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Second Degree Course


If you have already completed your studies in Germany, you can apply for a second degree programme at the University of Cologne (Bachelor, Staatsexamen). If you have completed your studies abroad, you can apply for a first degree programme. There is a uniform procedure for EU citizens (and Germans with equal status under admission law) and non-EU citizens. You apply exclusively via the online application portal Klips 2.0 and select the second degree option.

The following deadlines apply:

  • For the winter semester: July 15th (Date of receipt) resp. July 31st for degree programmes without admission restriction
  • For the summer semester: January 15th (Date of receipt) resp. January 31st for degree programmes without admission restriction
  • Applications for human medicine and dentistry are submitted directly via Hochschulstart. Separate application deadlines apply.

Please also note the information on deadlines and application modalities provided by our Student Secretariat for second degree studies.

If your university has not yet issued a degree certificate / diploma on the basis of your recently completed studies before the application deadline, you can upload a provisional certificate of graduation from the examination office showing your final degree grade and graduation date in KLIPS 2.0.

Without a completed first degree at a German higher education institution, you cannot apply for a second degree. If you are in the final phase of your first degree and cannot submit proof of graduation by the end of the application deadline, you must apply for a first degree without proof.

Language proof:

We recognise a completed course of study in Germany in German as proof of language proficiency. Otherwise, please submit an appropriate proof together with the required application documents. We accept the following certificates:

  • TestDaF TDN 4 in all parts of the examination
  • DSH 2*
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom, Stufe II der KMK (DSD II)
  • Telc C1 Hochschule
  • Telc C2
  • Goethe-Institut C1-Zertifikat
  • ÖSD C2
  • Feststellungsprüfung (FSP) mit Fach Deutsch

* Only DSH of higher education institutions with registered examination regulations in accordance with the provisions of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK).

According to the current DSH regulations, certain international school-leaving certificates, e.g. from German-speaking regions, are recognised as exceptions or as equivalent. If you have any questions, please contact us via our contact form.

Special application requirements

Special application requirements apply to certain fields of study. Please consult the relevant websites for more information:

Bachelor Management, Economics and Social Sciences

Bachelor VWL

Bachelor (dual) Klinische Pflege

Bachelor (dual) Angewandte Hebammenwissenschaft