What admission restrictions are there for studying at Leipzig University? When and to whom do they apply and for which degree programmes? What exactly is a numerus clausus and how does the selection procedure work? Here we have compiled basic information on these topics for you.

Information about the numerus clausus

Admission restrictions (referred to as a numerus clausus, meaning ‘closed number’ in Latin) are defined for certain degree programmes. They indicate how many prospective students may be enrolled in the respective degree programme and depend on the number of applicants in relation to the number of available study places.

As soon as an admission restriction applies to a degree programme, an admission or selection procedure must be carried out for that course of studies.

Admission restrictions can also apply to higher semesters of study. Please bear this in mind if you are considering transferring to another university or changing your course.

Please refer to the individual programme information in our online overview of courses to find out which study programmes and semesters of study are subject to an admission restriction.

Depending on the subject, the following restrictions may apply:

  • Degree programmes with a local restriction on admission (NCU): please apply via our AlmaWeb study portal.
  • Degree programmes with a national restriction on admission (NCZ): please submit your application for the first semester of study via the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung (hochschulstart.de).

The Dialogorientiertes Serviceverfahren

For a number of degree programmes, our university participates in the ‘dialogue-oriented service procedure’ (DoSV).

The ‘dialogue-oriented service procedure’ (DoSV) is an application procedure run in cooperation with the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung.

Despite overwhelming demand in recent years, the fact that many candidates submit multiple applications has often resulted in study places with local restrictions on admission not being allocated, or in these places only being allocated later on during clearing.

By collaborating on the DoSV, our aim is to better coordinate the allocation of study places.

Applications for the first semester of study:

  • Psychology, Bachelor of Science
  • Law, State Examination
  • Economics and Management Science, Bachelor of Science

If you are considering applying for one of our programmes which take part in the DoSV, you will first need to register with hochschulstart.de.

Upon registering you will be given:

  • an applicant ID number
  • an applicant authentication number

You will require both of these numbers when you subsequently apply via our AlmaWeb portal; they will accompany you throughout every semester in which you apply and cannot be created more than once.

Please note that it is not permitted to register more than once on hochschulstart.de! However, if you do register more than once, only the application received with your last registration will be considered.

If you have any questions about registering, please refer to the comprehensive information provided on the hochschulstart.de website or contact the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung team by email.

Additional information on the service procedure and the DoSV application periods can be found in the application flyer and brochure.

At hochschulstart.de, all your DoSV-related applications will be compared. During the procedure, you will receive offers of admission in your user account in the DoSV portal. You can actively accept one of these offers or wait and see whether you receive another offer for a course of studies that better suits your wishes.

If you receive an offer of admission from our university and accept it, we will upload the letter of admission, along with further information, to your AlmaWeb account and inform you of this by sending an email to the email address linked to your AlmaWeb account.

    Application phase (the beginning of May until 15 July)
  • Coordination phase 1 (16 July until 15 August)
    • We and other universities participating in the DoSV conduct our admission procedures and submit the results to hochschulstart.de
    • You can view your applications and any offers of admission in your DoSV user account.
    • As soon as you accept an offer, you are removed from the procedure. This automatically releases places for other applicants.
  • Decision phase (16 August until 18 August)
    • You have not yet accepted an offer of admission? This is your final chance to rearrange your applications in order of priority.
    • If you do not make a new decision, the order of applications shown to you up to that point will be considered your personal wish list.
  • Coordination phase 2 (19 August until 24 August)
    • If you have not yet accepted an offer of admission, your wish list and the ranking lists of the universities will be used to automatically determine the best offer of admission for you, which will then be uploaded to your DoSV user account.
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Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure (DoSV)

Studentensekretariat
Goethestr. 6, Room 519
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32056
Fax: +49 341 97-32099

National restrictions on admission (NCZ)

Places on some degree programmes are allocated centrally in a national selection procedure.

Applications for the first semester of study:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Pharmacy

 

 

Applications for the first semester of study on these degree courses must be submitted on time via the hochschulstart.de portal. It is not possible to apply directly to our university.

Application periods

For applicants

until 31 May *

who acquired their higher education entrance qualification (in the case of school leavers) or their first degree certificate (in the case of applications for a second degree) before 16 January of the current year.

until 15 July *

who will acquire their higher education entrance qualification (in the case of current school leavers) or their first degree certificate (in the case of applications for a second degree) between 16 January and 15 July inclusive of the current year.

* Please note the binding deadlines! Your online application must be completed by no later than midnight on the specified day. Applications received after this deadline cannot be considered in the admission procedure.

