Admissions

Admissions 2017-09-02T17:06:42+00:00

General Information

We are delighted that you are considering applying to Touro College Berlin and we are here to support you throughout the application process. Touro College Berlin seeks to admit students with positive energy and a passion for learning. Applications are evaluated on an ongoing basis until all spaces in the program have been filled. Students may apply to enter in either the Fall semester (beginning in late August) or the Spring semester (beginning in early February).

Academic eligibility
To enroll at Touro College Berlin, successful applicants must hold a high school diploma or equivalent sufficient for entry to higher level study, such as:

  • Abitur, Fachabitur
  • High school diploma and/or Advanced Placement diploma (AP or APID)
  • Bagrut
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • International Baccalaureate (IBCC) certificate, when in connection with a high school diploma
  • GCE A-Levels, GCSE and IGCSE (showing at least 5 subjects graded C or better)
  • Other school graduation certificate

All documents written in a language other than English or German must be accompanied by a certified English translation. High school graduation certificates may require further documentation after review. Acceptance into one study program does not automatically grant admission into both the American and German programs.

How to Apply

German Undergraduate Degrees

Entry Requirements

  • German Abitur or equivalent
  • Requirements for establishing equivalency are based on the country and system in which you completed your schooling.

Admission to the German Bachelor’s programs requires applicants to provide a secondary education certificate equivalent to the German Abitur or Fachabitur. To determine whether an international diploma qualifies for entry to the German B.A. program, please visit anabin.org to view the guidelines of foreign education qualification for admission.  Prospective students who hold an Abitur or Fachabitur may apply directly to Touro College Berlin. Students with other secondary schooling will need to apply via Uni-Assist in order to determine eligibility.

How to Apply

US Undergraduate Degrees

Entry Requirements

  • American High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Equivalent secondary certificates include: the German Abitur, Israeli Bagrut, International Baccalaureate diploma and the GED, among others.
  • For any documents not written in English or in German, please provide a certified translation of the document.

Applicants to the American B.Sc. program are required to have a high school graduation certificate equivalent to the American high school diploma. If our office cannot evaluate the equivalency of a secondary school certificate, an applicant may be asked to arrange for an official evaluation to be completed by a service like World Education Services (WES). Students without a qualifying high school graduation certificate are required to submit other evidence of qualifying for college-level studies, such as the General Education Diploma (GED).

How to Apply

Graduate Degrees

MA Holocaust Communication and Tolerance

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent recognized in Germany.

Touro College Berlin welcomes applications from college graduates worldwide in a variety of fields, such as history, philosophy, German, Eastern European studies, sociology, Judaic studies, political science, social psychology, gender studies, theology, journalism, or theater and the arts. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in some aspect of the Master’s subject matter.

The MA in Holocaust Communication and Tolerance requires a good command of German. Lectures and seminars are delivered in German, and research is required to be conducted in German archives. Exams and homework can, however, be submitted in English.

How to Apply

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Entry Requirements

  • American bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Applicants should hold an American bachelors degree (or equivalent) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Their undergraduate transcripts should show successful completion of the following nine prerequisite business courses: principles of accounting I and II, finance, management, marketing, microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, and computer literacy in business applications.

If applicants have not completed the above prerequisite undergraduate courses, have a low CGPA, or hold a bachelors degree unrelated to business, they may be required to complete our MBA preparatory course prior to beginning their MBA studies. The preparatory course takes approximately 1 semester to complete and is offered at an additional expense to the main MBA program.

Students who do not have an American bachelor’s degree (that is, a degree from an institution that does not hold American regional accreditation) must provide a WES credential evaluation with their application. If your undergraduate university or program does not appear on the following database of American regionally accredited colleges, then you must supply a WES evaluation with your application: http://chea.org/search/search.asp

How to Apply

Additional Requirements

Proof of proficiency in English

Teaching in the undergraduate and MBA programs at Touro College Berlin is conducted exclusively in English. All applicants whose native language is not English will need to provide proof of English proficiency. You may qualify for an exemption from this requirement if you have completed four or more years of full-time study in an English-language school located in a country where the dominant language is also English. As proof of proficiency we accept the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test scores from within the past two years. In general, we require a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS and 79 on the TOEFL.

Interview

Once a complete application has been received, the applicant will be invited for an entrance interview. For students applying from abroad a Skype or phone interview will be scheduled.

Placement tests

All incoming undergraduate students are required to participate in placement tests shortly before the beginning of the semester to assess math and English composition skills and allow placement in the correct level of courses.

Bank guarantee of solvency

This is not a statement showing how much money you have in the bank. It is simply a confirmation from your bank (or the bank of whomever will be paying your fees) stating that your accounts are in good standing and liquid. Some banks may wish to create their own letter, while others may prefer to simply fill out the form we have created for this purpose (download here).

Visa Requirements

Students from outside of the European Union may need a visa to enter Germany. Similarly, prospective students from outside of the European Union will also need to obtain a student visa to study in Germany. We strongly encourage all interested applicants to contact their nearest German embassy or consulate as early as possible. Processing times for visas can be crucial.

Transfer students

Students who have completed work at other post-secondary institutions may transfer at different levels, depending on the institution and number of credits earned. All transfer credits will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis to determine where they would fit into the curriculum sequence. Students must have earned a grade of C or better in the courses for credits to be transferred. If the credits were acquired at an American institution, that institution must be regionally accredited. Students who did not attend a US college may be required to obtain an ICAP evaluation from WES (World Education Service) in order to evaluate what each course equates to within the American system. Touro College Berlin will also accept transcripts displaying previous Yeshiva credits earned and evaluate them for possible transfer credit. Please note that the formal transfer credit evaluation is not completed until after a student has already successfully completed an application and been accepted at Touro College Berlin.

