FAQ for International Applicants
No. The state of Brandenburg does not charge tuition fees. Brandenburg University only charges a semester contribution, which is approx. 285 EUR. The semester ticket (public transit pass) is included in this contribution. However, there may be additional fees for certain master’s degree courses and correspondence (distance) courses.
if you not come from the EU or certain other countries, you need a visa for study purposes or study preparation purposes to study in Germany. More information here:
Information about the “Finanzierungsnachweis” (documented proof of financial resources) needed for the visa process can be found here:
You should first visit the resident’s registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt) and the foreigners' registration office (Ausländerbehörde).
After you arrive in Germany, you should register at the resident’s registration office in your city within 14 days. For the registration, you will need your passport as well as the tenancy (rental) agreement for your new housing or your room at the student’s hall of residence.
As soon as you arrive in Germany, we advise you to apply as early as possible for a residence permit at the foreigners' registration office (Ausländerbehörde), as it may take up to 8 weeks for the permit to be issued.
The application for a residence permit must be presented in person at the foreigners' registration office. You will need the following documents for the application:
- Two recent biometric passport-sized photos
- Registration confirmation from the resident's registration office
- Your tenancy (rental) agreement or proof that you own an apartment
- An acceptance letter from the university or a certificate of enrolment
- Insurance certificate
- Proof of financial resources
Every student in Germany must have health insurance. This means that for a student to be registered or enrolled at a German university, he/she must present proof of valid health insurance.
Students can take out insurance at the statutory health insurance fund of their choice. The statutory health insurance providers have special student policies which cost about 80 EUR per month for health and private long-term care insurance.
The student health insurance is only valid until the end of your 14th semester or until you reach the age of 30. After that, the insurance cost increases.
A database of sponsoring organisations can be found on the DAAD website: www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/de/12359-stipendien-finden/
For a list of German foundations, please visit the University of Potsdam website: www.uni-potsdam.de/de/studium/data-storage/zielgruppenbereich/international/finanzierung/stiftungen.html
With your student residence permit, you are allowed to work 120 full-time days or 240 half-time days within a calendar year.
Anyone who wants to study in Germany needs a “university entrance qualification”. German students also need an “Abitur” (highest school leaving certificate). As an international student, you must find out if your school leaving certificate/university entrance qualification is equivalent to the “Abitur” in Germany.
You can check if your school leaving certificate is equivalent to the “Abitur” on the Anabin database: http://anabin.kmk.org/
If you have already studied for at least 2 years in your country or you have a degree, then you can apply for the same study programme or a similar one. Check the Anabin database to determine if you can be directly admitted to study at a university in Germany. If you already have a degree, you can apply for all bachelor’s degree programmes.
That will be decided by the examination board of the relevant department. Please submit an application via this link.
To be able to study at Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, you need to prove you have sufficient knowledge of the German language by passing a recognised language exam. For more information, click here: Application
Official authentication is the confirmation (stamp/seal and signature) of the authenticity of a photocopy of a certificate by an authorized body.
Germany: The following public bodies may provide official authentication: Municipal administrations, county administrations and lower administration authorities, e.g. local mayors and officials, city administrations (city hall), district authorities, courts and notaries.
Other countries: The following bodies are authorized to provide official authentication: the diplomatic missions of the Federal Republic of Germany and authorities and notaries authorized to provide official authentication in the respective country.
Please do not submit any originals!
The state of Brandenburg does not currently have a "Studienkolleg". In its place, the universities in Brandenburg offer a preparatory programme called Study Preparation Brandenburg (SVB) which prepares you for the study at a university in the state of Brandenburg.
You can find further information on “Studienkolleg” preparatory courses in other states of Germany via the link below: www.studienkollegs.de/
Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences has a hall of residence on campus. The cost of a room at the student hall ranges between 230 euros for a single room dormitory with shared facilities and 290 euros for a single-occupancy apartment. For more information, please click the link below: www.studentenwerk-potsdam.de/wohnen.html
Please fill in the online application for the student hall of residence early. If you do not receive an offer, the International Office can send you an up-to-date list of offers from housing corporations and private landlords.
The cost of living in Brandenburg is about 500 - 700 EUR per month.
If you are a registered student at Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, the semester ticket is included in your student documents. This means you are automatically entitled to a semester ticket which is valid in the federal states of Brandenburg and Berlin.
Only those applying for admission to the programmes "Betriebswirtschaftslehre Master", "Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement und Entrepreneurship" as well as "Security Management" need to present proof of their English language skills at B2 level. For "Betriebswirtschaftslehre Bachelor" and "Wirtschaftsinformatik Master" you need to present proof of the B1 level.