How to apply

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Checklist with pencil [Foto: Fotolia]This page contains all relevant information and necessary steps to be taken in order to successfully apply at HTW. Please read the available information carefully before you start the online application process.
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BEFORE YOU APPLY

1. Gather information on your desired study programme and study life at HTW Berlin

Before you apply for a study place at HTW Berlin, you should gather all relevant information about the study programmes offered at HTW Berlin. You will find detailled information on the contents of the study programme , the individual entry requirements and the language of instruction in the list of study programmes. In this list you can also see, if your desired study programme starts in the winter or the summer term (or in both terms).

If you click on your desired programme you will be forwarded to a summary page. On this page you can download detailled information on the course contents, job perspectives, entry requirements (such as pre-study internships or assessment test) in a pdf file.

Detailled information on the course contents and class schedule can be obtained by contacting the study programme advisor of your desired study programme. Name and contact details can also be taken from the summary page. General questions regarding studying at HTW Berlin can also be obtained by contacting the General Course Guidance.
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2. Gather information on admission restrictions (NC procedures)

Most study programmes at HTW are subject to restricted admissions. "Restricted Admission" means that there are far more applicants than available study places in the study programme and, thus, not every applicant can get an admission. To decide which applicants out of the very large number will get a study place in their programme of choice, a so-called NC placement procedure (NC = numerus clausus) has to be conducted.

In study programmes that are not subject to NC placement procedures, you will definitely get a study place, if your application has been valid, complete and in time.

Information on admission restrictions and NC placement procedures can be taken from our homepage: (NC) Restricted Admission
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3. Gather information about the eligibility of your foreign certificates and credentials

In order to be eligible to apply for a study programme at HTW Berlin, you must fuflil one of the following requirements:

  • German "Fachhochschulreife" or
  • German "Allgemeine Hochschulreife (Abitur)" or
  • "Fachgebundene Studienberechtigung" in accordance with § 11 BerlHG or
  • eligible foreign university entrance qualification. All information regarding foreign university entrance qualifications can be found at: validation of credentials
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4. Gather information on the specific entry requirements of your desired study programme

As you can see from the list of study programmes, there are some study programmes at HTW Berlin that have individual and specific entry requirements which also have to be fulfilled together with the general entry requirements. There are the following possible specific entry requirements

=> Pre-Study Internship
A blackboard with chalk inscription Qualifikation (qualification) [Foto: Gerd Altmann/pixelio.de]Some Bachelor programmes at HTW require an internship with a duration of 13 weeks (in some study programmes even longer) which must have been completed before your application at HTW and documented with a certificate from your employer. All relevant information can be found at: Pre-Study Internship


=> Homework/Aptitude Test
Future fashion designer create a piece of clothingSome of the creative programmes offered at HTW require that their applicants delivered a homework or work samples and passed an aptitude test. To participate in the homework/aptitude test you have to file a separate application directly at the study programme in question. Please note that the dates and deadlines for the homeworks/aptitude tests are prior to the general application deadline. Detailled information can be taken from the homepages of the study programme which are available in the list of study programmes and can also be found at: Aptitude Test


=> Language Requirement
A collection of coloured  letters of the alphabet [Foto: Gerd Altmann/pixelio.de]For study programmes where the medium of instruction is English language, a proof of English language proficiency in the form of a recognised English test certificate has to be provided. For study programmes, where the medium of instruction is German language, a proof of German language proficiency in the form of a recognised German test certificate has to be provided. The required proof of either German or English language proficiency has to be provided already at the time of your application at HTW Berlin. Detailled information can be found at: Language Requirements
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5. Participate in study preparation courses

The Berlin Institute for Academic Training (BIfAW) at HTW Berlin offers variouis courses for study preparation for example in the fields of fashion graphic art, sewing, drawing, English language, mathematics and physics. These courses are subject to a separate fee and have to be booked directly at the BIfAW.
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THE APPLICATION

The application for a study place at HTW Berlin has to be done within the application deadlines stipulated below. Please note: These are cut-off deadlines! An application outside of these deadlines is not possible. Our online application procedure is open only within those application periods and also only for those study programmes that start in the relevant intake semester.

Your application will only be considered in the admission procedure, if you filled in a valid online application and submitted complete application documents as paper copies (not by e-mail!) - both must be done within the application period. Decisive will be the date when the documents are received here at HTW, not the postal stamp. These application periods are also applicable for you, if you want to transfer to HTW from another university, or if you are already a registered student at HTW and want to change your study programme.

Please note the prior deadlines of applications for Aptitude Tests.
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THE APPLICATION DEADLINES

Attentioni! These are cut-off deadlines! You can only apply WITHIN those deadlines!

Your programme will start in:Your application must be made:
Winter term (on 1 October)from 20 May until 15 July (cut-off period!!)
Summer term (on 1 April)from 20 November until 15 January (cut-off period!!)
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THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE

1. Fill in the online application form

Computer mouse [Foto: Benjamin Klack/pixelio.de]Within the aforementioned application deadlines, you must first fill in the online application form directly on our homepage: Go to the online Application Form (an English language version of the form will be generated by clicking on the British flag).

