Entry requirements

Applying with German universitiy entrance qualifications

If you are intending to apply for a place on a Bachelor programme at Leuphana College, please first check whether you meet the entry requirements. Alongside the general entry requirements, specific entry requirements also apply for programmes at the College.

General entry requirements

The basic entry requirement is a valid university entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung, HZB).

Proof of university entrance qualification

Proof of your university entrance qualification (a copy of the relevant certificate) must be submitted by 15 July. The date of submission is the date of receipt by Leuphana and not the date postmarked.

University entrance qualifications

  • General higher education entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma)
  • Final examination on a university preparatory course (Feststellungsprüfung am Studienkolleg)
  • Other qualifications

University entrance qualifications

General higher education entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)

The Allgemeine Hochschulreife is a general entrance qualification for all universities in Germany that is not limited to specific subjects or fields. It is generally acquired by passing the Abitur assessment.

The Allgemeine Hochschulreife can also be acquired at German schools outside Germany by passing the Reifeprüfung, Hochschulreifeprüfung or Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung assessments.

Your school leaving certificate will state whether or not you hold the Allgemeine Hochschulreife.

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) is a qualification that can be obtained both in Germany and abroad, and which qualifies holders to study at Leuphana College.

The IB Diploma is a general university entrance qualification. If you hold an IB Diploma, you can therefore apply for any degree programmes at the College.

Detailed Information on the requirements for the recognition of an IB diploma in Germany can be found on the webpage of the German Academic Exchange Service

Final examination on a university preparatory course (Feststellungsprüfung am Studienkolleg)

If you have passed the final examination on a university preparatory course (Feststellungsprüfung am Studienkolleg) in Germany, you hold a university entrance qualification that qualifies you to study at Leuphana College.

Preparatory courses give you a subject-specific rather than a general university entrance qualification. You can therefore only apply for certain degree programmes at the College.

List of subjects and relevant preparatory courses

Other qualifications

University entrance qualifications can be obtained in Germany through various routes. The following qualifications also entitle you to commence a degree at the College:

  • Allgemeine Fachhochschulreife
  • Professional qualifications (Meister/in, Techniker/in etc.)
  • Completion of a three-year vocational training programme (Ausbildung)
  • Immaturenprüfung or Z-Prüfung

These are qualifications that can only be acquired within the German education system. You can find more information on the qualifications above on the German website.

Specific entry requirements

English proficiency and entrance examinations

In addition to a valid university entrance qualification (general entry requirement), you may for certain programmes also need to demonstrate proficiency in English. Applicants for teacher training in music and physical education must pass a qualifying examination or aptitude test.

Select your chosen programme to find out about any specific entry requirements.

Teacher training courses

Wirtschaftspädagogik / Business Education (for vocational schools)
Sozialpädagogik / Social Education (for vocational schools)

Lehren und Lernen / Teaching and Learning (for primary, lower secondary and intermediate schools)

Initial Information

Information Office (Infoportal)
Buil­ding 8, ground floor
Universitätsallee 1, 21335 Lüneburg
Phone +49.4131.677-2277
Fax +49.4131.677-1430
infoportal@leuphana.de