Admission requirements for studying
Here you can find an initial overview of the general requirements and additional requirements for certain degree programs if you want to be admitted to our Bachelor’s and Master’s programs.
General admission requirements
To study in a Bachelor’s degree program at Anhalt University, you will need a university entrance qualification (HZB). Typically, this is the equivalent of a German Abitur (e.g. high school diploma or A-levels) or a subject-specific qualification. However, there are also other qualifications that permit you to study. If your HZB is restricted to a specific German state (note in your transcript), then it might also be recognized in Saxony-Anhalt.
You can start a Master’s program if you have already completed a recognized first academic degree. Please note the specific degree program requirements when applying for both Bachelor’s and Master’s programs.
More details on being admitted to a degree program can be found in the University Qualification Directive (Hochschulqualifikationsverordnung) in conjunction with the State University Act of Saxony-Anhalt (Hochschulgesetz des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt) and Sec. 1 of the currently valid program and examination regulations for the respective degree program.
Additional Paths to University
Qualification for universities of applied science
Qualification to study at universities of applied science can be shown with:
- a final leaving certificate from a specialized or vocational secondary school
- a transcript from the theoretical part of a qualification to study at universities of applied science in conjunction with proof of completed vocational training or at least one year of practical training with a colloquium (practical part)
- a final certificate from a German military secondary school in the subjects engineering, economics, or social pedagogy
- additional legally recognized qualifications equivalent to the qualification to study at universities of applied science
Professional qualifications that are recognized for university entrance:
- Certificates from technical and vocational schools such as state-certified technician, economist, agricultural economist, or designer or state-approved preschool teacher, curative teacher, or curative therapist
- Advanced professional training (e.g. master craftsman)
- Examination for civil service in the higher non-technical service, certificate of completion for the advanced administrative program from a German military secondary school
- Professional advanced training for health care professions and professions in social care and social education
- Certificates obtained in the GDR that are equivalent to a qualification to stay at a university of applied science (e.g. certificate from an engineering and vocational school)
Assessment exam (Feststellungsprüfung/FSP)
Professionals who wish to study due to their talent, personality, and previous school or professional education but who do not have a university entrance qualification (HZB) may take an assessment exam to determine whether they may study.
15 January for the summer semester and 31 March for the winter semester
The process for determining a professional’s qualification to study is divided into the review of the admission requirements and passing the two-part assessment exam (FSP).
1. Admission requirements:
- Secondary school certificate (Realschulabschluss) or equivalent certificate and
- at least two years of successfully completed vocational training in an area relevant to the degree program and
- at least three years of professional experience in a profession that qualifies for the respective degree program. For scholarship recipients in the federal government’s “upgrading” scholarship program, two years are sufficient.
2. Two-part assessment exam (Feststellungsprüfung/FSP):
- written exam lasting max. 2 hours with content specific to the degree program, determined by the department’s Board of Examiners
- oral exam lasting max. 30 minutes with content on general education and specialized professional knowledge
The assessment exam is considered to have been passed if the grade of the written and oral exams are each at least 4.0 (sufficient).
You can read the legal provision in the regulations for Assessing Qualification to Study for Professionals without a University Entrance Exam 2017 (Ordnung zur Feststellung der Studienbefähigung Berufstätiger ohne Hochschulzugangsberechtigung).
Recognized foreign university entrance qualificati
Prospective students with educational certificates from other countries fulfill the admission requirements if
- the certificate enables them to study at a university in the country in which the certificate was obtained,
- the certificate permits them to study at a university according to the anabin database, and
- proof of sufficient German proficiency is submitted.
If you find that your documents do not qualify you to be admitted to a degree program, please contact the Preparatory Program (Studienkolleg).
Important note: Prospective students with an international university entrance qualification should apply via uni-assist starting in April 2018.
Minimum grade (Numerus Clausus, NC)
Allocation of university spots according to the average grade in the Abitur.
The minimum grade refers to the average Abitur grade of the worst applicant still admitted to the program.
Admission restrictions for certain degree programs.
For the following degree programs, a pre-study internship must be completed:
- Ecotrophology (4-week internship by the start of the 3rd semester)
- Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (8-week internship by the start of the 4th semester)
- Electrical and Computer Engineering (6-week internship by the start of the 4th semester)
- Biomedical Engineering (6-week internship by the start of the 4th semester)
- Media Technology (6-week internship by the start of the 4th semester)
- Mechanical Engineering (6-week internship by the start of the 4th semester)
- Engineering and Management (6-week internship by the start of the 4th semester)
Artistic aptitude exam
Enrolling in the degree program Integrated Design requires proof of a study-related artistic aptitude. It is only possible to study after passing an aptitude exam.
After submitting the application documents, applicants are sent instructions for a task that must be completed and submitted by a set deadline. The assessment of this task determines which applicants are invited to participate in the acceptance exam in Dessau.
On the examination date, applicants must bring a folder with examples of their work that demonstrates their intellectual and creative potential in visual results. You can choose your artistic means and media, which should be as diverse as possible, e.g. drawings, photographs, animation, sculptures, paintings, and objects (three-dimensional work must be submitted as a photograph). The size of the folder is DIN A2.
In the assessment process, the applicants are given tasks from various areas of design that enable the examiners to get an impression of the applicants’ abilities in perception, conceptualization, and presentation. These tasks are written by the Board of Examiners in advance. At the end of the assessment, a discussion on design is held with the applicants.
Aptitude can be determined in a discussion or a letter of motivation, for example. Some degree programs require a letter of recommendation or references.
For most of the part-time continuing education degree programs, it is necessary to have one or more years of professional experience.
Internship or employment contract
For our dual study programs, an internship or employment contract with a sector-specific company for the entire period of studies must be submitted.
The Bachelor’s degree programs at our university are only taught in German.
For international applicants, the following proof of German proficiency must be submitted for a German-language degree program:
- German language exam for university entrance (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang, DSH), level 2
- TestDaF, level 4 (in all four parts of the exam)
- Passed assessment exam (Feststellungsprüfung) in a preparatory program (Studienkolleg)
- if applicable, equivalent proof
The proof of language proficiency must also be submitted for German-language Master’s programs.
The Studienkolleg offers assistance if you would like to obtain the required language qualifications.
For English-language Master’s programs, the following proof of language proficiency must be submitted: