Transfer into an unrelated study programme

For majors and minors

If you are studying at the University of Konstanz and would like to transfer into a completely different study programme, you may request a transfer to a different study programme in order to enrol into the first semester of the new study programme. This applies to both majors and minors.

If your previous field of study is equivalent to your new desired field of study in terms of subject matter and learning content, then you will not be able to be placed in the same or a an earlier semester. If in doubt, please consult your departmental student advisor.

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 therefore do not need not 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. Use the content overview at the beginning of the page to go directly to your specific questions.

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What do I need to know before I apply?

Admission requirements

Application deadlines

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What exceptions are there for special groups of applicants?

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?

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 for the admission-restricted study programmes work?

Before you apply

Admission requirements

You will require a higher education entrance qualification. If you have completed your first degree outside of Germany, then you can verify if the examination certificate from your home country is accepted in Germany on the web pages 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 (study programmes with admission restrictions:), or until 15 September (study programmes without admission restrictions:), or until 15 June for the bachelor's programme Literature-Art-Media.

For the summer semester: until 15 January for the Law study programme (first state examination) or 15 March for the bachelor's programme in Computer Science.

If you intend to change your minor, you can apply for the summer semester in almost all minor programmes (until 15 March). The exceptions are:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Linguistics
  • Public Administration

Applications received after these dates will not be considered!

If you apply to a study programme consisting of 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.

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 enter the first semester of a restricted admission study programme.

Requests for special consideration can be made:

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. Please mail your complete application to the University of Konstanz.

Exceptions: If you are interested in enrolling into a teacher education program in accordance with the older examination regulations GymPO-I 2009 (state examination), please contact Ela Wanat.

For Law (first state examination) and Psychology, please apply via Hochschulstart.de.

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

We generally require the following information from you:

  1. 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.
  2. If applicable, include the request for consideration as a hardship case.
  3. 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.

If you apply to the bachelor’s programme in Psychology or the study programme leading to the first state examination in Law, you can check your application’s status using the Hochschulstart.de portal.

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 will receive a letter of admission. You will accept the position in the programme via email. Additionally you must re-register for the relevant semester. After completing these steps, you then will be transferred to the new study programme.

Study programmes with admission restrictions

A selection procedure is carried out for study programmes with admission restrictions. 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). You will accept the offer of admission by sending an email to the staff member responsible for processing your application. Please note that the study programme transfer can only be completed after you have re-registered for the relevant semester. If you intend to transfer out of Biology or Chemistry, you must submit a release form from the relevant departmental office.

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.