If you have an international school-leaving certificate but are not automatically eligible to study at German universities, you can earn a subject-specific university entrance qualification by attending a preparatory bridging course at a Studienkolleg and taking the university qualification examination (Feststellungsprüfung). Passing this exam allows you to study in Germany in the subjects related to your qualification.
Hochschule Fresenius is commissioned by the Cologne District Government to conduct this examination. You can take this state-recognized exam immediately after the preparatory courses at our campus in Cologne.
Studienkolleg NRW is part of Hochschule Fresenius and located at our Cologne campus. It offers three focus courses to prepare students who hold an international school-leaving certificate to take the state-approved university qualification examination:
Medicine (Medizin: M-course),
Technical sciences (Technik: T-course) and
Economics (Wirtschaft: W-course).
If you are interested in a study program at Hochschule Fresenius such as International Business Management (B.A.), the W-course would be the right choice for you. All courses are conducted in German and the W-course and T-course can also be completed in English. To attend the English-language W-course, you must also speak German to a good level (A2).
The process takes a total of eleven months (course plus exam) and participants must speak the main language of instruction to a very good level (B1). Some of the programs start in April (M-German, T-German) and some in September (W-German, W-English, T-English). This allows graduates to apply for their desired study program in time for the upcoming semester. Students without the required language skills can also attend preliminary language courses.
We offer two programs at our Studienkolleg: The Pre-University program and the Pre-Bachelor program. Both programs conclude with the state-approved university qualification examination, although you can choose to attend the Pre-Bachelor without the final exam.