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Lottery procedure

A lottery procedure for the allocation of university places in the 1st subject semester of degree programmes subject to limited admission takes place only if there are still some free university places available after the regular allocation procedures have been completed.

  1. Coordinated allocation of remaining study places ("koordiniertes Nachrücken", incl. lottery procedures), organised by as part of the national platform for degree programmes with limited admission at (DoSV; dialogue-oriented service procedure).

    Subjects that are part of a "two subject Bachelor" prorgamme will not participate in any part of the national platform for degree programmes with limited admission at including these lottery procedures.

    Remaining study places after considering all regular applicants will at the end of the coordinated allocation procedure be drawn by lot. You can only participate in the lottery procedure of the national platform for degree programmes with limited admission for our degree programmes if you have not applied for a placement in your chosen programme yet!

    Application: 10 to 30 September

  2. An internal lottery procedure of Göttingen University for all first degree programmes subject to limited admission (including medicine - both full place and half place - and dentistry).

    The lottery procedure is carried out in all degree programmes in which there are still remaining study places available before the start of lectures. It is independent of all previous applications for a study place.

    Application: 11 to 24 October

Participation in the procedures is limited to the periods specified. The coordinated allocation of remaining study places ("koordiniertes Nachrücken") is carried out within the central application portal of, while the University operates a separate application portal for its own internal procedure. Participation is open to both German and foreign prospective students. A university place you might hold will not be forfeited by participation in the lottery procedure. Applicants who have not taken part in the procedure during the regular application period, can also register here for the first time.

For Master's degree programmes: Some faculties (e.g. Faculty of Social Sciences) offer their own lottery procedures for their Master's degree programmes. In this case, different deadlines apply. Please have a look at the websites on application of your faculty.

Application in 6 steps

To maximise your chance of being granted a university place, you should take part in both procedures.

  • Application in the coordinated allocation procedure

    For the coordinated allocation procedure ("koordiniertes Nachrücken"), you are required to register at the central application portal on, if you have not already done so. Then you can submit applications there for study places in degree programmes that are part of the coordinated allocation procedure of remaining study places.

    Attention: please note that you are required to use a user account already in existence also for all subsequent service procedures. Multiple registration at hochschulstart is not permissible. More detailed information about multiple registration can be found on

  • Applications for all first degree programmes

    For all first degree programmes with limited admission: you can apply online for participation in the University's internal lottery procedure (see link in the right-hand or bottom menu). If you have already registered during the standard application period, you can continue to use this account. You can also lodge lottery applications for several degree programmes. Written documents, such as a high-school graduation certificate, are not required for participation.

  • Admission / denial

    The decision on admission or denial is invariably made exclusively by drawing lots. In the event of admission, you will be notified by e-mail and your letter of admission will be filed for download in the application and enrolment portal of the University of Göttingen. The letter of admission is non-transferable. In cases of non-compliance with enrolment prerequisites (such as absence or insufficiency of university entrance qualifications), the letter of admission may be cancelled.

  • Enrolment following admission

    If you are offered a university place in one of the procedures, you can now apply for enrolment at Göttingen University by using the same online portal for data input. Please observe the acceptance deadline specified in the letter of admission.

  • Transfer of semester fees

    Following data input, please transfer the semester fees to the University. Only after your payment has been received can processing of your enrolment be finalised. Please indicate your application number, your name and the reference semester (e.g. summer semester 2021) on the remittance slip!

  • Confirmation by the university

    An official confirmation for your enrolment will subsequently be sent to you automatically.