Application and admission information (process) for non-German prospective students (full-time degree)

This site holds information for non-German prospective students without any German higher education entrance qualification or successfully completed preparatory courses seeking a full-time degree program.

Non-German prospective students with a German higher education entrance qualification as well as German prospective students with a foreign higher education entrance qualification will find further information under Studying in Rostock: entrance requirements.

Non-German prospective students seeking a visiting studies program without any degree will find further information here.

Step one: University admission

University admission begins with validating the higher education entrance qualification, that is to assess if abroad acquired graduations and university degrees entitle the prospective student to commence a study at the University of Rostock. You can find out for yourself beforehand on the anabin website, an information portal covering foreign educational achievements.

Step two: Proving German/English language skills

Depending on the targeted program of study prospective students must prove they have sufficient German or English language skills on a certain level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Below you find a list for all study programs of the University of Rostock complete with the required language level.


State examination and Magister
Dentistry (State examination) C1-Niveau
Human Medicine (State examination) C1-Niveau
Theology (Magister) C1-Niveau
Single-subject bachelor*
* Please note that single subject bachelor degree programs cannot be combined with other degree programs.  
Agricultural Sciences Level B2
Biomedical Engineering Level C1
Biology Level B2
Business & Information Systems Engineering Level B2
Business Education Level C1
Business Sciences Level B2
Chemistry Level B2
Computer Science Level B2
Electrical Engineering Level B2
Environmental Engineering Level B2?
Good Governance-Business, society and law Level C1
Industrial Engineering & Management Level C1
Information Technology/Technical Computer Science Level B2
Mechanical Engineering Level C1
Mechatronics Level C1
Mathematics Level C1
Medical Biotechnology Level C1
Physics Level C1
Social Sciences Level C1
Vocational Pedagogy Level B2
Dual-subject bachelor
Ancient Greek Level C1
Ancient history Level C1
Classical Archaeology Level C1
Communication and Media Studies Level C1
English and American studies Level C1
Education Level C1
French language, literature and culture Level C1
German studies Level C1
History Level C1
Latin Level C1
Philosophy Level C1
Political sciences Level C1
Prehistory & Early History Level C1
Religion in context Level C1
Sociology Level C1
Spanish language, literature and culture Level C1
Postgraduate master
Ancient studies Level C1
Aquaculture German level B2 + English level B2
Bristish and American Transcultural Studies German level C1+ English level C1
Biomedical Engineering Level C1
Business Education Level C1
Business Informatics German level C1 + English level B2
Chemistry German level C1 +
English level B2
Computational Science and Engineering (in English) English: Toefl 71% or IELTS 6.5
Computer Science German level B2 or English level B2
Crop production and Environment German level B2 + English level B2
Demography Level C1
Economics Level C1
Education Level C1
Electrical Engineering (in English) English level B2
Electrical Engineering Level B2
Environmental Engineering Sciences German level B2 + English level B2
Functional Plant Sciences German level B2 + English level B2
German language and literature Level C1
Good Governance Level C1
Industrial Engineering & Management Level C1
Information Technology/Technical Informatics Level B2
Integrative Zoology German level B2 + English level B2
Livestock Sciences German level B2 + English level B2
Marine Biology German level C1 + English level B2
Mathematical Economics Level C1
Mathematics Level C1
Mechanical Engineering Level C1
Mechatronics Level C1
Medical Biotechnology Level C1
Microbiology and Biotechnology German level B2 + English level B2
Physics Level B2
Physics of Life, Light and Matter (in English) English level B2
Political sciences with focus on Area Studies Level C1
Prehistoric Archaeology Level C1
Service Management Level C1
Ship and marine engineering Level C1
Sociology Level C1
Social Philosophy Level C1
Visual Computing Level B2
Vocational Pedagogy Level C1
Dual-subject master
Ancient Greek Level C1
Ancient History Level C1
British and American Transcultural Studies Level C1
Classical Archaeology Level C1
Communication and Media Science Level C1
Comparative Romance studies – Spanish Level C1
Comparative Romance studies – French Level C1
Educational Science Level C1
German language and literature Level C1
History Level C1
Latin Level C1
Prehistory & Early History Level C1
Social Philosophy Level C1
State examination
Biology LA Reg, Gym, SP Level C1
Chemistry LA Reg, Gym Level C1
Computer Science LA Reg, Gym Level C1
English LA Reg, Gym, SP Level C1
French LA Reg, Gym Level C1
German LA Reg, Gym, SP Level C1
Greek LA Reg, Gym Level C1
History LA Reg, Gym, SP Level C1
Italian LA Gym Level C1
Latin LA Reg, Gym Level C1
Mathematics LA Reg, Gym, SP Level C1
Music LA Reg, Gym, SP - HMT Level C1
Philosophy LA Reg, Gym Level C1
Physics (with astronomy) LA Reg, Gym Level C1
Protestant Religion LA Reg, Gym, SP Level C1
Social studies LA Reg, Gym Level C1
Spanish LA Reg, Gym Level C1
Sport LA Reg, Gym Level C1
Teaching Profession at primary schools LA G, SP Level C1
Teaching profession for special needs education LA SP Level C1
Work-Business-Technology LA Reg, Gym Level C1
Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH)

This examination can be taken on selected universities (it is not offered on the University of Rostock) and preparatory courses, but is not equal with the so-called ›Feststellungsprüfung‹ (entrance examination) of preparatory courses. These institutions as well as some private providers offer specific preliminary classes for this examination. After passing the examination you will get a certificate which will attest your German language skill according to your performance from DSH-1 to DSH-3, whereas DSH-3 is the best possible result. The DSH levels cannot be clearly attributed to the CEFR reference levels, but the University of Rostock will accept the DSH levels as follows:

DSH-1 = CEFR level B2

DSH-2 = CEFR level C1

DSH-3 = CEFR level C2

Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF)

This is a standardized test for foreign learners of German and can be taken at licensed test centers around the world. The examination is centrally developed and rated by the TestDaF Institute based in Hagen, Germany. Please note that this is just an examination and no class. Examination candidates should have taken not less than 700 to 1,000 class hours before. You’ll find further information on www.testdaf.de.

