General questions

Where can I get advice and assistance?

If you have general questions about studying at Saarland University, please get in touch with the Central Student Advisory Service.

Can I study at Saarland University if I have a subject-specific university entrance qualification (Fachabitur) or an entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife)?

To gain a place on an undergraduate* degree programme (i.e. Bachelor’s, teacher training or state-examined degree programme) you will need to have earned the general higher education entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife, Abitur) or a subject-specific university entrance qualification (Fachabitur). Please use the following link for more detailed information on the academic requirements for undergraduate study.

* undergraduate degree programmes are also referred to as first degree programmes or first-cycle programmes (as defined in the Bologna process implemented in the European Higher Education Area)

I have passed the German general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) but have not yet received my certificate. Can I submit an application without the certificate?

Please submit your application after you have received your school leaving certificate. Your higher education entry qualification (HEEQ) only becomes effective on the date on which you receive the certificate, after which you will be able to state your average Abitur grade. You will not be disadvantaged by submitting your application at a later date, as places are not allocated on the basis of when applications were received. However, please note that applications received after the application period has closed will not be processed.

Can I submit my higher education entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent) at a later date?

No, you cannot submit your higher education entrance qualification after the application deadline. Late submission arrangements are available only for the three degree programmes ('Medicine', 'Dentistry' and 'Pharmaceutical Science') for which the admission process is coordinated nationally by hochschulstart.

What is the difference between 'application' and 'enrolment'?

In this context, the term 'application' means an application for admission to a restricted-entry degree programme of study. If you submit your application properly within the designated application period you will be included in the university’s admission procedure.

The term 'enrolment' refers to the process of being officially registered as a student (and thus also as a member) of Saarland University. If you have applied for a place on a restricted-entry degree programme, you can enrol if your application was successful and you have received a letter of admission from the university. If you plan to study for a degree programme that is not subject to entry restrictions, you do not need to apply for admission and you can simply enrol during the designated enrolment period.

Further information is available in this video.

What is the difference between 'restricted-entry' and 'non-restricted entry' degree programmes?

A restricted-entry degree programme has only a limited number of places available. The university therefore has to decide how to allocate the available places. (See next question for details of the selection criteria used at Saarland University). Applications for admission to a restricted-entry degree programme must be submitted within the designated application period, after which all applications will be assessed on the basis of the relevant entry criteria. If the degree programme you want to study is not subject to entry restrictions, you can enrol directly if you meet the academic requirements to begin studying at a university. To see whether your intended degree programme is subject to entry restrictions, please refer to this table.

How are places allocated on restricted-entry degree programmes at Saarland University?

Places on locally managed, restricted-entry undergraduate degree programmes are allocated as follows (after first deducting those places awarded to applicants in specified priority groups): 80% of places are awarded on the basis of the overall grade of the applicant’s higher education entrance qualification and 20% are awarded based on the number of previous application semesters ('Bewerbungssemester'). The allocation procedure is different for the three degree programmes 'Medicine', 'Dentistry' and 'Pharmaceutical Science', where places are administered nationally (Zentrales Vergabeverfahren), and for the degree programmes 'Computer Science (English)', 'Cybersecurity (English)', 'Franco-German Studies: Cross-Border Communication and Cooperation' and 'Droit français et allemand'. The following link provides more information about the allocation of places on first degree programmmes.

Where can I find the grade thresholds (NC) used in previous semesters?

Please use the following link to find the grade thresholds used in previous semesters. (Note: grade thresholds are referred to in German by the abbreviation 'NC' from the Latin 'numerus clausus'.)

Which combinations of subjects are possible?

You can only study a combination of subjects if you are enrolled in a dual-subject Bachelor's degree programmes (Bachelor of Arts) or in a teacher training degree programme (with the exception of teacher training programmes for primary level education). Please click the following link for details about permissible subject combinations.

Which subjects can be combined in a teacher training degree programme depends primarily on whether the subjects are offered in the relevant type of school (e.g. primary; secondary (lower stage); secondary (upper stage)). For an overview of permissible subject combinations, please refer to this table. Further information on the structure of the various teacher training programmes can be found here.

