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Application and Admission

You are thinking about applying at Hof University?

Whether you wish to start your studies with a bachelor's program at Hof University or want to continue your education with one of our exciting master's programs, here you will find all information you need to start the application process and receive your admission letter.

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5 Steps to Hof University

Application period

Application for bachelor's programs

Application for master's programs

Language skills

Enrollment & campus card

5 Steps to Hof University

With over 40 exciting study programs on bachelor's and master's level, you will certainly find the right program for you! 

Academic Offer

Follow the link to the individual study programs for more detailed information on course contents and job perspectives. Please note that there are different application deadlines and requirements for admission depending on your selected program and the country in which you completed your school or previous academic qualifications.

After you selected your preferred study program, start to collect your documents as soon as possible.
By the application deadline, you are expected to submit proof that you fulfill all admission requirements. You can find the admission requirements for your selected program on the respective website of the program (degree programs). In addition, you might be required to submit further documents depending on the country in which you completed your school or previous university education.

Your documents do not have to be officially certified by an embassy. Simple copies are sufficient for applying via Primuss portal.

School-leaving or previous degree certificates

All degrees acquired abroad must be approved by Hof University. We use the database “anabin” by the German Ministers of Education to assess degrees.
Requirements for bachelor's programs
Requirements for master's programs

Language proof

You are applying for a program taught in English? Then, you need to prove your English language skills by an official test: TOEFL iBT 90 or IELTS 6.5.
You are applying for a program taught in German? You need proof of German language skills on level B2 according to the CEFR.
More information on language requirements

Personal application documents (all programs)

  • Copy of your ID or passport (Non-EU applicants)
  • Current CV
  • Motivational letter (only required for specific programs - see application portal)

uni-assist

Your documents must be assessed by our partner uni-assist before you apply at Hof University if ...

After successfull evaluation by uni-assist, they will issue you a preliminary review document (VPD). This document must be uploaded in Primuss portal and submitted with your application. We advise you to send your documents to uni-assist at least 4 weeks before the application deadline at Hof University.

Submit your documents to uni-assist

APS

    Applicants who gained their higher education entrance qualification in the following countries must submit their certificates to the academic evaluation center (APS) before applying at Hof University: China, India, Mongolia, Vietnam. Please note that applicants from those countries cannot be admitted without the required APS certificate and must also submit the APS certificate when applying for a visa at a German embassy.
    Here you can find detailed information on the APS process: APS China APS India APS Mongolia APS Vietnam

      Further documents

      Certain programs require passing of an aptitute test. You might be asked to submit specific documents (e.g. case studies) or pass a test or interview. You can find the details on the respective website of the program. Currently, this applies to the following programs:

      Programs offered by our Graduate School require at least one year of work experience. Graduate School programs

      Ready to apply?
      Application is only possible via our application portal PRIMUSS. Applications sent via post or email will not be accepted.
      Please take a moment to watch the video explaining the application process.

      Apply here!

      Apply in 5 simple steps:

      1. Create an account: We recommend using an email account that you monitor personally and frequently! You will receive all updates on your application status to this email address.
      2. Select a study program: You are free to apply for two or more degree programs at a time.
      3. Enter your information
      4. Upload your documents
      5. Submit the application

      When applying via Primuss portal, please keep the following in mind:

      • You can save your application data and continue to apply later.
      • You can submit your application and add any missing documents until the date that you see in the document upload section.
      • You must submit your application within the deadline. Late or incomplete applications cannot be accepted.
      • Please do not change your email address during the application, admission and enrollment process.
      • Application via PRIMUSS portal is completely free of charge. Uni-assist raises a small handling fee for issuing a preliminary review documentation (VPD).
      • We do not recommend third persons to apply in your name (i.e. agents, spouses, relatives etc.).

      After you successfully submitted your application, the admission team and examination board of the study program you applied for will carefully check your documents. You will be notified via Primuss portal in case there are any missing or rejected documents (e.g. due to low quality). Please make sure to check your emails regularly for updates.

