3.3.1 Educational qualifications for entrance

For students on exchange programmes, different regulations apply (► 3.7).

University admission criteria and recognition of certificates
Admission to courses at a German higher education institution is based on a Hochschulzulassungsberechtigung (HZB) such as the German Abitur certificate. Holders of other certificates need to present proof of their appropriate qualification, e.g. a school leaving certificate plus, if applicable, evidence of previous university studies in their home country. For specific regulations relating to various countries, the Initial Counselling Services for international applicants can be consulted (3.1).

Useful information can also be found online, i.e. the information system on the recognition of international high school certificates (Informationssystem zur Anerkennung ausländischer Bildungsabschlüsse) and country-specific information.

For educational qualifications to be checked or recognised before an application is made, documents must be submitted to the department in charge of the Berlin administration (address below). A small administrative fee will be charged for the service.

Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie
Anerkennung von ausländischen Abschlüssen und Qualifikationen

Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science
Office for the Recognition of Educational Qualifications

Bernhard-Weiß-Str. 6
10178 Berlin
E-Mail: zastbe@senbjf.berlin.de
Phone: (+49 30) 90227-52 20 / -52 32 / -69 87

Telephone enquiries:
Mo, Th 14.00 – 15.00
We 10.00 – 12.00


Office hours:                
Mo, Tu 9.00 – 12.00
Th 16.00 – 18.00

Pre-university courses and aptitude tests
If you do not have a direct HZB, but rather admission to a pre-university/access course (Studienkolleg), you can apply to the one-year pre-university course for the HU via uni-assist (► 3.4). The assessment of your educational qualifications is available through the databank anabin, under "Schulabschlüsse mit Hochschulzugang".

Humboldt-Universität offers access courses in cooperation with Freie Universität (FU), which include T, M, W and S/G courses (see below).

The pre-university courses are designed to qualify students for an aptitude test (Feststellungsprüfung) where they are expected to prove that they are appropriately qualified for admission to a German university. The test includes the German language test for university admission (DSH).

Those who pass the aptitude test will be given the HZB certificate for a particular subject area.

  Courses Required subjects
T-courses prepare applicants for technical, mathematical and natural science courses German, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science
M-courses prepare applicants for medicine, biology and related courses                     German, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics
W-courses       prepare applicants for economics and social science courses German, Mathematics, Economics, History of Economics, English
S/G-courses prepare applicants for courses in the humanities and in languages German, History, Social Studies, German Literature, English