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Application system

The joint application period for universities of applied sciences is held twice a year in the spring and autumn.

For more information on admissions requirements and selection criteria, visit or the websites of the university of applied sciences in question.

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A separate application period is held for degree programmes aimed at adults who speak a foreign language and for the Police University College. Most fields of study require an entrance examination, whose results are sent to each participant person. 

The requirement for admission to a university of applied sciences is primarily:

  • an upper secondary syllabus; matriculation examination; an International Baccalaureate or Reifeprüfung;
  • vocational upper secondary qualification; vocational college diploma or higher vocational diploma; vocational upper secondary
  • qualification completed in combined adult education programmes; or a foreign vocational qualification that is equivalent to the above-mentioned degrees