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Application for the winter semester 2021/22

Application: Apr 1 - Jul 1, 2021

Selection Procedure:
Jun 23 - Jul 8, 2021
Aug 24 - 27, 2021
Sep 14 - 15, 2021

Online Course Start: Oct 7, 2021

Questions on the application process

Stephan Herma

Stephan Herma
Hochschulreferat Internationale Angelegenheiten

- Campus Deutz, Betzdorfer Straße 2, 50679 Köln
- Campus Südstadt, Claudiusstr. 1, 50678 Köln
- Campus Gummersbach, Steinmüllerallee 1, 51643 Gummersbach

+49 221-8275-4322
Phone hours:
- Tuesday: 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
- Thursday: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon

Questions on the course

Pauline Speer

Pauline Speer


  • Campus Deutz
    Betzdorfer Straße 2
    50679 Köln
  • Room ZN 3-7

+49 221-8275-2915
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Advice for applicants with refugee background

Elin Petersson

Elin Petersson

Hochschulreferat Internationale Angelegenheiten

  • Campus Deutz
    Betzdorfer Straße 2
    50679 Köln
  • Room ZN 2-4

+49 221-8275-2149
Please check our opening hours at

Studierende im Deutschkurs (Image: Thilo Schmülgen/TH Köln)

German Course B1/B2

Preparatory Intensive Course German as a Foreign Language


The intensive course has been designed for international applicants with or without refugee background whose secondary school leaving certificate is recognized as a Higher Education Entrance Qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung – HZB) in Germany.

Course Description

In the intensive course German B1/B2, participants will develop university-specific language skills which will enable them to efficiently prepare for a degree program at a German university. Classroom teaching will be supplemented by self-study components including digitally assisted language learning.

Participants will complete three language levels within one semester. After successful completion of the intensive course, participants may be admitted to the German Course C1 with DSH exam.

Course levels

German course B1.1 - B2.1 prerequisite: minimum level A2.2
German course B1.2 (consolidation) - B2.2 prerequisite: level B1.1 or B1.2

The course levels will be determined on the basis of the results of the selection procedure.

Due to its university-specific orientation, the German course B1/B2 is also interesting for applications who have already completed level B1 in an integration course.


  • daily classes, 24 hours of instruction per week
  • self-study periods in the afternoon and during weekends (if necessary)
  • additional e-learning units (ILIAS, Speexx)
  • additional workshops in the afternoon


Course places for international applicants with or without refugee status are funded by the Ministry for Culture and Science of NRW (Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW) and supported by the DAAD through the funding program NRWege ins Studium

Therefore, you do not have to pay any participation fees for the course.

The following costs are to be paid by the participants themselves:

  • handling fees for the processing and evaluation of your application via uni-assist (approx. €75)
  • semester fee at TH Köln (approx. €275). You will receive a payment notification for the semester fee once you have enrolled at TH Köln.
    (Please note: Refugees may be exempted from paying the semester fee for their first semester at TH Köln according to their residence status. Persons with a settlement permit in accordance with § 26 para. 3 AufenthG are not eligible for this exemption. Please contact Mrs. Petersson for further information.)
  • maintenance and living costs 

Admission Requirements

You are interested in participating in the German course B1/B2? Make sure you meet the following admission requirements:

1. Higher Education Entrance Qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung – HZB) recognized in Germany

Before you apply, you can find out for yourself whether your school leaving certificate from your home country - the university entrance qualification (HZB) - is recognized in Germany. Please click here for further information.

2. German language level A2

You do not have to include a German language certificate in your uni-assist application. Your level of German will be assessed during the selection procedure.

3. Willingness to to actively engage in all class activities

(including classroom teaching, workshops, additional e-learning units with ILIAS and Speexx and self-study periods)

Application Process

Please read the following information on the application process before submitting your application.

Click on the plus sign (+) to see more information about each step.

+ Step 1: Submission of application documents to uni-assist

The application must be submitted to uni-assist.

Applications for the winter semester can be submitted from the beginning of April to the beginning of July and for the summer semester from the beginning of October to the beginning of January (subject to change).

Please click here for detailed information on the uni-assist application process and an overview of the required application documents.

If you have a refugee background, please mention this in your uni-assist application. You can find a list of residence titles confirming the refugee background here.

+ Step 2: Review of your application by uni-assist

uni-assist will check your application documents.

About four to six weeks after your application, uni-assist will inform you via e-mail whether your application documents are complete. If documents are missing, you can submit them until the end of the application period.

If your application meets the requirements of the language course, uni-assist will forward it electronically to TH Köln.

Please note: Transmission of your application documents by uni-assist does not guarantee admission. The decision as to whether you will be admitted to the German course B1/B2 is made by TH Köln.

+ Step 3: Participation in the selection procedure

After successful application via uni-assist you will receive an invitation to the selection procedure via email.

The selection procedure consists of a placement test and a personal interview.

An online selection procedure will be offered for applicants who are not yet in Germany.

+ Step 4: Admission procedure at TH Köln

If your application meets the requirements of the language course, it will be forwarded electronically to TH Köln and it will automatically take part in the admission procedure.

The admission procedure will be carried out after the end of the application deadline.

The number of places in the German course B1/B2 is limited. In the winter semester 2021/22 we will presumably provide a maximum of 25 places.

TH Köln follows the guidelines of the Ministry for Culture and Science of NRW (Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW) in the context of the NRWege ins Studium program.

Since 2020, the program has also been open to prospective students without refugee background (up to 40% of the funded course places).

Course places are allocated based upon the following criteria:

  • date of successful transmission of the application documents from uni-assist to TH Köln
  • successful participation in the selection process
  • quota for the two target groups described above

It is therefore possible that, despite a successful application and a successful selection procedure, we may not be able to offer you a place.

+ Step 5: Enrollment at TH Köln

In order to accept the course place, please send your enrollment documents by post to the address indicated in your letter of admission. Please pay attention to the enrollment deadline mentioned in your letter of admission.

Participants with a refugee background should contact Ms. Petersson before enrolling.

There is no entitlement to admission to the German course B1/B2. Please note that all dates are subject to change.

Funded by: Logo des MKW

Ministry of Culture and Science NRW

Supported by: Logo DAAD

German Academic Exchange Service