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Bachelor application - for prospective students from outside the EU

Bachelor application - for international applicants (from outside the EU)

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Are you a citizen of a country outside the EU and have you obtained your school leaving certificate outside the EU? You are interested in an undergraduate degree programme (bachelor or state examination) at the Leibniz University Hannover? Here you will get all the important information about the application process.



Qualification for admission to higher education − the right school-leaving certificate

To be able to study in Germany, you will need a school-leaving certificate that is recognised here as a “qualification for admission to higher education”. This means that your school-leaving certificate should be equivalent to the German Abitur. An overview of how international school-leaving certificates are assessed can be found on the information portal “Anabin”:

Knowledge of German

All Bachelor’s degree programmes at Leibniz Universität Hannover require proof of German language skills.

  • At the time of applying, you must already have acquired at least language level B1.
  • Proof of language level C1 must be provided at the time of enrolment, e.g. in the form of DSH2, TestDaf 4x TDN4, telc C1 Hochschule or Goethe C2.
  • Comprehensive information about the necessary language certificates

The test for proving level B1 German language skills can be taken at any recognised language school in Germany, or at a Goethe-Institut or university abroad; the test for level C1 German certificates must be taken at a certified language school.

We regret that you will be unable to apply for a Bachelor’s degree programme at Leibniz Universität Hannover if you have no knowledge of German. Unfortunately, provisional enrolment is not possible either.

Degree programmes with special admission requirements

Several degree programmes are subject to additional requirements, such as a pre-study placement, a special language certificate or an aptitude test. You can find out which degree programmes at Leibniz Universität Hannover are subject to additional requirements.


Applications for the winter semester (starting on 1 October): applications for all Bachelor’s degree programmes and the preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg) can be submitted between 15 April and 31 May.

Applications for the summer semester (starting on 1 April): students can only apply for the Bachelor’s degree programme in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (BSc) and the technical preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg T-Kurs).


You cannot apply directly for a place on a Bachelor’s degree programme at Leibniz Universität Hannover. All applications are made via uni-assist. Uni-assist assesses whether your school-leaving certificate entitles you to start studying straight away or whether you must first take an additional test (“assessment test” following a preparatory foundation course). Uni-assist then forwards your application to Leibniz Universität Hannover. Applications for the preparatory foundation course are also made via uni-assist.



  • Step 1: Register with uni-assist

    You must first register with uni-assist. To do this, you simply answer a few basic questions, such as your name, address, date of birth, etc. --> Online Portal --> Link to Online Portal --> Registration

    You will then receive an email containing a confirmation link, which you need to open to complete registration. You can now use your application number to access your online account.

  • Step 2: Search for degree programmes and create an application

    You can now use the online portal to search for your ideal degree programme and create an application. At Leibniz Universität Hannover, you can only apply for one Bachelor’s degree programme at present. However, you may apply to several higher education institutions simultaneously via uni-assist.

  • Step 3: Upload the necessary documents

    After creating your application, you must first upload the necessary documents electronically onto the online portal. Such documents include certificates, German language certificate, your curriculum vitae and passport.

  • Step 4: Check application and send it electronically


    Carefully check the details you have provided. If all details are correct, you then send your online application electronically.

  • Step 5: Print out and sign the application form

    You must then print out and sign your application form.

  • Step 6: Send your application form together with all necessary paper documents by post

    In order to complete your application, you must send the original application form that you have signed as well as certified copies of all the necessary documents by post to:

    uni-assist e.V.
    11507 Berlin

Important information concerning applications via uni-assist:

A processing fee of €75 is charged for your first application via uni-assist. Uni-assist must receive proof of payment before they can process your application.

Any questions?

Our team at the information library in the ServiceCenter will be happy to help you apply via uni-assist.

The information library is located in the ServiceCenter of Leibniz Universität Hannover, Main Building, Welfengarten 1.

If you have any questions about your application but are unable to come to the information library, please email us at:


Use your online account at uni-assist to view the status of your application and to check whether your fee was transferred successfully. Uni-assist will confirm receipt of your application documents by email. You will also receive an email and a letter stating that your documents are being assessed.

After checking the documents, uni-assist sends your application to the desired university.

If you are then offered a place at Leibniz University Hannover, the university will send you a letter of acceptance by post. You must accept this place within the specified period. If you miss this deadline, your place will be offered to another applicant. You will also receive the invitation to the Studienkolleg from the university.

