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Rules for preferential selection

There will be no disadvantage to you if after you are accepted for admission, you are unable to register for classes due to one of the following reasons:

  • Military service (for a period of up to 3 years)
  • Federal border guard service (for a period of up to 3 years)
  • Civil service (for a period of up to 3 years)
  • Minimum of two years as an aid worker in accordance with the Development Aid Workers Act
  • A voluntary year of social service according to the law for the Promotion of the Voluntary Social Service
  • A voluntary year of environmental service according to the law for the Promotion of the Voluntary Ecological Service
  • Care or support of a minor under 18 years of age or another special needs person (for a period of up to 3 years)

However, according to the current admissions policy, it is not possible to reserve a study place that has already been approved until the above mentioned service or activity has been completed. Each allocated study place that is not claimed by the closing date for registration – regardless of the reason – will be assigned directly to another applicant.

In such a case, the next time you apply you may have a right to preferential selection if there is an allocation process for your first choice subject (primary application) if you meet the above prerequisites and you

  • Submit the earlier letter of acceptance, and
  • Verification that the above service or activity was completed by April 30 for an application for summer semester and by October 31 for an application for winter semester, and
  • Submit your request for enrollment not later than the second scheduled allocation procedure following the completion of your service.

Preferential selection may also apply if a previously open enrollment degree program has changed to a limited enrollment programme in the time while you were completing your service or one of the stated activities and your application is received within the deadlines specified above following your service or activity.

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