Requirements to study at CODE

It takes passion and curiosity to study at CODE. Additionally, German law requires a few other steps so we can hand you a Bachelor’s degree after a few exciting years in Berlin.

  • CODE admission process

Are you up for an exciting journey? Our admissions process is designed to identify if you are the type of student who will realize his or her potential at CODE and become a valuable part of our learning community.

There are three steps to complete in your personal journey to CODE. We will not give you all the details here, but here you can find some information about it – and the option to take the first step (register for your personal account).

  • Higher education entrance qualification

German regulations for higher education require you to have a higher-education entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung) to enroll in a Bachelor’s degree program. That usually means a high school diploma or A-level /certificate, but depending on where you went to school, you might need to take further steps.

We will do a check of your qualifications once you complete the first step in our admission process, the written application. Here are a few ways for you to check your eligibility before then:

  • Student visa for Germany

Applicants from outside the EU

If you are from outside the EU, you will need a student visa to move to Germany and start your studies at CODE. Your best course of action would be to contact the German embassy in your country as early as possible to get the specifications for the process.

In general, you will have to meet these requirements for a student visa:

  • a valid passport
  • Health insurance that covers Germany
  • Proof of secure livelihood, e.g. blocked account
  • a letter of admission from CODE
    (you will get this from our student affairs team once you have passed all stages of the admissions process)

No matter where you live, you can find exactly what paperwork you’ll need here.
Sources might also tell you that you will need a certificate that proves sufficient German skills. As our study program is in English, you won’t need that for CODE.
If there are any additional documents you’ll need from us for your visa application, reach out to our Student Affairs team for support.

  • Proof of English language proficiency

As our study program is in English, you will need to prove to us that your English skills are at least at a B2 level. Here you can find a list of certificates and documents that we accept.

We recommend that you plan on it taking up to 3 months to complete the visa process. Assistance from CODE for our admitted students will include support during the visa process in your home country and also once you arrive in Germany.

Please note that we do not offer accommodation, scholarships, or any commitment to assume cost-of-living expenses for you.

These websites will be very helpful for you:

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