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:
  • students in their junior year of high school
  • students must have been attending an American school for at least six years at the time of application
  • students can proove and demonstrate knowledge of German at the A1 level. Applications will not be considered from applicants whose knowledge of German is at a higher level or for whom German is a native language.

Students of any nationality may apply.
In the Eastern Europe/Central Asia region, the partner universities are currently offering courses in the following subjects: mathematics, business mathematics, statistics, (applied) computer science, IT security, data analysis, physics, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geography, geosciences, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, information technology, environmental engineering, applied cognitive science and media studies, and sales engineering and product management.
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 (
All references must be provided in written form. 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, this is not a criterion for exclusion.
Das Sommercamp findet vom 29. Juli bis 11. August 2018 am Goethe-Institut in Göttingen statt.
The exchange year in Germany is organized with support by the German American Partnership Program (GAPP). During this year, students will attend 11th grade at a German secondary school (Gymnasium) and live with a host family who will support and look after them during their stay.
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.
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: Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan

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
Goethe-Institut Moscow

Contact: University preparation program USA

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

Simona Gnade
Educational Liaison
Language Program Officer
Goethe-Institut New York