Applicants wishing to participate in the dialogue-oriented service procedure (DoSV), register with the application portal and receive a unique Applicant ID and Applicant Authentication Number (BAN, Bewerber-Authentifizierungs-Nummer). Applicants who already have created a user account in a previous procedure have to use the existing account and must not register again.
Applicants have to use the Applicant ID and BAN to apply using the application portals of the higher education institutions (decentral application). The higher education institution can also stipulate that the application portal of hochschulstart.de is to be used (central application). During the application phase the application relevant data in the computer systems of the higher education institutions and hochschulstart.de are synchronised.