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What is a Feststellungsprüfung?

“Feststellungsprüfung” or FSP for short, formally known as the “Examination to Assess the Qualification of Foreign Applicants for Admission to Universities in the Federal Republic of Germany”) . The test is administered twice a year by the district government of Hannover, Lower Saxony, in Jan and June. The FSP certificate is recognized by all public German universities and entitles you to apply for a university place in the entire country. The grades obtained in the FSP are an admission criterion for university applications, together with the grades of your school-leaving qualification.

What is a Foundation Course?

Our Foundation Courses prepare you for the external university qualification assessment test (the “Feststellungsprüfung” or FSP for short, formally known as the “Examination to Assess the Qualification of Foreign Applicants for Admission to Universities in the Federal Republic of Germany”) of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The test is administered twice a year by the district government of Cologne, in May and in November. The FSP certificate is recognized by all public German universities and entitles you to apply for a university place in the entire country. The grades obtained in the FSP are an admission criterion for university applications, together with the grades of your school-leaving qualification.


Length of Exam

The written exam in German is four hours. Written exams in the other relevant subjects are three hours.The oral exam comprises the subjects in which a written exam is taken and also includes subjects in which a written exam in the T-course, M-course and G-course has not been chosen, GGP (subject GGP which is History, Geography and Politics) and English in the W-course.

The German part of the university entrance exam in M- and T-Course is equivalent to:

  • Das Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz 2. Stufe (German Language Diploma of the standing conference of the ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Laender of the Federal Republic of Germany, Level 2)
  • Das Zeugnis der Deutschen Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber (DSH) (Certificate of the German Language Exam of University Admittance for students from abroad (DSH))
  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache für ausländische Studienbewerber (TestDaF) mit einem Ergebnis, das in allen vier Teilprüfungen mindestens die TestDaF- Niveaustufe 4 ausweist, (Test of German as a Foreign Language for university applicants from abroad (Test DaF))
  • Proof of German language skills laid down in bilateral agreements, or other acknowledgements initiated by the Standing Conference of the ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) and the standing conference of the universities of the Federal Republic of Germany (HRK) which permits admittance to a degree course at a German university.
  • Das Große und das Kleine Deutsche Sprachdiplom sowie das Zeugnis der Zentralen Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP) des Goethe-Instituts, (the intermediate and the advanced German Language Diploma as well as the certificate of the central sixth form examination (ZOP) of Goethe Institute).
  • Die "Deutsche Sprachprüfung II" des Sprachen- und Dolmetscher-Instituts München. (German Language Exam II of the Language and Interpreters´ Institute in Munich)

Participants (only M- and T-Course) who have passed these exams can be exempted from the German part of the university entrance exam. There's no exemption possible for participants of the exams od Course-Type W or G/S. (The above content is sourced from the Internet.)

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