Transferring between higher Education Institutions in higher Semesters
What are “higher semesters”?
All subject-specific semesters within a study program after the first semester are considered “higher semesters”. Most programs at Freie Universität Berlin are subject to limitations on admissions not only in the first semester, but also in all higher semesters as well. For information on whether there are limits on admissions to higher semesters, and if so, what those limitations are, please see the descriptions of specific subjects. Admission to higher semesters is permitted only within the regular period of study (Regelstudienzeit) in the student’s program at Freie Universität. Furthermore an admission to a semester a student has been enrolled before is impossible. This regulation does not touch the admission via "Hochschulstart" (currently: Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine).
It is a prerequisite for enrollment that you have not failed any examination (such as a written examination) in the same program without the option to retake it.
For students considering transferring to Freie Universität Berlin, personal advising can be beneficial. The Acadmic Advisory Service is happy to provide assistance.
Transfer from another location (Studienortwechsel) means having taken up studies at another university in Germany or at a university in another EU member state and wishing to pursue the same study program at Freie Universität Berlin. The length of the study program as well as the number of credit points of program components are not considered.
You are considered transferring from another location (Studienortwechsler/in):
Example: transfer from Bachelor of Education in History and German Philology to Bachelor of Arts in History and German Philology
Example: transfer from Bachelor of Arts German Studies and English Studies to Bachelor of Arts in German Philology and English Philology
Please note: in case of transfer from other location, an application is only possible to the next higher subject-specific semester (Fachsemester). It is not possible to be admitted to a lower semester due to a need to make up for academic work.
Transfer from another program (Quereinstieg) means having taken up studies at another university and wishing to pursue another study program at Freie Universität Berlin.
You are considered transferring from another program (Quereinstieg):
Example: transfer from Biochemistry Bachelor of Science to Chemistry Bachelor of Science
(combination bachelor degree program to single-subject bachelor degree program and vice versa)
Example: transfer from Biology and English Philology Bachelor of Education to Biology Bachelor of Science
Are there placements available despite the NC (Numerus Clausus, limitation on admissions)?
Normally, study placements in higher semesters are taken by students advancing from the previous semester. In semesters with limited admissions, placements that have become available again due to student withdrawal or transfers are allocated. Since it does not become clear until after the end of the re-registration period (the final day of the period when classes are in session) and an adequate period for receipt of payment into the account of Freie Universität Berlin how many students have not re-registered, it is impossible to predict the chances of admission in higher semesters.
How does the allocation of study placements work for higher semesters with limited admissions?
An applicant’s average grade and wait time are irrelevant to admission to higher semesters of academic programs at Freie Universität (exception: in the case of modules in combination bachelor’s degree programs, applicants are admitted primarily according to average Abitur grade in all higher semesters).
According to the Higher Education Admission Act for the State of Berlin (Berliner Hochschulzulassungsgesetz, BerlHZG, in German), study placements are allocated in a certain sequence in higher subject-specific semesters with limited admissions (impacted semesters):
Admission & enrollment for higher semesters
Higher semesters without limits on admission
Single-subject bachelor degree programs (Mono-Bachelor)
Information on enrollment into higher semesters without limits on admissions (non-impacted semesters) can be found on the websites of the Student Records and Registration Office (Studierendenverwaltung). Deadlines for submitting the enrollment application as well as special information for those with foreign higher education entrance qualifications and those with professional qualifications are given. When enrolling, students are required to present a notice of granting of credit (Anrechnungsbescheid) from the appropriate examination office for that subject.
Combination bachelor degree programs (Kombinations-Bachelor)
An application for admission is required for higher semester without limits on admission (non-impacted semesters) within the deadline for impacted programs. This procedure ensures that only applications for valid and complete combinations can be submitted.
The application deadlines for impacted programs can be found in the Academic Calendar.
The deadline for enrollment will be announced in the admission notice. When enrolling, students are required to present a notice of granting of credit (Anrechnungsbescheid) from the appropriate examination offices for each subject.
Higher semesters with limited admissions (impacted semesters)
Enrollment in semesters with limited admissions requires that students have submitted a successful application (for combination programs, for each individual subject).
Applications for semesters in excess of the regular period of study (Regelstudienzeit) for the program, such as the 7th subject-specific semester in a bachelor’s degree program, will not be considered.
When enrolling, students are required to present a notice of granting of credit (Anrechnungsbescheid) with assignment to a specific semester from the appropriate examination office (in German) of Freie Universität Berlin for that subject.
Submitting an application
Information on study programs which are subject to limited admissions (Numerus Clausus), can be found on the websites of the Admissions Office of Freie Universität Berlin.
For initial information on recognition of foreign educational credentials, please see the following databases: anabin (in German) and DAAD. In case of any doubt, the following agency is responsible for these matters in the state of Berlin: Senate Administration for Education, Science and Research (Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung) - Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle (Credential Recognition, in German).