Application for bachelor-level studies

For first-year students who have earned their higher education entrance qualification in the EU, the European economic area (EEA) or in Switzerland.

This page provides you with information about applying for first degree programmes - those leading to a bachelor’s degree or the first state examination in law.

The described application process applies to you, if you earned your higher education entrance qualification in the EU, the European economic area (EEA) or in Switzerland.

The application process

This overview will assist you in navigating through the application process. All the information on this page will guide you through the application process step-by-step.

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What do I need to know before I apply?

Information and support

Admission requirements

Application deadlines

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What exceptions are there for special applicant groups?

I would like to improve my chances for admission by submitting a request for special consideration (personal hardship, top athlete, elected official, waiting period, period of service).

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What do I need to take into consideration when I apply?

How do I apply?

How many study programmes may I apply for?

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What happens after I have applied?

How can I check my application’s status?

When will I be admitted to the University of Konstanz?

How does the selection process for the admission-restricted study programmes work?

What can I do if I have not been admitted?

Before you apply

Information and support

Contact our Central Student Advisory Service with all your questions while you are deciding whether and what to study.

Please contact the person responsible for processing your application at the Division of Student Affairs and Teaching with any questions about admission requirements, requests for special consideration or the general application process.

The University of Konstanz is a family-friendly university. Information and advice for prospective students with children can be found on the websites of our Family Affairs Division.

Admission requirements

You will require a higher education entrance qualification.

If you are a German citizen, you will have to have your higher education entrance qualification recognized at the Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart (regional council in Stuttgart). A fee is charged for the official recognition process!

If you are not a German citizen, you will not have to have your higher education entrance qualification recognized at the regional council in Stuttgart.

Before submitting your application documents, you can find out which qualifications (e.g. higher education entrance qualification or university degree) will be accepted in Germany. The information portal on international education qualifications provides information about which international certificates are accepted and their approximate equivalents in the German education system.

Higher education entrance qualifications from Switzerland

If you have earned the Swiss Matura (university entrance qualification) recognised in the Swiss Confederation, you can apply for all study programmes at the University of Konstanz. This is not possible with the Berufsmatura (higher vocational qualification).
If you have earned your Matura in French- or Italian-speaking Switzerland, then you will also need to fulfil our German language proficiency requirements.

Further admission requirements include:

Application periods

Applications received after these dates will not be considered!

If you apply to a study programme with several partial study programmes (e.g. secondary education) where one programme has admission restrictions, you will need to apply by the deadline for study programmes with admission restrictions.

We will inform you about when you can apply online.

Important!

Applications are counted as submitted when both the application and all required documents arrive at the University of Konstanz. If your application materials are submitted after the deadline, they will not be considered. The mailing date is not the deciding factor, but rather the date the application materials arrive at the University of Konstanz.

Requests for special consideration

I would like to improve my chances for admission by submitting a request for special consideration.

By submitting a request for special consideration, you can improve your chances of being accepted to a restricted admission study programme.

You may make a request for special consideration only for applications to the first semester of a restricted admission study programme.

How to make a requests for special consideration:

    The application

    How do I apply?

    1. Complete the online application form.
    2. Print out the completed application for admission.
    3. Attach the requested documentation to your application.
    4. Please hole punch your application for admission and other documentation and attach all application parts together using a file fastener ("Heftstreifen").
    5. Please mail your complete application to the University of Konstanz or submit it personally.

    Exception: If you would like to apply for a study programme with restricted admission, please first register for the “Dialogorientiertes Serviceverfahren” (dialogue-oriented service procedure (DoSV)) with hochschulstart.de. Afterwards, you can submit your application via the University of Konstanz’s ZEuS portal (central enrolment and student portal). To find out which study programmes require the DoSV, please visit this website.

    Important: If your documents are not available in German or English, you will need to have them translated. Please submit a German or English translation of your documents along with the original versions. Please be aware of the following: The translation must be certified!

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    How many study programmes may I apply for?

