Application Process

CGL examines all applicants’ formal, artistic and academic qualifications, as well as their English language proficiency through an aptitude test.

First, the CGL publishes a set of application tasks on their website. These consist of two assignments: The creation of a concept for a digital game project related to a given topic, and the writing of a short essay. Applicants have four weeks time to complete them, starting on the day of publication. This takes place in the month of March.

Second, by March 31st applicants need to register via a form on our website and upload a series of documents: the completed application tasks, work samples, a curriculum vitae, a school diploma, and a photo. Applicants that don’t have their high school diploma by the end of March can apply with their latest diploma or transcript of records and send the final diploma later. For more information please check our Deadlines and Fees. International students have to hand in two applications: the registration through our website and an application via Uni-Assist (see “Special information for international students”).

Third, a group of selected applicants are invited to a personal interview.

You can also check our Deadlines and Fees.

Applicants for the Bachelor program, must have a university entrance qualification(“Abitur” or “Fachabitur”). Experienced professionals might be qualified to apply without a university entrance qualification if they fulfill certain criteria, including prior vocational training and three years work experience. For more information go to the website of TH Koeln central student advisory services.

As courses are held in English, applicants must have a good command of the English language. English language proficiency will be checked throughout the application procedure. A formal certificate is not required. Knowledge of the German language is not required to study at the CGL.

An applicant’s creative academic qualification is a very important admission requirement. It may demonstrate not only artistic skills and creativity, but also media and computational literacy, problem-solving abilities and a capacity for teamwork. We are well aware that not all applicants can be equally talented in all mentioned areas. We welcome applications from candidates with a strong talent in art and design as well as those more focused in other areas of study such as technology and media studies. To assess applicants’ creative academic qualifications, they must, among other things, create a concept for a digital game project. 

Important: Please keep in mind that the following information describes an additional process to the one explained above. If you are an international applicant you need to apply both through our website and through Uni-Assist. Failing to do this will render your application invalid.

You do not have to wait for an answer from Uni-Assist to apply through our website. Both processes can be done in parallel. Uni-Assist’s application process takes time and it is usually completed after the application deadline is over. Uni-Assist informs the CGL directly if you are allowed to study in Germany or not.


If you went to school or have studied outside Germany, you must not only apply to Cologne Game Lab as described above, but also submit a couple of documents to the Uni-Assist service in Berlin. Uni-Assist verifies the validity of your secondary school leaving certificate in Germany. Normally, your application must contain the following documents:

  • Uni-assist application form
  • Officially certified copy of your secondary-school diploma and – if applicable – your university entrance exam from your home country
  • If applicable: officially certified copies of all passed university examinations and/or your university diploma from your home country
  • If you have graduated from a Studienkolleg: officially certified copy of you university entrance examination (Feststellungsprüfungszeugnis)
  • Applicants from China, Mongolia and Vietnam: original copy of your APS certificate
  • Resumé
  • Passport photo
  • Copy of your passport pages containing personal information
  • Proof of payment of the processing fee to uni-assist
  • If you have had your name changed: copy of the relevant document; e.g. marriage certificate

Note: All copies have to be submitted in certified form. Please do not send originals. Documents in any language other than German or English must be translated into German by a state-certified translator.

You can pre-check whether your secondary school or university diploma qualifies you for studying in Germany at Find out more in our FAQs.

Candidates from certain countries as well as certain types of schools might be required to submit additional documents. The application process works as follows: Register on the Uni-Assist online portal, create your application form and submit it electronically to Uni-Assist. Print the application form, sign it and send it together with your documents to Uni-Assist. Please do not forget to pay the Uni-Assist fee in advance and include proof of payment in your mail to Uni-Assist. For more detailed information about the application process please go to the following websites:

If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact our International Office.