Bachelor's programmes and state examinations

Do I meet the admission regulations...

  • ...if I have a German Abitur?

    If you received your Abitur (general university entrance qualification) from a German school in Germany, then you can study at the University of Münster.

    The same applies if you received your Abitur at a German school abroad. In this case, however, you should answer "no" to the question in the application portal "Did you earn your Abitur in Germany?".

    The International Baccalaureate (IB) is not recognised as a German Abitur, but as a foreign secondary school-leaving certificate.

  • ...if I have a subject-specific university entrance qualification?

    If you have a subject-specific entrance qualification, you are only entitled to enrol in degree programmes which correspond to your subject of expertise. In most cases, possible subjects of study are indicated in your school-leaving certificate. If you apply for enrolment in a restricted-admission degree programme, make sure to answer "no" to the question in the application portal "Did you earn your Abitur in Germany?".

  • ...if I have an entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences?

    With an entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, you are not eligible to study at the University of Münster. For more information, see Studying without an Abitur.

  • ...if I have a foreign certificate?

    If you received a secondary school-leaving certificate in a foreign country, it has to be recognised as equivalent to a German university entrance qualification. You can find out whether your certificate meets the equivalence criteria by using the databases operated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or the Standing Conference of Education Ministers:

    DAAD Database on Admission Requirements
    Database of the Standing Conference of Education Ministers [de]

    If your school-leaving certificate is not recognised as equivalent, but you have already studied at a university in your home country, German officials may grant you a (subject-specific) university entrance qualification in Germany under certain conditions. You can also find more information on this possibility in the databases mentioned above.
    If your school-leaving certificate is not recognised, you will have to pass what is called a "Feststellungsprüfung", or assessment test. You can prepare for this test in a foundation course (Studienkolleg). There are no foundation courses offered at the University of Münster.

    If you wish to enrol in a German-language degree programme at the University of Münster, you will be required to take a language test at the beginning of your studies to demonstrate that your German language skills are sufficient

  • ...if I don't have an Abitur?

    Even without an Abitur (general university entrance qualification obtained at a German school), you may be eligible under certain conditions to study at the University of Münster as a qualified professional. For more information, see Studying without an Abitur.

    If you don't have an Abitur but have already earned a degree from a state-accredited university in Germany, you are allowed to study at the University of Münster. In this case, be sure to answer "no" to the question in the application portal "Did you earn your Abitur in Germany?".