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Application from non-EU citizens

Changes to the application process for non-EU citizens from the summer semester 2021 onwards

When applying for a study programme (except Master’s/PhD programmes) from the summer semester 2021 onwards, non-EU citizens must submit preliminary review documentation (Vorprüfungsdokumentation – VPD) issued by uni-assist as well as recognised proof of language proficiency (e.g. a DSH 2 certificate). It is essential that the VPD is issued for your application to Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. A uni-assist assessment report is not sufficient. If the university entrance assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) has been completed, it must also be submitted to uni-assist for the VPD. Non-EU citizens with a university entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung – HZB) from an EU country are exempt from this obligation.

Applicable only for citizens of Ukraine: If you are not able to acquire certified copies of your documents (and you can demonstrate this credibly), you may contact the university applying with copies of the relevant documents.

Uni-assist must verify your certificates from your home country before a VPD can be issued. Please contact uni-assist about this in good time (at least 8 weeks before the university’s application deadline).

Accordingly, your certificates from your home country no longer need to be submitted when applying to Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.

Exception: When you apply for a Master’s/PhD programme, you need to upload the original language versions of your certificates from your home country and a corresponding translation in German, English or French. These documents must be submitted in officially certified form on enrolment.

For further information regarding the application process, please click here.

The application deadlines for study programmes with restricted admission are 15 January (for the summer semester) and 15 July (for the winter semester) every year. You can find the application deadlines for study programmes with unrestricted admission here.

Please apply online via our application portal. Please note the following information when applying for DoSV study programmes. Non-EU citizens with a university entrance qualification (HZB) from an EU country should apply for subjects with local admission restrictions (ONC subjects)/Dialogue-oriented Service Procedure (DoSV) subjects in the same way as EU citizens/German nationals.

Applicants for the 1st subject-related semester for the medicine, dentistry and pharmacy study programmes are excluded from the awarding procedure if they are already enrolled as students in the selected study programme at a German university at the time of application. Applications for the 1st subject-related semester for medicine/state examinations are not possible if, at the time of application, the clinical examination has already been completed or the first stage of the medical licence examination has been credited as a result of academic performance to date. In these cases, applications can only be made for the clinical semesters.

Please note that special case requests within the framework of applications are only relevant for German nationals, EU citizens, “Bildungsinländer” (non-German applicants with a German university entrance qualification/degree from a German university) and those who have the same status as German nationals.

Which documents must be submitted?

For undergraduate study programmes (Bachelor’s/state examination) the following documents must be submitted:

Preliminary review documentation issued for Heinrich Heine University by uni-assist (see above) and recognised proof of language proficiency. The certificate from the university entrance assessment test may also serve as proof of language proficiency. Certificates from your home country are not generally needed for applications.

The following documents must be submitted with applications for Master’s/PhD programmes:

  • Degree certificate and record of grades and subjects (original language version plus a German translation issued by a sworn translator; certificates issued in English and French do not need to be translated)
  • DSH certificate (DSH 2 or DSH 3) or equivalent proof of language proficiency, unless you are applying for a foreign-language Master’s programme or doctoral studies in a language other than German.
  • If you have changed your name (e.g. due to marriage): Marriage certificate or corresponding proof
  • If you have already started a study programme at a German university: Please include the current certificate of enrolment from that university indicating the subject, intended degree and number of semesters
  • Doctoral studies: If you are planning to start a PhD programme, you need authorisation from the Dean’s Office and confirmation of academic supervision from your doctoral supervisor.


When applying for a higher subject-related semester, a record of academic performance to date must be submitted.


Special cases


  • Prospective students from the People’s Republic of China must upload the certificate issued by the Academic Evaluation Centre (Akademische Prüfstelle – APS), which can be contacted via the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Beijing, and submit the original on enrolment:
    Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
    Kulturreferat, Akademische Prüfstelle
    Landmark Tower 2, Office 03118
    8, Dongsanhuan Beilu
    Chaoyang District, 100004 Beijing, PR China
    Tel.: 0086-10-6590-7138 or -7141, (Monday to Thursday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Chinese time)
    Fax: 0086-10-6590-0051


  • Applicants from Vietnam must upload the certificate issued by the Academic Evaluation Centre (Akademische Prüfstelle – APS) at the German Embassy in Hanoi and submit the original on enrolment.

Certificates must be submitted in officially certified form on enrolment.

Preliminary review documentation

If you need confirmation of your university entrance qualification before application (e.g. in order to extend your visa if you do not yet have recognised proof of language proficiency), you can get your certificates from your home country verified by uni-assist for a fee.

German language course

Applicants for the German language course offered by the Students’ Union (AStA) must enrol as German language course participants at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.

Individuals wishing to take a German language course must register for and pass a placement test organised by the Students’ Union. You can find a list of the documents you need to submit for registration for the placement test on the Students’ Union website provided below.

If you meet the criteria for enrolment as a German language course participant at HHU, you can apply online. The following documents must then be uploaded:

  • Certificate of participation in the German course issued by the Students’ Union (confirmation that you have passed the placement test and paid the course fee of €450)
  • Preliminary review documentation issued by uni-assist (cost: approx. €75)

You can find more information on the German language course here.

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