After successful completion of the online application form, you will automatically receive an applicant number, you will be asked to download a list of documents and you will receive the postal address to which those documents have to be submitted.

Your contact address
When filling in the online application, you will be asked for a contact address. Please give a valid address in Germany. The admission/rejection letters are being sent out by regular mail to the postal address you enter in the online application form. Experience shows that postal delivery to addresses abroad may take several weeks. The acceptance of a study place, however, is subject to fixed deadlines which you may not be able to meet because of the lenghty and complicated postal delivery to your foreign address. If you still enter a foreign address, you do so on your own risk and should be aware that in this case it is solely up to you to check the status of your application by means of the online backup inquiry at regular intervals to avoid missing the acceptance deadlines.

ATTENTION!
Each applicant can only have ONE valid online application at a time. Each time you fill in a new online application, your previous applications and application numbers will automatically be deleted from our system, and only your latest application and application number will remain valid.
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2. Submit your paper documents

Pink mailbox in front of windowed wall [Foto: Robert Kneschke/pixelio.de]In addition to completing the online application a number of documents must be submitted in paper copies, also within the application deadline. Please write your applicants number on the paper copies and send them to our postal address (do not send any documents by e-mail!). Your application documents must be received at HTW before the ending of the application deadlines, otherwise your application will be excluded from the admission procedure.

All required documents can be submitted as certified copies. If you only submit simple copies of your documents, you have to show your original documents upon enrolment.

Certified copies can be done at notaries, embassies or official institutions in Germany or in your home country. If you are already in Germany and insured with a German public health insurance, they may issue certified copies to you free of charge.

All application documents will only be accepted in German or in English language. If your documents are in an original language other than that, they have to be accompanied by a certified translation in German or English language, otherwise they will not be accepted. The translations have to be with stamp and signature from the translator certifying that the translations is truthful and complete with the original.

Application confirmation
Upon your request, HTW may issue a confirmation of your application which you can deliver to the embassy to start your visa arrangements early. This application confirmation will only be issued, if we received a valid online application and complete application documents including a copy of your passport and a language certificate.
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3. Information on the required paper documents

newspapers_Klaus-Thormann_pixeliAfter you successfully filled in the online application form, you can download a list of documents that contains all relevant paper documents that you have to submitt to HTW in order to complete your application.

To give you some advanced information, we have listed some of the most important documents below:
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School leaving and/or university certificates from your home country
Copies of the certificates and grade transcripts must be submitted to the HTW.
Find information about the validation of credentials under www.anabin.de (This page is only available in German)
Certificate from the “Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung” (Berlin senate office for education, science and research)
This certificate is only required, if your school leaving and/or university certificates are not listed under www.anabin.de (This page is only available in German).
Find more information here: Validation of Credentials.
APS-Certificate
Applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia have to submit an APS-Certificate from the German embassy.
Find information about the academic test centers in your home country at
www.peking.diplo.de (This page is only available in German)
www.hanoi.diplo.de (This page is only available in German)
www.ulan-bator.diplo.de (This page is only available in German)
Certificate of the “Feststellungsprüfung” (assessment test)
The assessment test is only necessary, if your previous education is not yet sufficient to directly apply for a bachelor programme in Germany.
Find all information at: Preparatory course
Certification of the German language university entrance examination for foreign students (DSH-2)
The German language certificate is required for all study programmes with German as medium of instruction. For all international programmes with English as the medium of instruction, an Englisih language certificate is required.
Further information can be found at:Language Requirements
Proof of pre-study internship for the desired study programme
This is necessary for all study programmes that require a pre-study internship.
More information can be found in the Pre-Study Internship section and in the list of study programmes.
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Download detailled information here:

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And also read up on our homepage:

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4. The current status of your application

Pencil and keypad [Foto: Bobo Ling/Fotolia]You can find out about the current status of your application by means of the online backup inquiry. Keep your applicants number and your birth date read to log in. Admission/rejection letters will be send out approximately four weeks after the end of the application period. You can see from the online backup inquiry whether you got an admission or not. Please use only this online backup inquiry to find out about the status of your application and refrain from making any personal, e-mail or telephone inquiries about the status of your application. They will not be answered.
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SPECIAL CASES

Applications for the preparatory course/assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung)

Coloured crayons [Foto: Tomizak/pixelio.de]
There are differend application periods and procedures for applicants for the preparatory course/assessment test. Please find all relevant information here: Application for preparatory course
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University transfer/change of study programme

Two signposts showing left and right [Foto: M.E./pixelio.de]Like all other applicants, students from other universities in Germany or elsewhere that want to transfer to HTW Berlin to continue their studies here, also have to fill in an online application and submit complete paper documents within the deadlines and procedures as described above. Please note that apart from the regular application documents, these students also have to submit complete documentation of their previous studies in Germany. Without these additional documents their application is incomplete and will be excluded from the admission procedure.

Students that are already registered at HTW Berlin and want to change their study programme, also have to apply within the deadlines and procedures described above. This means they also have to fill in an online application and submit their application documents.