The selection and admission procedure for degree courses that are subject to national restrictions on admission is conducted centrally by the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung.

Study places are distributed as follows:

  • Twenty per cent of study places are allocated based on the average grade of applicants’ higher education entrance qualifications.
  • Twenty per cent of study places are allocated based on the waiting time, meaning the time between acquiring the university entrance qualification and applying.
  • Sixty per cent of study places are allocated based on a joint selection procedure called the Auswahlverfahren der Hochschulen (AdH).

In the AdH, each university can define different selection criteria for its individual degree programmes.

Medicine – State Examination

Step 1: Preselection
(Prerequisite for participating in the AdH at our university)

  • First preference is Leipzig.

Step 2: AdH

  • Average grade of the higher education entrance qualification
  • Test for Medical Study Courses (TMS)
  • Relevant completed vocational training

Further information

Dentistry – State Examination

Step 1: Preselection
(Prerequisite for participating in the AdH at our university)

  • First or second preference is Leipzig.

Step 2: AdH

  • Average grade of the higher education entrance qualification
  • Test for Medical Study Courses (TMS)

Further information

Veterinary Medicine – State Examination

Step 1: Preselection
(Prerequisite for participating in the AdH at our university)

  • First preference is Leipzig.
  • The average grade of the applicant’s higher education entrance qualification is not worse than 2,5.

Step 2: AdH

  • Average grade of the higher education entrance qualification
  • Individual grades from the higher education entrance qualification (biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics)
  • Relevant completed vocational training

Further information

If you wish to claim a relevant period of completed vocational training, please send an officially certified copy of the vocational training certificate to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine study office by no later than 15 July of the current year.

Pharmacy – State Examination

Step 1: Preselection
(Prerequisite for participating in the AdH at our university)

  • None

Step 2: AdH

  • Average grade of the higher education entrance qualification

At the same time as you receive the letter of admission from hochschulstart.de, we will send you an email to the email address linked to your hochschulstart.de account with the subject Ihre Bewerbung über hochschulstart.de (Your application via hochschulstart.de). This email will explain the further steps for accepting the place at our university.

Information on enrolment and commencing your studies is available here.

We have assigned the selection and admission procedure for degree courses that are subject to national restrictions on admission to the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung (hochschulstart.de). Unfortunately, this means that we are unable to provide any information about the status of your application. Please contact the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung directly. Letters of admission and rejection are also dispatched directly by hochschulstart.de. The same applies to notifications concerning the Auswahlverfahren der Hochschulen (AdH).

Local restrictions on admission

There is a separate selection procedure for each of our locally restricted degree programmes, which is based on our university’s enrolment regulations. Any deviations from these regulations are stipulated in the faculties’ corresponding selection statutes.

For the first semester of study, 90 per cent of available study places are based on the average grade of the higher education entrance qualification, and ten per cent on the waiting time.

The waiting time is the time during which you were not enrolled at any German university after obtaining your higher education entrance qualification (which is usually the Abitur in the case of German students).

Additional selection criteria apply to individual study programmes.

In the case of applications for higher semesters of study on locally restricted degree courses, places are allocated based on other criteria. These are explained on the Applying for a Higher Semester of Study page.

First-semester applications for locally restricted degree courses are also subject to other selection criteria if the applicant has already studied for an undergraduate degree. For more information, please refer to the Application Documents page.

The numerus clausus (NC) of a degree programme is recalculated each semester based on the respective selection procedure. It indicates the average grade of the higher education entrance qualification or the waiting period for which the last available study place was awarded.

The average higher education entrance qualification grade and the waiting period do not influence each other! The average grade of your higher education entrance qualification will not improve with each semester you spend waiting. Only your waiting period increases with each semester you spend waiting, thereby increasing your chance of being admitted within the waiting period quota.

Our NC table shows the NC values of recent years.

View NC table

For some degree programmes, the faculties have their own selection statutes, in which they deviate from the usual requirements and apply further criteria. These are dependent on the specific profiles of the respective degree programmes, some of which require prior knowledge.

Biology BSc/Biochemistry BSc

The 80 per cent of study places to be allocated in the university quota (AdH) are distributed as follows:

  • Sixty per cent of these are allocated based on the average grade of applicants’ higher education entrance qualifications (usually the average Abitur grade).
  • Forty per cent of these are allocated based on the average point score shown on the Abitur certificate for the last four semesters in the subjects mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics.

