Do you want to start a higher education course or an apprenticeship?
We’ll tell you about the various options (apprenticeships, higher education courses, collaborative education courses) and how good your German needs to be.
What’s more, we’ll also explain how to find and apply for an apprenticeship or higher education course.
What do I need for a higher education course?
- Academic qualifications entitling you to study at a higher education organisation
- Sufficient knowledge of German
- If you’re a citizen of an EU member state (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland), you don’t need a residence permit or a visa to study in Germany You need to register with the registry office (Einwohnemeldeamt, Bürgeramt)
- Citizens of third countries require a visa
- To obtain a visa, you need permission to study at a higher education organisation, health insurance, sufficient knowledge of German and proof that you can fund your living expenses yourself
In order to find out whether foreign qualifications are equivalent to the German school diploma (Abitur) and what other conditions you need to meet due to your nationality, go to the DAAD’s admission requirements database https://www.daad.de/en/study-and-research-in-germany/plan-your-studies/database-of-admission-requirements/.
What do I need for a higher ecucation course?
Academic qualifications that entitle you to study at a higher education organisation are required. In Germany, the general higher education entrance qualification (allgemeine Hochschulreife or Abitur) entitles people to pursue a higher education course. Your German must also be good enough.
If you’re a citizen of an EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, you don’t need a residence permit or a visa to study in Germany. However, you must report to the local registry office (Einwohnermeldeamt).
Citizens of third countries require a visa.
In order to find out whether foreign qualifications are equivalent to the German school diploma (Abitur) and what other conditions you need to meet due to your nationality, go to the DAAD’s admission requirements database https://www.daad.de/en/study-and-research-in-germany/plan-your-studies/database-of-admission-requirements/d.
Germany has universities, universities of applied sciences, as well as art and music colleges. Most of these are funded by the state. A small proportion are private or church-funded higher education organisations.
The region surrounding Braunschweig and Wolfsburg offers Technische Universität Braunschweig, the Braunschweig University of Art, the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences and Technische Universität Clausthal. All four have a student advisory service and an international office that focuses on and advises foreign students.
How do I apply for a course?
Applications for a place on a course are subject to individual requirements. The requirements vary depending on the type of institution and the nature of the course. If you are interested in a particular course at a specific higher education institution, you should seek advice from the institution’s Student Advisory Service or International Office.