At a glance: how to apply

Do you have school-leaving university entrance qualifications, for example, a German Abitur or an equivalent qualification and have decided to apply for one or more Bachelor’s degree courses at our University? Then you have already taken the first step. Now you need to check whether there are any special requirements for your chosen degree and whether they are relevant for you.


1. Check your requirements

For some degree courses, you need to fulfil additional requirements as well as your university entrance qualifications, for example

You can start a number of degree courses directly after your Abitur and start collecting your application documentation. If you would like to know, for example, how practical work experience or waiting times can be accredited, or how your certificate grades are weighted in detail, you can find out more in our FAQs at the end of the page.

Pre-degree practical placement / internship required

You may be able to undertake your pre-degree practical placement / internship during the semester break.

Further information can be found in the detailed application rules.

You will need a pre-degree practical placement / internship for the following degree courses:

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Automotive Systems
  • Engineering Education / Automotive Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering Education / Mechanical Engineering - Automatisation Engineering
  • Mechatronics / Automatisation Engineering
  • Mechatronics / Electrical Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Engineering Education / Electrical Engineering – Computer Sciences
  • Buildings, Energy and Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Education / Computer Sciences - Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Education / Building Services - Mechanical Engineering.

Note

If you completed your Abitur at a technical grammar school or a technical college or have technical vocational qualifications, you do not need to complete a pre-degree practical placement / internship.

Vocational qualifications required

For the following degree courses

  • Nursing/Nursing Management and
  • Nursing Teacher Education

you will need a successfully completed vocational qualification as:

  • nurse for the elderly
  • midwife 
  • children’s nurse
  • nurse.

Detailed information as to how voluntary social engagement and vocational experience can be accredited can be found in the information on detailed application rules.

 


Application via Hochschulstart.de

You can register with Hochschulstart and apply for one or more degree courses at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.

 Apply now via Hochschulstart


3. Sending your application portfolio to Esslingen University of Applied Sciences

Print out the application form that you obtain from the Hochschulstart.de platform and send it to Esslingen University of Applied Sciences by post with the other required documentation.  

Application portfolio checklist

If you are applying for more than one degree course at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, please send the necessary documentation with each application form.

The Admissions Office of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences must receive all necessary documents in good time before the Deadline for Applications (winter semester: 15 July / summer semester: 15 January). Decisive for meeting the application deadline is the date your documents are received at the university (not the date of the postmark), even when this day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday. We can unfortunately not make any exceptions to this deadline.

Address:
Hochschule Esslingen – Esslingen University of Applied Sciences
- Zulassungsamt – Admissions Office
Kanalstrasse 33
73728 Esslingen am Neckar


4. Finished! Now wait for your admission

Via the portal Hochschulstart, you can follow the progress of your application at any time. So please keep your access details in a safe place.

Tip: The sooner you send us your application portfolio by post, the sooner we can process it and ask for any missing documents in time.   

At second glance

Detailed information on applications, admission restrictions, regulations in cases of hardship and legal requirements

FAQs on applications to a Bachelor´s degree course

How and where can I take an orientation test for a degree course?

You can take part in an orientation test under What do I study (was-studiere-ich). You only have to include your certificate of participation with your application – not the result.

How are my grades weighted on my application?

The individual subjects on your school-leaving certificates (for example, Abitur) are weighted differently, according to degree course.

Can I apply if I haven’t got my certificates yet?

Yes. But you still have to send your university entrance certificates before the deadline.

What is the dialogue-oriented service procedure?

Admissions to all Bachelor’s degree courses (first semester) at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences  are processed by Hochschulstart in a "dialogue-oriented service procedure - DOSP". By this procedure, you can apply to a maximum of 12 student places on a degree course.

In this way, you can rearrange all your applications in a new order of preference while you are still undecided or accept an offer during the coordination phase.

This is how it works in detail: First of all, you have to register with Hochschulstart.de. here you will get a candidate’s identification number (BID) and a candidate’s authorization number that goes with it (BAN). Fill out the application form on Hochschulstart, print it out and send it by post with your complete application portfolio to the Admissions Office, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. If you are interested in applying for more than one degree course at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, please attach an application portfolio to each application form.  

