Special cases in the application process

  • Second degree programme

    If you receive your degree certificate by 15 July for a winter semester or 15 January for a summer semester, confirming that you have already completed a degree programme at a state-accredited university in Germany, then your application is considered a "special case" because you are applying for admission to a second degree programme.
    More information about applying for a second degree programme

  • Hardship cases

    By petitioning to have your case of hardship recognised, you can prove that circumstances require immediate admission to your desired degree programme.
    Further information about hardship cases

  • Compensation for disadvantages

    You may submit a request for compensation for disadvantages if there were specific reasons which prevented you from achieving a higher average grade on your Abitur or a longer waiting time, e.g. as a result of an illness or disability during your school years.
    More information on requesting compensation for disadvantages (Bachelor programmes and State Examination)
    More information on requesting compensation for disadvantages (Master of Education)

  • Studying without an Abitur ("professionally qualified" applicants)

    Under certain circumstances, German applicants, EU/EEA applicats and candidates with equivalent admission status may be allowed to study at the WWU Münster even if they don't have an Abitur (general university entrance qualification).
    More information about studying without an Abitur
    Application attachment for recognition as a "professionally qualified applicant" [de]

  • Applying during civil or military service

    If you are currently performing or intend to perform a period of civil or military service, we recommend applying for university admission at the beginning of or during your period of service. If you are granted admission but cannot accept your study place on account of your service, you are entitled to admission to the same degree programme if you apply a second time.
    More information about preferential admission on account of civil or military service [de]

  • Top-level athletes

    If you belong to the national Olympic, Perspective, Reserve, Team Sport or Young Talent squad (formerly A, B, C or D/C squads) of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, your application for admission will receive preferential consideration. You have to upload the confirmation of your current membership in the respective squad in the info portal by the deadline after you have applied via the application portal.

  • Underage applicants

    If you are still a minor (under 18) by the beginning of the lecture period of the semester for which you are applying (see semester dates), and your primary place of residence is your parents' home and is located in Münster, Hamm, or the districts of Borken, Coesfeld, Steinfurt or Warendorf, you may upload a certificate of registration (Meldebescheinigung) in the info portal to confirm that you still live with your parents and in one of the districts mentioned above. If you live outside these districts, but the University of Münster is the closest place of study which offers your desired degree programme, you may still apply as an underage applicant.
    Complete list of applicable cities and districts
    As two percent of all study places are reserved for this group of applicants, your application may receive preferential consideration if it falls within this two-percent quota (in excess of two percent, the admission decision is based on the final grade on the Abitur).
    This special case does not apply to nationally restricted-admission degree programmes (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry). If you have any questions, please contact us.

  • Studying despite the age limit (applicants older than 55 years of age)

    Applicants who have exceeded the official age limit of admission (55 years) by the application deadline for summer semester (15 January) or winter semester (15 July), may only participate in the study-place allocation procedure if there are serious academic or professional reasons for admission to the desired programme with regard to the applicant's special personal circumstances. If there are study places available at the conclusion of the allocation procedure, these are granted through a random selection procedure. You may apply to receive a study place in this way even if you have already reached the age limit.
    More information about the random selection procedure