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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.

What ist the Studienbrücke


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.

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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

  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum © Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen © UDE/Hardy Welsch
    Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Technische Universität Dortmund © Roland Baege/ TU Dortmund
    Technische Universität Dortmund
  • Universität Bonn © Volker Lannert
    Universität Bonn
  • RWTH Aachen © RWTH Aachen
    RWTH Aachen
  • Universität Siegen © Universität Siegen
    Universität Siegen
  • Europa Universität Viadrina © Europa Universität Viadrina
    Europa Universität Viadrina
  • Bauhaus-Universität Weimar © Thomas Müller
    Bauhaus-Universität 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 from years 9 to 11
  • 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".

Contact: Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan

Goethe-Institut Moscow​
Dr. Anne Renate Schönhagen
Head of Language Work
Deputy Institute Director

Goethe-Institut Moscow​
Dr. Anton Golodnow
German Educational Cooperation Representative (Universities)

Goethe-Institut Moscow
Antonina Kartascheva
Studienbrücke Project Assistent

Contact: USA

Goethe-Institut New York
Andrea Pfeil
Director Language Program
Deputy Executive Director

Goethe-Institut New York
Anne-Sophie Albrecht
Educational Liaison
Language Program Officer

Contact: China

Goethe-Institut China
Karin Benkelmann-Zhang
Project Manager
Language Consultant

Goethe-Institut China

Contact: Vietnam

Goethe-Institut Vietnam
Tran Hai Au

Contact: Thailand

Goethe-Institut Bangkok
Markus Stichel
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.
TestDaF Logo © TestDaF Institut 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
TestAS Logo © TestAS 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

Studienbrücke world map © Goethe-Institut


​Svenja von Itter
Studienbrücke project leader
Language and Education Policy Division

Key Visual Studienbruecke / © Goethe-Institut


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