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Study Bridge

A direct route to studying in Germany

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. Study Bridge Testimonials

What is the Study Bridge


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Information Sessions

Look for new informational sessions being offered in March! Currently, we are accepting applications for A2, B1 and B2 level students to join the Study Bridge.

The Study Bridge is now offering open office hours with the coordinator, Nils Martin, on a weekly basis for current students/parents and for anyone interested in the Study Bridge. Please find more information on  the Information Sessions page!


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"Best country for international students"

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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 cover the costs of each module. Participants registered for the Study Bridge will participate in Goethe language courses at a reduced cost. The B1 Level and up will have an exclusive focus on students in the program with the purpose of preparing them well to gain acceptance in the partner German universities.

Pre-study Bridge Level A1 - 2023
Language Course Sign up for Goethe language Courses through our website. Upcoming dates for A1 level courses are as follows.
Costs* (Scholarships available) 
$520 per class (Study Bridge rate)
A1.2 Intensive-January 17
A1.3 Intensive-February 28
Pre-study Bridge Level A2 -2023
Language Course Sign up for Goethe language Courses through our website. Upcoming dates for A1 level courses are as follows.
A2 Exam Goethe-Zertifikat A2 is required in order to continue participating in the program.
Costs* (Scholarships available)
$520 per class (Study Bridge rate) 
A2.1 Standard-January 17
A2.2 Standard-April 10
A2.1 Intensive-April 10
A2.2 Intensive-May 22
A2.3 Intensive/Normal-July 3
Module III Level B1- September 4, 2023
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)  $2080
Includes all 4 sections of B1 level plus advising and support with a focus on studying in Germany.
Module IV   Level B2 - June 17, 2023
Language Course
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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
2-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, Computer Science, 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
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 $5000
Includes all of the required courses for applying to a German university, all 4 sections of the B2 level, careful test preparation, housing and food in Germany, and access to a special application into the partner universities
* 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.

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Study Bridge partner universities

  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum © Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • University of Duisburg-Essen © UDE/Hardy Welsch
    University of Duisburg-Essen
  • TU Dortmund University © Roland Baege/ TU Dortmund
    TU Dortmund University
  • University of Bonn © Volker Lannert
    University of Bonn
  • RWTH Aachen University © RWTH Aachen University
    RWTH Aachen University
  • University of Siegen © University of Siegen
    University of Siegen
  • European University Viadrina © European University Viadrina
    European University Viadrina
  • Bauhaus-University Weimar © Thomas Müller
    Bauhaus-University Weimar
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.

Partner Universities

Frequently asked questions

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 us-studybridge@goethe.de.
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. 
You can find an overview of all costs here.
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

TestAS example questions
Dr. Anne Schönhagen
Director Language Programs North America
Goethe-Institut Washington D.C.

Nils Martin
Coordinator, Study Bridge
Goethe-Institut Washington D.C.

Participating countries

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Study Bridge Program
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