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Foreign academic qualifications

Applying via uni-assist

To study at our university, you need a higher education entrance qualification. If you have acquired a higher education entrance qualification abroad, you must check to what extent it is equivalent to the German higher education entrance qualification.

If your foreign higher education entrance qualification is recognized as equivalent to the German qualification and sufficient German language skills have been proven, you will be admitted to the study placement procedure.

If you did not acquire your university entrance qualification in Germany or at a school with German Abitur examination regulations (for example A-Levels, High School Diploma, Baccalaureat), send your application to uni-assist (the address is on the right).

uni-assist address

Mainz University of Applied Sciences
c/o uni-assist e.V.
D-11507 Berlin
Germany

www.uni-assist.de

  • Students from partner universities who would like to study at Mainz University of Applied Sciences as part of an exchange program.
  • Graduates of the assessment test of a preparatory course whose foreign educational qualification has been recognized with an average grade.
  • Applicants who are already able to present recognition in Germany of their foreign educational qualification with a grade point average.

The nationality of the applicants is irrelevant.

Please note that uni-assist will only process your application once the fee has been paid. Please enclose a copy of the payment receipt with your application.

Information on the amount of the fee and the transfer of the fee for the examination of the foreign university entrance qualification can be found at www.uni-assist.de/zahlungstransfer.html

For the admission of foreign nationals or stateless persons who are not on an equal footing with Germans, a special quota of up to five percent of the fixed number of admissions applies. The current admission figures are published in the Mainz University of Applied Sciences Bulletin.

Links

anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html non-binding assessment and evaluation of educational qualifications acquired abroad

www.study-in.de information on studying in Germany for international applicants

Dialog-oriented Service Procedure (DoSV)

The dialog-oriented service procedure (DoSV) coordinates the allocation of undergraduate degree program placements with locally restricted admissions on a national level. The background behind this is the current multiple occupancy of study placements by applicants applying to several universities. The advantage of the procedure is that as an applicant, you have a central point of contact for all applications submitted to the DoSV – the platform www.hochschulstart.de  – and can view their status there at any time.

Further information on the DoSV procedure and the application procedure for DoSV degree programs can be found at www.hochschulstart.de.

The degree program you have chosen participates in the dialog-oriented service procedure.

Before you can apply on the uni-assist online portal, you must register at hochschulstart.de and then receive a BID (applicant identification number) and a BAN (applicant authorization number).

Please note that you can also use your user account created by registering at hochschulstart.de for applications in later procedures. Any additional registration would constitute an invalid multiple registration. If you already have a BID and a BAN from hochschulstart.de from a previous application, you can use them for online applications on the application portal of Mainz University of Applied Sciences.

Please note that multiple registrations at hochschulstart.de are not permitted. Should you have registered more than once, a decision will only be made regarding the applications submitted with the most recent registration. Surplus registrations including all of the related applications will be deleted and will not be considered in the remaining process steps. Deletion cannot be reversed.

First register with the central coordination office at www.hochschulstart.de. There you will be guided to the portal of hochschulstart.de via the button Registration and application for degree programs with local admission restrictions. Click on the button Application portal on the left side of the page to enter the application portal. To register at hochschulstart.de, please click on Registration. After you have successfully registered, you will receive an e-mail containing, among other things, the activation link. By using the activation link within 72 hours after receipt, you successfully complete your registration at hochschulstart.de. By clicking on the Home button, log in with your user name and password. Under the My data button you will find your applicant identification number (BID) and the corresponding applicant authorization number (BAN). Make a note of your BID and BAN, as you will have to enter these numbers when applying on the university's online portal. Your personal details are automatically transferred after entering the BID and BAN when you register on the university's uni-assist online portal.

Note: Changes of address and other personal data can only be done via hochschulstart.de.

Please note that multiple registrations at hochschulstart.de are not permitted. Should you have registered more than once, a decision will only be made regarding the applications submitted with the most recent registration. Surplus registrations including all of the related applications will be deleted and will not be considered in the remaining process steps. Deletion cannot be reversed.

A user account is set up for you when registering at hochschulstart.de. Your user account is where the information on all of your applications to the degree programs that participate in the dialog-oriented service procedure comes together. Your applications are reconciled in a database shared by the participating universities. After the allocation process for study places at a university, which is individual to each university, is concluded at the respective participating universities, the offers of admission from different universities are made available to you in your user account. This provides you with an overview of the status of your applications so you can decide which admission offer to accept.

Please note that you can also use the user account you have set up during your registration for applications in later processes. An additional registration would cause a prohibited multiple registration.

You can find more information about registration at www.hochschulstart.de/dosv or send an email with your questions to service(at)hochschulstart.de.

