International applicants  

International
applicants

International degree students (bachelor, diploma, state examinations)

In order to study at a German university, a prospective student must provide a Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (university admission qualification). German applicants acquire an Abitur (General Qualification for University Entrance certificate), which allows them to apply for a spot at a university. International applicants must determine if their secondary school graduation is equivalent to the German Abitur prior to applying to a university.

Students who meet the application requirements may otherwise improve their chance of admission depending on which study programme they apply for or by passing the Test for Academic Studies (TestAS).

Admission requirements

Please use the Anabin Database [website is in German] or the website of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to check if your secondary school certificate is equivalent to the German Abitur.

If your secondary school certificate is not equivalent:

You need to attend the Studienkolleg (Saxony Preparatory Courses) before taking up studies at a university.

Prospective students without an equivalent certificate must first pass a comprehensive assessment exam at a Studienkolleg (Preparatory Courses) prior to being accepted to a university. The exam is designed to test if you are adequately prepared to study at a university or institution of higher education in Germany. A two-semester long preparatory course for the exam is offered by the Studienkolleg Sachsen, an institution run by Leipzig University.

Please see below for important information and documents required for admission to a Studienkolleg. The full application must be submitted to uni-assist:

If you have already completed some studies at university in your home country, or if you already possess a university degree:

You can apply directly to a university.

Students who have already passed university courses in their home country can apply directly for the same (or a similar) course of studies at a German university. Please use the Anabin Database or the website of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to see if your partially completed university studies are sufficient for university admission in Germany. Prospective students who already possess a university degree may apply for any study programme at any German university.

Please see below for important information and documents required for university admission. The full application must be submitted to uni-assist:

If you have a secondary school certificate from a country in the EU (including Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway):

You can apply directly to a university.

You have a secondary certificate equivalent to the German Abitur.

Please see below for important information and documents required for university admission. The full application must be submitted to uni-assist:

If you are a national of an EU-country (including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) AND you are applying for a study programme with a limited number of slots (Numerus Clausus, or NCZ):

You can apply directly to a university.

If you are applying for a study programme with a central admission restriction such as Medicine, Pharmacy, or Veterinary Medicine, then you will be competing with German applicants for a slot. You will need to apply for a spot in one of these programmes at Leipzig University through the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung.

All other applicants apply via uni-assist e.V.

 

If you are applying for the International Physics Studies Programme as an undergraduate:

All of the documents on the checklist below must be included in the admission application. The full application must be submitted to uni-assist:


last update: 05.09.2017 
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