Applying for admission to Saarland University

If you want to join a restricted-entry degree programme that is managed as part of the local admissions scheme, you will need to apply directly to Saarland University for admission using the SIM portals. The SIM portals allow you to choose two programmes of study that are of equal priority and that will be processed as such. You will not normally be permitted to apply to join a programme in the first semester if you are already studying the same subject at another university in Germany.

Admission applications for restricted-entry undergraduate degree programmes must be received by 15 July if you plan to start studying in the winter semester.

Information from the Saarland Ministry of Education and Culture
If the school-leaving ceremony at your school in Saarland is scheduled to take place after 15 July, your school can provide you with your school-leaving certificate (Abiturzeugnis) before that date so that you can apply for a university place before the admission application deadline expires. In this case, a copy of your school-leaving certificate will be handed to you at the ceremony.

We have compiled a check list (currently only available in German) that contains the steps you need to take if you want to apply for a place on a restricted-entry degree programme.

Here is a video showing how to submit an admission application via the online SIM application portal.

If you have any questions about the SIM portals (e.g. how to log in, submit an application, etc.), please visit our help pages. There you will find information, videos and step-by-step instructions.

SIM portal help pages

To access the SIM portals, please make sure that you are using the latest version of one of the following browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge) based on Chromium. Apple Safari and Internet Explorer are not fully supported at the present time.

Admission application periods

  • Winter semester: the end of May/beginning of June until July 15, 2023
  • Summer semester: Mid-December until 15 January

The date of your application for admission to Saarland University is the date on which your admission application form and all required documents were submitted from within one of the SIM portals. Please make sure that you are aware of the key dates for admission applications and enrolment.

Admission and enrolment

Please use the following link to learn more about the allocation of study places in programmes subject to local entry restrictions.

If your application for admission was successful, you will receive a letter of admission from Saarland University:

  • (usually) in August if you applied to start in the winter semester
  • (usually) in February if you applied to start in the summer semester)

You must then enrol:

  • (usually) in August for the upcoming winter semester
  • (usually) in February for the upcoming summer semester

Further information on the enrolment procedure is provided in your letter of admission.

Special regulations governing sports degrees

Please note that if you have received a letter of admission to study the Bachelor's degree programme ‘Sports Science’ or to study physical education as one of your subjects in your teacher training degree (including PE as your specialist primary-school subject (Profilfach)), the enrolment process also requires that you provide proof of your sports performance level. Typically, this will require you to show that you hold the silver or gold German DOSB Sports Badge (DOSB: German Olympic Sports Confederation), which must have been awarded to you no more than 18 months prior to enrolment.

The results of sporting ability tests from other German universities may also be accepted, provided that such a test was completed successfully no more than 18 months prior to enrolment If you would like to make use of this alternative means of demonstrating your sporting ability, please send a written request enclosing the necessary supporting documentation to the Sports Science Institute at Saarland University.

Admissions Office

Saarbrücken Campus
Building A4 2, Ground floor
Phone: +49 681 302-5491

Admissions Office

Central Student Advisory Service

Saarbrücken Campus
Building A4 4, Ground floor
Phone: +49 681 302-3513

Central Student Advisory Service