You can find information about applying via uni-assist on the page
www.uni-assist.de/bewerben.html

Please send the printed "Antrag auf Zulassung zum Studium für internationale Studienbewerber/innen mit ausländischem Bildungsnachweis" (Application for admission to studies for international applicants with foreign academic qualifications) to uni-assist together with the documents to be submitted in paper form to:

Mainz University of Applied Sciences
c/o uni-assist e.V.
D-11507 Berlin
Germany

Links

www.hochschulstart.de Foundation for Admission to Higher Education

www.uni-assist.de/dosv-verfahren.html - Information on registering at hochschulstart.de

Documents to be submitted

  • Chronological, signed curriculum vitae with no missing periods of time
  • Copy of the payment receipt for the fee paid to uni-assist
  • Residence permit (for applicants from non-EU member states)
  • Copy of passport
  • Declaration on previous periods of study at home and abroad (See under Download.  Please note that the declaration must be submitted even if no study periods have yet been completed.)
  • Proof of German language skills in certified form

Document your education from secondary school to your current level of education. Submit all your diplomas and certificates in full - you must always submit your degree and the associated overview of subjects and grades in full. Neither complete parts of the certificate (for example a diploma appendix) nor individual pages may be missing. If the grading system used is not listed on the subject and grade overview, please also submit the information on the grading system of your school or university.


It is necessary that you submit all certificates in the original language in an officially certified copy and additionally as a sworn translation, also in an officially certified copy. Submission is only possible in paper form. Copies of certified documents - whether in electronic or paper form - are only simple copies and are not authenticated themselves. A copy shall only be deemed to have been certified if the original certification stamp is on it.

If you have attended a preparatory course, please enclose the certificate of the preparatory course (officially certified copy).

The first semester is always preset as the subject semester for all bachelor's degree programs. If you have already completed periods of study at a university, Mainz University of Applied Sciences reserves the right to final classification into the semester on the basis of the documents to be submitted.

Applying with previous study periods

Applicants with previous periods of study in Germany or abroad must submit the following documents in addition to the required documents in due time when applying to our university. This applies to all previous degree programs in which you were or are enrolled.

  • Clearance certificate (in German)
  • Clearance certificate for curricula at foreign universities (in English)
  • Proof of achievement / grade chart with indication of the ECTS credits, grade, number of attempts including the failed achievements with indication of the provisional grade point average of your achievements to date.
  • Exmatriculation certificate of all degree programs in which you were previously enrolled. If you are still enrolled by the application deadline, you can submit your application at the time of enrollment - at the latest by 15 October for the winter semester and by the end of the first week of April for the summer semester.

Depending on the semester for which you are applying, this document relating to the individual achievements may not be issued before 15 May for the winter semester or 15 November for the summer semester (in German).

  • Summary of the individual modules including the ECTS credits (in German)
  • Curriculum (in German)

If you are still enrolled at another university at the time of application and are able to complete achievements there, you must, in the case of admission to Mainz University of Applied Sciences, provide a current clearance certificate and current proof of achievements / grade point average including the failed achievements after the grading of the last examination achievement by the previous university again without being asked. This must be done by October 15 for the winter semester and by the end of the first week of April for the summer semester at the Office of Student Affairs of Mainz University of Applied Sciences.

Subject-related semester and credit recognition

Recognition of achievements from previous periods of study takes into account both passed and failed attempts. If necessary, you may be required at a later date to submit documents for all exam achievements that have been completed and then also evaluated.

Recognition is formally granted by the respective examination board. In the case of admission to a higher semester, you will receive notification of the placement semester via the notification of admission. If you are placed in the first semester, please contact the student advisory service of the respective department for recognition of achievements.

Please note that in this case admission is subject to the condition precedent that the explicitly requested documents are submitted in full, on time and ready for examination within the enrollment period or any other period specified by the university in the notification of admission and that the examination of the documents by the university leads to a positive examination result.
If a positive examination result cannot be certified, the notification of admission issued under the condition precedent shall have no legal effect. There is no right to enrollment and there will be no special decision on this.

Level B2 is required for the application and verified by:

  • Test German as a Foreign Language (TestDaF)-TDN 3 in all parts of the examination
  • German language examination for university entrance at least level 1 (DSH-1)
  • Goethe certificate at least B2
  • B2 Language Certificates from German universities of applied sciences
  • German Language Diploma DSD II
  • telc German B2
  • At least two years of completed vocational training in Germany
  • Successfully compleleted degree in German studies
  • Proof of completion of German Hauptschule or Realschule (the report card of the final year must have a passing grade).

Mainz University of Applied Sciences offers an intensive German course, which leads to a Telc German B2 language certificate. Applicants for this course must have a university entrance qualification and a German language B1 level certificate. 
Please contact sprachen (at) hs-mainz.de or stephanie.swartz (at) wiwi.hs-mainz.de  for further information.

Links

Information on certification and translation at www.uni-assist.de

Information on the application materials at www.uni-assist.de

Studying without an Abitur in Rhineland-Palatinate Information from the Ministry of Science, Continuing Education and Culture

Additionally required documents

  • Diploma and diploma certificate or bachelor's certificate and bachelor's degree with grade point average (decimal point)
    If the documents are not yet available and the grade of the final examination of the first degree program has not been verified, the result of the final examination is evaluated with "1 point" when determining the measurement number for the selection for a second degree program.
  • Reasons for enrolling in a second degree program
  • Written application for admission due to extraordinary hardship

The reasons for the application must be justified in writing and supported by relevant documents.

  • Written application to improve the average grade and/or waiting time

The reasons for the application must be justified in writing and supported by relevant documents.

uni-assist online portal

Portal for applicants with foreign higher education entrance qualifications

www.uni-assist.de/bewerberportal.html