We've tried to provide all the information you will need if you are thinking about coming to study at the University of Plymouth from Germany.

If you need to know anything else, you can contact our team using the details below.


We require applicants to have completed a Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife / Abitur (Upper Secondary School). Please note that Realschulabschluss; Mittlerer Schulabschluss (GCSE Level) - Lower secondary education can be accepted in lieu of GCSE's apart form English and we require grades between 1 and 4.

For applicants who do not meet the above requirements, there are foundation options available via the University of Plymouth and University of Plymouth International College (UPIC).

A-Level UCAS Tariff  Abitur comparable overall offer  
AAA 144 1.3
AAB 136 1.5
ABB 128 1.8
BBB 120 2.0
BBC 112 2.3
BCC 104 2.5  
CCC 96 2.7


We require applicants to have completed a bachelors degree from a recognised institution with the following criteria:

Germany Grading System  German Grading System - Description  UK Degree Equivalent
1.0 - 1.5 Sehr gut 1st  
1.6 - 2.5 Gut 2:1  
2.6 - 3.5 Befriedigend 2:2   

English language

A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses.

Luka Seamus Wright

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology

"Living next to the sea in Plymouth also completely contrasts living next to the mountains in Munich. For me, moving to England meant moving to the seaside, which is a positive experience. For someone who is fascinated by life in the sea, it was an easy choice.”