Welcome to the German Placement Centre (GPC) – the independent Support Service for University Admission in Germany
Germany accommodates 300,000 international students and is, together with the United Kingdom, the most attractive destination country for international students in the European Union:
“Germany has become the second-most popular immigration destination after the USA, ahead of Canada and Australia.”*
Every year close to 360.000 international students choose Germany as their destination for university level studies.
There are ca. 260 public and ca. 130 private universites in Germany, recognized by the German state, offering courses and programmes at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels. Ca. 19.000 of those are taught in German; only ca. 1400 courses are taught in English, mostly at the Master´s level.
On this website you can
- get information on entry requirements, documents and the application process
However, access to German universities is limited and requirements to be accepted are high
Therefore, the Braun Foundation for International Exchange operates the German Placement Centre, in which experts provide following services:
GPC services and conditions: University Counselling
For GPC services a “counselling contract” (GPC.Beratungsvertrag Placements2017) will be offered to the student through the agent containing the terms and conditions. Regarding fees the main points are listed below:
counselling on studying in Germany in a particular study programme (undergraduate, graduate or pathway) up to recommendation of a particular programme at a particular time, place and institution.
Fee: € 350 (the applicant may stop here)
Refunding: if the candidate decides to withdraw before a programme was recommended, € 300 will be refunded; if he/she decides to do so after the recommendation, only € 50 will be refunded. No refund after visa denial.
screening of student applicant´s documents and editing documents as necessary.
Fee: € 150 (the applicant may stop here)
Refunding: no refund
* step 3:
handling the final application with university admission or with the Uni Assist agency.
Fee: € 200
Refunding: no refund
Postgraduate study counselling: fees as above.
Step 1, Counselling
Step 2, Screening
Step 3, Handling
GPC – The Support Service for University Admission and German Language Course Admission
What does the GPC Support Service do and not do?
GPC supports people who want to study at a German university, a college, or a German Language school
a) with initial general advice regarding the application conditions… This advice on our website is free of charge
b) with specific advice on individual study possibilities and their conditions, documentation and processes at all German institutions of higher education and partner language schools as well as full support in preparing and processing the concrete application. This specific advice requires individual research and will only be undertaken after a fee of EUR 350 has been paid up front.
c) with screening of all documents to be submitted as to correctness and completeness and the capacity of the target institution to accept the applicant as a student. This additional service carries an additional fee of EUR 150. The service is provided in full trust and confidence that both the applicant´s and the institution´s documentations are correct, complete, and up-to-date. GPC accepts no legal responsibility in cases where these are neither correct nor complete nor up-to-date
d) in case the support mentioned under b) and c) is wanted for a 2nd or 3rd university application, an additional charge of EUR 150 per case will be due for the research.
e) if the applicant wants further support up to the door of the admission office or the UniAssist agency, an additional handling fee of EUR 200 is due.
GPC cannot and does not guarantee acceptance of applications by the institution(s) applied to. This is totally the decision of the institutions taken according to their own criteria and for their own reasons.
Due to our decades-long experience, expertise, a sophisticated, structured process and a close-meshed network of German partner universities we are always able to achieve best possible study program matching!
In order to be qualified for university courses and programmes which you wish to apply for, you must meet certain general and specific entry requirements.
These requirements differ depending on the level of the course or programme you have applied to – bachelor’s, or master’s, or doctorate – and what is generally required by the university to which you are applying.
Specific entry requirements
Once a student has met the general entry requirements for all studies at the bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral level, he/she must also check what specific entry requirements are needed for the course or programme he/she wishes to apply for. For example, engineering courses may require that a student have successfully completed a higher level of mathematics.
GPC will help applicants to understand the system and to find out what the general and particular requirements are for a wished-for course or programme at any German university.
Different entry requirements for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels
We have divided entry requirements into two sections: one for bachelor’s (first cycle) courses and programmes, and one for master’s (second cycle); courses and programmes at the doctoral level have very individualized requirements.
Bachelor’s (first cycle or undergraduate) level requirements
Master’s (second cycle or graduate) level requirements
If you are interested in applying to doctoral (third cycle) studies, you will need to contact directly the university you are interested in applying to
1. German language requirements
In order to be eligible for university studies offered in German, a student must demonstrate that they meet the German requirements for the course or programme.
What is the requirement?
For courses and study programmes at the bachelor’s level, the German language general entry requirement is the equivalent of German at level C-1 in CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
For most master’s level courses and programmes, the requirement is also the equivalent of German at C-1 level, though some may require a higher level of German, i.e. C-2.
For most doctoral programmes, the requirement is also the equivalent of German at C-1 level, though some may require a higher level of German, i.e. C-2.
How can I meet the German language requirement?
- the “Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber” (DSH – German language test for admission to university for international applicants)
- the German as a Foreign Language Test (TestDaF)
You can complete the TestDaF in your home country. It is offered in Germany as well as more than 90 countries around the world. Information on the test locations, dates and costs can be found at www.testdaf.de.
You can sit the DSH only in Germany. The test is offered by a large number of universities. A fee is payable for both tests. The fee depends on the institution and the country in which the test is held.
At many universities you may have further alternatives:
- if you completed your “Abitur” school leaving examination at a German-speaking school
- if you passed the Goethe-Institut’s “Kleines or Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom” (KDS or GDS) (till 2012), the “Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung” (ZOP) (till 2012) or the “Goethe-Zertifikat C-2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom” exam (since 2012)
- if you have acquired the “Kultusministerkonferenz” (KMK) German “Sprachdiplom” (Level II)
- if you have passed the ”telc Deutsch C-1 Hochschule” examination
If an applicant´s German language ability is not as high as required, there is the possibility of learning German first in many language schools in Germany. GPC has selected high class language schools in 13 locations throughout Germany which teach German from beginner´s level A-0 to C-2
2. English language requirements
In order to be eligible for university studies in the English language, a student must demonstrate that they meet the English requirements for the course or programme.
What is the requirement?
For courses and study programmes at the bachelor’s level, the English language general entry requirement is the equivalent of English studies at level C-1
For most master’s level courses and programmes, the requirement is also the equivalent of English at C-1 level, though many may require a higher level of English.
Check the course description
You can find out what the English requirement is for the course or programme you’re applying to by going to the course description page on the university’s website. Please note that some universities have their own requirements regarding what is needed in order to demonstrate English proficiency.
How can I meet the English language requirement?
You can demonstrate your English proficiency, for example, through the following internationally recognized tests:
Meet our Team of Experts:
5 Reasons to Study in Germany
1. Living Costs in Germany:
Among the most favorable countries for students, Germany has the third-lowest living costs for international students:
2. International Students in Germany:
Between 2013 and 2014, 301,350 international students enrolled at German universities. This number includes both public and private institutions and makes Germany, together with France (298,000), the second-most attractive country for international students in the EU, behind the UK (493,570). In 2020, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research expects 350,000 international students to be enrolled at German Universities.*
3. Overall Costs in Germany:
Overall costs in Germany are significantly lower than, for example, in the UK. A three-year-long BA program in the UK costs a student in total approx. $90,000. A four-year-long (including the one-year-long GPC program) BA program in Germany costs in total about $37,000!
4. Immigration Destination Germany:
Due to its high living standards combined with low living costs, the relative safety of living in Germany, a well-developed infrastructure, education sector and social system, and reasonable immigration laws, “Germany has become the second-most popular immigration destination after the USA, ahead of Canada and Australia”.**
5. Living and Working in the EU:
The German Placement Centre make sure that you successfully enrol to a German university. After graduation you are able to work within the European Union.