Study places that remain open, or that open again after admissions close, are distributed by lottery. In study programs with entrance examinations, it only makes sense to enter the lottery if you already passed the entrance examination prior to doing so.
The lottery only applies to Bachelor’s study programs (BSc, BA und BA State Examination for Teachers) when applying for the 1st regular semester. There are no lotteries for Master’s study programs.
Detailed information on the lottery application process WS 2017/18 will be published as soon as possible.