The language center of the University of Rostock is a licensed TestDaF test center and therefore qualified to conduct these examinations.

Six weeks after examination the candidates will receive a certificate of their language skills with separate assessments of the subtests reading and listening comprehension as well as written and oral production. Each of these subtests is rated with a TestDaF level (TDN) from TDN 3 to TDN 5, whereas TDN 5 is the best possible result.

The University of Rostock will accept the TDN levels as follows:

  • If you have reached TDN 3 in all four subtests the certificate is valid as admission for all courses of study with a required CEFR level of B2.
  • If you have reached at least TDN 4 in all four subtests the certificate is valid as admission for all courses of study with a required CEFR level of C1.
  • Exception: TestDaF has to be proven in all four parts of the examination with at least TDN 4 for the degree programs Human Medicine and Dentistry.
Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (Sprachdiplom, DSD)

This language certificate is more than just an examination, it’s a language learning program embedded in school education. To learn the German language in school means to register for the subject German as foreign language the same way as you do to subjects such as biology or math.

You’ll find further information on the website of the Kultusministerkonferenz (Deutsches Sprachdiplom).

Examination for DSD can be taken on one of two levels – DSD I or DSD II

DSD I

The examination for DSD I will test your language skills in reading and listening comprehension as well as written and oral communication for CEFR levels A2 and B1. The examination is therefore located on the threshold between elementary and self-reliant use of language.

Does a student reach CEFR level B1 in all four subsidiary skills they will get the Language Certificate first class (Deutsches Sprachdiplom, Erste Stufe; DSD I), which is their linguistic confirmation to get access to preparatory courses in Germany. A student with linguistic skills below level B1 in one or several subsidiary skills will get the Language Certificate for level A2 which holds no admission qualification though.

DSD II

The examination for DSD II will test your language skills in reading and listening comprehension as well as written and oral communication for CEFR levels B2 and C1. The examination is therefore located on the threshold between self-reliant and qualified use of language.

Does a student reach CEFR level B2 in all four subsidiary skills they will get the Language Certificate second class (Deutsches Sprachdiplom, Zweite Stufe; DSD II), which is the linguistic part of their higher education entrance qualification for university studies in Germany, no matter which CEFR level is required for a specific course of study.

Goethe Zertifikat

The examinations of the Goethe-Institut are known world-wide, and the certificates are accepted as proof of qualification by employers and education institutes in many different countries.

The German examination of the Goethe-Institut corresponds with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) from level A1 for beginners to level C2 for linguistic experts.

All examinations can be taken by extern candidates, if they have the appropriate linguistic skill. Attending a preparatory course is recommended though. The Goethe-Institut offers attendance and correspondence courses and a combination of these two.

B1 – Threshold or intermediate

Someone can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. They can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken, and can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Furthermore they can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 – Vantage or upper intermediate

Someone can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization. They can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. In addition they can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1 – Effective operational proficiency or advanced

Someone can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning and can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. They can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes and can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 – Mastery or proficiency

Someone can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read and is capable of summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. They can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

Preparatory courses

Reaching step one and two by entrance examination

Non-German prospective students without an educational background that equals the German higher education entrance qualification have the chance to take preparatory courses, which impart the requirements for a successful study.

Participants of Preparatory courses will take German classes as well as subject-specific classes depending on their intended field of study. Preparatory courses conclude with a part linguistic, part subject-specific entrance examination. With a successful examination no further proof of language skills is necessary.

The University of Rostock does not offer Preparatory courses, but you can enroll in:

Preparatory course at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität Greifswald

Preparatory course at the Hochschule Wismar

General information about Preparatory courses can be found on www.studienkollegs.de.

Courses in Rostock

"Study in Germany" associate academics living in Rostock which are supporting international prospect students. Especially German classes are offered. ► www.study-in-germany-info.de


Step three: Application

Below you’ll find the application process depending on your intended field of study.

After all issues regarding higher education entrance qualification and German language skills are solved it’s time to make an application. Depending on your intended field of study there are different ways of application.


Step four: Registration

If your application was successful you’ll get a letter of acceptance, allowing you to enroll for your chosen course of study. The deadlines for registration and which documents you have to submit with your enrollment are listed in your letter of acceptance or can be found on the reverse of your enrollment itself.

Enrollment application (German):
Immatrikulationsantrag deutsch (PDF, 253 kb)

Enrollment application for English courses of study:
Immatrikulationsantrag englisch (PDF, 264 kb)

Please don’t staple the documents and hand them in, in minimal size of A5.

Confirmation of arrival can only be given if a prepared and post-paid postal card is attached with your application.

The handed in documents will after process be destroyed. In your own interest please do not enclose your original documents, only certified copies in original.

Please send all documents to:

Dezernat Akademische Angelegenheiten
Student office
18051 Rostock
Germany

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