Application handbook

Subject combinations, selection processes, proof of language proficiency: it is all right there in our handbook – everything you need to know about applying for studies at the University of Stuttgart.

The application process for all prospective students takes place entirely online, meaning that you must upload all your documentation in the Campus-Management-System C@MPUS.

As an applicant, it is therefore important that you

  • have a valid e-mail address and an inbox that you regularly monitor for messages
  • have access to the Internet and a scanner for scanning in the documents that you need to upload for your application
  • log in regularly to the respective application portals to check the status of the application and of your to-do items
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All application processes regardless of the applicant’s national origin run on the University of Stuttgart’s Campus-Management-System C@MPUS A few undergraduate study programs (single-subject Bachelor’s with NC but without entrance examinations) take part in the Dialog Oriented Service Procedure (DoSV) [de]. This category of applicants must also register in the hochschulstart.de portal.

Before you start work on your application, we recommend that you read the admissions statutes closely and commit the application deadlines to memory.

Applicants from abroad (non-EU):
Applicants from non-EU countries/with non-EU citizenship apply via C@MPUS only and not DOSV. In addition special admission criteria that depend on which country you are from will apply.

German language proficiency:
Apart from international and English-language Master’s programs, German is the language of instruction at the University of Stuttgart. Therefore, a good knowledge of German is an absolute necessity. The University asks all applicants for proof that they have a working knowledge of German.

Should you want to enter a study program that ends in a Bachelor of Arts (combination Bachelor’s) or Bachelor (State Examination for Teachers), you are required to study two or three subjects in various combinations of major and minor or subsidiary subjects. Here you will find what subjects are feasible combinations in the various study programs:

Explanation of degrees

Various final records or transcripts can qualify you for studying at the University of Stuttgart. Check here whichfinal record you need and if you need to submit additional documentation.

For Germans and foreign nationals with German degrees, the high school diploma (Abitur) or the vocational school diploma qualify for continuing to university. For German applicants with foreign diplomas, these must be recognized as equivalent; the same holds true for EU citizens. Different rules apply to citizens of the convention countries.

If you are engaged in or about to start your voluntary service, it is recommended that you apply at the start of your service. If admitted at that time, you will get preferential admission during the next two admission periods ahead of all other applicants (also known as pre-selection).  However, if in the interim an admissions test is instituted or modified, you will have to take it as part of the process. Please review the exact rules and procedure here.

If you already have an undergraduate degree and apply for a restricted-entry undergraduate study program, the study places are allocated in a quota framework for second degree applicants. You must submit a justification in writing for the second degree with your application. Your justification will then be evaluated by a committee of professors before being entered together with the final record from your first degree studies in the selection process. Please note, that in this case you are only allowed to apply for one study program.

If you graduated from a college of cooperative education before 1 March 2009, it qualifies as training and not as a first degree as defined in the Higher Education Admissions Act.

Entrance examination, higher education admissions process and NC in Bachelor’s and Master’s programs

In a few study programs, you must take an entrance examination. In addition, many study programs at the University of Stuttgart are subject to restricted admissions, also known as numerus clausus (NC). Please review the information on this special admission process.

In our undergraduate study programs [de] and Master's study programs [de] tables list all restricted admissions and entrance examinations. You can also get information from the individual study program thumbnail descriptions.

Special admissions process/entrance exam for Master’s study programs

Special intake criteria apply for Master’s study programs. A Bachelor’s or equivalent degree that, as a rule, is connected to the current subject is, for the most part, only one of several admissions prerequisites.                           All admissions requirements are set out in the admissions statutes of each study program. The admissions statutes also contain rules governing an admission that is conditioned on completion of Bachelor’s studies as well as other conditional admissions. In addition, the statute describes the exact process for determining suitability and for admission. Therefore, be sure to pay attention to the information in the admission statutes!

To be admitted to the sports science study programs (single subject Bachelor’s or State Examination for Teachers B.A.), you must evidence a sports admissions test (or waiver thereof). Please heed the application deadlines and the instruction handout.

As provided by the State Higher Education Act, all prospective students for a Bachelor’s study program or State Examination for Teacher’s B.A. must participate in a studies orientation process. It is left to the universities how this orientation is to look in practice. The orientation processes listed on the following web page are accepted by the Univeristy of Stuttgart.

Applicants for the GymPO State Examination for Teachers must arrange for a special orientation test (CCT). Applicants to all other study programs can choose from a variety of orientation processes. Students switching study programs have to provide evidence of an orientation process only if they apply for at least one subject in the 1st regular semester.

Undergraduate study programs

Studies in some subjects leading to a GymPO I State Examination for Teachers or Bachelor of Arts degrees require specific language proficiency. Please see the thumbnail descriptions of the respective study programs for information on language requirements.  Proof normally consists of a final record (Abiturzeugnis). Possible supplementary information required must be authorized by the chair of the examination committee for the relevant subject on a case by case basis.  

If you must catch up subsequently on the required language proficiency, this timeframe can be extended by one or two semesters as provided for in the exam regulation and depending on the language to be learned. Please check further rules in the exam regulation for your subject or with Student Counseling Center.

Master’s study programs

Some Master’s study programs also specify language proficiency requirements. So, for example, you will need minimum scores on the TOEFL or IELTS test for all Master’s study programs conducted in English. You can find out the score required for admission by reviewing the respective admission regulations. The language requirements for Master’s study programs conducted in German and in German and French are found in the admissions statutes.

Knowledge of the German language

The language of instruction at the University of Stuttgart is German, except in international or English-language Master’s programs. A good command of German is therefore essential for successful studies. The University requires proof of sufficient knowledge of German from all applicants.

Many of the study programs offered by the University of Stuttgart require practical work experience. In some study programs, a portion of the prescribed total practical work must already have been completed during a pre-study internship.

Please note that while some pre-study internships can be made up later, we nevertheless strongly recommend doing the internships during the time before you start your studies. Integrating an internship with studies within the required make-up timeframe is often more difficult than expected.

Internships in the engineering, natural sciences, and economics

Most Bachelor of Science study programs call for pre-study internships. Proof must be presented either at enrollment or by semester start. In exceptional cases, the internship can also be completed later. Find out from your study program what the requirements are.

The majority of study programs that require a pre-study internship have an Internship Office. It does not intermediate internships but provides support in choosing internships and in evaluating their contents. The internship office is also the right contact partner for possible time extensions if you were not able to complete your internship prior to the start of studies. You also present your proof of internship completion to the internship office. Look for the exact rules and requirements in the internship guidelines.

Internships for Bachelor of Arts study programs  

In many study programs. a portion of ECTS credits with respect to so-called key skills, which is a requisite part of every B.A. study program, can be earned through an internship. There are also individual study programs that prescribe a mandatory internship. The details are governed by the exam regulation for each major subject. Whether required or not, we generally recommend that you do internships.

All students in the humanities and social science subjects can turn for advice to  STUDIUM – PRAKTIKUM – BERUF for all questions related to either mandatory or voluntary internships. Formal credit for internships in the Bachelor’s study programs must be given by the respective examination committee.