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Preparation Studies

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    Would you like to study as an international student at the University of Bremen, but you haven’t got a C1 language level in German? Then preparation studies is right for you!

What is Preparation Studies?

Preparation studies helps preparing you in the best possible way for your undergraduate studies at Uni Bremen. While learning German at a private language school in Bremen, you are already enrolled as a preparation student for up to 4 semesters. As a preparation student, you can apply for a student visa.

Why you should become a Preparation Student in Bremen

  • Classes at the undergraduate level are predominantly offered in German. An excellent proficiency at German (level C1 or higher) is required to successfully participate in class. Find out more about accepted C1 certificates here. Preparation Studies is designed to help you achieve the C1 level in German. Learn German in Bremen – you will learn the language much faster and better than in your home country! Sign up with a private language school and take an intensive German course for €400-600 per month (prices vary, please inquire directly at the language schools)

  • While learning German, you are enrolled as a Preparation Student. Use your student ID for free public transportation in Bremen (and most parts of Niedersachsen) and to visit the university’s library or the Self Learning Center. You can also apply for on-campus housing in a student dorm. Get a student discount when eating at the cafeteria, when signing up to play a sport or when attending cultural events anywhere in Bremen.

  • Go to classes even though you can not yet earn any credit points (CP). Find out if your chosen major is the right path for you – you can still change it over the course of your Preparation Studies.

  • Get in touch with professors and other students. Start building your network and find new friends via programs like Kompass!


Office for Student Affairs
VWG Building, Ground floor
Office hours: Mon, Tue, Thu 9 a.m. - 12 p.m, Wed 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
+49 (0)421 218-61110
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Contact International Office

Katrin Dorow
Tel.: +49-421-218-60383

Ann-Christin Giesenhagen
Morten von Glan

Office hours:
VWG, Room 0580
Mon. Tue. and Thu.: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

How do I apply for Preparation Studies?

  1. You apply for the bachelors' program of your choice online at Uni-Assist, even though you have not yet cleared the necessary German level (C1 or higher)
  2. If your application is successful, you will receive a confirmation of application ("Bewerberbestätigung"; "BBZ).
  3. Apply for a student visa at the German Embassy
  4. Sign up for an intensive language course at a private language school in Bremen (at least 20h / week, at least 3 months)
  5. Hand in your confirmation of application ("Bewerberbestätigung"; "BBZ) together with a confirmation about your registration at the language school at the Sekretariat für Studierende
  6. Enrol as a preparation student by paying the semester contribution

Please note:

  • After you have successfully completed your C1 language course, you must hand in your C1 language certificate on time in order to apply and enroll into your regular Bachelors’ program. The academic year starts with the winter semester on October 1st (application deadline is July 15th - this is a hard deadline)
  • The University of Bremen does not offer German language intensive courses.
    We cooperate with the following language schools: Goethe-Institut, DAA, CASA, Aristoteles, VHS.
  • A number of different language exams are accepted as proof of C1 German proficiency.
    Find out more about the language exams here.
  • We suggest that you apply for preparation studies at the beginning of a semester in order to make use of the full semester (you need to pay the full semester contribution regardless of when you apply)

Detailled information on the application procedure can be found under: Bewerbung aus dem Ausland - Nicht-EU.

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Important Links

Uni-Assist: Apply for bachelors' programs

Anabin Databank: How will my degree transfer to the German system?