The Leuphana University Lüneburg conducts a differentiated admission process for all bachelor programs of the Leuphana College, to account for special skills, experiences, and competencies of applicants. This admission process helps to identify those applicants particularly suitable and motivated for the Leuphana College.

But not only Leuphana University becomes more familiar with the applicants. Applicants also have the opportunity to get to know the Leuphana University and to improve their chances to be approved.

The admission process involves several steps:

Advance quota  
Waiting time  
Leuphana admission process  

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FAQ Admission process

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Advance quota

Particular groups of applicants will be granted advance admission. Applicants of these groups compete only within the groups, but not with applicants from other groups. The following quota are statutory:

  • up to 5% for applicants with university entrance qualifications from countries outside the EU
  • up to 2% for hardship cases
    An additional hardship application has to be completed (see application form at the upper right)
  • up to 3% for applicants for a second degree
    An informal letter clarifying the motivation for a second degree has to be included, as well as additional certificates, and a certificate on the first degree
  • up to 10% for applicants with professional qualification
    Further information on creditable professional qualifications will be provided by the Infoportal at Leuphana University

Waiting time

Waiting time is the time between obtaining a university entrance degree (e.g., Abitur) and the admission to a study programme in Germany, counted as full semesters. A semester is the time between 1 April and 30 September, or 1 October and 31 March. When the university entrance degree is obtained, e.g., in May, waiting time begins with 1 October.

If you attend university in Germany, time spent will not be counted as waiting time.

It is not necessary to apply to university to gain waiting time; it will automatically be calculated when you apply for a study programme. Total waiting time is limited to 16 semesters. Studying abroad will not affect waiting time.

Waiting time quota

10% of the available university places will be given to the highest ranking applicants with the longest waiting time. Applicants with longer waiting time will be preferred over applicants with shorther waiting time. If applicants have an equal waiting time, the following criteria will additionally apply: Average mark, civil/military service (if applicable), lot.

The waiting time quota applies to all German and EU-applicants. Applicants from other countries will be admitted by qualification criteria only.

Further information on waiting time in particular study programmes can be found on the right.

Improving waiting time

Applicants with a university entrance degree from before January 16th 2002 and a precedent professional qualification are granted an additional waiting semester for every six months of professional qualification time, up to a maximum of four semesters. Applicants with a university entrance degree from after January 15th 2002 will be given only two waiting semesters for a precedent professional qualification. Applicants with a university entrance degree from after July 15th 2007 will be given no waiting semesters for a precedent professional qualification.

Step 1: Mark and engagement

The qualification criteria apply after the advance quota and consist of, at least average mark of the university entrance degree and particular extracurricular qualifications; these two criteria constitute the first step of the Leuphana admission process.

Mark of the university entrance degree
The average mark of the university entrance degree is converted to a score with max. 30 points.

Points for extracurricular qualifications
A maximum of 5 points can be given to applicants with voluntary years, a record of head boy/girl, at least four months of school/study abroad, and other defined activities/qualifications.

In step 1, 25% of the remaining university places will be given to the applicants with the best sum score of these two criteria.

Further information can be found in the download area on the right-hand side.

Step 2: Admission test

Applicants who have not been granted admission in step 1, have the chance to be invited to attend the admission test (step 2). The admission test is carried out in all study programs of the Leuphana College. Some study programs conduct additional admission interviews (see below).

English study programs carry out english admission tests.

The admission test assesses study related cognitive skills, that are essential for success at Leuphana College. Leuphana University wants to gain a comprehensive picture of your competencies and skills. A maximum of 24 additional points can be gained by taking the test, thus improving the chances for an admission. 

Additionally, you have the chance to get to know the requirements for your studies in Lüneburg, as well as the university campus by taking part in the test and the optional social program.

Invitation and registration

Your invitation to the admission test depends on your step 1 results of the admission procedure. 

Approximately a week before the test, the invitations will be sent via postal service. To attend the test, you have to register online after receiving your invitation. Registration is open until one day before the test. Further information can be found in your invitation letter.

If you do not receive an invitation letter, you have either already be granted admission in step 1, or have the (small) chance to be granted admission in the succession procedure until September.


On the day of the admission test, you will be provided with test material and all necessary information in the auditorium hallway at Leuphana University. Admission test takes almost 2 hours (processing time only). You can attend the optional social program, and eat in the cafeteria. Further information will be provided with your invitation letter, which will be sent approximately a week before the admission days.

Admission letters will be sent out few days after the admission days.

Service offers

Accomodation: Applicants with a long journey have the opportunity to spend the night in a lecture room for free. Sleeping bag and sleeping pads have to be brought, bathroom facilities are available. Registration via

Transportation allowance: Under certain circumstances, partial transportation allowance is possible. Further information can be found on the right-hand side.

Social program: We not only want to get to know you, but also give you the opportunity to explore Leuphana University. Students from the higher semesters, lecturers and other members of the university will create an interesting program for you. Further information can be found in your invitation letter.

FAQ Admission process

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Content of the admission test

Engaging abroad during the admission days

If you are abroad during the admission days, you have the opportunity to submit an SAT or GRE test result (under reserve of you latter invitation; does not apply for holiday trips!). The one-on-one admission interview can be conducted via Voice over IP. Please contact with a verification of your stay abroad. SAT and GRE results can only be accepted until the admission day!

Travel allowance

Step 2: Admission interviews

Content of the admission interviews

The Career Counseling for Teachers (CCT) is part of the application as well as content of the admission interviews for Lehrerbildung für Grund-, Haupt- und Realschule. Further information can be found here.