Prospective applicants who are interested in commencing an academic program without first having earned higher education entrance qualifications (Abitur), but hold professional qualifications, may be eligible to apply to study at Freie Universität Berlin if certain prerequisites are met (see the relevant group). This option is open especially to prospective applicants who have longer periods of professional experience and wish to deepen and expand their knowledge in their field. The guide (German) published by the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science (Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Wissenschaft) provides detailed information on the options for starting a study program in Berlin.
In study programs with restrictions on admissions (impacted programs) other than pharmacy and veterinary medicine, 8% of study placements are available for applicants with professional qualifications. These placements are allocated in an “advance quota.” Within this study placement quota, selection takes place according to the average grade on the higher education entrance qualification (final grade on certificate of continuing education/schooling/vocational training).
Important general information on studying without first having earned higher education entrance qualifications (Abitur) in Germany, rules in the individual states, and financing is available from www.studieren-ohne-abitur.de.
The German federal government’s Aufstiegsstipendium scholarship program supports those with professional experience in completing their first academic degree: www.sbb-stipendien.de/aufstiegsstipendium.html.
Higher education entrance qualifications are also granted to those who can show that they have completed a vocational education and training program that meets the points for group 1 and 2 in another country. Detailed information on the process of obtaining recognition for foreign educational qualifications is available from the websites listed below.
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