Deadlines & dates

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Semester dates

Summer semester

Start of semester 1st April
Start of lectures Mid-April
End of lectures Mid-/End-July
End of semester 30th September

Winter semester 2020/2021

Start of semester                       1st October                  
Start of lectures       2nd November 
      (some courses for higher semesters may start earlier)
End of lectures       21st February
End of semester       31st March

The most up-to-date semester dates are available here


Application deadlines

+++Please note that due to the current situation, deadlines may change at short notice+++

For the summer semester 2021:

Bachelor’s and state exams with
restricted admission
(for applicants with a ‘DSH-2’
certificate or equivalent:
language requirements)                                         

15th January 2021

Bachelor’s and state exams with
no admission restrictions
(for applicants with a ‘DSH-2’
certificate or equivalent:
language requirements)
    

28th February 2021

Master’s programmes

Deadlines vary, see Master Portal

Doctoral studies

No deadline for application


‘Studienkolleg’ (preparatory college) 
at the ISZ 
(placement exam:
if you are admitted, the 
acceptance test takes place in January)

1st November 2020
DSH preparatory course  1st December 2020



Expected dates for the winter semester 2021/22:

Bachelor’s and state exams with
restricted admission
(for applicants with a ‘DSH-2’
certificate or equivalent:
language requirements
                                      

15th July 2021

Bachelor’s and state exams with
no admission restrictions
(for applicants with a ‘DSH-2’
certificate or equivalent:
language requirements
        

31st August 2021

Master’s programmes

Deadlines vary, see Master Portal

Doctoral studies

No deadline for application

‘Studienkolleg’ (preparatory college) 
at the ISZ 
(placement exam:
if you are admitted, the 
acceptance test takes place in January)

1st May 2021

DSH preparatory course 

1st June 2021

Medical subjects

Non-EU citizens applying
to study medicine or dentistry  
(submission of the
TestAs result is mandatory)                                     
15th July 2021
Procedure medicine / dentistry
for non-EU-citizens           
EU-citizens applying to study
medicine, dentistry or pharmacy       

Special procedure 
via ‘hochschulstart’ 
    


PLEASE NOTE: For the study programs medicine and dentistry, the DSH-3 level is required.


Appointments for aptitude tests

Please note that the following subjects require you to take an aptitude test, which may necessitate an additional, earlier application.

Should you choose to pursue a course/subject that requires you to take an aptitude test then it is your responsibility to register with the relevant institution.

+++ Due to the current situation, please be aware of changes and cancellations of the aptitude tests. Please get directly in contact with the specific institutes/faculties+++

Art (LA = “Lehramt” = teaching degree)/Art pedagogy (M.A.)

 

 

 

 

Registration for an aptitude test: by 15th May (for the winter semester), or by 15th November (for the summer semester) Examination dates TBA

 

Sports ("Lehramt")/Sports sciences (BA)

 

 

 

 

Registration for an aptitude test: by 25th May (available only for the winter semester)

 

English studies/American studies (M.A./ Lehramt*)

 

 

 

 

 

Registration for the Entrance Test/proof of language proficiency: on June 1st

 


International Study and Language Centre ISZ

The ISZ combines and covers the wide range of services provided by Goethe University in the fields of German as a foreign language, foreign languages, and university preparation for international applicants.

The ISZ is where you will find the dates for the following:

  • Start and end of the ‘Studienkolleg’ (preparatory college) course

  • Start and end of the DSH-certificate courses (B2, C1); per semester – student status required

  • Start and end of intensive German language courses (B1, B2, C1); the duration of these courses is 4-5 weeks each, no student status required

  • Dates for university assessment test and supplementary exams (“FSP = Feststellungsprüfung”, “EP = Ergänzungsprüfung”)

Concerning visa applications

When applying for a student visa for Germany (for international students from outside the EU) you should calculate a waiting period of several weeks up to two months. In isolated cases it may take even longer. It is therefore important that you apply for a visa with the German diplomatic mission in your home country in good time.