Prior to Applying: Prerequisites

Before applying to the university, the following qualifications have to be evaluated:

  • Type of university entry qualification (HZB: Hochschulzugangsberechtigung)
  • German language proficiency

University Entry Qualifications (Approval)

Evaluation of Higher Education Certificates

The International Office evaluates higher education certificates from foreign countries. Your correctly completed application must be sent by post. An evaluation is not possible if certificates or requests are sent via e-mail.

Evaluations of higher education certificates are based on the database anabin of the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB: Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen). Possible evaluations of higher education certificates:

  • Direct entry (direkter Zugang) (for all subjects or subject-restricted)
  • Pre-university examination/Studienkolleg: for all specialised courses or subject-restricted
    (Feststellungsprüfung/Studienkolleg: für alle Schwerpunktkurse oder fachorientiert)

In the event that the evaluation of higher education certificates is subject-restricted:

  • For applications to Bachelor degree studies consisting of two or more subjects, the subject restriction concerns the major subject only. The minor subjects, resp. the other major can be chosen without restriction.
  • An application for the teacher training programme Lehramt an Gymnasien is not possible.

Should the evaluation of your certificates be considered a case of doubt (‘Zweifelsfall’), you will be requested to send your higher education certificates to the Certificate Recognition Authority for the Free State of Bavaria (Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern).

Additional links:

Direct University Entry Qualification

If the evaluation of your certificates results in a direct university entry, you would be allowed to study an undergraduate programme at the University of Bamberg.


Pre-University Examination/Studienkolleg

If the evaluation of your certificates results in ‘pre-university examination/Studienkolleg
(Feststellungsprüfung/Studienkolleg), you cannot be admitted directly to undergraduate level at the University of Bamberg.

Rather you must take the pre-university examination at the Studienkolleg (preparatory college: an institution which prepares students in language proficiency and in diverse subject areas for their studies at universities in Germany). The Studienkolleg programme offers several specialised courses. After receiving your pre-university examination certificate, you can study subjects only within the range of the specialised course which you took during the Studienkolleg (exception: Studying the teacher training programme Lehramt an Gymnasien is not possible as this requires direct entry for all subjects).

There is no Studienkolleg at the University of Bamberg. For all universities in Bavaria, Studienkolleg Munich is the proper authority.

You cannot apply to the Studienkolleg in Munich directly. To gain entry to the Studienkolleg, you need to apply to a Bavarian university first. There are two possibilities when applying:

  • Applying for entry to the Studienkolleg in preparation for the pre-university examination: You need to pass the German entrance examination at the Studienkolleg; additionally, if you are doing a T-course you need to pass a mathematics examination. Each specialised course takes one year (two semesters) of study and ends with the pre-university examination.
  • Applying to take the external pre-university examination at the Studienkolleg: The pre-university examination is taken on an exam-only basis, i.e. without attending one of the specialised courses at the Studienkolleg.

For detailed information on applying to the University of Bamberg, please see chapter 'German Language Proficiency' ('Requirements Applying for the Studienkolleg').

For general information on the Studienkolleg and on the pre-university examination, please go to the following websites:

No University Entry Qualification

If the requirements for the evaluation of higher education certificates are not fulfilled, you cannot gain access to higher education.

Summary of Possible Evaluations of Higher Education Certificates

Direct university entry (with or without subject restriction)

Access to the pre-university examination at a Studienkolleg (with or without subject restriction)

No access to study (neither direct university entry, nor access to take the pre-university examination at a Studienkolleg)

German Language Proficiency Requirements

German language proficiency is an obligatory requirement for all students intending to take study programmes taught in German. If you are not proficient in the German language, your application to study these programmes cannot be considered.

Please see the information below on the type and level of German language proficiency required in the various cases.

