I A - Office of Student Affairs
I A - Office of Student Affairs

Prospective students with an international higher education entrance qualification

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

CURRENT INFORMATION

  • Current information from the TU Berlin's Office of Student Affairs can be found here.
  • For questions on University operations under pandemic conditions (face-to-face teaching, online teaching), please see here.
  • For information on your study program (organization, advising & program details), please see our study programs (select your desired degree program and scroll down).

When does the selection process start?

Depending on which prerequisites you fulfill and the degree semester you apply for, you are assigned to a specific applicant group. You can find information about the selection process in the information for the respective applicant group you were assigned to.

How to apply

Depending on which prerequisites you fulfill and the degree semester you apply for, you are assigned to a specific applicant group. You can find information about applying in the information for the respective applicant group you were assigned to.

When do I need to submit my application by?

You can find the application periods and deadlines on the following web page.

You can submit your application to uni-assist until the last day of the application deadline.

However, please note that it can take up to a few weeks for uni-assist to process your documents, meaning that you may receive the results only after the application deadline has expired. uni-assist is not obliged to inform applicants of incomplete or insufficient application documents prior to the expiration of the application deadline. Ensure that you apply in good time!

It is not possible to extend the application deadline or submit documents after the end of the application deadline. Incomplete applications or applications that have not been submitted in due form by the end of the application period cannot be considered and will be rejected.

Can I submit documents after the application deadline?

No. An extension to the application deadline is not possible and documents submitted after this deadline will not be accepted. Incomplete applications or applications that have not been submitted in due form by the end of the application period cannot be considered and will be rejected!

Study Programs

When choosing a degree program, make sure to read whether

  • a degree program or degree semester has restricted admission (with NC) or unrestricted admission (no NC)
  • the start of a degree program is only offered in the winter semester or is also offered in the summer semester

IMPORTANT: If you are unable to select a first degree semester when creating your application in the uni-assist application portal, then a first degree semester is not offered. Some degree programs only begin each winter semester and only offer a second degree semester or higher during the summer semesters. To apply for a higher degree semester (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th), you additionally require official placement in a degree semester. Further information about applying for a higher degree semester can be found here.

Number of degree programs you can apply for

The number of degree programs you can apply for depends upon your nationality, your previous educational qualifications and the type of degree (first degree or second degree).

Students are assigned to a specific applicant group depending on which prerequisites they fulfill and the degree semester they are applying for. The information for your applicant group tells you how many programs you can apply for: Applicant groups

Please note:
If you are applying for more than one degree program, you are required to submit an online application (= application for admission) via uni-assist for each degree program you wish to apply for. Your preferences will be assessed in the sequence in which you enter them in your selection list in uni-assist and according to whether you meet the requirements or not. If you apply for more programs than permitted, only those programs up to the permitted limit will be considered. In other words, if you apply for more programs than permitted, only the last choice(s) entered in your selection list in uni-assist for which you meet the admission requirements and for which you applied for admission in full and before the specified deadline will be considered.

What proof of language do I need to include in my application?

A specific level of German is required for all applications. Please refer to this page for information about which proof is or is not recognized when applying to TU Berlin. You do not need a proof of English language skills.

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.

Is there an age limit?

If you are older than 55 years of age by the end of the application period and you are a national of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway and you wish to apply for the first degree semester in a degree program with restricted admission, please note the following:

Your application will only be considered if there are important academic or professional reasons for admission to the program, taking into account your personal situation. An informal statement of reasons and corresponding evidence must be enclosed with your application to uni-assist.

Is a resume or letter of motivation required to apply?

No. You are not required to submit a resume or letter of motivation when applying or enrolling.

However, it is important that you always completely fill out all forms and the online application in the uni-assist portal. Attached documents or CVs cannot replace the information required for completion of the online application. Insufficient or incomplete information may lead to a rejection!

Is TestAS or IELTS required to apply?

No. You are not required to have TestAS (aptitude test for foreign students) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) to apply or enroll.

