Application for higher-level entry

For students transferring from another university in Germany but not changing the subject, for students at Saarland University switching to a different subject and those switching subjects and joining the new programme in a higher semester and for students who transferred from another university to continue their studies at Saarland University (German nationals, applicants with a German higher education entrance qualification and applicants with a foreign higher education entrance qualification).  This information applies only to restricted-entry degree programmes.

For more information on the SIM portals, please visit our SIM Saarland support pages. where you will find lots of information, videos and step-by-step instructions.

SIM Saarland support pages

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for applications for higher-level entry to restricted-entry degree programmes.

  • Winter semester: 15 July
  • Summer semester: 15 January

Required documentation

You will need to include scans of the following documents when you submit your application for admission in the SIM portals:

  • Your higher-education entrance qualification
  • The certificate of enrolment from the university you were last studying at, including the name of the academic programme and the number of semesters studied
  • Proof of proficiency in German, if applicable
  • Proof of credits earned from previous academic assessments, in particular: students transferring from another university in Germany but not changing subject must provide course certificates and other programme-related certification. Students at Saarland University switching to a different subject and those switching subjects and joining the new programme in a higher semester, or foreign nationals currently studying abroad who plan to transfer to Saarland University must provide evidence of any decisions made by the examination offices at Saarland University or by the relevant State Examination Office regarding the academic placement assessments or the recognition of transferable academic credits. If you receive some of the required documents only after you have submitted your application for admission, you must upload them in the SIM portals up until 30 September if you are seeking admission in the winter semester, or up until 31 March for the summer semester. Please note that you will need to contact the competent examination office and upload the required documents yourself.

Admission procedure

Students seeking higher level admission to a restricted-entry degree programme can join the programme in the winter semester only if they will then be in an odd-numbered study semester; equally, they can join in the summer semester only if they will then be in an even-numbered study semester (exceptions: Pharmaceutical Science and the clinical phase of a medical degree).

Once your application has been processed, the result will be sent to you in writing usually in the week before the start of the main teaching period or in the first week of the main teaching period. If you have not received a letter of admission by then, you should probably assume that your application was rejected. The enrolment deadline and further information about the enrolment process will be included with your letter of admission.

If you previously studied for the same degree programme elsewhere in Germany and if during that time you lost the right of examination, you will not be eligible for admission.

Special provisions

Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Science

Please submit all certification relating to recognition of transferable academic credits. However, if you are applying for admission to the clinical phase of a degree in medicine or dentistry, you are not required to submit proof of the academic credits acquired during the pre-clinical phase.

Biology, Law

Students who want to transfer from another university to study biology or law at Saarland University will need to submit certification relating to their academic placement assessment.

Contact Biology:
Björn Diehl
Phone: +49 681 302-3926

Contact Law:
Silke U. Baumgärtner
Phone: +49 681 302-2003, -3100

Teacher training degrees

If you plan to switch to a teacher training degree in a higher semester, you will be required to submit the results of your academic placement assessments for all three subjects (the two school subjects you will be studying and education science).

Zentrales Prüfungssekretariat für Lehramtsstudiengänge
Study coordination
Phone: +49 681 302-3817

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