Your compete application portfolio must arrive at the Admissions Office of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences by the deadline, including if this date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday. 

Address:
Hochschule Esslingen – Esslingen University of Applied Sciences
- Zulassungsamt – Admissions Office
Kanalstraße 33
73728 Esslingen am Neckar

Can I send my documents digitally?

No. Only printed documents will be considered in the admissions procedure.

What is waiting time?

Waiting time means the time that elapses after receiving your university entrance /school-leaving qualifications during which you have not studied at a university. Waiting times are newly calculated for each admissions procedure. 10% of all student places for a Bachelor’s degree course are allocated following waiting time.

I have already made an application to Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. Do I have to send in all my documentation again?

Yes. We do not archive applicants’ data for legal reasons.

What do I need to know/do to transfer from another university to Esslingen University of Applied Sciences?

Application Deadlines and procedures

Applications can be made until 15th January (summer semester) and 15th July (winter semester).

There is no online application procedure for higher semesters. Please contact the Admissions Office to make your application for admission.

ReQuirements:

In any case, you will need a course-related consultation with the dean of studies for your subject before the deadline.

An application in the second part of the degree course (3rd semester onwards) is only possible if you have already completed the first part of a similar degree course at a university or university of applied sciences within the ambit of the constitution (see explanatory notes) and your examination result has not been deleted.

An application in the first part of the degree course (2nd semester) is only possible if you are already enrolled in a similar degree course in a university or university of applied sciences within the ambit of the constitution (see explanatory notes) and your right to be examined has not expired and if free student places are available.

Please note that it is only possible to apply in the 1st semester in the following faculties:

  • Mechatronics and Electrical Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Management.

In the degree courses Early Childhood Education, Nursing Teacher Education, and Nursing/Nursing Management, it is only possible to apply for the 2nd, 4th and 6th semester in the summer semester, and for the 3rd, 5th and 7th semester in the winter semester.

 

Application Portfolios:

A copy of the following documents should be submitted before the application deadline:

  • Application for admission to a higher semester
  • University entrance qualifications
  • Documentary evidence of any vocational qualifications or pre-degree practical placements / internships; depending on the degree course, a 12-week pre-degree practical placement / internship may have to be completed. Information on the required contents of the professional training and when a pre-degree practical placement / internship is necessary can be found in the explanatory notes "Guidelines on pre-degree practical placements / internships"
  • Certification of the successfully completed first part of the degree course (only for applications for admission to the second part of the degree course), e.g. Bachelor’s intermediate examination 
  • Certification of preliminary studies or de-registration certificate(s)
  • Certification of a course-related consultation with the dean of studies for your subject.

 

At registration, you must provide documentary evidence of your right to take examinations.

Legal requirements and notes:

Academic admission requirements

In order to be able to apply to us, you will need a university entrance qualification (general Abitur or Fachhochschulreife) or subject-related university entrance qualification (Fachgebundene Hochschulreife) that is valid in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Applicants with school-leaving university entrance qualifications that are only valid in certain federal states will need certification to demonstrate the equivalence or accreditation of their school-leaving qualifications showing their average grade from the regional council (Regierungspräsidium) Suttgart.


 

Did you take your school-leaving qualifications abroad?

German applicants with school-leaving certificates gained abroad have to get them accredited with their average grade by the regional council (Regierungspräsidium) Stuttgart.

To Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart


 

Foreign applicants with foreign school-leaving qualifications have to get them accredited by the University of Constance (Studienkolleg Konstanz). The University of Constance checks to see whether your qualifications are comparable to German university entrance qualifications and calculates a grade according to the German grading system.

To the Studienkolleg Konstanz (foreign Applicants)

Selection procedures

Because there are more applicants than there are student places every semester, not all applicants can get a student place. Student places are therefore allocated according to the University’s own selection procedures.

The selection procedures vary according to degree subject:

1. TEchnical and management degree courses

In the selection procedure for these subjects, a new selection grade is calculated based on your average grade and grades for individual items on your university entrance qualification certificate, for example, bonus marks may be given for an activity relevant to the chosen subject. Further details can be found in the Regulations for selection procedures in the areas of management, engineering sciences and natural sciences at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.

