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Germany is one of the most popular university destination countries in Europe. The country’s unbeatable combination of world-class universities and a tuition-free public university system make it the first choice for many international students. As a result, Germany has surpassed its goal of hosting 350,000 international students by 2020 – three years earlier than expected.
The QS Best Student Cities Rankings 2019 provides more evidence of the country’s growing popularity among international students: for the first time, Munich and Berlin ranked in the top five best cities for studying abroad.
German higher education institutions are divided between universities, applied science universities, and colleges of art music or film, resulting in an impressive choice of programmes.
The Central Office for Foreign Education [Die Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen (ZAB)] of the Standing Conference of German Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) has issued the following recommendations for students applying with International AS & A Levels:
You can find full details on the anabin database (only available in German) of the Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen, ZAB).
The documents below outline the general requirements as well as give details of subject-specific requirements depending on the chosen field of study such as humanities, natural sciences, technical and mathematical courses and medicine. They also cover the guidance issued by the ZAB on the recognition of Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, Global Perspectives & Research, and the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma.
Cambridge International AS & A Level and Cambridge Pre-U recognition in Germany (English) (PDF, 135KB)
Cambridge International AS & A Level and Cambridge Pre-U recognition in Germany (German) (PDF, 121KB)
The A Level subject choices you make can have a significant impact on the course options available to you at German universities. You need to think carefully about the combination of subjects you choose, as the content of some A Levels is considered too similar to be accepted as two independent subjects. For example, A Level Economics and A Level Business Studies are viewed as ‘overlapping’ subjects and so are best not offered in combination.
The Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) has recommended that an A Level in Business Studies be considered for university admission; however, some institutions may regard it as a vocational subject. Accounting, Design & Technology and Thinking Skills have not been recommended for university admission so will, in all probability, not be accepted as one of the three required A Levels. In addition, an AS Level in (English) General Paper will not be accepted to meet the compulsory AS Level minimum in a language requirement.
You should check the suitability of your chosen A Level subjects directly with universities. The university decides which subjects are acceptable for admission on to any given course.