General application information

All applicants and students must prove to the university at the time of enrolment that they are insured in a statutory health insurance or that they are exempt from compulsory insurance or are not subject to compulsory insurance. The legal basis for this is § 199 a of the 5th Social Security Code (SGB V).

The proof must be provided via a statutory health insurance in the digital student registration procedure (SMV). Paper forms can no longer accepted!

For this purpose, the chosen health insurance company has to be requested by the applicants to send the insurance confirmation to the TU Kaiserslautern via the SMV.

For the communication with the health insurances a separate sending number of the TU Kaiserslautern is required. This number is H0000543.

Basically: No enrolment without the notification of the insurance status!

The first notification of the TU Kaiserslautern to the health insurance company will be made after enrolment. For exmatriculation the final notification will be made as well.

Please find external information on student health insurance, possible individual additional contributions, comparison portal, here.

To study at a university, you need an appropriate qualification:

a higher education entrance qualification (HZB)

For certain degree programmes you have to fulfil additional admission requirements, such as special language skills, aptitude tests, etc.

The DISC's  continuing distance education programmes and the International Master & PhD Programmes at the ISGS  are also subject to such special admission requirements.

Click here for an overview of the  degree programmes.

With a degree from a university of applied sciences, you have the access to a university.

Rheinland-Pfalz

You are eligible to study in a related degree programme at a university in Rhineland-Palatinate, if you have achieved 90 credit points (CP) in a Bachelor's degree programme at a University of Applied Sciences in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Other states

If you have provided achievements at a university of applied sciences in another federal state, then the state law is decisive for you, in there the transfer from a university of applied sciences to a university is regulated for the corresponding federal state.

Other regulations apply to achievements in a diploma degree programme.
The legal regulations for these statements can be found in the Higher Education Act of the Land Rhineland-Palatinate, there § 33

Your higher education entrance qualification (HZB, e.g. Abitur) is a prerequisite for studying at TUK. However, the German Abitur or a comparable educational qualification is only one of several possibilities to qualify for a degree programme.

Some schools obtain a subject-specific higher education entrance qualification, which entitles students to study only certain fields of study.

The higher education entrance qualification restricted to a specific field of study entitles the holder to study at aFachhochschule [university of applied sciences].

Under certain conditions, it is also possible to study without a higher education entrance qualification [German Abitur].

Foreign educational certificates must be equivalent to the German Abitur in order to be recognised as a higher education entrance qualification (HZB). A prior certificate evaluation fee shall be paid for the verification.
All applicants whose foreign HZB does not provide direct access must take the assessment test. TUK does not offer such assessment tests. Please visit www.studienkollegs.de/Kontaktdaten.html to find the contact details of the German Studienkollegs.

Please schedule the submission of your application in good time so that the examination of your certificates can take place sufficiently early. This is also important if you have to apply for a visa to study in Germany.

Additional requirements for China, Vietnam and India:

Applicants from China, Vietnam and India must enclose the certificate of the Academic Evaluation Centre of the respective German Embassy with their application for admission. Unfortunately, applications without this certificate cannot be processed.

The address of the Academic Evaluation Centre is:

China:
http://www.aps.org.cn/
Vietnam:
http://www.hanoi.diplo.de/Vertretung/hanoi/de/06/APS__Hanoi.html
India:
https://aps-india.de/

According to the Special List of Fees (RLP), TUK is obliged to charge fees for the evaluation of foreign certificates.
Excluded from this are:

  • Exchange students, e.g. from partner schools or within the framework of the ERASMUS programme

All other foreign applicants must pay the certificate evaluation fee in the amount if EUR 60.00 for such evaluation. 
You will receive a separate request for payment specifying the bank details and the intended purpose. Early payment is not possible.

StudentServiceCenter (SSC)
Gottlieb-Daimler-Straße
Building 47, Room 109, Ground Floor
67663 Kaiserslautern

Office hours
09.00 - 12.00 (morning)
afternoons by appointment

Contact
09.00 am - 4.00 pm (Monday - Friday)
Phone: +49 631 205 5252
Fax: +49 631 205 5040
E-mail: studium@uni-kl.de

Procedure of the application process

On campus study and early admission

For applicants with German educational qualifications or as a German

The application period starts for a winter Semester in the middle of May, for a summer Semester in the middle of December.
Please submit your application for application early and not at the end of the application deadline. The TU Kaiserslautern endeavors to inform you before the application deadline, whether your application contains errors that could lead to the exclusion from the admission procedure. Errors recognized in good time can be corrected by you before the application deadline.

