Dear prospective international student of the University of Freiburg,
You can apply online for admission to undergraduate degree programs (bachelor, state examination) during the application phase. Please consult the overview of fields for a list of all fields of study offered at the University of Freiburg. When you finish your online application, you will be asked to print out the application form and send it to us together with the supporting documents named on the form. A list of all necessary supporting documents is also available on our checklist for applications.
In the following, we provide you with important information on the prerequisites for admission and supporting documents for your application.
We wish you success with your application!
Higher education entrance qualification refers to the level of general education required for enrollment at a university or other institution of higher education in Germany. International applicants to undergraduate degree programs (bachelor or state examination) at universities in Germany need to provide evidence that they possess the necessary qualification for higher education entrance just like German applicants. In Germany this qualification is called the “Abitur.” A secondary school leaving certificate earned in a European Union member state is generally accepted as higher education entrance qualification in Germany.
There are three different types of higher education entrance qualification in Germany. Which one you have depends on what kind of secondary school leaving certificate you earned:
- Direct general higher education entrance qualification: International applicants whose secondary school leaving certificate is equivalent to the German Abitur may apply directly for admission to a full degree program in Germany. As a rule, this is also true of applicants who have already earned an initial degree (e.g., bachelor) from an accredited higher education institution abroad.
- Direct field-restricted higher education entrance qualification: As a rule, international applicants with a recognized secondary school leaving certificate that is restricted to specific fields of study or vocational areas may only select fields of study from those areas (e.g., only humanities or only natural sciences). They may apply directly for admission to a degree program in any of these fields of study.
- Indirect higher education entrance qualification: International applicants whose school leaving certificate is not equivalent to the German Abitur may still be eligible for higher education entrance in Germany if they fulfill one of the two following preconditions:
- In addition to your school leaving certificate, you provide evidence of having attended an accredited higher education institution abroad. The necessary length of your studies abroad depends on what kind of school leaving certificate you have.
- In addition to your school leaving certificate, you take a one-year preparatory course at a Studienkolleg in Germany and pass the assessment examination (see the section “Studienkolleg” below for more details).
Both of these paths lead to field-restricted higher education entrance qualification in Germany. The fields of study you are then qualified to enroll in depend on your field of study abroad or your main subject at the Studienkolleg.
The basis for evaluating international school leaving certificates and degrees in Germany is the database of the Standing Conference of the State Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (Anabin), which is administered by the Central Office for Foreign Education Systems (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen - ZAB) International applicants can check for themselves on this database whether their school leaving certificate or degree earned abroad qualifies them for higher education entrance in Germany.
The International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) is accepted. The conditions are listed in the Agreement on the Acceptance of the International Baccalaureate Diploma, passed by the Standing Conference of State Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs.
Please note that we cannot evaluate your school leaving certificate or degree until you have submitted your application to the University of Freiburg with all of the necessary supporting documents. It is not possible to have your educational records evaluated before applying.
You will need solid German language skills for a successful course of study in a bachelor’s or state examination program. The language of instruction in all of these degree programs is German – apart from the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Some master’s programs have other language requirements. To find out the language requirements for the master’s program you’re interested in, please go to the overview of fields and select “Master of Arts” or “Master of Science.” There is also an overview of all English-taught master’s programs.
To enroll in an undergraduate degree program (bachelor or state examination) at the University of Freiburg, you will need to document your German language skills by submitting one of the following certificates, either with your application or when you matriculate:
- Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang – DSH (German Language Test for International Applicants at German Institutions of Higher Education) with a proficiency level of DSH 2 or 3. This test is held twice a year at the Language Teaching Centre of the University of Freiburg, usually at the end of September and the end of March, and includes a written and an oral part.
- Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache - TestDaF (Test of German as a Foreign Language) with a proficiency level of 4 or 5 (TDN 4 or 5) on all four parts. You can take this test at any of numerous test centers throughout the world several times a year.
- Goethe Certificate C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (Large German Language Diploma)
- Deutsches Sprachdiplom (German Language Diploma) of the Conference of the State Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs – level II (DSD II)
- telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule
- German Abitur or German as a native language
If you do not yet have one of these qualifications, you must have at least taken a language course at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages by the time you apply (by 15 Jan./15 July). Please document this by submitting one of the following certificates with your application:
- a passing grade in a C1-level language course
- participation in a C1-level language course
- evidence of proficiency level DSH 1
- TestDaF at proficiency level 3 (TDN 3)
- Goethe Certificate C1
Please note: Submitting a certificate from the TestDaF or the DSH test or another equivalent language certificate (see above) with your application will increase your chances of being admitted to studies!
If you do not receive a certificate from your language course confirming your reference level on the Common European Framework or if you do not have any language certificates that clearly validate your proficiency level, you will have to take a placement test. If you are already in Freiburg, you can take it at the "Sprachenkolleg" or the Goethe-Institut. If you are still abroad, you can take it at a Goethe-Institute or one of the TestDaF Centers.
Please note: We only accept language certificates issued in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages!
If you have completed level C1 of the Common European Framework and have been admitted to a course of study, you can take a two-week intensive course at the Language Teaching Centre (in March or September) to prepare for the DSH. The DSH is held before the start of each winter and summer semester. If you do not achieve a score of DSH 2 or DSH 3 on the DHS, you cannot matriculate for a degree program at the University of Freiburg.
