How to apply for a Bachelor's or Diplom degree programme
- Application via uni assist
- Originality of application documents
- Recognition of higher education entrance qualification
- Foundation course (Studienkolleg)
- Language proficiency
- Academic Evaluation Centres (Akademische Prüfstellen, APS) in India, China and Vietnam
International applicants have to apply for a Bachelor's degree or Diplom degree programme at the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF) via uni-assist.
The German Diplom is a university degree at Master's level. Those who complete this degree receive a corresponding academic title, for example "Diplom-Ingenieur" (Dipl.-Ing.).
Apply at the TUBAF by using the uni assist portal: https://www.uni-assist.de/en/how-to-apply/apply-online/
(Registration and personal uni assist account is required; the account has to be used for all applications, including such for multiple semesters and for different universities.)
The association uni assist describes itself as "the working service point for international student applications" and cooperates with 180 German universities.
Uni-assist assesses international and checks additional criteria set by the TUBAF.
Fees must be paid irrespective of the result of the checking procedure.
In one application semester these handling fees apply:
- Costs for the first desired course of study: 75.00 EUR
- For each additional desired course of study: 30.00 EUR
Applicants from abroad who have already enrolled at a university in Germany and studied there do not have to apply via uni assist. Instead, these applicants must use the online portal of the TUBAF (free of charge).
- Certified copy of university entrance qualification certificate (school leaving certificate)
- If necessary: certified translation of the university entrance qualification certificate (see Certified translation)
- German language certificate according to the required proficiency level
- If applicable: certified copy of degree certificate (e. g. Bachelor's certificate including Transcript of Records) as well as certified translation, if necessary (see Certified translation)
- A current photograph of the applicant (required for student card)
All educational certificates and documents are to be certified as officially authenticated copies. Foreign language certificates must be submitted in certified German or English translation.
The definition of a certified copy/translation varies from country to country. In general, however, it is an official copy/translation, as it is done by a professional translator who has been approved by the relevant association or body in the country concerned.
An application for a place at TUBAF is only possible within a certain application period. Different application periods apply to different applicant groups. You can find the application period that applies to you on the website "Application and enrolment".
The TUBAF reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational qualifications. Therefore you have to bring the original documents or certified copies of your university entrance qualification, degree certificate/s as well as language certificate/s to Freiberg.
Those who wish to study at a German university require a "Hochschulzugangsberechtigung" or "higher education entrance qualification". It is a school-leaving certificate confirming that you are qualified to study at a university. In Germany, after students graduate from secondary school, they receive a general university entrance qualification called "Abitur".
How can you determine whether your higher education entrance qualification will be recognized in Germany? – The database at www.anabin.de provides detailed information with an extensive list of countries and school-leaving certificates (available in German only).
If your school leaving certificate is not sufficient for university admission in Germany, you will have to take a qualification assessment examination in Germany, the so called Feststellungsprüfung. You can prepare for this examination in a foundation course at a preparatory college (Studienkolleg).
A foundation course is an educational programme to prepare a student in several crucial subjects for the degree programme. It includes also German language education.
However, there is no Studienkolleg in Freiberg. Applicants with conditional admission to a degree programme at the TUBAF can attend the Studienkolleg Sachsen, which belongs to the University of Leipzig.
Procedure: First apply via uni assist for the desired degree programme via uni assist. If successful, you will receive conditional admission and an invitation to the Studienkolleg Sachsen in Leipzig. Only with conditional admission and an invitation will you receive access to the Studienkolleg.
Costs: Participation in the placement test and the focus courses is free of charge. Source: https://www.stksachs.uni-leipzig.de/schwerpunktkurse.html
All Bachelor's and Diplom degree programmes at the TUBAF are taught in German. In order to be admitted to these degree courses, you must have sufficient knowledge of German. The following rules apply:
- To be admitted, the certificate "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang – DSH-2" or an equivalent language certificate (see below) is required. Students with the grade DSH-1 in the DSH exam cannot begin to study.
- At the time of application, applicants must already provide proof of German language skills at level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
- Students have the option to attend intensive German courses at the International University Center at levels B2 and C1. At the end of the C1 German Intensive Course you can take the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang – DSH" exam and obtain the DSH-2 certificate.
You are not required to take the DSH examination if one of the following cases applies to you:
- you completed your Abitur in Germany
- you have passed the German language section of the Qualification Assessment Examination (Feststellungsprüfung at the Studienkolleg)
- you have the certificate German Language Diploma (Level II) from the German Standing Conference of Ministres of Education and Culture
- you have the certificate "Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom" (GDS)
- you have the certificate "German as a Foreign Language Test" (Test DaF) with the result intermediate level (TDN 4) in all four sections
- you have the certificate "telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule"
Individual modules (lectures) in German-language degree programmes are taught in English. Since some of the specialist literature is only available in English, it is very important that, in addition to the German language skills required for these degree programmes, English language skills are also available at least at B2 level.
Applicants from India
Since 1 November 2022, prospective students with Indian school or university credits who wish to pursue a preparatory course, Bachelor's or Master's degree in Germany must submit an APS certificate when applying for their visa.
Prospective students who receive a scholarship financed by European funds and doctoral students whose doctoral supervisor does not require an APS certificate for enrolment are exempt from verification.
The APS application is made online: https://aps-india.de
Contact to the APS office in New Delhi:
Gate No. 3, DLTA Complex, R.K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue, 110029 New Delhi, India
Applicants from China have to submit the official document issued by the Academic Evaluation Centre (Akademische Prüfstelle, APS) in Beijing as proof of the authenticity of their application documents.
An application cannot be processed without the APS certificate.
Akademische Prüfstelle des Kulturreferates der Deutschen Botschaft Peking
Landmark Tower 2 / Büro 0311
8 Dongsanhuanbeilu Chaoyang Bezirk
Telephone: +86 10 65 90 71 38
Applicants from Vietnam have to submit the official document issued by the Academic Evaluation Centre (Akademische Prüfstelle, APS) in Hanoi as proof of the authenticity of their application documents.
An application cannot be processed without the APS certificate.
German Embassy Hanoi, APS
29 Tran Phu, Q. Ba Dinh
Telephone: +84 24 3267 3335
E-mail: ku-aps1hano [dot] auswaertiges-amt [dot] de (ku-aps1hano.auswaertiges-amt.de)
Telephone enquiries Monday – Thursday from 2:00 p.m. only.