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News vom 19.04.2016

(How) Can I get a place at university? – Overview of admission procedures and opportunities

Prospective students’ chances of obtaining a place on a programme in medicine, psychology or business administration differ depending on their qualifications or Abitur grade. In addition, higher education institutions’ admission procedures for prospective students are often difficult to understand. A publication by the CHE Centre for Higher Education provides answers to the most important questions regarding numerus clausus (NC) or restricted entry, waiting times and selection procedures.

The barriers to be overcome by prospective students seeking a place on their chosen degree programmes differ considerably. At present, around 40 per cent of all Bachelor programmes in Germany are subject to admission restrictions. In most cases, prospective students must apply directly to the preferred HEI. In some subjects, such as medicine, around 9,000 places are awarded annually by a central admissions service.

This variety of options for applying is explored in the CHE publication “(Wie) Komme ich an einen Studienplatz? – Zulassungsverfahren und Zulassungschancen an deutschen Universitäten und Fachhochschulen” ((How) Can I get a place at university? – Admission procedures and opportunities at German universities and universities of applied sciences). The authors Cort-Denis Hachmeister, Wencke Lah and Ronny Röwert explain how admission to higher education works in Germany using the example of concrete subjects.

They describe the application and selection procedures for the subjects:

  • Business Administration
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Human Medicine and
  • Teacher Training.

    In the study, model candidates are used as examples to demonstrate the extent to which the Abitur (A-level) grade achieved is important when applying for a particular subject, and which options are open to applicants in their choice of a place at university. The authors also explain what is meant by terms such as ‘quota for top Abitur performers’ and ‘preferred place of study’, which applicants may come across. The publication also sheds light on how the selection procedure based on waiting times functions. In this connection, CHE’s Cort-Denis Hachmeister stressed: “Contrary to widespread opinion, semesters spent studying another subject do not count towards the waiting time.”

    The publication, aimed at prospective students, is rounded off by additional information on topics such as aptitude tests, succession procedures, and taking legal action to secure a place at university.

    About the publication:
    “(How) Can I get a place at university? – Admission procedures and opportunities at German universities and universities of applied sciences” is the third CHE publication on numerus clausus. It contains information gained from the annual CHE Numerus Clausus Check, complemented by information about individual HEIs’ selection procedures gained from sources such as the CHE University Ranking. The findings of the German Rectors’ Conference’s “Higher Education Compass” for winter semester 2015/2016 provided the data for the CHE Numerus Clausus Check 2015/16. The brochure “Im Blickpunkt: Der Numerus Clausus” (Focus on numerus clausus) is a compilation of the key findings. It also informs readers about where to find most of the degree programmes without access restrictions at German HEIs.

    Further Information can be found in the publication stated below.

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