Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Here you will find detailed information and explanations about application deadlines, admission requirements and certificates as well as the application process.
Please note that the admission requirements for Bachelor's programs are different from those for Master's programs. Admission-restricted programs have different deadlines than admission-free programs and a special allocation procedure.
- Application deadlines
For courses of study with restricted admission:
- for the winter semester: May 1 - July 15
- for the summer semester: November 1 - January 15.
Please note that this is a cut-off deadline.
For open-admission programs and higher semesters:
- for the winter semester: May 1 - August 31
- for the summer semester: November 1 - February 28/29.
If there are still places available after this date, deadline extensions can be granted. We will then inform accordingly via our website.
- Admission requirements and proofs
For Bachelor programs at the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences you need
- the Abitur or
- the advanced technical college entrance qualification or
- a master craftsman's examination or previous education recognized as equivalent or
- the requirements for a trial study or
- a university entrance examination.
Please note that it is not possible to apply with the school-leaving certificate alone. In this case, an additional practical part is required. This part must have been recognized by the school authorities (e.g. at the school, the school board, the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, the district government, etc.) as the practical part of the Fachhochschulreife. Completed vocational training is fully credited as the practical part of the Fachhochschulreife; no separate recognition is required here. The date of acquisition of the university entrance qualification is based on the most recently acquired part.
A vocational school leaving certificate does not count as proof of completed vocational training and is therefore not taken into account. Please submit only the examination certificate of the corresponding chamber for recognition.
Only final certificates can be recognized. Interim certificates, contracts or similar will not be considered. Please avoid submitting evidence that is not required (e.g. certificates of voluntary internships, au pair or similar). These will not be considered.
For Master's programs at the TH Lübeck you need a first university degree (Bachelor or Diplom).
In detail, the admission requirements vary depending on the Master's program. Therefore, please pay attention to the specific information on admission for each program.
- Application process
First, you register in the application portal of the TH Lübeck. You will then receive a welcome e-mail with your access data. If you do not find this e-mail in your inbox, check your spam folder. Afterwards you can submit your application.
Please note: In the Bachelor's program in Architecture, you must first take the aptitude test. You can only apply online once you have passed this.
If you are applying for a Bachelor's program that participates in the Dialog-Oriented Service Procedure via Hochschulstart, please register at hochschulstart.de beforehand. After successful registration, you will receive an applicant ID and a BAN (applicant authentication number), which you will need for the online application in the application portal of the TH Lübeck.
You can find the application portal in the corresponding tab Bachelor, Master or higher semester.
Use the available help texts for support and explanation.
Admission-restricted Bachelor's and Master's programs:
After your application documents have been checked, you will be activated for participation in the selection process.
Bachelor's programs with open admission:
After submitting the online application, immediate online enrollment is possible. After your enrollment documents have been checked, you will receive your study documents by mail.
Master's programs with open admission:
After your application documents have been checked, you will receive information about admission via the application portal.
You can check the current status of your application at any time on the application portal!
In principle, only one application for admission should be submitted. Therefore, please inform yourself about the courses offered BEFORE applying.
Exception DoSV: here you may select two courses of study.
Tip: If there are still places available in some degree programs after completion of the allocation procedure or after the end of the enrollment period, we will inform you on our website about the possibility of a further application.
Please understand that due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to provide any information by telephone or in person regarding the status of your application shortly before or after the application deadline. Please inform yourself exclusively via the application portal of the TH Lübeck or Hochschulstart. There you will find the current status of your application and also information if documents are missing.
- Allocation procedure for degree programs with restricted admissions
You can only apply once per award semester. Only one study program can be named in the application. Exception DoSV: here you may select two study programs.
Unfortunately, an incomplete application cannot be considered. If your application is incomplete, you will be informed accordingly via the application portal. Therefore, please check the application portal regularly.
When applying for a Bachelor's program: If you do not have an average grade in your university entrance qualification, your application will take part in the award procedure in the rank behind the worst grade that can be determined. Similarly, an application with an undeterminable waiting period will participate in the award procedure behind the worst determinable waiting period.
The award process begins approximately two weeks after the application deadline. Admission notices are made available via the application portal (electronic administrative act) or by mail. You will be informed by e-mail if the status of your application has changed or if the notification has been made available, provided that you have allowed this. We recommend activating e-mail notification in the application portal and allowing consent for the electronic administrative act. This way you will be informed quickly and without a long postal route.
You can find out which documents you need for enrollment here.
Experience shows that the entire enrollment process (main and postponement process) lasts until the beginning of the lecture period.
