International Students Preparation Program PPS FSP for Bachelor


Program Description

The intensive BIC Preparation Program PPS includes Studienkolleg (foundation courses) and FSP (Feststellungsprüfung) for international students who want study a bachelor degree in Germany but do require a Studienkolleg for admission at university. You can join this Preparation Program from any German language level.

Usually, universities in Germany require a German level of C1. After achieving the required language level of German, you will start with the foundation courses specific to your future field of studies - e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science and chemistry, if you want to study Mechanical Engineering.

Your final examination will be the Feststellungsprüfung (FSP). With the succesful completion of the FSP, you will be qualified to start your Bachelor studies at the university.

The length of the program, as well as well as the price, varies according to your German language level before starting the course.

With the succesful completion of the Preparation Program PPS (including German language courses, foundation courses and the FSP), you will receive a guaranteed study placement at one of our partner universities.

Your benefits

  • No tuition fees at the university
  • No admission exam for BIC
  • You can join this program at any suitable German language level
  • Small classes for optimal student-teacher ratio
  • High-quality individualized intensive German classes
  • Guaranteed place at a partner university – no extra application necessary
  • Pursuing an engineering or business degree in Germany – the country of engineers
  • Great work and career possibilities


The program gives students direct entrance to the chosen BIC Partner Universities once finished successfully with the German-wide recognized Feststellungsprüfung (FSP). You will receive a conditional offer letter from the chosen university before starting the preparation program.

The preparation program includes German classes, foundation courses (Studienkolleg) and the Math+ course.

German classes start at any language level and will bring you to C1 level. Join them at your respective language level.

The foundation courses cover the subjects

  • Mathematics,
  • Physics,
  • Chemistry,
  • Computer Science.

The program will prepare you for the Feststellungsprüfung (FSP).

Program dates:


  • German A1 course 08. Jan - 26. Feb 2020
  • German A2 course 27. Feb - 24. Apr 2020
  • Spring break 09. - 19. Apr 2020
  • German B1 course 27. Apr - 26. Jun 2020
  • German B2 course 29. Jun - 11. Sep 2020
  • Summer break 25. Jul - 09. Aug 2020
  • German C1 course 14. Sep - 13. Nov 2020
  • Studienkolleg 16. Nov 2020 - 26. Mar 2021
  • Winter Break 19. Dec 2020 - 03. Jan 2021
  • FSP Pre-test 26. Apr 2021
  • Written examinations ca. 07 - 11. Jun 2021
  • Oral examinations ca. 28. Jun - 02. Jul 2021
  • Summer break 01 - 18. Jul 2021
  • Math+ 19. Jul - 27. Aug 2021


  • German A1 course 17. Jun - 05. Aug 2020
  • German A2 course  06. Aug - 23. Sep 2020
  • Autumn break 10. - 18. Oct 2020
  • German B1 course 24. Sep - 25. Nov 2020
  • Winter break 19. Dec 2020 - 03. Jan 2021
  • German B2 course 26. Nov - 11. Feb 2021
  • German C1 course 12. Feb - 27. Apr 2021
  • Spring break 27. Mar - 05. Apr 2021
  • Studienkolleg 28. Apr - 23. Jul 2021
  • Summer break 24. Jul - 08. Aug 2021
  • FSP Pre-test ca. 30. Sep 2021
  • Written examinations ca. 29. Nov - 03. Dec 2021
  • Winter break 08. Dec 2021 - 16. Jan 2022
  • Oral examinations ca. 03. - 07. Jan 2022
  • Math+ 17. Jan - 25. Feb 2022


8 - 18 months depending on your current German language level


What is the Feststellungsprüfung (FSP)?

  • The FSP refers to the exams taken after the Studienkolleg (foundation courses). By passing these exams students acquire a subject specific higher education entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung, HZB) which is required to study in the respective field in Germany.

What documents are required to apply to this program?

