Information on Applications and Enrollment

How and when to apply? Here you will find detailed information about application and admission. Please note: These information do not apply to applicants whose documents have already been checked and whose eligibility for university entrance has been recognised.

What must you check before applying?

Before you apply for a course of studies you should check whether you fulfil the general admission requirements for a course of studies in Germany.

Bachelor's programmes

A higher education entrance qualification is a general prerequisite for admittance to a programme of study. 

The anabin database can help you establish if your qualification (school certificate, certificate of university attendance in your homeland) qualify you to study at university in Germany: – official site with authoritative information on the assessment of foreign qualifications

Master's programmes

Admission to a Master‘s programme requires a good or excellent university degree completed in a related field.

German language skills

Please note, that the language of instruction at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences is German in nearly all programmes and courses, except the Master's programme Water Engineering. Foreign applicants have to prove adequate language skills in German.

Evidence of the necessary German language skills can be provided in the form of:

  • Goethe Certificate C2
  • DSH II
  • DSD II
  • TestDaF (minimun 16 total points & minimun level 3 in the examination modules) 
  • TELC Deutsch C1 Hochschule
  • evidence of having passed the entrance examination at a preparatory college

Special admission requirements

For some degree programmes you must also fulfil additional (special) admission requirements. Please check our course descriptions to find out this information.

Preparatory college

If you establish that university entrance is not possible with your certificate/certificates or if the standard of your German language skills does not make you eligible for university admission, then please contact a preparatory college ("Studienkolleg"). 

Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences does not have its own preparatory college. The state-run preparatory college responsible for our institution is located at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Köthen. It specifically prepares foreign applicants for a course of studies in Germany.

In Magdeburg you can find a private preparatory college: Europäisches Studienkolleg der Wirtschaft (ESKW)

Application via uni-assist e.V.

If you fulfil the admission requirements, you can apply for a course of studies. International applicants – including EU citizens – and all who have acquired their certificates in a country other than Germany are asked to apply via uni-assist e.V.

As a joint institution of German universities, uni-assist carries out an expert examination of all admission requirements, for which it charges a fee. Applicants who start studying at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences can apply to the university for reimbursement of the fees incurred.

When must you apply?

It can take several weeks for uni-assist e.V. to check your application documents. We therefore recommend that you submit your application within the following deadlines:

Commencement in the winter semester (October)Commencement in the summer semester (April)
  • Courses of study requiring an aptitude test (Bachelor and Master)
  • Restricted admission courses of study (Bachelor)
  • Water Engineering (Master)
  • Health Promoting Organisational Development (Master)
31 May30 November
  • Courses of study without admission restriction (Bachelor and Master)
15 August15 February

What must your application for a Bachelor's programme include?

School leaving certificate

Submit the certificate which allows you to start university studies in your home country. Submit the certificate in its entirety, including the overview of subjects and grades. 

Proof of having passed a university entrance exam

If you have passed a university entrance exam in your country of origin, please submit the relevant certificate.

Certificate for previos university studies

If you have already studied at a university outside Germany, please submit a complete overview of subjects and grades (incl. grading system of your university) issued by your university.

Evidence of the necessary German language skills

Can be provided in the form of:

  • Goethe Certificate C2
  • DSH II
  • DSD II
  • TestDaF (minimun 16 total points & minimun level 3 in the examination modules) or
  • TELC Deutsch C1 Hochschule or
  • evidence of having passed the entrance examination at a preparatory college

Please note, for the Bachelor’s programme International Technical Communication and Translation you require evidence of DSH 3 (or equivalent).

Certified copies and translations

You have to submit your educational certificates and proofs of language proficiency as officially certified copies. This applies both to copies of the certificates in the original language and to copies of certified translations. To find out how and where to get documents certified, please check: Certified copies and translations

Curriculum Vitae

List everything you have done up until now. Start with your first school. Do not leave out any time period. If you were not enrolled at a university for a time or did not work, write down “no special activities / no studies”.

Copy of your passport

The copy of your passport only needs to contain the page with your picture and your personal data. This copy does not need to be certified.

Application for Industrial Design

For the Bachelor’s programme in Industrial Design, the application takes place in two steps independent of each other:

  1. Please send us (Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal, Dezernat II - Studentische Angelegenheiten, Breitscheidstr. 2, 39114 Magdeburg) your curriculum vitae and a folder with your solutions to the admission tasks. The current tasks can be found here at the Institute of Industrial Design. The folder only needs to contain solutions to the tasks, you are not required to submit an individual paper.

  2. Please send the completed application form and the required documents by 30 November for applications for the summer semester (commencement of studies in April of the following year) or by 31 May for applications for the winter semester (commencement of studies in October of the same year) to uni-assist e.V.

What checks are carried out by uni-assist, and when do you hear the results from us?

As a joint institution of German universities, uni-assist e.V. carries out an expert examination of all admission requirements, for which it charges a fee.

Once it has positively verified that all admission requirements have been met, it forwards the application on to us. Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences then makes the decision concerning admission. The admissions and application procedure at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences is free of charge.

We normally send out our admission notices for the winter semester from the beginning of August.

Notices of admission

On restricted admission Bachelor’s programmes that begin in the winter semester, notices of admission to the degree programme are sent out from the beginning of August. Applications for unrestricted admission degree programmes are processed continuously.

From May/June, notices of admission are sent out at 14-day intervals. For courses where passing an aptitude test is an admission requirement, applicants are informed of the outcome after evaluation of the examination in the Department.

Second-chance procedure

If not all places on a restricted admission programme are allocated during the main procedure, a second-chance procedure takes place. Applicants who received a rejection notice from the main procedure have the option to take part in the second-chance procedure, from which they may obtain a university place after all. When the first rejection notices are sent out, applicants are asked whether they would like to participate in a second-chance allocation procedure


Once you have received an admission notice please reply accepting your university place, submit the required documentation, and transfer the payment of the semester fee. Only then is your enrolment complete.

Which other formalities must you observe?

Before you enter Germany you must observe certain formalities (e. g. applying for a visa). But even in Germany itself, a few visits to public offices will be necessary (Residency Registration Office, Foreigners Office). Also, you must have health insurance in Germany.

Where do you get support?

Information and advice on the above themes and on all other questions, e.g. accommodation and life and Magdeburg and Stendal, can be found on the website pages of our International Office.

If you need further information, you are welcome to contact our General Academic Counselling unit in person.

Contact person

Study Advisor
Jana Schieweck

Tel.: + 49 (0) 391 886 41 06
Fax: + 49 (0) 391 886 46 18

Visitor's address: House 2, Room 0.07.2, Breitscheidstraße 2, 39114 Magdeburg

Information for International Degree Students

International Office

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