Applying to the Masters programmes

We are delighted that you are interested in taking a Masters degree at Leuphana Graduate School! If you like to apply for one of the Masters Programmes offered at Leuphana Graduate School, read up on the admission requirements for each of the Masters Programmes, prepare the required application documents, and check the information on the registration.

Academic requirements

To take certain major subjects, your chosen Masters degree must related to your previous study programme: if the main focus of your Master degree programme follows on from the subject of your Bachelor degree, the major is considered to be a consecutive discipline. Previous knowledge of a subject required for a consecutive Masters degree programme is proven by a sufficient number of credit points according to ECTS (CP) in an identical or related discipline (usually either 2 x 30 CP or 1 x 60 CP).

You can check the thematic relevance of your first degree in the list of consecutive subjects. The selection committee decides on your academic suitability for a Masters degree programme on the basis of your Transcript of Records. The committee meets at the end of the application period.

We hope you will understand that we are unable to check the thematic relevance of your individual programme in advance.

The consecutive Masters degree programme in teaching deepens knowledge gained in the preceding Bachelor degree programme and focuses on work at school, differing in this respect from the other Master degree programmes. In Masters degree programmes for teaching at primary schools and secondary or intermediate schools, you continue to study the two teaching subjects and educational sciences, which you started in your Bachelor programme. In the area of teacher training for vocational schools, you deepen the knowledge of your teaching subject, your professional specialisation and your basic understanding of vocational and business education gained in your Bachelor programme.

Application times

Master degree programmes

from April 1 to June 1

Master degree programmes in teaching

from June 15 to August 15

Switching to a higher semester

from April 1 to June 1
and from December 15 to January 15

Proof of German language proficiency

Applicants to the degree programmes

- Critical Studies – Art, Theory, History
- Management & Engineering
- Kulturwissenschaften: Medien und Digitale Kulturen
- all degree programmes in teachers training,

who neither have a German school leaving certificate (higher education entrance qualification) nor hold their first degree from a German university must prove that they have an adequate knowledge of German when they apply. Proof of German language proficiency can be provided in one of the following ways:

- DSH 2
- TestDaF 4 *
- Abitur (higher education entrance qualification) from a German-speaking school in Germany or abroad
- Degree from a German university
- Examination taken at a preparatory Studienkolleg (Feststellungsprüfung)
- Deutsches Sprachdiplom Stage II according to the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK)
- Kleines or Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom at the Goethe-Institute
- Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP) taken at Goethe-Institute

* Only certificates issued by the TestDaF Institute itself or TestDaF-licensed institutes will be accepted.

No certification should be older than 4 years.

Applicants who only have the Goethe Certificate C1 with the grade Good (2.0) or Test DaF 3 or DSH 1 at the time of their application must submit one of the above certificates at the latest when lectures begin.

Entry and residence

International students should find out about valid entry and residence provisions well in advance of their planned arrival. Please note that the following information is only very general – binding information can be provided only by the relevant authorities.

  • Visa Regulations
  • Health Insurance
  • Registration of Residence
  • Residence Permit
  • Foreigners' Registration Office

Visa regulations

In general, foreign nationals who wish to study in Germany must apply for a student visa in order to enter Germany. Do not enter Germany with a tourist visa because it cannot be changed into a student visa.

Nationals of EU-countries, Island, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland do not need a visa.

Citizens from countries that are exempted from the EU visa regulations, such as Australia, Brasil, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Republic Korea and USA, may enter Germany without a visa, but must apply for a residence permit within two weeks upon arrival.

Visa applications must be made well in advance at the competent German embassy or consulate in the home country. The relevant local office for foreign nationals in Germany, e.g. Lüneburg, must approve the application and the German embassy or consulate is not allowed to issue a visa prior to this approval. Therefore, it might take up to 3 months from application date to issue date.

Please check details regarding the application process and accompanying documents with your competent German embassy/consulate!

