Applications & Deadlines
You want to apply and enroll at the University of Bremen? We have collected all the information about making applications for you.
First-year students and advanced students can only submit their applications online. For the winter semester, the application portal will be opened at the beginning of May and for the summer semester at the beginning of December. You will find all information important for your application on this website but also in the application portal.
Attention: The application portal must be used by the following groups of people when applying for undergraduate programmes (Bachelor and Law):
- Nationals from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland with sufficient knowledge of German (C1 level)
- Citizens outside the EU with a German university entrance qualification (e.g. the Abitur at a German school abroad).
Further information on how to apply for a Master's programme and how to apply for citizens outside the EU can be found under the respective links.
Do you have any questions? Our FAQ (in German) will help you.
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The following deadlines apply to applications for all Bachelor's programmes and Law (First State Examination). The deadlines apply to first-year students as well as to advanced and alumni who have acquired their higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur) in the last year or earlier. The online application closes on these days at 23.59, later applications are not possible. The application portal will be opened for the winter semester at the beginning of May and for the summer semester at the beginning of December.
Application deadline for Bachelor's and Law degree programmes
- For the winter semester 15 July
- For the summer semester 15 January
First-year students can only enrol for the winter semester. An exception is the Bachelor's programme "Vocational Education and Training - Mechatronics".
All important dates for the application process have been summarized on a website.
To apply to the University of Bremen, first-year students need an applicant’s ID (BID) and a BAN application-authentication number. BID and BAN can be obtained by registering with the Foundation for Admission to Universities . To apply to the University of Bremen, a second registration in the online application portal of the University of Bremen is required. Up to twelve applications may be submitted by undergraduates as part of the dialogue-oriented service procedure.
In the online application, in addition to personal data, first-year undergraduates have to enter information on school grades, periods of military or community service and, if applicable, the code from the self-test. Documents must – with a few exceptions – be submitted for enrollment only after you have received a letter of acceptance.
Change of University or Subject
Anyone who has already been enrolled in a degree program (same subject + degree) for at least one semester or has sufficient credits from another degree program must apply for a place as an advanced student. If you are already enrolled in a bachelor’s program with several subjects and would like to change a subject, you must apply as a beginner. Advanced students can only apply in the online application portal as they wish to continue their studies at the University of Bremen.
The advanced status will be examined by the Student Office as part of the application process. Possible recognition of previously earned examination credits can only be made after successful matriculation on the part of the responsible examination office.
More information on the change of university or subject here.
For more than half of all programs, the University of Bremen expects more applications than study places are available. Therefore, these programs are subject to restricted admission. In admission-free subjects, all applicants who submit an application can be offered a place. How the places are explained on the page explaining the procedure for the allocation of study places .
In the allocation of places, second-degree applications with a university degree are treated in the same way as applications for a first degree course. If you are 55 or older, you must state reasons when registering for admission-restricted subjects.more
In addition to a university entrance qualification, many subjects have further requirements. You should, depending on the subject of study, e.g. provide certain foreign language skills or have completed an internship. Check whether you already bring these program-specific requirements for your desired study subject or still need to do something!more
In case of an admission, you will be notified by e-mail. You can then download your acceptance letter in the application portal. What you have to do for enrollment will be communicated to you in the admission letter. You can also find this information here.
Only in the case of admission / enrollment you must submit the following documents to the Student Office. Usually you have 7 days to do that. For enrollment, you must transfer the semester fee in addition to the documents .
- signed declaration of acceptance of the study place
- simple copy of the university entrance qualification (e.g. high school diploma). Please note: The original certificate for verification of authenticity can be requested by us at any time.
- current health insurance certificate
- If applicable, proof of course-specific requirements (e.g. language certificates)
Advanced students must additionally submit the following documents :
- Enrollment certificate from another university from the last semester with details of the subjects and number of semesters
- ECTS credits from previous studies (simple copy)
- if you were enrolled at another university in the immediately preceding semester: Exmatriculation certificate
If you have obtained your university entrance qualification in a country outside Germany , you must additionally submit the following documents:
- German or English translation as officially certified copy
- Proof of knowledge of German as officially certified copy
Please note who may issue an officially certified copy.
Applicants without a High School Diploma
You do not have a high school diploma and would like to study at the University of Bremen? You have a special professional qualification (master craftsman, educator training, training with several years of professional experience or similar)? You can find out more on our website about studying without an Abitur.
If you have acquired your university entrance qualification abroad, you can find more information on the page Applications from abroad.
Return of Study Place
If you would like to return your place of study, please fill out the form for the return of a study place before the beginning of the start of lectures. After lectures have started, please use the application for exmatriculation .
If you have already transferred your semester contribution, please complete the application for reimbursement and send it to the Office for Student Affairs. Please note the comments on the refund request!
Double Studies and Double Enrollment
If you want to acquire a further degree from the University of Bremen parallel to your current studies, the examination board of the current degree program must certify that the double enrollment makes sense. This is only possible for subjects without restricted admission and only after the end of your fist semester.
You can download the application for double enrollment as a PDF document.
It is not possible to enroll at several universities at the same time. However, a cross-university participation in courses and examinations as a visiting auditor/listener is possible.
"Second degree applicants" are applicants with a completed university degree who wish to take up a new undergraduate course of study (Bachelor or First State Examination in Law).more