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International Applicants

International applicants must have their qualifications officially recognised. For degree programmes in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Constance University is the appropriate authority. Application forms for the recognition of qualifications and further information can be found on the Internet site of Constance University - Center for International students.

Non EU/EEA applicants for B.Sc. International Business at Reutlingen University must simply upload their university entrance qualifications to their online application. Reutlingen University will then send these documents to Studienkolleg Constance for recognition.

EU/EEA applicants for B.Sc. International Business at Reutlingen University must submit their university entrance qualifications to Constance University for recognition from Studienkolleg Constance. The recognition must then be submitted to Reutlingen University before the deadline.

Please note: The State of Baden-Württemberg introduced tuition fees for international students. The corresponding law stipulates that international students are required to pay 1,500 euros per semester. More information.

Questions & Answers

What important points do I need to consider when having my qualifications validated?

Before you apply to have your qualifications validated in Constance, please read carefully the information provided on the website of the Center for International Students (Studienkolleg).

The deadlines for applying to have your qualifications validated are May 1 for the winter semester and November 1 for the summer semester.

After these deadlines the Center for International Students will still process your application, but only with regard to your applying to start your studies a semester later.


How can I get certificates obtained in another country recognised?

If you are a German citizen and have obtained your Abitur in another country, and your place of residence is abroad or in Baden-Wuerttemberg, your certificates can be recognised by the Regional Commission in Stuttgart.

Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart
Abteilung 7 Schule und Bildung
- Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle -
Postfach 10 36 42
70031 Stuttgart
Tel. +49 (0)711/904-40700

More information here.

If your place of residence is in another German federal state, your certificates can be recognised by the certificate recognition authority of the respective federal state.

Applicants with other educational qualifications obtained in another country can use the databank anabin (recognition and assessment of educational qualifications obtained abroad) to gain a first impression of whether their qualifications are approximately equivalent to qualifications awarded in the German educational system.

What language skills do I need?

To be admitted to a degree programme in Reutlingen, you must have adequate German language skills.

Valid proof of language competence includes:

  • "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" - DSH 2 or better
  • "Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache" - TestDaF with a score of 14 or better
  • „Prüfungsteil Deutsch" as part of the entrance examination at a Studienkolleg
  • German Language Diploma from the Kultusministerkonferenz - Second Level (according to the Kultusministerkonferenz resolution as of 06.12.1996 as amended)/ DSD II
  • telc German C1 University
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS). The GDS replaced the upper level examinations of the Goethe-Institut Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP), the Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS) and the Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS) on 1st January 2012.
  • Certificate of eligibility for university enrolment from a German school abroad with mainly German-language instruction.
  • "Deutsche Sprachprüfung II" from the Sprachen- und Dolmetscher-Instituts Munich

Applicants who meet one of the following critieria do not need to provide proof of German language proficiency:

  • Proof of completed Bachelor’s degree in German studies
  • Attendance at a school up to and including 9th grade, where all subjects were taught in German.
  • Pre-university studies or vocational training including significant periods of study in German
  • Apprenticeship completed in German

If proof of at least five years of residence in a German-speaking country is provided, or in other special cases, the applicant can request an equivalence test at Reutlingen International Office to verify their German language proficiency.

For the Bachelor’s degree programme International Business, knowledge of German is not necessary as this degree programme is taught in English.

The Institute for Foreign Languages (IfF) offers intensive German courses before beginning of winter and summer semesters. These courses are designed for international students who have been admitted to Reutlingen University. Click here for more information.

Do I need a certificate from the Academic Examinations Centre?

Applicants from China, Vietnam and India must include an original certificate from the Academic Examinations Centre (Akademische Prüfstelle APS) with their application.

Further information can be found under:

What else do I need to enter Germany?

International students need a student visa before they can enter a degree programme in Germany (this does not apply to applicants from EU or EEA states). This must be applied for from the relevant consulate before travelling to Germany.

Residence Permits
International students who are not citizens of a member state of the European Union (EU), the European  Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland need a residence permit for their studies in Germany. The responsible authority is the department for foreign nationals (Ausländerbehörde) in your town of residence in Germany.

Health Insurance
Anyone wishing to study in Germany must have health insurance for the entire duration of their studies. In Germany, there are two ways to purchase health insurance. This can be via a statutory or private health insurance company .
Every student must contact a statutory insurance company before registering at the university in order to get their health insurance status sent to the university electronically. For students aged 30 and over, a certificate of health insurance is not necessary.

Recognition of Foreign Health Insurance from an EU Country
There are health and social care agreements between Germany and certain countries (EU and EEA states). If you have state health insurance in your home country, you can get this insurance cover recognised by a state health insurance company in Germany. For students from EU states, this is generally by means of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Your application

Do you have a non-German University Entrance Qualification? Do you wish to study at Reutlingen University as a full-time student and take your whole degree with us?

Then click here to read the information from our central Registry  about application and studying in Reutlingen.

If you would like to improve your knowledge of the German language, click here to explore the courses we offer in German as a Foreign Language.

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