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Germany is one of the three most popular places to study for foreign students. This is hardly surprising: higher education institutions in Germany offer the highest academic standards – and as such are the perfect springboard for a successful career at home or worldwide. The Goethe-Institut’s Studienbrücke programme is specifically designed to prepare students from abroad wishing to embark directly on a course of study in Germany.

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The programme is modular in design and follows a set learning progression. It encompasses the following modules, which prospective students complete in their home countries and are designed to give them linguistic and subject-matter-specific preparation for studying in Germany:

Module Content
Language courses At the Goethe-Institut, at a language learning centre or as a Goethe-Institut online language course
TestDaF preparatory course Familiarization with the individual test sections (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression, oral expression)
Technical language preparation in the STEM subjects (online) Mathematics, IT, chemistry, physics, biology, technology (engineering)
TestAS format training (online) Familiarization with content and typical questions in the TestAS (scholastic aptitude test)
TestDaF and TestAS exams TestDaF and TestAS
Intercultural training Familiarization with the German higher education system and intercultural sensitization
Academic guidance counselling Supported by the DAAD

Attending preparatory STEM Academies in Germany or your home country is another (optional) part of the preparation. Please contact the Goethe-Institut in your home country for further information.

Studienbrücke partner universities

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    Ruhr-Universität Bochum

  • University of Duisburg-Essen © UDE/Hardy Welsch

    University of Duisburg-Essen

  • TU Dortmund University © Roland Baege/ TU Dortmund

    TU Dortmund University

  • University of Bonn © Volker Lannert

    University of Bonn

  • RWTH Aachen University © RWTH Aachen University

    RWTH Aachen University

  • University of Siegen © University of Siegen

    University of Siegen

  • European University Viadrina © European University Viadrina

    European University Viadrina

  • Bauhaus-University Weimar © Thomas Müller

    Bauhaus-University Weimar

The Studienbrücke partner universities offer successful programme participants a wide range of courses in the STEM subjects and economics, making a certain number of places available for them each year. The comprehensive support provided by the university’s to the new students gives graduates of the Studienbrücke programme the best possible start to studying and life in Germany. The partner universities are situated in the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Brandenburg and Thuringia.

Partner universities

Frequently asked questions

Conditions for taking part in the current Studienbrücke programme are as follows:
  • pupils of the 9th to 11th grade
  • proof of the required language proficiency level (see question 5)
  • high level of motivation to study in Germany, as demonstrated by motivation letter, participation in competitions at school and elsewhere, regional and international projects in the STEM subjects
  • above-average school marks in the STEM subjects
  • written consent from parent/legal guardian

Each university offers particular study programs in the STEM subjects and/or economics for the Studienbrücke program. You can find them listed on the pages of the universities under "partner universities".

Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Kasakhstan, Aserbaidschan, Uzbekistan, Kirgisistan
Goethe-Institut Moscow
Antonina Kartascheva

Goethe-Institut Washington

Nils Martin

Goethe-Institut Mexiko

Stella Neumann

Argentina, Brasil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay
Goethe-Institut Buenos Aires
Sofía Stubrin

Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Nguyen Thi Phuong Trang
Goethe-Institut Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Le Anh Tuyet

Goethe-Institut Bangkok

Markus Stichel
Haran Thankham

Goethe-Institut Jakarta

Larissa Pangestian Harahap
Dwi Novaldi Purobwo
Gregorius Haribudihardjo

Goethe-Institut Peking

Sebastian Scholze

Goethe-Institut Seoul

Heidi Storandt
Eunhye Chang

Please contact your local Goethe-Institut to learn more about the costs of the programme and scholarship options for preparing for the Studienbrücke in your home country.

The language level you will need to take part in the programme depends on your home country.

All language proficiency levels must be proven by a certificate, a confirmation of attendance or a placement test.

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Following preparatory language courses and the TestDaF preparatory course, the TestDaF is taken within the framework of the Studienbrücke programme.

To study at a German university, prospective students have to prove a sufficient command of German at B2/C1 level. This proof can be obtained by successfully completing the TestDaF at level 4. The test comprises four sections: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression and oral expression. The test can be taken at your local Goethe-Institut or at another test centre near to where you live.

Further information about the TestDaF

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Passing the TestAS forms part of the Studienbrücke programme’s university preparation.

The TestAS is a central and standardized scholastic aptitude test for prospective students from abroad. They have to pass the test with a minimum score of 100 points in order to be admitted to study at one of the Studienbrücke programme’s partner universities. The test comprises a core test of cognitive abilities, plus a subject-specific test either for the subjects mathematics, IT and science, or for the engineering sciences.

Further information about the TestAS

TestAS example questions

Participating countries

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Vita Tymchenko
Studienbrücke project leader
Language and Education Policy Division

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