International prospective students
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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.
If you would like to study with us, you will need a recognized school-leaving certificate for a bachelor's degree and a recognized university degree for a master's degree. Your nationality does not matter - your degree only has to be comparable to a German qualification. On the DAAD website you will find extensive information on the subject of prerequisites: DAAD Requirements.
- Is my degree recognized?
I can check my school-leaving certificate here: anabin-Schulabschluss
I can check my university degree here: anabin-Hochschulabschluss
International student applicants:in who have graduated in India: As of November 1, 2022, you must have your transcripts verified by the Academic Verification Service (APS, https://www.aps-india.de/) and submit the APS certificate with your application to uni-assist along with your other application materials. The APS certificate is also mandatory when applying for a visa.
Our service facilities cannot perform a preliminary check of your certificates. We ask for your understanding.
My high school diploma is not sufficient for a bachelor's degree. What can I do?
Then there is the possibility of attending the one-year Studienkolleg at the University of Kassel. The Studienkolleg prepares prospective students with foreign certificates for studies at German universities. The preparation takes place in focus courses and depends on the subject the prospective students would like to study at the university. They need a proven knowledge of German at level B1. This means at least 400 hours of German lessons. At the end of a course, an examination is taken to determine whether the Studienkolleg students are suitable for university studies. During their time at the Studienkolleg, students are enrolled at the University of Kassel.
Important: They must first have applied via uni-assist and received a "Conditional Admission to the Studienkolleg" from the Student Secretariat of the University of Kassel. The "Conditional Admission to the Studienkolleg" also includes the invitation to the entrance examination. Since the places are very scarce and you have to take the entrance examination, which will already take place at the end of June, your application (despite the deadline of 15.07.), to uni-assist as early as possible. 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: Studienkolleg der Universität Kassel.
Special case of artistic courses of study:
Participation in the artistic entrance examination is also possible without a recognized degree. If you pass it, you can also study without a recognized degree. If you do not have a recognized degree or if your degree is recognized but does not have a suitable subject tie, you must demonstrate outstanding artistic talent in the entrance examination. If your degree is equivalent to the general university entrance qualification or if your degree has a suitable subject tie, you must demonstrate an artistic talent.
- Is my degree recognized?
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.