When does the main teaching period start and end?

For detailed information on the main teaching period, re-registration deadlines, etc., please visit the web page listing key semester dates.

I am a German national with a foreign higher education entrance qualification. What do I need to know?

Before you apply for admission or enrol at the university, you must contact the Saarland Ministry of Education and Culture to obtain a certificate that formally recognizes your foreign school leaving certificate. More information is available here.

Can I switch to another degree programme?

Yes, you are allowed to switch to another degree programme. However, even though you are already enrolled as a student, you must still adhere to the admission application and enrolment deadlines.

If you receive financial support from the federal education and training funding programme BAföG and you decide to switch to another degree programme, certain requirements will need to be met in order that you can continue to receive financial assistance. To find out which conditions or constraints may apply, please contact the BAföG Office before switching.

Can I deregister immediately or withdraw my enrolment request if I have received a letter of admission from another university and want to transfer?

Yes, that's possible. Please refer to the web page with information on deregistration, which also contains details about how to apply for a (partial) reimbursement of fees and other charges.

Questions about the admission application process

When do I have to apply?

Information on the application deadlines for a specific degree programme can be found either on the programme web pages, which you can access via this page, or on the university's admission applications and enrolment pages.

Does Saarland University have a special application deadline for applicants who gained their higher education entrance qualification in the previous year (Altabiturienten)?

For applicants who gained their higher education entrance qualification in the previous year, special deadlines apply only in the case of the three degree programmes 'Medicine', 'Dentistry' and 'Pharmaceutical Science', for which admissions are coordinated nationally. The current admission application deadline is published on the hochschulstart.de website.

Where can I find the key dates for the admission application and enrolment procedures?

Please use the following link for a list of the key application and enrolment dates for our undergraduate degree programmes. Other important semester dates such as the main teaching period, re-registration deadlines, etc. are listed here.

What documents do I need for my application?

First-cycle degree programmes (Bachelor's, teacher training or state-examined degree programmes)
If you want to apply for a place on an undergraduate degree programme, the number of documents you will need to submit is usually quite small. You will definitely need to submit proof of your higher education entrance qualification (e.g. your Abitur certificate) and a valid identity document (identity card or passport). Additional documentation will need to be submitted if (i) you have completed a period of voluntary service (e.g. you have worked on a recognized community or social project (FSJ) or environmental project (FÖJ), served under the Federal Volunteering Scheme (BFD) or have completed a period of voluntary military service), (ii) you have taken an aptitude test as part of the nationally administered admission procedure for 'Medicine', 'Dentistry' or 'Pharmaceutical Science', or (iii) you plan to submit a special application (e.g. for a hardship grant). Applicants who do not have a German school leaving certificate or who wish to apply to study for a second (undergraduate) degree will also need to submit further documentation.

Master's degree programmes
If you are planning to apply for a place on a Master's programme, you will normally need to submit more documents than for a first-cycle degree. In addition to providing proof of your undergraduate degree qualification, you will often need to submit documents that will be used to assess your aptitude for the intended programme of study and to determine whether you meet the formal admission criteria (e.g. transcript of records, language proficiency, translations of foreign education credentials, etc.).

How should I submit my application documents?

As the application procedure is conducted entirely online, all documents must be submitted in electronic form (typically as PDF or JPG files). It is not therefore necessary to make certified copies of the documents you submit, e.g. your higher education entrance qualification. Please note, however, that different regulations apply to those degree programmes (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Science) for which the admission process is coordinated nationally by hochschulstart.

How many degree programmes may I apply for?

The answer to this question depends on your student status. First-time applicants may apply for a maximum of two degree programmes in Saarland University's SIM application portal. If you have already obtained a degree from a German university, you can only apply for one programme, as you will then be applying to study for a second undergraduate degree. However, in both of the above cases, you can still apply for programmes that are administered centrally via the DoSV admissions procedure (DoSV: dialogue-oriented service procedure) that can be accessed via the internet platform hochschulstart.de.

If you are already studying and have acquired the relevant transferable academic credits, you can – in addition to applying for admission to the first semester of a study programme – also apply for higher semester admission in up to two other undergraduate degree programmes.

