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Studying without German Abitur

Access to university without general qualification for university entrance (Abitur) is newly regulated (since October 07, 2016) according to § 49 section 4 of the Higher Education Act and in relation to the Access Regulation to Higher Education with Vocational Qualification (Berufsbildungshochschulzugangsverordnung).

The application for all undergraduate programs offered at the Heinrich Heine University is possible. However, Postgraduate courses / Master's programs are excluded.

The university entrance is aimed at vocationally qualified applicants without higher education entrance qualification (§ 1 Berufsbildungshochschulzugangsverordnung). Therefore, you are not allowed to have already acquired a "general" or a subject-related entrance qualification which would otherwise grant you higher education access or access to the study program of your choice (subject-related admission qualification).

The general Fachhochschule Entrance Certificate does not grant you access to  Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.

Deadlines:

Vocationally qualified applicants have to meet the following deadlines:

  • April 1st to start your studies in the winter semester
  • October 1st to start your studies in the summer semester

Please keep in mind that most of the study programs will only be offered during the winter semester.

 


!!!Important!!!
The selection criteria TMS (exam for medical study programs) for the study programmes Medicine and Dentistry

In most admission quotas, the TMS constitutes one of the admission criteria. Further information can be found here.

 


 

Requirements and information for professionally qualified applicants

Here you can find detailed information about the various possibilities and admission requirements.

Direct higher education entry qualification

One of the following certificates need to be submitted:

  • master craftsman diploma according to §§ 45, 51 a HwO
  • equivalent advanced training qualification according to §§ 53, 54 BBiG or according to §§ 42, 42 a HwO
  • technical college graduates according to the corresponding framework agreement in regards to technical colleges issued by the Kultusministerkonferenz – see: www.kmk.org
  • degree of a state regulated continued education of the same value for professions in the health care sector as well as in the sector of  social care and social education
  • degree of a different advancement vocational training of same value regulated by federal or state law

 

Upon submitting the above mentioned certificates you will be issued a certification of your direct university entrance qualification.

a) application for study programs with open admission:

With a certificate of your direct university entrance qualification you can directly enrol for a study program with open admission.

b) application for study proframs with limited admission (NC):

With the certificate of your direct university entrance qualification you can subseqently apply for the study programs Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy via hochschulstart. You will apply with the mark 4,0 and the date of issue of your university entrance qualification (your waiting time will be counted starting with the date of issue of your university entrance qualification - the latest date possible is March 8, 2010).

c) application for study programs with local limited admission (ONC):

Study programs with local limited admission have 2,48% of the places to study available for vocationally qualified applicants. There may however be more applicants than places to study available. If this is the case, a selection committee will create a ranking.  This committee will base their decision partly on aspects such as motivation for the application for this particular study program.

Therefore, please include a a letter of motivation in your application. This letter should state why you wish to apply for the study program of your choice and which career path you want to persue afterwards (2 pages max.). A selection interview may be conducted.

The following certificates need to be submitted:

 

  • graduation degree of vocational training regulated by federal- or state law with a duration of at least two years

          and

  • certificate of three-year (for holders of the upgrading scholarship offered by the government two years are sufficient) full-time employment (a part-time employment of at least 50% is considered professional activity) in the training occupation or an occupation related to the training occupation or a certificate of having finished an additional vocational training related to the first training

Upon submitting the above mentioned documents, access to a subject-related study program can be granted. The university will decide whether a correspondance between vocational training, employment and the study program is apparent.

a) applicaiton for study programs with open admission:

With a direct university entrance qualification certificate you can subsequently proceed with the enrolment for a study program with open admission. The enrolment can only be proceeded successfully if all conditions (including the three-year full-time employment) were fulfilled. The professional employment needs to be proven no later than the begin of the semester's lecture period.

b) application for study programs with limited admission (NC):

With the direct university entrance qualification you can subsequently apply for the study programs Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy via hochschulstart (www.hochschulstart.de). You will apply with the mark 4,0 and the date of issue of your university entrance qualification (the waiting time will be counted from the date of issue of your university entrance qualification - April 8, 2010 being the earliest date possible).

