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Information for prospective international students

Prospective international students with international high school qualifications, who wish to apply for a degree in medicine or dentistry, and who are

  • not from a Member State of the European Union (EU)
  • or the European Economic Area (EEA)

must submit their applications via the service point for international student applications (Uni-Assist e.V.). There is a service charge for processing applications. For more information visit

In admission restricted studies there are only a limited number of slots available. The number of available slots is set. In most cases, there are more applicants for these admission restricted studies than the number of slots available. The allocation of slots is primarily based on the level of qualification. Five percent of the slots are made available to foreign applicants. Hardship clauses or waiting-time arrangements do not apply to the slots available to foreign applicants.

The anabin database collates information used in the recognition and evaluation of international qualifications. You can use this information to gauge whether your university entrance qualifications will be accepted in Germany.

Applicants will need to have a sufficient level of proficiency in German by the close of applications, i.e. by 15th January, if applying for summer semester entry, and by 15th July if applying for winter semester entry. The following are accepted as proof of German language proficiency:

  • DSH German language examination for university entrance at DSH levels 2 or 3 (equivalent to CEFR levels C2 or C1)
  • Welcome@FU Welcome Program for Refugees – German language course level C1 (highest level)
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – the KMK's German language certificate level 2 (level C1)
  • Goethe Institute certificate C2
  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF) – Test of German as a foreign language, minimum TDN 4
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule (German for University) certificate, level C1

Charité does not accept certificates/reports older than 3 years.

Enrolling on a ‘Studienkolleg’ preparatory (access) course

All applicants whose university entrance qualification does not qualify them for direct entry into a German university must successfully complete an access examination. To prepare for this examination, it is highly recommended that potential applicants attend a ‘Studienkolleg’ access course. Applications for this course are also submitted via Uni-Assist e.V.

Applicants will need to provide proof of B2 level proficiency in German by the application deadline of 15th July (for winter semester entry). The following are accepted as proof of language proficiency:

  • DSH-1
  • "Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF)" – Test of German as a foreign language, at a minimum level of TDN 3 in each examination taken
  • A transcript/certificate confirming German at B2 level
  • Certificate confirming attendance of C1 course (whether completed or still ongoing)

All courses/classes are held at Freie Universität. Students who successfully complete the final access examination will receive a subject-specific university entrance qualification – e.g. for studies in medicine and dentistry. Due to the high volume of applications received, successful completion of the access course does not guarantee admission to a university degree course.

Charité does not accept certificates/reports older than 3 years.