The following documents (including certified copies of all certificates and language certificates) must be submitted together in paper form with the printed online application form until the application deadline (please see “Application Periods and Deadlines”):
Incomplete applications or applications which are received after the application deadline (Ausschlussfrist) will be rejected!
- school-leaving certificate in the original language, and a certified translation (certified copies)
- list of grades and subjects in the original language, and a certified translation (certified copies)
- university entrance examination/certificate (if required in your country) in the original language, and a certified translation (certified copies)
- copy of your passport ID page
- proof of your language skills (certified copy)
In addition, if you have attended university:
- Degree certificate / Preliminary confirmation of completion in the original language, and a certified translation (certified copies)
- Transcript of records for each semester in the original language, as well as a certified translation of the transcript (certified copies)
If you would like to apply for a Master's programme and are in the last semester of your Bachelor's degree, you can apply to us and submit the following documents:
- Certificate regarding prospective graduation from the university at which you will complete the bachelor's programme in the original language, as well as a certified translation (certified copies)
- Transcript of records for each semester in the original language, as well as certified translation of the transcript (certified copies)
Information for applicants with German or other EU-citizenship who do not have a German Abitur:
If you have applied for a Bachelor's degree (1st semester) with a Numerus Clausus (NC)-value via the DoSV, then please inform us of your BID and BAN, which you received after registering at www.hochschulstart.de. Detailed information about the Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure (DoSV) can be found under “Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure” (DoSV).
Please read the checklist provided in your application carefully. In some cases you will have to submit further documents specified by the department.
All documents may be submitted in English or German.
Documents in any other language must be translated. Translations must be certified by the German embassy or consulate. Alternatively, the documents must be translated by a certified (vereidigte) translator in Germany.
Where can I find a certified (vereidigte) translator in Germany?
Alternatively, you can ask at a nearby court.
Please submit legally certified copies of all documents only (no originals).
What is a Certified Copy?
A certified copy is an officially stamped photocopy of a document certifying that the copied document is an identical copy of the original document. For us, certification ensures that copies of important documents match the original documents.
What must a Certified Copy Include?
- the notarized certification (Beglaubigungsvermerk) stating that the copy corresponds to the original
- the original stamp of the certifying body
- the original signature of the certifying person
It is therefore not permitted to send us a simple copy of the certified document!
Who can Certify a Copied Document?
Copied documents can be officially certified by any public body that has an official seal (Dienstsiegel). These are, for example, public authorities (citizens' offices of the city, municipal and district administrations) and notaries.
- the institution (school or university) which issued the original
- the office of the mayor or city council (Ortsgericht) of a German town
- citizens' offices of the city, municipal and district administrations
- a notary in Germany
- a notary in a foreign country
- a German embassy or a German consulate in a foreign country
- a foreign embassy or consulate in Germany
Please note that not all citizens' offices will certify copies of certificates that are in a foreign language. Please find out in advance whether your citizen's office will certify such documents.
The following people and bodies are not allowed to certify copies:
- building cooperatives
- health insurance providers
- student organisations
- welfare organisations