According to German education system, International students with a high school certificate (12 years of schooling) do not qualify for a direct entry to study for a Bachelor degree in Germany.

STEP – Study Eligibility Program

According to German education system, International students with a high school certificate (12 years of schooling) do not qualify for a direct entry to study for a Bachelor degree in Germany. One needs to complete thirteen years of education to be eligible to apply for the bachelor degree. International students need to undergo this 13th year of schooling via a Pre-bachelor program, which is equivalent to the German school system (Abitur).

Students can apply for Technical (T) courses to study a technical program (Engineering) or Wirtschaft (W) course to study an Economy/Management-oriented course and for a Medical (M) related course.

So our STEP program prepares the student for the pre-bachelor program either in T or W or M course and enables them to join Bachelors in Germany in their respective fields. At the end of the STEP course, students should appear for the final exam and successfully pass the Feststellungsprüfung (FSP) to join Bachelors at any German university afterwards.

This certificate is recognized by all German Private & Public Universities including TU9 & Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule or Hochschule).

Our STEP coursework takes each student through this process where they start their A1 till B1 online/presence and then parallel to German language (B2/C1 level) students proceed with respective subjects of T, W or M course at our campus in Germany.

By applying to STEP Students also receive:

  • Admission letter for STEP (for the coursework part in German campus)
  • Pre-conditional offer letter from a public or a private university

With these two letters students are eligible to apply for the visa, provided the other relevant documents are submitted, and the living cost is also covered.



14 Months Program
  1. 5 Months A1 to B1 Language (Online/Presence)
  2. 9 Months Intensive language (B2/C1) and subject related courses at German Campus.

The Curriculum corresponds to your elected major and language pathway

  • T-Course for Technical Studies
    • Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, German & English
  • M-Course for Business Studies
    • Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, German & English
  • W-Course for Business Studies
    • Mathematics, Economics, Business studies, German & English

Possible Bachelor programs after…

  • T Course: natural science degree programs except biology related and other mathematical, scientific or technical/engineering degree programs
  • M Course: dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology and other medical, biological or pharmaceutical degree programs
  • W course: business administration, economics (BWL and VWL), and other economics and social science degree programs

Apart from the subject related coursework, STEP curriculum also contains: 

  • Industrial/Company Visits
  • Exhibition and Seminars
  • Personality Development Classes
  • Industry Oriented Partner Programs (e.g. SAP)
  • Cultural Programs
  • Social & Cultural Integration

The STEP curriculum has been planned in such a way to help the candidates to integrate better socially, culturally and professionally.

14 Months Program

  1.  5 Months A1 to B1 Language (Online/Presence).
  2.  9 Months Intensive language (B2/C1) and subject related courses at German Campus.


  1. Completed 12 years of schooling 
  2. Min. 18 years of age (if still <18 then need to provide the Guardianship letter from parents/guardian).

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online Apply-now form
  2. Fill in the Application Form and send across the required documents, wait for our International Office to verify/proof-read your documents (1 to 2 Weeks)
  3. When accepted students receive Admission Acceptance Form (AAF). It has to be signed and sent back to IAS via email as a scanned copy
  4. Start your German language Online with IAS College
  5. Transfer the fees
  6. Receive Admission letter for STEP and Conditional offer for Bachelor studies
  7. Open Blocked Bank account in Germany to cover the living cost
  8. Apply for Visa at the relevant German Consulate/Embassy
  9. Once visa issued, transfer the remaining fees
  10. Inform IAS student office about the  flight details (Note: Flight &   accommodation request must be informed to IAS at least two weeks before arrival).

Document Checklist

STEP application form
2. Declaration form
3. Accommodation request form
4. Copy of your final school certificate and if applicable, a university entrance exam certificate of your home country.
5. Officially certified translation of your original certificates (if the originals are not in German or English)
6. Language proficiency test results (Can also be produced before admission but a must for Visa Processing) (IELTS 6.0 or above, PTE, TOEFL, GRE, Cambridge tests are also accepted)
7. Resume in tabular form
8. One passport size photo in good resolution
9. Passport copy


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Online Group Courses

Young Learner’s Courses

Those who wish to do Masters in Germany and make a career later on. 

Eligibility criteria’s are:

  • First Class in Bachelor’s Degree (>60%)
  • Minimum 180 credit points from Bachelors (If you have 180 ECTS from your bachelor’s but want to study a master’s with 210 ECTS required then oftentimes you can still get enrolled with the obligation to catch up on the 30 ECTS within the first 3 semesters of your master’s study).

In Germany the education is excellent and yet free of charge. In general the public universities have no tuition fees. Students just have to pay administrative costs per semester, which often include the semester ticket for train and bus travel in the city or state area. With a student ID one will receive discounts in many places, like shops (mostly special days are designated for students to receive discounts), leisure activities (like cinema, sports, museums etc.) or travel within Germany or in Europe.

There is a wide range of master courses, so candidates will surely find a course that matches their interests, be it with a practical approach or research oriented. Moreover, Germany suffers from a lack of manpower in many fields, foreign candidates with a good education and a solid command of German, are in high demand.

Overall Germany is an economically stable and also safe country.

In Germany, you can opt for masters taught in English as well as in German (via the MEP Program). In order to qualify for the direct English taught the student must have a very high percentage as well as the need to compete with many more other such aspirants. Few courses are offered in English in comparison to German taught masters. Also, to study an English based master leads to difficulties in finding an internship, thesis or jobs upon completion, as the (internal) communication in companies is in German.

German taught master’s program

There is a wide selection of German taught masters and many courses also fall under the non NC category. Meaning a lot more admission slots are available. To study masters one must prove enough German language skills (C1 Hochschule level). As language is the key to finding better internships or jobs as more companies would be interested in offering such positions. MEP prepares candidates to achieve this goal.

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Public UniversityPrivate University
No study fees, just general administration fees (mostly semester ticket i.e. local travel in Bus, Tram or Train is already included)Study fees, starting approx. from 2000,00€ per semester, depending on the course and the University
More attractive to majority of people, leading to fuller classrooms and more students capacitySmaller numbers of students which allows individual mentoring and support
Offer a wide variety of subjects to study, sometimes up to 150 courses per universitySmaller curriculum, mostly specialized in specific fields and currently in trend courseworks

Typically focus on a theoretical approach regarding their teaching and study content.

In recent years though more and more practical training has been included in the itinerary. Nevertheless, students still have to plan practical experiences (Internship, Thesis etc.) by themselves in many cases.

Commonly well connected to industries and companies and have a more practical approach in their studies & better career opportunities

To sum it up: There is no right or wrong when choosing the type of university. See what fits your needs and interests best. With degrees from either university you will have good chances to find a good job afterwards

To answer it shortly: In most public Universities there are NO tuition fees, as they are publicly funded. But there are some administrative charges which could be anywhere between 0 to 500€ per semester. This includes mostly the ID card, the administration fees, the local transport etc.

Fees are charged mostly at private universities.

You can apply for the MEP and mostly the work experience is an added advantage. Some Universities also take relevant work experience into account for Credit point calculations.