INTERNATIONAL STUDENTSENROLMENT IN HIGHER ACADEMIC SEMESTERS

BACHELOR’S, STATE EXAMINATION AND MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES

International applicants who have been admitted to study at Heidelberg University must enrol in person for all degree programmes in the International Relations Office by the deadline specified in their letter of admission.

If your letter of admission requires the 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 specified 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.

Special Cases

International prospective students who received their German university entrance qualification in Germany can apply for enrolment in Bachelor or State examination degree programmes without admission restrictions in higher academic semesters without submitting a preceding online application. In a second step, these students must personally hand in the printed and signed online application with all required documents to the International Relations Office prior to the enrolment deadline.
International prospective students with a German university entrance qualification can apply for enrolment in access-restricted Master’s degree programmes in higher academic semesters without submitting a preceding online application. In a second step, these students must personally hand in the printed and signed online application with all required documents to the International Relations Office prior to the enrolment deadline.

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO COMPLETE THE ENROLMENT PROCESS:

Take all documents to the Service Portal at Heidelberg University (Seminarstraße 2, room 33). Service Portal staff will be happy to assist you in the completion of the enrolment form.

Final enrolment takes place in the Administrative Office for International Students (Seminarstraße 2, rooms 22-27).

International Relations Office
Seminarstraße 2
69117 Heidelberg, Germany

THE DOCUMENTS TYPICALLY REQUIRED FOR ENROLMENT ARE:

  • Application for enrolment (available in the Service Portal)
  • 1 passport photo (separate)
  • Health insurance certificate for enrolment at the university from one of the statutory German health insurance companies or certification of exemption from statutory health insurance obligation.  
  • Passport (students from countries with visa requirements for Germany must have a passport with a visa/residence permit for study purposes for the specific course of study at Heidelberg University.  Students who have an electronic residence permit must also present the supplementary sheet with the auxiliary regulations for enrolment).
  • Certificate of exmatriculation from the most-recently attended university.
  • For enrolment in Bachelor’s/State examination programmes in the 4th semester or higher:  Proof of a passed orientation examination or a certificate of equivalence for any credits already gained.For the 7th semester or higher: Proof of the passed intermediate examination or a certificate of equivalence issued by the academic advisory services of the respective subject at Heidelberg University.

In addition, admitted international applicants must also submit the following documents:

  • Letter of admission
  • Original copies of all school certificates and diplomas relevant to the admission procedure and, if applicable, any university transcripts or diplomas.
  • Any additional documents that may have been specified in the letter of admission.

Furthermore, international prospective students with a German university entrance qualification from Germany require the following documents for enrolment in Bachelor/State examination degree programmes without admission restrictions in higher semesters:

  • Personally signed printed copy of the online enrolment application
  • Officially certified copy of the school leaving certificate (Abitur)
  • Officially certified copies of all transcripts of records for each semester or year of study. If original documents are not available in English or German, applicants must also provide an official translation into German or English.
  • Certificates of enrolment or alternative proof of all academic semesters completed or currently in progress at a university in Germany must be provided. Any proof should include the subject, academic semester, and the level of study (degree type).
  • Certificate issued by the previous university’s respective examination office stating that the applicant has not lost his/her entitlement to take examinations in the chosen, or neighbouring, subject. This applies to individual examinations, intermediate examinations as well as the final examination. If original documents are not available in English or German, applicants must also provide an official translation into German and English.
  • When transferring to Heidelberg University from a foreign university or from another university in Germany: Certificate of Transferable Grades of the respective department’s examination office at Heidelberg University.

Furthermore, international prospective students with a German university entrance qualification require the following documents for enrolment in access-restricted Master’s degree programmes in higher semesters:

  • Personally signed printed copy of the online enrolment application
  • Confirmation of suitability for a higher academic semester (in the case of transfer to Heidelberg University from a foreign or domestic university with academic semester ranking).
  • Officially certified copy or transcript of the applicant’s school leaving certificate, or qualification that permits university entrance in the applicant’s country of origin (e.g Abitur, High School Diploma, Matura etc.). This must include a list of the individual grades achieved. If the original documents are not available in English or German, applicants must also provide an officially certified translation in English or German.
  • In addition, where applicable: A copy of the applicant’s diploma from a preparatory course in Germany, proving successful completion of an assessment test to determine the eligibility of foreign applicants for study at institutions of higher education in Germany. This must include an overview of the individual grades achieved.
  • In addition, where applicable: Officially certified copies of the certificates or diplomas proving the successful completion of university entrance examinations in the applicant’s country of origin. These must include an overview of the individual grades achieved. If the original documents are not available in English or German, applicants must also provide an officially certified translation in English or German.
  • Officially certified copies of all university diplomas and transcripts of records for each semester or year of study. If original documents are not available in English or German, applicants must also provide an official translation into German or English.
  • Certificates of enrolment or alternative proof of all academic semesters completed or currently in progress at a university in Germany must be provided. Any proof should include the subject, academic semester, and the level of study (degree type).
  • Certificate issued by the previous university’s respective examination office stating that the applicant has not lost his/her entitlement to take examinations in the chosen, or neighbouring, subject. This applies to individual examinations, intermediate examinations as well as the final examination. If original documents are not available in English or German, applicants must also provide an official translation into German and English.

Information on Tuition Fees

For information on the semester fees and the additional tuition fees, if applicable, please consult our website.

ENROLMENT OR CHANGE OF DEGREE PROGRAMME?

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 registered. 
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).