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.
|Module I||Level A1 - April 2021|
|Language Course||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)||$ 250.00|
|Module II||Level A2 - May to August 2021|
|Language Course||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|
|A2 Exam||Goethe-Zertifikat A2 is required in order to continue participating in the project|
|Costs* (Scholarships available)||$ 3,200.00|
|Module III||Level B1 - September 2021 to March 2022|
|Language Course||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.
|B1 Exam||Goethe-Zertfikat B1 is required in order to continue participating in the project|
|Costs* (Scholarships available)||$ 1,140.00|
|Module IV||Level B2 - April 2022 to May 2023|
||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)|
|TestAS-Formattraining (online)||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|
|University Admission||Application to one of the (Partner-)Universities for a place in the STEM or Economic Sciences field|
|Costs* (Scholarships available)||$ 5,540.00|
* 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.
Technische Universität Dortmund
Europa Universität Viadrina
- 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.
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
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
Study Bridge Program
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