Step 1: Check your eligibility
To be eligible for admission to a Bachelor’s degree programme at Fulda University, you must
1. Have a university entrance qualification
(Hochschulzugangsberechtigung, HZB) for German universities.
Depending on your previous secondary school and/or university education, you may have
- direct access to German universities
This means that your previous secondary school and/or university education is equivalent to a German Abitur and you can start studying directly.
- indirect access to German universities
This means that your previous secondary school and/or university education is not considered equivalent to a German Abitur. Before you can start studying, you have to attend a preparatory course (Studienkolleg), which lasts two semesters, and pass the assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) at the end.
2. Provide the following documentary evidence of proficiency in German (does not apply to the programmes in Science & Engineering* and in International Health Sciences* as well as in International Business & Management**)
German language skills at DSH 2 level (German language test for admission to university) on the day of enrolment at the latest. A lower level is acceptable when you submit your application.
- Applications for the winter semester
Before 1 May: German B1 or equivalent; on and after 1 May: DSH 1 or B2 or equivalent.
- Applications for the summer semester
Before 1 November: German B1 or equivalent; on and after 1 November: DSH 1 or B2 or equivalent.
* For these two programmes, German language skills at B1 level and English language skills at B2 level are required on the day of enrolment at the latest. At the moment of applying a lower level in both languages is acceptable. Applicants who received their entire school and/or university education in English do not need an additional English certificate.
** For this programme, no German language skills are required. Applicants need to prove English proficiency at B2 level on the day of enrolment at the latest. At the moment of applying a lower level is acceptable. Applicants who received their entire school and/or university education in English do not need an additional English certificate.
For some programmes different additional admission requirements apply, e. g. English skills or an internship. Therefore, please pay careful attention to the requirements for the programme(s) of your choice (click here for list).
Step 2: Check your application documents
A complete application for admission to a bachelor’s programme includes:
- Printes version of the online application form with your original signature
- Certified copy in the original language of your secondary school transcript, including courses taken and grades/marks awarded
- Certified copy in the original language of documentation showing that you have passed the university entrance examination in your home country (if required in your home country)
- If relevant, certified copies in the original language of academic transcripts from other university/post-secondary study programmes including courses taken and grades/marks awarded, as well as certified copies of any degree certificates (e.g. Bachelor’s/Master’s degrees)
- Certified copy of official translations into German or English of all the above documents (only if the original documents are in a language other than German or English)
- Proof of required language proficiency
- Proof ofpayment of the application fee
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.
Document copies can be certified at German embassies and consulates or by notary publics.
Step 3: Submit your application
Applications from students with international qualifications, regardless of nationality, are processed by uni-assist.
Certain applicants are exempted from this process and may apply directly to Fulda University of Applied Sciences. Please see below for exceptions.
How to apply through uni-assist:
- Register for the My assist online portal.
- Fill in your applicant information and educational history.
- Select your university and the chosen course under the course catalogue.
- Choose your desired course of study. Make sure that you answer all questions without omissions.
- Pay the incurred* uni-assist handling fee
- 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
- Send all required documents (see ‘A complete application through uni-assist contains’) within the application period by post to uni-assist in Berlin:
Only complete applications including the application fee, will be processed. See Step 6: Track the application process for details of what happens after you have submitted your application.
You do not need to apply through uni-assist if you are currently enrolled in a regular study programme at Fulda University and would like to change your programme or add another one. Participants of Pre-Study for Internationals who wish to apply for the regular Bachelor’s degree are also exempted from applying through uni-assist.In these cases, please come to Ms Britta Simon at the International Office and apply for a change of programme.
Attention: Applying directly through the International Office is only possible for Bachelor’s programmes. If you want to apply for a Master’s programme, please find all relevant information here.
Step 4: Do not miss the application deadlines
The application period for all Bachelor’s programmes starts on
1 March for the winter semester / 15 November for the summer semester
Application deadline for programmes with restricted admission is
15 July for the winter semester / 15 January for the summer semester
Exception: Application deadline for non-EU nationals InternationalBusiness & Management is 31 May! For Germans and EU nationals with foreign documents the general deadline applies.
For programmes with unrestricted admission applying is possible until the official start of lectures.
Step 5: Pay the application fees
The fee for the first desired course of study at a uni-assist member university is EUR 75.
For each additional desired course of study, the fee is EUR 30. See the uni-assist website for details.
Step 6: Track the application process
- After submitting your application, uni-assist or the International Office (as appropriate) will review your file and send you a letter of confirmation if your application is complete.
- If you fulfil the formal requirements for admission to your selected programme, uni-assist will then send your application to the International Office at Fulda University, where an admissions decision is then made.
- Admissions decisions for study programmes with restricted entry (numerus clausus) will not be made before the application deadline. In other cases, applicants will receive a decision within three weeks of receipt of the documentation from uni-assist.
- Acceptance offers are either unconditional (no additional requirements) or conditional. In the latter case, you need to present further documents on the day of enrolment at the latest in order to start your studies. Your letter of acceptance will contain detailed information of what is required.
- Uni-assist will notify you if you do not fulfil the formal requirements for admission. You may resubmit your application with additional documentation, as required, in the following year. Uni-assist will retain your application documents for one calendar year; after that date you will need to send a new application if you wish to reapply.
Special procedure for study programmes participating in the dialog-oriented service procedure (via hochschulstart.de)
The following nine programmes are part of the dialog-oriented service procedure (DoSV) via hochschulstart.de:
- Berufspädagogik Fach Gesundheit
- International Business and Management
- International Business Administration
- Business Law
- Nutritional, Food and Consumer Sciences
- Social Work
- Social Sciences with a Specialisation in Intercultural Relations
If you apply for one or more of these programmes, you need to register at hochschulstart.de and generate your personal ID numbers (BID and BAN). These ID numbers are obligatory for an application through uni-assist.
What next - information for German/EU nationals:
Your applications are coordinated via hochschulstart. After a positive evaluation, uni-assist automatically forwards your application to the university in electronic form. Shortly after the application deadline the university decides on your admission. You can find out on hochschulstart.de if you have been accepted into one or more courses and will be able to accept the offer immediately.
What next - information for Non-EU-nationals:
You only need to generate BID and BAN and state them in your uni-assist online application for technical reasons. No further actions are necessary through hochschulstart for you. The university will directly inform you about the result of the admission process.