Study a German language programme and receive specialist support with your application to German state universities/studienkollegs
University Pathway Programmes (UPP) at GISMA Language School enables you to learn German within a German-speaking environment. You will reach the required level with the necessary skills to study a degree programme in Germany.
With its specialist University Placement Service, GISMA helps students to apply to several German state universities for either Bachelor’s or Master’s programmes through one provider. Also, this placement service helps students with direct university access and to public Studienkolleg foundation courses for students with indirect university access.
Students receive full guidance from the University Placement Service regards to the application process, the required documents and any other information up to the moment when an offer letter from the chosen German university/Studienkolleg is issued. You will be able to take free online exams and receive certificates accordingly for study and visa preparation and/or your Studienkolleg or university applications.
You will have the option to study fully online or via blended learning, meaning you start your programme online and continue your studies on campus in the future. Benefit from a 20% discount for every level study online.
Online study will include a free tutorial of eight lessons in learning coaching including in study coaching, self-study and online learning techniques as well as a free tutorial in Studienkolleg/university applications. To ensure continued support and progression, you will receive individual feedback for each level. Our University Placement Service provides support for remote students requiring visa and accommodation support, in order to fully prepare your move to Germany.
The University Pathway Programmes are designed to prepare you for independent academic study at a German-speaking university/Studienkolleg, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Guidance on the application process and help to apply for up to five German state universities/Studienkollegs are included. GISMA has a full-time specialist consultancy service, helping you with every step of your studies. You will learn what courses universities offer and will be guided by advisors as to the documentation you need and which procedures to follow.
Stages of the programmes
*The programme is suitable for students of all German-language levels, including the absolute beginners.
**According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) framework, language proficiency is measured from A1 to C2 levels. You need to complete the C1 level for the UPP Pathway University + DHS/TELC/TestDaF Preparation and the UPP Pathway University. For the UPP Pathway Studienkolleg, you will need to complete Level B2.
GISMA also provides students with other assistance during their studies. These services include:
*Please note: Accommodation fees are not included in the University Pathway Programmes tuition fees and will be charged separately. GISMA assists students with the search for suitable accommodation options.
We have estimated the cost of living as a student in Berlin and Hannover. Please note that these are average estimates only – your experiences may vary.
The total cost of living: €850 / €1250
The total cost of living: €750 / €1150
*GISMA created this table for you to have a reference based on our experience and students feedback.
You will study 44 weeks of German language classes: 32 weeks of language classes (A1– B2 levels) + 4 free weeks of level-specific exam preparation (1 week at the end of A1 – B2 levels) + 4 weeks of Studienkolleg preparation Math + 4 weeks of Studienkolleg preparation German
You will study 52 weeks of German Language: 40 weeks of language classes (A1-C1 levels) + 4 weeks of level-specific exam preparation (1 week at the end of A1-B2 levels) + 4 weeks of Studienkolleg preparation, including preparation for Math and German exams (4 weeks each)
You will study 48 weeks of German language classes: 40 weeks of language classes (A1– C1 levels) + 4 free weeks of level-specific exam preparation (1 week at the end of A1- B2 levels) + 4 free weeks of DHS/TELC/TestDaf exam preparation
For more specific information about dates, check the calendars:
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The German course was excellent. I reached level B2.2 within 9 months. I enjoyed the course very much! If you had any questions they were always very helpful. They also helped us when we needed support regarding organizational matters. The school provided organized social activities who took us out to see and get to know the city better and showed us the attractions of the city. I am very grateful for the teachers and the staff members particularly for giving me the possibility to learn the language so quickly.
A big help reaching my goals was the University Placement Service. I have received incredible support with all my Studienkolleg and university applications. The University Placement Service Team is very experienced with applications at Studienkollegs and universities all over Germany. It helped me to apply successfully for a Bachelor program in Mechanical Engineering at various Universities and helped me to get my acceptance at all of them.
It was a very wonderful and productive experience. I reached the level of German that I needed in order to get accepted for a Master program in Industrial Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund.
The teachers are amazing. They helped me to adapt to Germany and the German culture so much. They made my stay here so much easier. The School helped me with everything from doctor’s appointments to administrational matters and to adapt to the life here in Germany.
The University Placement Service in particular helped me a lot with pursuing my academic goals. They were very helpful with the applications at universities so that I got accepted at a Master program.
I am very grateful for this wonderful experience and that I met not only professionals but that I found also good friends! I am grateful that I had the chance to get to know great people and a great culture.
We are pretty much a family now, we were introduced through the social programmes, and we are really good friends now. After my University Pathway Programme, I am hoping to complete my Studienkolleg and get into university. Berlin is a beautiful city, there is a saying: Berlin is not a city, it's a feeling. It's the best place for students.
Regional discounts are available
The tuition fee includes:
Please note: any fee incurred during the university application process by a third party is not included in the University Pathway Programmes. The programme fee does not include extra charges from universities and UniAssist, authorities or other service providers, which are charged for the processing of the applications and/or formal recognition or translation of required documents. The programme fee does not include the TestDaf registration fee.
Career statistics you need to know
Germany has the 2nd best unemployment rate in the EU, at 3,4%*
Berlin was voted 5th best city in the world for student living by Top Universities***
4th Best Graduate starting salary at £40,650
in Europe**, with a growing economy
Join a network of students from over 40 nationalities across the globe
Free university placement service, offering support with applications for up to five German state universities
If you fail a level, you can resit it for free (one free retake for each level)
Our social programme gives you the opportunity to meet and network with international postgraduate GISMA students.