Preparatory College (‘Studienkolleg’)

All applicants whose foreign certificates are not sufficient for direct admission to German universities must take an assessment test, the so called Feststellungsprüfung. To prepare for the Feststellungsprüfung, we strongly recommend attending the Preparatory College at the Mainz International Preparatory and Language Center (Internationales Studien und Sprachenkolleg, ISSK)

Admissions Process

You can only be admitted to the Mainz International Preparatory and Language Center by applying online and entering “Studienkolleg” as your subject. To see which specialized course you need to pass in the Feststellungsprüfung in order to be admitted to a degree program, see Subjects or ask the admissions office of the school you are applying to.

You can apply for admission to the Preparatory College using the Online Application. After you print, sign, and deliver the application, it will be processed by the International Admission Office. Admissions decisions are made by the head of the International Preparatory and Language Center. Your admission is dependent on your performance on the entrance examination.

Appointment times for the entrance examination are given out individually alongside the letter of admission. For the winter semester, test dates are in June. For the summer semester, test dates are in December.

Your admission to the Preparatory College is only valid if you pass the entrance examination and if there is a place available. The entrance examination tests your skills related to your chosen subject, in order to gauge whether you will be able to participate successfully in the course. Sample entrance examinations are available here. You will receive access to other online platforms with your admissions letter, so that you can prepare for the subject tests. We recommend applying as early as possible in order to allow time to prepare for the entrance examination. To see when the application is available, click here.

The International Preparatory and Language Center can only accept a limited number of applicants. Even if you pass the entrance examination, your place is not guaranteed.
If you have already attended another preparatory college, you are not eligible to attend the College in Mainz.

To be admitted to the entrance examination, you must proof German language proficiency level B2. You must send one of the following certificates with your application for admission:

  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom (Stufe II) of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (DSD II)
  • telc Deutsch B2 (please note: only this exact certificate will be accepted, other tests involving telc are not sufficient)
  • Goethe-Zertifikat B2 (all types)
  • TestDaF with the result 4 x 3
  • DSH-1 or DSH-2 or DSH-3
  • Österreichische Sprachdiplom (ÖSD) B2
  • passed Feststellungsprüfung in German from another preparatory college at a German higher education institution
  • On-Set German Certificate B2/according to the Common European Framework of References of Languages (Overall result must be part of the "Kernbereich" with a minimum of 106; for the required current minimum see the website of the ISSK)

You cannot be exempted from the subject sections of the entrance examination.

The Preparatory College is working on providing more materials to help students prepare for the individual subject tests in the specialized courses. You can find more information on the ISSK website.

The Preparatory College offers the following subject courses:

Specialized course at Mainz International and Preparatory Center / Designations of other Feststellungsprüfungen Degree programs at JGU Subject tests for the entrance examination Subject tests for the Feststellungsprüfung 
Humanities / S- / G-CourseHumanities, linguistic, and artistic fields; law Linguistics German, history, literature, linguistics
Natural Sciences / M-Coursemedical-biological fields, psychology, geosciences and P.E. BiologyGerman, biology, chemistry, math
Physical Sciences / T-CourseMathematical and scientific fields (excluding biology) MathGerman, math, physics, computer science
Social and Economic Sciences / W-CourseEconomics, social scienceMathGerman, math, economics, social science

Studying at the Preparatory College generally takes a semester. Classes are taught in German.

Preparatory Center courses can be taken either in the summer semester (beginning in February) or the winter semester (beginning in August). The semester may be repeated once.

Classes take about 32 hours a week. Class and vacation times at the Preparatory College are different from those at JGU.