Deadlines and processing time
Here you can find the most important information on university application deadlines and our current processing times. It is very important for your application that you keep to these deadlines.
General notes on deadlines
uni-assist’s deadline is that of the university. Your documents need to be with uni-assist in their entirety and in the required form before the application deadline passes. In addition, we must receive the payment of the handling fees before the deadline expires.
Apply as early as possible!
This ensures that we can inform you in time if you need to submit further documents.
You may apply as soon as the university has activated the applications in My assist online account.
Deadlines for the university of your choice
Usually, the following deadlines apply for university courses in Germany:
- The application deadline is July 15th if the course starts during the winter semester.
- The application deadline is January 15th if the course starts during the summer semester.
An increasing number of universities set earlier deadlines for specific courses, such as for master’s courses or the Studienkolleg (preparatory course).
You can find out about the specific deadlines for your chosen course from the university of your choice.
- Are there different deadlines for each type of course (for example, different deadlines for bachelor courses, master's courses, courses with or without numerus clausus (NC)?)
- Is there an earlier deadline for the application to the Studienkolleg, preparatory German language courses or introductory courses?
- Does the country in which you have acquired your certificates make a difference – Germany / EU member states / non-member states?
- Does your citizenship make a difference?
- Does the university require a VPD (preliminary review documentation) from uni-assist?
When planning your application, keep the deadline in mind that applies to you.
If a university requires a preliminary review documentation (“Vorprüfungsdokumentation”, VPD) issued by uni-assist, you need to have submitted it to them yourself before the deadline. Therefore, please plan your application with enough time and apply for your VPD as early as possible. We will send you the VPD after your documents have been evaluated successfully.
Find out more about the VPD procedure.
Current processing times
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.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, applications may take longer to process in some cases.
We apologise for any delay in processing and thank you for your patience.
Have you already submitted your application? These are our current processing times:
- Central and Eastern Europe: approximately 8 weeks
- Asia, North America and Oceania: approximately 8 weeks
- Western Europe, Turkey and Latin America: approximately 8 weeks
- Africa, Middle East and Iran: approximately 6 weeks
In individual cases, processing can take longer.
(region = origin of your educational certificates)
(Last updated: 3 August 2020)
Confirmation of receipt of your documents
For each set of documents you send to uni-assist by post, you will receive a confirmation of receipt via e-mail. For this purpose, your letter is registered in our system. This can take a few days. Especially in the days leading up to important deadlines, when we receive thousands of letters each day.
Please do not worry if you do not hear from us immediately. Even if registration takes some time, it is backdated to the day it was received.
We are currently registering letters received on 24 September 2020.
You will usually receive a confirmation of receipt within 24 hours after registration.
(Last updated: 25 September 2020)