On the following pages you will find a summary of the most important information about the application procedure and admissions process for your chosen course of study.
|First subject||Pharmacy – Staatsexamen|
|Admission Permit||German University Entrance Qualification|
|Start Semester||First Academic Semester|
A new national selection procedure will be implemented as of 2020. In the following, we will introduce the planned new procedure. Potential changes still possible. Please enquire about the current admission laws, regulations and statutes prior to submitting your application!
In subjects with nationwide admission restrictions (Numerus Clausus / NC) - in Heidelberg these are medicine, pharmacy and dentistry - 30% of places are allocated to applicants with the best grades in their scool leaving certificates (i.e. university entrance qualification, such as ‘A’ levels, high school diploma, German ‘Abitur’, etc.) by the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung (Foundation for university admission). The remaining 70% of places are allocated by the universities themselves in the so-called “additional suitability quota procedure” (Zusätzliche Eignungsquote, ZEQ, 10%) and the “university-internal selection procedure” (Auswahlverfahren der Hochschulen, AdH, 60%).
The university allocates places according to the criteria specified in the selection and admission regulations. Further details can be found in the corresponding regulations.
Information on documents required by Hochschulstart for applications for subjects with nationwide admission restrictions (Numerus Clausus/NC) as well as on binding deadlines is available from the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung (Foundation for university admission) (hochschulstart.de).
Applications for medicine, dentistry and pharmacy must be submitted via the application portal of hochschulstart.de. For these programmes, the closing dates for applications via hochschulstart.de are 15 July for candidates who obtained their university entrance qualification after 15 January of the same year (“school leavers”), or 31 May if the university entrance qualification is older. In the case of applications for a second degree, the time of completion of the first degree course applies. All deadlines constitute a statutory cut-off period. Please consult hochschulstart.de for the specifics related to deadlines for submission or later submission of documents.
Due to the circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the regular application periods for the winter semester have been delayed by the Foundation for University Admission (Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung). These delays apply for German nationals as well as applicants from EU/EEA member states, and applicants with a German university entrance qualification:
Application period for the winter semester 2020/21: hochschulstart.de:
Application deadline for applicants who gained their university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur) this academic year: 20 August 2020
Application deadline for applicants who gained their university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur) in a previous academic year: 25 July 2020
Winter semester: hochschulstart.de:
Application deadline for the candidates who obtained their university entrance qualification on or after 16 January of the same year (“Neuabiturienten”): 15 July;
Application deadline for the candidates who obtained their university entrance qualification prior to 16 January of the same year (“Altabiturienten”) 31 May
The hochschulstart.de (central) Germany-wide selection procedure for the subject pharmacy currently has three quotas for prospective students that enable admission to a degree programme: the average final school leaving grade (20%), the waiting time (20%) and the university’s selection procedure (60%). Rankings are created for each quota that determine which students are accepted. The selection within the quotas is effected in the following order.
International students who have been admitted for study at Heidelberg University must apply for enrolment in the International Relations Office by the deadline specified in their letter of admission.
International students who have been admitted for study at Heidelberg University must apply for enrolment in the International Relations Office by the deadline specified in their letter of admission. All required documents must be sent to the following address
Sekretariat für ausländische Studierende
Dezernat Internationale Beziehungen (International Relations Office)
Please note: If your letter of admission requires successful participation in an examination procedure, the respective examination (e.g. German language test for the admission to universities (DSH)) must be passed with the required minimum score. If the examination is not passed, or if the minimum required score is not achieved, and you have not been granted an official exemption, you will not be permitted to enrol in the degree programme specified in the letter of admission.
Completed and signed application for enrolment
Copy of the letter of admission
Provided that they have not already been submitted as part of the application process, students must also supply the following: officially certified copies of any school certificates required for admission and where applicable, university diplomas, including officially certified copies of the official translations into German or English.
1 passport photo
Health insurance certificate for enrolment at the University from one of the statutory German health insurance providers, or notification of exemption from the statutory health insurance obligation. Further information can be found on the instruction sheet
Officially certified copy of the student’s passport (students from countries with visa requirements for Germany must provide a passport with a valid visa/residence permit for study purposes pertaining to the specific degree programme to be undertaken at Heidelberg University. Students who have a digital residence permit must also provide an officially certified copy of the supplement sheet listing any incidental provisions). If a student is a citizen of the EU/EEA they must provide a copy of their identity card (front and back).
If a student was previously enrolled at a different university, they should provide the following: detailed certificate of exmatriculation from the university most recently attended. Where applicable, other documents specified in the letter of admission.
If you require assistance in preparing your documents for enrolment, please contact the admissions advisor named in your letter of admission, or contact a member of Heidelberg University’s Service Portal team (Seminarstraße 2, Room 33).
Information on semester fees and any additional tuition fees can be found on the homepage under “Contributions and Fees”.
If you are already enrolled at Heidelberg University, you are not required to re-enrol. Instead, you must go to the Administrative Office for International Students where your change of degree programme can be enacted.
Before applying for a change of degree programme, you are strongly advised to discuss this with the student advisory services for international students (room 30).