Admission Requirements for International Bachelor and Staatsexamen Applicants


There are various requirements for admission to Bachelor and Staatsexamen studies. They are described below:


1. University Entrance Qualification Certificate


TestAS for International Applicants

All international applicants who are not legally equivalent to German citizens, such as non-EU or non-EEA students, must submit a TestAS certificate when applying for an undergraduate course of study.

Please note: If you want to apply for admission, you can apply for exemption from the TestAS requirement if you have a university entrance qualification with an average grade/GPA of 2.5 or better according to the German grading system. This exemption, however, does not apply to candidates applying to the medicine (model course of study) and dentistry degree programs.


In order to apply for a Bachelor or Staatsexamen program, you will first need a university entrance qualification certificate. This is sometimes abbreviated as HZB. You typically acquire the HZB by successfully completing secondary school or high school.

Since the level of education in secondary schools varies from country to country, it is possible that your secondary school certificate does not allow you to be admitted for studies at a German university. In this case, you have two possibilities: You can either first study for a few semesters in your home country or attend a preparatory college, that is a Studienkolleg, in Germany.

You can refer to the ANABIN website to see if your secondary school certificate allows you to begin studies and what requirements you may need to fulfill. If you would like more information about the preparatory colleges in Germany, please refer to the site Studienkolleg.


2. Proof of Language Skills

RWTH currently only offers Bachelor and Staatsexamen courses of study in German. You must therefore provide proof of German language skills at C1 level when you enroll. You can find more information at our web page about Language Skills.


3. Complete Application On Time

An extremely important requirement for a successful application is that all your documents are complete and submitted on time. You can upload all your application documents on your online application on RWTHonline. You can find out the required documents for your application, as well as the current application deadlines on our Application pages.