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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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THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS (FROM OUTSIDE THE EU)

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

You count as a non-EU applicant if you completed your school-leaving certificate in a non-EU (or non-EEA) country AND your nationality is a country outside the EU (or EEA).

 

Video: Before you apply


What are the requirements for studying at Leibniz Universität Hannover?

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 (which tests are accepted)
  • 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.


When can I apply?

Please note that an application for a bachelor's degree programme at Leibniz University Hannover is only possible with a preliminary review documentation (VPD) from uni-assist. Please apply for preliminary review documentation (VPD) via uni-assist no later than eight weeks before the LUH application deadline for the desired study programme. You then have to apply via the LUH portal during the application period.

Applications for the winter semester (starting on 1 October):

  • Application for bachelor's degree programmes with restricted admission and for the preparatory college between June 1st and July 15th.
  • Enrolment for admission-free bachelor's degree programmes between June 1st and September 30th.

Applications for the summer semester (starting on 1 April):


How can I apply at Leibniz University Hannover?

Applying for a bachelor's degree programme at Leibniz University Hannover is a two-stage process:

  1.  In the first step, you apply for preliminary examination documentation (VPD) from uni-assist (probably from March 2024). Please note that processing time can take four to six weeks.
  2.  In a second step, you must then apply via the LUH portal during the application period. You then upload the VPD received from uni-assist with the rest of your application documents.

Uni-assist checks whether your school leaving certificate allows you to start studying straight away or whether an additional test (“assessment test” at the preparatory college) is necessary. You also need a VPD from uni-assist to apply for the preparatory college.

Uni-assist checks whether your school leaving certificate allows you to start studying straight away or whether an additional test (“assessment test” at the preparatory college) is necessary. You also need a VPD from uni-assist to apply for the preparatory college.

An application without a VPD is only possible in the following cases:

  •     If you have already completed the preparatory college
  •     If you already have a valid VPD from uni-assist for the desired study programme
  •     If you have already received admission from LUH for the study programme
  •     If you are currently a student at LUH
  •     If you are recognized as a refugee in Germany

What is the procedure for applying?

  • 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 select the relevant study programme and create an application in the uni-assist portal. At the University of Hannover you must apply for preliminary examination documentation (VPD) via uni-assist for all undergraduate programmes (Bachelor or state examination) and for selected consecutive programmes (Master).

  • Step 3: Upload the necessary documents

    After creating the application, the required documents must be uploaded electronically to the uni-assist portal. This includes, for example, certificates, CV and your passport.

    It is not necessary to send certified copies of your certificates to uni-assist. But please be sure to upload scans of your original documents and scans of the translations.

    Leibniz University Hannover reserves the right to request certified copies for later enrolment. Therefore, please have certified copies of your documents ready.

  • Step 4: Check application and send it electronically

    Please check all your information carefully. If all details are correct, you need to pay the processing fees and submit your online application.

    Please apply for the VPD in good time! Once your application has been completely submitted electronically and the processing costs have been received, uni-assist's processing period begins. It can take up to eight weeks for your application to be processed by uni-assist and for you to receive the VPD.

    Your digital application will be checked by uni-assist. You can log in your online account at uni-assist to view the processing status and check whether the money has been transferred successfully. uni-assist will also notify you by email when your application documents have been received.

    • If you have a university entrance qualification, you will receive a VPD from uni-assist by email. If there are uncertainties about your university entrance qualification and the decision is at the discretion of the university, you will receive a so-called replacement certificate from uni-assist. With the VPD (or the replacement certificate) you apply directly to Leibniz University Hannover in the next step.
    • If you do not have a university entrance qualification, you will receive relevant information from uni-assist. In this case, you unfortunately cannot apply to Leibniz University Hannover.
  • Step 5: Apply via the Leibniz University application portal

    If you have received the VPD from uni-assist, apply for the desired study programme directly via the LUH application portal and within the application deadline. Please remember to upload the VPD together with the rest of the required application documents. It is not possible to submit the VPD after the application deadline has expired.

    The following applies to undergraduate degree programmes (Bachelor):

    • You can only apply for one undergraduate degree programme of study at Leibniz University Hannover.
    • You can apply for LUH's bachelor's degree programs with restricted admission and for the preparatory college between June 1st. until July 15th apply.
    • If you do not receive a place on a bachelor's degree programme with restricted admission, you can still enrol in an admission-free bachelor's degree programme directly at the university until September 30th.

    The following applies to consecutive degree programmes (Master):

    • You can apply for several master's programmes at Leibniz University Hannover.
    • Please note the different application deadlines for our master's degree programmes.
  • Note: Application costs for uni-assist
    Costs for the application via uni-assist:

    The costs for processing your application are € 75 for the first request and € 30 for each additional request in the same semester. A new request in the following semester costs € 75, each additional request 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 request ! You may have to pay additional transfer fees from your bank.


    Any questions?


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


How does the application work via the LUH online portal?

