Graduate admissions

All applicants who received their first university degree outside of Germany, and intend to apply for a Master’s programme at Fulda University must apply through uni-assist – regardless of nationality.

This also applies for applicants already holding a German Master’s degree or with an ‘Anerkennungsbescheid/Vorprüfungsdokumentation’ and those who are currently enrolled in one of our preparatory programmes or change from another university to Fulda.
Uni-assist evaluates foreign documents and determines whether your bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a German bachelor’s degree and converts foreign grades into the German grading system.

All applicants, who have a first degree from a German university, may apply directly through the application portal of Fulda University, regardless of their nationality.

In both cases, an application must be completed and received by uni-assist/Fulda University by the last day of the application period. Therefore, we strongly recommend applying as soon as possible so that missing documents can still be submitted before the deadline. Applications we receive from uni-assist after the official deadline will be considered for admission as long as they were complete in time.

IMPORTANT NOTE for non-European applicants:
Please pay attention to the early application deadlines under Application Deadlines for the programmes "International Management", "Intercultural Communication and European Studies", as well as "Global Software Development" and "International Food Business and Consumer Studies".

How to apply through uni-assist

  1. Register for the My assist online portal.
  2. Fill in your applicant information and educational history.
  3. Select your university and the chosen course under the course catalogue.
  4. Choose your desired course of study. Make sure that you answer all questions without omissions.
  5. Pay the incurred* uni-assist handling fee
  6. Please upload each document only once. Give your documents an unambiguous name in German or English. You can only upload pdf files with a maximum of 10 MB in size

All application material for uni-assist is being accepted as online documents/scans and has not to be sent as hardcopies.

* Costs for the first desired course of Study: 75.00 EUR / For each additional desired course of study: 30.00 EUR. Further information on fees and payment options can be found at uni-assist’s website.

Application deadlines for the summer semester

General application deadlines     

Start of the application period via uni-assist01.10.
Study programmes with admission restriction   15.01. 
Study programmes without admission restriction31.03.

Exemptions for the summer semester 2022

ApplicantsInternational Management Global Software Development
German/EU-/EEA-nationals (regardless of the first university certificate´s country of issue)15.01.2231.03.22
Other nationalities with a German university certificate15.01.2231.03.22
Other nationalities with a foreign university certificate15.12.2101.11.21

Application deadlines for the winter semester

General application deadlines  

Start of the application period via uni-assist15.03.
Study programmes with admission restriction  15.07. 
Study programmes without admission restriction 30.09.

Exemptions for the winter semester 2022/23

ApplicantsInternational Management Global Software DevelopmentIntercultural Communication & European StudiesInternational Food Business and Consumer Studies
German/EU-/EEA-nationals (regardless of first university certificate´s country of issue)15.07.2230.09.2215.07.22here
Other nationalities with a German university certificate15.07.2230.09.2215.06.22here
Other nationalities with a foreign university certificate15.06.2231.05.2215.06.22here

A complete application through uni-assist contains

  • scans of academic transcripts of records from your previous studies, including courses taken and grades/marks awarded, as well as any degree certificates (e.g. Bachelor’s/Master’s degrees) in the original language
  • scans of official translations into German or English (only if the original documents are in a language other than German or English) of the above-mentioned transcript of records from previous studies including courses taken and grades/marks awarded, as well as any degree certificates (e.g. Bachelor’s/Master’s degrees)
  • Proof of the required language proficiency for the chosen programme as scans (see Language certificates)
  • Additional documents required for certain programmes, for example, proof of work experience or job contract as scans. Please check the admission requirements carefully!
  • Applicants with documents from China and Vietnam are required to submit a scan of the certificate of ‘The Academic Testing Centre’ of the respective German Embassy (APS certificate).

The list above can only provide a general overview on the documents required. Find out under "Info country by country" if there are special notes on certificates from your country of origin.

All application material for uni-assist is being accepted as online documents/scans and has not to be sent as hardcopies.

Language certificates

Most Master’s programmes are conducted in German. For them the following language requirements apply:

Proof of German proficiency at C1 level, for example DSH2, TestDaF 4x4, telc C1 Hochschule, or Goethe C1 submitted at the latest on the day of enrolment.
At the time of application, the B2 level is acceptable, for example, DSH1, TestDaF 4x3, telc B2 or Goethe B2. In the case of admission, applicants may enrol and have time until the study start to provide a certificate at the required C1 level.

Besides the above mentioned German skills additional English proficiency at B2 level is required for the programmes ‘International Management’,  ‘Accounting, Finance, Controlling’, and ‘Supply Chain Management’, for example, IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 72.
At the time of application no specific proof of English knowledge is required. In the case of admission, applicants may enrol and start studying and have until 31 May (summer semester) and 30 November (winter semester) to submit a proof at the required B2 level. An overview of acceptable certificates can be found here.

Only English proficiency is required for the programme "Global Software Development". We accept: IELTS Academic 6.5, or TOEFL iBT (also Home Edition) 85, or TOEFL pBT 550, or TOEFL 213 cBT. One of these certificates must be submitted within the application period by all applicants without exemption. Other proofs or submitting it later is not acceptable!

What next?

  1. After submitting your application, uni-assist will review your file on basis of the formal requirements set by the university. This ususally takes several weeks.uni-assist will inform you about missing documents, and you can submit them until the deadline. Further details about application status and processing times can be found on the uni-assist website. We strongly recommend applying as soon as possible!
  2. If you fulfil the formal requirements for admission to your selected programme(s), uni-assist will forward your application to the Student Administration of Fulda University for the final review and decision. Uni-assist will inform you about this step by email.
  3. Student Administration checks whether your application can be considered for admission (is the GPA sufficient, is the first degree in the same or a similar field of studies, etc.) In case your application cannot be considered for admission, we will have to reject it. You will receive an email with the result and the official rejection letter.
  4. Admissions decisions for study programmes with restricted entry (numerus clausus) will be made shortly after the general application deadline. You will receive an email with the result
    Admission decisions for unrestricted programmes will be made within four weeks after receipt of the documentation from uni-assist. You will receive an email with the result.
  5. Admitted applicants will be informed about the decision only by email. Therefore, please regularly check the spam folder of your email account! Our admission email will contain information on how to access the university’s online portal HORSTL. There you will be able to download your notification of acceptance. You will also have to accept the offer and complete the online enrolment in HORSTL.
  6. In HORSTL you will be informed whether you have to present further documents for enrolment/until the study start, for example language certificates. This information will not be included in the notification of acceptance.

Additional information for applicants to Global Software Development

Applicants who successfully pass step 3 under “What next?” have to pass an additional online test to prove their computer skills. This test may cover the following topics: computer science, networks, operating systems, databases and SQL, computer architecture, mathematics and programming. For the programming exercises, one can choose between the programming languages Java, C++ and JavaScript.

The test for the winter semester usually takes place in mid-July and for the summer semester in mid-December. An invitation as well as information on a sample test will be sent about two weeks before the test. Admission letters can be expected a few days after the test (see step 5 under “What next?”
If you do not pass the test, you can re-apply for the next semester via uni assist and repeat the test.

Additional information for applicants to International Food Business and Consumer Studies

The programme is offered as a joint degree programme with the University of Kassel. Students are enrolled at both university campuses, first at the University of Kassel and subsequently at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. The application process is conducted by the University of Kassel. Please click here for further information and contact data.

Application for a higher semester

Applying for a higher semester is possible if you have already achieved credits at another university in the same or in a similar field of Master’s studies and you wish to continue at our university. You need to apply via uni-assist in case you hold a first degree from abroad. This also applies for applicants who have already studied at another German university at Master’s level.

Applying for a higher semester is possible from 1 February to 31 March for a summer semester and from 1 August to 30 September for a winter semester.

Deferment of admission

It is not possible to automatically shift an admission from one semester to a later one. We kindly ask you to make a new application through uni-assist. Handling fees apply again, but in the event that you apply again within one year, you will not have to send the documents once more. In the case of Global Software Development, you will not have to participate and pass the online test again, if you re-apply within the next two semesters.

You have questions regarding your application?

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