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Application process

Here you will find information about the application process. If you have any questions, we will gladly support you.


Students seeking a degree at Vechta University may enroll or apply for the first semester in the winter semester only. Applications for graduate studies are possible from June onwards.

The following steps are required to apply:

  • Take a look at the website of the University of Vechta to decide what you would like to study. If you need further guidance, make an appointment for advice on study options and career prospects at the Central Student Advisory Service.
  • Find out in advance at whether your certificate meets the requirements necessary for university admission in Germany. If you are unsure, please contact the International Office for advice. 
  • Have your certificate - if it is not issued in German or English - translated into German by a sworn interpreter or translator and have the copies of the certificate and the translation officially certified.
  • As a non-German citizen with a foreign university entrance qualification, you need one of the following German certificates for admission to the University of Vechta:
    • at least DSH level 2 or
    • TestDaF with at least level 4 in all four areas or
    • Austrian Language Diploma GERMAN, level C1 or
    • TELC C1 University or
    • Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Big German Language Diploma or
    • proof evaluated as equivalent by the KMK or
    • proof of completed German studies (only possible for applications for the Master of Cultural Studies).

Note: If you do not have a recognized language certificate, but have advanced language skills, you may be admitted on the basis of an examination of your individual documents with the condition that you submit the language certificate at a later date - please contact us if you have any questions.

  • For subjects/programs with restricted admission, you must apply by 15.07. For subjects/programs with open admission, you can usually enroll by 30.9. Please check the websites of the study programs to find out which application deadlines apply to your respective subject.
  • You can apply or enroll directly at the university online (uni-assist is not used by the University of Vechta). The online application portal is activated every year at the beginning of June on the website of the Enrollment Office. At the end of the online enrollment (for open-admission programs), you will receive a checklist of documents that you must submit by mail to the Admissions Office. The application for admission-restricted study programs takes place exclusively online (in case of admission you will receive a message which documents have to be submitted by mail).

  • If your application/enrollment is successful, your study documents will be sent to you at the address specified in your application. Please direct any queries regarding the study documents, the applicant portal and the status of the application to the Service Point.
  • Fee Information: No fee is charged as part of the application process for a bachelor's or master's degree program.


Further information

Applicants from China and Vietnam must also submit an APS certificate with their application.

Prospective students with a refugee background who are unable to present their university entrance qualification certificates or only a simple copy due to their escape can find information on their options here.

Applicants for the preparatory college in Hanover need a recognized B1 certificate (e.g. TELC B1) as proof of language proficiency.

The application deadline for the preparatory college in Hanover depends on the dates of the entrance examination at the preparatory college. Please contact the International Office for information.

Pursuant to § 13 para. 6 NHG and § 2 para. 4 of the General Fee and Usage Regulations (Official Gazette 3/2005 p. 4 ff.) in conjunction with their Annex 2 (Price List, Official Gazette loc. cit. p. 10 ff. ) section III table "Personnel cost lump sums", a processing fee of 75.00 € is charged for the service "Advice and examination of documents for the admission of foreign students (§ 18 Abs. 10 Satz 2 NHG) to the preparatory college Hanover". Participants in preparatory courses offered by the University of Vechta as well as recipients of benefits from the Basic Security for Job Seekers, the Basic Security for Old Age and Reduced Earning Capacity and the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act are exempt from the payment of the fee. The fee paid will be refunded upon application if studies are taken up at the University of Vechta within 3 years of admission to the preparatory college.