Transfer into a related study programme

If you are studying at the University of Konstanz and would like to transfer into another study programme that shares similarities with your previous programme, you may request a transfer to this study programme and then potentially enrol into a higher semester of the new study programme.

This applies to both majors and minors. You will need to provide proof of sufficient completed coursework and academic performance assessments for the respective subject in order to transfer into a higher semester.

Important!

Even if you are not citizen of a country in the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you must follow this procedure. You will not need to re-apply through uni-assist. However, please do inform the foreigners registration office (Ausländerbehörde) as soon as possible about your desire to change your field of study.

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.

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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 do I need to take into consideration when I apply?

How do I apply?

Application documents

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What happens after I have applied?

How can I check my application status?

When will I be admitted to the University of Konstanz?

How does the selection process work?

Before you apply

Information and support

Before you apply for admission to a higher semester, please contact the department student advisory service of the department responsible for your study programme. Your department will determine whether your previous academic performance assessments can be credited towards your study programme.

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to the university, you will need a higher education entrance qualification. If you received your higher education entrance qualification 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:

Application periods

For the winter semester: until 15 July

For the summer semester: until 15 January

For the LKM study programme if you have not yet taken the entrance examination; until 15 June

The deadlines apply to changing your major and/minor.

You can apply to transferring into a higher semester for both the winter and summer semester. However, the entrance examination for Literature-Art-Media is offered only once a year in the summer.

Applications received after these dates will not be considered!

The application

How do I apply?

  1. Log into your ZEuS account as a student.
  2. Under “My functions”, click on “Online application”.
  3. Fill out the online application form.
  4. Print the application for admission once you have completed it.
  5. Attach the requested documentation to your application.
  6. Please hole punch your application for admission and other documentation and attach all application parts together using a file fastener ("Heftstreifen").
  7. Mail your complete application to the University of Konstanz.

Exception: If you are interested in enrolling into a teacher education program in accordance to the older examination regulations GymPO-I 2009 (state examination), please consult Mr. Rademacher.

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.

Important!

Even if you intend to change your study programme in the next semester, you should re-register for your current study programme. Afterwards, you transfer to another study programme by being admitted to and by accepting your study placement in the programme.

Application documents

If you are already studying at the University of Konstanz, we will require the following documents from you:

  1. Form for requesting recognition of coursework and academic performance assessments
  2. Documentation of previous coursework and academic performance assessments (certified copies). If you will be completing academic performance assessments during the current semester, you must also enter them on the form. Submit documentation of these examinations by 15 September (Winter semester) or by 15 March (Summer semester)
  3. If you are changing your field of study and are already studying in at least your third semester, please attach documentation of having received study guidance from a student advisor.
  4. If applicable, include the request for consideration as a hardship case.
  5. If you are transferring out of Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics, you must submit a separate discharge certificate from the relevant departmental office.

After applying

How can I check my application status?

You will receive a confirmation email once your online application has been submitted. You will also be informed via email as soon as your paper application has arrived in the mail and if any changes to your application's status are made.

Additionally, you can go to the “My application” section of the ZEuS application portal to check your current status as well as whether your application materials have arrived.

When will I be admitted to the University of Konstanz?

Study programmes without admission restrictions

If you apply to a study programme without admission restrictions, you may be admitted to the semester you apply for, if you can document having completed enough transferable coursework and academic performance assessments. There is no selection process for you.

You will receive a letter of admission for your desired study programme in the respective semester. If you submitted an application, we assume that you will accept the offer of admission. You will be enrolled automatically once you have paid the semester fee and submitted any missing documents. If you intend to decide on the transfer option after receiving your letter of admission, please inform Mr. Rademacher when submitting your application.

Study programmes with admission restrictions

If you apply to transfer into a higher semester of a study programme with admission restrictions, you may only be admitted if

1. there is enough space available in the prospective semester

2. you can demonstrate that you have completed enough transferable coursework and academic performance assessments

Study programmes with admission restrictions require a selection procedure. If you are selected, the university will send you a letter of admission via the online portal. Because you submitted an application, we assume that you will accept the admission offer. We will enrol you automatically once you have paid the semester fee and submitted any missing documents. If you intend to decide on the transfer option after receiving your letter of admission, please inform Mr. Rademacher when submitting your application.

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

Study programmes expected to have admission restrictions for higher semesters

– Biology, bachelor's programme in secondary education (Gymnasium) (major)

– Biological Sciences bachelor’s programme (major)

– German, bachelor of education programme (major)

– English, bachelor of education programme (major)

– French, bachelor of education programme (major)

– Life Science bachelor’s programme (major)

– Literature-Art-Media bachelor’s programme (major)

– Literature-Art-Media master’s programme

– Politics and Public Administration bachelor’s programme (major)

– Politics bachelor’s programme (minor)

– Politics/Economics bachelor of education programme (major)

– Psychology bachelor’s programme (major)

– Psychology master's programme

– Biology, bachelor's programme in secondary education (Gymnasium) (major)

– Biological Sciences bachelor’s programme (major)

– German, bachelor of education programme (major)

– English, bachelor of education programme (major)

– French, bachelor of education programme (major)

– Life Science bachelor’s programme (major)

– Literature-Art-Media bachelor’s programme (major)

– Literature-Art-Media master’s programme

– Politics and Public Administration bachelor’s programme (major)

– Politics bachelor’s programme (minor)

– Politics/Economics bachelor of education programme (major)

– Psychology bachelor’s programme (major)

– Psychology master’s programme

– Comparative Studies in German, European, and Chinese Law master’s programme

– Sociology bachelor’s programme (major/minor)

– Spanish, bachelor's programme in secondary education (Gymnasium) (major)

– Sports Science, bachelor's programme in secondary education (Gymnasium) (major)

– Sports Science bachelor’s programme (major)

Economics bachelor’s programme (major)


HF = Hauptfach (major)
NF = Nebenfach (minor)
EHF = Erweiterungsfach zu Hauptfachbedingungen (additional subject fulfilling major requirements)
EBF = Erweiterungsfach zu Beifachbedingungen (additional subject fulfilling minor requirements)

How does the selection process work?

If there are more applicants than positions available in a study programme with admission restrictions, then a selection process will take place. Study placement will be awarded in the following order:

  1. applicants who have previously been offered admission to the first semester of the study programme
  2. Applicants from the same study programme at a different university
  3. applicants from other study programmes

If applicants must be selected from within these groups, the decision is based on:

  1. the number of credits earned for coursework and academic performance assessments
  2. In case of a tie: the grades earned for coursework and academic performance assessments
  3. In case of a tie: the average grade earned on the higher education entrance qualification (e.g. German Abitur)
  4. In case of a tie: applicants will then be selected at random

Important!

It is possible that all study placements in admission restricted study programmes are already filled by students from the University of Konstanz. In this case, you cannot be admitted..