As a precaution, we would like to point out that it is not always possible to reach the Admissions Office by telephone during the application period due to the increased volume of applications. Therefore, please inform yourself in time.
- Other frequently asked questions
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who can help me with questions that are not answered on this page?
If you have any further questions, please contact the Student Advisory Service.
What is DoSV (Dialog-Oriented Service Procedure)?
DoSV is a centralized procedure for the distribution of study places for first-year students via the hochschulstart.de platform. It helps to coordinate the allocation of undergraduate degree programs with restricted admissions on a federal level. TH Lübeck participates in the DoSV with several Bachelor programs.
What is the difference between admission-free and admission-restricted study programs?
All applicants with a university entrance qualification who apply for an admission-free Bachelor's program within the deadline will receive a study place. After submitting your online application, you will immediately receive your printable admission letter together with your application for admission so that you can enroll directly.
If you apply for an admission-restricted degree program, you will take part in an allocation procedure. More details can be found under "Application information".
Do I need certified application documents?
No, a simple copy is sufficient for the application. Please note that you can enroll directly in admission-free Bachelor's degree programs that do not require special admission. Here, certifications may sometimes be required.
What happens to my documents if I do not get a study place?
The documents will be destroyed in accordance with the Student Data Protection Regulation. Your documents can only be sent back if you have enclosed an envelope with your adddress and sufficient postage.
Can I apply for more than one degree program?
You can only apply once per semester. Only one degree program can be named in the application. Exception DoSV: here you may select two study programs.
Tip: If there are study places available after the end of the allocation procedure or after the end of the enrollment period, we will inform you on our website about the possibility of a renewed application.
I don't want to take up my study place. Do I have to deregister?
No, vacant places will be made available to other prospective students in the move-up procedure. If your study place has been coordinated via hochschulstart.de, please withdraw your application there so that the study place offer can be passed on to the next applicant.
Do I have to reapply for the next semester if haven't taken up my study place / I have been rejected?
A new and complete application is always required. It is not possible to resort to previous applications; there are no waiting lists. Application records will be deleted and documents are destroyed - unless your application included a return envelope plus postage.
What is preferential admission?
If your service period (e.g. military service, FSJ) has prevented you from taking up your studies, you are eligible for preferential admission. After completion of your service, you need to provide your original notification of admission TH Lübeck as well as a service certificate (/certified copy) in addition to your new application.
I already studied once, do I have to reapply for a second degree program?
A second degree implies that you have previously pursued a degree. If you have previously studied at other universities without graduating, you are considered to be studying for your first degree.
I already have a Bachelor's degree and would now like to obtain a Master's degree. Is this a second degree?
No. As a rule, a Master's degree always requires an associated Bachelor's degree. This is a so-called consecutive Master's degree program (the content of which builds on the previous degree). In addition, there are also so-called non-consecutive and continuing Master's degree programs. As a rule, the content of these courses does not build on one another and may require further training / practical work experience.
How do I apply for a higher semester?
This is possible if you change your university or study program. Please complete the online application at Application for a Higher Semester. If necessary, please enclose the placement certificate for the higher semester, a certificate of enrollment or exmatriculation and your university entrance qualification. After the application period has ended, we will check whether there are any places available. Subsequently, you will receive a written notification.
Do I have to provide an exmatriculation certificate together with the application?
If you apply for the first semester and the same degree program, you must have been exmatriculated from the other university and provide proof together with your application documents. If you apply for a different degree program, you will only have to provide proof of your exmatriculation at the time of your enrollment.
What fees do I have to pay?
There are no tuition fees in Schleswig-Holstein. However, every student has to pay a semester fee (currently approx. 270 euros). This fee includes, among other things, a state-wide semester ticket, which is valid throughout Schleswig-Holstein and in Hamburg for the HVV AB zone.
A one-time processing fee of 50 euros must be paid for enrollment.
Online students must also pay a media subscription fee for the online modules.
When will I be informed if I get a study place?
The allocation procedure for admission-restricted degree programs takes place at the beginning of August for the winter semester, and at the beginning of February for the summer semester. The notifications are sent by regular mail. If your application is coordinated via hochschulstart.de, you will receive the notification by email or regular mail, depending on what you selected during the application process.
Admission-freeBachelor's degree programs: Immediately after submitting your online application you will receive a printout of the admission letter with the application form and can enroll.
Admission-free Master's degree programs: We will notify you whether or not you have been accepted after your application documents have been reviewed.
You can check your application status via an internet portal. You will receive the access details after you have completed your online application.