I A - Office of Student Affairs

Prospective students with an international higher education entrance qualification

Applicant group E

Applicant group E includes

  • nationals of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway with
  • a direct international university entrance qualification and
  • proof of German language skills at proficiency level DSH-2 or higher
  • who wish to apply for the first degree semester of a first degree program

What is a first degree program?

You apply for a first degree if you

  • do not already have a degree from a university in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway
  • already have a degree from a university in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway and would like to apply for a degree program with free admission (no NC)

I hold several citizenships

  • Applicants possessing German citizenship who are still in possession of citizenship of another country will be treated as German citizens for application and admission to a degree program, pursuant to the resolution of 28 May 1965 passed by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs. This means: You must apply for the first degree semester in a degree program with restricted admission (with NC) as a German citizen! If not, your application will be rejected, or if already approved, approval will be withdrawn!
  • If you possess citizenship for multiple countries not including Germany, you are free to choose with which citizenship you apply.

Please note: Re-registration at TU Berlin

If you were previously enrolled in the same degree program with the same study and examination regulations at TU Berlin, you are a re-registrant.

When re-registering, you can only apply for the higher degree semester you were placed in by the TU Berlin examination board ("Fachsemestereinstufung"). The semester must fall within the standard period of study for your degree program AND be offered the semester you are applying (i.e. winter or summer semester).

Please note that it is not possible to be placed back in the first degree semester!

Please note the information for application for a higher degree semester: Application group D.

Special requirements and supplemental applications

You can claim special requirements and/or make supplemental applications. This is only possible if these are submitted together with your application to uni-assist by the deadline and in due form. You can find more detailed information in our information sheet. The special application forms can be found here.

Selection process and notification

Selection process in the first degree semester of a restricted admission degree program (with NC):

  • From the total number of study places available, places are first deducted for applicants who were admitted in a previous selection procedure during or at the start of a period of service (for example military service) and who were not able to take up their studies due to completion of the service (= so-called "preferred admissions"). Study places reserved for advance quotas are then deducted from the remaining study places. The final remaining study places are equally allocated by average grade and waiting period.
  • Waiting period: Waiting semesters are all semesters after you acquired your university entrance qualification and during which you were not enrolled at a university in the EU (including Germany), Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway.
  • All nationals of the EU (including Germany), Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway, as well as all applicants with German educational certificates are considered on the basis of a single ranking.
  • The selection process begins mid-August each year for the winter semester and mid-February for the summer semester.
  • In the event that study places have not been allocated after the completion of the selection procedure, these study places will be allocated using a clearing procedure. Participation is only via hochschulstart.de.
  • You can find past selection cut-off criteria here.


  • The decision of admission or rejection are sent beginning mid-August each year for the winter semester and mid-February for the summer semester.
  • If you applied for a first degree semester in a restricted admission degree program (with NC) and registered with hochschulstart.de, you will receive your TU Berlin letter of admission or rejection directly from the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung (hochschulstart.de) by mail or email.
  • It is in your interest to ensure that you have access to the contact addresses provided (mailing address and personal/TU email) during the entire process. Always provide your complete address details. We are not responsible for errors or missed deadlines due to incorrect information.

How to apply

Registration with hochschulstart.de?

If you are applying for a restricted admission degree program (with NC), you must register with hochschulstart.de:

  • Before you begin the online application in the “My assist” online portal, please register with hochschulstart.de and create a user account. To do so, please click on “Registrierung".
  • Once you have successfully registered, you will be issued an applicant ID (BID) and a BAN, which you will be required to enter in the “My assist” online portal.
  • The BID and BAN are required as all study places for the degree programs you are applying for are awarded through the dialogue-oriented service procedure (DoSV) of hochschulstart.de
  • Do not start any applications on hochschulstart.de!

Online application, number of desired degree programs, handling fees

  • Log on to the “My assist” online portal on the uni-assist website.
  • Select a TU Berlin undergraduate program (bachelor’s or state examination) and enter the first degree semester. If you are unable to select the first degree semester, then a first degree semester is not offered (some degree programs only begin in winter semester).
  • Make sure to answer all the questions in the application carefully. CVs or certificates are not accepted in place of answers in the online application. Inadequate or incomplete information may lead to a rejection.
  • You may submit up to 5 applications:
    • for up to 3 degree programs with restricted admission (with NC) for the first degree semester
    • for 1 degree program with restricted admission (with NC) for a higher degree semester
    • for 1 degree program with free admission (no NC) for the first or higher degree semester
  • If you wish to apply for a higher degree semester, please refer to the information for applicant group D.
  • You must submit a separate online application for each degree program you wish to apply for.
  • If you apply for more undergraduate programs than permitted, only those programs up to the permitted limit will be considered.
  • uni-assist charges handling fees for the pre-check which must be paid before your application can be processed.

Application documents

You can submit your application online exclusively. This means: The following required application documents don’t have to be submitted as hard copies to uni-assist but only in electronic form as PDF files by the end of the respective application deadline:

*) Certificates must always be submitted in the language of the country of origin. Should this not be English or German, a German or English translation of the certificate must also be submitted.

Please note:

  • In certain cases, original documents or officially certified copies have to be presented for enrolment directly to the TU Berlin. This applies specifically to reasoned suspected cases, to random samples as well as to APS certificates in general.


Servicebereich Bachelor International

Organization name Office of Student Affairs
Office IA 2