FAQs Plan your application
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 our online portal 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 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 My assist online account.
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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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:
As soon as the university has activated the applications in our online portal 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 uni-assist’s VPD.
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.
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 evaluating applications.
Generally, universities do not start their admission process until uni-assist has evaluated 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 generally 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)
When you apply for a VPD, please use our online portal 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). We can only evaluate your application once the handling fees have been paid.
- Submit all required documents in the original language and in certified translation, if your originals have not been issued in German or English.
Please allow sufficient time for your application because you will generally still have to apply to the university directly using uni-assist’s VPD.
Detailed information and checklist:
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.
If you are applying for a course of study offered in the DosV procedure, you must enter a personal identification number in our online portal 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:
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.
- 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 your application documents are complete.
More important information: