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Information about the application for a higher Semester

On this page we have compiled everything you need to know about applying for the higher semester. The information is relevant for the following groups:

  • Applicants who are already enrolled in a Master's programme at other universities, have already completed courses there and want to transfer to Leuphana
  •  Leuphana students who want to change from one study programme to another

Application Period

In principle, all Master's programmes start exclusively in the winter semester. An application for a higher semester is only possible if you have already completed courses in anither Masters programme. The number of study places offered in higher semesters depends on the number of study places that have become vacant. The following application periods apply to applications for higher semesters:

Start of studies in October (winter semester)

1 April - 1 June: Bachelor's degrees from the EU, EEA and Switzerland as well as for the study programme International Economic Law
1 April - 1 May: Bachelor's degrees from outside the EU

For the winter semester you can apply for the 3rd semester.

Start of studies in April (summer semester)

15 December - 15 January: All degrees

For the summer semester you can apply for the 2nd semester.

Admission requirements for the higher semester

General Requirements

For an application in a higher semester, the same admission requirements apply as for an application in the first semester. These include:

  • A minimum of 81% completed Bachelors degree (or equivalent)
  • Consecutive Relevance
  • Proof of language proficiency

Proof of previous achievements at Master's level

In addition, when applying for the second semester, you must be able to provide proof of 20 ECTS from your previous Master's degree programme that can be credited in the intended consecutive study programme at Leuphana. For the third semester, you must be able to prove 40 ECTS. With the help of our subject-specific annexes, you can get an idea of the extent to which your courses might be creditable. You can find the annexes here.

Procedure for applying to a higher semester

  1. Complete the online application via myCampus (EU, EEA, Switzerland) or uni-assist (all other degrees) for the higher semester
  2. Once you have been admitted, complete the application for recognition
  3. Submit the completed application for recognition together with the necessary documents (transcript of records, module descriptions) to the responsible contact person for recognition issues for evaluation
  4. Please submit the signed application for recognition together with the corresponding transcript of records and the relevant content-related information on the examination performance (e.g. module description) to the staff in the Examinations Department in the Student Services.
  5. After successful registration, you will find the recognised modules in your overview in myCampus.

Please note: The recognition procedure can only take place after you have been admitted. It is not possible to estimate in advance which modules can be recognised and to what extent.

Information on the recognition procedure

The semester in which you can be transferred depends on your previous study and examination achievements. In principle, at least 20 credit points (CP) in the form of recognizable modules must be available for the recognition of a semester. The entire period of study is taken into account. Only overall examination achievements are recognized, not parts of examination achievements. Please note that your failed attempts will also be taken into account in the event of recognition. Please understand that there will be no prior assessment of your grading options.

It is not possible to transfer to Leuphana University of Lüneburg if you have definitively lost your right to take examinations in the same or a related degree programme. If you are unsure, please contact the Student Service (

Online Application

Please note that there are two different ways to apply for a higher semester at Leuphana, depending on your degree. Even if you are already studying for a Master's degree at a German university, the place where you completed your Bachelor's degree is relevant for your application:

1. If you obtained your Bachelor's degree within the EU/EEA* or if you wish to apply for International Economic Law (worldwide degrees), you can apply directly to Leuphana via myCampus completely online. No application documents need to be submitted by post.

2. All applicants with other degrees must apply online to the service for international students "uni-assist", where your documents will be pre-checked for Leuphana University. uni-assist charges a processing fee. No application documents need to be submitted by post.

*EU: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden. EEA: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway. Additionally: Switzerland