Frequently Asked Questions

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Conditions for taking part in the current "Studienbrücke" (Study Bridge) program in the U.S.A. as follows:
  • high school students in their sophomore year or higher
  • students must have been attending an American school for at least six years at the time of application
  • students can prove and demonstrate knowledge of German at the early A1 level or higher

Students of any nationality may apply.
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. 
A placement test is recommended for testing your language level. To register for the Goethe-Institut’s placement test, please contact the Language Department at the Goethe-Institut New York (language@newyork.goethe.org).
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.
Although the program focuses on studying STEM subjects and economic sciences, this is not a criterion for exclusion.
If a student qualifies for a full  or partial scholarship, all or partial components of the program will be free of charge. Participants must also provide their own spending money for the summer courses in Germany.
The Goethe-Institut does NOT cover any of the costs associated with applying for a visa or further studies in Germany.

If a student does not qualify for a full scholarship, the student
has to cover the program fees including:
  • German language courses and exams
  • summer Courses in Germany 
  • intercultural training
  • academic trainings and exams
  • administration fee and materials
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

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Contact: University preparation program USA

Andrea Pfeil
Director Language Program
Deputy Executive Director
Goethe-Institut New York
andrea.pfeil@goethe.de

Anne-Sophie Albrecht
Educational Liaison
Goethe-Institut New York
anne-sophie.albrecht@goethe.de