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Studienkolleg Middle East in Saudi Arabia is a one-year preparatory program for international students who would like to study scientific and technical subjects such as engineering, computer science or mathematics (STEM) in Germany as part of their bachelor's degree.

It gives school graduates from the region the chance to complete all preparatory courses in Saudi Arabia. The Studienkolleg Middle East in Saudi Arabia will take place in hybrid form (German courses both online and face-to-face, subject classes online).

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General information about the Studienkolleg

Bewerbungsprozess Stuko©Goethe-Institut Kairo

To study at a German university you need:
  1. university entrance qualification
  2. good German language skills (90% of all courses are in German)
If you did not go to a German school, you probably do not have a direct university entrance qualification (a certificate that allows you to study in Germany) and have to take a subject-specific assessment test.

Studienkolleg Middle-East in Saudi Arabia prepares you for these exams. Check here if your school leaving certificate meets the requirements to study in Germany without a Studienkolleg: https://www.uni-assist.de/tools/check-hochschulzugang/

With us you can complete this preparatory year directly in Riyadh in hybrid form (online and offline). 

In order to attend Studienkolleg Middle East in Saudi Arabia, please send us all the documents you need for your application by uni-assist. 
Check here whether your school leaving certificate meets the requirements to study in Germany without attending the Studienkolleg: https://www.uni-assist.de/tools/check-hochschulzugang/

Special conditions apply to IB-/ GCE school degrees. Please note the following: https://www.daad.de/de/studieren-und-forschen-in-deutschland/studium-planen/anerkennung-ib-diploma/

IG school graduates cannot attend the preparatory year. Please note the following: https://www.daad.de/de/studieren-und-forschen-in-deutschland/studium-planen/anerkennung-gce/
For Studienkolleg Middle East in Saudi Arabia, you need at least a German language certificate level B1.

We will help you to reach level C1 within one year, as required by German universities. Study colleges in Germany require a B2 certificate - so here we give you a unique chance to get an earlier start.  

Information about language courses and exams at the Goethe-Instituts in the region can be found here:
Your application to Studienkolleg Middle East in Saudi Arabia starts by sending the required documents listed below by email to us and we will check your documents:

To attend the preparatory year of Goethe Institute in cooperation with the technical university of Berlin, send your documents to: studienkolleg-riad@goethe.de

When they are complete, we will send you a confirmation. 

Your school certificate must be certified by the Saudi ministry of foreign affairs and translated into German by an accredited translator before submitting it to us.

After submitting all required documents, we will invite you to a math placement test.​​​​​​​ Beispiele für den Mathematik-Aufnahmetest.

Depending on the quality and age of your German certificate, we will invite you to an additional German placement test.
  • Passport scan
  • Goethe B1 certificate scan
  • Certified translation of the school-leaving certificate (can be submitted by a specified deadline); After you have received your school-leaving certificate, please contact the responsible education authority for authentication, then contact a Citizens' Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and have the certificate translated by an officially recognized translator
The preparatory year Middle East in Saudi Arabia takes place as hybrid (online and offline).
The fee is 33,900 SAR and is paid in three installments (September, February, and May).
The lessons begin in September and continue till the end of May in the following year. The final exams of the technical university of Berlin will take place in June, then you can apply for any technical bachelor’s program at any German university.

Begin early with the German courses so that you can start with us directly after your school graduation or after a year in college (American Diploma) so you are ready to study in Germany successfully and in German.
  • Lesson language is German
  • Sunday-Thursday from 8.30 am to 4.30 p
  • The course is divided into Unterkurs (September- January) and Oberkurs ( February- May
42 lesson units (45 minutes per week for each:
  • 15 lesson units (German
  • 8 lesson units (mathematics)
  • 8 lesson units (physics)
  • 6 lesson units (chemistry)
  • 3 lesson units (computer science)
In addition, there are intercultural and cultural events that prepare for living in Germany.

  • 4 exam phases in all subjects
  • German B2 exam at the end of Unterkurs
  • TestDaf German exam takes place at the end of Oberkurs (Infos zum TestDaF)
  • Written exams in June for mathematics and- after choosing- physics or chemistr
  • After passing the final exams and TestDaf exam, you can apply to any technical or natural bachelor’s program at any German university, however, not medicine. To study medicine, you should attend the medical course (M-Kurs). You can find information here: studienkollegs.de.
  • The final exams take place in Cairo. 

Why you should choose preparatory year Middle-East in Saudi-Arabia

  1. A great chance to complete the preparatory year at Goethe institute Riyadh and to get the direct access qualification to German universities.
  2. The technical course: the course prepares for all-natural and engineering bachelor studies as well as mathematics and computer science.
  3. Lessons language is German: The participants take in both semesters (Unterkurs and Oberkurs) 15-hour German lessons per week. You have the opportunity to learn all the necessary technical terms in the subjects mathematics, chemistry, physics, and computer science.
  4. Intercultural and cultural preparation: You will not only be prepared for studying in Germany, but also for the life, values ​​, and customs of German culture. In exciting and interesting modules you have the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge in various subject areas, such as intercultural stumbling blocks, the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany, equal rights for men and women, and much more.
  5. Exclusive: acceptance of the assessment test in Cairo: To complete the preparatory year successfully, the students take the assessment exams at the end of the (Oberkurs) all in June. The exams are received from the Studienkolleg (preparatory year) of the technical university of Berlin and the quality is checked by the senate of Berlin. Written exams are for mathematics and- after choosing- physics or chemistry.
  6. Partner is the technical university of Berlin: with its 33 500 students, over 100 study courses, and 40 institutes, the technical university of Berlin is classified as one of the biggest international and traditional technical universities in Germany. 
  7. German preparatory years are highly competitive and due to that, the acceptance rate is low, as students from all around the world apply there. The acceptance rate in the preparatory year Middle-East is higher and you have a good chance of finding a place with us. 

Pictures and opinions - preparatory year students in Egypt

  • Amr Elkomy ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf
  • Mayar Magdi ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf
  • Omar Samir ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf
  • Ahmed Mohamed ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf
  • Abdelrahman Nashaat ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf
  • Karim Taha ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf
  • Shehab Abdulkader ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf
  • Abdelrahman Elkholy ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf
  • Ahmed Eldesouky ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf
  • Bassant Hassan ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf
  • Bassem Bakry ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf
  • Islam Sherief ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf
  • Nehal Mohamed ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf
  • Karim El Sherif ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf
  • Mustafa Mohamed ©Goethe-Institut Kairo/Sandra Wolf

The Studienkolleg introduces themselves

Dr. Nevine Ghamry ©GI Kairo Dr. Nivin Ghamry
Fachlehrerin für Physik und Elektrotechnik
Professorin an der Universität Kairo 

Dr. Sayed Tag El Din ©GI Kairo Dr. Elsayed Tag Eldin
Fachlehrer für Mathematik
Professor an der Universität Kairo

Marion Becker © Privat Marion Becker
Fachlehrerin für Chemie
Lehrerin an der Deutschen Schule der Borromäerinnen Kairo (DSB)

Tilman Schieber  ©Privat Tilman Schieber 
Fachlehrer für Informatik
Dozent am Studienkolleg der TU Berlin 


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