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University quotas

The statutory procedures also provide for the study places to be allocated according to additional performance criteria in the so called higher education quotas:

  • Level of qualification
  • Weighted individual grades
  • Results of a subject-specific aptitude test
  • Type of professional education or experience
  • Results of applicant interviews initiated by the university, or
  • A combination of the standards derived from the criteria above

Because the abitur grade is a major indicator of future academic success, the higher education quota of study places at TU Kaiserslautern is principally based on the abitur grade (level of qualification).

Bachelor and diplom study places in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering are allocated on the basis of aptitude tests.

Aptitude testing at the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering

Up to 20 percent of the available study places are allocated according to established law on the basis of the GPA of the abitur (the so called qualification quota); 60 percent on the basis of the results of the university selection process (higher education quota or school selection process), and 20 percent on the basis of time on the waiting list (waiting list quota).

The higher education quota takes into account not only the total points awarded for the university entrance qualification (i.e., the abitur grade), but also the following qualifications:

  • Number of credit hours earned in mathematics, physics, and chemistry during the first term of senior year (sixth form).
  • Relevant vocational training completed, or
  • Relevant internship completed  

For these additional qualifications to be considered, the appropriate documentation must be submitted with the application.

More information is provided in the Partial Basic Regulation.

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