How to apply?

HTWK Leipzig welcomes applications from international students. The application procedure differs for degree and non-degree students.

Please note: Since nearly all courses at HTWK Leipzig are taught in German (except for the International Management Bachelor's Programme, 50% in English), degree and non-degree students need to demonstrate a good command of written and spoken German prior to admission.

Application for international students (degree-seeking)
Application for international students (non-degree)

International students (degree-seeking)

This application information is for international applicants and German applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification who strive to graduate with a degree from HTWK Leipzig.

If you would like to study for one or two semesters at HTWK Leipzig, please check the information for non-degree students below.

You can download information about the application process here:
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How to Apply Arabic (PDF 2MB)

General admission requirements

Please note: Since nearly all courses at HTWK Leipzig are taught in German (except for the International Management Bachelor's Programme, 50% in English), degree and non-degree students need to demonstrate a good command of written and spoken German prior to admission.

  1. University entrance qualification: To be eligible for admission to a Bachelor’s degree programme as an international first-year student at HTWK Leipzig (or any other German university for that matter), you need to have the equivalent of a German Hochschulzugangsberechtigung. This long word refers to the school-leaving certificate that is recognised as a higher education entrance qualification. In Germany, this certificate is commonly known as the Abitur.
  2. German skills: International applicants will have to give proof of their German skills prior to starting their studies. Usually, the test "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber (DSH)" needs to be passed at least at level DSH-2. You are exempt from this test if you hand in one of the following certificates:
    • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF) (at least level 4 in each sub-test) or
    • Goethe-Zertifikat: „C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom“ or
    • • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II) or
    • "telc Zertifikat C1 Hochschule"

Applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification that cannot be accepted, have to take the qualification assessment examination in Germany, called "Prüfung zur Feststellung der Eignung ausländischer Studienbewerber für die Aufnahme eines Studiums an Hochschulen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland" (Feststellungsprüfung FSP). Preparations for the exam take place at Studienkolleg and require a placement test. The placement test is held in January and August at Studienkolleg of Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz. You have to apply for the placement test via uni-assist e.V. at HTWK Leipzig.

NC (numerus clausus) values for international students from non-EU countries

If there are more applicants per study programme than there are available places, it results in a numerus clausus (NC). Here you can see the development of the NC values during the last years at HTWK Leipzig (content in German only). Only students whose grade from their school-leaving certificate equaled or was better than the grade displayed in the overview, were granted admission. 

The NC value for students from non-EU countries differs from the value for students from EU countries (including Germany).

NC (numerous clausus) values for international students from EU countries (including Germany)

If there are more applicants per study programme than there are available places, it results in a numerus clausus (NC). Here you can see the development of the NC values during the last years at HTWK Leipzig (content in German only). Only students whose grade from their school-leaving certificate equaled or was better than the grade displayed in the overview, were granted admission. 

The NC value for students from EU countries (including Germany) differs from the value for students from non-EU countries.

Application process with uni-assist

If you fulfil the requirements and you have a foreign university entrance qualification, please apply online at Arbeits- und Servicestelle für internationale Studienbewerbungen (University Application Service for International Students also known as uni-assist).

Uni-assist will review your application (school and language certificates) to determine whether you meet the general requirements for admission at HTWK Leipzig. They will also convert your grades to the German grading system. Having your application documents reviewed by uni-assist is subject to a charge. But having your application documents reviewed once, you can apply at different universities that cooperate with uni-assist. You can find more information about the universities, charges, deadlines and the procedure on the uni-assist website.

We recommend the information portal Study in Germany for orientation and preparation purposes.

This application procedure applies to citizens from EU states as well and concerns all degree programmes at HTWK Leipzig.

