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Trial Studies

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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, 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 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 successful 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, community 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

Application deadline is July 31 in the winter semester and for the summer semester January 15 each year. With the exception of the program “Berufliche Bildung - Mechatronik”, applications are only possible for the winter semester.

In the application it is essential to specify the desired subject or combination of subjects. Information on the courses offered by the University of Bremen is published on the Internet or in the brochure “Studying at the University of Bremen” (in German). The brochure can be requested from the University of Bremen from the end of April.


Applications for admission to the study program must be submitted to the Student Office.

Please use the corresponding application form, which will be published on this website from May or from December.

Certificates must be submitted as officially certified photocopies. For applications for the degree program Music Education, the passed music entrance examination has to be evidenced.

Contact and further information

Further information about the trial studies can be found in the

Student Office
VWG Building, Ground floor Opening Hours
: Mon, Tue, Thu 9 a.m. -12 p.m, Wed 2 - 4 p.m.

0421 218-61110

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