Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences

You wish to apply to Hochschule Düsseldorf as an international student and have questions about the application and admission process?
Here are a few questions we frequently receive and their answers.


A. General Questions and Current Changes


1. How can I currently reach the International Office?

Although we have suspended our office hours in light of the current situation, you can still reach us via mail and phone.

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2. Where can I find more information on the measures taken by Hochschule Düsseldorf regarding the Coronavirus?

Current news and information on the measures taken at Hochschule Düsseldorf due to the Coronavirus crisis are available here.

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3. I have to apply via uni-assist and cannot find Hochschule Düsseldorf on uni-assist.

Application via uni-assist for the coming summer semester is expected to start on 17 November 2021.

Application deadline: 

15.01.2022 for programmes with restricted admissions


15.02.2022 for programmes with unrestricted admission (except Bachelor's programmes Retail Design and New Craft Object Design)


Applications for higher semesters: from middle/end of February till 15 March 2022.

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4. For applicants for the faculties of Architecture and Design and for the programme Audio and Video

You are required to pass an aptitude test. The registration periods for the aptitude test are usually:

01.11. until 01.02. for the bachelor programmes in the Faculty of Design

Beginning of February until 28.02. for the bachelor programme in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Untill 15 March for the bachelor programme Audio and Video

Beginning of March until 15.04. for the master programmes in the Faculty of Architecture 

Beginning of March until 01.05. for the master programmes in the Faculty of Design

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5. I still have further questions about the admission process. Who can help me?

Our degree-seeking page offers information on the admission requirements and process. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us: degreeseeking@hs-duesseldorf.de 

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B. Before the Application


1. Who is considered an international applicant at HSD?

International in this case refers to the degree with which you are applying. If you wish to apply for any programme at Hochschule Düsseldorf with a foreign degree, you are considered an international applicant.
This is generally independent of your nationality.

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2. May I study at HSD with my certificates from my home country?

To study at HSD you need a higher education entrance qualification (HZB), i.e. your secondary school leaving certificate and possibly your previous studies must entitle you to study in Germany. Information on the recognition of foreign certificates can be found here.

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3. Which German language proficiency do I need to study at HSD?

All applicants for a German-taught programme must provide proof of sufficient German language proficiency. You will find a list of the German language certificates we accept here.

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4. I am unable to submit my German language certificate before the application deadline. Can I submit it later?

You do not need to submit your German language certificate with your application documents, but rather for your enrolment after gaining admission.
The latest date to submit it is September 30 (for winter semester intake) or March 31 (for summer semester intake).

Click here to find out more about the German language requirement.

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5. Does HSD offer German language courses? 

Yes. You can find the requirements as well as information on the courses here.

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6. Do I need English language proficiency for my programme?

This depends on the programme you are applying for. You can find out whether you need to show proof of sufficient English language knowledge for your desired programme on the programme website or in the respective examination regulations.
The latest date to submit the English language certificate is September 30 (for winter semester intake) or March 31 (for summer semester intake).

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7. Can I study entirely in English at HSD?

The only programme taught completely in English at Hochschule Düsseldorf is the Master's programme in Mechanical Engineering. You therefore need a very good knowledge of German for all our other programmes.

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8. What additional requirements do I need to fulfil for my programme?

Many programmes at Hochschule Düsseldorf have degree-specific requirements. These could be an internship, aptitude test, minimum grade, and so on. Kindly check the programme website for further details.

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10. When are the deadlines to register for the aptitude test?
Usually:

Beginning of November until 01.02. for the Bachelor's programmes in the Faculty of Design

Beginning of February until 28.02. for the Bachelor's programme in Architecture and Interior Architecture

15 March for the Bachelor's programme Audio and Video  

Beginning of March until 15.04. for the Master's programmes in the Faculty of Architecture

Beginning of March until 01.05. for the Master's programmes in the Faculty of Design

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11. What do restricted admission and unrestricted admission mean? 

