Study­ing without a uni­versity en­trance qual­i­fic­a­tion

You do not necessarily have to have a A Level or a school-leaving certificate from a university of applied sciences in order to study.

You can find out under which conditions you can be admitted here.

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    If you are interested in "Studying without a university entrance qualification", you are at a completely different point in life than prospective students who start studying shortly after leaving school: You have become accustomed to a regular income and the corresponding standard of living. You are used to going to work every day and getting off work afterwards. You have acquired concrete competences and skills that you can use in your job every day. But you may also have spent some time away from school-based forms of teaching, dealing with purely theoretical content and self-organised learning.

    Therefore, you should definitely get a comprehensive picture of the concrete requirements and contents of your studies, how you can integrate them into your everyday life and how you want to finance them.

How do I ap­ply cor­rectly?

Silke Thierer

Head of Studies Office
Application and admission

Phone: +49 731 /9762-2010

Location: Main Building A, A.1.24

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Should I study? Study what?

Thomas Bartl

Academic Advisor

Phone: +49 731 /9762-2000

Location: Main Building A, A.1.16

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Thomas Bartl

How do I get my stud­ies, job and fam­ily un­der one roof?

Chris­toph Giebeler

Head of the Family and Social Counseling Center / BIZEPS

Healthy University Project Management

Phone: +49 731 /9762-1444

Location: Main Building B, B.2.06

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Christoph Giebeler

Ad­mis­sion re­quire­ments for the "Study­ing without a uni­versity en­trance qual­i­fic­a­tion"

vo­ca­tion­ally qual­i­fied

Are you a master craftsman oder master craftswoman? Or have you completed a "master-equivalent" further training course, such as a business administrator?

Then you have to prove the following things when you apply:

  • evidence of vocational training (at least two years)

  • Proof of a counselling interview with the student advisory service responsible for your degree programme.

    If you have already had a subject-specific study counselling interview at another Bavarian university for the same course of studies, we also accept the certificate from the other university.

other vo­ca­tion­ally qual­i­fied per­sons

If you have completed a vocational training course and have at least three years' professional experience, you can be admitted to university studies via this route.

You must meet the following requirements:

  • evidence of vocational training (at least two years)

  • proof of professional experience

    Usually you provide proof of this by means of a job reference or interim certificate.

  • Proof of a counselling interview with the student advisory service responsible for your degree programme.

    If you have already had a subject-specific study counselling interview at another Bavarian university for the same course of studies, we also accept the certificate from the other university.

  • Passing the university entrance examination

    The university entrance examination is carried out at the university after the application deadline.

Fre­quently asked ques­tions about "Study­ing without a uni­versity en­trance qual­i­fic­a­tion"

What are my chances of getting a university place?

If you fulfil the admissions requirements, you have very good chances of gaining a place at university:

  • With the admission-free offers you will certainly receive an admission offer
  • In the case of degree programmes with restricted admissions, 5% of places are allocated to "professionally qualified persons".

What exactly is "master equivalent" postgraduate studies?

This includes in particular continuing vocational training examinations based on at least 400 hours of instruction.

What do I have to expect from the university entrance examination?

The examination consists of a written and an oral part.

  • The written part lasts 90 minutes and includes mathematics, German, English and economics/politics.
  • The oral part takes about half an hour. It takes place after the written part and also deals with the candidate's motivation and professional background.

When does the university entrance examination take place?

Should an examination be necessary, we will inform you of the date and details without being asked after the application period.

How can I prepare for the university entrance examination?

There are no documents or literature for preparation, as the test is not designed as a "query" test. Rather, the higher education entrance examination determines whether the applicant has an aptitude equivalent to the higher education entrance qualification which is a prerequisite for admission to a course of study.

The written examination therefore does not test factual knowledge in the classical sense, but rather determines, for example, reading comprehension of complex texts in German (with the help of comprehension questions), expressive ability in English (with the help of smaller essay tasks), the general ability to take a stand on political and economic issues or to weigh up the pros and cons of arguments. Mathematical skills are assessed by means of application tasks with a general economic reference.