In this case, we recommend that you take another language course, e.g., at the Language Teaching Centre, the "Sprachenkolleg", or the Goethe Institute Freiburg.
These fields of study hold entrance examinations that are also mandatory for applicants from non-EU member states:
- Ancient Civilization Studies (Bachelor of Arts – major field)
- Applied Political Science (Bachelor of Arts – major field)
- English (State Teaching Examination – major and supplementary field)
- English and American Studies (Bachelor of Arts - major field)
- English and American Studies (Bachelor of Arts – major field)
- Interdisciplinary Foundations of Political Science (Bachelor of Arts – minor field)
- Classical Philology (Bachelor of Arts – major field)
- Classical Philology (Bachelor of Arts – minor field)
- Nursing Sciences (Bachelor of Science – major field)
- Romance Studies (Bachelor of Arts – major field)
Please visit the pages on these fields of study for more information. Note that in some cases you have to register for the test and will not be sent a special invitation reminding you to do so.
In the following fields, you will receive information on applying directly from the department:
Please also include confirmation that you have participated in a student orientation procedure with your application for admission. A student orientation procedure is a self test that does not have any influence on the success of your application. It provides orientation for prospective students and helps them to find the right field of study.
Click on this link for a list of student orientation procedures approved by the University of Freiburg:
For international applicants, we recommend the Test for Academic Studies (read more below about TestAS). You can also use the University of Freiburg’s Online Study-Choice Assistants (OSAs) [de] to find the right field of study for you. The site also includes helpful videos, links, and information on student orientation.
International applicants whose higher education entrance qualification is not equivalent to the German Abitur must take the “Examination for the Assessment of University Entrance Qualification” (or „Assessment Examination“) for short). You will receive the opportunity to prepare for your course of study in a one-year preparatory course at the Studienkolleg Studienkolleg in Heidelberg. It is not possible to register directly for admission to the Studienkolleg in Heidelberg. Please apply to the University of Freiburg for admission to the degree program of your choice by 15 July or 15 Jan.
Click here for more information on the Studienkolleg:
The University of Freiburg considers TestAS in the selection procedure for applicants from non-EU countries. All international prospective students who apply for admission to an undergraduate degree program (bachelor or state examination) can improve their chances of receiving a study space at the University of Freiburg by taking TestAS.
TestAS is a standardized test for international applicants that tests important cognitive abilities for a course of study at a German university. It consists of a core test and a field-specific module. The core test is in German and includes four groups of tasks: 1. solving quantitative problems, 2. inferring relationships, 3. completing patterns, 4. continuing sequences of numbers. When you register for the test, you must choose one of four field-specific modules:
- humanities, cultural and social sciences
- mathematics, computer science, natural sciences
Visit www.testas.de to find out when and how you can take TestAS.
Advantages for your application at the University of Freiburg:
- Investing the time and effort to take TestAS will be regarded as an important criterion by the selection committee, because it speaks for your motivation to study at the University of Freiburg! A good score on the test also demonstrates that you have the necessary skills for a course of study in Germany.
- The test familiarizes you with the requirements of a course of study in Germany and helps you to better evaluate yourself and your abilities. In addition, you receive comprehensive feedback after completing the test and are shown where you stand in comparison to other applicants.
- TestAS is also recognized as a student orientation procedure [de] at the University of Freiburg (for more information, see “Student Orientation Procedures” above).
- Taking TestAS is voluntary for prospective students of the University of Freiburg! You can also decide for yourself whether or not you wish your score to be submitted to the University of Freiburg.
- We do not recommend that you participate in a language screening (onDaF, online placement test for German as a foreign language) if you are only applying for a study space at the University of Freiburg with TestAS.
- The test does not take the place of other prerequisites for admission to studies at the University of Freiburg, such as language certificates or higher education entrance qualification.
- Applicants to master’s programs, short-term studies (free movers, exchange students), and doctoral programs do not need to take TestAS.
If you have already studied at a university abroad, you can request to have any credits you earned there transferred to the University of Freiburg. Foreign-earned credits can be transferred on the following conditions:
- The credits must have been earned within the context of a degree program at an accredited higher education institution abroad.
- The credits must have been earned in the same or a related field of study and must be part of the curriculum of your new course of study at the University of Freiburg.
- The credits may not be a prerequisite for higher education entrance in Germany (see “Higher Education Entrance Qualification – Indirect higher education entrance qualification,” above)
Credit transfers are evaluated and approved by the department or examination office responsible for your degree program. For more information, please contact a departmental student advisor for your field of study. Contact information is available on the overview of fields.
Special state examination offices are responsible for approving the transfer of foreign-earned credits in the fields Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. More information and contact addresses are available here:
Once your foreign-earned credits have been officially approved, you may apply for admission to a higher study semester in your degree program rather than as a beginning student. For more information on applying for admission to a higher study semester, please visit the Applying section of the Student Portal.
In many fields of study the number of applications is greater than the number of available spaces. Such fields have restrictive admissions (numerus clausus). In fields of study with restrictive admissions, study spaces for (non-EU) international applicants are allocated according to a quota (8% in all fields of study with admissions restrictions and 5% in the fields Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy).
To find out whether your field of study has restrictive admissions, please consult the overview of fields.
Please note that only a limited amount of applications are accepted in fields with restrictive admissions. As an applicant from a country outside of the EU, you may apply for admission to a maximum of one field with restrictive admissions. Any further fields you apply for admission to must have free admissions.