Restricted admission means that there is only a limited number of places available in your chosen programme. Hence, only a certain number of applicants can be admitted to the programme.
If your degree programme is unrestricted, all applicants who meet the requirements will usually be offered a place.

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12. What grade do I need to apply for a programme at HSD? 

No specific grade point average (GPA) is required for admission to Bachelor's programmes at HSD.

For almost all Master's programmes (including those with unrestricted admission), you must have achieved a minimum grade point average from your previous Bachelor's degree.  You can convert your grade into the German grading system in advance using the modified Bavarian formula. The final conversion of your grade is done by uni-assist after they receive your application.

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13. Where can I find the cut-off grade for international applicants? 

You can find the cut-off marks from the past admission cycles here.

Please note that the cut-off marks depend on the number of applicants and their grades. They therefore change with each cycle and the grades from past admission processes only serve as a rough guide for future cycles.

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14. Which Master's programme can I study with my Bachelor's degree?

The Master's programmes you can study at HSD depend on your previous Bachelor's degree. It is only possible to evaluate whether the content of your Bachelor's degree is suitable for the Master's degree programme after you have submitted your application.
You can consult the examination regulations of the programme for a general idea before applying.

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15. Can I apply if I have not yet completed my Bachelor's degree?

Yes. If you have not yet obtained your Bachelor's degree at the time of application, you can apply with your preliminary grade and current transcript of records / examination results. There is a special form (Nachweis nach § 49 Abs. 6 Satz 4 HG NRW) on uni-assist for applicants with a preliminary grade, which you must submit with your application documents.  You can find out when you have to submit your final degree from the respective examination regulations.

Kindly note that this option is only if your final grade and final transcript of records are not issued during the application period. If you will receive your final grade and transcript of records before the admission deadline, then you have to apply with these.

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16. How much are the tuition fees at HSD?

Hochschule Düsseldorf does not charge tuition fees. However, all students pay a semester fee, which includes the semester ticket as well as other solidarity contributions. Current information on the semester contribution at HSD can be found here.

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C. Application


1. What deadlines do I have to keep in mind?

The application via uni-assist usually starts middle/end of May (for winter semester intake) and middle/end of November (for summer semester intake). 

Application deadlines (usually): 

15 July (for winter semester intake) and 15 January (for summer semester intake) for programmes with restricted admission.

15 August (for winter semester intake) and 15 February (for summer semester intake) for programmes with unrestricted admission

Applications for higher semesters: from middle/end of August until 15 September for winter semester intake and middle/end of February until 15 March for summer semester intake).

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2. Do I have to apply via uni-assist?

You have to apply via uni-assist if you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate or a foreign Bachelor’s degree.

Click here to find out which application process applies to you.

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3. I have to apply via uni-assist but cannot find Hochschule Düsseldorf on uni-assist.

Our degree programmes are only visible on uni-assist during the application period.

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4. How do I have to apply with the Feststellungsprüfung (FSP)?

You have to submit your application via uni-assist if you have successfully passed the Feststellungsprüfung (FSP). Remember that the Feststellungsprüfung is only valid in combination with your foreign certificate. You must therefore also submit your certificates from your home country with your application.

The programmes you can study at HSD with your core course from the Feststellungsprüfung are listed here.

We have provided further information on the application documents for you here.

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5. I am applying with a degree from China / Vietnam. What do I have to consider when applying?

You must submit the original APS certificate (regardless of your nationality!) to uni-assist with your application documents. 

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6. How do I apply via uni-assist??

  • Register on MyAssist
  • Select your programme and answer the required questions
  • Upload documents
  • Pay processing fees
  • Post certified copies of your documents to uni-assist.

We have provided detailed information on the application process for you here.

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7. What documents do I need to apply via uni-assist?

You will find an overview of the application documents on this page.

It is possible to find out which additional requirements there are for certificates from your home country on uni-assist under: Info country by country 

Remember to submit all parts and pages of your certificates in the correct form.