      As soon as the examination board has come to a decision on your application, you will be notified about admission or refusal by offical notification in Primuss portal. Notifications will usually be published no later than three weeks after the application deadline. In case of an admission, you will find your admission letter together with further instructions and information in Primuss portal. Please read the documents provided carefully as they explain all further steps.
      Admission letters will only be available for download in .pdf format - no hard copies will be issued.

      You decided to accept the offer? Great! Now, you must confirm your admission via Primuss portal and pay the fee as described in the admission letter.

      Enrollment for your study program is conducted online completely. It is not possible to enroll in-person.

      The following steps must be complete in order to be enrolled:

      • You have confirmed your admission in Primuss portal
      • You have paid the fee as explained in your admission letter
      • You have uploaded a recent photo in Primuss portal
      • Hof University has received electronic notification by a statutory health insurance provider about your insurance status. More information on health insurance

      After all steps are completed you will be notified about your successfull enrollment by email. 

      Welcome at Hof University! Enrollment and Campus Card


       

      Application period

      Here you can find the current application deadlines (including extensions and exceptions) each semester: PRIMUSS application portal 
      For programs not listed in the application portal, currently no application is possible.

      Regular application deadlines for first semester

      Study Program

      For Summer Semester* (SS)

      For Winter Semester* (WS)

       
      EU students**:
      Non-EU students:
      EU students**:
      Non-EU students:
        November 5 - November 30November 5 - November 30April 15 - May 31April 15 - May 31
        November 5 - January 15November 5 - November 30April 15 - July 15April 15 - May 31
        November 5 - January 15November 5 - November 30no application possibleno application possible
        no application possibleno application possibleApril 15 - May 31April 15 - May 31
        no application possibleno application possibleMay 1 - June 15May 1 - June 15
      All other programs***
      November 15 - January 15November 15 - January 15May 1 - July 15May 1 - July 15

      * Winter Semester =  October 1 - March 14; Summer Semester = March 15 - September 30

      ** EU students = students who gained their higher education entrance qualification in the EU or completed an entire study program in the EU

      *** Master's programs start in WS and SS except for Sustainable Water Management and Engineering (M.Eng.) and Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (M.Sc.) which start in SS only. Bachelor's programs start in WS only, except for Computer Science international (B.Sc.) (starts in SS only) and Business Administration (B.Sc.) and Business Law (LL. B.) (starts in WS and SS).

      Application for bachelor's programs

      You plan to apply for a bachelor's (undergraduate) program? 

      Application for admission to a program on bachelor's level requires a check of your school education. Not all school leaving certificates (= higher education entrance qualification) qualify for a direct entry at German universities .

      We recommend to check via the DAAD database if your school education allows you to directly apply for admission at Hof University or if you need to undergo preparatory studies (Studienkolleg). Check your higher education entrance qualification

      You can also check if your school education allows a direct or subject-related entry at German Universities in the anabin database (only in German)

      If you are qualified for direct admission at German universities, the next step is to submit your documents to uniassist for verification (see below) before applying via Primuss application portal.
      If you are qualified for a direct, but subject-restricted admission to German universities, you can only be admitted to certain study programs without further preparatory studies.
      If you do not qualify for admission to German universities, you must undergo further education before you can apply at Hof University. We do not offer any preparatory studies for admission. Information about Studienkollegs

      Your certificates must be verified by uniassist prior to your application at Hof University. This applies to all bachelor's programs. You can apply for a preliminary documentation (VPD) year-round. We recommend submitting your documents to uniassist at least 4 weeks prior to the application start at Hof University.

      Application for master's programs

      Looking to apply for a master's degree?

      Application for admission to a program on master's level requires a previous academic degree on undergraduate level (usually bachelor's in the same field). Your previous degree must be equal to a German bachelor's degree. You can check if your bachelor's degree is recognized as equal to a German bachelor's via the anabin database (only in German).

