Frequently asked questions

around the selection procedure

before the selection procedure

  • I have applied for a place at the University. What will happen next?
  • What is the difference between admission process, selection procedure and selection day?
  • For which study programmes does the study skills test take place?
  • Can I prepare for the study skills test?
  • What is the maximum number of points I can score in the study skills test?
  • Which study programmes conduct selection interviews?
  • How can I prepare for the selection interview?
  • What is the maximum number of points I can score in the selection interview?
  • I have applied for the subject Mathematics. How does it work with the maths test?
  • How can I apply if I have acquired a higher education entrance qualification in a non-EU/EEA country?

Invitation to the selection procedure

  • I have received an invitation to the study skills test (and possibly selection interview). What do I have to consider?
  • I have NOT received an invitation to the admissions exam / the admissions interviews. What should I do?
  • I have received an admission. Do I need to attend the admissions exam?
  • I am not in Germany at the time of the selection days, can I still participate?
  • I have a health impairment. How can I take part in the study skills test or the selection interview?

On selection day

  • What do I need to bring for the selection days?
  • Where do the selection days take place?
  • I am travelling by train, how do I get to the campus?
  • I am travelling by car. Where can I park during the selection days?
  • Where and how do I find the registration?
  • I have to travel a long way. Can my travel/accommodation costs be covered?
  • I have not registered for the selection days, can I still participate?
  • I am unable to attend the selection day at short notice. Can I make up for the selection procedure?

After the selection procedure

  • When will I know if I will be admitted?

before the selection procedure

I have applied for a place at the University. What will happen next?

After the application deadline (usually 15 July each year), the multi-stage admission procedure for Leuphana College begins. First, the study places are allocated in the statutory quotas. After admission of this first group, a ranking of all applicants is made for each study programme based on the grade of the university entrance qualification. The 25% applicants with the highest scores in this ranking will be admitted.
The remaining places are allocated after the selection procedure has been carried out. A new ranking list is used to invite applicants to the selection procedure. The grade of the higher education entrance qualification and extracurricular commitment are taken into account when drawing up the ranking list. The invitations to the selection procedure are sent out approximately one week before the selection day of the respective study programme.

What is the difference between admission process, selection procedure and selection day?

The admission process describes the entire process that takes place after an application has been received. For example, it is checked whether you can be offered a place via the waiting period quota or the best quota. If this is not the case, possible points (maximum 5) for extracurricular commitment are added to your score determined according to the HZB grade and a new ranking list is created. This ranking list forms the basis for the invitations to the selection procedure. The selection procedure includes taking the aptitude test and, if applicable, the selection interview. The points obtained there are added to your existing score and the ranking list for admissions after the selection procedure is drawn up. The day on which you write the aptitude test and, if applicable, the selection interview on site is called the selection day.

For which study programmes does the study skills test take place?

The study skills test is conducted for all study programmes.

Can I prepare for the study skills test?

It is neither necessary nor possible to prepare for the study skills test in any particular way.
To give you an impression of the task groups, we have put together German sample tasks (for German-language study programmes) and English sample tasks (for English-language study programmes).

What is the maximum number of points I can score in the study skills test?

You can score a maximum of 24 points on the study skills test.

Which study programmes conduct selection interviews?

Selection interviews are currently being held in the study programmes Global Environmental Sustainability Studies, Lehren und Lernen, Studium Individuale and Umweltwissenschaften.

How can I prepare for the selection interview?

The selection interviews consist of a 20-minute individual interview followed by a short presentation (5 min + 5 min for follow-up questions).
Topics of the individual interview include motivation for the study programme and Leuphana University.
For the selection interview you have to prepare a five-minute presentation on a topic of your own choice. It should be a current and socially relevant topic. Bring an outline of your presentation in duplicate to the selection interviews. Please refrain from preparing PowerPoint presentations. These cannot be reproduced.

What is the maximum number of points I can score in the selection interview?

You can score a maximum of 24 points for the selection interview.

I have applied for the subject Mathematics. How does it work with the maths test?

Applicants for the subject Mathematics in the study programmes Teaching and Learning, Business and Human Resource Education as well as Social Pedagogy take a 45-minute subject knowledge test in Mathematics on contents of Secondary Level 1. All applicants for the subject Mathematics can take this test. There is no separate invitation. Please note that you must register for the mathematics test. If you do not register in advance, you will not be able to take the test.
The maximum score in the mathematics test is 24 points. You must solve at least 30 per cent of the problems correctly to receive points. If you solve less than 30 percent of the problems correctly, you will receive zero points. The mathematics test is counted against the study skills test, for this purpose the average of the scores achieved in both tests is calculated.

