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.

Please be sure to take into account the changes to the selection procedure for degree programmes that are subject to a centralised study place allocation procedure: Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy.

Information About the Numerus Clausus

Admission restrictions (referred to as a numerus clausus, meaning ‘closed number’ in Latin) are only ever 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:

‘Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure’ (DoSV)

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 on the external DoSV application portal.

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 its applicant support team.

The DoSV portal of the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung is where all of your applications for DoSV degree programmes are compared. During the procedure, any offers of admission will be generated in your DoSV portal user account. 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.

In this context, please take into account the changes to the coordination rules that will apply from the summer semester 2010.

  • Application phase (the beginning of May until 15 July)
  • Coordination phase (16 July until 24 August)
    • We and other universities participating in the DoSV conduct our admission procedures and submit the results to the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung.
    • 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.
    • If you have not actively accepted an offer of admission, your highest priority offer will automatically be converted into an admission and loaded into your DoSV user account.
  • Ongoing clearing phase (28 August until 30 September)
    • If not all study places were allocated during the coordination phase, an ongoing clearing phase will take place according to the uploaded ranking lists.

We strongly recommend that you arrange your applications in order of preference in the application phase.

This is due to changes in the coordination rules, whereby if an applicant receives two offers of admission, the offer for the application with the lower priority (and all other applications assigned lower priority) will be immediately and permanently excluded from the procedure!

Example:

Priority Application Degree programme University Offer of admission
1. A Psychology Leipzig no
2. B Pharmacy Leipzig yes
3. C Medicine Halle no
4 D Biology Magdeburg yes
5. E Soziology Jena no
6. F Computer Science Wuppertal no
  • Your applications C, D, E and F will be excluded from the application procedure.
  • Your applications A and B are still included in the application procedure.
  • You may choose to actively accept the offer of admission for your application B. You will then leave the application procedure.
  • You may choose not to actively accept the offer of admission for your application B, and instead wait to see whether might still be offered a place for your application A.
  • If you then receive an offer of admission for your application A, this will automatically be converted into an admission.
  • If you do not subsequently receive an offer of admission for your application A, then your offer of admission for your application B will automatically be converted into an admission.
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Juliane Zägel

‘Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure’ (DoSV)

Studentensekretariat
Goethestr. 6
04109 Leipzig

Centralised Study Place Allocation Procedure

Places on some degree programmes are allocated in a central 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

 

until 31 May *

Prospective students 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 *

Prospective students 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.

Step 1

If you are considering applying for a study programme which is subject to the centralised allocation procedure, you will first need to register on the external DoSV application portal.

Upon registering you will be given:

  • an applicant ID number
  • an applicant authentication number.

Both numbers 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! However, if you do register more than once, only the application received with your last registration will be considered.

Step 2

Once you have selected a study programme in the DoSV application portal, you must then register a second time and thus create an AntOn (Antragstellung Online) user account. You will be redirected via a link at the bottom of the page.

If you have any questions about registering, please refer to the comprehensive information provided on the hochschulstart.de website or contact its applicant support team.

Due to legal requirements, different selection criteria will come into force from the summer semester 2020 for study programmes that are subject to the centralised allocation procedure.

The main changes include:

In addition, the results of the new additional eligibility quota (ZEQ) and of a joint selection procedure called the Auswahlverfahren der Hochschulen (AdH) are converted into points. A maximum score of 100 can be achieved per quota. The higher the score, the greater the chance of success in the selection procedure.

In the centralised allocation procedure, ten per cent of study places are allocated under the additional eligibility quota (ZEQ).

This quota considers:

  • the result of the TMS
  • a completed vocational training qualification which is recognised in the respective degree programme regulations, and
  • in the transitional period (winter semester 2020/2021 and winter semester 2021/2022), the waiting time accrued by the prospective student up to that point in time.

This quota does not take an applicant’s Abitur grade into account.

A maximum score of 100 can be achieved in the additional eligibility quota (ZEQ).
Points are awarded as follows:

 

Waiting time

TMS

Vocational training qualification

In the winter semester
2020/2021

45 points

50 points

5 points

In the winter semester
2021/2022

30 points

65 points

5 points

From the winter semester
2022/2023

0 points

95 points

5 points

Points for the waiting time are calculated as follows:

 

Waiting time

Weighting

Summer semester 2020
Winter semester 2020/2021

≥ 15 semesters
   14 semesters
   13 semesters
   etc.

45 points
42 points
39 points
 

Summer semester 2021
Winter semester 2021/2022

≥ 15 semesters
   14 semesters
   13 semesters
   etc.

30 points
28 points
26 points
 


Waiting time conversion table
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The Test for Medical Study Courses (TMS) is a subject-specific aptitude test which, in addition to the Abitur grade, is a good indicator of an applicant’s likelihood to succeed on a medical degree programme.

The result of the TMS is considered in the additional eligibility quota (ZEQ) as well as in a joint selection procedure called the Auswahlverfahren der Hochschulen (AdH). The result of the TMS is not considered in the quota for top Abitur performers.

Due to the growing importance of the TMS in the central allocation procedure, we strongly recommend participation in this test.

Who Can Take Part in the TMS?

You can take part in the TMS if you:

  • have not yet taken the Test for Medical Study Courses (TMS) in Germany and
  • hold a general, subject-specific or special higher education entrance qualification or
  • will acquire this qualification in the current or following school year.

The next Test for Medical Study Courses (TMS) will take place on 9 May 2020.
Further information on applying will be available from 1 December 2019 on the TMS website.

Does the Test Cost Anything?

Yes, the Test for Medical Study Courses (TMS) is subject to a fee. Each participant is required to pay a fee of €83.
Registration for the test is only binding once the fee has arrived in the relevant account. Please make sure you observe the payment deadline.

Where Does the TMS Take Place?

The Test for Medical Study Courses (TMS) takes places simultaneously at different locations in Germany.
As soon as the TMS coordination office has received payment of your test fee, you can select a test location in your personal TMS account. You must do this by 23 January 2020. Please note, however, that you will only be offered test locations where free places are still available. 
The sooner you register, pay your test fee and book your test location, the greater the likelihood that you will secure a place at your preferred location.

An invitation to the test will be loaded into your TMS account once you have successfully registered and paid the test fee.

How Often Can I Take the TMS?

You may only take the Test for Medical Study Courses (TMS) once.
This means that your test result applies not only to current application procedures, but also to all future applications you make to study Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy.

Summary of the Most Important Points:

  • Registration for the TMS begins on 1 December 2019 and ends on 15 January 2020.
  • Registration for the test and booking the test location are only possible online. The invitation and test results are also only made available online in your personal TMS account.
  • The TMS is subject to a fee. It costs €83 per person. Registration for the test is not binding until the fee has arrived in the relevant account.
  • The next TMS will take place on 9 May 2020 at various locations in Germany.
  • The TMS is a voluntary test.
  • More information is available on the TMS website.

The Medical Faculty of Heidelberg University is responsible for organising and conducting the TMS.

The changes in the selection quotas now also reflect the long-standing need to take greater account of professional expertise. As a result, as of the summer semester 2020, vocational training qualifications that are of relevance to the specific course of study will be given much greater consideration, both in terms of the additional eligibility quota (ZEQ) and, in particular, in the selection procedure at universities.

You will find information on which vocational training qualifications are recognised for the individual degree programmes in the corresponding selection statutes or in our overviews in the download area.

The selection and admission procedures for degree programmes that are subject to a centralised study place allocation procedure are carried out by the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung.

Study places are distributed as follows:

  • Thirty per cent of study places are allocated based on the average grade of applicants’ higher education entrance qualifications (quota for top Abitur performers, or Abiturbestenquote).
    A mathematical offset system ensures that the average grades of the individual federal states are comparable.
  • Ten per cent of study places are allocated based on the additional eligibility quota (ZEQ).
  • 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.
    Our university uses the following criteria for selection in the degree programmes which are subject to centralised allocation:

The maximum score possible in this quota is 100 points.
It comprises the following:

  • Up to 60 points for the result of the higher education entrance qualification
  • Up to 30 points for the result of the TMS
  • Ten points for a recognised vocational training qualification from the field in question. Please refer to the overviews in the download area to find out which vocational training qualifications are eligible for consideration.

Further information

The maximum score possible in this quota is 100 points.
It comprises the following:

  • Up to 50 points for the result of the higher education entrance qualification
  • Up to 30 points for the result of the TMS
  • Twenty points for a recognised vocational training qualification from the field in question. Please refer to the overviews in the download area to find out which vocational training qualifications are eligible for consideration.

Further information

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.

Here you will find information about enrolment.

The selection and admission procedures for degree programmes that are subject to a centralised study place allocation procedure are carried out by 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 (Wartezeit).

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: Applications for higher semesters of study.

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 time for which the last available study place was awarded.

The average higher education entrance qualification grade and the waiting time do not influence each other! The average grade does not improve automatically with an increasing waiting time. Only your waiting time increases with each semester you spend waiting, thereby increasing your chance of being admitted within the waiting time 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 of their own. These are dependent on the specific profiles of the respective degree programmes, some of which require prior knowledge.

Biology BSc and Biochemistry BSc

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

  • Sixty per cent based on the average grade of applicants’ higher education entrance qualifications (usually the average Abitur grade).
  • Forty per cent 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 and Teaching Degree (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
  • 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 Degree (Special Needs Education) and 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 period (Wartezeit).

Sports Science BA, Sports Management BSc, Teaching Degree (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 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  additional 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):
    • a copy of their intermediate examination certificate, if already taken
    • current proof of enrolment
    • if already taken, a copy of the intermediate examination certificate
    • list of academic achievements to date. Such a list is not required when planning a swap for: the 1st clinical semester of Medicine, the 5th semester of study of Veterinary Medicine, the 6th 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.

Students who wish 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.

There are currently no draws being held for the winter semester 2019/2020.  If this changes, information will be provided on this page.

It is only possible to apply for current draws.

All applications for current draws are made online via the AlmaWeb portal. Individual application deadlines for the drawing of lots depend on the degree programme in question and are binding.

  • 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.

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