Lottery Procedure

Lottery procedure for winter semester 2023/24

How the lottery works

If study places remain open after the regular allocation (both the main and move-up procedures), they're filled using a lottery system. Sometimes, applicants drop out before classes begin, and those places are also filled this way.

Remember: While applying automatically includes you in the move-up procedure, it doesn't for the lottery! If you want a shot at the lottery, you need to sign up for it.

You can see which programs use the lottery on this page. If your chosen program isn't listed, it means there's no lottery for it.

For some programs, the application deadline is just before the lottery's end. They're marked with an asterisk (*). For these, you can join the lottery, but it's unclear until the very end if the remaining places will actually become available. So, using the lottery for these is more of a "just in case" move. We'll keep this page updated.

For the statutes of the lottery process, click here.

The lottery for will be held exclusively online. You can access the registration link at the beginning of the lottery, located at the bottom of this page. Please be aware that submissions via e-mail or postcard are not accepted.

Even if you haven't applied for a program before, you are welcome to take part in the lottery. However, past applications don't automatically enroll you in the lottery – you must register separately.

All successful lottery participants will be informed through both regular mail and e-mail. If the lottery has concluded and you haven't been notified, unfortunately, you weren't selected this time.

Additional guidelines to consider:

  • Only one lottery application is allowed per program. Submitting multiple applications for the same program will result in disqualification.
  • There is no need to provide documents like transcripts or placement certificates during the lottery application. Such documentation will be requested post-selection, during the enrollment process. However, failing to meet the necessary requirements during enrollment will invalidate your admission.
  • Only those aiming for a tiered degree program (Bachelor) with Fachhochschulreife can apply for the lottery. Programs culminating in a Staatsexamen degree are excluded.
  • Current Goethe University students should include their matriculation number, or if applying normally, their applicant number for the relevant semester. While this doesn't influence your lottery odds, it speeds up the enrollment process should you be selected.
  • If you are allocated only a major or minor, you must select a non-allocated counterpart upon accepting your place. The course offerings provide a list of non-allocated majors/minors. For further inquiries, the Student Advisory Service is at your disposal.
  • For those eyeing the teaching profession: Lottery participation pertains only to Educational Sciences, not the specific teaching subjects. Upon winning a lottery spot, you'll be prompted to declare your teaching subjects. Bear in mind that some subjects in the teaching curriculum may have limited availability, meaning there may be no study places. The Student Advisory Service is on hand to guide you through these choices.

The online deadline for participation in the lottery procedure for the winter semester 2023/24 is between Sept. 22, 2023 12:01 a.m. and Sept. 29, 2023 11:59 p.m. (§ 37 Hessische Hochschulzulassungs-VO in conjunction with § 3 of the statutes of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University for the lottery procedure for the allocation of study places (as of Feb. 7, 2012)).

If study places remain open after the regular allocation (both the main and move-up procedures), they're filled using a lottery system. Sometimes, applicants drop out before classes begin, and those places are also filled this way.

Remember: While applying automatically includes you in the move-up procedure, it doesn't for the lottery! If you want a shot at the lottery, you need to sign up for it.

You can see which programs use the lottery on this page. If your chosen program isn't listed, it means there's no lottery for it.

For some programs, the application deadline is just before the lottery's end. They're marked with an asterisk (*). For these, you can join the lottery, but it's unclear until the very end if the remaining places will actually become available. So, using the lottery for these is more of a "just in case" move. We'll keep this page updated.

For the statutes of the lottery process, click here.

The lottery for will be held exclusively online. You can access the registration link at the beginning of the lottery, located at the bottom of this page. Please be aware that submissions via e-mail or postcard are not accepted.

Even if you haven't applied for a program before, you are welcome to take part in the lottery. However, past applications don't automatically enroll you in the lottery – you must register separately.

All successful lottery participants will be informed through both regular mail and e-mail. If the lottery has concluded and you haven't been notified, unfortunately, you weren't selected this time.

Additional guidelines to consider:

  • Only one lottery application is allowed per program. Submitting multiple applications for the same program will result in disqualification.
  • There is no need to provide documents like transcripts or placement certificates during the lottery application. Such documentation will be requested post-selection, during the enrollment process. However, failing to meet the necessary requirements during enrollment will invalidate your admission.
  • Only those aiming for a tiered degree program (Bachelor) with Fachhochschulreife can apply for the lottery. Programs culminating in a Staatsexamen degree are excluded.
  • Current Goethe University students should include their matriculation number, or if applying normally, their applicant number for the relevant semester. While this doesn't influence your lottery odds, it speeds up the enrollment process should you be selected.
  • If you are allocated only a major or minor, you must select a non-allocated counterpart upon accepting your place. The course offerings provide a list of non-allocated majors/minors. For further inquiries, the Student Advisory Service is at your disposal.
  • For those eyeing the teaching profession: Lottery participation pertains only to Educational Sciences, not the specific teaching subjects. Upon winning a lottery spot, you'll be prompted to declare your teaching subjects. Bear in mind that some subjects in the teaching curriculum may have limited availability, meaning there may be no study places. The Student Advisory Service is on hand to guide you through these choices.

The online deadline for participation in the lottery procedure for the winter semester 2023/24 is between Sept. 22, 2023 12:01 a.m. and Sept. 29, 2023 11:59 p.m. (§ 37 Hessische Hochschulzulassungs-VO in conjunction with § 3 of the statutes of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University for the lottery procedure for the allocation of study places (as of Feb. 7, 2012)).


A lottery will be held for the following degree programs for the winter semester 2023/24:

Bachelor's major, 1st semester:



  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Sports Sciences (please note enrollment requirements)
  • Economics

Bachelor's minor, 1st semester:


  • Law
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

State Exam, 1st semester:


  • Teaching qualification, elementary schools
  • Teaching qualification, special schools

Master's:



  • Drug Research, 2 semesters
  • Audiovisual and Cinema Studies
  • Book Sciences
  • Film Culture
  • Geographies of Globalization
  • GSEFM
  • Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Molecular Biosciences
  • Theater, Film, and Media Studies
  • Business Informatics
All admitted lottery applicants in the undergraduate and graduate programs will be notified of the lottery results by e-mail and regular mail.

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