Application process for undergraduate studies (Bachelor & state examination)

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International students that got their university entrance qualification (“Hochschulzugangsberechtigung”) outside Germany (and not at a school with a German Abitur) usually complete their application to study at Goethe University via uni-assist, a service provider who carries out the preliminary check of international university applications. Uni-assist processes international applications and forwards the electronic application data to Goethe University.

Attention: Please note that there are exceptions to the uni-assist procedure for certain groups of applicants or subjects. Please make sure whether you have to follow a special procedure.

Concerning applications: Even if you have yet to complete the DSH examination or attend the Studienkolleg, you apply for your chosen course of study via uni-assist. You will then initially only receive an invitation to the DSH examination or the Studienkolleg.

University entrance qualifications (“Hochschulzugangsberechtigungen”) are, for example, Abitur, A-levels, High School Diploma, Baccalaureat, Lise Diploması and others. Uni-assist processes applications for study courses, DSH preparatory courses and the Studienkolleg at Goethe University Frankfurt.

Online Studienwahl Assistenten (online self assessment): Those can help you to find the right subject of studies. For some study programmes at Goethe University they are an application requirement. You will have to send your confirmation of participation in the OSA along with your application. For a list of those study programmes and further information go here: Online Studienwahl Assistenten der Goethe-Universität

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Application process:

  1. First you must apply online.
  2. Please register on the uni-assist online portal.
  3. Fill in your application request.
  4. Submit your request electronically, together with the appropriate uploaded documents, to uni-assist.
  5. Print out, sign and send your application request together with the necessary documents to uni-assist (address provided below).
  6. If you have provided all necessary documentation and fulfil the application requirements, then your information is passed on to Goethe University, usually within 4-6 weeks.

Please send your application to:
Goethe-Universität
c/o uni-assist e.V.
D-11507 Berlin

You will need the following documents for your application via uni-assist:

  • Graduation certificate or school leaving certificate with an overview of subjects taken and marks achieved, together with all other documents that grant you entry to higher education systems in your home country (all complete with a translation by a certified translator into either German or English).
  • APS-certificate. For applicants from Vietnam, the People’s Republic of China as well as Mongolia: they need to submit a original copy of the APS-certificate of academic screening issued by the Academic Evaluation Centre ("Akademische Prüfstelle – APS").
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  • Proof of your knowledge of German – certified as B1 at least.
  • Confirmation of participation in the OSA (online self assessment) if required.
  • Copy of your valid passport (only the page that contains your personal data).
  • Receipt for payment of the preliminary fee for assessment of application.

Notes concerning application documents:

  • All the documents you submit in your application must be presented with legal certification. Exception: the copy of your passport, the receipt of your payment and the OSA confirmation. TestDaF and IELTS can be verified online by uni-assist. A simple copy of your certificate is sufficient in this case. >> Formal requirements
  • Please never send original certificates and please also make sure that all your necessary forms and documents are included and complete!

Application deadlines:

  • For the Studienkolleg: 15th October for the summer semester and 15th April for the winter semester
  • For applicants with direct university entrance qualifications (“Hochschulzugangsberechtigung”) to take up their studies: 15th January for the summer semester and 15th July for the winter semester, for free-admission programs: 28th February for the summer semester and 31st of August for the winter semester (Attention: only if you already have a DSH-2 Level or equivalent; without DSH-exam or equivalent: 15th of January for the summer semester and 15th of July for the winter semester)
  • Please note: By the application deadline, all of your completed forms and documents must have been received by uni-assist. We therefore strongly recommend you submit your documents early – six weeks before the deadline – so that there is some extra time in case clarification is necessary, or in case something is missing from your application.
  • Exceptions for medicine/dentistry: deadline is 1st June for non-EU applicants via uni-assist (15th July as of winter semester 2019/2020), 15th July for EU applicants via hochschulstart, or 31st May for EU applicants with a university entrance qualification from a previous year.

Exceptions to the uni-assist procedure:

>> All exceptions to uni-assist procedures and further information

Applying to multiple universities/institutes of higher education

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You want to apply to multiple universities simultaneously? Please first check whether the other institutes you wish to apply to also require application via uni-assist. You can find an up-to-date list of all institutes that use uni-assist here.

Please fill in a separate application form on the uni-assist online portal for every institute you apply to. It is sufficient, however, to have only one copy of the documents needed for your applications.

PLEASE NOTE: Depending on the different universities you apply to and the subjects you apply for, you may need to provide different documents! Applications for universities that do not operate through uni-assist must be sent directly to the universities. Please find information regarding the documentation they require on their respective websites.

For further questions regarding university entrance qualifications or documents needed for applications please turn to the Application Advisory Service of the International Office.

Applying above entry level

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If you also have credits from the same or a similar course of study from another university and would like to have these recognised for your studies at Goethe University, you can also apply to take up your studies at a higher semester, i.e. not at entry level. Such an application is not possible, however, if at the time of your application you are already enrolled elsewhere in Germany in a course of study with the same subject matter and same degree.

Application above entry level is also processed by uni-assist.

It is important that, if you want to apply above entry level, you also provide a notice of recognition of the examination office in charge of the relevant faculty or department, at the latest by the application deadline.

Please be furthermore advised that once you have been admitted to the first semester, it is not possible to be then moved to a higher semester.

Please contact the subject-specific guidance service ("Fachstudienberatung") of the relevant faculty and the "Studierendensekretariat" (student registration office). They will provide further information about applying above entry level.