Is proof of an internship required to apply?

No. You are not required to submit proof of having completed an internship to apply or enroll.

Does the University grant conditional or provisional admission?

No. You will only be admitted if you have submitted your application in full and in due time, fulfill all requirements, and study places are available.

When will I receive the decision of acceptance or rejection?

Depending on which prerequisites you fulfill and the degree semester you apply for, you are assigned to a specific applicant group. You can find information about the selection process and notification in the information for the respective applicant group you were assigned to.

I have already acquired study and examination credits. When do I need to have them recognized?

  • If you are applying for the first degree semester of a study program, you must have all previously acquired study and examination credits recognized within the first two degree semesters after enrolling. To have your credits recognized, please contact your relevant examination office and examination board at TU Berlin.

    Exception: Should you have conclusively failed an examination at a university in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway, you require the completed and signed “Application for Recognition of Previously Obtained Credits (Part A)" from the relevant TU Berlin examination board to enroll. The application must include confirmation from the board that the failed examination does not represent an obstacle to you being accepted to the degree program for which you are applying.
     
  • If you have already earned study and examination credits and would like to take up your studies in a higher degree semester, you must submit the decision of the TU Berlin examination board placing you in the respective semester with your application to study. This decision is documented in the "Application for Recognition of Previously Obtained Credits (Part A)" that is completed and signed by the TU Berlin examination board. Please refer to the information for Applicant group D.

I have conclusively failed an exam. What should I do?

  • Examinations have conclusively been failed if there is no more possible attempt and this examination may no longer be repeated (as a rule, three failed attempts are possible). The number of retake opportunities is regulated within the respective examination regulations of a degree program at the respective university.
     
  • If you are applying for the first degree semester and have conclusively failed an examination at a university in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway, you require the completed and signed “Application for Recognition of Previously Obtained Credits (Part A)" from the relevant TU Berlin examination board to enroll. The application must include confirmation from the board that the failed examination does not represent an obstacle to you being accepted to the degree program for which you are applying.
     
  • If you have already earned study and examination credits and would like to take up your studies in a higher degree semester, you must submit the decision of the TU Berlin examination board placing you in the respective semester. This decision is documented in the "Application for Recognition of Previously Obtained Credits (Part A)" that is completed and signed by the TU Berlin examination board. It must also include confirmation that the conclusively failed examination does not represent an obstacle to you being accepted to the degree program for which you have applied. Please refer to the information for Applicant group D.

Health insurance

Students under 30 are mandated by German law to have health insurance and must prove they are insured to enroll.

If you have statutory health insurance in Germany,
upload an "insurance certificate for presentation to the university" from your statutory German health insurer when enrolling.

If you have private health insurance or are insured in your home country,
upload proof of “exemption from statutory health insurance for students” from one of the German statutory health insurers when enrolling.

Note: You are not required to submit proof of health insurance with your application.

Further information can be found on the following page.

Scholarships

Information about scholarships and funding opportunities can be found here.

United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Effective immediately, the United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) is no longer a member of the EU and thus falls under the category “outside the European Union” when applying.

Visa/residence permit

As a rule, you are not required to submit proof of a valid residence permit or visa to apply and enroll at TU Berlin.

Information about visas and residence permits is available from International Student Counseling.

Power of attorney

If another person is to receive information about your application status or sign your application, you must issue a power of attorney. You must personally sign and submit the original power of attorney (fax, email, copy are not sufficient!). The power of attorney must be issued for a specific purpose and include the names of the authorized individuals and the current date. You must also include a copy of both your passport and that of the authorized person.

Accommodation/Housing and Jobs/Employment

Information about accommodation and housing options, jobs and employment is available from TU Berlin International Student Counseling.

If you are interested in living in a student dorm, be sure to copy the receipt of your fee payment for later submission to the Studentenwerk.

Team Bachelor International

Organization name Office of Student Affairs
Office IA 2
Building Hauptgebäude
Room 0013
Address Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin