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Application and admission procedure

Undergraduate degree programms - first semester

The application and admission procedures differ between subjects.

Please click here to find out more about the admission procedure in your desired subject.

Subjects with central allocation procedure

In subjects with nationwide admission restrictions (Numerus Clausus / NC) - in Heidelberg these are Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry - 40% of places are allocated by the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung (Foundation for university admission). 20% of places are awarded to the applicants with the best results in their school leaving certificate (i.e. university entry qualification, such as ‘A’ levels, high school diploma, German ‘Abitur’ etc). Another 20% are awarded to those applicants who have been waiting the longest. You can access the online application procedure for the subjects with nationwide admission restrictions on hochschulstart.de.

The remaining 60% of places can be allocated by the universities themselves through the so-called ‘AdH’ (Auswahlverfahren der Hochschulen), i.e. the university selection procedures. The selection criteria considered by Heidelberg University’s own selection procedure are set out in the relevant rules. If you wish to participate in the university selection procedures, you are required to submit your application via hochschulstart.de and, additionally, register with Heidelberg University.

Please note that you can only start a degree programme in medicine, pharmacy, or dentistry at the beginning of the winter semester. For these programmes, the closing dates for applications via hochschulstart.de are 15 July for the candidates who obtained their university entrance qualification after 15 January of the same year, or 31 May if the university entrance qualification is older. You can find more information on the documents required for your application via hochschulstart.de on their website. The online registration for the university selection procedure can be done by 15 July. More information on the documents required for the university selection procedure (‘AdH’) can be accessed here.

The application period constitutes a statutory cut-off period. Application documents submitted to Heidelberg University after expiration of the application period will not be considered in the selection procedure.

For further details on the central allocation procedure, please consult hochschulstart.de.

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Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung (Foundation for university admission)
phone: +0180-3-987111-000
fax: +0180-3-987111-227
email: poststelle@hochschulstart.de
internet: hochschulstart.de

 

 

Subjects with dialogue-oriented services procedure

The university places in

  • American Studies, Bachelor 100%
  • Biochemistry, Bachelor 100% 
  • Biosciences, Bachelor 100% 
  • Geography, Bachelor 100% 
  • Interprofessional Healthcare, Bachelor 100% 
  • Law, State examination 
  • Molecular Biotechnology, Bachelor 100%
  • Psychology, Bachelor 100%
  • Sociology, Bachelor 100%

are allocated through the dialogue-oriented service procedure. Applicants for these degree programmes must first register with the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung (Foundation for university admission) at hochschulstart.de where they will receive an applicant ID and an applicant BAN (applicant authentication number). Please use this information when applying to Heidelberg University through the application portal.

Please note that you can only apply to Heidelberg University in the winter semester for the degree programmes allocated through the dialogue-oriented service procedure.. The deadline for applications for the following winter semester is 01 June to 15 July.

The application period constitutes a statutory cut-off period. Application documents submitted to Heidelberg University after expiration of the application period will not be considered in the selection procedure. More information on the required documents can be accessed here. Comprehensive information on the dialogue-oriented service procedure is available at: wwww.hochschulstart.de.

The selection criteria for admission to the respective subjects are governed by the respective regulations for university-internal selection procedures.

 

 

Subjects with university-internal selection procedures

The university places for subjects with university-internal selection procedures (Numerus Clausus / NC) are allocated directly by Heidelberg University.

Initially, quotas are considered for cases of particular hardship, for international applicants from non-EU/EEA countries and without German university entrance qualifications, for students applying for a second degree programme and for individuals to be promoted in the public interest. The remaining places are then allocated on the following basis: 

  • 90% on the basis of a selection procedure and 
  • 10 % after the waiting period.

Applicants will be selected in the course of the university-internal selection procedure. Only the best applicants will be admitted. The regulations for the university-internal selection procedure specify the selection criteria for admission to the respective subjects.

The waiting period is the time between when you acquired your secondary school-leaving certificate (university entrance qualification) and your application – minus the time in which you were enrolled at a German university. The waiting period is counted in six-month increments.

Applications for these subjects must be made through the online application portal for selection procedures (uni-nc). The pdf file generated at the end of the online application procedure must be printed out, signed and sent to Heidelberg University with all necessary documentation. The documents must be received by the university before 15 January for the following summer semester and before 15 July for the following winter semester.

The application period constitutes a statutory cut-off period. Application documents submitted to Heidelberg University after expiration of the application period will not be considered in the selection procedure. More information on the required documents can be accessed here.

 

Subjects with entrance examination procedures

In some degree programmes, the applicant’s suitability will be assessed in the context of an entrance examination procedure. The number of available university places is not limited in subjects with entrance examination procedures.

Applicants who fulfil the requirements in accordance with the respective regulations on the university’s entrance examination procedure will be admitted to the degree programme. Criteria include, e.g., the average grade of the university entrance qualification, subject-specific school grades, language skills, vocational training, additional qualifications and/or results of an aptitude test/interview.

Applications are made directly to the university through the online application portal for entrance examinations. The pdf file generated at the end of the online application procedure must be printed out, signed and sent to Heidelberg University with all necessary documentation. The documents must be received by the university before 15 January for the following summer semester and before 15 July for the following winter semester.
The application period constitutes a statutory cut-off period. Application documents submitted to Heidelberg University after expiration of the application period will not be considered in the selection procedure. More information on the required documents can be accessed here.
Applicants may not take part in the entrance examination procedure more than twice.
If interviews or tests are held, please inquire about the dates in good time; the invitations are sent out shortly beforehand due to the high number of applicants.

 

Subjects without admission restrictions (without Numerus Clausus and without entrance examinations)

Applications for a university place in degree programmes without admission restrictions are made through the online application for international applicants.

These subjects merely have general admission restrictions. In the case of a correct application made before expiration of the application deadline, Heidelberg University will determine whether the applicant meets the general admission requirements (university entrance qualification, sufficient German language proficiency) for admission to the chosen degree programme.

Online applications can only be made and received during the application period:

May to 15 July for the following winter semester and November to 15 January for the following summer semester.

The pdf file generated at the end of the online application procedure must be printed out, signed and sent to Heidelberg University with all necessary documentation before expiration of the application deadline. More information on the required documents can be accessed here.

The application period constitutes a statutory cut-off period. Application documents submitted to Heidelberg University after expiration of the application period will not be considered in the selection procedure.

 

Undergraduate degree programmes - advanced semester

The application and admission procedures may differ for transfer students or students changing universities. The following pages contain all the information you need to apply for an advanced semester.

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