Carl Duisberg: University Placement Service & German Language Courses

One of Germany's most renowned non-profits connecting people, cultures and countries - since 1949

Who is “Carl Duisberg”

The Carl Duisberg Centren (CDC) is a German non-profit that is one of the  leading service providers in the area of international training and qualifications. It is named after the industrialist and patron Carl Duisberg who, as early as the 1920s, was committed to promoting education and internationalization.


Carl Duisberg Centren is dedicated to promoting the mutual understanding of different cultures across borders. Their mission and core values are to:


  • Connect people, cultures, and countries.
  • Work together faithfully to achieve common goals.
  • Serve the public good while remaining economically viable.
  • Uphold high quality standards.

Which service do they offer for international students?

Carl Duisberg offers a 1:1 university placement service in combination with a German language course in Germany (3-12 months).


The Carl Duisberg Centren assists in completing up to three applications to advanced courses at German foundation or preparatory course (Studienkollegs) and/or degree programs at universities of the candidate’s choice*.


Students can choose any study program and university of their choice.

The Placement Service in a nutshell

Students can choose any study program and university of their choice.

  • Up to 3 applications
  • For any degree level
    • Studienkolleg (foundation course)*.
    • Bachelor’s.
    • Master’s.
    • Staatsexamen (e.g. Medicine, Law, Teachers Training).

* Some foreign secondary school degrees do not qualify for direct access to German universities. In this case, students need to make up for the Studienkolleg, a one-year prep course.

What exactly does the Placement Service include?

Carl Duisberg provides assistance with the following:



  • Letter of confirmation for the visa application.
  • Advising about services related to the certification and/or translation of documents.
  • Helping to locate a notary and/or translator if necessary.


Assessment on preparatory course/study place

  • Advising the candidate about the necessary language preparation and language certificates.
  • Checking the candidate’s certificates regarding the fulfilment of  the academic admission requirements.
  • Academic advising on the choice of suitable institutions.


Scheduling an individual plan for the application process

  • Time management assistance.
  • Compiling a list of the required documents.
  • Proofreading and editing the candidate’s CV and letters of motivation in German.

What German language courses are offered?

The university placement service is available only when booking a German language course for at least 3 months. The Carl Duisberg Centren offers the following courses available in Berlin, Cologne and Munich plus Radolfzell am Bodensee (Lake Constance) and Marburg (near Frankfurt) The courses are offered at the six levels of the CEFR - from A1 to C2. They are seen below:

A) General Language Courses

(1 TU = 45 minutes, groups = max. 15 participants).


  • German Intensive Course: Groups course consisting of 24 TU per week with 2 TU workshops per week. Includes earning with a tutor and unlimited access to online learning materials.
  • German one-to-one Course*: Customized to student’s needs and expectations. Includes a minimum of 4 TU and specific materials can be integrated upon request.
  • German Crash Course 10: Combines group lessons with one-to-one lessons. Includes 10 TU of one-to-one training.
  • German Crash Course 5: Combines group lessons with one-to-one lessons. Includes 5 TU of one-to-one training.


* For this course, there is the added option of taking this course in Saarbrücken in addition to the cities previously listed.

B) Preparation Courses for the University Language

The following courses prepare you for official language certificates (e.g. telc, TestDaF) that are required for university access.

What is the timeline?

There is no particular amount of time that the process takes, this depends on how fast students can submit all required information and documentation. Below are suggested timelines based on the type of program a student chooses:

For English-taught study programs (Bachelor, Master)

For German-taught study programs (Bachelor, Master, Staatsexamen)

The following schedule assumes no prior knowledge of German and a desired start of studies in the winter semester (September/October). In order to reach the level of German required for the application for a study place, one should, if possible, already start the German course in the summer of the previous year.

For Studienkolleg (foundation course)

In principle, the preparatory year at Studienkollegs takes place only in German (with the exception of a very few private English-taught Studienkollegs). For admission to the Studienkolleg, applicants must generally be able to demonstrate German level B1/B2. Thus, for the spring application deadline, one should start the German course approximately in the fall of the previous year.

Who does the counseling?

The experts from the Carl Duisberg Centren are in charge of counseling students and walking them through the process step by step. Students will have a contact person whom they can reach out to should they have any questions. For the German language courses, their German teachers can also be a great resource not only for questions about the German language, but German culture and life in German in general.

Who is eligible for the Service?

Anyone who wishes to pursue their dream study program in Germany and meets the general requirements can apply. The details of such requirements can be observed below:

Requirement type Requirement detail
Citizenship: Any (EU/Non-EU).
Degree Levels: All (Bachelor/Master/Staatsexamen**).
Language of Study: All (English or German).
Universities: All (public and private).
Subjects: All.

GPA (German GPA):

Bachelor’s: no minimum defined.
Medicine (Staatsexamen): 1,0.
Master’s: 2,0 or higher.


** Staatsexamen (State Examination)  is a particular study track (5-6 years) for some subjects that  have not adopted the Bachelor/Master system yet because they prepare for professions that are regulated by the state, e.g. Medical Doctors (MD), Lawyers/Judges, Pharmacists, Teachers at public schools. This is only required for any student who wishes to study medicine or law in Germany. Please note that fluent German skills are usually required for these types of studies.

How much does it cost?

The breakdown of costs can be found below:

Carl Duisberg Lead Form

Why request the info material? 

  • Check your eligibility for the CDC placement service
  • Get a personalized offer
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Step 1: What would you like to study in Germany?
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can you get me into any university I want?

The Carl Duisberg Centren cannot guarantee admission. However, they can guarantee an increased chance of admission by:

  1. Applying for programs without admissions restrictions (limited spots available) where students meet all eligibility requirements (e.g. language certificate level, GPA minimum, etc.). 
  2. Submitting all required documentation (certified copies, official transcripts, language certificates, etc.) in a timely manner.
  3. Recognition of an eligible leaving school certificate.

Is a placement guaranteed?

If all of the criteria in the aforementioned question are met, then the Carl Duisberg Centren can confirm that the student has the highest possible chance of being admitted. However, the CDC cannot guarantee placement as this decision is ultimately left to university admissions offices.

Can I book the university placement service also without the German language course?

No, a minimum booking of 12 weeks for a German Intensive Course at the Carl Duisberg Centren is required for university placement programs.

How long does it take to apply and get accepted?

There is no particular amount of time that the process takes, this depends on how fast students can submit all required information and documentation.

How does the payment work?

Students can submit their payment for the service bundle of their choosing in the following ways:

  1. Paypal.
  2. Foreign Bank Transfer.
  3. Cohort.

Do I have to pay for everything in advance? Or is payment in installments possible?

Payment in installments is possible by selecting a minimum course plan of 3 months or more. The installments are for the 3 month course + the university placement. Students who book a minimum 3-month course and university placement bundle, can pay monthly after the first installment. This also applies to accomodation.

Can I start the placement service before coming to Germany or can it be done remotely?

While consultations can be done before coming to Germany, the process of applying to programs is typically done once the student is in Germany and enlisted in the German course, in order to apply within the application period of the respective study programs.

Are conditional letters offered by universities?

Condition letters are typically not offered at German universities.