What is the grade threshold (NC) of the degree programme I am applying for?

The grade threshold ('NC') is not fixed from the outset, but is calculated after the application deadline has closed. It represents the minimum average Abitur grade or the minimum number of previous application semesters required in order to secure admission to the programme. Please refer to the following page to get an idea of the grade thresholds used in previous years. The following link provides further information on how places on first degree programmes are allocated.

What role do waiting times play when seeking admission to a degree programme?

For undergraduate degree programmes in Saarland, the concept of the 'waiting list semester' (Wartesemester) was replaced, as of summer semester 2020, by that of the 'previous application semester' (Bewerbungssemester). Waiting list semesters are not relevant when applying for a place on a Master's programme or on one of the three degree programmes 'Medicine', 'Dentistry' and 'Pharmaceutical Science', where places are administered nationally (Zentrales Vergabeverfahren).

I have previously applied to study at Saarland University. Do I have to submit all of my documents again or is it enough to simply refer to my previous application?

Documents submitted with a previous application will not be considered in subsequent applications. Please submit all of the required documents with your new application.

Do I have to be aware of any special rules if I am applying and am not yet 18?

In accordance with the provisions of the Saarland Higher Education Institutions Act (SHSG), anyone who has obtained an appropriate higher education entrance qualification can apply for admission to or enrol at Saarland University, undertake academic examinations and assessments, and has the same rights as all other students.

Can I still apply if I will still be doing voluntary service?

If you are currently doing voluntary community, social, environmental or military service or you will be doing so in future, we still advise you to apply anyway. If you receive a letter of admission (please keep the letter for later reference), you will still need to apply again at the appropriate time, but according to current admission regulations, your application will be given preference over all other applications.

For which subjects at Saarland University is admission managed via the dialogue-oriented service procedure (DoSV) that can be accessed via the hochschulstart.de website?

You will need to use the dialogue-oriented service procedure (DoSV) if you want to apply for a place to study on one of the three degree programmes 'Medicine', 'Dentistry' or 'Pharmaceutical Science' for which admissions are coordinated nationally. Applications for these degree programmes are made directly via www.hochschulstart.de.

Saarland University also makes use of the DoSV system to manage admissions to its Bachelor's degree programmes in 'Biology' and 'Psychology'. Here, too, the first step is to register with www.hochschulstart.de. Once you have received your applicant ID number (BID) and your applicant authentication number (BAN) from hochschulstart.de, you should continue the application process via Saarland University's SIM application portal or the SIM student web portal. Once you have submitted the application questionnaire, your admission application will be stored in your hochschulstart user account for you to access and process further, if required. (Note: there may be a delay between submitting your application and when it appears in your hochschulstart account.)

If I want to apply for a degree programme that uses the DoSV procedure managed by hochschulstart, do I also need to apply to be included in the university's own selection process?

Admissions to the three degree programmes 'Medicine', 'Dentistry' and 'Pharmaceutical Science' are coordinated nationally and applications can only be submitted directly via www.hochschulstart.de. You do not need to submit an additional application to Saarland University.

However, the procedure is slightly different for the two Bachelor's degree programmes 'Biology' and 'Psychology'. Here, too, the first step is to register with www.hochschulstart.de. Once you have received your applicant ID number (BID) and your applicant authentication number (BAN) from hochschulstart.de, you should continue the application process via Saarland University's SIM application portal or its SIM student web portal. Once you have submitted the application questionnaire, your admission application will be stored in your hochschulstart user account for you to access and process further, if required. (Note: there may be a delay between submitting your application and when it appears in your hochschulstart account.)

Can I also send my application by post?

No. Saarland University only accepts online applications.

Important note: If you are seeking admission to the degree programmes in 'Medicine', 'Dentistry' and 'Pharmaceutical Science' – for which admissions are coordinated nationally – you must first apply via the integrated online application interface AntOn, after which you must submit all of your application documents by post to Hochschulstart within the designated application period.

I have received a letter of admission. When do I enrol?

The deadline for enrolment is stated in your letter of admission. You can view the relevant notification document (letter of admission or rejection letter) by clicking on the relevant tile in the ‘Documents’ tab in the SIM application portal. As soon as a decision on your application has been made, you will receive notification by email.

