The “Studienkolleg” represents a European
model of "good practice” for the successful preparation for
general studies together with intensive supervision in preparation for
specific study programs. Moreover, the “Studienkolleg” also
includes degree-related and social counseling which accompanies
students along their way to beginning studies at the TU Berlin and
helps them develop their full potential. This is necessary because
failure means a negative experience for the person in question, but it
also represents a waste of institutional resources. As the university
entrance qualifications of international applicants from certain
European, Asian, African, and American countries are only partially
comparable to the German “Abitur”, it is necessary for such
applicants to take the “Assessment Test” before beginning of
regular studies. This is an abbreviated title for the "Prüfung
zur Feststellung der Eignung ausländischer Studienbewerber für die
Aufnahme eines Studiums an Hochschulen in der Bundesrepublik
In order to prepare for the assessment test, the “Studienkolleg” offers international students the opportunity to participate in a preparatory course for studies with a language component and a subject-related component, which is a kind of preliminary study program. Additionally, preparatory instruction in core disciplines is also offered and the assessment test is also carried out here.
As a rule, this preliminary training takes one year (two semesters). In cases with specific justification, each semester may be repeated once – thus, the maximum time period that can be spent at the “Kolleg” is two years.
Students with very good performance in the first semester (“sprinters”) may be admitted to the assessment test after one semester or admitted to individual subjects of examination (modules) after one semester.
The assessment test may be taken internally (after attending the “Studienkolleg”) as well as externally.
Preparatory institutions also exist outside of the Federal Republic of Germany.
In the context of the “GRUNDTVIG Project” financed by the EU there is:
CHAGAL (Curriculum for Higher Education, Access Programs, Guidelines for Underrepresented Adult Learners) where Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands (with their respective preliminary educational facilities) are also represented.