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Classification in a Group

According to Berliner Hochschulgesetz (BerlHG) we differentiate into four groups when applying with professional qualifications.


Group 1: General Higher Education Entrance Qualifications (HZB)

Applicant's whith professional qualifications have earned general higher education entrance qualifications under the following conditions:

  • You have passed an advanced continuing or professional education program (Aufstiegsfortbildung) pursuant to the provisions of the Crafts and Trades Act (Handwerksordnung), the Vocational Training Act (Berufsbildungsgesetz), or comparable German federal or state laws or regulations (examples include programs to earn the titles of Industriemeister, Gestalter, Techniker, Fachwirt, Fachkaufmann, Betriebswirt, or Meister)
    or
  • You have completed a vocational school program at a government-operated or government-accredited vocational school (Fachschule) or have completed a comparable education program in another state in Germany 
    or
  • You have earned qualifications comparable to the abovementioned advanced continuing or professional education program (Aufstiegsfortbildung) within the meaning of the Seafarers’ Act (Seemannsgesetz)
    or 
  • You have earned qualifications comparable to the abovementioned advanced continuing or professional education program (Aufstiegsfortbildung) based on continuing or professional education governed by state law or regulations for healthcare professions or in the fields of social care, social services, or education.

Holding a general higher education entrance qualification you can apply for all study programs.

German professional qualifications can bear the name „Bachelor Professional“ or „Master Professional“, in future. However, they are no academic degrees.

Read more:
» Application for the First Semester with Advanced Continuing or Professional Education Program
» Application to "Hochschulstart" for the First Semester


Group 2: Higher Education Entrance Qualification Associated with a Specific Subject

Applicants with professional qualification are considered to have earned higher education entrance qualification associated with a specific subject (fachgebundene Hochschulzugangsberechtigung) under the following conditions:

  • You have completed a vocational training program regulated under German federal or state laws or regulations of not less than two years’ duration in a subject similar to that of the academic program for which you wish to apply,

If you have a subject-specific higher education entrance qualification (fachgebundene Hochschulzugangsberechtigung) that is related to the subject of the study program, your application is limited to a certain range of subjects.

Read more:
» Application for First Semester from Vocationally Qualified Applicants with Professional Experience
» Application to "Hochschulstart" for the First Semester


Group 3: Higher Education Entrance Qualification Associated with a Specific Subject without any Relation between that Subject and your Chosen Study Program

Applicants with professional qualifications are considered to have earned higher education entrance qualifications associated without a specific subject under the following conditions:

  • You have higher education entrance qualification associated with a specific subject (fachgebundene Hochschulzugangsberechtigung), but cannot demonstrate any relation between that subject and your chosen study program

If you have a subject-specific higher education entrance qualification (fachgebundene Hochschulzugangsberechtigung) that is not related to your chosen academic program, you can apply for a study program that is not similar in subject to your prior education. You will, however, have to take an entrance exam in the process.

Read more:
» Application for First Semester from Vocationally Qualified Applicants with Professional Experience
» Application to "Hochschulstart" for the First Semester


Group 4: Applicants Enrolled in a Higher Education Institution in Germany for at least one Year Based on Professional Qualification

Candidates who have successfully studied in a different state in Germany for at least one year based on professional qualification can apply for a study placement in the next higher subject-specific semester (Fachsemester) in the same or a similar study program.

Read more:
» Application for Higher Semesters


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