Your ticket to undergraduate education in Germany: Prep4University – Studienkolleg

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What is a “Studienkolleg”?

A Studienkolleg is a preparatory course in Germany that prepares students for the Feststellungsprüfung. Participation in a Studienkolleg is a full-time course of study and lasts 2 semesters. At the end of the 2 semesters, the Feststellungsprüfung (FSP) takes place. Those who successfully complete the Studienkolleg achieve the direct university entrance qualification for German universities.

Check out the complete guide to Studienkolleg & prep courses in Germany 

What is Prep4University?

Prep4University, with locations in Cologne and Berlin/Potsdam in Germany, is the brand name for the preparatory courses offered by the CBS International Business School (CBS) and other private universities. The CBS is a private, state-recognised business school with locations in Cologne, Mainz, Potsdam, Aachen, Brühl, Neuss and Solingen. Young people from 75 nations study at CBS. Prep4University specialises in the assessment tests in the W-course, which are the prerequisite for applying for business and social science degree programmes. You take the Feststellungsprüfung (FSP) directly at the CBS campus. Prep4University has been commissioned by the Cologne District Government to carry out the assessment test. The BZRis the responsible school authority.

Who is Prep4University for?

The Prep4University programme is for students who do not have the direct university entrance qualification for German universities. Some foreign secondary school qualifications, especially those from the EU, are generally recognised in Germany as a higher education entrance qualification. Other qualifications are not recognised in some cases. The grades, the subjects taken, or additional examinations can also play a role. You can find a list on the official information portal Anabin.

What courses are available at Prep4University?

Prep4University offers a university preparatory course with the W-course or T-course in small learning groups. You can choose if you want to study at campus Cologne or campus Berlin/Potsdam. The exam takes place at campus Cologne.

What prerequisites do I need for the Studienkolleg (Prep4University)?

To be eligible for a W course or T-course, you must have at least a B2 level of German or English and should have a secondary school diploma in your home country. You can find the full list of requirements here.

Tip: Send your documents to Prep4University and we will tell you within a week which options you have to start studying in Germany.

Prep4University (Studienkolleg) at a Glance

English Track

2 semesters, English-taught

German Track

2 semesters, German-taught


»I enjoyed and experienced the German culture & lifestyle during my foundation course. I acquired the necessary skills & tools, which I can now use for my bachelor’s studies. «

Kevin Suaza Martinez – Prep4University Graduate

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Not sure whether your qualification is recognized in Germany? Do you have any questions? We look forward to your inquiry and will gladly help you. Simply use the following form to send us your request and documents, and a member of our team will get in touch with you shortly.