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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).


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) or a German bachelor’s degree need not provide evidence of their German language proficiency. All other applicants must provide proof of the language level specified in the admission regulations for enrolment.
  • 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, India 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.

Attention: From the winter semester 2024/2025 onwards, you will also be required to submit preliminary examination documentation from uni-assist for the “uni-assist study programmes”.


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.

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.

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 notes for the application via uni-assist:

If your desired degree programme is on the uni-assist list, you must exclusively apply via uni-assist. In this case, we will not process an application via the LUH online portal!  But if you wante 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!


New procedure starting winter semester 2024/25:
From the winter semester of 2024/2025 onwards, applications for a master's degree programme take place in 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 with the VPD via the LUH portal during the application deadlines. You then upload the VPD received from uni-assist with the rest of your application documents.

Direct application at LUH

Checklist for directly applying to LUH

List of Programmes

  • Application via LUH online portal

    Early application period

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

    • Economic Geography, M.A.
    • (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Educational Sciences, M.A.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • European Legal Practice LL.M Joint Degree
    • Geodesy and Geoinformatics, 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.

    • Biochemistry, M.Sc. application via MHH)
    • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, M.Sc.
    • 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
    • Nanotechnology, M.Sc.
    • Power Engineering, M.Sc.
    • Sociology, 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

    • Energy Technology M.Sc., Double Degree
    • 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. If the upload is successful, a green check mark appears at the bottom of the screen with the word "uploaded"- no additional confirmation email will be sent!

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:
Note: differing application deadlines

It is no longer possible to apply for some master's programmes because they have an earlier application period (15.10. - 30.11.).

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.

    • Biomedical Engineering, MSc.
    • Civil Engineering, M.Sc.
    • Computational Methods in Engineering, M.Sc.
    • Computer Engineering, M. Sc.
    • Computer Science, M. Sc.
    • Economics and Management, M.Sc.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Environmental Engineering, M.Sc.
    • Environmental Planning and Territorial Development, M.Sc.
    • Landscape Architecture, M.Sc.
    • Mathematics, M.Sc.
    • Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc.
    • Mechatronics and Robotics, M.Sc.
    • North American Studies, M.A.
    • Optical Technologies, M.Sc.
    • Philosophy of Science, M.A.
    • Physics, M.Sc.
    • Political Science, M.A.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Production and Logistics, M.Sc.
    • Quantum Engineering, M.Sc.
    • Religion in the Public Sphere, M.A. (optional Double Degree)
       

    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)
    • Atlantic Studies in History, Culture and Society, M.A.
    • Chemistry, M. Sc.
    • Engineering and Business Administration, M.Sc.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Geosciences, M.Sc.
    • Modern German Literature, M.A.
    • Molecular Microbiology, M.Sc.
      (Application only for the winter semester)
    • Plant Biotechnology, M.Sc.
    • Science and Society, M.A.
    • (Application only for the winter semester)

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

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


When does the next application period start?

Summer semester 2024

Winter semester 2024/25

  • For the winter semester 2024/25 the application is possible from 15.04.2024 - 31.05.2024 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 2024/25 the application is possible from 01.06.2024 - 15.07.2024 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 15.04.2024 - 31.05.2024.

Summer semester 2025

  • For the upcoming summer semester the application is possible from 15.10.2024 - 30.11.2024 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 01.12.2024 - 15.01.2025 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 01.12.2024 - 15.01.2025.

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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