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If you want to study at a German university, you will need a “Hochschulzugangsberechtigung” – or “university entrance qualification”. This is a school-leaving certificate which qualifies you for university study. See below, how to acquire this qualification.

1) Direct access / International school certificates

If you gained your school-leaving certificate at an international school or in another country, the conditions have to be checked individually. Direct admission can be possible with the following school graduations: IB-Diploma (International Baccalaureate) and International Advanced Level (A-Level). For further information and more graduation types, the DAAD entrance qualification database provides a first overview. More specific data about other countries and certificates can be obtained at Anabin. The website, however, is only available in German. Our Team in the DAAD Regional Office in Jakarta offers free consultation about your individual school certificate.

DAAD entrance qualification database

https://www.daad.de/deutschland/nach-deutschland/voraussetzungen/en/6017-admission-requirements/

Recognition of all foreign certificates (in German only)

www.anabin.de

Recognition of IB-Diploma (in English)

http://www.ibo.org/university-admission/recognition-of-the-ib-diploma-by-countries-and-universities/country-recognition-statements/

Recognition of Cambridge qualifications (IGCSE, International AS & A Levels and Pre-U):

http://www.cie.org.uk/images/248385-recognition-of-cambridge-qualifications-in-germany.pdf

2) Indonesian school certificate and ’Studienkolleg’

Indonesian school leaving certificates are not accepted as a German university entrance qualification. Hence, a direct admission to German universities is not possible. However, you can gain this admission by passing a qualification assessment test, the so-called ’Feststellungsprüfung’.

The usual way to prepare for the qualification assessment test is by attendance of a preparatory course (’Studienkolleg’), a one-year course designed to prepare applicants for academic studies in Germany. There are Studienkollegs in most of the German federal states (’Bundesländer’). In most cases, applicants attend the Studienkolleg located closest to the university where they have applied for studying. However, with very few exceptions, a successfully passed qualification assessment test from any Studienkolleg allows you to study in your area of specialisation at any German higher education institution.

The only Studienkolleg outside Germany is located in Jakarta. You might as well take your preparatory course there: www.studienkolleg-indonesia.de

Good German language skills are one of prerequisites (B1-B2 level of the European Framework of Reference for Languages) for entering a StudienkollegDepending on your area of specialisation (e.g. Natural sciences, Social sciences, Languages) at high school, admission to a preparatory course is either general or restricted to certain subjects. For details on the acknowledgement of Indonesian school leaving certificates, please check the DAAD entrance qualification database:

https://www.daad.de/deutschland/nach-deutschland/voraussetzungen/en/6017-admission-requirements/

The universities themselves, or the Studienkollegs which have been specially established at these for the purpose of offering preparatory courses, are responsible for providing courses which prepare students for the required language proficiency test (DSH = Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber) and the qualification assessment test. They are also responsible for setting and holding these tests. The courses taught at the Studienkollegs focus on disciplines relevant to your later academic study. There are two kinds of Studienkollegs - the ones that are affiliated with a university and the ones affiliated with a university of applied sciences.

Courses with the following study focuses are offered by the university Studienkollegs to prepare students for study in their respective subjects.

  • T-courses: German, mathematics (including computer science), physics or chemistry for engineering, mathematics and science-based subjects (except biology degree courses).
  • M-courses: German, biology and/or chemistry, physics or mathematics for medicine and biology-based subjects
  • W-courses: German, mathematics, economics/business administration for economics and social-based subjects
  • G-courses: German, history, German literature or English, or social studies/geography for art and humanities-based subjects, social science subjects, artistic subjects, German language and literature
  • S-courses: German, history or social studies/geography or German literature for all language-based subjects (with the exception of German).

The university of applied sciences Studienkollegs offer the following specialised courses as preparation for studying:

  • TI-course: for technical and engineering degrees
  • WW-course: for economics and business degrees
  • GD-course: for design and art degrees
  • SW-course: for social science degrees

The qualification assessment test at the end of the preparatory course involves a written section and an oral section. German is a mandatory examination subject for all prospective study applicants. However, you will be exempted from the German language section in the assessment test, if:

  • You have earned an “Abitur” from a German-language secondary school
  • You have passed the new Goethe Certificate C2 examination: major German Language Diploma or one of the former minor or major German Language Diploma or the Central Advanced Language Test of the Goethe-Institut (till 2011), or you have passed the "Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom" exam (since 2012)
  • You have the German Language Diploma (stage II) from the German Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs
  • You hold a TestDaF certificate with a result of TDN 4 in all four test sections
  • You have passed the „telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule“ examination

Fore more information about German language skills necessary for studying in Germany, please visit:

https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-studies/requirements/german-skills_26609.php

In addition to German, the written section will also test two further mandatory subjects relevant to your academic focus. All the subjects taught within the relevant course focus may be tested in the oral section. Depending on the legislation in the relevant ’Bundesland’ (federal state), the assessment test may also be taken in stages.

More detailed information on the Studienkollegs is available here: www.studienkollegs.de

Please click here (pdf, 437.52 KB) to get a general overview in Bahasa Indonesia of the steps to be taken to get enrolled at a German university if you have an Indonesian school leaving certificate (SKHUN)

 

3) Two years of studying in Indonesia

You also fulfill the conditions to apply for study in Germany, if you have already successfully studied for two years at an Indonesian university.

4) Admission to postgraduate courses and international study programmes

Most academic degrees that have been aquired in accredited study programmes at state or state-recognized universities in Indonesia are accepted in Germany as well. If you want to pursue your studies in Germany after completing a first academic degree in Indonesia, please consult the anabin database (German only) or the International Office of the university of your choice to find out whether your degree is recognized in Germany.

No assessment test is needed if you want to apply for admission to postgraduate courses. While many Master and some PhD study programmes still require German language proficiency, there is a growing number of international programmes with courses taught in English. Find an overview of all international programmes taught at German universities here.

 

5) Requirements of the university and the study programme

If you fulfil the formal conditions to study in Germany, you must also consider the particular requirements of your chosen study programme. These requirements and the application procedure can vary from university to university, and even from degree programme to degree programme. For further information, you can always contact the International Office of your chosen university. To increase your chances for a successful admission, you may take the Test for Academic Studies (TestAS) or visit preparatory classes.

More information on TestAS

All international programmes at German universities in the DAAD database

All study programmes in Germany by the 'Higher Education Compass'

6) Special requirements for medical programmes

Medical training programs in Germany take approximately six years to complete and conclude with the State Examination. The training is not divided into bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. To succeed you should have excellent German language skills and be able to manage stress because studying Medicine is very time-consuming. For more information on admission requirements and becoming a medical specialist in Germany, please visit the Study in Germany website:

Medical training programs in our degree program database:

Read the magazine Human Medicine in Germany: