Application (EU)
Application Process (EU)

How to Apply Successfully

The application process varies significantly depending on the university and the study programme you wish to study. Therefore, it may be helpful to choose a study progamme with our Study Programme Search before you continue to read the following information.  Then you can return to this page to find the information concerning your specific application process. But of course you will also find information on the application process in general.

In any case: Good luck with your application!

In a Nutshell: How to Apply

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When does my Study Programme start?

In most study programmes at Lower Saxony's universities, courses start each winter semester (= fall term). Additionally, many programmes – especially Master programmes – will start each summer semester (= spring term) as well. A few study programmes can only be taken up in the summer semester. Please make sure that your desired study programme is offered in the semester for which you intend to apply. 

As a rule, the academic year in Germany consists of two parts: The winter semester (WS/WiSe) and the summer semester (SoSe).

At the universities, the winter semester generally lasts from 1 October to 31 March of each year. The summer semester lasts from 1 April to 30 September.

At the universities of applied sciences, the semesters generally start one month earlier than those at the universities, i. e. 1 September to 28/29 February (WS) and 1 March to 31 August (SoSe).


More detailed information about the academic calendar and the organisation of your studies in Lower Saxony can be found here.

Admission Restrictions

It is important to find out whether your study programme is admission-restricted or not. If there is a "Numerus Clausus" (NC), it means that only a limited number of study places is available. Therefore, not all qualified applicants will receive a place in the study programme.

Applicants are often selected on the basis of the grade point average (GPA) of their higher education entrance qualification (HZB). Because of this, "NC" is colloquially used to refer to the lowest GPA that was still sufficient to gain admission to that study programme in the last round of applications. In other words, the NC is determined at the end of a selection process by the average grade of the last admitted applicant.

Study programmes that are particularly high in demand are subject to a centrally restricted admission policy: All applicants from Germany and the EU/EEA have to apply centrally for the study places available in the whole of Germany. This is called "nationwide NC". Other subjects are locally restricted ("local NC"), which means that the university itself is responsible for the selection process. For many study programmes, however, there are no admission restriction policies in place – you can apply for these subjects without undergoing specific selection procedures first.

N.B.! For admission restricted study programmes, the application deadline ends much earlier than for programmes without admission restrictions. Check the homepage of your university of choice whether your study programme is restricted or not, when the deadline for sending in your application documents ends, and whether there are any further prerequisites (e. g. subject-specific entrance examinations, pre-study internships etc.).

Application Procedures

Study Programmes with a nationwide NC

If your desired study programme has a nationwide NC (currently medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry and pharmacy), you will have to apply through hochschulstart.de. Use the application portal AntOn to submit your application, then print out and sign the application form, and mail the complete application – including all required certificates and documents – to the Foundation for University Admission ("Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung").

Study Programmes with a local NC/ without NC

If your desired study programme has a local NC or no NC, please check whether your university of choice cooperates with uni-assist or not. The answer determines exactly how you will have to send in your application.
 

uni-assist e. V. – short for "Arbeits- und Servicestelle für Internationale Studienbewerbungen" – is the working service point for international student applications. It is an association of over 180 German universities, founded to facilitate the admission of international university applicants.

Currently, the following universities in Lower Saxony cooperate with uni-assist:

hochschule 21 - University of Applied Sciences, Buxtehude
Hochschule Hannover - University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HsH)
Hannover Medical School (MHH)
Leibniz University Hannover
University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation (TiHo)
University of Hildesheim Foundation
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Hochschule Emden/ Leer - University of Applied Sciences
University of Oldenburg
Hochschule Osnabrück - University of Applied Sciences
University of Osnabrück
Jade University of Applied Sciences, Wilhelmshaven/ Oldenburg/ Elsfleth
Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences

Last updated: October 2018. All information is subject to change. For the most recent overview of all uni-assist universities, see https://www.uni-assist.de/en/tools/uni-assist-universities/

 

If your university of choice cooperates with uni-assist, you have to register at www.uni-assist.de to upload your application documents. Once you have paid the processing fee, your certificates and other documents will be evaluated, and your grades will be converted into the German grading system.

This will take some time. Therefore, you should send your documents to uni-assist at least eight weeks before the application deadline. If you handed in your application documents in full and on time, uni-assist will forward your application to the university, or they will send you a preliminary review documentation ("Vorprüfungsdokumentation" or "VPD"), which you can then use to apply to the university directly.

For the first evaluation of your documents per application semester, there is a 75 Euro processing fee. If you want to apply to more than one university or for several study programmes, each additional application in the same application semester costs another 30 Euro.

 

If your university of choice does not cooperate with uni-assist, you have to send your application documents directly to the university. Most universities will provide online application portals on their website. Most of these portals will be available only during the application period. 

Use the web portal to fill in the application forms and to upload your application documents (e. g. certificates). In addition, you may be asked to mail certified copies of your documents to the university. Make sure to mail your documents sufficiently in advance of the deadline, as only complete applications that were submitted on time will be considered by the universities!

Sometimes you will also have to pay a processing fee before the evaluation of your documents can begin.

Admission/Rejection

Most universities will send you a confirmation of receipt via email if your application documents have reached the university in time. Also check your spam folder just in case.

After receiving your application, the university will evaluate your documents and start the selection procedure. If your application was successful, you will receive a letter of admission a few weeks later by mail. Along with your letter of admission, you will receive additional information about the university and the enrolment procedure, i. e. the acceptance of your place at university. If your application was not successful, you will receive a rejection letter.

Important Periods and Deadlines

Please be aware that there are no universal application periods! Instead, they may vary from university to university, or even from study programme to study programme. Therefore, the following deadlines provide only a rough orientation for your first information. Please make sure to check ahead of time which specific application deadlines apply to your desired study programme!

If you would like to begin your studies in the winter semester:

  • the application period often ends on 15 July. N.B.: The deadline can also be much earlier! Make sure to check the university's website for details ahead of time.
  • letters of admission will be sent out approximately in August/September.
  • letters of rejection will be sent out approximately in September/October.

If you would like to begin your studies in the summer semester:

  • the application period often ends on 15 January. N.B.: The deadline can also be much earlier! Make sure to check the university's website for details ahead of time.
  • letters of admission will be sent out approximately in February/March.
  • letters of rejection will be sent out approximately in March/April.