Certificates of aptitude for higher education make it possible to pursue any of the courses of study offered at the universities and technical colleges or university in all of the states of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Among other things, the following certificates are considered as qualification for admission to higher education:
- secondary school certificate (school-leaving examination or high school diploma)
- certificate from a comprehensive school with senior grammar school
- certificate of subject-related qualification for admission to higher education from an upper vocational school in conjunction with an auxiliary examination to obtain general qualification for admission to higher education
- certificate regarding successful final examination for a course of studies at a technical college (FH diploma)
- If a certificate has been obtained outside of Bavaria, then it is additionally required that a certificate from a state or state recognized school and/or university has been submitted, that the certificate is recognized as verification of general qualification for admission to higher education in the country of origin and was obtained at an instructional facility equivalent to those in Bavaria after completion of an equivalent course of education with equivalent performance requirements.
The foundation course of study (Grundstudium: 1st - 3rd semesters) consists of general science, civil engineering and supplementary subjects with accompanying examinations. It ends with a preliminary degree (Vordiplom). In the main civil engineering course (Grundfachstudium: 4th - 6th semesters) participants are obliged to take basic courses in all fields of civil engineering. They are recommended to choose particular combinations of subjects which are related to their prospective profession. At this stage students are also offered further compulsory and optional subjects. In the final specialisation phase (Vertiefungsstudium: 7th - 9th semesters) students select 3 or 4 out of the 16 currently available specialist subjects. These are statics, constructional mechanics, constructional computer science, building construction, massive construction, steel and light metal construction, timber construction, building operations, substructure building, soil and rock mechanics, hydraulics and hydrography, hydraulic engineering and water management, water and waste management for housing, road construction, transportation technology, housing and traffic planning, building materials and constructional physics. One of the chosen specialist subjects is the major subject. If only 3 specialist subjects from the list are selected, students have to form (instead of a 4th subject ) an interdisciplinary specialisation that is closely related to the other 3 options.