Applicants with an early-High-School (especially from Rhineland-Palatinate) must also comply with the application deadlines and submit a copy of the High School diploma at the latest by the fourth working day in April at TU Kaiserslautern.

Your application must be received by the end of the application period at the TU Kaiserslautern, see deadlines + Dates.

Upon receipt of your application, your documents will be checked.

If any documents are missing, you will be informed accordingly in the event of a commitment, so that you can submit them later. If you are told that documents are missing which you are sure you have already attached, it is possible that the correct certificate may not be available (e.g. declaration of exemption of a statutory health insurance with private health insurance).

In the case of applications for admission-restricted degree programmes, a reply can be expected at the earliest after the application deadline.
You can view the schedule of hochschulstart.de for admission-restricted degree programmes in on-campus degree programmes here.


Letter of admission for the winter semester can therefore be sent from the end of July / beginning of August. The decisions for the respective clearing procedure will be communicated at a later date. In the summer semester, you can expect an answer from the beginning of February.

Important: If you are admitted to a restricted-admission programme, you must declare acceptance of the place of study by paying the social contribution within the periods specified therein. If you miss this deadline, you lose your place of study. Make sure that the admission notice reaches you! In case of prolonged absence, you should instruct another person to make the required payment on time.

At the TU Kaiserslautern it is possible to register without appearing in person. You have to
• receive an authorization,
• submitted all necessary documents and
• have paid the social contribution.

Here some information for first-semester-students.

The maths course  is also very important: in most of the degree programmes at the TU Kaiserslautern, good math skills are required at the beginning of the course. The math preparatory course has the goal of developing the necessary mathematical knowledge for the courses. The pre-course is offered free of charge.

For foreign applicants with foreign qualifications

It is necessary for you to prove your knowledge of German  if you wish to apply for a German-language degree programme.

It is not possible to apply directly for a German course   or to attend a Studienkolleg. At TUK, you can only apply for one degree course.

You can apply to TUK from May (winter semester) or from early/mid December (summer semester). Please apply as early as possible!

Please remember that your certificates need to be checked and evaluated. You will therefore be asked to pay the certificate evaluation fee. Upon receipt of payment, your certificates will be evaluated.

Following the assessment and evaluation of your certificates, you will receive a decision as to whether or not you have been admitted to the degree programme.

Distance study (DISC)

Winter Semester from mid May
Summer Semester from mid December.

Please submit your application early and not at the end of the application deadline. The TUK endeavors to inform you before the application deadline, whether your application contains errors that could lead to the exclusion from the admission procedure. Errors recognized in good time can be corrected by you before the application deadline.

Your application must be received by the end of the application period at the TUK, see deadlines + dates.

You can upload your application documents directly in the online application portal.

Afterwards, you can also send any documents that we need later on
- by e-mail,
- as a PDF file,
- with the designation "Last name, First name_Study programme_document name",
- to the respective processing staff Department for Distance Study Affairs (Dept. 4.5)

Please refrain from an additional submission by postal mail.

In the case of admission to a free-courses of study, you will receive a place if you meet the requirements and if you apply in due form and on time. The specification of a second study is not necessary.

As it is not safe in admission-restricted degree programmes, whether you will receive a study place, you can apply for a free-admission study course directly at the same time. It is sufficient to specify one free-admission study course, because you will receive this study place if you meet the requirements.

If you have submitted more than one application, only the last application received by the deadline will be considered.

Upon receipt of your application, your documents will be checked.

If any documents are missing, you will be informed accordingly, so that you can submit them later.

Please remember that your certificates need to be checked and evaluated. You will therefore be asked to pay the certificate evaluation fee. Upon receipt of payment, your certificates will be evaluated.

In the case of applications for admission-restricted degree programmes, a reply can be expected at the earliest after the application deadline.


Letter of admission for the winter semester can therefore be sent from the beginning of August. The decisions for the respective clearing procedure will be communicated at a later date. In the summer semester, you can expect an answer from the beginning of February.

Important: If you are admitted to a restricted-admission programme, you must declare acceptance of the place of study by paying the study costs within the periods specified therein. If you miss this deadline, you lose your place of study.

At the TUK it is possible to register without appearing in person. You have to
• receive an authorization,
• submitted all necessary documents and
• have paid the study costs.

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