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Non-EU citizens without Formal University
Entrance Qualification

Studienstart International plus

The following application procedure is applicable to Non-EU-citizens.

Exception: The procedure is also applicable for Non-EU/EEA-citizens, who are on equal admission terms as German or EU/EEA-citizens: You are holding a German university entrance qualification (Abitur) or a EU/EEA university entrance qualification (only valid for locally restricted subjects, not for medicine or dentistry). OR: You are living in Germany and you are married to a German or EU/EEA-citizen (also applies for legal civil unions).


If your secondary school leaving certificate is not recognized in Germany as a general or subject-specific entrance qualification, we offer you an alternative procedure to gain admission. You may apply for the University of Cologne Entrance Exam (in German: the so called Zugangsprüfung).

Whether your secondary school leaving certificate is recognized in Germany and conforms to the German university entrance qualification can be checked here:
www.anabin.kmk.org > Schulabschlüsse mit Hochschulzugang > Land wählen