Submit Application

How to Apply

Undergraduate Application Requirements

    • Completed and signed application form (download form here or complete online)
    • High school diploma (or other secondary school leaving certificate) and transcript of grades
    • CV or resume
    • One academic letter of recommendation
    • A letter of motivation
    • One passport-sized photo
    • Copy of passport or national identity card
    • Bank guarantee of solvency or a Certificate of Eligibility from US veterans (download form here)
    • IELTS or TOEFL score (required of all applicants whose native language is not English)
    • A non-refundable application fee of €30 transferred from within the EU or €50 transferred from outside the EU, payable by bank transfer to

Touro College Berlin
Commerzbank
Account No. 2700 34200
Bank Code 100 400 00
IBAN DE02100400000270034200
BIC/SWIFT COBADEFF

Submit Application

MA Application requirements

  • Completed and signed application form (download here)
  • Copy of high school graduation certificate and grades
  • Official undergraduate diploma and transcript of grades
  • Motivation Letter
  • CV or resume
  • Academic letter of recommendation
  • One passport-sized photo
  • Copy of passport or national identity card
  • A non-refundable application fee of €30 transferred from within the EU or €50 transferred from outside the EU, payable by bank transfer to

Touro College Berlin
Commerzbank
Account No. 2700 34201
Bank Code 100 400 00
IBAN DE72100400000270034201
BIC/SWIFT COBADEFF

To speed up processing, documents may be e-mailed to us as digital scans at admissions@touroberlin.de; please note, however, that we will need to see the originals of any official documents before you begin studying. Posted applications may be sent to:

Touro College Berlin
Admissions Office
Am Rupenhorn 5
14055 Berlin

MBA Application requirements

  • Completed and signed application form (download here)
  • CV or resume
  • Copy of high school graduation certificate and grades
  • Official undergraduate diploma and transcript of grades (if supplying a WES evaluation, unofficial copies are fine as you will need to submit official transcripts to WES)
  • WES evaluation (if applicable)
  • 2x letters of recommendation – either from employers or previous professors. Submitted either as completed “Recommendation Forms”  from the application form, or a free-form letter sent directly to us from the recommender
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS scores) if English is not your native language
  • 2x essays to be provided. These are outlined on page “9” of the application form
  • One passport-sized photo
  • Copy of passport or national identity card
  • Bank guarantee of solvency form (download here)
  • A non-refundable application fee of €30 transferred from within the EU or €50 transferred from outside the EU, payable by bank transfer to

Touro College Berlin
Commerzbank
Account 270034202
Bank code 100 400 00
IBAN DE45100400000270034202
BIC/SWIFT COBADEFF

To speed up processing, documents may be e-mailed to us as digital scans at admissions@touroberlin.de; please note, however, that we will need to see the originals of any official documents before you begin studying. Posted applications may be sent to:

Touro College Berlin
Admissions Office
Am Rupenhorn 5
14055 Berlin

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid

For U.S. Citizens:

FAFSA
US citizens or residents enrolled in the American-accredited BA, MA or MBA programs are eligible to apply for US Federal Student Aid. Find out more information here: https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Veterans’ Benefits
US veterans are eligible to use their GI Bill benefits at Touro College Berlin if they are enrolled in one of the American-accredited BA, MA or MBA programs.

For German Citizens:

BAföG
Touro College Berlin is eligible to certify applications for students enrolled in the German-accredited B.A. or M.A. programs.
Further information and eligibility requirements can be obtained on the BAföG website.

Scholarships

Jüdische Gemeinde Scholarships

The Jewish Community of Berlin (Jüdische Gemeinde) offers scholarships to the members of the Jewish Communities in Germany. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Scholarship („Deutschlandstipendium“) at Touro College Berlin

Selection criteria:

  1. Students in the Bachelor programs with a GPA (Grade Point Average) higher than 3.7 who have at least two more semesters to finish their studies. Also freshmen who can produce proof of exceptionally good high school or college/university performance outside of Touro College and have achieved very good results in Touro College placement tests.
  2. Proof of social commitment to the Touro College Community as a whole or also social commitment outside of the College.
  3. Demonstration of leadership skills, for example by taking on responsibilities within and outside of the College.
  4. Exceptional social, family or personal circumstances.

The full application must include a cover letter to apply for a Germany Scholarship/ Deutschlandstipendium and proof of the four selection criteria (credits earned at Touro College will be provided internally and do not need to be submitted).

Application deadline: 15 October of each academic year
Contact: office@touroberlin.de
Decision-making body: Full-time professors in the undergraduate programs

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Visas

What is a Visa?

A visa is an authorisation issued by the representative of the government of a country permitting a person, not resident in that country, to enter its boundaries. Due to the Schengen Agreement concluded between the majority of EU member states, their citizens are allowed to travel between the Schengen countries without a visa. Citizens of third countries can enter the Schengen Area and access all member states with the so-called Schengen Visa. The Schengen Agreement includes the abolishment of border control between member states, which allows free and equal access to all of the member states, including Germany.

What is a residence permit?

Foreigners who are entitled to posses the legal status of a long-term resident in an EU member state will be granted a residence permit if the stay within the territory of Germany shall last longer than three months. Foreigners entitled to long-term residence are those who hold a residence permit bearing the designation “permanent residence EG” or “permanent residence EU” in the respective official language of the issuing EU member state. The general prerequisites for issuing a German residence permit, such as a secure livelihood, apply without restriction.

Do I need a health insurance for my stay in Germany?

For the most part, yes. You are required to provide travel health insurance on all occasions, with the exception of an airport transit visa.

Contact

Touro College Berlin
– Admissions Office –
Am Rupenhorn 5
Berlin, Germany
admissions@touroberlin.de