International Bachelor and Master Students
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If your university entrance qualification is equivalent to its German counterpart, you can be admitted to studies immediately on condition that there are enough free places.
If your university entrance is not equivalent to its German counterpart, it is necessary to pass the assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung).
If you have already started studying in your home country, uni-assist will have to examine your individual case in order to find out whether you meet the requirements for studying in Germany or not (with a university degree completed abroad, you have a university entrance qualification in any case).
Important:If you have already graduated in another country, you are entitled to study at a German university whenever you wish. You are then free in your choice of subject (on condition there are enough university places an you have an adequate knowledge of German.
In view of the very high demands made in the assessment test, we urgently recommend that you attend a “Studienkolleg”. This offers subject-specific preparatory classes and German courses. The “Studienkolleg” prepares you for the assessment test. You attend it for one year and then sit the assessment test.
You are not admitted to the “Studienkolleg” until you pass an entrance test held before it begins.
If you wish to apply for the “Studienkolleg”, we require the same documents as we do from applicants directly applying for al place at the University. The only difference concerns the proof of your knowledge of German which you have to provide: those applying for admission to a “Studienkolleg” only require a certificate showing they have passed a German test on intermediate level (for example a certificate from the Goethe-Institut).
If your application is accepted, we will enrol you at the “Studienkolleg” in Hannover if you wish. If you pass the assessment test, you can start studying at the University of Hildesheim immediately and are guaranteed a place.
Do I have to submit additional documents?
Some Bachelor programmes require you to take a qualifying examination (Eignungsprüfung):
Artistic degree programmes:
- Bachelor Kratives Schreiben und Journalismus (Bachelor in Creative Writing and Journalis)
- Bachelor Kulturwissenschaften und ästhetische Kommunikation (Bachelor in Cultural Studies and Esthetic Communication)
- Bachelor Szenische Künste (Bachelor Scenic Art)
2-subject bachelor (2-Fächer-Bachelor) with the subjects:
The application deadline for the qualifying examinations usually ends in mid-April. Depending on the qualifying examination, there are different deadlines. Therefore, please inform yourself about the current deadlines on our course pages. Information days, webinars and presentations will help you to prepare yourself perfectly for the qualifying examination.
You can register for the qualifying examination in the application portal. In addition, you must apply for a place at the University of Hildesheim via uni assist.
What documents do I need to apply for a Master's degree?
If you are applying for a Master's programme, you must already have a degree in an undergraduate programme. The undergraduate programme must fit the chosen Master's programme.
Some Masters also require:
- higher knowledge of German, e.g. TestDaF 5x5
- other foreign language skills, e.g. English, Spanish or French
- a letter of motivation
- a curriculum vitae in tabular form
- a description of your research project
You will find more detailed information on the other requirements in the descriptions of the individual degree programmes. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
If your university entrance requirement entitles you to start studying at the University of Hildesheim immediately, you will have to submit one of the following certificates along with your application:
- Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH, Stufe 2)
- Goethe-Zertifikat C1 issued by the Goethe-Instituts,
- Deutsches Sprachdiplom (level II) of the KMK
- TestDaF (level 4 in all sections of the test) (www.testdaf.de)
- Certificate showing you have completed a degree programme in German Language and Literature
- ÖSD-Prüfung C1 Oberstufe Deutsch
In some cases, other language requirements apply to the admission to a Master's programme. You can find more information on this on the corresponding course page.
We recommend that you acquire the necessary knowledge of German before leaving your home country. However, courses to prepare you for DSH test and the TestDaF test are offered in Hildesheim too. Please contact the Volkshochschule in Hildesheim if you are interested or contact Mr. Preuße directly (Tel.: +49 (0)5121-9361977, email: firstname.lastname@example.org). The University itself does not offer German courses.
You will find an overview about the possibilities of learning German on the website of the DAAD.
The University of Hildesheim itself does not offer German courses.
Do I need an APS exam?
