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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:

You count as a non-EU applicant if you completed your Bachelor's degree in a non-EU (or non-EEA) country AND your nationality is a country outside the EU (or EEA).


Planning your Master's studies

Many students at the end of their bachelor's 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.

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.

Application papers and documents

Please prepare the following documents for your application and scan them:

  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.

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, Vietnam and Mongolia:

It is essential for Chinese (except Macao and Hong Kong), Vietnamese and Mongolian 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 applicants wishing to study in Germany. A group APS will not be accepted.

ONLINE APPLICATION

Depending on which master's programme you are interested in, you have to apply either via uni-assist or directly at the LUH. To find out which application portal you have to use, please look in the lists below or check the study programme overview:

Important note for the application via uni-assist:

Please note: if your desired degree programme is in the uni-assist list, you must also apply via uni-assist. In this case, we will not process an application via the LUH online portal!


Attention: If you would like to apply for a higher semester or are already studying at LUH and are planning a change of programme, do not apply via uni-assist - but via the LUH online portal!

DIRECT APPLICATION AT LUH

Checklist for directly applying to LUH for winter semester 2021/2022

LIST OF PROGRAMMES

  • Application via LUH online portal

    Early application period

    Winter semester 15.04.-31.05.
    Summer semester 15.10.-30.11.

    • Civil Engineering, M.Sc.
    • Economic Geography, M.A.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Educational Sciences, M.A.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Energy Technology M.Sc.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Environmental Engineering, M.Sc.
    • Environmental Planning and Territorial Development, M.Sc.
    • European Legal Practice LL.M Joint Degree
    • Geodesy and Geoinformatics, M.Sc.
    • International Horticulture, M.Sc.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Landscape Architecture, M.Sc.
    • Meteorology, M.Sc.
    • Special Needs Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, M.A.
      (Application only for the winter semester)


    Regular application period

    Winter semester 01.06.-15.07.
    Summer semester 01.12.-15.01.

    • Atlantic Studies in History, Culture and Society, M.A.
    • Biochemistry, M.Sc. application via MHH)
    • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, M.Sc.
    • German and English Linguistics, M.A.
    • History, M.A.
    • Industrial Science, part-time, M.A.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • IT and IP Law (LL.M)
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Landscape Sciences, M.Sc.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Life Science, M.Sc.
    • Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools, M.Ed.
    • Master’s Teacher Training Course for Technical Education, M.Ed.
    • Master’s Teacher Training Course for Technical Education for Engineers (LBS-SprintING), M.Ed.
    • Master’s Teacher Training Course for Technical Education, Second Teaching Subject
    • Master’sTeacher Training Course for Grammar Schools, Third Subject
    • Modern German Literature, M.A.
    • Nanotechnology, M.Sc.
    • Power Engineering, M.Sc.
    • Science and Society, M.A.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Soziology, M.A.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Special Needs Education for Schools, M.Ed.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Special Needs Education for Schools, Second Subject
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Sports Science, M.Sc.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Water and Environment (distance learning), M.Sc.
      (Application only for the winter semester)


    Special deadline:

    01.12.-15.01. for the following winter semester

    • Water Resources and Environmental Management, M.Sc.

HOW DOES APPLICATION VIA LUH ONLINE PORTAL WORK?

You apply for the Master's programmes listed above 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.

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 pm on the last day of the application deadline the latest.

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

APPLICATION VIA UNI-ASSIST

All information for applications via uni-assist

LIST OF PROGRAMMES

  • Application via uni-assist

    Early application period

    Winter semester 15.04.-31.05.
    Summer semester 15.10.-30.11.

    • Advanced Anglophone Studies, M.A.
    • Computational Methods in Engineering, M.Sc.
    • Economics and Management, M.Sc.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • International Mechatronics, M.Sc. Double Degree
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Mathematics, M.Sc.
    • Optical Technologies, M.Sc.
    • Philosophy of Science, M.A.
    • Physics, M.Sc.
    • Religion in the Public Sphere, M.A. (optional Double Degree)
      (Application only for the winter semester)

    Regular application period

    Winter semester 01.06.-15.07.
    Summer semester 01.12.-15.01.

    • Architecture and Urban Design, M.Sc.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Biomedical Engineering, MSc.
    • Chemistry, M. Sc.
    • Computer Engineering, M. Sc.
    • Computer Science, M. Sc.
    • Engineering and Business Administration, M.Sc.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Food Research and Development, M.Sc.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Geosciences, M.Sc.
    • Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc.
    • Mechatronics and Robotics, M.Sc.
    • Molecular Microbiology, M.Sc.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Plant Biotechnology, M.Sc.
    • Political Science, M.A.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Production and Logistics, M.Sc.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING VIA UNI-ASSIST? (CORONA UPDATE)

  • Step 1: Register with uni-assist

    Applications for the winter semester 2021/22 are submitted exclusively online.

    First of all, you need to register with uni-assist.

    To do this, you have to answer some basic questions e.g. about name, address, date of birth, etc. Please register on the website https://my.uni-assist.de and fill out the online application.

  • 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 the University of Hanover you can currently apply for all undergraduate study programmes (Bachelor or State Examination) and for selected postgraduate study programmes (Master) via uni-assist.

    The following applies to undergraduate programmes:
    You can only apply for one Bachelor's degree programme or for law studies (state examination) at University of Hannover. However, you may apply to several universities simultaneously via uni-assist.

    The following applies to postgraduate programmes:
    You can apply for several Master’s programmes at the University of Hannover. You can also apply to several universities simultaneously via uni-assist.

  • Step 3: Upload the necessary documents

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

    Due to altered circumstances because of the corona pandemic, there will be no need to send hard copies by post during the winter semester 2021/22 application process. You do not need to submit any documents by post.

    Your digital application will be checked by uni-assist and forwarded to the university if complete. As an exception, certified hard copies of certificates and other documents do not need to be submitted by post for this application period. However, please make sure to submit scans of your original documents and original translations.

    Leibniz University Hannover reserves the right to demand certified hard copies be submitted later on for the enrolment. Therefore, please have certified copies of your documents ready.

  • 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.

Costs for the application via uni-assist:

The costs for processing your application are € 75 for the first application and € 30 for each additional application in the same semester. A new application in the following semester costs € 75, each additional application in the same semester costs € 30.


You can pay by bank transfer or credit card. You can find detailed information on payment at https://www.uni-assist.de/en/how-to-apply/pay-all-fees/


Please note: the full contribution must be received by uni-assist before you can submit your application! You may have to pay additional transfer fees from your bank.


Any questions?


If you have any questions about your application please email us at: studienberatung@uni-hannover.de


When does the next application period start?

Winter semester 2021/22

  • For the winter semester 2021/22 the application is no longer possible.

Summer semester 2022

  • For the upcoming summer semester the application is possible from 15.10.2021 - 30.11.2021 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 01.12.2021 - 15.01.2022 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 01.12.2021 - 15.01.2022.

Winter semester 2022/23

  • For the winter semester 2022/23 the application is possible from 15.04.2022 - 31.05.2022 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 2022/23 the application is possible from 01.06.2022 - 15.07.2022 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 15.04.2022 - 31.05.2022.

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.


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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