Find additional information here:

Attention: As a foreigner studying in Germany, the Foreign Office (Ausländerbehörde) will usually allow you to change your programme only once. You are obliged to immediately inform the Foreign Office about your intentions to change the study programme or transfer to another university in Germany.
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Recognition of previous study credits from other universities

Stamp and ink pad [Foto: Markus Hein/pixelio.de]If you have already been a registered student at another university in Germany you are obliged by law to give complete documentation about these previous studies when wanting to transfer to HTW Berlin. It is irrespective whether the subject you studied before is related to the study programme you want to apply for at HTW. And it is irrespective whether you want to start your studies at HTW anew from the very beginning. You have to submit complete documentation in any case! The evaluation of your previous study credits and a decision on your applicable subject-related semester will be done by the HTW examinations office and selection committee upon receipt of a valid and complete application.

Before you apply at HTW, please compare your previous study credits with the course contents of your desired study programme at HTW. You will find detailled information on the class schedule and course contents by clicking on your desired study programme in the list of study programmes. When doing this, you will be forwarded to the summary page of your desired study programme. On this page you can download a pdf-file with all relevant information. You may also contact the study programme advisor of your desired programme. Name and contact details are also available on the summary page.

For the recognition of previous study credits you have to submit an up-to-date grade transcript with stamp and signature from your previous university that shows all courses you took and all grades you got, descriptions of the contents of all the courses listed on the grade transcript (you can find these in the catalogue or guide of your previous study programme, textbooks or the internet) and an indication of the semester hours for each course. These documents have to be submitted to HTW Berlin after successful completion of the online application together with the regular application documents within the application deadlines. Without these documents, your application is incomplete and will be excluded from the admission procedure.

If you obtained your previous study credits at a university outside of Germany, you are not obliged to have your previous study credits recognised towards your studies at HTW. It is up to you, whether or not you want to do so. If you want to have them recognised, you must also submit complete documentation about your previous study as described above and within the regular application deadlines.
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Applications for a second degree

Two large shadows of people [Foto: Jetti Kuhlemann/pixelio.de]If you already completed a degree at a German university and now want to apply for a second degree on the same academic level (e.g. you completed a first bachelor and want to study a second bachelor, or you completed a first master and want to study a second master), you also have to apply online within the regular application deadlines and procedures as set forth above.

In addition to your regular application documents, you have to submit complete documentation about your first academic degree (including degree certificate, grade transcript, indication of semester hours, descriptions of course contents - these are the same documents as listed in the pdf-document for university transfer [PDF, 40 KB]. In addition, you also have to submit a motivation letter, in which you explain in detail why your are wanting to study a second degree on the same academic level. You have to give reasons for your personal motivation (e.g. job perspectives or special academic interests). If you do not submit these documents within the application deadlines, your application is incomplete and will be excluded from the admission procedure.
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Special Applications

Hardship cases, improvement of waiting period or average grade

Nuts and nutcracker [Foto: Joujou/pixelio.de]You have to finde out on your own, whether or not you qualified for any of the aforementioned hardship cases, before filing your application. As a general rule, you have to provide documentation for all special applications and hardship cases.
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Guest and auditing students

Sign reading 'tourist information' [Foto: Rainer Sturm/pixelio.de]Auditing students
Students that are registered at another university in Germany and want to participate in individual courses at HTW Berlin, may apply for an admission as auditing student.

Guest students
If you are not registered as a student at another university in Germany and want to sit in individual lectures at HTW you may apply for an admission as guest student. Please note that guest students may only sit in lectures in the amount of 8 semester hours per week. Please note that the status of guest student is not comparable to the status of 'real student' in terms of the Foreign Office (Ausländerbehörde), it does not qualify for a residence permit.

Information, application deadlines and forms for guest and auditing students can be found here: Guest and auditing students
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German applicants with foreign certificates

Berlin Reichstag with German flag [Foto: Claudia-Zantopp/pixelio.de]German citizen who obtained their school leaving or university certificates outside of Germany, have to submit a German language certificate in addition to the regular application documents as described above. Information on the recognised language certificates can be found here: Language requirements. Without this language certificate, your application is incomplete and will be excluded from the admission procedure.
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AFTER THE APPLICATION

Admission and Enrolment

If your application has been successful, you will receive an official admission letter to the postal address you stipulated in the online application form. This admission letter contains all relevant information on how to officially accept the study place and what to do until your initial enrolment at HTW Berlin.

In case you did not get a study place, you will receive an official rejection letter to the postal address you stipulated in the online application form. This rejection letter contains information on why you had to be rejected and what to do in order to participate in possible clearing procedures.

The admission/rejection letters will be sent out as soon as possible, usually four weeks AFTER the end of the application period. Admissions in possible clearing procedures may take place until the beginning of the semester.

If you want to accept your study place, you have to return the official acceptance declaration to HTW Berlin and pay in the semester fee into the HTW account as stipulated in your admission letter. Additional documents that may be listed in your admission letter, have to be submitted to HTW Berlin until the beginning of the semester.

You will find additional information here:
 
 
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