Applicants from China, Monoglia or Vietnam must have their certificates reviewed by an Academic Evaluation Centre (APS). Further information can be found on the APS website:
I want to study psychology. What do I have to consider?
Please note that the University of Hildesheim participates in the dialogue-oriented service procedure (Dialogorientiertes Serviceverfahren, DoSV) for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Please register via hochschulstart.de to receive a BID and BAN. Please enter BID and BAN when you apply in the uni assist portal.
What do I have to consider if I have already studied at a German university?
Important: If you have already been enrolled at a German university, you must submit a clearance certificate (Unbedenklichkeitsbescheinigung) with your application. This serves to determine whether there is still an entitlement to examinations in the desired degree programme. The clearance certificate is issued by the German university at which you were previously enrolled.
Can I apply for a higher semester?
If you would like to apply for a higher semester, please apply via uni assist and enter the relevant semester there.
In addition, you must submit an application for the recognition of the academic and examination achievements that you have already completed. It will be decided on a case-by-case basis whether you can be placed in a higher semester.
Alternatively, you can also have your achievements recognised after admission and enrolment at the University of Hildesheim. You must submit the same application.
University and City of Hildesheim
The University of Hildesheim has four main faculties:
Faculty 1 Educational and Social Studies
Faculty 2 Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Communication
Faculty 3 Information and Communication Studies
Faculty 4 Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Economics and Informatics
These four faculties make up the unmistakable profile of the University of Hildesheim among the German universities. Hildesheim with its about 7,000 students is one of the smallest of the total of eight universities in Lower Saxony. In contrast to the large ones, the University of Hildesheim allows students to complete a qualified degree program in an environment on a human scale. It is flexible with regard to the demands made on up-to-date university training and has made a name for itself by introducing new degree programmes such as Scenic Arts, International Communication and Translating as well as Information Management and Information Technology.
The University of Hildesheim is young, dynamic and innovative. It allows students to acquire key qualifications and attend courses from neighbouring disciplines.
Before applying, please find out whether the course you are interested in is offered in Hildesheim! A current overview of the courses of study offered in Hildesheim can be found here. Please also note which degree you will achieve with which course and whether this corresponds to your wishes. At the University of Hildesheim, first-year students can usually only begin their studies in the winter semester (i.e. in October).
- Overview of the Academic Year
- Information from the DAAD on the application procedure at German universities
If you are also interested in the degree programmes offered in Germany as a whole, the following websites will give you more information, particularly on where you can study what:
The City of Hildesheim
Hildesheim with its about 100,000 inhabitants is a charming “small city“ which you can easily find your way around in a short time. You will find it reassuring to know that cafes, the theatre, cinemas, supermarkets and of course the university are usually not far away by bike or even on foot. For those who want to go out in the evening, the town offers a rich cultural life. There is something for everyone here – the “Stadttheater“ with plays, musicals, ballets, operettas and operas, the “Kulturfabrik“ with theatrical events and cabaret, ”Vier Linden“ and the “Bischhofsmühle“ with many concerts. And then there are museums, exhibitions and much more besides…
Those who enjoy the older and more traditional art forms will not get bored in Hildesheim either, for two churches protected by UNESCO are located here: the ancient St. Michael’s Church and the cathedral, in the cloister of which you will find the 1000-year-old rosebush, the symbol of Hildesheim. A tour of these two buildings is definitely worthwhile. Other historical treasures, particularly from Egyptian culture, can be admired in the world-famous Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum.
Another of the advantages of Hildesheim is its convenient location: Hannover, the capital of Lower Saxony, is just half an hour away. Other big cities such as Braunschweig or Hamburg and even the German capital Berlin are easy to get to by train in less than two hours.
Video about Hildesheim (in German): "ffn - Der Norden von oben: Hildesheim"
You are an international or German applicant with a German university entrance qualification (e.g. Bachelor or Abitur)?
Then please apply directly via the online portal of the University of Hildesheim.
