Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Admission applications and enrolment
The application deadlines are 'strict' deadlines in the sense that all of the necessary documentation must have been uploaded in the SIM application portal before the submission deadline expires. If you do not upload all of the documents in time, your application for admission will not be processed. Documents cannot be uploaded after the application deadline has expired. In this case, your only option is to reapply in the following semester.
If you have a recognized higher education entrance qualification that provides direct access to university study in Germany and you want to apply to Saarland University to study for an undergraduate degree but your German language skills are not yet good enough, you can apply for a place on a preparatory German language course that will prepare you to take the DSH language exam.
When determining equivalent overall grades for foreign school leaving certificates / higher education entrance qualifications, both uni-assist and Saarland University follow
- the guidance issued by the Kultusministerkonferenz [Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs] and
- the country-specific proposals for grade assessment and conversion published by Germany's Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB – Zentralstelle für ausländische Bildungsabschlüsse) in the anabin database.
Saarland University accepts the International Baccalaureate Diploma (Diplôme du Baccalauréat International) as issued by the International Baccalaureate Organization (Office du Baccalauréat International) as a valid higher education entrance qualification provided that it was awarded after the applicant attended at least twelve years of full-time education in ascending year groups, and if certain other criteria have been met.
You will receive notification of whether or not your application was successful within four weeks after the submission deadline. Admission is granted only for the programme of study and semester that you specified on your application form. Please note that we are unable to provide information on the status of your application until after the submission deadline.
Preliminary review documentation from uni-assist
The application deadlines are 'strict' deadlines in the sense that all of the necessary documentation must have been uploaded in the SIM application portal before the submission deadline expires. If you do not upload all of the documents in time, your application for admission will not be processed. Documents cannot be uploaded after the application deadline has expired. We therefore strongly recommend that you take into account the processing times at uni-assist and that you submit your request for preliminary review documentation at the earliest opportunity. If you do not upload your preliminary review documentation to Saarland University before the submission deadline expires, your only option will be to reapply in the following semester.
Yes, you do, because successfully completing a higher education preparatory course at a Studienkolleg will influence how uni-assist assesses your foreign school leaving certificate / higher education entrance qualification.
Living in Saarland
You should expect to have living expenses of at least € 800 per month. We recommend that you only travel to Germany once funding for your entire period of study has been secured. Saarland University does not offer scholarships or bursaries. Further information is available on the Financing your stay page of the Welcome Center's website.
Students admitted to study at Saarland University have no automatic entitlement to student accommodation. You will therefore need to make your own accommodation arrangements. The Welcome Center website has some useful information on finding accommodation in Saarbrücken.