Why Pathway & Who is it for?
Why Pathway (Studienkolleg)?
On the Pathway Colleges of the Braun Foundation
Prospective study applicants of different nationalities and cultures are prepared for study at German universities and higher education facilities, both in terms of language and of study subject.
Skilled workers of different nationalities and cultures are prepared for entry into the German job market.
And of course, outstanding instruction in
The German language
Furthermore, great value is placed on
The development of intercultural competence
Integration into society
The preparation of academic work at German universities / higher education facilities or specialised work at German companies
There is also comprehensive support from the homeland up to enrolling at the desired university or commencing work with an employer.
After successful completion of the Pathway College (Studienkolleg), students are eligible to apply for a place at a German university or College in a degree programme related to their academic specialty field.
Affordable tuition facilitates the preparation of successful study / work in Germany.
Pathway Colleges (Studienkollegs) – who is it for?
The offers and services of the Colleges are primarily directed at foreign students, whom we have divided into three basic groups:
Those foreign students whose school leaving certificate does not automatically guarantee access to German universities and has no German equivalent represents our largest target group.
Nationals of third world countries, therefore not EU citizens, require the most intensive preparation for study in Germany, have the greatest difficulties adapting to German culture, and have to jump over the highest bureaucratic and socio-political hurdles.
Those in this group have to provide evidence of their knowledge of the German language to a minimum of level C1 in order to be allowed to study at a German university. This applies to tuition in the German language, i.e. ca. 85% of the total. The state institution “Test of German as a Foreign Language” (TestDAF) and the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (German Language Test for University Access) (DSH) are the biggest and most important exams and are available through a worldwide network. The Pathway Colleges (Studienkollegs) intensively prepare students for these exams.
Aside from these basic prerequisites, the participant must successfully complete an external assessment test in order to be granted the right to attend a German university. This assessment test is based on the material taught in the mandatory modules. The Pathway Colleges (Studienkollegs) ensure this success through intensive teaching and exam preparation.
Preparatory college participants from Asia, Africa and the Middle East make up the largest part of the student body.In 2010, 50,000 new students arrived from Asia and 17,000 first-semester students came from Africa. In 2014, over 60,000 Asian students and around 22,000 African students registered for the first time at a German college. This rising trend is expected at least to continue, or even increase in strength. Since the year 2000, the number of mobile students has increased from 2.1 million to almost 5 million. Within this trend, Germany lies behind the United Kingdom and just behind France as home to the greatest number of foreign students as a whole and also from third-world countries.
The Middle East, the Arab peninsula and the Caucasus regions likewise have a large potential and show the greatest growth rate after Asia.
Institutions, universities, governments, economic operators and particularly recruitment agencies are very eager and engaged in establishing bilateral cooperation so that students from these regions can receive a place at a European university.
Both the global and intra-European development, as well as the history of the last 30 years, has filled us with confidence in the future of the Pathway Colleges. Furthermore, the 50% student dropout rate in Germany strengthens our conviction that on the one hand, the Pathway Colleges of the Braun Foundation are necessary, and on the other hand, they offer the best chances of these goals being achieved.
Those international students who already have basic knowledge of the German language and a recognised school leaving certificate that entitles them to study in Germany need to spend 1 semester on a study course to prepare them for study at a German university.
The focus here is on building intercultural and linguistic competence (B2/C1). In addition, the students are prepared for academic work at German universities and they are given an opportunity to understand the running of the university.
Inter-European student mobility has grown enormously too, having doubled since 2005. In Western European countries, there were approximately 750,000 mobile students in 2014. In Central and Eastern Europe, there were approximately 500,000.
Those international students who can show evidence of having already begun their studies in their homeland, and which is recognised in Germany, and who do not wish to change their field of study, are prepared for the DSH exam.
This group does not have to go through the same curriculum of the Pathway Colleges (Studienkollegs), but rather are prepared for the DSH exam through one semester’s study of 20 to 30 hours per week. The course is completed with intercultural training and the preparation for academy study at a German university.
Foreign Skilled Workers and their post-qualifications
A slight adaptation of the curriculum and an adaptation of the teaching plan at the Pathway Colleges of the Braun Foundation allows foreign skilled workers to be better prepared for work at German companies and for life in Germany. With the goals adapted to the job market, German language lessons, intercultural training, integration courses and preparation for general working life in Germany as well as other supporting services are all brought to bear. When the following conditions are fulfilled, these preparation courses may also be offered to foreign skilled workers:
Resources are present at each site:
spaces, teaching staff, college staff
Cooperation with German businesses that have a real need of a skilled workforce.
Costs are partially or completely covered through external subsidies of various kinds, e.g. through fundraising, regional, national, federal or EU funded grants, sponsoring by companies.