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Applications from Bildungsausländer

'Bildungsausländer' are applicants,

  • who have no EU, EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Swiss citizenship, and
  • whose educational certificates or university entrance qualifications do not come from Germany.


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Application for an undergraduate degree

Applicants from countries outside the EU who wish to apply for an undergraduate degree (Bachelor, First Law Examination / State Examination) usually have to apply for preliminary review documentation (VPD) at uni-assist, the Office for International student applications. The VPD is a certificate issued by uni-assist, which you can use to apply directly to the University of Bremen for preparatory studies or for undergraduate courses (Bachelor and State Exams). The VPD contains all important information for the application, including a list of the documents you submit to uni-assist, the possibilities for university entrance that are available to you in Germany and how grades are classified in the German grading system. The VPD is valid for one year.

Step 1: Apply to uni-assist for Preliminary Review Documentation (VPD)

The online portal for applying for the VPD can be found at

Information on the fees due to uni-assist for processing your documents can be found at

We recommend you to stick to the following deadlines when applying for a VPD with uni-assist: It takes uni-assist  at least 4 weeks to process your documents. It is therefore essential that you allow sufficient time. So that you can apply to the University of Bremen in time, we recommend that you apply for a VPD.

  • up to June 6th when applying for admission in a winter semester,
  • up to December 1st when applying for admission in a summer semester.

You must submit the following documents to uni-assist when applying for the VPD:

  • an officially certified copy of your university entrance qualification (Abitur) or an officially certified copy of another type of university entrance examination
  • officially certified copies of any university certificates you may have earned elsewhere
  • officially certified translations of all the certificates you submit, if they are not available in German or English.

Step 2: Apply at the University of Bremen for a preparatory course of study or a normal study program

You have to apply with the VPD via the application portal of the University of Bremen. The portal can be reached at   
Application and processing of your documents at the University of Bremen is free of charge.

Application deadlines for a normal study program:

Winter semester: Closing date July 15th

Summer semester: Closing date January 15th        

Many prospective students from abroad who would like to begin their studies with a Bachelor's or Law degree do not yet have sufficient knowledge of German to be able to study at the University of Bremen. In order for you to be able to prepare for the language examination at a language school of your choice in Bremen, the University of Bremen offers a so-called preparatory study program. During the preparatory studies, students can stay in Germany on a student visa. For preparation studies, you may apply at any time.

Prerequisite for matriculation in preparatory studies is proof of enrolment in a language course of at least 20 hours per week. Your preparatory studies must not exceed four semesters. There is no application deadline for enrolment in preparatory studies. More information under:

Student Visa

In order to be able to study at the University of Bremen, Bildungsausländer must apply for a visa at a German diplomatic representation in their home country. The respective foreign representations can be found at

For most countries, the visa must be applied for prior to entry. Since issuing the visa often takes several months, it is important to take care of it at an early stage. A fee of 60 euro is charged for issuing the visa. In addition to the submission of documents (as a rule, passport, applicant confirmation, health insurance), the prospective student must supply evidence of having suffiecient funds to finance a year’s stay in Germany (currently 8640 euro). However, sometimes evidence of a higher sum may be required.

Applications for Master's programs

For master's degree programs, international students have to apply directly to the University of Bremen. Information on applications and deadlines, prerequisites and the application process can be found on the master application pages.