uni-assist is entrusted by its member universities with the administrative preliminary processing and review of foreign student applications. uni-assist also processes an increasing number of master's degree applications for many of its member universities and in some cases the applications from both international and German applicants.
Benefits for universities
uni-assist eases their workload: The universities entrust uni-assist with administrative tasks and thus have more capacities to focus on their essential tasks: choosing correctly qualified candidates and improved mentoring of foreign applicants and students.
Know-how: uni-assist's staff have a profound knowledge of university administration issues and they specialize respectively in the education systems of specific countries. In this way, uni-assist has the full range of know-how needed for evaluating foreign qualifications from all over the world.
Flexible procedure: uni-assist has developed a highly complex, service-oriented and dynamic procedure that focuses on the universities’ respective individual needs and efficiently supports their admissions procedures. On demand, uni-assist develops software solutions tailored for, e.g., processing master's degree applications, specific online applications or modules for keeping applicants updated with important information.
Service: uni-assist caters to the individual demands of the universities. Staff are in close contact with their colleagues at the universities and work in tandem with them.
Autonomy: uni-assist does not assume any public authority; universities alone make decisions on admission. Any doubtful cases or complaints that cannot be settled are forwarded to the universities, where a final decision is made.
Security: uni-assist's checking procedure is subject to strict data protection regulations. When evaluating qualifications, uni-assist adheres strictly to the stipulations of the KMK ('Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany'). uni-assist works closely with the Academic Evaluation Centres maintained in some Asian countries by the Federal Foreign Office. uni-assist also manages a central fraud register for all German universities.
Information: After every admissions cycle uni-assist provides the universities with detailed statistical data. The universities can thus gain valuable insight into the applicants’ choice of universities, average marks and the reasons why applications fail. The annual uni-assist members' conference provides a panel for exchange of information with uni-assist's staff and with colleagues from other universities. uni-assist also holds workshops on various topics dealing with the admission of foreign students.
Benefits for prospective international students
Foreign study applicants also benefit from the services of uni-assist. uni-assist’s main advantage for applicants is that it offers them a centralized service for way over one hundred German universities. Further advantages of applying through uni-assist are:
Cost-effectiveness: Just one single set of certified documents is needed for any number of applications to uni-assist member universities. Additional applications only cost a fraction of the fees some non-member universities charge. Thus making multiple applications to member universities is comparatively cheaper than applying to non-member universities that charge at their own rates.
Saving time: With uni-assist's written confirmation that an application has been forwarded to the applicant's chosen university (or universities), the applicant can then immediately apply for a visa at his/ her local German Embassy or Consulate.
Maximum chances: uni-assist allows an unlimited number of applications to be made to member universities. This increases the chances that applicants have of obtaining a place at a university.
Transparency: With its online application checklist and information gateway (see www.inobis.de), uni-assist has built up a central and comprehensive information portal for international study applicants and prospective applicants. uni-assist's online system allows applicants to track the status of their application(s) at any time.
Service: It is the privilege of the universities to advise prospective students on application matters. However, uni-assist is happy to answer all questions related to the pre-check of documents and the application procedure via uni-assist. A telephone hotline as well as a contact area are provided, both are manned Monday to Friday.