If you would like to study at a German university, but your school-leaving certificate is not recognised as equivalent to the German abitur, then this programme could be the alternative you're looking for.

Over the course of a year foreign students are prepared both academically and in language skills to begin their studies. The study preparation programme is a co-operation between the Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences and the Institut für Sprachen. Its successful completion entitles you to take up your studies at the Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences. Over the first two trimesters German language training is held at the Institut für Sprachen in Kassel. In the third trimester students undergo academic study preparation at the Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences. Depending on your area of study you will receive instruction either in a technology course (T-course) or an economics course (W-course, German: 'Wirtschaft'). The year ends with an admission exam (if need be, an external exam) which entitles you to begin your course of study in your preferred field at the Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences.

Target group:

Foreign students who are learning German and would like to apply to a German university, but whose school-leaving certificate is not recognised for the purposes of studying in Germany. [To find out whether your school-leaving certificate is recognised in Germany, go to the admissions database anabin:  http://anabin.kmk.org/]

Admission requirements:

  • University entrance qualification for your home country (not recognised in Germany)
  • English skills at the level of a completed A2 course
  • German skills at the level of a completed B1 course. If your language skills are not yet at this level, you can complete the necessary levels at the Institut für Sprachen prior to the start of the official programme.

Language of instruction: German

Tuition hours: on average 25 hours per week

Programme duration: three trimesters

1st + 2nd trimester (September/October - April ): language preparation in Kassel

3rd trimester (April - August): W-course or T-course in Schmalkalden

Course fee: € 5.500,- (including supporting programme)

Not included in the price are travel and accommodation costs and living expenses as well as external application fees (for the TestDaF or TOEIC exam, the external academic admission exam and university admission fees, in this case, the semester fee)* Minimum number of participants: 8

Overview of the course structure and programme content

The programme is currently divided into three trimesters. The focus of the first two trimesters in Kassel lies on participants' language preparation. The goal is to fulfill the entrance requirements of the Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences by successfully completing language courses in German and English and passing the official German and English language tests: TestDaF and TOEIC.

The third trimester then focuses on the participants' academic preparation. Subject teaching takes place at the Schmalkalden University in a W-course and a T-course. Once the subject course has been successfully completed and the related university admissions exam passed, studies may be commenced in the winter semester. On admission to the academic preparation course at Schmalkalden in the summer semester, the university semester fee becomes due.  The university semester fee currently amounts to € 95,90 (July 2016). On payment of the semester fee, participants are entitled to occupy a room in a university residence in Schmalkalden, to eat in the university canteen at affordable rates, to take part in most university sports for free, make use of the regional trains throughout Thuringia for free and much more.

Programme structure:


1st trimester

(October - January)


2nd trimester

(January - April)



3rd trimester

(May - August)


Institut für Sprachen in Kassel Schmalkalden UAS

German course - intensive

Level B1+ to B2(20 SWS*)

German course - intensive

Level C1(20 SWS)

Subject teaching in subjects relevant to field of study:

Mathematics: 10 SWS

Informatics: 4 SWS

Economics / business studies (W-course only): 6 SWS

or Physics (T-course only): 6 SWS

Preparation course and exam for  TestDaF(4 SWS)
English preparation course and TOEIC/ TOEFL exam (3 SWS) English preparation course and TOEIC/ TOEFL exam(3 SWS) August: admission exam
Move from Kassel to Schmalkalden Commencement of studies in the winter semester (after passing admission exam)

*  SWS: “Semesterwochenstunden” refers to the number of 45 minute teaching units per week averaged over the semester.



Please apply through the Institut für Sprachen in Kassel.

Contact person: Janina Sadovnikov

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Documents required for the registration:

Info sheet for admission application (PDF-Datei)

Application for admission (PDF-Datei)

Application process (PDF-Datei)




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