundreds of suitable degree programmes. If you’re looking for English-language programmes, check out our site for programmes and course description

I'm looking for the best university in my area of study. Where can I find it?

As all German universities offer very good education, it’s hard to say which university is the best. The best university for you is the one which best meets your expectations. When choosing a university, you should take several aspects into account, like the range of subjects, the size of the university and city, as well as the cost of living in that city. You can find all of the degree programmes at German universities in our programme page

Which are the best universities in Germany?

As all German universities offer very good education, it’s difficult to say which university is the best. You might say the best university is the one which best meets your expectations.

How do I find the degree programme of my choice in a specific city?

Our prospectus allows you to search for specific degree programmes in all German universities.


I’d like to enrol in a bachelor’s programme in Germany. How can I get a scholarship?

The application requirements are listed in the respective description. Please note, however, that very few scholarships are awarded to first-time students.

I’d like to enrol in a master’s degree programme in Germany. How can I apply for a scholarship?

The application requirements are listed in the respective description.

How do I find a scholarship for my course of study?

Information about application requirements is listed in the respective description.

Which scholarships are available to people from my home country?

Information about application requirements is listed in the respective description.


I want to study in Germany. What do I have to do?

The application procedure depends on which subject you would like to study and where you come from. You can find more information about the application process on our website.

How do I apply to a German university?

Visit our website for information about applying for enrollment in degree programmes at German universities. Send us your documents and contact our consulting team

How do I apply for enrollment in a degree programme in my area of study?

First of all, you should check the admission requirements in the degree programme of your choice. You’ll find them on the degree programme’s prospectus. That’s where you will also find information about application procedures. Visit our website for general information about applying to a German University.

I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree. I want to know whether you can get into a master’s programme at a German university with a three-year bachelor’s degree.

Unfortunately we cannot provide information about admission criteria because each German university is responsible for determining its admission policies. Nevertheless, you can check out the requirements of the programmes you wish to apply to on the prospectus in our website. You can find information about the courses in our prospectus.

What is a “Studienkolleg” (foundation course)?

If your school leaving certificate is not recognised in Germany, you can still study at a German university by participating in a “Studienkolleg” (foundation course). Good German language skills are required. To gain admission to a foundation course, you must however pass an entrance examination. Participation in the course is usually free of charge. Foundation courses are one year  programme with a final assessment test called “Feststellungsprüfung” (university qualification assessment examination).


Can I enroll in an English language degree programme in Germany?

Yes, there are many courses and degree programmes taught in English, especially master courses. Having said that, we strongly recommend that you try to learn a little German, because knowing the language will make you feel more at home in Germany and help you make German friends faster.

I’d like to improve my German using free online sources. Are there any good website you can recommend?

The Goethe-InstitutDeutsche Welle and the Alumniportal Deutschland provide helpful online language training. We also post useful links for learning German on our blogs on a regular basis

How and where can I get a language certificate?

There are two different tests you can take to demonstrate your language proficiency in German. One is called the “DSH” (German Language University Entrance Examination for Foreign Applicants) and the other is the “TestDaF” (Test of German as a Foreign Language). Language certificates are also issued by the Goethe-Institut

Do I need to take an English test to apply for admission to a degree programme?

If you want to study in English, universities generally require an official English test such as IELTS or TOEFL. Exemptions are made for native speakers.


What are my chances of finding a job after my studies in Germany?

With a degree from a German university, you have numerous job opportunities on the German labour market.

Are there any student job sites for English speakers?

You can find jobs for English speakers on the job database of the Federal Employment agency which includes a search field for key words, e.g. “English”. There is also a section called “Small jobs/ mini jobs” which includes student jobs. Please note that most job descriptions are in German because they require German skills.


I'm searching for master degree programmes in Dentistry. Where can I find them?

There are no master degree programmes in Dentistry in Germany because Dentistry is not split into bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Dentistry programme usually takes six years to complete and conclude with what we call the “State Examination” (Staatsexamen).

I am interested in doing a postgraduate medical course in Germany. How should I apply to the university? Are there any specific requirements like German language skills?

There are no postgraduate courses for Medicine in Germany because Medicine is not split into bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Medical students in Germany have to complete a six-year programme which concludes with the State Examination (Staatsexamen). There are no courses offered in English, so you will need good German skills to complete the programme and pass the examinations.

I graduated and I have two years of work experience as a general physician. I would like to do my postgrad work in Germany. How do I know if my degree is recognised in Germany?

Like all special areas of medicine, Internal Medicine is not offered as a course of study at German universities. Candidates must complete a period of medical specialisation training. To be eligible for admission, you will need good German skills and usually a degree similar to the German State Examination (six years of university study).