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Students with a secondary school-leaving certificate or an entrance examination from an institution of higher education in the student’s native country which is not equivalent to the German school-leaving certificate must take the Prüfung zur Feststellung der Hochschulreife (Assessment Examination for Institutions of Higher Education).

At the Braun Foundation Pathway Colleges, students have the opportunity to prepare for their studies in a one year preparatory course.

If your German level is not B2, you are able to take German classes at our GPC campus in Freiburg. Find all information about the German as a Foreign Language courses here.

All participants who successfully pass the TestDaF or DSH and the Feststellungsprüfung, receive a study permission for German universities. Those participants are entitled to apply and enroll to any German university which fit the participant’s qualification and skills. German Pathway Colleges support their students!

Furthermore, GPC is cooperating with several universities, which are very much looking forward to applications of GPC students. Those partner universities are, for example:

Students at the Braun Foundation Pathway Colleges have the possibility to apply directly for a course and must not submit an application for studies at a German University.

The Pathway Colleges offer

  • S/G courses

    for all fields in the humanities, arts, German language and literature and history

  • W courses

    for all fields in economics and the social sciences

  • T courses

    for studies in the natural sciences and engineering

  • M courses

    for studies in medicine and biology/chemistry

German Language is the main subject in all courses at the Pathway Colleges.

In contrast to the university, the Pathway Colleges are structured more or less like a school.

Students must be present at class sessions. As a rule, the weekly workload is 32 hours.

Only students with advanced skills in German (German language level B2) may be admitted to the Braun Foundation Pathway Colleges.

Prospective students must demonstrate their skills in German in an assessment examination (placement test).

With admission to a preparatory course students have to be registered for the “Feststellungsprüfung”.

This means that applicants may only take a “Feststellungsprüfung” for fields of study which correspond to those courses in which the applicants took place during their preparatory time at the Pathway College.

Further information “fees and finance”

Placement Test for German as a Foreign Language at Level B2:

By completing the German test, we can determine whether your German language skills are good enough to successfully participate in a group course that starts at level B2. Please complete the test

  • alone and
  • in silence.
  • Do not use a dictionary or any other aids,
  • and make sure you do not exceed the specified time.

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Good luck!