Application for master-level studies

This page provides you with information about applying for graduate degree programmes - those leading to a master's degree or Magister (LL.M).

As a refugee in Germany, you have access to a special application process.

The application process

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

SSZ-Beratung für einen Beurlaubungsantrag

What do I need to know before I apply?

Information and support

Admission requirements

Application deadlines

Notizzettel mit dem Wort "Antrag"

What exceptions are there for special applicant groups?

I would like to submit a request for consideration as a hardship case.

Informationsbroschüre "Für eine Kultur der Kreativität"

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

How do I apply?

Do I have to submit separate applications for some study programmes?

How many study programmes may I apply for?

Übergabe des Studierendenausweises

What happens after I have applied?

How can I check my application’s status?

When will I be admitted to the University of Konstanz?

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 with any questions about entry requirements, requests for special consideration or the application process.

If you are coming to Germany for university studies, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the International Office of the University of Konstanz have developed several helpful guides for you.


Admission requirements

In order to begin a master's study programme at the University of Konstanz, you will require a first degree from a university or Berufsakademie (vocational academy), for example, a bachelor’s degree. Most study programmes at the University of Konstanz are consecutive programmes that build on each other. Thus, you are usually required to have completed a first study programm in a related field in order to be admitted to a particular master's programme.


Important!

If you have not yet completed your first degree, please submit proof of your completed coursework and academic performance assessments, including your current grade point average, along with your application. You can then be provisionally admitted and enrolled.
Admission is permitted on a conditional basis, with the expectation that you will complete your studies before the start of your master's study programme. The degree certificate and examination certificates can be submitted up to two months after the start of your first master’s study.

If you have completed your first degree outside of Germany, then check whether the examination certificate from your home country is accepted in Germany by visiting the web page of the Kultusministerkonferenz (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany).

Further entry requirements - for example, a relevant grade point average or language skills- depend on the specific study programme.

Application periods

The application periods also differ depending on the study programme. Please check our study programmes overview to find out which deadlines apply to you. You can also check our News to find out when we accept applications for a specific study programme.

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 submit a request for consideration as a hardship case.

If the numbers of applicants is larger than the available space in study programme, then a selection process will take place. 5% of all available study placements are reserved for applicants who experienced exceptional personal hardship. If this applies to you, you may submit a request for consideration as a hardship case.

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.

Your application will explain which documents should be submitted as certified copies. 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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Do I have to submit separate applications for some study programmes?

If your are interested in applying for the Early Childhood study programme, please submit your application to the Pädagogischen Hochschule Thurgau (pedagogical university Thurgau) directly.

For the Master of Advanced Safety Science for working professionals, please consult the web pages of the Akademie für Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung(academy for scientific continuing education).

How many study programmes may I apply for?

You can apply for admission to two study programmes. If you are accepted by both study programmes, then you need to select one of the two.

After applying

How can I check my application status?

You will receive a confirmation email once your online application has been submitted. The University of Konstanz will inform you via email as soon as your paper application has arrived in the mail and when your application's status changes.

Additionally, you can visit the “My Application” section of the ZEuS application portal to check your application status and whether your application materials have arrived.


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.

What can I do if I have not been admitted?

If you were not admitted to a study programme with admissions restrictions, you will automatically take part in the waiting list admission process. This process assigns study placements that were rejected by others to applicants on the waiting list. In some cases, several rounds of waiting list admissions are necessary to completely fill a study programme. You may still receive an offer of admission up to several weeks after the semester has started!