When you apply for a course of study which is taught in German, you must pass one of the following German language proficiency examinations before you enrol (for some degree programmes, different rules may apply):

  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerberinnen und Studienbewerber (DSH) with an overall score of DSH-1 for most degree programmes; the certificate must include the note of registration and the registration number of the German Rector’s Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz); a DSH-1 result is insufficient for gaining direct access to study in some degree programmes at the University of Bamberg.
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz Stufe II (DSD II)
  • One of the following German language proficiency certificates from the Goethe Institute
    • 'Goethe-Zertifikat B2' for most degree programmes
          For some degree programmes:
    • 'Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung' (ZOP)
    • 'Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom' (KDS)
    • 'Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom' (GDS)
    • 'Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom'
    ⇒ On 01.01.2012, the 'Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom' was introduced; it replaces the former ZOP, KDS and GDS.
  • TestDaF with a minimum of level 3 in all four sections of the examination; all four sections of the examination must be passed in one sitting.
    For some degree programmes, TestDaF with a minimum of level 4 in all four sections of the examination is required. 
  • certificate telc Deutsch B2

Further certificates and information is available here:
--> Befreiende Zertifikate
--> Zugang von ausländischen Studienbewerbern mit ausländischem Bildungsnachweis zum Studium an deutschen Hochschulen: Nachweis der deutschen Sprachkenntnisse

The following students are exempt from taking the DSH examination:

  • Students who apply for a short-term non-degree study programme.
  • Students applying for study programmes with English as the language of instruction.
  • PhD students; only in cases when the entire PhD, meaning the dissertation and disputation, resp. rigorosum, are carried out in a language other than German; this requires adequate written confirmation by the PhD supervisor.
  • Students whose mother tongue is German.

Please note that a degree in German Studies (or other studies in the German language) does not exempt you from fulfilling the DSH language requirement; this also applies for a completed (German Studies) degree programme.

If your German language proficiency is not yet at the required level at the time of applying, you are welcome to apply for a DSH course which is taught during the semester (‘DSH semester course’/’DSH-Semesterkurs’). The level of these courses is B1 and higher.

Prior to the commencement of the course, you need to take a placement test. You are obliged to take and pass the placement test, and you must be present on the first day of class. Otherwise you will be excluded from taking the course.

Course schedule: German classes are taught daily during the semester (from Monday to Friday either in the mornings or the afternoons; you may not choose which time you would prefer to attend; the exact times are announced on the first day of the course); four lesson units are taught per day and a maximum of 20 course participants is allowed per course.

At the end of a DSH semester course, a final examination takes place. Participation in this examination is obligatory for the DSH semester course participants. If you pass the final examination successfully, it will be recognized as a DSH examination.

You must attend the DSH semester course regularly. A minimum of 80% attendance is mandatory!
This means: You may be absent no more than 20 % of the course time! If you miss more than 20 % of class, you will not receive a certificate of attendance.

You must enrol at the University of Bamberg to be able to participate in the DSH semester course. Your admission is for the DSH semester course only, and does not include an admission to the course of study you wish to pursue. You are given a student identity card for a maximum of 2 semesters:

  • You will be enrolled for the DSH semester course with the status: short-term non-degree study programme (kein Abschluss möglich).
  • You cannot enrol simultaneously for the course of study which you wish to pursue.
  • For this reason, you cannot take examinations in a course of study or attend other courses.
  • For the degree course which you wish to study, you must apply again separately.

Fees:

  • DSH semester course: € 450 participation fee per semester (This includes the placement test, the course fee, and course materials)
  • Semester fees (for enrolment)
  • If you cease attending the course, or if you do not attend at all, the course fee will not be returned to you.
  • The number of course places is limited - places are given in the order of payment receipt.

For an application for the DSH semester course at the University of Bamberg, please note the following:

  • Minimum required German language level at the time of applying: at least level B1.
  • Only the following German language certificates can be accepted for an application for the DSH semester course:
    • TestDaF with a minimum of level 333U3
    • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz Stufe I (DSD I)
    • Zertifikat Deutsch / telc Deutsch B1
    • Goethe-Zertifikat B1
    • other German language certificates equivalent to level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • Direct university entry required (direkter Zugang). If the evaluation of your certificates is subject-restricted, you may only participate in the DSH semester course if your field of study is taught at the University of Bamberg.
  • In your ’Application for Admission - Part 1‘ you must enter ‘Other qualification/DSH semester course’ (Sonstiger Abschluss/DSH-Semesterkurs) under the intended degree programme.
  • In your ’Application for Admission - Part 2‘ you must apply to participate in the DSH semester course (item 5).

 You may not apply for a DSH semester course in the following cases:

  • As an external participant (i.e. without doing a subsequent course of study at the University of Bamberg). Participation is only possible if you apply for a subsequent course of study at the University of Bamberg.
  • If you are applying for a short-term non-degree study programme.
  • If you are required to do the pre-university examination at a Studienkolleg.

