German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Provides information on the German higher education
system and on studying in Germany, on scholarships
and funding opportunities offered by the DAAD, language
tests, summer courses, and, in general, on living
There are also a number of search engines to assist
you in finding the information you need. Besides
providing downloadable application forms in PDF
format in German, English, French and Spanish, along
with the "Application Form for Admission to
Studies", the "Service" section also
contains a list of recommended reading, further
links, answers to FAQs and much more. The "DAAD
worldwide" service provides addresses, web
sites and opening hours of all DAAD offices at home
and abroad (currently 14 branch offices and 46 Information
Centers around the globe).
Languages: German, English and Spanish
Campus Germany helps you find
the answers to all your questions about studying
and doing research in Germany. Besides offering
basic information on these topics, the site provides
a portrait of every university town in Germany,
a dictionary of specialist terms, an interactive
forum, videos in which international students report
on their stay and experiences in Germany and much,
Languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Russian,
Chinese and Arabic
Association of Universities and Other Higher
Education Institutions (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz,
The HRK is a voluntary association of currently
262 state (public) and state-recognized (private)
higher education institutions in Germany. The HRK
deals with all questions relating to the responsibilities
of higher education institutions. Besides the link
to the Higher Education Compass, this web site offers
news and press releases, a diary and HRK resolutions
and publications (older ones from the archive only),
plus a collection of links to external sites offering
information on higher education, science and research
Languages: German and English
This is an exclusive edition of the Higher Education
a site presented in German and English by the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz
(HRK), the Association of Universities and other
Higher Education Institutions in Germany. A search
engine leads you to information on and links to
all state and state-recognized higher education
institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany
and information on the first and postgraduate degree
courses they offer.
This website has links to all preparatory colleges
for foreign applicants, whose school leaving certificates
do not qualify them for direct admission to a German
university. On passing both the DSH language proficiency
exam and the ‘Feststellungsprüfung’
(assessment test, university entrance examination),
which is usually taken after a one-year preparatory
programme at a Studienkolleg, students can proceed
to apply for admission to their university of choice.
The preparatory courses are conducted in German
exclusively, thus language proficiency is a must.
The German language certificate of the Kultusminister,
Stufe 1 ("Deutsches Sprachdiplom") as
well as the Goethe-Institut's "Zentrale Mittelstufenprüfung"
are considered proof of sufficient language fluency.
Applicants with no or little knowledge of German
cannot be considered for admission to a Studienkolleg.
Language: German only
(however, a number of individual Studienkollegs
have English websites)
IDP: International Degree Programmes.
These degree programmes leading to internationally
recognized Bachelor and Master degrees are of particular
interest to students from around the world as well
as to German students wishing to add an international
focus to their studies. In most cases, courses are
conducted mainly or exclusively in English. Each
programme is presented here along with the target
degree, start date, programme duration, core study
areas, information about study abroad segments and
entry requirements, programme address plus a link
to the respective higher education institution.
IPP: International Postgraduate Programmes
‘IPP made in Germany’ is a network of
50 or so postgraduate programmes offered in a wide
range of disciplines at centres of scientific excellence
throughout Germany. Since 2001, the German Academic
Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research
Foundation (DFG) have been jointly selecting these
postgraduate courses under the "Doctorates
at Universities in Germany" support programme.
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
(BMBF) has made a total of EUR 30m available to
participating universities for the period from 2001
to 2006. The essential criteria which projects have
to meet to qualify for support are: The planned
postgraduate degree course must display scientific
excellence, structures and transparency, plus an
This university ranking is jointly
published by the CHE (Center for Higher Education
Development) and the weekly magazine "Stern".
You can find this ranking integrated into the web-based
information services offered by the DAAD. It offers
an overview over the specific strengths and weaknesses
of almost 250 German higher education institutions
regarding the 34 most popular subjects.
Language: English (German version available at:
The website of the Singapore Students’
Association of Germany is a treasure trove
for Singaporeans intending to further their education
in Germany or for those who have since returned
and feel nostalgia for the country where the gender
of ‘girl’ is neuter and the Oktoberfest
actually begins in September … Chock-a-block
full of useful information on everyday life, articles
and photo contributions, plus a forum page.
The Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic
of Germany (AA) website is the first place
to look for answers to all questions regarding entering
Germany: "Willkommen in Deutschland" (Welcome
to Germany). Furthermore, the site offers information
on and contact details for Germany's diplomatic
representations around the world. The "Information
Service" section not only allows you to download
or order publications, but also the most important
forms, such as the visa application form, etc. The
site also offers comprehensive information on German
foreign and European policy.
Languages: German, English and French
The website of the German Embassy Singapore is http://www.sing.diplo.de
The Goethe-Institut (GI) has been
active since 1951 and has developed into the largest
intermediary organization in the field of German
foreign cultural policy. It is responsible for spreading
Germany's language and culture around the world.
Around 3000 employees work at 144 cultural institutions
in 80 countries.
The site provides details on all print, audio-visual
and electronic materials made available by the GI.
A further service provides information on the Federal
Republic of Germany for interested persons from
around the world, covering topics such as art, society,
media, education and science. You can also find
information on German language courses and examinations
as well as teacher training courses both in Germany
and around the world.
Languages: German, English, French and Spanish
The website of the Goethe-Institut Singapore is
TestDaF is the central, standardized
Test of German as a Foreign Language (Test für
Deutsch als Fremdsprache) modeled on the American
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The
TestDaF-Institute is affiliated with the Distance
University of Hagen and the Ruhr University Bochum.
TestDaF provides foreigners with an opportunity
to take the German language test generally required
for admission to higher education in Germany while
still in their home country. The TestDaF website
provides details on the next examination dates,
a sample set of examination questions and addresses
of all test centers around the world at which TestDaF
can be taken.
Languages: German (for basic information in other
languages please follow the link "Infos für
Prüfungsteilnehmer -> Infos in anderen Sprachen")
The Deutsches Studentenwerk - DSW -
is the voluntary national association of all Studentenwerk
organisations in Germany. These student affairs
organisations are responsible for the economic and
social guidance, counselling and care of all students.
They run the halls of residence and refectories,
administrate the national educational grants programme
and offer students a wide range of guidance-counselling
services. They also arrange to look after the children
of student parents. Many Studentenwerke additionally
organize cultural events and other activities. This
website explains the DSW's work itself; it has links
to the homepages of all student services organizations
on the web, addresses of the student services organizations,
some publications which can be ordered or downloaded.
The "Info for Students" section provides
tips on questions such as scholarships and grants,
educational assistance, accommodation and meals,
psychological and social counseling, legal advice,
insurance matters, while the "International"
section provides information on the Service Package
available specifically for international students.
Languages: German and some English pages
On this site you can find out if your school-leaving
certificate or your qualification for admission
to higher education is sufficient for direct admission
to higher education institutions in Germany or if
you will be required to attend a preparatory college
(‘Studienkolleg’) for one year and then
pass the Assessment Test (Feststellungsprüfung).