Entry requirements at Göttingen University
An indispensable prerequisite for starting a course of studies is always documentary evidence of university entrance qualification (in German "Hochschulzugangsberechtigung", or HZB). This qualification can be acquired in various ways either at school or through gainful employment.
The following documents may qualify you for university entrance:
- Graduation documents (school-leaving certificate and transcript of grades)
- University entrance examinations
- Certificate of assessment ("Feststellungsprüfung" at the "Studienkolleg")
- Evidence of prior study periods
- Final degree (at a university or college)
Non-EU entrance qualifications
EU entrance qualifications
Higher education entrance qualifications acquired in another member state of the European Union are equivalent to the German entrance qualification. Please note that your higher education entrance qualification may not have to apply to all subject areas available at Göttingen University. You may consult the Anabin (in German) or DAAD database directly to see if you meet the requirements for admission, as well as which documents must be submitted as proof of your qualification.
German entrance qualifications
Since the possibilities for acquisition of a university entrance qualification vary a great deal, we have compiled for you several detailed documents hereunder to provide information and answers to your questions.
Basically, there are two different categories of university entrance qualification:
General university entrance qualification
In principle, the general university entrance qualification provides access to all degree programmes. There is no restriction concerning subjects of study.
- 1. General university entrance qualification via graduation from school (pdf)
- 2. General university entrance qualification via vocational qualification (pdf)
Subject-related university entrance qualification
The subject-related university entrance qualification provides access to certain degree programmes related to subjects previously covered in secondary education or vocational training.
- 3. Subject-related university entrance qualification via graduation from school
- 4. Subject-related university entrance qualification via vocational training
These two documents are currently being revised and will be available soon. Please address any questions you may have to the contact shown in the left column.
For subject-related university entrance qualifications, separate examination of every individual case is currently required. Therefore we recommend that you submit a preliminary (online) application to Göttingen University for any subject with restricted admission or lodge an online application for enrolment for degree programmes with non-restricted admission. Your qualification for university studies will be examined in the course of the admission procedure. In the case of a positive decision you will be included in this procedure. In any case you will be notified in writing about the outcome of your application.