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 program is specifically designed to prepare students from abroad wishing to embark directly on a course of study in Germany.
The Study Bridge program has a modular design but follows a set learning progression. Participants should start with the module that matches their language skills. The placement takes place at the time of application through the Goethe-Institut. The Study Bridge also offers possible stipends to help partially or fully cover the costs of each module.
Level A1 - April 2021
A1 online-language course (4 weeks) through the learning platform of the Goethe-Institut. This course will be tutored and includes virtual live sessions.
Costs* (Scholarships available)
Level A2 - May to August 2021
A2 online-language course (10 weeks) through the learning platform of the Goethe-Institut. This course will be tutored and includes virtual live sessions.
Summer Course in Germany
2-week stay in Germany including an intensive language course, a STEM-program and visits of the partner universities
B1 online-language course (32 weeks) through the learning platform of the Goethe-Institut. This course will be tutored and includes virtual live sessions. Goethe-Zertifikat A2 is required to start the program with Modul III.
B2 online-language course (32 weeks) through the learning platform of the Goethe-Institut. This course will be tutored and includes virtual live sessions. Goethe-Zertifikat B1 is required to start the program with Modul IV.
Summer Course in Germany
3-week stay in Germany including an intensive language course, a STEM-program and visits of the partner universities
Technical language preparation in the STEM subjects (online)
technical language preparation in STEM subjects: Mathematics, IT, chemistry, physics, biology, technology (engineering) as well as economic sciences
TestDaF preparatory course
Preparation for the individual test sections of the TestDaF exam (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression, oral expression)
Preparation for the content and typical questions in the TestAS (scholastic aptitude test)
Fit für das Studium
Preparation for university applications and introduction to campus life in Germany
Intercultural training to prepare for living and studying in Germany
Academic guidance counselling
Supported by the DAAD
Application to one of the (Partner-)Universities for a place in the STEM or Economic Sciences field
Costs* (Scholarships available)
* All participants must pay an additional fee for adminstration and materials in the amount of $ 1,000.00. The costs above do not include travel costs to and from testing locations to take any of the required exams, travel costs to and from Germany as well as spending money for the stays in Germany. The Goethe-Institut does NOT cover any of the costs associated with applying for a visa or further studies in Germany.
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.
The application should ideally include a Goethe-Zertifikat as proof of German language skills if the student has an A2 level or higher. These exams can be taken at the Goethe-Institut as part of the application process when the applicant is invited to an interview or after the interview. Certificates from internationally recognized exams may also be accepted with the application. Certificates may not be older than one year.
All references must be provided in written form (English or German). It is not enough to provide the addresses of the people who will serve as references on the application. The students’ teachers should write a recommendation. The parents or guardians of the applicants must sign a declaration of consent and write a letter in which they state their support for their child to participate in the “Studienbrücke Deutschland” (“Study Bridge Germany”) program.
The program focuses on studying STEM subjects and economic sciences. The program prepares participants to apply to our partner univeristies. Our partner universities offer STEM subjects and economic sciences.
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.
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.