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Admissions procedure

If you have met the general entry requirements for studying at a higher education institution – e.g. you have the general university entrance qualification (Abitur) or the entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife) – it may not always be possible to enrol directly onto every programme. If there are more applicants than places available, you will first need to go through an admissions procedure. Programmes that are subject to admissions procedures are either locally restricted or nationally restricted.

Furthermore, you may need to pass an aptitude test for some programmes before you can be admitted onto them. Aptitude tests are mainly required for sports science or art-related programmes. You will need to prove your aptitude for your chosen programme by taking specific, subject-related examinations.

Successful participation in the selection procedure and aptitude tests is a condition of entry to the programme.

  • Local admission restrictions

    If a degree programme is subject to local admission restrictions (numerus clausus degree programme) you must apply to the relevant university by a set deadline. The universities then carry out a local selection procedure if the number of applicants exceeds the number of available university places.

    Local admission restrictions
  • National admission restrictions

    Degree programmes with nationwide admission restrictions are in such high demand that the admission restrictions apply to all universities in Germany. In order to gain a university place for a programme with nationwide admission restrictions (numerus clausus degree programme) you must apply to the University Admissions Foundation (Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung) and not to the university itself.

    National admission restrictions
  • No admission restrictions

    In addition to programmes with local or national admission restrictions, there are also degree programmes that have enough available places and therefore have open admission. As a rule you can enrol directly at the university, although under certain circumstances you must first register and submit any required documents.

    No admission restrictions