Be­fore the Ap­plic­a­tion

  1. 1. Guid­ance

    •  Is this the right course for me?

    Find out more about the content, the structure and the admission requirements on these web  pages. If you have any questions about the content of your course, you will find the relevant contact details for the Student Advisory Service (Studienfachberatung) on the "Contact persons" page.

    Please note: the Advisory Service does not conduct any preliminary checks on your certificates.

    The service counter or the “Information Studium” phone service can answer general questions about studying. We describe the application procedure in detail here. Please read our instructions first.

  2. 2. De­gree

    Will my degree be recognised?

    If you would like to study with us, you will need a recognised school leaving certificate or, in the case of a master's degree, a university degree. Your nationality does not matter - your degree only has to be comparable to a German qualification.

    I do not meet the requirements. What can I do?

    1. My certificate is not sufficient for a degree course.It is possible to attend the one-year preparatory college (Studienkolleg) at the University of Kassel. It prepares prospective students with foreign certificates to study at a German university. The preparation takes place through special courses that are geared towards the subject that the prospective students want to study at the university. You need proven German language skills at a B1 level for this. This involves at least 400 hours of German lessons.. At the end of a course, candidates at the preparatory college take an examination to determine whether they are suitable to study at a university. Students are enrolled at the University of Kassel during their time at the preparatory college.

      Important: You must first have applied for your desired degree program via uni-assist and received a "Conditional Admission to the Preparatory Course" (bedingte Zulassung zum Studienkolleg) from the Registrar's Office (Studierendensekretariat) of the University of Kassel. The "Conditional Admission to the Preparatory Course" also includes the invitation to the entrance examination. Since places are limited and you have to take the entrance examination, which already takes place at the end of June, your application should be sent to uni-assist as early as possible (despite the deadline of June 15th).

      Applications that are not received in time or that have not been evaluated in time will not be lost, but will automatically be considered for the following year. Please continue reading here: Preparatory college at the University of Kassel.

    2. My German language skills are inadequate.
      Once you can prove that you have attended 800 or more hours of German lessons or have passed the B2 level exams, you can apply for a preparatory language course. This will prepare you for the DSH exam. You can take the exam once you have completed at least 1,000 hours of German lessons or have passed level C1 – this is possible at the University of Kassel too. Further information is available here: DSH examination at the University of Kassel.
  3. 3. Know­ledge of Ger­man

    • How good does my knowledge of German have to be? The University of Kassel accepts the following German language certificates: Proof of German language skills
    • How good does my knowledge of English have to be? You can find out the required level in the admission requirements. The University of Kassel accepts the following English language certificates: Language certificates for a foreign language



    Depending on your university course, the language of instruction may be German, English or even  German and English. You have to prove your language skills by means of a language certificate when applying for a place at a university.

  4. 4. Dead­lines

    • I must find out about the deadlines on the home page of the course and apply early.

    The standard applicationdeadline for people with foreign certificates is 15 July for the winter semester and 15 January for the summer semester. These deadlines apply to many degree courses, but not all of them.

    There are additional deadlines for entrance and aptitude tests for some degree courses.  You can also find out about these deadlines on the home page of the degree course.

  5. 5. Fur­ther re­quire­ments

    • l will find out about other admission requirements on the application and admission site.
  6. 6. Ac­com­mod­a­tion

    • What else should I know? What else do I need to do?


    Looking for a place to study in  Germany does not come with any accommodation, i.e. you have to look for a room/accommodation at a very early stage.


  7. 7. Fund­ing

    Quelle: Deutsches Studentenwerk, Servicestelle Interkulturelle Kompetenz


    Tuition fees (semester fees), insurance, accommodation, living expenses, fees -  studying is quite an expensive business.


  8. 8. Visa


  9. 9. Health in­sur­ance

    Health insurance is compulsory for everybody in Germany. You can find more information here: Health insurance

  10. 10. Study­ing with a fam­ily

    You can discover more about studying with young children here: Kassel Student Services Organisation – Children