  • Passport
  • Secondary school certificates and transcripts (in original language and as legally attested translations in German or English). Graduation with at least 50% of the overall possible points.
  • Copy of Vorprüfungsdokument from uni-assist (if already existing)
  • Copies of university certificates and transcripts (if you attended a university before)
  • Copy of Visa or Aufenthaltsgenehmigung (only applicable for students already residing in Germany)

What is the admission process for this program?

  • Apply via the BIC online application form including entering your personal information, uploading the required documents and paying the 174 EUR application fee.
  • Uni-assist tests your documents regarding your eligibility to study in Germany.
  • The chosen BIC Partner University issues a conditional offer letter on the basis of the uni-assist test result.
  • You receive the acceptance letter from BIC and the conditional offer letter from the university via email and regular mail.

Is it possible to have a feedback if I am eligible to study at a university in Germany before starting the application?

  • A definite answer, if you are eligible to study in a german university or not you will receive only from uni-assist. This is an external institution in Germany which proofs the qualifications of international students and makes an assesment if one is enough qualified to study in a university in Germany or not. Only then we can start to process with your application officially.

Is the application fee of 174 EUR refundable in the case that I receive a negative answer from uni-assist?

  • No, despite of the outcome, the application fee of 174 EUR is required and is not refundable.

Is this program available online?

  • BIC programs are all exclusively at our campuses in Berlin – in the districts Friedrichshain and Treptow.

May I work to finance my studies?

  • Working is not permitted for students with a study-preparation visa during the first calendar year. Only starting with the second calendar year you are allowed to work 120 full days per year or 240 half days per year. Student jobs (at the university or research facilities) are exempted from this rule.

Is accommodation included in the tuition fees?

  • Accommodation is not included in the tuition fees. We provide you with websites, addresses and other tips to find accommodation in Berlin.

Do I need health insurance?

  • There is an obligation by law for all temporary and permanent German residents to have health insurance. For students the coverage that a travel insurance provides is insufficient. Hence, you will need to take out a health insurance from a German private health insurance provider or arrange for an extension of the health insurance you have in your home country, if the specifics of that health insurance cover the requirements that the foreign registration office (Ausländerbehörde) demands.

How high are living costs in Berlin?

  • The German embassy requires proof of international students that they can finance their living costs with at least 835 EUR per month. This is a good reference point. Berlin is a little more expensive than the average city, and costs - e.g. average rent - are rising. Therefore approx. 900 Euro per month are advisable.

Do I have to apply for a visa?

  • Any non-EU student will have to apply for a study-preparation/student visa (national visa). As the application process can take up to 12 weeks, sometimes even longer, you should apply as soon as possible. You can receive advice and guidance from the BIC Admission Team.
  • EU residents only need to register and apply for a residence permit, once they arrived in Germany.

Does BIC help with the visa process?

  • The BIC student advisors will provide you with exact website links, useful tips and information on how to prepare for the visa application.

Do I have to know German to study this program?

  • No. You can join this program at any suitable German language level – also without any knowledge in German.

Can I study at any university other than your Partner universities after completing the preparation program (Studienkolleg)?

  • Yes, you can decide to apply to another university in Germany other than our partner universities, after succesfully completing the german preparation program. After completing our German program you can go right on to study the degree program of your choice and can apply to other universities individually or receive a conditional placement at our partner universities.

Do you offer a scholarship for this program?

  • No, we do not offer any scholarship. But take into account that both domestic and international students can study for free at public universities in Germany, only a small to cover administration and other costs per semester are applied (about 20-200 Euro per 6 months in total)
Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Berlin International College (BIC) is a preparation/pathway college in Germany’s capital preparing international students to study at German universities in German or English. BIC is specialized in de ... Read More

Berlin International College (BIC) is a preparation/pathway college in Germany’s capital preparing international students to study at German universities in German or English. BIC is specialized in degrees in engineering, IT, and related technical fields but we also offer programs for business related degrees. As a special service, which is included in all of our programs, students receive a conditional study place at the partner university of their choice. Read less