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Rules for the selection procedure for first-semester students

Mainz University of Applied Sciences conducts a selection procedure in accordance with the place allocation procedure (Studienplatzvergabeverordnung) in all bachelor's degree programs with restricted admissions.

The allocation procedure is carried out when the number of applicants is greater than the number of places available. It usually consists of one main procedure, one or two follow-up award procedures and one final award procedure (lottery procedure) (see point 6).
The cooperation between Mainz University of Applied Sciences and the Foundation is regulated by Section 9 of the place allocation procedure in the currently valid version for bachelor's degree programs that are involved in the dialog-oriented service procedure.

For all undergraduate bachelor's degree programs at Mainz University of Applied Sciences with restricted admission, 80 percent of the study places are allocated according to the university's own selection procedure and 20 percent of the study places according to the waiting period. The university's own selection procedure is currently only carried out in the restricted admission undergraduate subjects at Mainz University of Applied Sciences on the basis of the grade of the higher education entrance qualification. Only in the bachelor's degree programs of the School of Design does the weighted grade after passing the aptitude test take the place of the grade of the higher education entrance qualification. The result of the aptitude test (70 percent) and the grade of the higher education entrance qualification (30 percent) are taken into account when determining the grade.

(When determining the number of places available, please note the quotas mentioned under point 3 in the allocation procedure.)

The ranking order is derived from the average overall grade of the higher education entrance qualification or the weighted grade of the aptitude test and the average overall grade of the higher education entrance qualification in the bachelor's degree programs of the School of Design.

If you do not have an average grade, you will be ranked after the last candidate with a certifiable average grade.

You can submit applications for an improved grade together with your application in writing.

The ranking is determined by the number of half-years since the acquisition of the higher education entrance qualification. Only full half-years are counted from the date of acquiring the higher education entrance qualification until the beginning of the semester for which you are applying for admission. Half-years are the periods from 1 April to 30 September of a year and from 1 October of a year to 31 March of the following year.

If you do not provide evidence of the date on which you acquired your higher education entrance qualification, the number of half-years since you acquired your higher education entrance qualification will not be taken into account.

However, the number of half-years may increase or decrease in certain cases, for example in the case of proof of a degree qualifying for a profession outside higher education institutions, if a higher education entrance qualification was obtained before 16 July 2007.

You can only apply for admission for the respective semester.

Applicants from member states of the European Union (EU) will be considered the same as German applicants. The foreign grades are converted to the German grading system. Please note the application procedure via uni-assist.

Applications to improve the waiting period can be submitted in writing together with the application.

  1. A special quota of up to five percent of the fixed number of admissions applies to the admission of foreign nationals or stateless persons who are not treated as Germans.
  2. For all cases of exceptional hardship (hardship quota according to Section 15 of the place allocation procedure), a quota of two percent applies. The study places in the hardship quota are awarded on request to applicants for whom it would mean an exceptional hardship if they did not receive admission to the respective degree program.
    Exceptional hardship exists if special social or family reasons inherent in one's own person make the immediate commencement of studies or an immediate change of place of study imperative.
    The ranking is determined by the degree of exceptional hardship. It is required that you substantiate in writing the application for admission by selection according to hardship criteria and that you provide supporting documentation.
  3.  For the selection for a second degree (second degree quota according to Section 17 of the place allocation procedure) a quota of three percent applies.
    If you have already completed another degree program at a German university of applied sciences, you are regarded as a second degree applicant within the scope of Section 17 of the place allocation procedure. The ranking is determined by a numerical score, which is calculated from the result of the final examination of the first degree and the level of importance of the reasons for the second degree. Please note: The above definition of a second degree program does not apply with regard to the charging of fees to second degree students pursuant to Section 70 (3) of the Higher Education Act in conjunction with No. 2.2.11 of the State Directive on Fees in the Sectors of Science, Continuing Education and Research (Special Fee Schedule) in the currently valid version.

Applicants who

  • applicants who have fulfilled an official duty in accordance with Article 12a of the German Basic Law or have assumed such an official duty or equivalent services for a period of up to three years, or
  • have performed voluntary military service in accordance with the Military Obligations Act in the version published on 15 August 2011 (Federal Law Gazette p. 1730) or
    have completed a Federal Voluntary Service in accordance with the Federal Voluntary Service Act of 28 April 2011 (Federal Law Gazette p. 687), or
  • have completed at least two years of development service under the Development Workers Act of 18 June 1969, as amended, or
  • have performed a volunteer youth service within the scope of the Youth Voluntary Services Act (JFDG) of 16 May 2008, as amended, or within the framework of a model project funded by the Federal Government (Section 15 (2) of the JFDG applies accordingly), or
  • have looked after or cared for a child under the age of 18 or a person in need of care among other relatives for up to six months,

shall be selected on the basis of an earlier admission adjustment for the said degree program if they have been admitted to that degree program at the beginning of or during a period of service or if no admission figures were fixed for that degree program at the beginning of or during a period of service.

