Your application to the TU Ilmenau with a foreign certificate - requirements, deadlines and processes

APPLICATION PERIODS


APPLICATION PROCESS

How does the application process work?

Important notes

If the original documents are not in German or English, a certified translation is required.

The application process can take several months (Bachelor approx. 1 month, Master approx. 3 months) - apply early!

The issuing of a visa can take about 3 months (e.g. in China) - please take this into account when applying!

The TU Ilmenau charges a one-time processing fee of 25 € for each application from abroad - you will receive a request for transfer of this fee in the applicant portal. Further processing will only take place once the fee has been credited to our account.

The enrollment is only legally valid upon receipt of the semester fee!


LANGUAGE SKILLS

If you would like to study a German-language degree programme, you will need one of the following language certificates:

  • DSH level 2
  • TestDaF: 3 x 4 points, 1 x 3 points (social science subjects)
  • TestDaF: 2 x 4 points, 2 x 3 points (engineering subjects)
  • DSD 2
  • telc German C1 University
  • Goethe Certificate C1

If you would like to study an English-language degree programme, you will need one of the following language certificates according to the degree programme:


BACHELOR OR DIPLOMA PROGRAMM

Proof of one of the following qualifications enables applicants with foreign certificates to gain access to the Bachelor's programme

  • Certificate of higher education entrance qualification (Abitur, Matura, (Higher) secondary school certificate)
  • Proof of the university entrance examination in the home country (if applicable)

The school leaving certificates from some countries are not equivalent to the German Abitur. Should this be the case, you will be sent to the Thuringian preparatory college in Nordhausen referred to. There you will prepare for your studies in Ilmenau within one year.

For all applicants who are not invited to attend the Studienkolleg, TU Ilmenau offers the Academic Preparation Course, the main component of which is a German course. At the time of application you must already have reached level B1 and continue the German course, because the aptitude test for the pre-degree course requires level B2. The language courses German as a foreign language, which are offered as part of the pre-degree course to prepare for university studies, require level B2. Applicants who have not yet reached this level cannot be accepted at the TU Ilmenau.

Further application documents - What else is required?

Other documents to be uploaded during the application process:

  • Proof of previous academic achievements at other universities (if applicable)
  • Proof of language skills German

MASTER'S PROGRAMM

Please note that the bachelor's degree with which you start a master's degree course at Ilmenau University of Technology must belong to the same subject area as the master's degree course you want to take.

Required documents

     

Documents you need to upload during the application process are

  • University entrance certificate (secondary level 2 certificate, Abitur, Matura (Higher) Secondary School Certificate...)
  • Listing of all academic achievements at other universities to date
  • Bachelor certificate
  • Certificate of German language skills (at least B2)
  • if you would like to study a Master's degree in English with us: TOEFL or IELTS test result

Please scan these documents in the original and a certified translation (German or English).

Examination of your secondary education diploma

The TU Ilmenau first compares whether your secondary school leaving certificate (Baccalauréat, Matura, Higher Secondary School Certificate, etc.) also qualifies you to study at university in Germany without any other courses (except language courses). Then the scope and content of your Bachelor's degree will be reviewed.

This can result in three possibilities:

Direct admission

If you already have a language certificate (language level Ca: DSH-2 or TOEFL iBT 79 points or EILTS 6.5, depending on the language of instruction of the course) and can also prove that you have already passed the aptitude test at the TU Ilmenau, you will be admitted to the Master's course.

Conditional direct authorisation

If you have the necessary language skills and the scope and content of your bachelor's degree qualifies you for the desired master's programme, you will be admitted to the master's programme.

If one of the two above-mentioned proofs is missing, you will be admitted to the Master's program with an invitation to prepare for the academic preparation course (Academic Preparation Course), provided that all other formal admission criteria are fulfilled. Here you can acquire the necessary linguistic and professional knowledge.

 

Reference to a Bachelor's degree

If our bachelor's degree is not similar enough to yours, you should better apply for the corresponding bachelor's degree and apply for the recognition of your academic achievements for the curriculum of the TU Ilmenau. Then you are sure that you can meet both the academic requirements of the university and the administrative requirements of the Immigration Act.


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