Application for the 1st subject-specific semester via "Hochschulstart"

Certificate attesting the type of higher education entrance qualification

Prospective students who are interested in enrolling in a study program and do not have a certificate of general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), but do have professional qualifications, can apply to study at Freie Universität Berlin under certain conditions. The application for the desired study program is sent to Hochschulstart, but a request for determination of the type of higher education entrance qualification (general or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification) must be submitted to Freie Universität Berlin beforehand. After the review of the documents submitted is concluded, Freie Universität Berlin issues a certificate that is submitted to Hochschulstart when applying to the study program.

Please note that the certificate issued by Freie Universität Berlin is valid exclusively for applying to study at Freie Universität Berlin. Likewise, certificates from other universities are not accepted for applications to study at Freie Universität Berlin.

Please request determination of the type of higher education entrance qualification by letter (no particular form is necessary) to:

Freie Universität Berlin
Application and Admission
Iltisstrasse 1
14195 Berlin

  • for a summer semester by November 30
  • for a winter semester by April 30

In your request (for which no particular form is needed), please state the desired study program and submit
applying to you officially certified copies:

  • Certificate of an advanced continuing or professional education program (Aufstiegsfortbildung) or certificate of a vocational school program at a government-operated or government-accredited vocational school (Fachschule) including final grade
  • certificate regarding the vocational or professional training including final grade and
    reference attesting to at laest tree years of professional experience in which you were trained

You will receive a certification in the mail that you can send to Hochschulstart if you are applying there to study at Freie Universität Berlin.

The certificate issued by Freie Universität Berlin to accompany your application via Hochschulstart contains the following information:

  1. the desired study program you stated
  2. type of higher education entrance qualification
  3. date of higher education entrance qualification; final grade

Please note:

If the higher education entrance qualification is not supposed to be earned until after a subject-specific entrance exam is passed (group 3), you will first receive an invitation to the entrance examination, which is held once each year, in June. If you pass the entrance exam, the certificate will be sent to you in early July so that you can submit it to Hochschulstart for subsequent consideration with your application documents.

For further information on the admissions process, please visit the homepage of hochschulstart, where you can also find the application form.

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