written by Katriel Paige
Transcripts, Translations, and More: Documents For Studying in Germany
So you’ve decided to study in Germany, and have read up on the basic information; you’re in the process of getting your government-sponsored identification (such as a passport) if you do not already have one, and want to find out what else you may need to apply!
As the required documentation can take time to research, acquire, and get approved, this is the next step for you.
The following information is very dependent on where your home country is. Please make sure to research universities on your own as well, as specific instructions vary by university.
However, as a general rule, please have the following documentation ready:
- Proof of graduation from secondary education (such as from high school in the United States of America
- If you have taken any postsecondary certification courses or university classes, provide transcripts or certifications of those as well
- Include information on the grading system used by the educational institution
- All documents must be officially authenticated by the educational institution as well (such as sealed/stamped by the university, with a school seal, notarized, etc).
The tricky part for documentation is this next one: All documents must have a sworn translation form with them. This means finding a German translator and getting the translation officially recognized, either through a notary or a translation service specializing in overseas applications.
Language Skills and Tests
You might also have to prove your language skills are at a particular level, depending on the course you have chosen to study and the university at which you plan to study. Again, please check with the university, but as a general rule:
If you are taking a course of study taught in English, English-language proficiency is required. Please look into the ToEFL, the IELTS, or confirm that your secondary education (and/or any postsecondary studies) was taught in the English language, to help with proof of English-language proficiency.
If you are taking a course of study taught in German, of course a certain level of German language proficiency is to be expected. As such, please look into the following:
If your language skills or qualifications are not enough for entrance into a German university, you may have the choice of enrolling in a Studienkolleg. A Studienkolleg, such as the one used by Freie Universität Berlin and more, helps prepare you for studies in German and has an assessment test. For information on what Studienkolleg is like, please watch this site as well.