Studienkolleg is a Preparatory course for International students who wish to pursue their Bachelors in Germany. For pursuing Bachelors in Germany you should have 13 Years of educational background, which is known as Abitur Level. For compensating the one year you either have to pursue a course in Studienkolleg or pursue a degree for a year in your home country and then join for a Bachelors program in Germany.
Note: The requirements is subjected to vary depending on the University, because each University demands its own requirement.
Check the requirements of each University: https://anabin.kmk.org
As discussed in the previous article, there are two types of Studienkollegs in Germany. One is Studienkolleg which is affiliated to Technical University and the other Studienkolleg which is affiliated to the University of Applied Science, each of them offers different courses. Likewise, there are two bodies which runs the studienkolleg one is State-run (Public) Studienkolleg and the other is Private Studienkolleg.
Now let’s get a detailed information on Public and Private Studienkolleg
Difference between Public and Private Studienkolleg
Public Studienkolleg in Germany
Basically, the Public Studienkollegs are State-run. In Public Studienkollegs, the tuition fee is free of cost. On the other hand you have to write an Entrance exam (Aufnahmeprüfung) to pursue a course in a Public Studienkolleg. The seats are allocated based on the rank or marks you are obtaining in the entrance exam (Aufnahmeprüfung). There are approximately 40 seats available per course in a Public Studienkolleg in Germany. Only two attempts can be made for a Studienkolleg. There are two intakes in a Public Studienkolleg,
- Winter Semester – September/October
- Summer Semester – March/ April
The classes for the Winter Semester starts in the month of September/October and continues for a period of one year with two semesters. The entrance exam (Aufnahmeprüfung) for the Winter Semester comes in the month of August. The result for the entrance exam will be published in 3-4 Weeks.
The classes for the Summer Semester starts in the month of March/ April and continues for a period of one year. The entrance exam (Aufnahmeprüfung) for the Summer Semester comes in the month of January. As like Winter Semester, the results for the entrance exam will be published in 3-4 weeks.
For pursuing a course in a Public Studienkolleg, you should have a Proficiency in German Language at least up to Level B2. Each Studienkolleg demands its own requirement, so it’s good to verify with the concerned Studienkolleg. Also the Proficiency in German Language is common for all Public Studienkolleg in Germany.
Private Studienkolleg in Germany
There are many Private Studienkollegs in Germany, each of which has count of 15 to 20 members pursuing a course.
For pursuing a course in a Private Studienkolleg in Germany you don’t have to write an entrance exam (Aufnahmeprüfung). On the bright side, some Private Studienkollegs also offer Language course too. So with the minimum knowledge in German language you can apply for a Private Studienkolleg. Private Studienkolleg charges students for tuition fee. At the same time, teacher student ratio does not exceed 1:15 ratio.
For instance, you will be pursuing German Language till A1 or A2 level in your home country and then you’ll be pursuing rest of levels in Germany. Later on, after completing the Language course you will be pursuing a course of your choice in Studienkolleg.
The Intakes are flexible for Private Studienkolleg, there are more the two intakes which are in the month of January, April, August and September. Each Private Studienkolleg in Germany demands its own requirement so its better to verify with the concerned studienkolleg.