Foreign nationals can also obtain a visa that is valid for the entire duration of their stay in Germany. In this case, no application for an electronic title of residence (eAT) is necessary. Please contact your consulate to find out more about this option.

For further and frequently updated information, please visit the websites of your competent consulate or of the Federal Foreign Office.

Health Insurance

Health insurance

In Germany health insurance is compulsory. Therefore, international students must provide proof of adequate health insurance coverage during their stay in Germany. Travel insurance will not be accepted!

Students from countries that have signed the Treaty on Health Care Abroad must only provide proof of health insurance in their home country and along their electronic health insurance card/AT 11. Please note that for working during the study period a public health insurance in germany is compulsory for all students, even for EU citizens.

Students from other countries can take out public student health insurance in Germany at a cost of 105 euros per month. It can be arranged in advance online. Alternatively it is possible to enter Germany with a travel insurance and take out health insurance within seven days after arrival. Foreign health insurance will usually not be accepted except if unlimited coverage is guaranteed. In specific cases students can be excused from the health insurance compulsory. Students aged over 30 must take out private health insurance within the first week upon arrival

Please find more information on the German health insurance system here.

Registration of Residence

Registration of residence

All international students, including those who do not need a visa, must register their place of residence in Lüneburg with the local Registration Office.

The registration of exchange students will be effected during the orientation week. Please register on your own, if you arrive earlier.

The following documents are necessary for registration:

Please note that you must give notice of your departure.

Residence Permit

Residence permit / Electronic title of residence (eAT)

A visa allows you to enter Germany and to stay for a maximum of 90 days. If you will stay for a longer period of study you must apply for a residence permit at the local office for foreign nationals within 2 weeks upon arrival in Germany. The electronic title of residence (eAT) will be issued as a document in credit card format within 4 to 6 weeks. Please note that you are not allowed to leave and re-enter Germany until you have received the eAT. The cost for the eAT amounts to 100 euros for a period of stay up to 12 months.

To apply for the eAT, students need the following documents:

  • Fully completed and signed application for a title of residence
  • Valid passport including visa (with a validity period of at least 6 months or preferably one year)
  • 1 up-to-date biometric passport-size photo
  • Letter of acceptance and confirmation of registration issued by Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Proof of blocked bank account (e.g. Fintiba, X-patrio, Deutsche Bank) with the complete amount (5118 € per semester).
  • Proof of unlimited health insurance coverage in German

The International Office will assist you in applying for the eAT within the scope of the orientation week.

Foreigners' Registration Office

 

The Foreigners Authority (Ausländerbehörde) is located in the Lüneburg Bürgeramt:

Bardowicker Str. 23
D-21335 Lüneburg

Please make an appointment!
Fon: +49.4131.3093252
termin-abh@stadt.lueneburg.de


German Federal Foreign Office

The website of the German Federal Foreign Office contains detailed information about entry and visa regulations.

Proof of English language proficiency

Another important prerequisite is proficiency in English.

Proof of this must be provided in one of the following ways:

- an internet-based TOEFL test with at least 85 points (TOEFL ITP is not recognised)
- a TOEIC-Test (at least 785 points (listening and reading))
- an IELTS 5.5-Test
- a Cambridge Advanced Certificate of English (CAE) with Grade A to C
- modules of previous studies of at least 30 Credit Points according to ECTS that have been taught and sucessfully examined entirely in English
- a successfully completed study programme in English
- a certificate from an English-speaking school qualifying for entry into higher education in the respective country

Please note: The English skills required for the Masters degree in International Economic Law differ from the other Masters programmes:

- International English Language Testing System, Academic (IELTS Academic) 6.5 test with no section below 6.5
- Internet-based TOEFL test with at least 92 points and no section below 22 points, in the spoken English section not below 23 points
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate of English (CAE) with Grade B or better
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with Grade C or better
- Pearson Test of English, Academic Test (PTE Academic) with at least 68 points and at least 60 points in the written English section

Please note: No certification (except school certificates) should be older than four years. Proof of English proficiency should be submitted with the application documents. You cannot submit this at a later date. No comparisons should be made with other certification.

