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 My assist.

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 a power of attorney from you so other people can sign application forms on your behalf, submit applications or withdraw an application for you.

This power of attorney 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 the sample form below. Please complete and sign the power of attorney form and send it by post or fax. You can also simply upload the power of attorney form in your My assist account.

  • Sample Power of Attorney Form

    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, submit applications or even withdraw an application.

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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 My assist.

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 generally still have to apply to the university directly using the 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 evaluate all applications received in order of their arrival.

We will inform you by email as soon as the evaluation result is available in your My assist account under “My Inbox.” 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 the required documents must be received by uni-assist fully completed and in the right form before the application deadline expires. You must also pay for and submit your online application within the application deadline.

If documents are missing or do not arrive in time, the requirements have not been met and we will not be able to 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 the VPD.

The most important thing is that uni-assist receives your completed application before the application deadline expires.

uni-assist has agreed on its own deadlines with the universities for processing applications. This means we can continue to process your application even after the application deadline has expired.

Generally, the universities do not start their admission processes until uni-assist has processed all the applications that we received that were complete and submitted within the application deadline.

Are you applying for the preliminary review documentation (VPD)? If so, you should allow more time for your application, because you generally still have to apply to the university directly using the 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 a positive 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 My assist.

  • Register, enter your applicant information and educational history, select the university and complete the application form via the “Selection list” (box symbol). Your application is automatically a request for a VPD.
  • Pay the handling fees online by credit card or Sofortüberweisung (Pay now). Only then can we evaluate your application.
  • Submit all required documents in the original language and in certified translation, if your originals have not been issued in German or English.

Check here if your chosen university accepts online-only applications. Does your university still require officially certified copies? Then, please send them to us by post.

Please allow sufficient time for your application because you will generally still have to apply to the university directly using the 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 My assist.

If you are applying for a course of study offered in the DosV procedure, you must enter a personal identification number in My assist 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 hard copies until the end of the year following the receipt of your hard copies. We can reuse on-file hard copies for new applications, so you do not need to send these documents again.

An example:
  • Hard copies received on: 10 May 2021
  • Hard copies will be kept until: 31 December 2022

If you send us a new application within this period or submit new hard copies, the safekeeping period for all existing documents is reset. After the safekeeping period ends, we destroy the hard copies.

We keep electronic documents up to 3 calendar years. During this time you do not have to re-upload documents you have already uploaded previously. After 3 calendar years we delete the electronic documents.

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

More important information:

Reapplying