Entry Requirements

Before you apply or enroll to study at our university, it is essential that you check whether you meet the entry requirements for your desired course of study. Here, we have created an overview of the various entry options and some special requirements.

Please contact us for further information.  

School qualifications

"Allgemeine Hochschulreife"

You can pursue further education at a university or Fachhochschule if you have an Abitur. Generally, this is completed at a state or state-recognized “Gymnasium” [grammar school/academic high school]. However, there are also other options for completing the qualifications required to study at university (e.g. night school or Waldorf schools).

"Fachgebundene Hochschulreife"

“Fachgebundene Hochschulreife” is when you have a vocational or subject-specific qualification that entitles you to pursue any course of study at a Fachochschule or certain courses of study at a university.


“Fachhochschulreife” is generally attained by graduates of Fachoberschulen [technical colleges] or the Telekolleg II. However, under certain conditions, this can also be attained with qualifications from Berufsfachschulen [vocational colleges], Fachschulen [technical schools] or other institutions. Gymnasium students who have successfully completed their 12th year of school can attain Fachhochschulreife in conjunction with a completed, year-long internship or a successfully completed vocational training course.

Admission to the Bachelor degree courses, offered as on-campus, dual-study options, is also possible for people who have fulfilled the academic requirements for the Fachhochschulreife. In such cases, prospective students must present certificates to evidence completion of the academic requirements and a contract for cooperation with one of the companies affiliates with the university.

If you first complete an internship or professional training course that forms the requirements for Fachhochschulreife after the enrollment deadline, we require evidence that the internship or training will be completed before lectures start (see the current semester schedule). The final certificate of entitlement to a university education must then be submitted by the time that lectures begin. If this is not possible, we must revoke your enrollment.

Fachhochschulreife from a Berufskolleg in Baden-Würtemberg

With a certificate to evidence Fachhochschulreife attained at a Berufskolleg [technical college] in the state of Baden-Württemberg, you may also be entitled to recognition of Fachhochschulreife in Rhineland-Palatinate as well, under the following conditions:

  • Evidence of a relevant, 6-month internship after completing your Berufskolleg educationor
  • Evidence of a completed Berufsausbildung [vocational training course] - this can be either before or after attending the Berufskolleg and must not be in a related subject or
  • A certificate that is recognized in all German states

"Meister" or "Techniker"

A “Meisterprüfung” [master craftsman’s qualification], a qualification as a “Techniker”, or a comparable further education qualification can also entitle you to pursue a course of study in any subject at a Fachhochschule in Rhineland-Palatinate. You can find more information on theinformation sheet by the Ministry for Education, Science, Further Education, and Culture.

Professional/Vocational Qualifications

Under certain conditions, the state of Rhineland-Palatinate allows for admission to a Fachhochschule without a relevant completed school education.

If you have successfully completed a professional or vocational qualification (i.e. with average final grades of a minimum of 2.5 in the German grading system) you will be entitled to immediate admission to study any subject at a Fachhochschule in Rhineland-Palatinate.

You can find more information on the information sheet by the Ministry for Education, Science, Further Education, and Culture.

Second degree

A “Zweitstudium”, or second degree, is when you have already completed a first university degree and hope to achieve another one (e.g. a Bachelor’s).

In Rhineland-Palatinate, tuition fees for a second degree amount to €700 per semester.

Please select your application method based on the type of degree course you wish to pursue:

You will receive a reminder to pay the tuition fee.