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Comprehensive information regarding the possibilities of earning a doctoral degree can be found on the pages that introduce you to the study options at the University of Potsdam.
The Welcome Center der Universität Potsdam can assist international applicants for doctoral study with questions regarding visas, residence permit regulations and health insurance.
This page will provide you with information on registering and enrolling as a doctoral candidate.
You must apply for admission as a doctoral candidate prior to beginning your dissertation. The application must be filed with the Doctoral Examining Board for the subject in which you are pursuing your doctorate. If you are pursuing a doctorate in the Law Faculty, you must file the application with its dean.
Since the Examining Board or the Office of the Dean requires time to review your materials, you should expect a processing time of several weeks (possibly longer during the semester breaks).
If you are an international applicant for doctoral study, please take note of the following information:
If you are interested in a Cotutelle-Verfahren, please note the following:
Upon receipt of your complete application materials, the Dean’s Office in charge will review your application. If the admission decision is positive, your materials are forwarded to the Office of Student Affairs, which will enroll you.
Once your enrollment materials are complete, we will send you information on paying the semester fees to the e-mail address provided in the application of enrollment.
After your payment, your Potsdam University’s Chip Card (PUCK) will be issued and delivered by mail. The envelope contains:
Your enrollment as a doctoral candidate ends with the completion of your doctoral degree or the end of advising at the University of Potsdam, but definitely after 12 semesters in your subject of study.
Please note: If you are exmatriculated after 12 semesters, you may still complete your doctoral degree, unless your faculty’s Doctoral Degree Regulations specify otherwise.
Under extenuating circumstances, exceptions can be made. In this case, a request for extension of enrollment beyond 12 semesters can be approved. The informal request must be accompanied by a written statement by the adviser, which states the reasons for the long duration of the doctoral studies as well as the expected date of completion of the doctoral degree. Requests are decided together with the Doctoral Examining Board.
The request for extending enrollment must be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs within the re-registration period.