If my application for admission (to a restricted-entry degree programme) was unsuccessful, can I still enrol for a programme that is not subject to entry restrictions?

Yes, in most cases you can. As the enrolment deadline for non-restricted entry programmes is the end of September (for the winter semester) or the end of March (for the summer semester), you can still enrol for a degree programme that is not subject to entry restrictions after receiving a rejection letter.

What is the local clearing scheme?

The local clearing scheme is a process used by the university to allocate any places on restricted-entry degree programmes that are still available after the normal allocation process has concluded. Any person with an appropriate higher education entrance qualification can apply to be included in the local clearing scheme. Anyone who wants to be included must submit an online clearing request by 15 September. For the degree programmes 'Medicine', Dentistry' and 'Pharmaceutical Science', where admission is coordinated nationally, the corresponding deadline is 15 October.

I made a mistake on my application. What should I do?

To access the applications that you have already submitted, please log in to the SIM application portal and select the menu item 'My applications'. You can now withdraw an application and then submit a new application (before the relevant deadline).

I am in the last semester of my Bachelor's degree and do not yet have my certificate of graduation (Bachelorurkunde), but I would like to apply for a place on a Master's programme. Is that possible?

In most cases, yes. Many of the examination regulations include provisions that allow applications from students who will be graduating in the near future. However, the detailed requirements vary from degree programme to degree programme. In such cases, you will need to submit your certificate of graduation within a specified period of time after the start of the Master's degree programme. Relevant programme-specific admission information can be found on the dedicated web page for Master’s degree programmes. Click on the degree programme of interest and then go to the section 'Requirements'. You can also discuss the admission procedure with the programme advisor for your Master's programme.

Questions about the enrolment process

Can I also send my enrolment by post?

No. The enrolment process at Saarland University is only conducted online.

If my degree programme is not subject to entry restrictions, do I still have to enrol via the SIM portal?

Even if your chosen degree programme has no entry restrictions, you must still register (once) in the SIM portal and then complete your enrolment online. If you have selected a degree programme that is not subject to entry restrictions, you are guaranteed a place on that programme, provided that you meet the academic requirements to begin studying at a university. The following link provides an overview of the documents that you will need for the enrolment process.

When will I receive my certificate of enrolment?

Your enrolment status documents (certificate of enrolment, certificate of deregistration, student enrolment record, etc.) will not be sent to you, but you can download them in the SIM portal. Use the following link for more information about enrolment status documents.

I have questions about health insurance cover. Where can I learn more?

We have compiled a dedicated web page with important information on health insurance for students.

How much is the semester fee? What are Saarland University's bank details?

Details of the university's bank account are available here.

How does enrolment by proxy work?

If you are unable to submit your application for admission or enrolment yourself, you may authorize another person to act on your behalf. In this case you will need to upload a letter of authorization (as a pdf file).

Questions about studying for a second (undergraduate) degree

How does the university define an applicant seeking admission to study for a second degree?

An applicant for a second degree is someone who has already graduated from a German university, a university of applied sciences, a higher education institution specializing in music, art or teacher training and now wants to study for a second undergraduate (i.e. 'first-cycle', not Master's) degree.

What criteria are used to allocate places to applicants who want to study for a second degree?

The key allocation criteria are 'Grade awarded to applicant for their first undergraduate degree' and 'Reasons for studying for a second undergraduate degree', whereby the statement explaining the applicant's reasons must be submitted (together with any necessary supporting documents) by the relevant application deadline. Click the following link for more information about studying for a second undergraduate degree.

Questions about the online application and enrolment portal (SIM portal)

II have some questions about using the SIM application portal or the SIM student web portal. Who can I contact for help?

For useful information, step-by-step guides and video tutorials on how to use our SIM portals, please visit our help pages.

Admissions Office

Saarbrücken Campus
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Phone: +49 681 302-5491
studium(at)uni-saarland.de

Admissions Office

Central Student Advisory Service

Saarbrücken Campus
Building A4 4, Ground floor
Phone: +49 681 302-3513
studienberatung(at)uni-saarland.de

Central Student Advisory Service