If you have not received an invitation to the selection procedure, i.e. you cannot take part in the study skills test, but nevertheless take part in the mathematics test, the study skills test will be counted as zero points.

How can I apply if I have acquired a higher education entrance qualification in a non-EU/EEA country?

5% of the study places are available for applicants who have acquired a higher education entrance qualification in a non-EU/EEA country. You can find all information on the application process under "International applicants".

Invitation to the selection procedure

I have received an invitation to the study skills test (and possibly selection interview). What do I have to consider?

After receiving your invitation, you must register online for the study skills test and, if applicable, the selection interview. Without registration, you will not be able to take part in the study skills test or the selection interview. You will find detailed information and the link to the registration in your invitation letter. In addition, you will receive more detailed information about the daily schedule of your selection day with this letter.

I have NOT received an invitation to the admissions exam / the admissions interviews. What should I do?

The invitations to the tests and discussions will be sent such that you should receive them approx. one week before the date of the relevant test or interview. If you do not receive any invitation in this period, you still have the chance to receive an admission until October based on a succession procedure which might apply.

For information on the status of your application, please also refer to your applicant’s status.

I have received an admission. Do I need to attend the admissions exam?

No. You have already been admitted and will be able start studying in October. Congratulations!

I am not in Germany at the time of the selection days, can I still participate?

Are you engaged abroad at the time of the test or interview or are you abroad for professional reasons or language acquisition (no holidays or travel)? Is your main place of residence abroad? In these cases you can - subject to your later invitation to the Leuphana study skills test - take the ITB-ASET online as a substitute for the Leuphana study skills test which takes place in person.

You can find information on this on the page of the selection procedure.

I have a health impairment. How can I take part in the study skills test or the selection interview?

it is important to us that you do not suffer any disadvantages due to a health impairment (in the sense of a chronic or mental illness or a disability). In this case, please contact us (auswahl.college@leuphana.de) so that we can clarify the details.

On selection day

What do I need to bring for the selection days?

Regardless of the study programme you have chosen, you will need the following for the selection days:

  •  Photo ID (identity card, passport, driving licence). Be sure to keep your ID with you; you will need to show it repeatedly.
  •  Invitation letter
  •  two dark writing pens (black/blue)

In addition, for applicants of the study programmes Environmental Sciences, Global Environmental Sustainability Studies, Studium Individuale as well as Teaching and Learning: Please bring the written outline of your paper in duplicate.

Where do the selection days take place?

The selection days will take place on the campus of Leuphana University Lüneburg. The address is: Universitätsallee 1, 21335 Lüneburg.

Information on how to get there can be found here.

I am travelling by train, how do I get to the campus?

From the Lüneburg train station, you can get directly to the main entrance of the campus in 13 minutes without stopping with the university bus line 5001 to the stop Universitätsallee. In addition, the university bus line stops at the Rote Feld (bus stop An der Roten Bleiche/Universität).

In addition, bus lines 5011 (direction Rettmer/Häcklingen) and 5012 (direction Bockelsberg) run regularly to the central campus, bus stop Blücherstraße (1 min walk to the campus) - and line 5600 to the central building bus stop.

You can view your route at the HVV.

I am travelling by car. Where can I park during the selection days?

You can find an overview of the parking facilities on the map of the Leuphana campus.

Where and how do I find the registration?

Registration will take place in the central building of Leuphana. On campus you will find a signposting system that will guide you to the registration.

I have to travel a long way. Can my travel/accommodation costs be covered?

Under certain circumstances, travel costs can be covered on a pro-rata basis by Leuphana University. You can find out what proof you need to provide on the corresponding application form.

Unfortunately, Leuphana University of Lüneburg cannot cover accommodation costs. For participants who have to travel a long way, we will provide free accommodation on campus. Please bring your own sleeping bag and a sleeping mat. Registration is required. Overnight accommodation is limited and unfortunately not available for accompanying persons. Please refer to your invitation letter for all further information. 

I have not registered for the selection days, can I still participate?

Participation can only be guaranteed if you have registered online in good time for the selection days via the link noted on your invitation letter.

I am unable to attend the selection day at short notice. Can I make up for the selection procedure?

The study skills test and, if applicable, the selection interview will only take place on the date stated in your letter of invitation. Due to the rapid succession of phases in the admission process, an earlier/later date is not possible.

After the selection procedure

When will I know if I will be admitted?

The admission notifications will be sent by post approximately one week after the respective selection days. You can check the results of your selection day in advance online at the place where you registered for the test and, if applicable, interview. You can also check the status of your application.

Please understand that due to the high demand, you will not be able to receive information on the status of your application either by telephone or by e-mail.