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Preparatory Courses

The preparatory college at Freie Universität would like to prepare you for your studies in terms of language and subject matter. Since the winter semester 2015/16, we have been offering preparatory courses in natural sciences, life sciences, humanities and economics with integrated German lessons at level B2 / C1. The preparatory courses can be attended by people with indirect higher education university entrance qualification (HZB). Not sure if you have an indirect university entrance qualification or not? Get non-binding information from the anabin database or from uni-assist. Your HZB will be examined by uni-assist when you apply for the Welcome-courses.

Target Group

The courses are aimed at applicants with an indirect higher education university entrance qualification (HZB) whose German language skills correspond to at least level B1.

Goals of the preparatory courses

Applicants will be prepared to meet the requirements for the German language examination for the university admission (Assesment Exam). Furthermore, the courses serve to make it easier for participants to start studying in Germany by preparing them professionally and linguistically for the future course of study.

Please note: We strongly advise refugees who have a B2 language level or higher and an indirect HZB to also apply for the regular Studienkolleg. You can find futher information about the regular Studienkolleg here and here. Please note that while the application for the Welcome courses via uni-assist is free of charge, the application for the regular Studienkolleg via uni-assist requires a fee.


25 hours per week:

  • 15 hours per week: German as a foreign language
  • 10 hours per week: subject-specific classes in the field the applicant wishes to study


  • 2 semesters: The courses are expected to begin in Septemeber 2021 and end in June 2022.

Class Times and Location

  • Class times: Monday through Friday, daily 9.30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Class location: Lankwitz Campus, Freie Universität Berlin (Malteserstr. 74-100 in 12249 Berlin, Building L)


  • The application for the Welcome courses 2021/2022 starts on 30.04.2021 and ends on 15.06.2021 via uni-assist e.V.
  • If there are more applications than available places, German tests are carried out. The ranking of the test then decides on the admission.
  • If you repeat the preparatory course, please send an email to studienkolleg@fu-berlin.de. You then do not have to apply again.