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    Professional Qualifications Granting Access to Higher Education

    You are interested in studying a programme at the University of Würzburg but do not hold a higher education entrance qualification awarded by an educational institution (e. g. Abitur)? You might still be eligible for admission if you have accumulated several years of work experience or hold a master craftsman’s or comparable diploma (Meister, Fachwirt, Techniker, etc.), cf. Sections 29 ff. Qualifikationsverordnung  (Regulations on the Qualification for Study at Universities of the Free State of Bavaria and State-Accredited Private Universities, QualV).

    Your professional qualification may constitute either a general higher education entrance qualification or, upon successful completion of a probationary study period (Probestudium), a subject-restricted higher education entrance qualification.

    General higher education entrance qualification for holders of a master craftsman’s or comparable diploma (Meister, Techniker, Fachwirt, etc.)

    A master craftsman’s or comparable diploma constitutes a general higher education entrance qualification. This means that if you hold such a diploma, you qualify for admission to any programme offered by the University of Würzburg.

    The following qualifications constitute a general higher education entrance qualification:

    1. Certificate of successful completion of the examination for the master craftsman’s diploma (Meisterprüfung) under the German Berufsbildungsgesetz (Vocational Training Act, BBiG) or Handwerksordnung (Trade and Crafts Code, HwO).
    2. Certificate of successful completion of a berufliche Fortbildungsprüfung examination pursuant to Sections 53, 54 BBiG or Sections 42, 42a HwO (if the exam preparation course comprised of a total of at least 400 hours of learning).
      If your certificate does not indicate that these conditions have been met, please ask the competent professional association (e. g. Chamber of Industry and Commerce) to issue you with a confirmation letter.
    3. Certificate of successful completion of a final examination at a state (public) or state-accredited Fachschule* (e. g. Technikerschule) or Fachakademie school (e. g. Fachakademie für Sozialpädagogik).

      If you graduated from a Fachakademie für Sozialpädagogik school, please note that you must submit the diploma certifying the conferral of the qualification Staatlich anerkannte(r) Erzieher(in) together with your certificate of graduation. If you are still in your practical year (Berufspraktikum), please submit a letter confirming successful completion of your practical year (gesonderte Bescheinigung über das Bestehen des Berufspraktikums). Your Fachakademie will issue this letter to you upon your request.

      *Fachschule schools are schools that offer professional development courses for individuals who are holding a vocational qualification and have accumulated some work experience already (Berufsfachschule schools are therefore not considered Fachschule schools).
    4. Document confirming the award of an advanced training qualification by a Verwaltungs- und Wirtschaftsakademie school (examination regulations must have been state-approved and/or a state commissioner must have been present during the exams, and the training course must have comprised of at least 400 hours of learning). Please provide documentary evidence showing that these conditions have been met.
    5. Document confirming the award of a qualification as a Verwaltungsfachwirt(in) by Bayerische Verwaltungsschule (BVS) or certificate of successful completion of Fachprüfung II at BVS.
    6. Certificate of successful completion of a Fortbildungsprüfung or Weiterbildungsprüfung examination under regulations in place in German federal states for advanced training for professions in the areas of healthcare, social care, and social pedagogy (if the exam preparation course comprised of at least 400 hours of learning).
      Please provide documentary evidence showing that this condition has been met.
    7. Certificate of successful completion of a Weiterbildungsprüfung examination that was conducted in compliance with the recommendations of the German Hospital Federation (DKG - Deutsche Krankenhausgesellschaft e.V.; the training centre must have been DKG-approved, and the exam preparation course must have comprised of at least 400 hours of learning). Please provide documentary evidence showing that these conditions have been met.
    8. A qualification within the meaning of the German Seemannsgesetz (Seafarers Act; deck or engineering officer certificate of competency) deemed equivalent to a master craftsman’s diploma (cf. no. 1 above).

    Please note that you will not be considered for admission until you have consulted with an advisor at the University of Würzburg.

    After the advising session, you will be issued with a letter confirming that your qualification constitutes a general higher education entrance qualification. This letter will also state the date you obtained your higher education entrance qualification as well as your average grade. You will have to submit the letter together with your application documents (if you want to study a restricted admission programme) or will be asked to present it when you enrol (if you want to study a programme with unrestricted admission).

    Subject-restricted higher education entrance qualification for qualified professionals with several years of work experience upon successful completion of a probationary study period

    If you do not hold any of the qualifications listed above but have successfully completed a vocational training and have accumulated at least three (in some cases two) years of work experience, you qualify for admission to degree programmes in subjects that are related to your vocation. However, you will not be enrolled as a regular student until you have successfully completed a probationary study period.