You are interested in the IT Master's programs Applied Computer Science (Angewandte Informatik), Business Informatics (Wirtschaftsinformatik), Information Management and Information Technology (Informationsmanagement und Informationstechnologie) or the International Master's in Data Analytics?
Then please apply via the IT Master's application portal.
Here you will find more detailed information on these courses.
You are an international or German university applicant with a foreign university entrance qualification (Abitur, Bachelor's degree acquired abroad)?
Then you will have to apply via uni-assist. You will find all the information you need to apply directly on uni-assist's applicant portal. At uni-assist, the application documents are checked for completeness and then will be sent to the University of Hildesheim.
c/o uni-assist e.V.
If you mail service does not accept the address above, please send your documents to uni-assist e.V., Geneststrasse 5, 10829 Berlin instead.
The following documents must be submitted along with your application:
We require your documents in the following form:
You must submit officially certified copies of the original certificates. In addition, you must enclose German translations of these copies made by a sworn translator
If you have already studied at a University, you must make a legally binding declaration as to whether you have already failed an examination to obtain a university degree or parts thereof. You must write this declaration yourself and should use the following wording:
"Ich versichere an Eides statt, dass ich keine Prüfung zur Erlangung eines Hochschulabschlusses und auch keine Teile einer solchen Prüfung in demselben oder in einem vergleichbaren Studiengang/Studienfach endgültig nicht bestanden habe." ("I affirm on oath that I have not passed any examination to obtain a university degree or any part of such an examination in the same or a comparable degree programme/course of study.")
You can make this declaration informally and should submit it signed with the other application documents to uni-assist.
If you have already been enrolled at a German university, you must also submit a certificate of no objection (Unbedenklichkeitsbescheinigung). This serves to determine whether an examination entitlement still exists in the desired degree programme. The Unbedenklichkeitsbescheinigung is issued by the German university at which you were previously enrolled.
Important Information for Chinese Applicants
Chinese applicants are generally requested to contact the “Akademische Prüfstelle” in Beijing: if you want to apply for admission to the University of Hildesheim, your documents will be checked there. We require the original of the certificate issued by the ”Akademische Prüfstelle” or a copy certified by the German Embassy.
Landmark Tower 2, Office 0311
8 North Dongsanhuan Road
The application deadline for undergraduate degree programmes is 15 July of each year. If you want to apply for a higher study semester, you can also apply to start your studies in the summer semester. Here the deadline for applications is 15 January of each year.
Your start of study
Have you received a letter of admission?
Would you like to begin your studies at our university? Then we look forward to welcoming you here in Hildesheim soon.
Before you can start your studies, there are only a few steps left to complete:
As soon as uni-assist has forwarded your application to the University of Hildesheim, the International Office will send you the confirmation of your application, and you can apply for a visa with its.
However, the confirmation of having made an application is not a guarantee that you will be admitted to studies. The practice of giving places to short listed applicants when the places are rejected by others can mean that you are not notified of admission to studies until just before the semester starts. Usually, however, you will hear from us in September.
If you want to study in Germany, you will definitely need a residence permit or a certificate of freedom for movement. These usually have to be applied for before you enter the country. Only citizens of certain countries are excluded from this arrangement: for most foreign nationals, the residence permit must be applied for before entering the country. Only citizens for the European Union, the EWR states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway), Switzerland and the countries Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand, the US, Andorra, Honduras, Monaco and San Marina can enter the country without a visa and apply for a residence permit or certificate of freedom of movement upon arrival in Germany.
For all other countries: You must apply for your residence permit before entering Germany. The German embassy in your home country is responsible for issuing the residence permit.
For a student visa you need admission to a German university. If you have not yet received admission, you can apply for a student visa. This is valid for three months and can be converted into a residence permit for study purposes in Germany. To apply for such a visa you need the application confirmation of the University of Hildesheim. Do not travel as a tourist under any circumstances! A tourist visa cannot be converted into a student visa afterwards.
Electronic residence permit
The electronic residence permit (Elektronischer Aufenthaltstitel (eAT)) has been available since 1 September 2011. The eAT replaces the existing residence and permanent residence card as well as the paper substitute for identity cards.
