Information on changed admission process in 2020 due to Covid-19

In 2020, student places within the main quota will be allocated on the basis of the average grade of the university entrance qualification and the extracurricular activities (= stage 1 of the admission procedure).

Tests and interviews (= stage 2) scheduled for August will not take place.

Within the main quota, Leuphana University conducts a differentiated admission process, to account for special skills, experiences and competencies of applicants. This admission process helps to identify those applicants particularly suitable and motivated to study at Leuphana College

But not only Leuphana University becomes more familiar with the applicants. Applicants also have the opportunity to get to know our university and to improve their chances of being admitted.

Advance quota

Particular groups of applicants will be granted advance admission. Applicants of these groups compete only within the groups, but not with applicants from other groups. The following quota are statutory:

  • up to 5% for applicants with university entrance qualifications from countries outside the EU
  • up to 2% for hardship cases
    An additional hardship application has to be completed (see application form at the upper right)
  • up to 3% for applicants for a second degree in germany
    An informal letter clarifying the motivation for a second degree has to be included, as well as additional certificates, and a certificate on the first degree
  • up to 10% for applicants with professional qualification
    Further information on creditable professional qualifications will be provided by the Infoportal at Leuphana University

Waiting time

Waiting time is the time between obtaining a university entrance degree (e.g., Abitur) and the admission to a study programme in Germany, counted as full semesters. A semester is the time between 1 April and 30 September, or 1 October and 31 March. When the university entrance degree is obtained, e.g., in May, waiting time begins with 1 October.

If you attend university in Germany, time spent will not be counted as waiting time.

It is not necessary to apply to university to gain waiting time; it will automatically be calculated when you apply for a study programme. Total waiting time is limited to 16 semesters. Studying abroad will not affect waiting time.

Waiting time quota

10% of the available university places will be given to the highest ranking applicants with the longest waiting time. Applicants with longer waiting time will be preferred over applicants with shorther waiting time. If applicants have an equal waiting time, the following criteria will additionally apply: Average mark, civil/military service (if applicable), lot.

The waiting time quota applies to all German and EU-applicants. Applicants from other countries will be admitted by qualification criteria only.

Stage 1: Mark and engagement

The qualification criteria apply after the advance quota and consist of, at least average mark of the university entrance degree and particular extracurricular qualifications; these two criteria constitute the first step of the Leuphana admission process.

Mark of the university entrance degree
The average mark of the university entrance degree is converted to a score with max. 30 points.

Points for extracurricular qualifications
A maximum of 5 points can be given to applicants with voluntary years, a record of head boy/girl, at least four months of school/study abroad, and other defined activities/qualifications.

Stage 2: Admission Test, Interview, Mathematics Test

In 2020, due to Covid-19, no admission tests, selection interviews and mathematics tests will be carried out. Admissions will be based only on the HZB grade and extracurricular activities (Stage 1).