2. Degree courses in the Faculty of Social Work, Health CARE and Nursing Sciences (SAGP)

Here you can find the Regulations for selection procedures in the areas of social and nursing sciences at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.


The so-called “Numerus Clausus” (“restricted admission” or NC) is always calculated at the end of an allocation phase. It shows the selection grade / number of half-years of waiting time of the last candidate on the list to be selected. Thus, the NC depends on the number of applicants, their selection grades and the number of student places available. This means that it is unfortunately not possible to tell you in advance what the NC will be or how good your chances are of getting a student place.

Allocation procedures

The available student places are allocated according to the University’s rules for allocating places:

A certain number of places are allocated to the following groups in accordance with the University’s rules for the preliminary allocation of student places (HVVO):

1. Von den Zulassungszahlen werden zuerst abgezogen:

  • 8 % (at least 1 place) for foreign candidates who were not educated in Germany, are not citizens of an EU member state, and stateless applicants
  • 2 % (at least 1 place) for candidates who have already completed a degree at the time of the deadline

2. The remaining student places are allocated after the above places have been allocated. 

3. All the remaining student places are then allocated as follows:

  • 90 % according to the result of the selection procedure (see above)

 

The so-called “Numerus Clausus” (“restricted admission” or NC) is always calculated at the end of an allocation phase. It shows the selection grade / number of half-years of waiting time of the last student on the list to be selected. Thus, the NC depends on the number of applicants, their selection grades and the number of student places available. This means that it is unfortunately not possible to tell you in advance what the NC will be or how good your chances are of getting a student place.

Applications in cases of hardship / applications for compensation of disadvantage

1.  Applications in cases of hardship

An application for immediate admission to a degree course can be made without a form and must be submitted to the Admissions Office at the latest by the application deadline together with documentary evidence of the reason for the application (e.g. specialist medical assessment).

A case of exceptional hardship exists only if the applicant is affected by such severe health, social or family-related reasons that it would be unreasonable to expect him/her to wait even one semester for admission.

Financial reasons or illness of parents are not sufficient grounds for an application in case of exceptional hardship! 

A case of exceptional hardship may be affirmed under the following conditions:

Health reasons

  • Illnesses that have a tendency to worsen which would mean that the candidate would be highly unlikely to be able to withstand the stresses of the degree course in the future.
  • Disability caused by illness; professional rehabilitation can only be achieved by immediate admission because the disability prevents a meaningful use of the waiting period.
  • Limitation to a particular professional field due to a physical disability; successful rehabilitation is to be expected through the intended degree course.
  • Necessity to break off a previous degree course or professional career due to health reasons; these reasons mean that a meaningful use of the waiting period is not possible.
  • Physical disability; the disability prevents the undertaking of any other reasonable activity until a student place can be allocated.
  • Limitations in the selection of a professional field or in the exercise of a professional field due to illness; these circumstances prevent a meaningful use of the waiting period.

Descendants of German settlers from another (eastern European) country who have moved back to Germany (Spätaussiedlung)

The candidate is a descendant of a German settler from another country (usually a country of the former Soviet bloc) who is now a permanent resident in Germany and had started a degree course in their former country of residence that is similar to the intended degree course. (Candidates must provide documentary evidence of their status as a descendant of a German settler now permanently resident in Germany and of their enrolment in a similar degree course in their former country of residence).

Inability to accept a previously allocated student place

The candidate had previously been allocated a student place but was unable to start the degree course due to compelling reasons beyond their control (especially illness). (Candidates must provide documentary evidence of the compelling reason that prevented them registering for the degree course and their previous letter of admission).

Applications will be considered in accordance with the Regulations of the Foundation for University Admissions. These can be obtained on the Internet under Hochschulstart.

2. Applications for compensation of disadvantage

Compensation of disadvantage means that circumstances that prevented the applicant from achieving their university entrance qualifications at an earlier time period may be taken into account. However, these circumstances may not be decided by the applicant him/herself. Appropriate documentary evidence includes, for example, a school or medical assessment that states that the candidate was absent from school for a longer period of time due to illness.

