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Master application - for prospective students from outside the EU

Master's application process for Non-EU applicants

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THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE AT LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITY HANNOVER

On this page you will find all important information about applying for a master’s degree programme for prospective students from Non-EU countries:


Checklist application for the winter semester 2020/2021

Short version of the essential application information - we recommend that you use this checklist as a guide when executing your online application

Planning your Master's studies

Many students at the end of their bachelor studies ask themselves

  • "Should I proceed with a Master’s degree programme?" and if yes,
  • "Which Master’s degree programme is right for me?"

Deciding which Master's programme is the right one is often as difficult as choosing the right Bachelor's programme before. If you are still unsure about your Master’s choice, you can find information under “Planning your Master's studies”.


Application dates

You must apply within the specified application period. Attention: Not all Master's programmes at Leibniz University Hannover have the same application deadlines.

For the the Master's application, application period generally is

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester

However, many Master's programmes have an early deadline for applicants from non-EU countries:

  • April 15th – May 31st of the year for the winter semester
  • October 15th – November 30th of the previous year for the summer semester

Please check which application deadline applies to you and whether there have been any recent changes to the application deadlines for your desired study programme.

Direct application

In order to apply for a Master's programme, please apply directly to Leibniz University Hannover Hannover, not via Uni Assist.

Application deadlines for Master’s programmes
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Admission requirements

You must usually submit proof of having completed a Bachelor’s degree in a related subject. The admissions committee will decide whether or not the Bachelor’s degree is related to the subject concerned.

Some degree courses call for specific requirements, such as a letter of motivation, an expert opinion or internships. You can find out which supporting documents are required for the Master’s degree you wish to take in the relevant admission regulations or at the end of the online application.

Requirements for studying at Leibniz University Hannover

Minimum grade / entry grade

There is no minimum grade / entry grade for the Master's application. Notwithstanding the currently valid admission regulations for Master's programmes, the minimum grade of 2.5 is no longer applied. The admission regulations will be revised in this regard.


Language certificates

  • Evidence of adequate knowledge of German
    Applicants who have a German higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur) need not provide evidence of their German language proficiency. All other applicants need to obtain level C1 for enrollment for almost all Master's programmes.
  • Evidence of adequate knowledge of English
    Some postgraduate degree programmes may be pursued in either German or English language. Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in either English or German, depending on their chosen strand. For the application for an English-language Master's programme, only English language skills (and no proof of German language) have to be provided.

Online application and application papers and documents

At Leibniz University Hannover you apply online for a master’s study place. You apply via our online application portal, that can only be viewed online within the application period. As soon as the application period begins, you will find the corresponding link on this page.

At the end of the online application, you will automatically be forwarded to a cover letter (the so-called application for enrollment). Sign this application for enrollment (handwritten or digital) and put it together with the required documents into one PDF document, which you can then upload using the upload link provided.

The required documents include:

  1. University entrance qualification (e.g. high school diploma)
    A university entrance qualification is not required if you are currently studying at Leibniz University Hannover.
  2. Bachelor's degree certificate (if it already exists).
  3. Complete and up-to-date transcript of records from previous studies with details on the credit points and the average grad.
  4. A curriculum vitae
    A CV is not required if you are currently studying at the LUH.
  5. Proof of language skills
  6. For applicants from China and Vietnam (except Macau and Hong Kong): APS
  7. Possibly further programme-specific documents. All further documents that may be required will be listed at the end of the online application.

At the end of the online application, all required documents are listed and must be uploaded as a scan of the original documents by 11:59 p on the last day of the application deadline the latest.


Allocation of places

First of all, your documents will be formally reviewed. The actual selection procedure then takes place. This involves the individual examination of each application by an admissions committee, i.e. a group of professors and staff from the degree course concerned, which then decides which candidates will be admitted.

  • For master's degree programmes with unrestricted admission, all applicants who fulfil the admission requirements will be admitted a university place.
  • For master's degree programmes with restricted admission, places shall be allocated according to the university’s own selection procedure, if there are more applicants fulfilling the admission requirements than there are places available.

Applications from China and Vietnam:

It is essential for Chinese and Vietnamese applicants who completed their Bachelor's degree in their home country to submit a scan of an original individual APS certificate with their application. APS checks the applicant's qualification for admission to higher education and the academic credits of Chinese applicants wishing to study in Germany. A group APS will not be accepted.


After applying

Once the selection procedure has been completed, you will receive a written notification of acceptance or rejection. If you are offered a place, you must accept the place within a specified period and subsequently submit any documents that may be missing. Only then will you be enrolled on the Master’s degree programme.


STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

How do I have to enter my data in the application portal? Our step by step instructions will help you:    

LINK TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL SUMMER SEMESTER 2021

You have read all the tips for applying on this page well and have no more questions? Then we look forward to your study application!

Online application portal for Master's programmes
When does the next application period start?

Winter semester 2020/21

  • For the winter semester 2020/21 the application is no longer possible.

Summer semester 2021

  • For the upcoming summer semester the application is possible from 15.10.2020 - 30.11.2020 for all Master's programmes with an early application deadline for applications from non-EU countries.
  • For the upcoming summer semester the application is possible from 01.12.2020 - 15.01.2021 for all Master's programmes with no early application deadline for applications from non-EU countries.
  • For students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester) the application is possible from 01.12.2020 - 15.01.2021.

Winter semester 2021/22

  • For the winter semester 2021/22 the application is possible from 15.04.2021 - 31.05.2021 for all Master's programmes that also start in the summer semester and have an early application deadline for applications from non-EU countries.
  • For the winter semester 2021/22 the application is possible from 01.06.2021 - 15.07.2021 for all Master's programmes that also start in the summer semester and have no early application deadline for applications from non-EU countries.
  • For students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester) the application is possible from 15.04.2021 - 31.05.2021.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON VISA

Many international students need a visa to study in Germany.  Please contact the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 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.

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