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About the course

Prep4University is a one-year foundation course for students who have studied a non-German curriculum and would like to pursue a university degree in Germany.
Every year, thousands of international students choose to pursue university studies in Germany. However, the entrance level and admission requirements are high. Depending on your previous education, you might not be entitled to enroll at a German university directly.
Prep4University is the ideal stepping stone into business studies for international students who need further language and academic preparation for entry onto a German university undergraduate study course.
We offer this foundation course in both, English and German. If you would like to pursue an English-medium undergraduate study programme upon finishing Prep4University, you can enroll in the English track. Are you already capable of good German skills and do you aim at studying a German-medium degree programme? Then the German track is the right preparation for your studies in Germany.

Prep4University is designed for students who do not yet fulfill the requirements for direct entry onto German undergraduate study programmes. Also, if you would like to brush up your skills before progressing to a full degree study course, Prep4University offers you an intense and focused preparation for the succeeding Bachelor studies.

Is Prep4University for me?

You have earned your high school certificate in a non-EU country, following a non-German curriculum? You haven’t yet studied on university level? Then it is very likely that you do not yet meet the requirements for direct university entrance in Germany.
If you are unsure whether Prep4University is the right course for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to check your diploma or transcripts and give you detailed feedback about your study options at CBS.

Prep4University is the entry point to German university studies, acting as a bridge between your current qualifications and university entry requirements. Besides gaining academic knowledge and general study skills, you will enhance your language proficiency and acquaint yourself with German culture and university life before your undergraduate degree course begins.

Contents of the course:

  • Core Mathematics for Business Studies
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Fundamentals of Economics
  • German as a Foreign Language

Throughout the foundation course, you will benefit from our Prep4University Mentoring Programme. We offer guidance and a supportive learning environment to enable you to progress in your studies and achieve your academic goals. You will thus gain the academic knowledge and study skills you need for a smooth transition from the foundation course to the succeeding undergraduate degree-level studies.

How to apply
If you would like to apply to Prep4University, please fill in the online application form.
In case you cannot or do not want to apply online, you may send your application documents via post to CBS or via email.

Academic entry requirements:
Secondary school certificate that qualifies you for direct university entrance in your home country.

Language entry requirements:
For the English foundation course:
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will have to demonstrate an approved level of English proficiency. The minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 5.5
  • TOEFL: 72 (iBT)

In case your school uses English as the language of instruction, a statement from the school can be accepted as a demonstration of your English proficiency.

For the German foundation course:
Applicants who do not have German as their first language will have to demonstrate an approved level of German proficiency on B1 level (preferably B2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Prep4University has one intake per academic year, starting in the fall semester. You may apply to Prep4University throughout the year.
Please note that all applicants who require a student visa should process their application before 15 May. All others should process their application before 6 August.
Please visit the homepage of the Federal Foreign Office to find out what visa regulations apply for you.

Required documents:
You will be asked to upload the following documents for your Prep4University application:

  • Your secondary school certificate or university entrance qualification (e.g. High-School diploma, A-Level, Gaokao, IB, Bachillerato, etc.), including transcripts of records
  • Copy of your passport
  • Letter of motivation
  • Proof of language skills

Please note: In case that your documents are in another language than English or German, we kindly ask you to add a certified translation of the original documents.

Visa application process
Once you have decided to apply for Prep4University and to study in Germany, you should start to take all necessary steps as soon as possible. Find out whether you need a visa to study in Germany. The visa application process can be tedious, so it is always good to inform yourself about all required documents and to process your application in a timely manner. If you need more detailed information about the visa application process, please visit the homepage of the German embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
Do you need help with the general bureaucratic steps you have to take? We’ll be happy to help you!

Visa application process for students from China, Vietnam and Mongolia
Applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia must pass the APS procedure to apply for a student visa in Germany.

The Prep4University foundation course acts as an entry point to your Bachelor studies at CBS. After the successful completion of the foundation course, you may directly progress onto your desired Bachelor programme at CBS.
We believe that strong performance should be rewarded. Therefore, the top three graduates of our foundation course receive a scholarship for their first study year in the Bachelor degree course at CBS.
If you wish to pursue your undergraduate degree studies at another university than CBS, please contact the respective university to find out about their admission criteria. In case you need any further information on transfer opportunities to other universities after our foundation course, we will be happy to consult you!

Registration fee 500 €
Tuition fees per semester 5,250 €

What’s included in the tuition fees?
The tuition fees include all courses in the Prep4University programme, the required course literature, a ticket for public transport and membership in the Cologne Student Union.

Tuition fee deposit for non-EU students
If your residence is outside the EU, you will be required to pay a deposit of 2,250 € towards your tuition fee in order to secure your place in the Prep4University course at CBS.
Once your study place has been confirmed, you will be required to pay your deposit: You will receive an email with the admission confirmation and the request to pay your deposit. After having paid, you will receive the formal letter of admission and your study contract. You will need the admission letter for your student visa application.

Payment options
You can choose between 3 payment options: make a prompt payment, pay 2 semester rates or pay monthly rates of 875 €.

Tuition fee discount
Students who make a prompt payment of their full tuition fees before or at enrolment will receive a 2 percent discount.


Head of Prep4University

Eva Reichenbach

Tel.: +49 (0) 221 93 18 09-31

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