University entrance qualifications and assessment examinations
The secondary education qualification from your school in your home country does not necessarily entitle you to study at a German university. In many cases, international applicants have to take an assessment examination (Feststellungsprüfung) before they are admitted to the degree programme. In order to be admitted to a Studienkolleg (preparatory college) you must provide proof of German language proficiency of at least level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Some degree programmes require you to have achieved a certain minimum grade in your secondary education qualification in order to be admitted. Some international qualifications may only entitle you to study a particular subject or closely-related subjects. International university entrance qualifications are usually assessed by the University’s Admissions Office based on the evaluation guidelines of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (Kultusministerkonferenz).
You can find a reliable assessment of the status of your secondary education qualification in the database of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs which contains advice on which international qualifications are recognised. You can assess your qualification yourself on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). By stating your home country, and qualifications obtained there, and by answering some country-specific questions you can find out whether or not you are eligible to study in Germany.
Types of international qualifications:
These qualifications are recognised as direct university entrance qualifications. Quite often, direct admission to a degree programme is limited to particular subjects and is subject to a minimum grade. This is referred to as subject-specific eligibility for university admission.
Applicants with international secondary education qualifications which do not entitle them to direct entrance to a degree programme at a German university must take the ‘Prüfung zur Feststellung der Hochschulreife’ (examination to determine whether they are qualified to study at a German university). They can prepare for this examination by attending a one-year preparatory course, such as at Studienkolleg München. In order to be admitted to a Studienkolleg (preparatory college) you must provide proof of German language proficiency of at least level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Admission to the Studienkolleg and to the assessment examination is granted by the university where you would subsequently like to do your degree programme. If you pass the assessment examination you have also obtained the subject-specific university entrance qualification (fachgebundene Hochschulreife).
Exception: If you already have an international secondary education qualification from this group and if you have successfully completed one or two years at a university in your home country or another country, you will not usually be required to take the assessment examination.
FAU does not have its own Studienkolleg; the Studienkolleg for all Bavarian universities is in Munich. If you wish to apply to attend a Studienkolleg before starting at FAU, you will be referred to the Studienkolleg in Munich. In order to apply via FAU, you must first send your certificates to uni-assist for a preliminary review (Vorprüfungsdokumentation or VPD) and submit the results of this VPD along with your application. For more information about the preliminary review, please see www.uni-assist.de. You can apply via the portal campo.fau.de. Please submit a signed print-out of the application for admission together with a copy of the preliminary review results and proof of language proficiency at CEFR B2 level to the FAU Admissions Office by 15 July (for the winter semester) or 15 January (for the summer semester).
After passing the assessment examination, you will have to apply for a place on the degree programme at the University.