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Prerequisities

In order to be accepted for studying at a German university some basic requirements have to be met. Do I need an assessment test for my application? Are there any special admission criteria? Does my knowledge of language correspond to the required proficiency level?

The most important prerequisite for admission as an undergraduate student at a German university is the "Qualification for Entrance to Higher Education in Germany" (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung), which provides evidence of the level of academic achievement already attained by the student (usually secondary school level). For a Master's degree course it is a Master's degree entrance qualification, which gives proof of the first academic degree and qualifies for a Master's degree course in Germany.

The recognition of qualifications as entitlement to enter higher education or a Master's degree course in Germany varies according to the country of origin. Furthermore there are different prerequisites depending on the particular degree course. Whether or not an applicant may be admitted to the required course of study can only be decided after consideration of all of his or her application documents.

At a Glance

Entrance Assessment (for Applications to Bachelor's Degree Courses)

Not every secondary school diploma entitles its holder to study in Germany. Applicants from some countries must have spent some time at a university in their home country, while others must pass the entrance assessment (Feststellungsprüfung) before being admitted to a German university. This entrance examination can either be taken externally or after attending a preparatory college for a year. In Saxony-Anhalt there is a preparatory college run by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Applied Sciences Anhalt. In general, foreign applicants who wish to study at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg first attend the Studienkolleg at Martin Luther University in Halle (Saale).

The preparatory college offers foundation courses in economics and management (W course), technical, mathematical and natural sciences (T course), medicine and biology (M course) and humanities and social sciences (G/S courses). Prior to admission to the preparatory college, students must pass an entrance examination to ensure that they will be able to successfully participate in the course. In order to do so, knowledge of the German (level B1) will be required. In addition, admission to T and W courses requires successful completion of a mathematics test. The entrance assessment is held at the end of August (for the winter semester) and at the end of February (for the summer semester).

Additional Admission Criteria

In addition to the general university entrance qualification and/ or Master's degree qualification certificate, specific courses of studies may require additional skills such as further linguistic or specialist skills. Others have a regional limit to the numbers of students that may be admitted. Such criteria are defined directly by the university. Some courses may require or recommend the acquisition of practical experience before embarking on your studies.

In the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, the Bachelor's degree course Sports Sciences requires students to pass an aptitude test in sport. The aptitude tests take place in June each year. You must sign up (German only  Deutsche Flagge) for the test online by 30 April each year. Information about the content of the test and the time and location is available on the internet.

In addition to the university entrance qualification, applicants for Master's degree programmes must have obtained a first academic degree (usually a Bachelor's degree obtained after four years of study at an officially recognised university). Specific requirements are set out in the individual course descriptions.

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Language Requirements: German

Most of the courses at Otto von Guericke University are taught in German. To be admitted to these courses, foreign applicants in general, must have passed an officially accepted language test, or must submit an officially accepted language certificate. The following tests and certificates are recognized:

  • „DSH“ "German Language Examination for University Entrance" (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber, level DSH-2). Courses in Medicine and the Master programmes in Psychology require DSH-3;
  • „TestDaF“ (all four parts at least level 4). Courses in Medicine and the Master programmes in Psychology require test level 5;
  • „DSD II“ "The German Language Diploma" (Level II) set by the Conference of German Culture Ministers (Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz- Stufe II);
  • „Examination part German“ as part of the Assesment test of Preparatory College (Feststellungsprüfung des Studienkollegs);
  • „Goethe-Certificate C2: GDS (Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom) from 01.01.2012 on;
  • the Goethe Institute's examination "Central Higher Level Test" (ZOP: Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung), the "Basic German Language Diploma" (KDS: Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom and the "Advanced German Language Diploma" (GDS: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom) no older than 31.12.2011;
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule.

Applicants who have learned German, but who have not had the opportunity to take one of the tests mentioned above, must prove their language skills by testing results, at least level B1. Based on this information, applicants will be placed in the appropriate intensive German course preparing for the DSH examination. Applicants will be enrolled in the intensive course at the university and may begin their desired programme having passed the DSH.

The Language Centre offers the following intensive German courses.

Course / Levels Admission Requirements
Number of Lessons Total Costs
DSH course, including B2, C1 and DSH B 1 1 semester 2x € 200
DSH exam C 1  4 days € 40

The current range of available German courses can be found on the Language Centre web pages.

Language Requirements: English

Many international Bachelor's and Master's degree courses at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg are offered in English. For admission to these courses applicants need to provide evidence of adequate knowledge of English, usually at B2 or C1 level of the European Framework of Reference.  The most commonly accepted tests are:

  • TOEFL-Test (B2 (78-107 iBT) or C1 (108-120 iBT)
  • IELTS (B2 (minimum score band 6.0) or C1 (7.0)  
  • CAE (Certificate of Advanced English)   

Please check the specific language requirements for the brief description of your studies.

Native speakers and holders of a school education certificate after at least 4 ascending school years from the Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize. Grenada, United Kingdom   (incl. overseas territories), Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Canada, New Zealand, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent, Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago as USA (incl. external territories are except. Master applicants who had their complete Bachelor studies in one of these countries are exempt from these requirements.

Applicants from other countries must provide official language proof, even if English is an official language in their country.   

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