Applications will be considered in accordance with the Regulations of the Foundation for University Admissions. These can be obtained on the Internet under Hochschulstart.

Selection procedures for applicants who are tied to a specific location in the public interest

This applies to candidates who belong to the national Olympic squad, prospective squad, reserve squad, team squad or 1st youth squad of the German Olympic Association. The candidate must provide certification that he/she is a member of one of these squads from the German Olympic Association.

Preliminary selection

Candidates’ applications will be given preferential treatment if they have fulfilled a period of service in one of the following categories: military, community or civilian service, work as a development helper, voluntary social or ecological service year, or have cared for a dependent child or relative, and before or during this period service applied for and were allocated a student place but were unable to start their degree course due to their commitment to the relevant service.

To be considered under this preliminary selection procedure, the candidate must reapply for the same degree course and include documentary evidence of the service fulfilled (e.g. certification of the service, family registration certificate) and a copy of their previous letter of admission. A draft notice does not count as proof of having fulfilled the service. Applicants may only claim a student place under the preliminary selection procedure during the period after completing the service and until a second selection procedure has taken place.

For new applications for the summer semester, the period of service must end at the latest on the 14th March, for the winter semester at the latest on the 30th September.

Waiting time

Waiting times are calculated on the basis of half-years. Every completed half-year since the completion of your university entrance qualifications is automatically counted towards your application as long as, during this time, you were not enrolled at any university or university of applied sciences in Germany. The maximum waiting period that can be calculated is 16 half-years.

Legal basis

The legal basis for the gathering of data in application procedures

Compulsory fields in the application forms for a student place are mandated by the Ministry of Science regulations for the allocation of student places to degree courses at a university or university of applied sciences that have limited places (Hochschulvergabeverordnung).

Individual data are gathered and processed on candidates for a student place, students, and examination candidates for the University’s administrative purposes in accordance with the above-mentioned Ministry of Science regulations and in conjunction with § 4, para. 1, clause 1 of the federal state data protection laws (Landesdatenschutzgesetz).

Data privacy information for students

Adminstration fees and Student Union contributions

The following fees/contributions are generally compulsory for degree courses at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and must be paid on time every semester:

  • Student Union contribution: 100.60 euros
  • Student body contribution: 5.00 euros
  • Administration fees: 70.00 euros

You will receive further details with your registration papers.


Exemption from payment of Student Union contributions

Students with severe disabilities can be partially exempted from paying Student Union contributions.

If, due to your severe disability, you are entitled to free use of public transport, you can apply for reimbursement of the amount that is paid for the StudiTicket (currently 45.60 euros). When you register, please pay the full Student Union contribution for the time being and apply for reimbursement to the Student Union (Studierendenwerk) Stuttgart, Rosenbergstr. 18, 70174 Stuttgart with a copy of your disabled person’s pass (no form required).

No tuition fees

In Baden-Württemberg, the following groups are not required to pay tuition fees.

  • German students
  • students who are nationals of a member state of the European Union or another signatory state to the Agreement on the European Economic Area
  • international students who have a German university entrance qualification.

Applicants for a second degree

Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or a consecutive Master’s degree, have to pay tuition fees of 650 Euros per semester.


International students

Students who are not nationals of a member state of the European Union or another signatory state of the Agreement on the European Economic Area are fundamentally required to pay tuition fees. The fees for international students are EUR 1,500 per semester. The law provides for a few exceptions, however, whereby international students are exempt from tuition fees. If you fulfil these criteria and provide us with the appropriate documentation to prove this in due time before you enrol, you will not have to pay the tuition fees for international students.

Checklist: Do you have to pay tuition fees?

Application form for exemption from payment of tuition fees

Form for exemption from payment of tuition fees (German)
Form for exemption from payment of tuition fees (English)

Please submit the German form and relevant documentation together with your application portfolio. These must arrive before the application deadline. 


Note: It may be possible to be exempted from the payment of tuition fees during a sabbatical semester, a compulsory practical semester or if you have disabilities. Further exemptions may be made in certain exceptional circumstances for international students. Further information can be found under the Ministry for Science, Research and Art (Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst)

 


Admission and selection procedure

The admission and selection procedure of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is laid down in the following Statutes:

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