Please note that a personal enrollment is required at the ServiceCenter.

After accepting the place, you will receive all of the documents relating to your degree programme in good time before term starts, for example your LeibnizCard.



If the assessment of your school-leaving certificate determines that it is not equivalent to the German Abitur, you must first take a test in Germany before you can study here. This test is called an “assessment test” (Feststellungsprüfung). You will take a preparatory foundation course for two semesters to prepare you for this assessment test. Each semester may be repeated once.

You may only attend one of the following preparatory foundation courses:

  • T courses for all technical, engineering, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, mathematics and science majors (subjects taught: German, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science)
  • M courses for majors in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Medicine, Pharmacy and similar subjects
    (subjects taught: German, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Science)
  • W courses for all economics, social science and law majors
    (subjects taught: German, Mathematics, Business and Economics, History, Politics, English and Computer Science)
  • G courses for German, History, Philosophy, Law and humanities majors
    (subjects taught: German Language and Literature, History, Social Studies)

The maximum number of participants for each course is 20.


Before being accepted to a preparatory foundation course, applicants must first take an entrance test to determine their German language and Mathematics skills.

German language test

This test consists of several short texts and/or single sentences with gaps where the correct word, or word part, should be inserted. To do this, candidates require the following basic knowledge of the German language:

  • General vocabulary (no technical language)
  • All active and passive voice tenses (excluding the subjunctive)
  • Declension of adjectives and nouns
  • Subordinate clauses
  • Prepositions

The German test lasts 60 minutes. Use of dictionaries is not allowed.

Mathematics test

  • Basic calculations using whole numbers and fractions
  • Basics of algebra (calculating using letters)
  • Simple linear equations with one or two unknowns
  • Quadratic equations
  • Power calculations
  • Basic geometry (simple calculations involving 2- and 3-dimentional shapes, Pythagoras’ theorem and intercept theorems)
  • Linear functions and their graphical representation on a coordinate system

The mathematics test lasts 45 minutes. Calculators may not be used. Example of an entrance test


Assessment test

If you are accepted onto a preparatory course, you will attend this course for two semesters. Each semester may be repeated once. At the end of this course, you will take a final test, called the assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung).

The assessment test consists of a written part and an oral part. The type of test you take influences the subjects you will be permitted to study at university. Once you have passed the assessment test, you have to apply once again for a place at a university (taking into account the subjects you are permitted to pursue).

Universities use a selection procedure to award places on programmes with restricted admission. The grades achieved at home in your school-leaving certificate and in the assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) play a decisive role in such selection procedures. There are also admission-free degree programmes, which require no specific grade for the application.

External assessment test

If you believe your level of knowledge is high enough not to have to attend a preparatory foundation course, you can sit the assessment test externally. You will take the same test as students who have spent one year on the preparatory foundation course.

Take great care not to overestimate your level of knowledge. The failure rate among those taking the test externally is very high. The test can only be repeated once. Assessment tests following a preparatory foundation course offered by universities of applied sciences do not qualify for entry to a university.

Assessment tests following a preparatory foundation course offered by universities entitle the candidate to study (any of the subjects permitted) at any university or university of applied sciences in Germany.


Applications for the preparatory foundation course are also made via uni-assist. It is not possible to apply directly to the course.

Applications for the winter semester (starting on 1 October): the application period for all preparatory foundation courses is from 15 April to 31 May.

Applications for the summer semester (starting on 1 April): students can only apply for the technical preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg T-Kurs).

Please Note:

If you wish to apply for a different foundation preparatory course starting from the summer semester, you must apply via another higher education institution in Lower Saxony. For more information about the higher education institutes in Lower Saxony, visit



Many international students need a visa to study in Germany. Please contact the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs for information about visa requirements.

  • a) Visa for purpose of university application

    Those who have not yet received admission to a university and who must first meet the requirements for entry to higher education, e.g. by attending a German course, may apply for a visa for the purpose of university application.

  • b) Student visa

    Those who have already been admitted to a university or a preparatory foundation course usually require a student visa. Any international applicants and students requiring further information or support should contact the International Office.

Do you have any other questions about studying at Leibniz Universität Hannover?

Our service hotline will be pleased to assist!

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