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Eligibility & Admission—What you should know

Are you interested in studying in Germany? Then this blog article will inform you about all aspects of eligibility and admission.

EU citizens

As an EU citizen, you need a higher education entrance qualification (for example a school leaving certificate or a bachelor's degree if you want to do your master's) that also entitles you to study in your home country. You do not need a residence permit or a visa to study in Germany.


However, you should be prepared to pay attention to the following:

Germany requires you to be registered if you stay in Germany for longer than three months. Since the period of stay during your studies is longer than three months, you must register at the Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt) in your city after your arrival.


It is important to remember that:

- You must prove that you can finance your studies yourself
- You must prove that you have a valid health insurance


You can find out whether your own higher education entrance qualification is equivalent to the German one on your Compounder profile by registering and answering a few short questions on your educational background.

You can also quickly and easily create a blocked account on Fintiba and find out everything about health insurance, visa and more. Fintiba helps international students find their way to Germany, whether it's to study or to work.


More about Fintiba

Non-EU citizens

As a non-EU citizen, the school-leaving certificate of your home country must be equivalent to the German "Abitur". In addition, the qualification must entitle you to study at a higher education institution in your home country.


As a non-EU citizen, you must contact the International Office of the university you wish to study at to check your university entrance qualification.


If your degree does not correspond to the German "Abitur" or is not recognised as equivalent to it, you must pass an assessment test which you can prepare for at an one year preparatory year in Germany (the so-called "Studienkolleg") in order to be able to apply to a German higher education institution.

Moreover, as a non-EU citizen, you need a valid visa.

How can I increase my chance of admission?

There are a few things you should keep in mind to increase your chances of getting admitted. In fact, sometimes it's just the little things that can make a big difference.

Here are some tips:

- Make sure, especially for a Master's programme, that you apply directly for your field of study and not for a completely different direction. This will naturally increase the chance that you will be admitted to the programme.

- Before you apply, do some research and find out about the study programme. What are the requirements? Are you able to meet them? If so, this will also increase your chances of being admitted.

- International students should also inform themselves about the language requirements. It would be a shame to apply for a study programme for which you do not have the required language skills. The chances are therefore not really good.

- In addition to the language certificates, you should inform yourself in advance about the final grade and numerus clausus. If your final grade is lower than the one expected from the university, you can be sure that admission to this study programme will be difficult – but not impossible, especially if you apply for private universities. When there are study spots left, you can still be considered even if your grades are relatively low.

- The chances of being admitted to a private university are higher than to a public university as they are not as strict regarding formal criteria like public universities. Therefore, if you didn't get admission at a public university, don't give up and apply for a private university!

Apply for the best private German universities here

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