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Applying for Admission to a Higher Subject Semester

Programmes with admission restrictions in higher subject semesters:

Academic Speech and Language Therapy (BSc), Biomedicine (BSc), Biochemistry (BSc), Games Engineering (BSc), teaching degree Special Education (will be omitted in WS 2024/25), Food Chemistry (BSc), Media Communication (BSc), Medicine (state examination), Pedagogy (BSc) (will be omitted in WS 2024/25), Pharmacy (state examination), Psychology (BSc), Sport Science (BA) and Dentistry (state examination).
The degrees to which these programmes are leading are shown in brackets: BA = Bachelor of Arts, BSc = Bachelor of Science

The programmes in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and psychology offer both winter and summer intake; all other programmes offer winter intake only for odd-number subject semesters (3, 5 etc.) and summer intake only for even-number subject semesters (2, 4 etc.).

Applications for admission must be submitted via the University’s web portal. All documents applicants will need to submit to the University in paper form must have been received by the University prior to the prescribed deadline.

Application deadlines:

  • For winter intake: 15 July of the same year (24:00 p.m.)
  • For summer intake: 15 January of the same year (24:00 p.m.)

These deadlines are preclusive periods. The deadlines are receipt, not postmark deadlines. The documents you will need to submit in paper form must have been received by the Central Administration of the University of Würzburg by the date specified above. Late applications or applications not submitted in due form can be considered only if places are still available after all applicants who submitted their applications in time and due form have been considered.

We will not be able to offer places to applicants seeking admission to a higher subject semester until both the number of students that are enrolled in the degree programme in question in the subject semester in question and, at the same time, the total number of students that are enrolled in that degree programme have dropped below the maximum number of admissions stipulated for that programme. We never know final enrolment numbers until the end of the re-enrolment period or even later.

You will receive your letter of admission or rejection as soon as possible, at earliest from the middle of march for summersemester/from the middle of september for wintersemester. Please do not contact Student Affairs to enquire about the status of your application.

Since your chances of being offered a place in a higher subject semester are relatively low, you should also make efforts to find a student to swap university places with.

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.

If and when places are available in higher subject semesters, these will be allocated to applicants in accordance with the provisions of Art. 6 Gesetz über die Hochschulzulassung in Bayern (Bavarian Act on Admission to Higher Education, BayHZG) in conjunction with Section 33 Verordnung über die Hochschulzulassung an den staatlichen Hochschulen in Bayern (Directive on Admission to State Universities in Bavaria, HZV) as amended from time to time.

If there are more applicants than places available, applicants will be considered in the following order of priority:

  1. Medicine: students who hold a pre-clinical place on a programme in medicine at the respective university,
  2. Students who are enrolled in the respective degree programme at the respective university,
  3. Students who are enrolled in another degree programme at the respective university,
  4. Students who belong to a category of persons, as defined in the pertinent statutes of the university, who should be supported or considered for places for reasons of public interest,
  5. Other applicants.

If two or more applicants tie, the average grade of their higher education entrance qualification will be used as a tie breaker. If there is still a tie between applicants after this criterion has been applied, it will be broken by drawing lots.

The University may deviate from this order of priority and give priority for places to applicants who would suffer undue hardship if their application for admission was rejected.

You must submit the following documents along with your application for admission:

  • Certificate of higher education entrance qualification (photocopy)
  • Enrolment certificate specifying in which subject semester you are studying
  • Transcript of Records (must state your grades) and
  • Certificates of all preliminary examinations (Vorprüfung, Zwischenprüfung) and final examinations you have taken (photocopies; certificates must state your grades)

Towards the end of the online application process, you will see a list of all the documents you will need to submit in paper form.

If you are applying for admission to a programme in pharmacy or food chemistry, you will also have to supply photocopies of all credit certificates you have achieved to date or, if you have successfully completed the Grundstudium stage of your programme already, the certificate of successful completion of the first state examination in pharmacy (1. Abschnitt der Pharmazeutischen Prüfung) or your Vorprüfungszeugnis certificate.

If you have been admitted to the University of Würzburg, please read the information about course registration and medical examinations at the University’s medical centre for employees that is provided here (available in German only).


Students will be placed at the University Hospital and other hospitals by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Josef-Schneider-Straße 2, 97080 Würzburg, phone: +49 931 201-55226. Remember that you must register to the Faculty’s placement portal (PJ-Portal). The applicable dates and deadlines can be found on the web pages of the Office of the Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Medicine.

Important information about your practical hospital work (Praktisches Jahr)

Applicants seeking lateral entry to a programme in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy must supply a transfer of credit notice (Anrechnungsbescheid) issued by the competent state examination office (Landesprüfungsamt). If you have not been issued with that notice yet, you must supply it as soon as it is received.

Applicants seeking lateral entry to one of the other programmes should contact the competent Examination Office about credit transfer.

Applicants who obtained their higher education entrance qualification in a country other than Germany will also have to supply proof of their proficiency in the German language (photocopy).