Application and admission (master)
1. Completed university studies
One prerequisite for admission to a master study programme is that the applicant has successfully completed a bachelor degree or other first higher education degree.
2. Language requirements
If you wish to apply for a master study programme which is taught in German, your knowledge of German must be the equivalent of the level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). To start the application process, it is sufficient if you provide a certificate proving that your knowledge of German is at the level B2. It is however absolutely essential that you provide a certified copy of your German certificate proving your ability at C1 level by no later than when you enrol.
Leipzig University only accepts the following documents as proof of an applicant’s knowledge of German:
- “Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang”, Level 2 (DSH-2)
- “Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache”, Level 4 (TDN4 in all categories)
- “Deutsches Sprachdiplom (Stufe II)” of the KMK (“Conference of Education Minsters”) (DSD II)
- “Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung” (ZOP)
- “Goethe-Zertifikat C1”
- “Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom” (formerly “Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom” and “Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom”)
- “Zeugnis über die Feststellungsprüfung” (FSP)
- “interDaF–Prüfung C1”, Level 2
- “ÖSD Diploma”, Level C1
- “telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule”
If you wish to apply for a master study programme taught in English, then you must submit corresponding documentation to prove your knowledge of English. The study programme regulations of your chosen subject specify which documents are accepted as proof.
Please note that, depending on your study programme, you may also be required to provide evidence of further foreign language skills. For specific information about language requirements, please check the study programme database or the websites of the respective institutes. Should you require further information, please contact the International Centre.
Note: Applicants who have already successfully completed their first higher education degree, and whose knowledge of German is at B1 level, may, for a fee, take a German language course at the Studienkolleg Sachsen which is designed to prepare them for studying here (“DSH course”).
3. Aptitude test / Evaluation of subject-specific admission requirements
Most master study programmes also involve an aptitude test (“EFP”) as well as the University examining whether applicants fulfil the subject-specific admission requirements (“FZV”). This examination may involve verifying documents, requesting work samples or personal interviews at the respective institutes. To find out whether the master study programme you have chosen is subject to such an aptitude test or evaluation of subject-specific requirements, please refer to the Study Office ("Studienbüro") website of your institute.
Master study programmes (first and higher semester of study)
For applicants who hold a first university degree from abroad
1 Apr-31 May (for the winter semester)
1 Nov-31 Dec (for the summer semester)
For applicants who hold a first university degree from Germany
1 May-31 May (for the winter semester)
1 Dec-31 Dec (for the summer semester)
Aptitude tests (EFP) / Evaluation of subject-specific admission requirements (FZV)
Your institute’s dates for aptitude tests and for checks concerning subject-specific admission requirements may differ from the application deadlines for a master study programme, and in many cases they lie some time before these deadlines. This is why you must please remember to find out what you need to know from your own institute.
Application process and application documents
University degree from abroad
University degree from Germany
Applications are submitted via uni-assist
Applications are submitted via AlmaWeb
Please apply online by the deadline using the applications portal uni-assist e.V. and send your application documents by post to:
Please apply online by the deadline using Leipzig University’s study portal AlmaWeb and send your application documents by post to:
c/o uni-assist e.V.
Frau Stefanie Kölling
When submitting certified copies and certified translations, please note our guidelines on official copies and translations.
NOTE: If you acquired your university degree at Leipzig University, simple copies of the documents you received from Leipzig University will suffice.
If your chosen master study programme involves an aptitude test (“EFP”) / an evaluation of whether you fulfil the subject-specific admission requirements (“FZV”), then in addition to applying via uni-assist or AlmaWeb you will also need to apply directly at the respective institute. Please note that this will require additional application documents.
The dates and deadlines for this “EFP” / “FZV” may also lie some time before the normal application deadlines. This is why you must please remember to find out what you need to know yourself from your own institute. The contact details of study advisors can be found in the study programme database. The most important information about the “EFP” / “FZV” is also provided on the website detailing special admission requirements.
You wish to apply for a higher semester of study:
In order to apply for a higher semester of study, in addition to your application you will also require what’s known as a Credits Form (Anrechnungsbescheid). You will need to have this filled in and signed by the Examination Committee responsible for your chosen subject and submit it along with your other application documents.
NOTE: Please be aware that you may apply for no more than two master study programmes at any one time. Please submit your application documents in full by the respective deadlines and in the manner prescribed.
Admission and accepting your study place
1. Admission criteria
You may be offered a place if the following conditions have been fulfilled:
- Formal suitability (e.g. equivalence of your university degree)
- Sufficient language skills
- Passing the aptitude test (“EFP”) / meeting the subject-specific admission requirements (“FZV”)
- In the case of study programmes with a Numerus Clausus (NC), the final grade you achieved on your last degree will also play a role. Where you rank on the list for your chosen study programme depends on the final grades of your fellow applicants.
2. Where and how you find out whether you have been offered a study place:
Application via uni-assist
Application via AlmaWeb
Once you have successfully applied formally via uni-assist, your application is then forwarded to us.
We will then send you an email with your access information for AlmaWeb, Leipzig University’s study portal. We will make your Letter of Admission available in the same portal.
Once you have successfully applied formally via AlmaWeb, we will make your Letter of Admission available in the same portal.
As soon as your letter has been created, you will be notified via email. You should therefore check your emails regularly. You will find your letter in the AlmaWeb study portal under Messages, where you can download and print it. Important: This document is generated electronically and is valid without a seal or signature. No such letters are sent out by post.
3. How to accept your study place and enrol:
If you have been offered a place to study, fill in the acceptance agreement found on the final page of your Letter of Admission and send it within two weeks to the email-address mentioned therein. You will then receive information on paying your semester fee.
Please note that enrolment is not complete until you have paid the semester fee, handed in any required documents and enrolled in person during Leipzig University’s welcome week.
You will find all of the most important information you need with your Letter of Admission and under First steps.
Master programmes with special application procedures
Do you wish to apply for one of the following master programmes? If so, please note that the application procedure differs for them. Find out more on the websites of the respective programmes: