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Applying for admission to the first subject semester via the web portal of the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung

If you want to apply for admission to the first subject semester of a programme in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy, please submit your application to the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung via their application portal (

The available places will be allocated in the following way:

  • 30% of places based on the average grade of the applicants’ higher education entrance qualification (Abiturbestenquote),
  • 10% of places under an additional aptitude quota (zusätzliche Eignungsquote, ZEQ) and
  • 60% of places according to criteria set by the University (Auswahlverfahren der Hochschule, AdH allocation procedure)

Since the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung will carry out the AdH allocation procedure on behalf of the University of Würzburg, you will not have to submit a separate application to the University.

See below for more information.

Programmes with national admission restrictions in the first subject semester:

  • medicine, pharmacy and dentistry in the general admission procedure

Applications to be submitted to and places to be allocated via:
44128 Dortmund

Application deadlines:

The deadlines for applications via are different from the application deadlines at the University of Würzburg. All deadlines can be found here.

Those deadlines are preclusive periods. The deadlines are receipt, not postmark deadlines. Your application must have been received by by the date specified. If necessary, get in the car and stop by their office in person...

How do I apply?

Please submit your application via the web portal.

The website also provides access to useful information such as admission thresholds in past rounds of admissions.

No automatic enrolment into a higher subject semester:

If you were admitted to the first subject semester of the programme of your choice and your previous study is eligible for credit transfer, please note: You will not be enrolled into a higher subject semester automatically.
Example: A medical student has successfully completed the pre-clinical stage of his studies at a university in a country other than Germany, and his achievements have been recognised by the examination office. He applies for admission to the first subject semester of a programme in medicine via the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung and receives an offer of admission to the first semester in the pre-clinical stage. If the student accepts that offer and enrols, he will not be enrolled into the first semester in the clinical stage automatically.

Rather, he will have to submit an application for admission to the higher semester to the University of Würzburg in the next round of admissions.

In this context, however, we would like to point out that you will be excluded from the main procedure for the 1st semester if you are enrolled in the desired course at a German university at the time of application (§5 HZV).This does not apply to holders of a partial study place.

Applicants applying for admission to second degree studies:

Individuals who are applying for admission to second degree studies (Zweitstudium), i.e. are already holding a degree in another subject from a university or university of applied sciences in Germany at the time they submit their application, will only compete against other applicants who are already holding a degree. These applicants will be admitted based on the reasons for which they seek admission to second degree studies as well as the grade of their first degree. Applicants will earn points based on these two criteria.

More information in German can be found in the information sheet ‘Ergänzende Informationen zur Bewerbung für bundesweit zulassungsbeschränkte Studiengänge’. You can download that information sheet from the website (go to ‘Unterstützung’ in the menu bar at the top of the page and select ‘Downloads’).

Please note:

If you want to invoke scientific reasons for pursuing a second degree, you will have to obtain an opinion (in German called Hochschulgutachten) from the University of Würzburg (postal address: Universität Würzburg, Studierendenkanzlei, Sanderring 2, 97070 Würzburg, Germany). You must request that opinion

  • by 10 December (for summer intake) or
  • by 15 June (for winter intake).

The request form (called ‘Aufnahme eines Zweitstudiums aus wissenschaftlichen Gründen’) you will have to complete can be found in the information sheet mentioned above. We cannot guarantee that requests received by the University of Würzburg after the deadline stated above will be processed in time.

Admissions lottery:

If and when places remain available after the allocation procedure via the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung has been completed, we will allocate those places by lottery.

If you want to take part in the admissions lottery, you must apply online at the University. Lottery applications sent via postal mail will not be considered.

Please note that you must submit your lottery application between:

  • 1 April and 10 April (for summer intake)
  • 1 October and 10 October (for winter intake)

Please note that these are preclusive periods. Applications that are not received within the periods specified above will not be considered if and when an admissions lottery takes place.

If you have submitted or intend to submit an application to the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung, please do not submit a lottery application to us until you have received a letter of rejection from the Stiftung.

Since we are receiving thousands of applications, we will not be able to send out letters of rejection.

For more information about the Admissions lottery click here.

Where do I submit my application?

Applications for admission to programmes with national admission restrictions must be submitted to Please be aware that if you do not submit your application to within the prescribed deadline, you will not be considered for participation in the Auswahlverfahren der Hochschule (AdH) procedure either. You will not be able to apply directly to the individual universities.

More information about the procedure can be found at

Each German federal state defines a set of criteria which the higher education institutions in that federal state are allowed to use for the allocation of places on degree programmes. The individual higher education institutions decide which ones of those criteria they want to use for the individual degree programmes and then issue regulations governing the allocation procedure.

The procedure itself will then be carried out by the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung on behalf of the University of Würzburg. The Stiftung already has the necessary information on file. This means that you will not have to submit an application for participation in the AdH procedure or any other documents to the University of Würzburg.

Letters of admission or rejection will also be sent out by the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung on behalf of the University of Würzburg.

Selection criteria currently used at the University of Würzburg and their relative weight values:

weight value

Average grade

Aptitude Test score

Vocational qualification

Completed services

‘Jugend forscht’



30 TMS






20 PhaST






30 TMS




TMS :Test für Medizinische Studiengänge (German Aptitude Test for Medical Studies)

PhaST: Pharmazie-Studieneignungstest (Scholastic Aptitude Test for Pharmacy Studies in Germany)

To find out which types of service, vocational qualifications and awards can be considered and for further information about the Aptitude tests, go to the website (go to ‘Unterstützung’ in the menu bar at the top of the page and select ‘Downloads’).

Students seeking admission to a degree programme in human medicine at a university in Bavaria can apply for admission under the so-called Landarztquote und Quote für den öffentlichen Gesundheitsdienst. This is a quota of places that are reserved for individuals who are willing to spend some time working as medical practitioners in rural Bavaria or in the public health service sector after they have completed their medical training.

More information in German as well as the application portal can be found at