In Order to use the online portal, you must first create an account. To do this, provide your personal information such as name, date of birth and email address and assign a password for the account. After you create the account, you will receive a confirmation link via email to activate the account.

Once you have activated the account, you can create an application for the desired study programme and upload the required documents. Please note that you must have uploaded all required documents and submitted the application by the end of the application period!


Application after completing the preparatory foundation course (with "Feststellungsprüfung")

If you have already completed the preparatory college in Germany, please apply directly via our application portal - no VDP from uni-assist is needed.

  • You apply regularly via our online portal. We then need proof of your preparatory college degree as well as proof of your certificates from your home country, including an overview of your grades.
  • If you have already applied to Leibniz University with a VDP from uni-assist, we only need the assessment test certificate from the preparatory college and a current CV if your assessment test is older than one semester.

APPLICATION WITH EXISTING PRE-EXAMINATION DOCUMENTATION (VPD)

If you already have a VPD from uni-assist, you can, under certain conditions, apply directly via the Leibniz University Hannover online portal without having to get a VPD via uni-assist.

  • I have a VPD for another university. Can I use this to apply to Leibniz University Hannover?
    Yes, we also accept pre-examination documentation issued for other universities. However, a VPD for a university of applied sciences will not be accepted.
  • I have a VPD for a bachelor's degree programme. Can I also apply for a master's degree programme at Leibniz University Hannover? (And vice versa)
    Applications for undergraduate courses are possible with both a VPD for bachelor's and a VPD for master's courses. Applications for master's degree programmes are only possible with a VPD for master's degree programmes.
  • I already have a valid VPD. How long does this remain valid?
    Leibniz University Hannover accepts your VPD for up to three years after it was issued.

 


Re-admission and changing degree programmes

Application for refugees

Attention

Persons who are officially recognised as refugees in Germany can apply to study at Leibniz University Hannover via the LUH online application portal, not via uni-assist. Please find more information on the information page for refugees.

Applications from China, India and Vietnam

Applicants with school or university certificates from China (except Macao and Hong Kong), India and Vietnam have to submit a scan of original individual APS certificate with their application. Only during the admissions process for summer semester 2024, applicants with certificates from India may submit their APS certificate until enrolment.

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.

The obligation to present an APS certificate does not apply to:

  • Persons with Indian certificates, who already live in Germany and present a valid residence permit.
  • Persons with Indian certificates, who have successfully passed an assessment test in Germany.

What happens after applying?

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.

From the winter semester 2024/2025 on, after you have applied to LUH, you will be informed about the status of your application via our application portal and by email.

If you receive a confirmation of a place at the University of Hannover, the admission letter will be available to download from the application portal. You must accept this place within the specified period. If you miss this deadline, your place will be offered to another applicant.

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 your previous education entitles you to attend the preparatory college but does not allow you to start your studies directly, you will also receive a corresponding notification from the university as a download from the application portal. In this case, Leibniz University Hannover will automatically register you in the Studienkolleg admissions process. You will then receive all further information directly from the Studienkolleg.

Video: After applying


What are preparatory foundation courses (Studienkolleg)?

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 technical and engineering programmes such as Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Mathematics and Natural 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)
  • W courses for all economics, social science and law
    (subjects taught: German, Mathematics, Business and Economics, History, Politics, English)
  • G courses for German, History, Philosophy, Law, social sciences, Politics and humanities majors
    (subjects taught: German Language and Literature, History, Social Studies)

The maximum number of participants for each course is 20.


Entrance test for a preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg)

In order to be able to attend the preparatory foundation courses (Studienkolleg), an entrance test must be completed.

A separate selection process of the preparatory foundation courses (Studienkolleg) precedes the entrance test. You will receive separate information about this directly from the Studienkolleg after the university has notified you.

Among other things, you must submit at least a B1 level German certificate to the preparatory foundation courses for the selection process, but level B2 is recommended. If you have been selected, you will receive the invitation to the entrance test directly from the Studienkolleg.


Asessment test and external assessment test ("Feststellungsprüfung & externe Feststellungsprüfung")

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 many universities or universities of applied sciences in Germany.

External assessment tests are no longer offered at Leibniz University Hannover.


When can I apply for a preparatory foundation course?

To apply for the preparatory college, you must first apply to uni-assist. From the winter semester 2024/2025 onwards, you will also apply directly to LUH after applying for the VPD. It is not possible to apply directly to the Studienkolleg.

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 April 1st): students can only apply for the technical preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg T-Kurs) from December 1st to January 15th.

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 www.studieren-in-niedersachsen.de.



Re-application and Admission

If you have already applied to Leibniz University Hannover for an undergraduate degree program or for the preparatory college with a VPD from uni-assist, but were unable to start the course or preparatory college, you can apply directly via the Leibniz University Hannover online portal apply again for an undergraduate course without applying again for a VPD at uni-assist. Your VPD remains valid for three years from issuance.

The regular application deadlines apply to you. Once received, your application will be included in the regular application process.

Important information on visa

Visa

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.


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.

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