What is ESiSt?

We are a network of all public universities in the state of Brandenburg that enables international students to obtain a university entrance qualification.

"Erfolgreicher Studieneinstieg für Internationale Studierende im Bundesland Brandenburg" (ESiSt) is a network of all public colleges and universities in the federal state of Brandenburg that helps give international prospective students the opportunity to obtain a language and subject-related university entrance qualification. The ESiSt university entrance qualification is accepted by all institutions which are members of the ESiSt network.

Similar to a preparatory college, the preparatory courses and entrance examinations are aimed at prospective students with university entrance qualifications that are not recognised as equivalent in Germany. The courses are aimed at applicants with degrees that meet the professional requirements for admission to higher education but who do not have the required language proficiency.

ESiSt enables these target groups to study a bachelor's degree course at the network's colleges and universities after they have attended language and/or specialised courses and successfully passed the university entrance examinations.

Furthermore, the network provides organisational support for prospective students and integrative measures on site at the respective university locations. The course programmes usually run for one or two semesters.

Network

All eight public universities of the federal state of Brandenburg are represented in the ESiSt network.

The course programmes and the university entrance examinations are usually offered at three hubs: Cottbus, Frankfurt (Oder) and Potsdam.
Cooperating universities have been assigned to the following hubs:

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg:
Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development
Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau

European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder):
Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

University of Potsdam:
University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
Brandenburg University of Technology
Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (W-Course)
Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau (W-Course)
Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (W-Course)

Prospective students from the cooperating universities generally attend the specialised or language preparation courses and sit the university entrance examinations at the assigned universities. After successfully passing the subject or language exams, they are then able to start studying in the chosen field of study at their chosen university in the state of Brandenburg.

Legal Information

The specialised courses and the associated university entrance examinations can be taken in the following areas of study:

  • Humanities, Cultural Studies and Social Sciences (including Sport (teaching) and Music (teaching)),
  • Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences,
  • Economics,
  • Engineering.

The successfully passed university entrance examination is accordingly valid for all courses of study in the state of Brandenburg that have been assigned to the chosen field of study. You can find an overview of the assignment of study programs to the fields of study here.

In accordance with Section 9 (2) of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act (BbgHG), participants are enrolled at the university where they would later like to study their specialised degree for the duration of the language and specialised courses. The duration of the preparatory language and specialised courses will not be credited for later courses of study. At the same time, the student status does provide special conditions with regard to student housing, semester tickets and other offers and discounts.

Requirements

“ESiSt" aims to enable the following target groups to start their studies in the Federal State of Brandenburg:

  • Prospective students, including refugees, who have obtained foreign educational qualifications entitling them to study at a higher education institution recognised in the issuing state and whose educational qualifications are not equivalent to a qualification pursuant to Section 9(2), clause 1, points 1 to 4 of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act.
  • Prospective students who have obtained educational qualifications entitling them to study at a higher education institution equivalent to a qualification pursuant to Section 9(2), clause 1, points 1 to 4 of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act but lack the required language proficiency.

Further admission requirements such as proof of German language skills or successfully passing the entrance examinations are governed by the respective hub universities.

Apply

Applications are submitted according to the respective regulations of the university at which the participants wish to study after they obtained their university entrance qualification.

Potsdam Hub
Prospective students of University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, of Brandenburg University of Technology and of University of Potsdam:
01.06. - 15.08.2020

Frankfurt (Oder) Hub
Prospective Students of European University Viadrina Frankfurt [Oder] and Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF:
Intensive Track: until 01.03.2020
Fast Track: until 13.01.2020.

Cottbus hub
Prospective Students of Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, of Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau:
until 30.06.2020

Contact

Contact Persons:

ESiSt network
Ms. Marlen Meissner
Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg
Ms. Kathrin Erdmann
Contact Application

European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
Mr. ergei Melcher
Ms. Rebekka Manke
Contact Application

University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
Ms. Leonie Sagemüller
Contact Application

Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Ms. Julie Halten
Contact Application

Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development
Ms. Manuela Pelz
Contact Application

Brandenburg University of Technology
Ms. Annett Kitsche
Contact Application

Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau
Ms. Steinborn-Maglóczki
Kontakt Bewerbung

University of Potsdam
Mr. Christian Jennerich
Contact Application