Do you have what it takes?

At CODE we want to attract the most talented and passionate students, not the most privileged. In our admission process, we challenge your ambition and talent. We want to make sure that you have what it takes to flourish in the unique learning environment that we provide at CODE.

Our admission process: just as demanding and rewarding as our study programs

At CODE we worked hard (actually it was quite fun) to develop a special admission process that is an interesting learning experience in itself and not just a necessary administrative annoyance. Don’t worry that you might not know enough to shine at the admission process. We are primarily aiming at assessing your potential and motivation, not only the skills you might have acquired already.

And if you need further motivation: There will be cake!

It always takes two parties for a perfect match

Even if you are not 100 percent sure if you want to study at CODE: give it a try! Chances are, you will be able to make a better decision afterwards and you will certainly have gained valuable experience during the process. During your Application process, you will have the chance to learn how we think, talk and act at CODE. But prepare to be challenged! Apart from the information you can find on our website, we won’t tell you any details about what awaits you during the different steps of our admission process.

A special approach to learning requires special students

We have a special approach to learning and teaching at CODE, that requires you to be exceptionally self-driven, cooperative and inquisitive. Because we are looking for special talents, we don’t believe that standardized test results or school grades will be of much help in our application process.
What we can promise you is that we evaluate all applicants equally, with no preferential treatment regarding gender, sexual orientation, social background or other meaningless, superficial criteria.

At CODE we are looking for students who demonstrate

  • Drive and curiosity
  • Desire for a positive impact
  • Ability to collaborate efficiently
  • Passion for digital technologies
If it doesn’t challenge you,
it doesn’t change you.
Fred DeVito, Motivation and Fitness authority

Are we a perfect match?

Our admissions process is designed to identify if you are the type of student who will realize his or her potential at CODE and be a valuable part of our learning community.

  • In the first part, you complete the application by telling us about yourself and your motivation to study at CODE.
  • In the second part, you will be presented with a challenge designed to show us how you think, how you tackle problems, and how creative you are in coming up with solutions.
  • In the end, you have to make us eager to get to know you in person. We invite you to Berlin for an interview and a group challenge where you team up with fellow applicants.

Step 1: Start your journey

Every journey begins with a single step. Your first step towards your admission is super easy and has no strings attached. You provide us with your name and a valid email address and thereby create a private account. You will find all information regarding your application, upcoming deadlines etc. in your private account.
Starting your application is free. You can discontinue your application at any time and have no obligation to accept a positive application decision. All data submitted are protected by our terms of privacy.
Please note: If you need a visa to study in Germany, please consider earlier deadlines for your application!

Step 2: How you think and act

We are not particularly interested in your math or biology grades from school because we believe that school performance does not reliably reflect your skills and potential. Instead, we present you with an exciting and thought-provoking challenge and watch carefully how you approach it and what kind of solution you arrive at. Rather than confront you with standardized tests, CODE gives you the flexibility to define for yourself how you want to present yourself and your abilities. As soon as you have completed the challenge, we will start evaluating your application. After a short time we will inform you if you have made us curious enough to invite you to Berlin for the final step.

Step 3: Let’s get to know each other

For the final step, we will invite you to Berlin. You will spend a day at CODE and work on a group project together with five other randomly chosen applicants. Your team will get the project assignment in the morning and is expected to present a result the next morning. At some point during the afternoon, you will have a 45-minute interview with two CODE members, which will be the least challenging part of the admission process. Our goal here is to simply get to know you as a person. There is no need to prepare for this interview since we don’t want to test your knowledge or your cleverness. We just want to have a good conversation and give you a chance to ask any questions you still have.

Apply now!

By registering for our application process, you will receive an email from us with an invitation to set up your personal account.

Questions? Do not hesitate to contact us!

Dates and Deadlines

Our admission process is designed to guarantee applicants as much flexibility as possible while providing a predictable and dependable time frame. That is why we constantly accept and process applications.
After you log into your personal account you will be presented with all necessary information you need to start working on your challenge. Whether you choose to plow through it in a few all-nighters or take a more laid-back approach is up to you. We will do our best to match your speed and supply assignments, feedback and admission decisions because we know what it is like to wait for such an important decision after finishing an extended admission process. We have all been there ourselves.

Collaboration is key

Our admission process has another unique quality: you are not competing with the other applicants for a spot. We cannot enroll an unlimited number of students but there is no fixed number of places to fill.
We will make sure that we can enroll every applicant who made it past step 2. So as soon as you have been invited to meet us in Berlin for the last step of our admission process, you don’t have to try to outshine or outperform your fellow applicants.
After your day in Berlin you will know if you’re going to be a part of the next generation of CODE students. If it’s a ‘yes’ from us, it also means that everybody who was involved in evaluating the different steps of your admission process voted for you. Isn’t that a great feeling?

If you successfully complete stage two by the 6th of August 2017, you will be guaranteed a slot in stage three before our first semester starts this fall. Please note: The earlier you apply, the earlier you will get your admission decision.

We recommend to carefully check the requirements for studying in Germany. If you need a visa, the application process for that usually takes a few month time, so please hand in your application as early as possible (early May for a start in the same year in fall).


We want to attract the most talented – not the most privileged. To achieve that, CODE provides two payment models: a subsequent, income-adjusted tuition model and a monthly tuition model. This flexibility allows us to accept those that we see fit – regardless of their personal financial background.

Contributing to CODE’s Mission

As a private institution we have to ask our students for a substantial financial contribution in the form of tuition, because we do not get any financial support from the state. At the same time, we want to inspire and empower the digital change-makers of tomorrow and form a community of curious and creative people passionate about code, design and entrepreneurship. What we therefore cannot and will not do is exclude those who cannot shoulder the financial burden of private-university tuition.

No tuition while you study

That is why we are very happy that – with the help from our friends at Chancen eG – we can offer you a solution where there is no upfront or monthly payment of any tuition required while you study at CODE.
Instead, you commit yourself to making a yearly financial contribution as soon as you start working and earning serious money. This contribution will be a small percentage (around 6,5%) of your yearly income for ten years and only in years when your income exceeds a certain threshold.

Your freedom of choice

With this solution, we can make sure that you have

  • the freedom to chose CODE as your university regardless of your financial means, and
  • the freedom to chose a career that inspires and motivates you without having to worry about fixed monthly loan repayments.

If you have the financial means – and want to – you can also pay your tuition as you study at CODE. The choice is yours.

Always two there are, no more, no less.Yoda

Option 1: The subsequent, income-adjusted tuition model

In this model your payment starts after graduation. You will be paying 6.5 Percent of your income per year for ten years, but only if your relevant income in a year exceeds € 21,000. After you have paid 6.5 percent of your income for ten years, you are done. That means if you – for whatever reason – never earn more than € 21,000, you won’t have to pay any tuition fees.
On the other hand, if you are earning obscene amounts of money, you will never pay more than two times the tuition fees a student with an average income would have paid. In the end it’s a solidarity model. One for all, and all for one.

Option 2: The monthly tuition-fee model

For this option we will assume the average income of a CODE student in his or her first ten years of professional life and calculate the discounted equivalent of what he or she would pay with the income-dependent tuition model. At the moment this would result in a monthly payment of € 747 for 36 months adding up to € 26,892. This calculation and the underlying assumptions will be updated every three years.
That means students who decide to pay their monthly tuition will pay exactly as much as the average student who decides to contribute via the subsequent, income-adjusted tuition model.

Maximum transparency

If you want to understand the tuition model in all its glorious details you can

  • head over to our partners at Chancen eG and check out their FAQ. It is because of them that we can offer you this tuition model.
  • have a look at our FAQ