American Studies BA/Teaching Qualification (English)

The 80 per cent of study places to be allocated in the university quota (AdH) are distributed equally:

  • based on the average grade of applicants’ higher education entrance qualifications and
  • based on the total point score shown on the Abitur certificate for the last four semesters in the subjects English (counted twice), German, mathematics, history and the second foreign language.

Teaching Qualification (Special Needs Education)/Communication and Media Studies BA

Study places are distributed as follows:

  • Eighty per cent are allocated based on the average grade of applicants’ higher education entrance qualifications (usually the average Abitur grade).
  • Twenty per cent are allocated based on the waiting time.

Sports Science BA/Sports Management BSc/Teaching Qualification (Physical Education)

  • Based on the average grade of applicants’ higher education entrance qualifications, ten per cent of available study places are allocated to applicants who have demonstrated that they are top athletes.
    Top athlete status presupposes selection as a ‘cadre athlete’ (A-C) of the respective German umbrella association. Please present proof of this to the Student Office.
    Top athletes of sports games or non-Olympic sports are asked to submit a certificate of equivalence from the Leipzig Olympic Training Centre.
  • Further information is available from the Faculty of Sport Science.

 

Changing study places at our university

In degree programmes with admission restrictions, it is often difficult to get a free place at the university of your choice. Swapping study places can be one way of still being able to study at your preferred university.

  • It is up to you to find a suitable partner to swap places with.
  • You and the other student must be fully enrolled on the same degree course and in the same semester of study. You should have each completed a similar amount of your course.
  • For medical students: the number of clinical semesters in the clinical section must be the same.
  • You must have properly re-enrolled.

It is not possible to swap places if you are enrolled on a so-called Modellstudiengang.

  • You and your partner fill in the form for swapping study places.
    If more than two students are involved in the swap, please also fill in the group swap form.
  • Obtain the permission of the universities involved in the exchange.
    The order in which you obtain this permission is irrelevant. Important: once the form has been approved by all of the universities involved, please return it to the Student Office by the deadline.
    • The deadline for swapping study places for the winter semester is 30 September.
    • The deadline for swapping study places for the summer semester is 31 March.
  • Submit the documents of your exchange partner.
    In order to check your application, we require the following documents from your exchange partner (the student who wants to switch to Leipzig University):
    • copy of their higher education entrance qualification
    • current proof of enrolment
    • a copy of their intermediate examination certificate, if already taken
    • list of academic achievements to date. Such a list is not required when planning a swap for: the first clinical semester of Medicine, the fifth semester of study of Veterinary Medicine, the sixth semester of study of Dentistry.

Even if you submit your application in person, it is not possible to immediately grant approval for swapping study places. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope with your application to swap places. This will allow us to inform you of our decision after processing the application.

Once all of the universities involved have granted permission for the exchange, please send us the swap form again.

  • To swap for the winter semester, the form needs to be with the Student Office by 30 September.
  • To swap for the summer semester, the form needs to be with the Student Office by 31 March.

The student who wishes to enrol at our university will then receive an email with the access data required to enrol online.

This enrolment takes place at the earliest two weeks before the beginning of the semester and is only possible if the exchange partner has been exmatriculated from our university beforehand.

The application for exmatriculation should be submitted two weeks before the beginning of the semester. More information about exmatriculation is available here.

Allocation by lot

In exceptional cases where not all of the places available on a restricted degree course are allocated during the clearing procedure, the remaining places are allocated by lot.

Even in the coveted degree programmes with restrictions on admission, it is not always possible to fill all of the available places.

We draw lots in order to allocate these free study places. In this procedure, we make a random selection from all of the people who have applied to be included in the draw. The randomly selected applicants are subsequently admitted to the degree course.

Lots are only drawn for the first semester of study on restricted degree programmes if it was not possible to allocate all available study places in the main selection procedure and during clearing.

Please only apply online for the draw. The application deadlines for the drawing of lots depend on the degree programme in question and are binding.

  • Which online portal you use to apply for the draw depends on the degree programme:
    • programmes with local admission restrictions: apply via the AlmaWeb portal
    • programmes with national restrictions on admissions (first semester of study for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy): apply via the AlmaWeb portal
    • programmes which participate in the DoSV: apply via hochschulstart.de
  • Participation in the draw is also possible if you previously failed to apply for the desired degree programme by the regular application deadline.
  • You can apply online once for each degree programme being offered by lot. 
  • The selection is made at random. If you are consequently admitted to your desired course of study, you will receive an email with further information on online registration and enrolment. This email will be sent to the email address given when applying online to take part in the draw.

There are currently no draws being held.

 

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