University of Birmingham and Germany

We have a long tradition of welcoming students from Germany. There are currently 154 German students following a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University.

Entry requirements

The following information is for guidance only and should be used together with the University's general entrance requirements and any specific degree programme requirements. 

Birmingham Foundation Academy

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Holders of the Abitur/Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, Zeugnis der Fachgebundenen Hochschulreife or Zeugnis der Fachhochschulreife will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: 
A*AA: 1.4 overall in the Abitur 
AAA: 1.5 overall in the Abitur 
AAB: 1.6 overall in the Abitur 
ABB: 1.7 overall in the Abitur 
BBB: 1.8 overall in the Abitur 

Specific subject requirements: 
A* = 14/15 
A = 13/15 
B = 11/15 

English proficiency: If the student has studied English for four semesters, an overall result of 'gut' (usually an average score of 10) is sufficient to meet our English language requirement. 

Please note: For applicants taking the Fachhochschulreife, we wouldn’t normally accept this qualification for entry to undergraduate programmes. 

We will consider holders of the European Baccalaureate (EB) with the following grade equivalencies: 

A*AA - 88 
AAA - 85 
AAB - 80 
ABB - 77 
BBB - 75 

Subject specific requirement: 
A* - 9 
A - 8 
B - 7 


Holders of a good three-year Bachelor degree, a Magister Artium, a Diplom or an Erstes Staatsexamen from a recognised university, or a good Fachhochschuldiplom from a Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences), with a minimum overall grade of 2.9 (gut) for 2:1 equivalency will be considered for entry to taught postgraduate programmes.

Holders of a Magister Artium, a Diplom or an Erstes Staatsexamen from a recognised university with a minimum overall grade of 2.9 (gut), or a good two-year Lizentiat / Aufbaustudium / Zweites Staatsexamen or a Masters degree from a recognised university, will be considered for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

In addition to the standard qualifications that we accept as proof of English language proficiency, the University accepts the following as proof of English language for students from Germany for undergraduate and postgraduate entry:

German Abitur: English studied for four semesters, with an overall result of 'gut' (usually an average score of 10)

English Language

You will be required to provide evidence of your English ability. Please view the entry requirements for specific programme requirements.


The British Council Studying in the UK guide (83.6KB) provides useful guidance and FAQs for EU students who are interested in studying in the UK.


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Birmingham representatives in Germany

The University of Birmingham’s representatives in Germany are IEC Online and College Contact

IEC online are based in Berlin and College Contact in Muenster.

Their contact details can be found below:

IEC Online GmbH – International Education Centre

International Education for Global Minds
Marienstr. 19/20, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Tel: +49-30-204586-87, Fax: +49-30-20458688,

College Contact GmbH

Hammer Str. 39,  48153 Muenster,  Germany

Phone: +49 251 14989380,  Fax: +49 251 14989385


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