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Application procedure for Non-EU-Citizens without Formal University Entrance Qualification

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Important note for your application for the winter semester 2020/21! The application deadline for undergraduate programmes, 1st semester, has been postponed to 20.8.2020. If you encounter difficulties in preparing your application documents, please contact

The following application procedure is applicable to Non-EU-citizens.

Exception: The procedure is also applicable for Non-EU/EEA-citizens, who are on equal admission terms as German or EU/EEA-citizens: You are holding a German university entrance qualification (Abitur) or a EU/EEA university entrance qualification (only valid for locally restricted subjects, not for medicine or dentistry). OR: You are living in Germany and you are married to a German or EU/EEA-citizen (also applies for legal civil unions).


If your secondary school leaving certificate is not recognized in Germany as a general or subject-specific entrance qualification, we offer you an alternative procedure to gain admission. You may apply for the University of Cologne Entrance Exam (in German: the so called Zugangsprüfung).

Whether your secondary school leaving certificate is recognized in Germany and conforms to the German university entrance qualification can be checked here: