University application in Berlin

What is the application process at a Berlin university and/or college?

In Germany, there is no single central platform for university applications. Some educational institutions have their own platforms, some only accept applications from Uni-Assist or Hochschulstart, and some require applications from both at the same time.

Uni-Assist is a platform for submitting documents to educational institutions in Germany, which is most frequently used for the admission of foreigners to German universities. The website is available in German and English. Besides the possibility to submit documents, Uni-Assist also offers a lot of useful information and advice for applicants.

First you have to create an account, i.e. register in the online portal "My assist". As a registered user, you can start the submission process. Please note: Each subject area of a certain educational institution must be applied for separately, i.e. two subject areas at the same university are already two applications. Then you have to pay (for each application you have to pay separately) and send the required documents by post to the Uni-Assist office (or if you live in Berlin, come and drop your documents in the post box). Find out more about the admission procedure on the Uni-Assist website.

Access to the website is free of charge, i.e. a list of the required documents is freely available. There is a charge for the application:

The first application costs 75 euros, each additional application costs 30 euros. This means that if you apply to one university for three different subjects or to three different educational institutions, but for one subject each, you will have to pay 135 euros.

Please note: The processing of your documents will not begin until payment has been received!

The payment is only valid for one semester. If you already submitted your documents six months ago but are doing so again, you will have to pay for the application again: the first subject 75 euros, all further subjects 30 euros.

Hochschulstart is a free platform for submitting documents to German educational institutions with admission-restricted study places in the subjects human medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry and pharmacy... The website is only available in German. One advantage of the platform is that you can submit your application and complete the missing documents within the submission deadline... Another advantage is the prioritisation of applications, i.e. you can choose which faculty and university is most interesting for you and which is more of a backup option.

Please note: Your university can use this platform even if your degree program is not related to medicine!

Find out more about registering and using the platform on the Hochschulstart website here.

Be sure to check with the educational institution to which you want to apply. This is because the institution decides which degree programs and applicant groups uni-assist will examine.  There are also universities with their own application procedures.

You can find out which universities use uni-assist here.

You can find out which universities use Hochschulstart here.

Find out more about registering and using the platform on the Hochschulstart website.