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Applicants with international higher education entrance qualification

General information

If you are applying for admission at TU Berlin you must provide a higher education entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung / HZB). This could be a secondary school leaving certificate, in some cases combined with a university entrance exam. Sometimes, you have also to provide a transcript of records of your previous university or a university degree, if available.

Anabin: Evaluation of your educational certificates

Uni-assist e.V. will evaluate your higher education entrance qualification with regard to the standards of the German institution Zentraleinrichtung für ausländisches Bildungswesen / ZAB. If you are looking for these standards for your own orientation please check the website of Anabin. Anabin provides useful information about higher education entrance qualifications and potentially recognition of different educational certificates (country specific).

Please note, evaluation via uni-assist e.V. takes place only for your chosen undergraduate program and admission term. Changing your undergraduate program requires a new application and reevaluation.

Preparatory courses: Studienkolleg and Propädeutikum

Studienkolleg: Assessment test / Feststellungsprüfung

You may have to attend the Studienkolleg if your higher education entrance qualification is not equal to the German higher education entrance qualification / German Abitur. In this case, you hold an indirect higher education entrance qualification and need to pass the assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) before applying for an undergraduate program. The assessment test may be taken internally (after attending the Studienkolleg) as well as externally (externe Feststellungsprüfung / Ergänzungsprüfung). Please note, your indirect higher education entrance qualification must be subject-specific for either a technical, mathematical and scientific or social and economic science or medical, biological and pharmaceutical undergraduate program.

The TU Berlin offers 3 types of subject-specific preparatory courses:

  • W-Course: for social and economic science undergraduate programs
  • T-Course: for technical, mathematical or scientific undergraduate programs
  • M-Course: for medical, biological and pharmaceutical undergraduate programs (fee-based course; for further information click here)

Applicants for Studienkolleg must provide German language proficiencies and additionally for the “W course” English language proficiencies.

Propädeutikum: German language course at the Studienkolleg

You may have to attend the Propädeutikum if your higher education entrance qualification is equal to the German higher education entrance qualification / German Abitur and you can provide proof of German language certificate B2 or higher. After 1 semester you can take an exam in German that corresponds to DSH-2. Please note, your direct higher education entrance qualification must be subject-specific for either a technical, scientific or social and economic sciences undergraduate program.

All applicants must apply via uni-assist e.V.

Before admission for the TU Berlin preparatory courses, you have to pass the Studienkolleg entrance exam (Aufnahmetest).

For further information click here.

Subject-specific higher education entrance qualification: Undergraduate programs and corresponding preparatory courses

If you hold a subject-specific higher education entrance qualification, you are only eligible to apply for specific preparatory courses or specific undergraduate programs.

Please check here, which preparatory course is corresponding with our undergraduate programs.

Studying without higher education entrance qualification: Admission with vocational qualification

In accordance to § 11 Berliner Hochschulgesetz / BerlHG the TU Berlin permits holders of a vocational qualification without a higher education entrance qualification admission for undergraduate programs.

Depending on the vocational training and work experience/qualification admission will be granted either only for specific or for all undergraduate programs. 

Further information can be found in our handout (German).

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