      For application for the following programs, your certificates must be verified by uniassist prior to your application at Hof University:

      Uni-assist will check your bachelor's documents for eligibility and issue you a preliminary documentation (VPD). After you received the VPD, you apply at Hof University via our Primuss application portal and upload your VPD together with all other required documents. Application via uni-assist is possible year-round, but we recommend submitting your documents to uniassist at least 4 weeks prior to the application start at Hof University.
      Exception: if you acquired your higher education entrance qualification or completed an entire bachelor's degree in an EU or EEA member state or in Switzerland, you do not need to apply via uni-assist.

      For application to all other master's programs (including our Graduate School programs ), you can apply directly via Primuss application portal and upload your bachelor's documents. Hof University will check your documents directly on the base of the anabin evaluation.

      Additionally, for application to some master's programs, you must have completed specific subjects in your bachelor's degree that prove you gained sufficient knowledge for studying a master's in this field. You can find out if this is required by checking the website of the individual degree program. Our degree programs

      You have not yet received your bachelor's certificate by the application deadline?
      You can still apply by uploading a transcript showing that you completed all modules. Please note that the decision on admission, however, lies with the examination board.

      Language skills

      Applying for a program taught in English language

      All applicants applying for a bachelor's or master's program must prove sufficient English language skills if their mother tongue (not second language) is not English.
      In Primuss application portal, you must upload a proof of English language skills by an official test certificate: IELTS academic 6.5 or TOEFL iBT 90 (minimum scores accepted). In individual cases, other English test score documents (minimum level B2) can be accepted. This decision is up to the examination board when reviewing your application.

      If you completed an entire study program in English language, this can serve as proof of your English skills for application if you upload a confirmation by your university that the program was fully conducted in English language. The examination board will decide on accepting this confirmation.
      Attention: If you require a visa for studying at Hof University, we strongly recommend to pass the IELTS or TOEFL test as specified above. Even if a "Medium of instruction certificate" is accepted for admission, German embassies might not accept this and require you to submit an official English test certificate for issuing your visa.

      English taught programs (except for Software Engineering M.Eng.) also require a German language certificate minimum level A1 according to the CEFR. 

      Applying for a program taught in German language

      All applicants applying for a bachelor's or master's program must prove sufficient German language skills if their mother tongue is not German.
      If you acquired a German higher education entrance certification or completed an entire study program in German language, this serves as proof of your German skills. All other applicants must upload a proof of German language skills corresponding to a successfully completed level B2 (or higher) according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference ). 

      Certain German taught programs require you to submit English language skills as well (e.g. because modules are taught in English, case studies are conducted in English).

      All language certificates must be issued by a certified institute and submitted within the application period. The displayed test result shall not be older than three years.

      Enrollment & Campus Card

      Enrollment

      Enrollment for your study program is conducted online completely. It is not possible to enroll in-person.

      The following steps must be complete in order to be enrolled:

      • You have confirmed your admission in Primuss portal
      • You have paid the fee as explained in your admission letter
      • You have uploaded a recent photo in Primuss portal
      • Hof University has received electronic notification by a statutory health insurance provider about your insurance status. More information on health insurance

      After all steps are completed, you will be notified about your successfull enrollment by email. 

      You can download your student access data in Primuss application portal shortly before your studies begin. 
      With your student data, you can login to Primuss student portalwhere your enrollment certificate will be available for you to download shortly before the semester starts (end of September/ beginning of March). Please note that both, data and enrollment certificate will only be available if your enrollment is completed!

      We recommend all international students to attend the Orientation Weeks offered prior to the semester start. We will help you find all student documents and explain all steps required for your successful start at Hof University!

      Campus Card

      Your campus card is your student ID. 

      Your campus card will either be sent to your German address or you can pick it up at the service point during the Orientation Weeks or at the student affairs office (room A111). Campus cards cannot be sent to addresses outside of Germany.

      You are interested in applying but still have questions?

      Please contact our Welcome Center.

      You have already submitted your application?

      Please contact the Admission Office.

       Kathrin Schötz | Hof University of Applies Sciences
      Kathrin Schötz +49 9281 409 - 3222

      Questions after submission of application

       Stefanie Bauer | Hof University of Applies Sciences
      Stefanie Bauer +49 9281 409 - 3227

      Questions after submission of application