Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences

​How do I apply?

When applying at Hochschule Düsseldorf, many things need to be considered. The correct application process, the correct form of documents, deadlines and what happens after the application. Detailed  information can be found below:

1. Where to apply

There are different application procedures at HSD. Where the application documents need to be send depends on the origin and educational background od the applicant - some applicants need to send their documents the university application service for international students called uni-assist e.V., others apply directly via HSD. Please check carefully in the chart below which way of application applies to you.

In the following cases, please apply via

uni-assist 

 You have....

In the following cases, please apply

directly at HSD

 You have...

  • ​a foreign school leaving certificate (e.g. A-levels, Baccalaureate, etc.) and
  • a foreign nationality

>> and apply for a bachelor study programme.

  • ​a German secondary school leaving certificate (e.g. Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or Abitur from a German School Abroad)
  • a foreign nationality

>> and apply for a bachelor study programme.

  • ​a German or foreign school leaving certificate and
  • a foreign university diploma (bachelor, diploma etc.)

>> and apply for a master study programme

  • ​successfully passed the Studienkolleg or the 'Externe Feststellungsprüfung'

>> and apply for a bachelor study programme.

  • ​​an international secondary school leaving certificate, which has not been accredited by the district government Düsseldorf (Bezirksregierung) and
  • a German nationality

>> and apply for a bachelor study programme.

  • ​an international secondary school leaving certificate, which has been accredited by the district government Düsseldorf (Bezirksregierung) and
  • a German nationality

>> and apply for a bachelor study programme.

  • ​an international secondary school leaving certificate and
  • a previous German university bachelor degree

>> and want to apply for a master programme or a second bachelor degree (Zweitstudium).

  • ​an international secondary school leaving certificate and
  • studied at an international university

>> and want to apply for a higher semester.

  • ​a German secondary school leaving certificate (e.g. Abitur) and
  • studied at an international university

>> and want to apply for a higher semester.

  • ​​an international secondary school leaving certificate and
  • studied at a German university

>> and want to apply for a different study programme (Studiengangwechsel).

  • ​an international secondary school leaving certificate and
  • studied at a German university

>> and want to apply with the German university credits for a higher semester in the same field of study (Studienortwechsel).

 

Further details about the different application processes via uni-assist and HSD can be found on the following websites Application via uni-assist and Application via HSD.

Please note:

Applicants for bachelor or master study programmes in the Departments of Architecture or Design are required to take an artistic-design aptitude test.

Registration for this test has to be completed prior to the regular application process via the HSD online-application portal. Please inform yourself about deadlines and contents of the different tests on the websites of the different study programmes.

 

Please note:

The allocation of study places for admission restricted all admission restricted (NC) bachelor programmes at HSD is coordinated by the dialogue-oriented service procedure (DoSV - www.hochschulstart.de).

The DoSV is an additional required step in the application process next to the regular application process via uni-assist/HSD

Please read the detailed information texts about the necessary steps provided on the DoSV website.

 

2. Application deadlines

First semester study programmes with restricted admission:First semester study programmes with unrestricted admission:Higher semester:
​winter semester: Mid-May until July 15
​​winter semester: Mid-May until August 15​winter semester: Mid-July until September 15
​summer semester: Mid-November until January 15
​​summer semester: Mid-November until February 15​summer semester: Mid-January until March 15


The relevant date is when the complete set of documents arrives at uni-assist/HSD.                                        Missing documents can only be submitted before the end of the application deadline.

 

3. Required form of documents

Unless they are written in English, foreign language certificates/ diplomas must be translated into German by a sworn translator.
A list of possible translators can be found here.

You will need to submit copies of the original certificates/diplomas (in their original language) and certified copies of the translations of these certificates/diplomas.
Please submit your certificates/diplomas and the translations thereof as authenticated copies.
Internship certificates must be translated into German and submitted as authenticated copies as well.

Do not submit originals of your certificates or diplomas!
Information about authenticated copies and where to get them can be found at uni-assist.

 

4. What happens after the application?


If you have applied via uni-assist...

...your documents will be checked and processed at uni-assist staff in Berlin.

If your application does not meet all formal requirements, uni-assist will inform you and your documents will remain in Berlin. If the application deadline has already passed, you can only re-apply at a later point in time.

If your application is complete and meets all formal requirements, uni-assist forwards your application to the admission office of Hochschule Düsseldorf. You will be informed about this with a letter. You can use this letter to start applying for a visa (please see question 10: ‘What type of visa do I need to enter Germany?’).

Hochschule Düsseldorf will then check your application with regards to contents if necessary and carry out the admission processes.
You will receive an email with log-in details for the Hochschule Düsseldorf online-application portal, in which you will later find your admission/rejection letter as pdf file.

Approx. 3-6 weeks after the application deadline all admission processes will be completed. You will be informed via email, as soon as an admission/rejection letter is available for you in the online-application portal.

In case you receive an admission for Hochschule Düsseldorf, you will also find all relevant forms and information for enrolment. Please pay attention to the enrolment deadline named in the admission letter!

If you have applied via HSD online application portal…

…approx. 3-6 weeks after the application deadline all admission processes will be completed. You will be informed via email, as soon as an admission/rejection letter is available for you in the online-application portal.

In case you receive an admission for Hochschule Düsseldorf, you will also find all relevant forms and information for enrolment. Please pay attention to the enrolment deadline named in the admission letter!

In case you have participated in the DoSV at hochschulstart.de…

...you should check your online account at hochschulstart.de regularly after the application deadline has passed, to see and accept admission offers.

Once you have accepted an admission offer of Hochschule Düsseldorf at hochschulstart.de, you will find your admission letter and all relevant forms and information for enrolment in the Hochschule Düsseldorf online-application portal.
Please pay attention to the enrolment deadline named in the admission letter!


Contact:

Maria Maar
T +49 (0)211 / 43 51 81 40
advisoryservice.io@hs-duesseldorf.de


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