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8. Which form do the application documents have to be in?

If your documents are neither in German nor in English, you must have them translated to German or English. 

Submit the documents in the original language as well as the translation as an officially certified copy.  

You can find the standards for the translations and for the certifications here.

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9. Do I have to post my application documents to uni-assist?

As part of the application process, you usually have to send your application documents online and by post to uni-assist before the application deadline.

We have provided detailed information on the application process for you here.

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10. Can I apply with a a preliminary review documentation (VPD)?

No. The application process is managed entirely by uni-assist. You do not need a a preliminary review documentation (VPD).

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11. I have applied via uni-assist in the past. Do I have to apply again via uni-assist?

Yes, you have to apply again via uni-assist.

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12. What is DoSV and do I have to participate in DoSV?

The Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure (DoSV) is a procedure for the central coordination of the application process for admission-restricted bachelor programmes. 

You must participate in the DoSV if you are applying for the 1st semester of a bachelor programme with restricted admission and either:

  • have a German higher education entrance qualification or
  • have German citizenship or
  • are a national of an EU or EEA member state  or
  • your spouse is a national of an EU or EEA member state and is employed in Germany
    (=> equivalent to Germans). 

If you are applying for a higher semester, you do not have to participate in DoSV.  

You can read more about the DoSV here.

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13. Which programmes at HSD participate in DoSV?

Hochschule Düsseldorf participates in DoSV with almost all programmes with restricted admission.

You can find an overview of DoSV programmes at HSD on this Page.

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14. What do I have to consider when applying for a second degree?

You are considered a second degree applicant if you have already completed a degree programme at a German institution of higher education and would like to obtain an additional degree. 

For example, if you have completed a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Germany and are interested in earning an additional Bachelor's degree in Germany, the new Bachelor's degree is considered a second degree in Germany.

Information on second degree studies can be found at: https://hs-duesseldorf.de/studium/studieninteressierte/zweitstudium

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15. How can I apply as a cross-registered student?

Minor cross-registered students:
The form for registering is available here.

Major cross-registered students:
You apply for the programme during the regular application period via uni-assist. When enrolling at HSD, you will have to state that you are registering as a cross-registered student. 

Please note that it is only possible to register as a cross-registered student for a programme with restricted admission at HSD if you are not enrolled in any other programmes with restricted admission at a German university.

To register as a second student, you must fulfil all admission requirements (e.g. language certificates, internship, aptitude test, etc.).

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16. I am applying for a higher semester at HSD. What do I have to keep in mind when applying?

Changing your programme (i.e. you are applying for a new programme of study at HSD):
You apply via uni-assist if you have a foreign school leaving certificate and are already studying at a German university. 

Changing your university but not the programme (i.e. you have a foreign school leaving certificate, are already studying at a German university and would like to study the same programme at HSD):
You apply directly to HSD. In this case, select the German university entrance qualification in the HSD application portal.

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17. Which programmes have places available in higher semesters for this coming semester?

The list of programmes at HSD with places available in higher semesters is published here.

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D. After applying


1. When will I receive a reply to my application?

After you have applied, uni-assist evaluates your application documents.

If your documents meet the formal admission requirements, uni-assist forwards your documents to the admission office of HSD. The admission procedure usually begins after the application deadline and can take up to 6 weeks.

Your admission letter will be made available in your account in the HSD application portal. 

You can read all important information about the further procedure here.

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2. I have received an admission to HSD. When do I have to enrol?

You will find the enrolment deadline in your admission letter.

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3. What documents do I need for my enrolment at HSD?

Along with your admission letter, you will receive a list of documents which you must submit for a successful enrolment at HSD.

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4. I still have questions about the enrolment process. Who can help me?

The Student Affairs Offices are responsible for all matters concerning your enrolment at HSD.

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5. When does the semester start?

You can find the semester dates at HSD here.

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