International applicants have to notice, first of all, that a high number of applicants from abroad is on equal terms with German applicants. This “legal equality in terms of admission” applies to:
- Non-native educational residents – that is to say any non-native or stateless applicants having achieved a German higher education entrance qualification or already having graduated from a German higher education institution.
- Nationals of a Member State of the European Union (EU).
- Nationals of a Member State of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) that are no members of the EU (i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).
- Family members residing in the Federal Republic of Germany (within the sense of Article 10 of the Regulation (EEC) No. 1612/68) of nationals of another Member State of the European Union or Member States of the Agreement of the European Economic Area provided that these nationals are employed within the Federal Republic of Germany.
International applicants generally come to a German state institution of higher education by means of the „Arbeits- und Servicestelle für ausländische Studienbewerbung“, (in short: uni-assist; University Application Service for International Students). Not all higher education institutions cooperate with uni-assist when it comes to the dialogue-oriented service procedure. It is therefore advisable for applicants to consult uni-assist as well as hochschulstart.de in order to find out whether an application via uni-assist is necessary for their desired course of study.