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University Admission for Vocationally Qualified Applicants without University Entrance Qualifications

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Have you attained a vocational qualification, but not a high-school certificate qualifying for university admission and do you think about studying at a university? Are you working and want to continue your education? At the University of Potsdam, you are entitled to study without university entrance qualifications according to the Brandenburg Higher Education Act.

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Three steps towards your studies:

Step 1: What kind of vocational qualifications do you have? Please check if your vocational qualifications match one of the listed types of university entrance qualifications for vocationally qualified individuals according to the Brandenburg Higher Education Act. (siehe: Info-Grafik)

Step 2: If you have attained one of the listed vocational qualifications and would like to apply at the University of Potsdam, you can submit an application to determine a university entrance qualification (PDF) for the University of Potsdam at any time. The assessment procedure determines whether you are qualified to enter the University on the basis of the vocational qualifications you have attained according to section 9 subsection 2 no. 6 to 11 of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act (BbgHG). Within about four weeks you will receive the result of this assessment that provides you with information on whether you have a general or a subject-specific university entrance qualification.

Step 3: If you have a general or subject-specific university entray qualification, you can either apply for admission or enrollment in your choosen degree program or in a specialized degree program at the University of Potsdam.

GRAPHICS | MISSION POSSIBLE: Studying with a vocational qualification at the University of Potsdam (PDF)

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Types of university entrance qualifications for vocationally qualified individuals

Dear prospective students, due to the current situation, in justified cases you can submit your applications with the necessary documentation digitally to Vera Yu via e-mail (vera.yuuni-potsdamde). Of course, you can still send us your documents in a letter as well.

FAQ on studies with vocational qualification

1. Can I study at the University of Potsdam without a general university entrance qualification (allgemeine Hochschulreife) and without an entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife) with my vocational qualification?

2. Can I study anything I want at the University of Potsdam with my vocational qualification?

3. What documents do I need to submit with my application to determine a university entrance qualification? Can I submit the application digitally?

4. I was accepted at a Berlin university with my vocational qualification; will this also count at the University of Potsdam?

5. Does the University of Potsdam have a quota for vocationally qualified applicants in the admissions process?

6. Can I study at the University of Potsdam with my entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife)?

7. Why do I need a grade point average?

8. Can I study part-time while working?

9. I have a family; can I still study at the university?

10. I have an impairment and want to study, how can I do that?

Important Information

When applying for university entrance qualification in the time period between September 16 - June 6: Application for university entrance qualification to be submitted to the Central Student Advisory Service, Vera Yu. Application for admission and/or application for enrollment must then take place independent of the procedure for determining university entrance qualification in order to be allocated a place to study at the University of Potsdam.

During the application period from June 7th until July 31st, 2021 for courses with restricted admission: You can upload a scanned copy of the completed and signed application together with the required documents for an application for admission in the University Admissions Portal (Studienplatz-Portal).

During the enrollment period from August 15th until September 15th, 2021 for courses with unrestricted admission: The completed and signed application together with the required documents for an application for enrollment can be sent by post to the Office for Student Affairs. You will receive the outcome of the assessment of university entrance qualification within the time period of each application process.

Please note: The outcome of assessing university entrance qualifications is based on section 9 subsection 2 no. 6 to 11 of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act (BbgHG) and is binding only for the University of Potsdam.

Consultation hours

Tuesday02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Phone: +49 331 977-153006

Contact

Central Student Advisory Service

Student advising for potential students with vocational qualifications

 

Campus Am Neuen Palais
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam
Building 8, Room 0.13