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Key Dates and Deadlines

Application period
Posting of the notices of admission/rejection for German applicants
Posting of the notices of admission/rejection for international applicants
Matriculation periods

Winter Semester 2016/17

Semester dates 1 October 2016 to 31 March 2017
Lecture period 17 October 2016 to 11 February 2017
Free period 24 December 2016 to 08 January 2017

Lecture periods of the following semesters

Summer semester 2017 18 April to 29 July 2017
Free period The public holidays of the state of Baden-Württemberg.
Winter semester 2017/2018 16 October 2017 to 10 February 2018
Winter break 23 December 2017 to 07 January 2018
Summer semester 2018 16 April to 28 July 2018
Free period The public holidays of the state of Baden-Württemberg.
Winter semester 2018/2019 15 October 2018 to 09 February 2019
Winter break 24 December 2018 to 06 January 2019
Summer semester 2019 15 April to 27 July 2019
Free period The public holidays of the state of Baden-Württemberg.


Limited admissions programmes 1 December 2016 to 15 January 2017 (cut-off period)
Free admissions programmes  
a) for German applicants Matriculation without prior application (for deadlines see below)
b) for non-German nationals until 15 January 2017 (cut-off period)
Lottery procedure 15 March to 15 April 2017

Unfortunately we are unable to process any lottery applications received before 15 March 2017 and after 15 April 2017.

Notices of admission/rejection for German applicants*

Please note that the deadlines and the dates of the availability of the notices in particular may be subject to change. These dates are not applicable for the subjects of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. For these subjects separate dates are set by the Foundation for University Admission (see

Admission notices

First-semester students to be announced
Advanced students (except "medical science - 1. klinisches Semester")

to be announced

"medical science - 1. klinisches Semester" to be announced
Transfer students to be announced

Rejection notices

First-semester students to be announced
Transfer students to be announced


Notices of admission / rejection for international applicants*

All of the applicants will be notified of the results of the admission procedure in writing approximately 4‒8 weeks after the application deadline. The notice of admission includes information on matriculation deadlines, required examinations, and an acceptance statement which is to be returned immediately. Applicants are not entitled to the renewal of their notice of admission for the following semester.

Applicants who are not admitted to Heidelberg University and applicants who have not been included in the admission procedure due to formal reasons will receive a written notice of rejection. The notices of rejection including the reasons for the rejection are posted within 8 weeks after the application deadline.

Matriculation periods for the summer semester 2017*

1. Free admissions programmes

German applicants matriculate in writing. Please request the appropriate matriculation forms from the Registrar’s Office and include a self-addressed, stamped DIN C4 envelope. You can also download the forms from the download centre.

International applicants must always apply with the Akademisches Auslandsamt prior to matriculation.

persons matriculating at a German university for the first time (“Erstimmatrikulierte”) until 31 March 2017
persons already or previously matriculated at a German university until 21 April 2017


international applicants See notice of admission


2. Restricted admission programmes

1st subject-related semester (restricted admission subjects)

See notice of admission

advanced students

to be announced


Other dates*

Re-registration for summer semester 2017 15 January to 15 February 2017

Using Heidelberg University’s on-line service you can re-register and pay your fees on-line using direct debit in the LSF. You can then print out the certificates.

Alternatively you can pay your fees by bank transfer. It will take a few days for the payment to show up in the system. As soon as your payment has been received, you are re-registered automatically.

Once the re-registration period has started, the respective „Rückmeldung, Gebühren und Beiträge“ function will be available. Please log in to the LSF and go to <Dokumentation> -> <Dokumentation für den Online-Service für Studierende> for further information.

Leave of absence beginning of semester: 18 April 2017 (after successful re-registration)
Please note: deadlines may vary depending on the reason for the leave of absence.
Exmatriculation deadline depends on the reason for exmatriculation. More…
Auditors/guest students 1 March to 30 April 2017


* Please note:
If a deadline ends on a Sunday, an official holiday or a Saturday, it is not extended to the next working day (section 31 para. 3 sentence 2 and para. 5 Landesverwaltungsverfahrensgesetz Baden-Württemberg).

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