Key facts

Number of students:

We currently have around 50 students from Germany studying at the University each year.

Societies and clubs:

Alongside a wide range of interest based societies, there are several international student societies within Reading University Students' Union (RUSU), including a German Society. Click here to find out more about student societies at Reading.

We have a special Facebook Group for students from Europe who are currently studying with us, or who are interested in studying at Reading. Visit our Europe Facebook Group.


Read what some of our international students have to say about their experiences of living and studying at Reading. We are also proud to have several members of staff at the University of Reading who have German origins, for example Dr Anne Theis in the School of Law and Professor Susanne Clausen in the Department of Art.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

The level at which you can start your study at the University of Reading depends on what level of qualification you have completed currently.
Your highest qualification Likely entry level

Abitur with overall 1.7 to 1.9 (depending on programme of study)

Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
British/International A Levels Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
Successfully completed first part (first two years) of a University of Germany degree Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
Bachelors (after 2002) or Magister Artrium/Diplom with 2.5 or less/gut; or Erstes Staatsexamen with 7.5/18; or the Zwischenpruefung with a third year of substantive study also acceptable Taught Postgraduate (Masters Degree)
Master or Lizentiat/Aufbaustudium/Zweites Staatsexamen Research Postgraduate (PhD)

International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) enables students that don�t have qualifications equivalent to British A-levels to access undergraduate university degree courses. The IFP will provide you with the academic training, language and study skills to start your undergraduate studies with knowledge and confidence and will prepare you for undergraduate study in three ways:
  • by providing academic training in three subjects
  • by developing your English language abilities
  • by enabling you to acquire the study and life skills which you will need on your degree programme. Please see the International Foundation Programme pages for more details.

English Language Requirements

The minimum English language levels for courses at the University of Reading are IELTS 6.5, TOEFL (paper) 570, TOEFL (internet) 88. We will also accept a score of 12 (gut) in English when taken as an achievement/main/intensive course (Leistungsfach).

Some courses require higher levels - you should always check with the department or faculty you are applying to. For more detailed information see the English Language requirement page.   We offer courses that will help prepare you for study in the UK, including English language as well as study skills to help your prepare for our degree programmes.

If you have successfully completed the FFA at a university in Germany, we will normally consider you to have met the English Language requirements for entry onto an LLM Law programme at the University of Reading.

Applications and funding

How to apply

All undergraduate applications must be made through the UCAS website.  The UCAS code name and number for this University is READG R12. Find out more about applying through UCAS

UCAS now provided guidance in German for students interested applying to programme in the UK. You can find this information on the UCAS website here: UCAS International Guides

Postgraduate applications should be made directly to the University. More information on applying for postgraduate courses is available here.


The University offers £4M worth of scholarships each year in addition to national programmes from both the British government and German government.
  • The following website addresses will take you directly to information on scholarship opportunities at the University of Reading:Research student funding search

External Scholarships

The University of Reading in your region

Alumni Ambassadors

We have Alumni ambassadors all over Europe who are happy to talk to you about what it is like to study at Reading. To find out more, contact the International Office or get in touch via Facebook.

Meet us in your region

The University of Reading visits a number of Master and More fairs in Germany, as well as British Council exhibitions every autumn in many different cities across Germany.

We also have more than 20 partner universities in Germany and our staff travels around Germany on a regular basis. To find out more, contact the International Office or get in touch via Facebook

British Council

British Council Germany

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