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A direct route to studying in Germany

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.

What ist the Studienbrücke

Image film Studienbrücke

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The First Studienbrücke Alumni Reunion in Germany © RUB Marquard

The First Studienbrücke Alumni Reunion in Germany

80 international graduates of the Studienbrücke programme travelled from all over Germany to the Ruhr University in Bochum for their first alumni reunion.

My Duyen and fellow students © private

With the Studienbrücke program to studying a STEM-subject in Germany

My Duyen from Vietnam and Agustín from Argentina talk about their experiences with the Studienbrücke program.

Students © Syda Productions / Colourbox

"Best country for international students"

In The Study.EU Country Ranking 2018 for International Students Germany remains #1 before UK; France claims 3rd rank.


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

  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum © Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    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

Participating countries

Studienbrücke world map © Goethe-Institut



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