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.

Alexander Gawronski

International Economics MSc

“I have just spent 1.5 months in Birmingham so far, but this time already convinced me that I made the right decision in coming to Birmingham. One highlight is the fact that it is very easy to socialise.”

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. 

Foundation Pathways

For further information visit the Birmingham International Academy website.


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 2.5 for 2:1 equivalency, or 3.0 for 2:2 equivalency, will be considered for entry to taught postgraduate programmes.

Students from Germany who have completed three years of the Erstes Staatsexamen qualification with a grade point average (GPA) of 10 from the first six semesters of study within the Juristische Universitätsprüfung programme would be considered for entry onto LLM programmes.  Students from Germany who have completed the five year Erstes Staatsexamen qualification with a grade point average (GPA) of 6.5 would be considered for entry onto LLM programmes.

Holders of a Magister Artium, a Diplom or an Erstes Staatsexamen from a recognised university with a minimum overall grade of 2.5, 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' (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.

Alternatively, we may also accept your English language grade from the German Abitur if you achieved an average grade of 10 or above over 4 semesters.

If you do not have the required level of English or would like to improve your English before the start of the academic year, you can take one of our pre-sessional English language courses.

Contact Us

Undergraduate enquiries (Bachelors) to:
Erasmus and Study Abroad enquiries to: 
Postgraduate enquiries (Masters and PhDs) to:

Birmingham Representatives in Germany

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

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

Tel: +49 3020458687

College Contact GmbH
Hanauer Landstraße 151-153, 60314 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: 069 907 2007 30

British Council

The British Council has offices in many countries throughout the world which are able to provide you with advice about studying in the UK. Most offices also have an education library and internet facilities where you can consult university material. The British Council can also provide advice about funding opportunities.

British Council Germany


Undergraduate and postgraduate EU students (subject to meeting the eligibility criteria) starting their studies in 2018 or 2019 can apply for government loans for the duration of their course.

Find out more about the Tuition Fee Loan for undergraduate study, the Postgraduate Master's Loan for Masters study, and the Postgraduate Doctoral Loan for PhD study on the government website.

For a comprehensive list of all the awards on offer at the University for Home/EU and international students, please consult the undergraduate or postgraduate funding databases.

Additional sources of funding may be available from your home government or organisations based in your country. In Germany, financial support may be available through DAAD, Bildungsfonds and Deutsche Bildung.

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