The proof of professional employment has to be submitted no later than September 30 (for the application for the winter semester) or March 31 (for the application for the winter semester). Should you not submit the proof according to the deadline, your enrolment will expire.

c) application for study programs with local limited admission (ONC):

Study programs with local limited admission have 2,48% of the places to study available for vocationally qualified applicants. There may however be more applicants than places to study available. If this is the case, a selection committee will create a ranking.  This committee will base their decision partly on aspects such as motivation for the application for this particular study program.

Therefore, please include a a letter of motivation in your application. This letter should state why you wish to apply for the study program of your choice and which career path you want to persue afterwards (2 pages max.). A selection interview may be conducted.

In case your application is considered not subject-related to the study program of your choice, please note the following information.

The following certificates need to be submitted:

  • graduation degree of vocational training regulated by federal- or state law with a duration of at least two years

          and

  • certificate of three-year (for holders of the upgrading scholarship offered by the government two years are sufficient) full-time employment (a part-time employment of at least 50% is considered professional activity) in a training occupation or a vocational training not related to the study program of your choice.

Having the primariy responsibility and independently running a family household as well as being responsible for raising a child under the age of 18 or the nursing of a relative is regarded as an equivalent to an employment.

The following occupations can be regarded as employment activity:

  •   voluntary military service
  •   Federal Voluntary Service (BFD)
  •  A Voluntary Year of Social Service
  • A Voluntary Ecological Year
  •   occupation as a development worker
  •   an additional vocational graduation degree

You can start your studies after having successfully completed the trial period of your studies (for applications with open admission) or after having passed the entrance examination (for applications with limited admission).

 

It is only possible to enrol for a trial period if all conditions are fulfilled (including the three-years full-time employment). The vocational occupation needs to be provenno later than by the start of the lecture period of the respective semester.

A trial period of studies will last for two years and is possible for all study programs with open admission. The trial period is considered successfull if at least 20 credits (Bachelor) on average or  ⅔  of the mandatory study- and examination performances (Staatsexamen) per semester were achieved. After having completed the trial period successfully you are allowed to continue your respective study program normally.

The duration of the trial period can be extended for 4 more semesters:

  • part-time students
  • students with disabilities or chronic diseases
  • elected representatives of university bodies, student bodies, student councils or student unions (Studierendenwerke)
  • equal opportunity commissioners
  • care and education of underage children
  • caring for relatives
  • similar comparable circumstances

Entrance examination

Was the vocational training/degree accomplished abroad, a certificate proofing its equivalence needs to be submitted upon application. If you have completed your vocational training, you will be able to acquire such a certificate at the respective guild. If you possess a master's certificate or a similar qualification you should contact the respective Chamber of Handicrafts.

Application

Please contact the respective department of your study program if you need further consultation.

All certificates need to be sent as certified copies together with the application form via mail to the student and examination administration:

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Studierenden- und Prüfungsverwaltung

40204 Düsseldorf

Further information can be found here:

Information regarding the change of university

A change of university with the aim of continuing your studies in the same or a related subject is possible at any time for:

 

  • those with master craftsman training and with advanced training
  • subject-related applicants
  • persons who are doing their trial studies if they decide to continue their trial studies and the study program at the university where they want to be admitted is also offered without limited admission (otherwise an entrance examination has to be passed)
  • persons whose entrance examination is recognized by the university where they want to be admitted

In order to process your change of university, a proof of having successfully completed two semesters needs to be submitted (the university you are leaving will issue a transcript of your credits) if:

  • the passed entrance examination is not accepted by the university where you want to be admitted
  • you started your studies in federal state, but in NRW you don't fulfill the conditions to start your studies, because e.g. you have not completed a vocational training regulated according to the federal law

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