This application procedure does not apply to international applicants:

  • with a German university entrance qualification (Abitur)
  • within non-degree exchange programmes of HTWK Leipzig
  • within non-degree cooperation programmes of HTWK Leipzig

After you have applied online, please send your complete application documents through regular mail to the following address:

HTWK Leipzig
c/o uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin
Germany

Application documents

If you are applying to HTWK Leipzig as a degree-seeking student, you need to submit the following documents to uni-assist:

  • Application Form for Admission to Studies for Foreign Applicants: You can use the online application service of uni-assist to fill out this form on your computer, print it out and save it permanently on your hard drive for future use/reference. Uni-assist offers important additional country-specific information about requirements for several countries on this page.
  • School and university leaving certificates: Please send all documents attesting to the qualifications entered on your application form. To be eligible for admission as a first-year student, you will need to submit the equivalent of a German university entrance qualification (see the section on General Admission Requirements for further information). Depending on your school-leaving certificate, you may also need documentation confirming years of university study. For admission to one of HTWK Leipzig’s Master’s programmes, you will need a Bachelor’s degree certificate and a transcript of records for all study years.
  • Language certificates (see the section on General Admission Requirements for further information)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Passport copy: Submit a photocopy of your current passport (the page showing your photo, name and nationality).

Uni-assist requires you to submit authenticated copies of your original certificates (in the original language) and of the translations of these certificates. Never send any original documents! 'Authenticated copies' means that a public authority, or the institution that originally issued the certificate in question, confirms that the copy of the certificate corresponds to the original by marking it with their official seal (usually a stamp). Translations need to be carried out by a state-registered, sworn translator. For further information, please refer to the uni-assist website.

All documents should be send by regular mail to:

HTWK Leipzig
c/o uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin
Germany

Application deadlines

The following deadlines apply:

  • Winter semester: 15.07.
    15.06. Studienkolleg|German course (DSH)
  • Summer semester: 15.01.
    15.12. Studienkolleg|German course (DSH)

Next entrance tests for Studienkolleg|Deutschkurs (DSH) in Zittau: 09.02.2021

Next aptitude test for Architecture (Bachelor) will be held online: date to be announced

Entry and stay requirements

Students from states of the European Union that have special arrangements with Germany are exempt from visa obligations.

Students from other countries will need a valid passport with a visa or a permit of residence for study purposes.

A tourist visa is not sufficient and cannot be changed to a visa for study purposes.

You will find more information on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

International students (non-degree)

HTWK Leipzig welcomes applications from international students who wish to study with us for a semester or two as visiting or exchange students from one of our partner universities abroad.

As a visiting or exchange student, you may take any course you are academically qualified to take. However, as some courses are offered on a space-available basis, we cannot guarantee that any specific course will be available. You will meet regular HTWK Leipzig students in most of your courses and have unlimited access to all of the university’s facilities.

In order to be eligible for non-degree studies at HTWK Leipzig, you must be enrolled in a degree-seeking undergraduate or postgraduate programme at your home university and have completed at least one full year of university credit by the time of enrolment. A Bachelor’s degree is required for taking courses at the Master's level.

If you strive to graduate with a degree from HTWK Leipzig, please check the information for degree-seeking students above.

Please note: Since nearly all courses at HTWK Leipzig are taught in German (except for the International Management Bachelor Programme, 50% in English), degree and non-degree students need to demonstrate a good command of written and spoken German prior to admission.

Application process

Exchange students from our partner universities, who wish to study at HTWK Leipzig for one or two semesters, need to be nominated by the International Office of their home university for exchange studies at HTWK Leipzig. After receipt of the nomination, we will send the students information about the online application procedure and a link to our Mobility-Online application form. The students have to fill in the application form and register in our Mobility-Online database. Please see the guidelines for an application with Mobility-Online.

Application deadlines

The following deadlines apply:

  • 15 June for entry in the following winter semester (October - March)
  • 15 December for entry in the following summer semester (April - September)

Letter of acceptance

Please note that we will only accept full applications. After we receive the applications, the International Office will forward them to the Departmental International Coordinator at the respective faculty. After acceptance, exchange students receive an official letter of acceptance and additional information about housing and their study period in Leipzig.