• What can I study at Leuphana University of Lüneburg?
  • What are the admission requirements?
  • Why do I have to apply via uni-assist and not directly to Leuphana University?
  • Why do I have to attend a "Studienkolleg" before getting admission at Leuphana University of Lüneburg?
  • Do I need to demonstrate German language proficiency for studying at Leuphana?
  • What are the visa and residence regulations?
  • How can I find accommodation in Lüneburg?
  • What are the tuition fees at Leuphana University of Lüneburg?
  • Which financial support possibilities exist?
  • Am I allowed to work while studying? Are there jobs for students?
  • Can I get credit for previous academic achievements?
  • Which support offers exist for international students?
  • Contact the International Office

Q&A: Definite Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What can I study at Leuphana University of Lüneburg?

You will find an overview of our undergraduate and graduate programs of study here:

What are the admission requirements?

International applicants for a bachelor’s program can find all necessary information on the application and admission procedure here

International applicants for a master’s program can find all information on the Leuphana Graduate School website

Why do I have to apply via uni-assist and not directly to Leuphana University?

The Leuphana University uses uni-assist, similar to many other German universities, to check the documents of applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification regarding completeness and fulfilment of the required entrance qualifications. Please direct all questions regarding the processing status of your application at uni-assist.

Applicants for the Master in International Economic Law should apply directly to the University of Lüneburg and NOT via uni-assist.

Further information can be found on the website of uni-assist

Why do I have to attend a "Studienkolleg" before getting admission at Leuphana University of Lüneburg?

If your educational background, e.g. you school leaving certificate, does not meet the requirements for direct  entrance to university studies in Germany, you can attend a one-year preparatory course at a German Studienkolleg and take the final examination (“Feststellungsprüfung”), provided that you meet the admissions requirements of the Studienkolleg.

This exam serves to assess your personal suitability for university studies in Germany; it is, however, restricted to certain subject areas. If uni-assist informs Leuphana University of Lüneburg that you can be admitted to university studies only after taking the “Feststellungsprüfung”, Leuphana will register you directly at the Lower Saxony Studienkolleg in Hanover and provide you with further information.

Information on the Studienkolleg for Lower Saxony can be found here

Do I need to demonstrate German language proficiency for studying at Leuphana?

Applicants with a foreign higher education entrance qualification who would like to apply for a bachelor’s or master’s program at Leuphana University of Lüneburg  that is taught in German need to prove sufficient German language skills.

Please find an overview on German language certificates that are accepted at Leuphana below:

You can take the DSH examination at Leuphana University of Lüneburg within your first year of studies and the university offers preparatory courses during the semester for this purpose. In addition, the International Summer University program offers intensive courses preparing for the DSH. Further information on the DSH can be found here.

What are the visa and residence regulations?

All necessary information on entrance (visa) and residence regulations can be found here

How can I find accommodation in Lüneburg?

In Lüneburg you can apply for a room in a student residence. These are often in shared flats, which means you will share a kitchen and bathroom with other students. Many students in Lüneburg also look for rooms in private shared apartments or rent their own small flat. You can find a list of all relevant websites and addresses on our website.

What are the tuition fees at Leuphana University of Lüneburg?

In Germany, the payment of a semester fee is common. This fee consists of the student union contribution (Studentenwerksbeitrag), the student body contribution (Studierendenschaftsbeitrag) and an administrative contribution (Verwaltungsbeitrag) and currently amounts to about 350 Euro at the Leuphana. Tuition fees do not exist in Lower Saxony.

The semester fee includes the so-called semester ticket that allows you to use public transportation in Lüneburg and all regional trains in Lower Saxony, as well as the regional trains to Bremen, Lübeck and Hamburg at no additional cost during the entire semester. The fees also include reduced prices at the University’s canteen.

Which financial support possibilities exist?

Generally, you should clarify how to finance your studies in Germany relatively early, before you arrive. Find out if there are organisations in your home country which fund studies abroad.

Scholarships opportunities for studies in Germany can be found in the scholarship database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Please note, that scholarships for foreign students are often only granted for 1-2 semesters. Find out more

Am I allowed to work while studying? Are there jobs for students?

Students from EU countries are allowed to work indefinitely in Germany. Students from outside the EU who have a student visa are entitled to either work 120 full days or 240 half days per year. Detailed information can be found on this infomation sheet (pdf).

Jobs usually available for (international) students are for instance in the service sector such as waitressing or service jobs or sales jobs in shops or on the weekly market. The university also offers jobs for international students, which often include translation activities (depending on German language skills).

Can I get credit for previous academic achievements?

Should you have already studied in your home country or in Germany, you can apply to get your previous academic achievements credited at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. The application has to be made via the examinations service (Prüfungsservice) of the Leuphana before the relevant deadlines. If it is accepted, you have the option to apply for a higher study semester.

Further information and the relevant forms can be found here:

Which support offers exist for international students?

At Leuphana University of Lüneburg you can find various types of support, such as

  • The Student Advisory Service of the College and Graduate School assist prospective students in choosing the right program of study, structuring their course of studies and exploring their future career options.
  • The International Office helps with questions regarding entry and residence requirements and provides assistance during your studies (leisure time activities, personal and confidential meetings to discuss your current state of studies, support from international tutors)
  • TheGerman as a Foreign Language Department of the University’s Language Centre offers German classes for international students during the semester
  • The Academic Writing Workshop of the ZEMOS assists international students in writing a term paper or any other type of assignment.
  • The “Studentenwerk OstNiedersachsen” offers social and legal counseling as well as psychological counseling
  • Theprotestant and catholic university community offers advice on both personal and study related problems

Contact the International Office

Should you be looking for additional information, please contact the International Office anytime. We are pleased to answer your questions.