The DSH semester course is carried out by the University Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum). If you have questions regarding the content of the DSH semester course, please contact: Ms Christine Drakew.

At the University of Bamberg, the DSH examination is offered twice each year after the end of the lecture period. The number of course places is limited - places are given in the order of payment receipt.

Important:
External participation in the DSH examination at the University of Bamberg (i.e. without doing a subsequent course of study at the University of Bamberg) is not possible.

DSH examination:

  • Fees: € 50 (participation fee for the DSH); no refund in case you fail to appear, or if you quit the examination.
  • The number of places in the course and the examination are limited. Places are given in the order of payment receipt.

For an application for the DSH examination at the University of Bamberg, please note the following:

  • You must apply successfully for a place to study.
  • Minimum required German language level at the time of applying: at least level B2.
  • Direct university entry required (direkter Zugang).
  • If you do not pass the DSH, you may reapply at the University of Bamberg for the DSH only for the following semester at the earliest.

For further information on the DSH at the University of Bamberg, please see here.

You cannot apply for the DSH if you:

  • want to participate in the DSH examination at the University of Bamberg externally (i.e. without doing a subsequent course of study at the University of Bamberg).
  • must pass the pre-university examination at a Studienkolleg.
  • are applying for a short-term non-degree study programme.

The DSH examination is carried out by the University Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum). You can find out more about the DSH  here. To find out more about the contents of the DSH, please refer to: Ms Christine Drakew.

If you would like to study at the University of Bamberg for just one or two semesters, you can apply for a short-term non-degree study programme (Kurzzeitstudium ohne Abschlussmöglichkeit). This means:

  • Maximum duration of the short-term non-degree study programme: two semesters.
  • You can choose freely from a range of courses.
  • You are excluded from obtaining a degree (state examinations, Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD).
  • Participating in the DSH semester course is not possible.

For an application for a short-term non-degree study programme at the University of Bamberg, please note the following:

  • Minimum required German language level at the time of applying: at least level B2.
  • Only the following German language certificates can be accepted for an application for a short-term non-degree study programme:
    • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerberinnen und Studienbewerber (DSH) with an overall score of DSH-1
    • TestDaF with a minimum of level 3 in all four sections of the examination
    • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz Stufe II (DSD II)
    • certificate telc Deutsch B2
    • Goethe-Zertifikat B2
    • other German language certificates equivalent to level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • Direct university entry required (direkter Zugang).
  • In your ’Application for Admission - Part 1‘ you must select ‘no degree’ (kein Abschluss möglich).
  • In your ’Application for Admission - Part 2‘ you must select item 7. (neither option 4., 5. or 6.).

For an application for the Studienkolleg in Munich via the University of Bamberg, please note the following:

  • Minimum required German language level at the time of applying: at least level B2.
  • Only the following German language certificates can be accepted for an application for the Studienkolleg in Munich via the University of Bamberg:
    • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerberinnen und Studienbewerber (DSH) with an overall score of DSH-1
    • TestDaF with a minimum of level 3 in all four sections of the examination
    • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz Stufe II (DSD II)
    • certificate telc Deutsch B2
    • Goethe-Zertifikat B2
    • other German language certificates equivalent to level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • Qualification for the Studienkolleg pre-university examination is required; evaluation result: ‘Pre-university examination/Studienkolleg(Feststellungsprüfung/Studienkolleg).
  • In your ’Application for Admission - Part 2‘ you must select either entry to the Studienkolleg, or admission to the external pre-university examination (Externe Feststellungsprüfung) (item 4).
  • You may not apply for a DSH semester course (see 3.2) as this requires direct university entry.
  • An application for the teacher training programme Lehramt an Gymnasien is not possible as this requires direct university entry for all subjects.

Summary of German Language Proficiency Requirements

What?Which German proficiency level is required?     What type of university entry is required?
Admission to the DSH and the intended degree programme

Minimum level B2 for most degree programmes

Minimum level C1 for some degree programmes

Direct university entry (for all subjects or subject-restricted)
Admission to the DSH semester courseMinimum level B1Direct university entry (for all subjects or subject-restricted)
Admission to a short-term non-degree study programmeMinimum level B2Direct university entry (for all subjects or subject-restricted)
Admission to a Studienkolleg (Entrance examination or external pre-university examination)Minimum level B2Qualification for the pre-university examination at a Studienkolleg (for all specialised courses or subject-restricted)