university pathway program for Germany

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University Pathway Germany

You'd like to study at a German university? But don't know how to go about it? We are happy to consult you!

The GLS university pathway program will guide you through every step and will outline a PERSONAL ROADMAP to university studies in Germany for you. The GLS German Language School in Berlin is an official testing center for TestDaF and telc C1 German, required for university studies in Germany.

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GLS supports applications for all B.A. and M.A. degree programs in Germany (in various fields such as arts, engineering or science).

There are nearly 200 universities in Germany for which we process applications with the help of uni assist:

In addition to that we work closely with TH Brandenburg (near Berlin) and EAH Jena (brochure in EN, RU, SP, CH). 

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GLS places students from all over the world at a university in Germany.
See some recent placements here:

NameCountry of originStudiesIn 
KrystonBelizeMechanical EngineeringHamburg
PhilipeBrazilMechanical EngineeringJena
GülCyprusFilm DirectingBerlin Babelsberg
LalCyprusDigital MediaBerlin
MichelleEcuadorMedical Engineering 
KhaledEgyptBusiness Administration 
HeidiEgyptBusiness Administration 
DiegoGuatemalaMechanical EngineeringWildau
Chi Hong KongGreek Philology 
NavdeepIndiaMechanical Engineering 
JeetIndiaMechanical Engineering 
NaveenIndiaTourism Management 
AbdelrahmanJordaniaDental Medicin 
Siaw HuiMalaysiaMechanical Engineering 
Jia JiMalaysiaMechanical Engineering 
LuisMexicoAutomation Engineering 
GerardoMexicoMechanical Engineering 
EmilianoMexicoMechanical Engineering 
TheaNorwayMechanical Engineering 
AbdulPakistanMedical Engineering 
AhmedPakistanMechanical Engineering 
LuisPanamaMechanical EngineeringBrandenburg
NikkaPhillippinesBusiness Administration 
MarkSingaporePrecision EngineeringUlm
KuganashSri LankaMechanical Engineering 
Ting-WieTaiwanMedical Engineering 
Yun-ChingTaiwanBiomedical Engineering 
ChenTaiwanBusiness Administration 
Yu LienTaiwanIT 
RamonThailandMechanical EngineeringNuremberg
ZeynepTurkeyIndustrial Engineering 
ArtemUkraineSocial Administration 
VarvaraUkraineEnvironmental Engineering 


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There are 2 pathways to university in Germany

Which of the two applies to you, depends on your academic background.

  1. Direct access to university: Direct access is possible if your academic background is accepted as equivalent to a German high school diploma. In that case you only have to get your German to level C1 and pass either TestDaF or telc C1 Hochschule.
  2. Indirect access to university: If your academic background is not accepted as sufficient, you have to take a foundation year - aka Studienkolleg - before enrollment at university. The required language level is B2. The Studienkolleg is free, but you will need to pass an entrance and a final exam. 


1. Direct Access to University

German language course (either fast or regular track) - TestDaF or telc C1 exam (testing dates) - University


A. Regular track: with 20 lessons of German/week*  
Starting levelDurationPrice
A111.5 months7.500 €
A29.5 months6.300 €
B17.5 months5.200 €
B25.5 months4.300 €
C13 months2.900 €

* Price includes standard German course, telc C1 prep course, telc C1 exam


B. Fast track: with 30 lessons of German/week*  
Starting levelDurationPrice
A19 months9.800 €
A27.5 months8.300 €
B16 months7.000 €
B24.5 months5.500 €
C12.5 months3.500 €

* Price includes intensive German course, telc C1 prep course, telc C1 exam



2. Indirect Access

German language course (either fast or regular track) - exam Goethe B2 or telc B2 (testing dates) -  Studienkolleg (one year) - University


A. Regular track:with 20 lessons of German/week  
Starting levelDurationPrice*
A110 months6.700 €
A28 months5.600 €
B16 months4.700 €
B24 months3.600 €

* Price includes standard German course, telc B2 prep course, telc B2 exam, Studienkolleg prep course


B. Fast track: with 30 lessons of German/week  
Starting levelDurationPrice*
A18 months8.500 €
A26.5 months7.200 €
B15 months5.600 €
B23.5 months4.200 €

* Price includes intensive German course, telc B2 prep course, telc B2 exam, Studienkolleg prep course


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It's simple, very simple:

  1. Contact us
    Fill in this form, letting us know which study program in Germany you want to apply for. Please also attach your high school diploma and - if you already studied in your home country - a transcript of records and university credits.
  2. GLS will check your documents for FREE
    ... and tell you if you are eligible to apply for university studies in Germany and if you are, how much time and money you will have to invest before you can study at a university in Germany. You will receive a personalized roadmap looking like these samples: Sample pathway 1 and Sample pathway 2
  3. If you accept the pathway to university
    ... we will send you a booking confirmation and an invoice. The booking includes support for university applications and a German language course plus the respective language exam on the GLS Campus in Berlin
  4. The pathway program starts
    Having received your payment, GLS will send you a) a conditional acceptance letter issued by a German university and b) an invitation letter for the German language course at GLS. Both documents are necessary if you need a visa.
  5. Once you arrived in Berlin
    ... and you started your German course at GLS, we offer weekly consultations and assistance. We make sure that you learn German and pass the required language exam (Goethe B2, telc B2, TestDaF or telc C1 Hochschule).
  6. Transition to University
    As soon as you obtained the required German language certificate, we will assist you in the final application steps leading up to university or Studienkolleg. The semester starts in April or October (two intakes per year). 

You do not need a visa for university studies in Germany if you are from Australia, Canada, EU, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, USA - just come to Germany on a tourist visa and then get a residence permit once you are @ GLS in Berlin. The residence permit will allow you to study at a university in Germany if you meet the academic requirements.

Who needs a visa: 

If you are from a country that is marked with a YES on this Foreign Office´s List, you will need a student visa and in order to get that, you will need an acceptance letter by a German university plus documentation of sufficient knowledge of German. 

GLS visa support: 

GLS will support you: We will provide a condtional acceptance letter by a German university (provided you are academically eligible) and an invitation for a German course at the GLS language school in Berlin. 

You need both documents to apply for a student applicant visa. With this visa you can stay up to 12 months in Germany to learn German and to prepare yourself for university studies, and having done that you can switch to a student visa without having to leave Germany again. 

University Pathway Germany: Time & Money

See here what to expect in terms of time and money befor you can study at a university in Germany.

GLS outlines your pathway to universitymax. 3 daysfor free
GLS application service for 3 universities3 - 6 weeks*600 € 
German language course in Berlin**2 - 10 months**2.900 € - 9.800 €
University (or Studienkolleg)1 - 4 yearsmore or less free
(no tuition)

* If you need a visa: add 2 or 3 months for the embassy's processing the visa  
** Duration depending on your current level of German. Included: prep course for telc exam plus telc exam fees

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The GLS university application service is available only in combination with a German course of min. 2 months at our school in Berlin. The duration of the course depends on your current level of German (see "Sample Pathways" above).

  • Application service for 3 universities in Germany, either BA or MA (If you select one of the GLS partner universities, we support this application only)
  • Conditional acceptance letter issued by a partner university or VPD* within 3 to 6 weeks. VPD = a document issued by uni-assist that evaluates your academic background and your chances to study in Germany (VPD = Vorprüfungsdokumentation, needed for your visa application).  
  • Visa support incl. preparation for visa interviews
  • Tutor and weekly consultation hour during your German course at GLS

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