General information

Simply follow the 6 application steps. Take advantage of our checklist, which provides useful guidelines for each step.

In general, you can apply for multiple courses of study at the same university. To do so, create a separate application for each course using the uni-assist online portal.

However: Universities can limit the number of applications per semester. You should enquire at your chosen university about how many courses of study you can apply to at the same time.

Yes, but we will need an authorisation from you so other people can sign application forms on your behalf, indicate changes of your choice of study or withdraw an application for you.

This authorisation must be issued in German or English and signed by you. It is valid until you revoke it in writing.

You can download and use one of the forms below. Please complete and sign the authorisation form and send it by post or fax. You can also simply upload the authorisation form in your uni-assist online account.

  • Comprehensive Authorisation

    By submitting this form you permit the authorised person to gather extensive information on your applications and to act on your behalf, for example to sign application forms, indicate changes of your choice of study or even withdraw an application.

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  • Limited Authorisation

    By submitting this form, you permit the authorised person to gather extensive information on your applications. This means we will give this person answers to any questions we would answer for you.

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Deadlines & processing time

This depends on your desired course and may also depend on your country of origin.

Each university has fixed application periods and deadlines. These deadlines also apply to your application via uni-assist. Please inform yourself at the university of your choice about the deadlines for your desired course.

Detailed information and tips on application deadlines:

Deadlines and processing time

As soon as the university has activated the applications in the uni-assist online portal.

Each university has fixed application periods and deadlines. For further information, please visit the universities’ websites.

We recommend: Apply as early as possible, at least 8 weeks before the application deadline expires. This ensures that you can still submit missing documents in time.

Are you applying for the preliminary review documentation (VPD)? If so, you should allow even more time for your application, because you still have to apply to the university directly using uni-assist’s VPD.

Detailed information:

Deadlines and processing time

You will usually receive your evaluation result in 4 to 6 weeks – counting from the day on which we received your application and payment. We process all applications received in order of their arrival.

As soon as we have processed your application, we will inform you of the result by email and by post. You will then find out if your application is complete since this can only be determined during the evaluation of your application.

Please note: If your application is incomplete, we will provide a list of what is missing or has been submitted in the wrong form. You can submit missing documents up until the application deadline.

Additional information:

All required documents must be received by uni-assist fully completed and in the right form before the application deadline expires. You must also pay the handling fees by the application deadline.

If documents are missing or do not arrive in time, the requirements have not been met. We cannot forward your application to the university.

Are you applying for the preliminary review documentation (VPD)? If so, you should allow sufficient time for your application, because you still have to apply to the university directly with uni-assist’s VPD.

The application deadlines of the universities apply only to applicants. uni-assist has agreed on its own deadlines with the universities for processing applications.

Generally, universities do not start their admission process until uni-assist has processed all those applications which have been received complete and within the application deadline.

The most important thing is that your application and all documents have been received by uni-assist by the application deadline. In addition, the handling fees must be paid by the application deadline.

Are you applying for the preliminary review documentation (VPD)? If so, you should allow more time for your application, because you still have to apply to the university directly using uni-assist’s VPD. The above-mentioned agreement does not apply to the VPD procedure.

No. We treat all applicants equally. Therefore, we cannot give preference to certain applications.

We recommend: Apply as early as possible. Enquire about the visa at the embassy. At many German embassies, you can apply for a student applicant visa with the notification about the evaluation result from uni-assist.

Special procedure: VPD (preliminary review documentation)

You can find out if your chosen university has instructed uni-assist to use the special VPD procedure by checking our database: uni-assist universities.

If the VPD procedure applies, you will find a note on the VPD procedure below the address of your chosen university.

When you apply for a VPD, please use our online portal.

  • Register, answer the basic questions, select the university and your desired course of study and complete the application form. Submit the application online via the portal. Print and sign the application form.
  • Pay the handling fees by bank transfer or by credit card. We can only process your application once the handling fees have been paid.
  • Send us the signed application form and officially certified copies of your certificates and of their certified translations by post.

Please allow sufficient time for your application because you will still have to apply to the university directly using uni-assist’s VPD.

Detailed information and checklist:

"Vorprüfungsdokumentation" (VPD) - preliminary review documentation

Are you having trouble finding the application form for the VPD?

Special procedure: hochschulstart.de (DoSV)

Using hochschulstart.de, universities coordinate their applications for specific courses of study through the Trust for Admission to Higher Education’s (SfH’s) central database.

You can find out whether your desired course of study is offered in the procedure of hochschulstart.de (DoSV) from your chosen university and on the hochschulstart.de website.

If your desired course of study is offered in the procedure of hochschulstart.de (DoSV), you will also be notified when completing your application form in the uni-assist online portal.

If you are applying for a course of study offered in the DosV procedure, you must enter a personal identification number in the uni-assist online portal that you will receive at hochschulstart.de. To do so, please register at dosv.hochschulstart.de. The identification number consists of two components:

  • BID ("Bewerber-ID", or Applicant ID) and
  • BAN ("Bewerber-Authentifizierungs-Nummer", or Applicant Authentication Number).

Without an accurate BID and BAN, we cannot forward your application to the universities.

Detailed information and checklist:

Procedure of hochschulstart.de (DoSV)

Reapplying

We keep your application documents until the end of the year following the receipt of your documents. We can reuse on-file documents for new applications, so you do not need to send these documents again.

An example:
  • Application documents received on: 10 May 2017
  • Application documents will be kept until: 31 December 2018

If you send us a new application within this period or send us new documents, the safekeeping period for all existing documents is reset.

However, please check:

  • Were your certificates and documents complete when you last applied? Was something missing that we asked you to submit?
  • Does the university require additional application documents for this new application?
  • Does the university require an up-to-date CV?
  • Have you received new certificates that may be relevant for your application?

If so, please send us these documents before the end of the application deadline. With them, please always submit a new application form - only then your application documents are complete.

More important information:

Reapplying