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Studying without a school-leaving university entrance qualification

General access to higher education

General admission to higher education (Art. 45 para. 1 BayHSchG) can be attained for graduates of a vocational further education examination, provided that they have completed a counselling interview at the higher education institution at which they wish to begin their studies.
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RequirementsHide
  • Passed master craftsman's examination (in accordance with the provisions of the Vocational Training Act or the Crafts Code)

or

  • passed advanced vocational training examination equivalent to the master craftsman's examination by the State Ministry (any advanced vocational training examination, taken in accordance with the provisions of the Vocational Training Act or the Crafts Code and the preparatory course, and involving a course length of at least 400 hours, shall be regarded as equivalent to the master craftsman's examination)
or

  • passed final examination at a public or state-recognised vocational school or academy (graduates of a professional academy for social education must also submit a certificate of state recognition as a "state-recognised educator", or a separate certificate of having passed the professional internship)
or

  • Certificate of successful completion of further training at an administrative and business academy, if the examination regulations have been approved by the state and/or a state commissioner is involved in the examinations, and the further training involves a course length of at least 400 hours,
or
  • Certificate of passing the examination to become an Administration Specialist, or of passing Specialist Examination II at the Bavarian School of Public Administration.

In addition, an advising session must be completed at the university at which the studies are to begin (Find informations under "Registration for a advising session"). The purpose of the advising session is to give the applicant a realistic impression of the content, structure, and requirements of the course of study in the chosen degree programme.  The university will issue a certificate of the interview.

This certificate grants general admission to higher education.  It contains information on the average grade of the vocational advanced training examination as well as the date of acquisition of the university entrance qualification.  This certificate is recognised by other Bavarian universities.

Obtaining a place at a universityHide

Enrolment for open admission programmes:

You can simply enrol in open admission study programmes after you have received general university admission.

Application for study programmes with aptitude assessment procedure:

You must submit an application for study programmes with an aptitude assessment procedure.  Application deadlines:

  • 15 January for a summer semester,
  • 15 July for a winter semester

Application for study programmes with course orientation procedures:

You must apply for study programmes with course orientation procedure. Application deadlines:

  • 15.01. for a summer semester,
  • 15.07. for a winter semeste

Application for limited admission degree programmes:

Here, too, an application in proper form and due time is required. Application deadlines:

  • 15 January for a summer semester,
  • 15 July for a winter semester

Important note:
Applying for admission to programmes with aptitude assessment procedure, or programmes with restricted admission is only possible once you have received your general higher education entrance approval, i.e. once your documents have been processed and you have attended an advising session. Sign up for an advising session early to ensure that your higher education entrance approval can be awarded by the application deadline.

Registration for the advising sessionHide

Use this form to register for an advising session. Please enclose all necessary documents with your application. After examining the documents, we will contact you to arrange an appointment.


Subject-specific admission to higher education

For subject-specific university access (Art. 45 para. 2 BayHSchG), the provisions of the statutes on subject-restricted university access for occupationally qualified employed persons without a school-based higher education entrance qualification ,in the version of the amending statutes of 15 March 2016 also apply at the University of Bayreuth (Higher Education Access Statutes).

RequirementsHide

For qualified employees, subject-specific admission to higher education is granted if the following requirements have been met:

  • successful completion of at least two years of vocational training in accordance with the provisions of the Vocational Training Act, the Crafts Code in a field related to the chosen course of study, and
  • subsequently at least three years of full-time professional experience (two years if you have received an Upgrading Scholarship from the federal government) in a field related to the desired course of study, and
  • completed advising session (Find informations under "Registration for a advising session") at the university at which the course of study is to be commenced.
Obtaining a place at a universityHide

In order to be awarded the subject-specific higher education entrance qualification for the chosen course of study, additional requirements must be met, depending on the desired course of study:

  • Admission restricted and open admission study programmes as well as study programmes with study orientation procedures: Trial study programme (Find informations under "Trial study programme")
  • Courses of study with aptitude tests:  higher education entrance examination (Find informations under "Higher education entrance examination")
Trial study programmeHide

In order to be awarded the subject-restricted higher education entrance qualification, you must complete a trial study programme in open admission study programmes as well as in study programmes with restricted admission.

Registration

With this form you register simultaneously for the advising session and the trial course of studies.  Certificates from other Bavarian universities that you have passed a trial course of studies will be recognised if you continue your studies in the same or a closely related course.

Submission deadline

for open admission subjects

  • Summer semester: 1 April of the relevant year
  • Winter Semester: 1 October of the relevant year​

subjects with restricted admission as well as study programmes with course orientation procedure:

  • Summer Semester 30 November of the previous year
  • Winter Semester: 31 May of the relevant year


Procedure

  • Receipt of registration form
  • Examination of the prerequisites > if the prerequisites are met:  Arrange an appointment for an advising session
  • Attend an advising session > Receipt of confirmation of successful completion
  • depending on the chosen course of study:

open admission study programmes: no application required, immediate admission to the trial study programme

Admission-limited study programmes and study programmes with study orientation procedures: additional application for study place necessary (deadline: for a summer semester > 15.01. of the relevant year, for a winter semester > 15.07. of the relevant year) after receipt of a university place in the (allocation) procedure:  Admission to trial study programme

  • Completion of the trial study programme:  Scope 2 semesters / completion in accordance with the provisions of the applicable examination and study regulations
  • Passing the trial study programme depending on the course of study

Bachelor's and teacher training courses: at least 30 credit points must be achieved by completion of the second semester.

Other courses of study:  proof of at least half of the study and examination requirements specified in the respective examination and study regulations for a period of two semesters.

  • after passing the trial study programme:  receipt of the subject-specific university admission, and at the same time, university entrance qualification for the course of study concerned
  • Failed trial study programme:  Receipt of notice of rejection and de-registration at the end of the semester in which the trial study programme was definitively failed; repetition of the trial study programme in the same or a related study course at the University of Bayreuth is not possible.
Higher education entrance examinationHide

In order to be awarded the subject-specific higher education entrance qualification, you must take a higher education entrance examination instead of the aptitude assessment procedure in study programmes with aptitude assessment procedures.​

Registration

With this form you register for the advising session and the university entrance examination at the same time.  A university entrance examination passed at another Bavarian university is valid at the University of Bayreuth if it concerns the same or a closely related degree programme.

Submission deadline

  • Summer Semester: 30 November of the previous year
  • Winter Semester: 31 May of the relevant year

Procedure

  • Receipt of registration form

  • Examination of the prerequisites > if the prerequisites are met: Arrange an appointment for an advising session

  • Conducting the counselling interview > If the counselling interview is successfully completed:  Admission to the university entrance examination granted

  • Contents / completion of the university entrance examination

consists of a written and an oral part and comprises the essential general and subject-related basics required for the chosen degree programme

corresponds to the educational attainment level of the advanced technical college certificate

replaces the aptitude test procedure

Further information: §§ 7 and 8 of the Higher Education Access Statutes

  • after passing the university entrance examination:  receipt of subject-specific university admission, and at the same time, university entrance qualification for the course of study concerned
  • Failed university entrance examination:  possibility of a single repetition; if failed again: no award of subject-related university entrance; the chosen degree programme cannot be studied at the University of Bayreuth.
Advising sessionHide

The purpose of the advising session (form) is to provide the applicant with a realistic impression of the content, structure, and requirements of the course of study in the chosen degree programme.  The university will issue a certificate of the interview.


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