Application and Entry Requirements
Higher Education Entrance Qualification:
Applicants must possess a qualification entitling them to study at the university level in Germany, a so-called higher education entrance qualification (“Hochschulzugangsberechtigung”, HZB). This is usually, e.g., the German Abitur, or a secondary school-leaving certificate, such as A-Levels. In addition an interest in biology and willingness to perform practical work, a good knowledge of physics, chemistry, mathematics and an adequate command of English are also desirable. If these criteria cannot be fulfilled at the start of the programme, the requisite knowledge must be acquired while participating in the degree programme.
Furthermore, all applicants with non-German qualifications must pass a German examination of DSH-2 standard (or equivalent) in order to be admitted to the programme. Applicants who have completed their education at a non-German school or university can determine whether their foreign degree certificates indeed meet the university entrance qualification in Germany in the database provided by the German Academic Exchange Service: DAAD Admission Database.
Since scientific literature is mainly published in English, an adequate command of English is highly recommended. However, in order to apply to the BSc Biological Sciences Programme, no certificates proving one’s proficiency in English are required.
All applicants with foreign credentials have to provide a certificate on their proficiency at German at DSH-2 level. (This corresponds with the C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.) For more information on the required German language certificates please consult the International Office at the Goethe Univerisity.
Internships/Practical Work Experience:
Pre-university internships or practical work experience are not required when applying for the study programmes at the Faculty of Biological Sciences.
Admission to all study programmes at the Faculty of Biological Sciences is restricted.
International applicants (applicants with non-German academic credentials) have to apply at uni-assist (University Application Service for International Students). For any further information or counselling on the application procedure please see the websites of the International Office at the Goethe University.
Applicants with a German higher education entrance qualification can apply at the Goethe University directly. For more information on deadlines, application forms, addresses and the legal terms of the admission process, please see the websites of the Study-Service-Centre (in German).