This card is mandatory and contains a chip inside which stores a photograph, two fingerprints and personal data. There is also the option of using an electronic proof of identity and an electronic signature function.
Make sure that you apply for your visa punctually, as it may take some time to issue it.
The following applies to all non-EU citizens: You must prove in any case that you are able to finance your studies in Germany (proof of financing). The German authorities currently assume that a student in Hildesheim needs about 735 euros per month.
You will also need valid proof of health insurance.
All students at the University of Hildesheim are required to have a health insurance and must present a membership in a statutory German health insurance at the latest upon enrolment. The sum insured for student health insurance (including nursing care insurance) is approx. 90 euros per month (as of June 2018).
It is advisable to take out private health insurance (travel insurance) in your home country for the period of entry to Germany.
Important information on health insurance in Germany is available in various languages on this info plattform.
The DAAD also provides detailed information on health insurance.
Please also note the following information sheet (in German and English) on student health insurance:
On the online plattform of the health insurance company center you can receive various information on the topic health insurance companies and you can compare health insurance companies from more than 100 enterprises, free of charge and witthout obligation.
Financial Requirements and Student Financing
In order to be able to study in Germany, you must convince the German missions abroad and authorities for foreigners that you have the necessary funds to cover your living expenses for the duration of your stay.
Currently, the cost of living for students in Hildesheim is approximately 600 euros per month. Please also note that for each semester the so-called semester fee of currently 397,59 euros (as of SS 2019) has to be paid.
Foreign students are only allowed to work 180 half or 90 full days. This means that you can only earn a small part of your living expenses. Also, foreign students can only receive grants in exceptional cases according to the regulations of the Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (BAföG).
Unfortunately, the University of Hildesheim cannot award scholarships either. Before you apply, make sure that you can really finance a study stay in Germany (you have to prove this to the German authorities!).
Living Costs and Bank Account
At this point we would like to give you some advice on about how much money you will be needing in Germany. As a general rule, you will require about € 600 per month to live on. From this you can pay your rent, food and other everyday items.
In your first month in Hildesheim in particular, you will definitely be needing more than this (approx. € 800 – 900), for you will have to pay for several things as quickly as possible after your arrival:
- The first month’s rent (a maximum of € 290)
- A deposit for the room if necessary (usually approx. one month’s rent)
- Enrolment fees (approx. € 260)
- Various personal items such as a bicycle, a television set, money for days out, books etc.
- Approx. € 50 - 60 for the intensive course in German held at the beginning of the semester.
Please bear these costs in mind when planning your finances at home and think about the best way to transfer your money to Germany. Ask your bank if there are fees for transfering money to a German bank account or for drawing money at a cash point. You should also consider getting a credit card and/or opening an online bank account.
You will be asked on the application form for your preferences with regard to accommodation in Hildesheim. The International Office will do all it can to help all official exchange students to find a place to live which meets their requirements as far as possible. All rooms that we can arrange for you cost a maximum of € 290 per month, are furnished and are not far away from the University (at the most 20 minutes by bus).
There are 2 different options to choose from:
1. Halls of residence
These are buildings where only students live. The halls are run by organizations to which you pay your rent. Depending on the hall of residence you choose, you will be sharing a kitchen and a bathroom with between 3 and 12 other students. More information: http://www.stw-on.de/en/hildesheim/wohnen
2. Private shared flats
Like at the halls of residence, you will live with other students (usually between 2 and 5) and share a kitchen and bathroom with them. These flats are privately run and the rent is paid to the landlord. The rooms are usually offered by German students who are attending a university abroad themselves. This arrangement is known as "Zwischenmiete" or subletting.
It is usual in Germany to ask for a deposit when renting out a room or flat. This is usually equivalent to about one monthly rent and it is returned to you if you leave the room in perfect condition when you move out.
Before the start of each semester the International Office offers an introductory week for international students to make it easier for you to get started.
The semester programme of the International Office for international students can be found here.