Before the Application
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With a degree obtained abroad, you must apply through the Arbeits- und Servicestelle für internationale Studienbewerbungen, uni-assist. We describe the general requirements for a study place application (degree, language skills) below(please be sure to read). You will then find the deadlines and the specific admission requirements (certificates, knowledge, documents) of a study program offered by the University of Kassel on the respective program website.
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.
Depending on the course of study, the language of instruction can be German, English or even German and English. You must prove your language skills with a language certificate as part of your application for a place at university.
- How good do my German language skills have to be? I can find out which German language certificates the University of Kassel accepts here : Proof of German language skills
- How good do my English language skills have to be? You can find out the required level in the admission requirements. Which English language certificates the University of Kassel accepts, I can read here: Language certificates for a foreign language
My knowledge of German is not sufficient. What can I do?
You can apply for a preparatory language course if you have 600 or more proven teaching hours and have reached level B1. There you will be prepared for the DSH exam. You can take the exam with at least 1,000 teaching hours and level C1 - also at the University of Kassel. More information is available here: DSH exam at the University of Kassel.
Artistic courses of study
From 800 proven teaching hours and level B2, you will receive conditional admission and can then submit an accepted language certificate before the artistic entrance examination. Otherwise, you will not be able to take the entrance exam: accepted language certificate. Conditional admission also gives you the opportunity to take the DSH exam at the University of Kassel. Further information can be found here: DSH exam at the University of Kassel.
English and American Studies (Master)
You can apply for a preparatory language course if you have 600 or more proven teaching hours and have reached level B1. There you will be prepared for the DSH exam. You can take the exam with at least 800 teaching hours and level B2 - also at the University of Kassel. Further information is available here: DSH exam at the University of Kassel.
- I check the home page of this program for deadlines and apply early.
Some degree programs have additional deadlines for entrance and aptitude tests. You can also find out about these deadlines on the start page of the study program site.
In Germany, admission to the study isnot connected with accommodation; i.e. you have to look for a room/ very early.
The University of Kassel is spread over six locations. First of all, find out about the respective location of your desired study program on the study program page: Contact and Locations
Studierendenwerk Kassel is in charge of the dormitories on campus and offers a housing exchange: Studierendenwerk Kassel - International Students.
The Studierendenwerk also offers the possibility to rent a room for the coming semester already from home. Please inform yourself in time about the registration deadlines, because there is only a certain number of rooms available: Student Voucher
Further information about housing can also be found here: Housing
During your studies you will incur costs: housing, living expenses, insurance, fees.
Proof of funding for visa
Before you start studying, you need to prove that you have enough money to pay for it. You will need a "proof of funding." Usually it is required that the "standard needs" are covered for one year. For further and binding information, contact the German embassy or consulate in your home country.
Costs for studying
Fees for studying are charged every semester (administrative fee, student union, semester ticket, AStA). Information about the exact amount, payment deadlines and formalities for the semester fee can be found here: Information on the semester fee.
It is imperative that you transfer the semester fee to the account of the University of Kassel within 14 days after receiving the request for payment. Otherwise your enrollment will be cancelled and your place will be given to another prospective student .
As transfers from abroad are subject to charges, you should transfer the semester fee after receiving your visa.
As a rule, you need a visa to enter Germany and a residence permit for your further stay. Information on this can be found, among other places, on the website of the German government: Visum zum Studieren.
As soon as you have been admitted by the University of Kassel, you can apply for a visa at the German Embassy or a German Consulate in your home country or country of residence. To apply for a visa, you will need the admission letter from the University of Kassel, proof of study funding, and proof of health insurance. Information from the University of Kassel on visas can be found here: Visa, Entry and Residence Issues.