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Changing Fields/Courses of Study or Transferring to a different university


Changing Fields/Changing Courses of Study

When changing your field or course of study (degree program), it is necessary to re-register. This impacts all students who are already enrolled at the University of Freiburg and wish to make such a change. Changing fields includes changing, for instance, your major or minor fields in your bachelor’s degree program. Changing your courses of study means you are changing, for instance, from the state teaching examination program into a bachelor’s degree program or changing from a bachelor’s degree program into a master’s degree program. Regarding changing your field or courses of study, you can receive advice under the places listed below.

When changing to an admission-restricted field or in a field with particular admission requirements, you must first provide an application for the new field of study before the regular application deadline. You can only change fields of study if you obtain admission for it first.

You can determine which courses of study have admissions restrictions or particular admission requirements by looking at this course of study list. It also tells you how you can apply for it. You can change your field of study without applying for it first, if it is restriction-free and does not have any particular requirements.
Deadlines for changing fields/courses of study

  • Changing fields to an admission-restricted field and/or a field with particular admission requirements:
    • Application before the deadline for a new field of study
    • Implementing the change of field during the enrollment deadline (see letter of admission)
  • Changing fields to a field without particular admission requirements (restriction-free): during the re-registration period (without an application)
  • If you change after the 3rd semester, you need a certificate of a subject advisory service from your study programme coordinator. This can only be obtained from the your programme study advisor of the subject you want to change to.

Re-registering for a change of field/course of study
Re-registration takes place at the Registration Office. International students must re-register at the International Admissions and Services office. You can obtain a copy of the change application form during office hours. You can also obtain the application form with a list of necessary documents you must provide at the office or you can print it out here: Application form for changing fields/courses of study.
For any questions you may have about changing your field/course of study, we offer various consulting services:


Transferring to a different university/swapping places

Transferring to a different university

  • Outgoings: Please apply directly to your desired university. A person who transfers is defined as someone who remains in the same field, but changes to a different university.
  • Incomings: Please refer to the application page where you will find the appropriate modality for university transfers (also “advanced semesters), listed by degree program.


Exchange of university study places

Please note that each university sets its own framework for a study place exchange and checks the requirements independently of the decision of the other participating exchange university. There is no legal entitlement to a study place exchange.

At the University of Freiburg, a study place exchange is possible in accordance with §7 of the Admissions and Registration Regulations (Zulassungs- und Immatrikulationsordnung) under the following conditions:

  • An exchange of places for the 1st academic semester is not possible
  • In human medicine, a change of study place is possible for the 2nd-4th pre-clinical semester and for the 1st clinical semester and in higher clinical semesters.
  • Study place exchanges are only possible in the same degree programme. In the case of degree programmes with restricted admissions, the admissions restriction must exist at both universities.
  • Both exchange partners must have the same level of education and be enrolled in the same academic semester or the same clinical study section in medicine (same clinical semester). For subjects with restricted admission, please note that the same level of education is based on the replenishment criteria for higher semesters.
  • There must be no loss of entitlement to an examination or final failure to pass a course or examination in the case of both exchange partners in the relevant degree programme
  • The agreement of the university affected by the exchange must be available
  • Both exchange partners must be admitted and enrolled at the respective university
  • In the event of an exchange, the student will be exmatriculated at the University of Freiburg

For study place exchanges in medicine in the 2nd (clinical) stage of studies, you will find detailed information here.



The application for exchange of study place as well as all requested documents in original or certified copy plus a sufficiently stamped envelope for the return of the documents must be submitted by regular mail to:

Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg

Student Service Center / Student Secretariat

Sedanstr. 6 - 79098 Freiburg, Germany


for the summer semester: application and documents have to be submitted by January 15 the latest, only the deadline for submission of the Physikum certificate is March 31.

for the winter semester: application and documents have to be submitted by July 15 the latest, only the deadline for the submission of the Physikum certificate is September 30.

The deadlines are cut-off dates, the postmark of receipt at the Service Center Studium is valid.

For a ring exchange, please also submit the application for a ring exchange as well as all required certificates, matriculation certificates and permits from the participating universities. Please make sure that the forms are properly signed and have stamps or official seals. The deadlines are as above.

Please note that the University of Freiburg cannot arrange exchange partners. Provided you have found an exchange partner, you can submit one at the Student Secretariat.

Please note that submitting an application for a study place exchange does not automatically lead to an approval.