University Entrance and Preparatory Course

University Entrance Qualification

To study in Germany, you need a university entrance qualification called “Hochschulzugangsberechtigung” (HZB).
You can pre-check quickly and simply if you are qualified to study in Germany using the Online Portal of UniAssist. Please note that this is only a non-binding preliminary check. The official assessment can only be carried out by UniAssist if you submit all your documents.

Preparatory Course (Studienkolleg)

In many cases, a high school diploma from Non-EU/EEA countries may not be sufficient to meet the admission criteria to study in Germany. If this applies to you, you may consider visiting a preparatory course - called „Studienkolleg“ and/or do the assessment examination.

The teaching language is German. Applicants must prove knowledge of the German language at least on level B1 by means of a German certificate recognized by the Studienkolleg. Recognized are Onset, Test-DaF, DSH, DSD I, DSD II, Telc, Telc Hochschule, Goethe certificates, ÖSD certificates, IB-German. There is no preparatory course in English language.

There are different focus courses, depending on the field of studies you want to choose:
G = degree programmes in the humanities, arts and social sciences
M = medical and biological degree programmes
S = linguistic degree programmes
T = technical, mathematical and scientific degree programmes (except biology)
W = economic and social science degree programmes

To find out which course leads to access to a particular study programme at Leuphana, please refer to the list of subjects and relevant preparatory courses.

In case you apply at Leuphana and your high school diploma is not sufficient to meet the admission criteria, but you qualify for a preparatory course, Leuphana may forward your application to the Studienkolleg Hannover and you will be invited for an entrance exam.

You will need at least a B1 level of German language proficiency to take part.

As Lüneburg belongs to Lower Saxony, we can only forward applications to Hannover, not to Hamburg. However, you may submit an application to the Studienkolleg Hamburg yourself.

Since all subjects at Leuphana are subject to admission restrictions, we unfortunately cannot reserve a place at Leuphana for you even if you successfully attend the Studienkolleg.

It is also possible to take the Feststellungsprüfung at the Studienkolleg without participating in a preparatory course.

Subject-restricted admission

Applicants with a direct subject-restricted admission are allowed to apply directly to study programmes in the main subject area of their school education or the subject area of their previous academic studies or a related subject. Please refer to the list of subjects and relevant preparatory courses.


Studienkolleg of Lower Saxony


Niedersächsisches Studienkolleg
Am Kleinen Felde 30
D-30167 Hannover

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