    You can apply for admission to up to three study programmes, irrespective of how you filed your application (directly via online application or indirectly via Hochschulstart). Please note that only one of these three study programmes must be without admission restrictions.

    Exception: If you are applying for admission to second degree studies or a bachelor's programme for working professionals, you may only apply for admission to one study programme and submit only one application for admission.


    Important!

    If you are applying for admission to two or three study programmes, we need a complete application for admission including all required documents for each study programme that you are applying to. You will be told what documents you will need to submit after you have completed the online application process.

    After applying

    When will I be admitted to the University of Konstanz?

    When will I be admitted to the University of Konstanz?

    If you applied for a study programme without admission restrictions

    If you fulfil the admission requirements, you will be admitted to the programme. The university will send you a letter requesting that you officially accept the offer of admission. This process usually involves paying the fees for the first semester of study and submitting any remaining missing documents. The university will then enrol you.

    You will also find information about registration in your letter of admission.

    You can enrol by registering via ZEuS and then requesting enrolment. Afterwards, you will need to pay the enrolment fees and submit any missing documents (e.g. proof of student health insurance), as described in the letter of admission. To confirm your official enrolment, please log into ZEuS. At the beginning of the semester, you can pick up your student ID card at the SSZ.

    If you applied for a study programme with admission restrictions

    If you fulfil the admission requirements, you will then take part in the university’s internal selection process. The university will send you a letter of admission if you are selected. You will need to officially accept the offer of admission within a certain period of time (usually 9 to 14 calendar days). This process usually involves paying the enrolment fees for the first semester of study and submitting any remaining missing documents. If payment is late or has not been received by the deadline, your offer of admission will be rescinded. After accepting the offer of admission, you will be enrolled by the university.

    Further information about enrolment is included in the letter of admission.

    You can enrol by registering via ZEuS and then requesting enrolment. Afterwards, you will need to pay the enrolment fees and submit any missing documents (e.g. proof of student health insurance), as described in the letter of admission. To confirm your official enrolment, please log into ZEuS. At the beginning of the semester, you can pick up your student ID card at the SSZ.

    How does the selection process for the admission-restricted study programmes work?

    In study programmes with admission restrictions, there is a limit to the number of students. If the numbers of applicants is larger than the available space, then a selection process will take place.

    Step 1: Selection of special applicant groups

    For the total amount of space available in a study programme:

    • 8% (at least one placement) is reserved for international students that are not equal to German applicants (“not EU/EEA internationals)
    • 5% (at least one placement) is reserved for persons experiencing personal hardship
    • 2% (at least one placement) is reserved for second degree applicants
    • 1% (at least one placement) is reserved for top athletes or elected officials

    If there are more applicants than space available, a selection process will take place. The higher education entrance qualification grade point average is the primary selection criteria. Remaining placements will be assigned via steps 2 and 3.

    Step 2: Selection based on public service period

    Applicants who did not previously accept a study placement because they were completing a period of service will be selected before other applicants when they re-apply for the same study programme after completing the service.

    Step 3: Selection based on qualification and waiting period

    Of the remaining space available in a study programme, 90% will be awarded based on qualification for study and 10% based on waiting time. One exception is the bachelor's study programme Literature-Art-Media.

    When selecting students based on qualification, the higher education entrance qualification grade point average as well as previous vocational training, practical experience, extracurricular achievements and volunteer service are taken into consideration.

    The assessed criteria are weighted. The final points total will decide your placement on the qualification ranking list.

    What can I do if I have not been admitted?

    What can I do if I have not been admitted?

    Waiting list admission process

    If you were not admitted to a study programme with admissions restrictions, you will then take part in the waiting list admission process. This process passes along offers of admission that were rejected to applicants in the waiting list. In some cases, several rounds of waiting list admissions are necessary to completely fill a study programme. If waiting list admissions have been completed and positions are still available in a study programme, applicants will be selected at random (“Losverfahren”).