International prospective studentsStudienkolleg and Feststellungsprüfung

If a foreign school-leaving certificate is only considered partly comparable with the German university entrance requirements, participation in an assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) at the Studienkolleg may be requested based on the evaluation suggestions of the central office for foreign education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen) before starting an undergraduate degree program.

The Studienkolleg will prepare students for the assessment test. The Studienkolleg at Heidelberg University offers two-semester subject-group-specific courses to prepare for the assessment test.

In the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg, where Heidelberg is located, applications for the preparatory courses for the assessment test to determine the eligibility of foreign applicants for studies at institutions of higher education in Germany are not submitted to the Studienkolleg directly, but to the university in Baden-Württemberg where the subsequent studies are to be taken up.

Applicants provisionally accepted to the Heidelberg Studienkolleg must pass an entrance test (examination of German language skills). Its result will determine admission to the Studienkolleg. Exemption from the entrance examination for the Studienkolleg at Heidelberg University is not possible.

The following information on the application procedure is targeted at prospective students who apply for admission to the Studienkolleg who wish to pursue their studies at Heidelberg University after they pass their assessment tests.

Application for the courses at the Studienkolleg

Find an overview of the undergratuate subjects leading up to a Bachelor’s degree or state examination offered at Heidelberg University on the website “All subjects”. Applicants for the Studienkolleg must request admission to the Studienkolleg courses assigned to their desired subject. Assignment of the Studienkolleg courses to the respective subjects can be found in the corresponding overview. For further information, see the information sheet “Application for the Studienkolleg”.

Applications for the desired Studienkolleg course can be submitted through the heiCO online portal during the following application periods:

  •    May to 30 June for the following winter semester
  •    November to 15 December for the following summer semester
    • for the summer semester 2024: November to December 31, 2023

The application requires registration on the online platform and uploading of all necessary documents. Application documents that are received by Heidelberg University after the end of the open application dates cannot be considered in the selection and admission proceedings.

Supplementary examination at the Studienkolleg

International applicants who want to start their studies in a degree programme that their completed assessment test to determine the eligibility of foreign applicants for studies at institutions of higher education in Germany does not make them eligible for may be admitted to a supplementary examination.