Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Courses at the Studienkolleg

Overview

  1. Who is allowed/required to attend a Studienkolleg?
  2. How to apply?
  3. What courses are offered?
  4. When and where do the courses take place?
  5. Who do I contact with questions?

1. Who is allowed/required to attend a Studienkolleg?

  • Prospective students with a foreign indirect university entrance qualification ("HZB"), i.e. without direct university access
You can use the anabin online service (German language only) to check whether you may be eligible/required to attend a Studienkolleg: Click “Schulabschlüsse mit Hochschulzugang” → “Suchen” → select the country of your diploma/certificate → select your diploma/certificate.

2. How to apply?

Please note:

  • You cannot apply directly at the Studienkolleg Heidelberg.
  • The application procedure varies depending on - amongst other factors - your nationality.
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(A) Foreign Applicants (with non-EU/EEA nationalities)

(1) You apply at a university in Baden-Württemberg for admission to a degree programme.

(2) As part of your application, you request admission to a Studienkolleg.

Links to the websites of the universities of Baden-Württemberg are available here (German language only).

It is the university you apply to, not the Studienkolleg Heidelberg, which assesses your application documents before sending you either a notice of admission or rejection by post.

If you receive a notice of admission (“Zulassungsbescheid”) and are required to pass an Assessment Examination (“Feststellungsprüfung”) before starting university studies, the university will automatically assign you to the corresponding Studienkolleg and a fitting subject-specific core course (see below). In this case, your notice of admission will comprise an official invitation to the entrance examination at the respective Studienkolleg.

Please note that in the following cases, for non-German applicants, the corresponding Studienkolleg is typically a Studienkolleg other than the Studienkolleg Heidelberg:

Germany
(B) German applicants
You do not apply for admission to a degree programme but for admission to a Studienkolleg. For more information, please contact the service portal of Heidelberg University (contact details below).

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(C) Foreign applicants with EU/EEA nationalities
There are special rules for applications by EU/EEA nationals. Please contact the service portal of Heidelberg University (contact details below).

Do you intend to apply for a place in a degree programme at Heidelberg University?

Detailed information on the application procedure can be obtained from the website of Heidelberg University.

A subject catalogue featuring all the degree programmes offered at Heidelberg University is available here. The column "Studienkolleg course" tells you which of the subject-specific core courses at Studienkollegs will correspond to the given degree programme. If the column "start of programme" says only "WS", this means that applications for this programme can only be accepted for a winter semester, not for a summer semester.

3. What courses are offered?

The preparation for the Assessment Examination (Feststellungsprüfung”) at the Studienkolleg Heidelberg usually comprises two semesters. The following subject-specific core courses (Schwerpunktkurse”) are taught:

Core Course G (→examination subjects and syllabi)
preparation for German studies ("Germanistik”), humanities1, arts1, and related programmes
1 alternatively Core Course S

Core Course M (→examination subjects and syllabi)
preparation for: medical and biological programmes, such as medicine, pharmacy, biology, agricultural science, forestry science, sports science, and related programmes

Core Course S (→examination subjects and syllabi)
preparation for languages (except for German studies), historical sciences1, law2, social sciences2, and related programmes
1 alternatively Core Course G
2 alternatively Core Course W

Core Course T (→examination subjects and syllabi)
preparation for technical, mathematical, and science-oriented programmes, such as architecture, civil engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, vocational school teacher (Diplom-Gewerbelehrer”), electrical engineering, geology, geoecology, computer science, infonomics, food technology, mechanical engineering, mathematics, mineralogy, physics, technical biology, engineering mathematics, geodesy, economics1 (technically oriented), business administration1 (technically oriented), mathematical economics1, engineering management1, business informatics1, and related programmes
1 alternatively Core Course W

Core Course W (→examination subjects and syllabi)
preparation for programmes in the fields of economics or administration, such as business administration, economics, economic pedagogy, public administration/management1, and related programmes
1 alternatively Core Course S

4. When and where do the courses take place?

For the core courses, the lecture periods at Heidelberg University apply:

  • October - February (winter semester)
  • April - July (summer semester)

As a rule, the Entrance Examination is held one week before the beginning of the lecture period.

Classes take place from Monday and Friday from 8:00am to 3:15pm, sometimes to 5:00pm.

1st semester

  • 20 hours per week of German language instruction as preparation for the Assessment Examination in German + 12 to 16 hours per week for the other, course-specific subjects
  • At the end of the first semester, students usually take the Assessment Examination in German.

2nd semester

  • Preparation for the Assessment Examination in the course-specific subjects, approx. 30 hours per week in each core course (G, M, S, T, W)
  • At the end of the second semester, students take the Assessment Examination in the course-specific examination subjects.

All the courses take place in the Studienkolleg building, Im Neuenheimer Feld 684 (→map).

5. Who do I contact with questions?


If you have any questions about the application procedures or the Studienkolleg, please contact the service portal of Heidelberg University:

Phone: +49 (0)6221 - 54-5454
E-mail: studium@uni-heidelberg.de 
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