 

Please note: The English skills required for the Masters degree in Global Sustainability Science differ from the other Masters programmes:

- International English Language Testing System, Academic (IELTS Academic) 6.5 test with no section below 6.5
- Internet-based TOEFL test with at least 92 points and no section below 22 points, in the spoken English section not below 23 points

Please note: No certification (except school certificates) should be older than two years. Proof of English proficiency should be submitted with the application documents. You cannot submit this at a later date. No comparisons should be made with other certification.

First degree

To prove that you are suitable to take a Master's degree at Leuphana University, you are required to hold a Bachelor degree or at least an equivalent qualification.

If you have not yet completed your degree at the time of application, you can still apply. To do so, you must prove that you have successfully completed at least 81% of the total required workload in your current course. Please complete this form as proof of your progress and ask your examination office to verify it.

You are required to present your first degree certificate at the latest when lectures begin.

Switching to a higher semester

You're interested in lateral entry or would like to transfer from another university to a Masters degree programme at the Graduate School? Every year, you can apply between April 1 and June 1 for the third semester (winter semester) and from December 15 to January 15 for the second or fourth semester (summer semester).

Please note: to apply for the second semester you have to prove 20 CP in consecutive subjects for the desired study programme, for the third semester you have to prove 40 CP in consecutive subjects.
In addition, all study requirements for a Master's programme must be fulfilled.

Information Office

Con­sult the Information Office in or­der to gain fur­ther in­for­ma­ti­on on the pro­ce­du­re of ap­p­li­ca­ti­on, stu­dy pro­gram­mes or to make an ap­point­ment.

Building 8, Ground Level
t 04131 677 2277
infoportal@leuphana.de

Opening Hours
Mo-Do 9am - 16pm
Fr 9am - 12 midday

 

Apply via Uni-Assist

Online application with international degree

We are delighted that you are interested in taking a Masters degree at Leuphana Graduate School! All applicants who have obtained their first degree outside Germany have to use the online application form available on the uni-assist applicant portal (Arbeits- and Servicestelle für Internationale Studienbewerbungen).

Please complete the form online and send all necessary documents which are required from Leuphana University and also the ones which uni-assist reqiures to uni-assist in Berlin. uni-assist checks your documents to see if you fulfil the formal application requirements and informs Leuphana University of Lüneburg of the result.

You should finish your application in April to make sure that your documents will reach Leuphana university in time.

Please note: uni-assist has to be payed in advance. Please check the current fees.

 APPLYING ONLINE THROUGH UNI-ASSIST

Exception: If you are applying to take a Masters degree in International Economic Law with an international qualification, please use Leuphana's online form below.

Apply online at Leuphana

Online application through Leuphana

When you want to apply

1. for the Masters programme International Economic Law, holding an international degree or
2. for the Masters programme Global Sustainability Science, holding a national degree
 

APPLY ONLINE THROUGH LEUPHANA

Selection criteria

If there are more suitable applicants than available places for a certain major, these places are awarded according to a selection procedure. The following factors are considered:

- Final Grade/GPA of Bachelor degree
- Experience abroad
- Voluntary work
- Award of scholarships
- TM-BASE or GMAT (only in the Management programmes), see Info sheet on the right for more information

These selection criteria are converted into points. A ranking list is drawn up on the basis of the number of points that are awarded. A detailed overview of the selection procedure and allocation of points is provided in the Info sheet on the selection procedure.
 

There is currently no selection procedure for Masters degree programmes in teacher training.

Admission regulations

The admission regulations set forth the qualifications you must have to be able to apply for a place at Leuphana Graduate School. The Masters degree programmes are subject to general admission requirements as well as specific academic requirements.

Before submitting your application, please make sure that you fulfil these requirements.