The selection must be applied for no later than the second award procedure carried out after the end of the service. If the service has not yet ended, a certificate must be issued certifying that the service will have ended by 30 April for an application for the summer semester or by 31 October for an application for the winter semester. Where it is necessary to establish a ranking between those to be selected after a service on the basis of previous entitlement to admission, the decision shall be made by a lottery drawing.

The places remaining after deduction of the quotas are awarded to applicants with a German higher education entrance qualification and/or German citizenship and EU citizens:

80 percent of the study places are allocated according to the university's own selection procedure and 20 percent of the study places according to the waiting period. The university's own selection procedure is currently only carried out in the restricted admission undergraduate subjects at Mainz University of Applied Sciences on the basis of the grade of the higher education entrance qualification. Only in the bachelor's degree programs of the School of Design does the weighted grade after passing the aptitude test take the place of the grade of the higher education entrance qualification. The result of the aptitude test (70 percent) and the grade of the higher education entrance qualification (30 percent) are taken into account when determining the grade.

If admitted applicants do not enroll for study places after the allocation procedure has been completed, these places will be allocated by means of a lottery after the allocation procedure has been completed.

You can apply to participate in the lottery procedure by submitting an informal application together with the following documents:

  • Chronological, signed curriculum vitae with no missing periods of time
  • Declaration of previous study periods
  • certified copy of the certificate of qualification for admission to higher education for a degree program to be specifically named

Please send the informal application

  • for part-time degree programs by 20 January for the summer semester and by 20 August for the winter semester
  • for full-time degree programs by 13 March for the summer semester and by 20 September for the winter semester

to Mainz University of Applied Scinces, Office of Student Affairs, Lucy-Hillebrand-Straße 2 in 55128 Mainz.

Please note that admission through the lottery procedure does not mean that the required admission requirements for the degree program you applied for do not have to be proven.

If you wish to participate in a lottery procedure for several degree programs, you must submit a separate application for each.

For the bachelor's degree programs with restricted admissions that participate in the dialog-oriented service procedure, Section 9 of the place allocation procedure (Studienplatzvergabeverordnung) also applies to the succession procedure and clearing procedure (lottery procedure).

If a lottery procedure is carried out, the notification shall only be made in the event of successful participation. Notices of rejection for participation in the lottery procedure will not be issued.

Rules for the selection procedure for students in later semesters

The following regulations apply to the selection process for higher semesters according to Section 23 of the place allocation procedure:

If admission figures for higher semesters have been fixed for a degree program, free places may be allocated to applicants who fulfill the requirements for admission to the higher semester in question. The prerequisite for admission to a specific higher semester is that the applicant has performed the necessary activities as stipulated by examination regulations or that these have been recognized in accordance with Section 25 (3) of the German Higher Education Act (HochSchG).

If intermediate examinations or comparable tests are scheduled before higher semesters or certain stages of the program, these may be used as a basis for selecting candidates. The available study places are allocated according to the rank that the applicant occupies on the basis of the average grade from the recognized achievements from their studies to date.

In individual cases, the respective competent department decides on the recognition of achievements, unless otherwise stipulated in the examination regulations.

Rules for the selection procedure for vocationally qualified applicants

Vocationally qualified applicants who have a direct higher education entrance qualification for vocationally qualified individuals in the applicable version in accordance with Section 65 (2) of the Higher Education Act in conjunction with the Directive on the Direct Right of Access of Professionally Qualified Individuals to Higher Education shall take part in the regular selection procedure.

The average grade stated in the certificate of qualification for admission to higher education shall be decisive for the ranking according to the level of qualification.

For individuals with qualified vocational training and professional experience, the average grade shall be the following

  1. the overall grade average from the final vocational training examination and the final certificate of the vocational school of at least 2.5
  2. the final examination of an apprenticeship in a public-law employment relationship with an overall grade average of at least 2.5 or a score of at least ten points
  3. the final examination for school-based vocational training regulated by state law with an overall grade average of at least 2.5


If the average grade is less than 2.5, participation in the admission procedure is not possible.

Individuals who have passed a master craftsman's examination or a comparable advanced training examination shall use the average grade from the certificate for the master craftsman's examination or the comparable advanced training examination.

Please make sure that the certificate for the master craftsman examination or the comparable advanced training examination indicates an average grade. In this regard, please contact the chamber that is responsible for you well in advance. If you do not have an average grade, you will be ranked after the last candidate with an identifiable average grade.

The day stated in the certificate on which the requirements for the higher education entrance qualification were met for the first time (qualified vocational training and work experience, master craftsman's examination or comparable advanced training examination) is deemed to be the date on which the higher education entrance qualification was acquired.

The ranking is determined by the number of half-years since the acquisition of the  entrance qualification.

Only complete half-years from the date of acquisition of the higher education entrance qualification to the beginning of the semester for which you are applying for admission count. Half-years are the period from 1 April to 30 September of a year and the period from 1 October of a year to 31 March of the following year.

Within the application procedure for a non-restricted bachelor's degree program, you will receive a place if you have applied in due time and in the correct form.