Trial Studies (Probestudium)

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Applicants without a university entrance qualification (such as a high school diploma) and who have certain professional qualifications may be admitted to trial studies. If the trial studies are successfully completed, the university entrance qualification acquired with the study course is only valid for the chosen subject or subjects and only for studies at the University of Bremen. With trial studies (Probestudium), therefore, a subject-specific and location-bound university entrance qualification is acquired.



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Examination Regulations

Trial Course order (pdf, in German)

What are trial studies?

Trial studies (Probestudium) are studies “on probation”. The participants, like their fellow regular students, take part in the regular courses of the chosen degree program and have to sit for the required examinations in the subject or in the subjects. If the examinations are successful, the students will have proven that they are able to study the subject in question and take up regular studies in the program. The course work completed during trial studies is recognized in full for the subsequent studies.

Prerequisite for Admission requirements for trial studies

There are the following requirements for admission to trial studies:

  • Completed vocational training and
  • A minimum of five years of gainful employment

The following substitute periods can be credited to gainful employment: military service, a voluntary social / ecological year, management of a family household with at least one person in need of upbringing or care, and unemployment for a maximum of one year. Periods of vocational training in the German dual system do not count towards the five-year period of gainful employment.

Application for admission to trial studies (Probestudium)

The admission to the trial study (Probestudium) is submitted online via the MOIN portal. You will find all the important information for the application on the portal.

Application deadline:
Winter semester: 15.7. each year. Portal opens at the beginning of May.
Summer semester: 15.1. each year. Portal opens at the beginning of December.

For the winter semester, an application is possible for all Bachelor's degree programmes and for Rechtswissenschaft (Erste juristische Prüfung) (First State Examination in Law). For the summer semester, an application can only be made for the degree programme "Berufliche Bildung-Mechatronik" (Vocational Education and Training - Mechatronics).

One application for a trial study (Probestudium) of a degree programme is possible. For the application for the trial study (Probestudium), please indicate "study without Abitur" in the intended study goal.

Certificates, a curriculum vitae and the proof(s) of professional activity or replacement periods are to be uploaded in one file as part of the online application. In case of admission, the documents must be submitted as officially certified photocopies. For applications for the degree programme Musikpädagogik (Music Education), the passed music entrance examination has to be evidenced.

Admission and enrollment in the trial program

In general, the above-mentioned requirements must be fulfilled in order to be admitted to the trial study program.

In the case of subjects with open admission, enrollment in the trial study program can take place directly. For subjects with restricted admission, a selection procedure is carried out first. For applications without a high school diploma, for whom admission to the study program is to be based on a placement examination or a trial study, 2% of the study places are made available. Study places are awarded according to the results of a lottery procedure. Grades or waiting time do not play a role in the allocation of study places.

The trial study can last up to 3 semesters. At the end of the trial study period, the required academic achievements from the trial study period must be proven by 15.08. at the latest (for admission to the winter semester) or by 15.02. at the latest (for admission to the summer semester); the certificate of the subject-related university entrance qualification can be submitted up to 4 weeks after the start of the courses. This results in enrollment in the regular study program (see admission to the regular study program below).

It is not possible to interrupt the trial studies by taking a leave of absence or exmatriculation. If the required achievements are not proven at the end of the trial study, the trial study cannot be repeated. However, it is possible to take up a trial study again for another subject or subjects.

For enrollment in regular studies, certain knowledge or skills must be demonstrated for many degree programs. These include, for example, prior internships or language skills. These so-called course-specific prerequisites are intended to enable students to pursue a qualitatively demanding course of study. Which prerequisites are required by the study subjects is stated on the website of the study program of the University of Bremen under the respective subject information.

Missing prerequisites can be acquired during the trial studies and must be proven by the end of the trial studies at the latest. Only for Music Education an entrance examination passed before the trial study is required.

Consultation before commencing trial studies

Before taking up trial studies (Probestudium), the applicant should consult with the responsible course counseling officers. The counselling interview serves to support the trial student in starting his or her studies and to prepare him or her for the professional requirements of the degree program.

A certificate of participation in the counselling interview will be issued. The result of the counselling interview has no effect on the admission to the trial study program and the counselling interview is therefore not checked when the application is submitted.

In the pre-study counselling interview, the following should be

In the pre-study counselling interview

  • the prerequisites and the necessary prior knowledge and requirements for this degree programme and the requirements of the trial programme as well as the degree programme as a whole should be explained,
  • possible deficits in the applicant's prior education and the possibility of compensating for them should be discussed,
  • objective and subjective study conditions and career prospects should be addressed,
  • alternatives to the chosen field of study should be discussed,
  • if applicable, possibilities of guidance and support (mentoring, coaching) should be discussed.

Who do I have the interview with?

Admission to regular studies

What examinations must be evidenced at the end of the probationary period?

A trial program lasts up to three semesters. During this time, the students should participate in the courses of the first year of study. This includes the courses of the chosen subject or subjects, in the Bachelor's degree with a subject-specific profile (extracurricular professional field), courses from the General Studies and in the Bachelor's degree with a teaching option, courses from the area of Educational Science must also be attended.

For enrolment in the regular degree program, at least the following study and examination achievements must be proven. The scope of these academic achievements corresponds approximately to half of the academic achievements that are to be completed in the regular degree programme according to the study plan.

  • successful completion of studies amounting to at least 30 CP
  • successful completion of at least 3 modules, whereby at least one module must have been completed in each subject and in the teacher training programmes one module from the field of educational science,
  • in the single major subject or major subject, modules from the area of General Studies can be brought in to supplement the subject modules, if a total of three subject modules and, in the case of a two-subject Bachelor's degree, modules from the major and minor subject have been completed,
  • the prerequisites specific to the degree program (e.g. language skills, tests, etc.), insofar as these have not already been proven before the start of the trial studies.

If the study and examination achievements can be verified, the trial study program is successfully completed. The application for enrolment in the regular degree program must be submitted to the Student Office by 15.08. for a winter semester and by 15.02. for a summer semester. This can be done informally by post, email or in person during office hours.

The certificate of successful completion of the trial studies must be applied for informally by the student to the examination board of the degree program. This certificate of the subject-related higher education entrance qualification must be submitted to the Student Office for enrolment in the regular degree programme no later than four weeks after the start of the third semester of the trial degree program.

All coursework completed during the trial studies will be recognised for the regular studies. An application procedure for recognition is not necessary.

Excursus: What are Credit Points?

Each module is assigned a certain number of Credit Points (CP). Modules are subject-specific educational units spanning one or two semesters. These units can be made up of different types of learning formats, such as lectures, exercises, seminars, internships. The credit points indicate the average workload a student needs to complete a module. One CP equates to approximately30 input hours. In addition to attending lectures, seminars etc. at the University, input hours take into account preparation and follow-up  work, e.g. for research and reading, writing a term paper, learning for an exam etc. With 30 working hours per CP, the workload is about 40 hours per week. Over the course of their studies, students are expected to earn about 30 CP per semester.

Contact and further information

Further information about the trial studies can be given in the

Student Office
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