Admission Requirements for International Bachelor and Staatsexamen Applicants


There are various requirements for admission to Bachelor and Staatsexamen studies. They are described below:


1. University Entrance Qualification Certificate

In order to apply for a Bachelor or Staatsexamen program, you will first need a university entrance qualification certificate. This is sometimes abbreviated as HZB. You typically acquire the HZB by successfully completing secondary school or high school.

Since the level of education in secondary schools varies from country to country, it is possible that your secondary school certificate does not allow you to be admitted for studies at a German university. In this case, you have two possibilities: You can either first study for a few semesters in your home country or attend a preparatory college, that is a Studienkolleg, in Germany.

You can refer to the ANABIN website to see if your secondary school certificate allows you to begin studies and what requirements you may need to fulfill. If you would like more information about the preparatory colleges in Germany, please refer to the site Studienkolleg.


TestAS for International Applicants Without German Equivalence

As of Winter Semester 2019/20, all international applicants who are not legally equivalent to German citizens, such as non-EU students, must complete a standardized aptitude test before applying for an undergraduate – Bachelor’s or Staatsexamen – course of study at RWTH. This applies to all applicants who do not have a German university entrance qualification.

The following terms apply to TestAS:

You must take TestAS in German.

In addition to the core module, you must complete the subject-specific TestAS module for your prospective course of study , for example the engineering test module if you are applying to an engineering course of study. IMPORTANT: If you are applying for the Medicine Model Course of Study or Dentistry, you must provide proof of the core test as well as the Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences Module.

Your test result must correspond to the set minimal grade, meaning you must be in the top 30% of test participants. To work out your ranking, both your percentage scores will be added together and then divided by two and must produce a result of 70 or more. IMPORTANT: If you are applying for the Medicine Model Course of Study or Dentistry, you must be placed among the 20% best test participants  – that is, achieve an average percentile rank of at least 80.

Please note that TestAS is only offered four times a year – make sure you register on time!

Furthermore, please bear in mind that TestAS does not count as proof of your language skills – you will still be required to submit a recognized language certificate in addition to TestAS.

EXCEPTION: You do not have to take TestAS if you have a university entrance qualification from an EU/EEA country and are applying for a restricted-admission course of study.

EXEMPTION: You do not have to take TestAS if you are already enrolled as a student at RWTH at the time of your application. You can apply for an exemption from this requirement by filling out the respective form that will be available for download as part of your online application.


2. Proof of Language Skills

RWTH currently only offers Bachelor and Staatsexamen courses of study in German. You must therefore provide proof of German language skills at C1 level when you enroll. You can find more information at our web page about Language Skills.


3. Complete Application On Time

An extremely important requirement for a successful application is that all your documents are complete and submitted on time. You can upload all your application documents on your online application on RWTHonline. You can find out the required documents for your application, as well as the current application deadlines on our Application pages.