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Our Mission

The Studienkolleg is a preparatory course for foreign students from different countries and of different religious, political and educational backgrounds. The special situation that arises from the pursuance of one common study goal abroad demands that teachers and students cooperate in mutual respect of different personalities, religious denominations, nationalities, and political opinions.


Our Scope

Basic Principles

  1. Applicants from countries whose high school graduation is not certified as being equivalent to the German Abitur by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany are required to successfully complete a preparatory two-semester subject-related Studienkolleg course and a corresponding examination.
  2. All foreign applicants are required to take part in the Feststellungsprüfung (FP), an entrance examination testing their ability to take up studies at a German university.
  3. The diverse fields of study at the universities are roughly covered by five core courses: S, G, W, M, and T. A similar system is used by universities of applied sciences.


The applicants entitled to take part in Studienkolleg Karlsruhe are selected by the International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) and assigned to us for participation in the acceptance test.

Studienkolleg Karlsruhe offers only T courses for technical and scientific fields of study. Covering German as a foreign language, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science, these courses will ensure a smooth transition to the basic study courses. Participants are required to take 32 to 35 45-minute lessons weekly and have 12 written examinations per semester. At the end of the second semester, they are subjected to the FP (see above). The program is completed by propaedeutic courses.

After having passed the FP, applicants can take up first-semester study courses, if places are available. The FP grade achieved decides on whether they can be admitted to subjects with restricted admission. The applicants are not bound to the university where the FP has been taken. A similar procedure is used by universities of applied sciences.

At Studienkolleg Karlsruhe, foreign students whose linguistic abilities have not yet been testified can take part in courses teaching German as a foreign language (DaF) on different levels. Such courses are subject to a fee. They are, as a rule, aimed at enabling students to pass the DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang - German Language University Entrance Examination) or the TestDaF 4x4. In addition, propaedeutic courses are offered in mathematics, physics, and computer science.

For institutes of the university, DAAD, or other clients, Studienkolleg also offers a range of special separate or accompanying courses of German as a foreign language. In spring and fall, crash courses teaching everyday German and technical German as applied in core subject areas are offered for approximately 300 students within the framework of the Erasmus Program.

As a rule, participants in courses DB220 and DB210 will pass their DSH (see above) soon after course completion. At least as many applicants from other institutions will participate in the DSH examinations as well. The present DSH participation fee is EUR 110.

Studienkolleg Karlsruhe also offers DSH examinations at three cooperating universities abroad (Metz, Beijing, and Shanghai).

Moreover, Studienkolleg Karlsruhe is a TestDaF center. Currently, preparatory courses are being offered and examinations are held several times a year. The present TestDaF fee amounts to EUR 175, the course fee is EUR 100.


Studienkolleg Karlsruhe is

  • the first contact point for study applicants from mostly African, South American, and Asian countries,
  • an institution promoting integration of foreign students into the life and studies at the university location.


The Studienkolleg and its staff

  • shape the image of Germany,
  • familiarize applicants with administrative procedures (official registration, residence permit, bank account, rental agreement, insurances, transport, etc.),
  • give thorough advice and counselling, 
  • teach linguistic and cultural skills,
  • are engaged in teaching and training study techniques while developing knowledge, skills, and abilities, 
  • contract qualified and interculturally highly competent lecturers for teaching and training,
  • support peaceful internationality, cosmopolitanism, and mutual tolerance of foreign students, 
  • contribute to significantly reducing the drop-out rate of foreign students (cf. the June 2004 follow-up published by Studienkolleg Karlsruhe).

Please refer to the homepage of the German Studienkolleg http://www.studienkollegs.de to find more information on Studienkollegs in Germany (preconditions and requirements, acceptance tests, examinations, types of courses, fees, documents) as well as details on their scope, legal status, and institutional affiliation.


Dr. E. Klenkler, November 4, 2008

Courses Offered

T Courses (K1 and K2 Courses)

The K1 and K1 semester courses prepare for the Feststellungsprüfung (FP). At the moment, T courses (engineering + natural science) are run in the first semester (K1 courses) and second semester (K2 courses).


German Language Courses

  1. DB120 Courses: They prepare for the first Studienkolleg semester (K1 course) and for the DB220 course. They are equivalent to level B1 of GER.
  2. DB220 Courses: German language courses for preparing the DSH. They are equivalent to the levels B2/C1 of GER.
  3. DB210 Courses: They prepare for the DSH and accompany the study courses. They are equivalent to the levels B2/C1 of GER.
  4. DB110 Courses: They prepare for DSH level 1 and accompany the study courses. They are equivalent to level B1 of GER.
  5. To prepare for the Feststellungsprüfung (FP), German lessons are offered within the framework of the Studienkolleg semester.
  6. Courses accompanying studies on the levels A1 – C1 of GER.
  7. Summer courses, crash courses, special courses on behalf of the International Office, DAAD, or KIT institutions. [Registration will be made by these institutions.]

Details on the organization and rules of the Studienkolleg can be found in the statutes.



Participation in T courses (K1 and K1) is cost-free.

Details on the fees for participation in the German courses can be found the current price list.