    To qualify for admission you must meet the following conditions:

    1. You have successfully completed a vocational training under the German Berufsbildungsgesetz or Handwerksordnung or under German federal or state law with a standard duration of no less than two years in a field relevant to the programme you are planning to study,
    2. after completion of your vocational training, you have accumulated at least three years of work experience (full-time employment or at least 0.5 FTE) in a field relevant to the programme you are planning to study (if you have been awarded an Aufstiegsstipendium scholarship by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, two years of work experience will be sufficient),
    3. you have consulted with an advisor at the University of Würzburg, and
    4. you have successfully completed a probationary study period (at least two semesters) at the University of Würzburg. The provisions governing the probationary study period are set out in the Bylaws on Application Eligibility of the University of Würzburg. It is not current practice at the University of Würzburg to ask qualified professionals seeking admission to degree programmes to sit a university entrance exam to demonstrate their ability to succeed at university-level study.

    After the advising session, you will be issued with a letter confirming that you are eligible for consideration for a probationary study period. You will have to submit this letter to the University of Würzburg together with your application documents (if you want to study a restricted admission programme) or will be asked to present it when you enrol (if you want to study a programme with unrestricted admission).

    You will not be deemed to hold a subject-restricted higher education entrance qualification and will not be enrolled as a regular student until you have successfully completed your probationary study period. Upon successful completion of your probation period, you will be enrolled as a regular student and will be able to progress to the next subject semester of your programme. You will not have to repeat parts of your programme.

    The mandatory advising session

    Holders of a professional qualification granting access to higher education will not be considered for admission until they have consulted with an advisor.

    To request an advising session, please complete our request form and submit it to us together with the documents listed on page 2 of the form. Please do not submit your documents in plastic wallets, folders, or similar.

    Please submit your request to meet with an advisor within the deadlines indicated below:

    • Restricted admission degree programmes:
      by 1 July (for winter intake) or 1 January (for summer intake)
    • Degree programmes with unrestricted admission:
      by 1 October (for winter intake) or 1 April (for summer intake)

    If the professional qualification you hold grants you access to higher education, we will send you a letter inviting you to the advising session. The purpose of this session is to give you a clear idea of what you can expect after being admitted to the programme of your choice.

    If you have consulted with an advisor regarding access to the programme in question at another university in Bavaria and have been issued with a letter confirming that your qualification constitutes a general higher education entrance qualification or that you are eligible for consideration for a probationary study period, you will not normally be required to attend another advising session at the University of Würzburg.


    How to apply for admission to restricted admission degree programmes

    Please note: You must submit the letter confirming that you qualify for admission to university to the University of Würzburg or to hochschulstart.de together with your application documents. Since you will not be issued with this letter until after you have consulted with an advisor, you must attend an advising session before you submit your application for admission.

    Please be clear on the application deadlines of the University of Würzburg and hochschulstart.de.

    Please note: The University of Würzburg will accept applications for winter intake from late May (application deadline: 15 July) and applications for summer intake from late November (application deadline: 15 January) of each year.

    Read on for everything you need to know when applying for admission:

    Programmes with national admission restrictions (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy):
    • If you hold a master craftsman’s or comparable diploma (Meister, Fachwirt, Techniker, etc.), please submit your application for admission to hochschulstart.de.
    • If you hold neither a master craftsman’s or comparable diploma (Meister, Fachwirt, Techniker, etc.) nor a higher education entrance qualification awarded by an educational institution (e. g. Abitur), please submit an application for consideration for a probationary study period directly to the University of Würzburg using the designated application form (available in German only).

      One per cent of places on each programme is reserved for applicants who are applying for consideration for a probationary study period. These places will be allocated according to the average grade achieved in the final vocational training examination. Completion of a service and lottery are criteria that will be applied at later stages of the allocation process.

    Once again, please note that you cannot apply and be considered for a probationary study period in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy at the University of Würzburg if you hold a master craftsman’s or comparable diploma (Meister, Fachwirt, Techniker, etc.). You must apply for a place via hochschulstart.de!

     

    Programmes with local admission restrictions:

    If you seek admission to a programme with local admission restrictions, please submit your application for admission via our web portal.

    Do not forget to print out your application for admission after you have submitted it via our web portal and mail the signed printout to us. Please note that we must have received your mailed documents by the application deadline for your application to be considered.

    One per cent of places on each programme with local admission restrictions is reserved for applicants who are holding a professional qualification that is granting access to higher education. These places will be allocated according to the grade achieved in the final vocational training examination or, respectively, the grade achieved in the master craftsman’s or comparable diploma (Meister, Fachwirt, Techniker, etc.).

    You still have questions? Get in touch!

    Please do not hesitate to contact Ms Henig, phone +49 931-31 82267, or Ms Kömm, phone +49 931-31 82461 (in the mornings only); email: studienberechtigung@uni-wuerzburg.de with any questions you may have regarding professional qualifications granting access to higher education.

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