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Leibniz Universität Hannover

What do I need to start studying?

  • General information

    The German higher education system is different from systems of other countries. It is important to understand this system in order to plan your studies in your favour. We offer you a list of websites which provide essential information about studying in Germany.

  • Certificate of qualification for higher education

    Foreign students who want to apply for acceptance at a German university need, like the German applicants, a Certificate of Qualification for higher education (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung). If the Certificate of Qualification for higher education from your home country is comparable to the German Abitur you will have direct access to german universities. If you are only allowed to study certain subjects in your country due to your school degree, then this is the same case in Germany.

    You can figure out how your degree is classified in Germany on this website: www.anabin.kmk.org

    If your Certificate of Qualification for higher education is not comparable to a German Abitur, then you must pass an assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) to be able to apply for the desired subjects. You will be prepared for this test through a one-year course at the Studienkolleg.

  • German language knowledge

    Most courses at Leibniz University Hannover are held in German. The language of communication at the institutes, in the canteen and the laboratories is also usually German; and when you go shopping, visit the doctor or take part in leisure activities, you will also have to – or want to – speak in German. At least you need to prove a certain level of German langugae knowledge if you want to study. For application you need to prove German knowledge on level B1. The final enrollment is possible after passing a DSH-Test or a TestDaF examination on level C1.

    German courses for refugees are offered by the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Special Languages.

    We offer German intensive language courses primarily for those who want to study at Leibniz University Hannover. Our aim is to prepare you for the officially recognised DSH-exam (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) and thus give you the best headstart for a successful career at university. These courses are free of charge.

    Conditions of participation

    • Certificate of Qualification for higher education
    • Interview and consultation
    • Language test

    Courses planned for 2018

    • Course 9: 04.04.2018 - 11.10.2018, B1 certificate and participation in a B2 course required, application deadline 02.03.2018
    • Course 10: 16.04.2018 - 04.01.2018, B1 certificate required, application deadline 16.03.2018

    Contact us for more information.

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    Other Courses

    Centre for Applied Linguistics and Special Languages




    German classes for refugees with higher qualification in Hannover:
    Arbeit und Leben
    Kargah e.V.

  • Entrance exam on the Preparatory Foundation Course

    The Preparatory Foundation Course is a central facility at Leibniz University Hannover. Here, refugees with no direct access to higher education can prepare to study in Lower Saxony and take an entrance test. Once you have passed the final exam on the Preparatory Foundation Course, you will be given a document that will enable you to embark on a core study stage at any German higher education institution.

    More information:
    Preparatory Foundation Course
    (Niedersächsisches Studienkolleg)


General contact at Leibniz University:

Ludolf von Dassel
International Office
Leibniz University Hannover
Tel. +49 511 762 - 3964

Leibniz University Hannover as a member university of the German Rector's Conference (HRK), takes part in the nationwide initiative "Universities against xenophobia". More information at www.hrk.de/home/universities-against-xenophobia

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