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University Entrance Qualification

The university entrance qualification is a prerequisite for study in Germany.

There are different types of university entrance qualifications. The most common are: 

  • German school leaver’s certificate: In most cases, a university entrance qualification is a school leaver’s certificate that entitles the holder to study at a higher education institution. In Germany, this includes the high school certificate (Abitur) and the advanced technical college certificate (Fachhochschulreife), pursuant to section 18 of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (Niedersächsisches Hochschulgesetz).
  • Vocational qualifications: Some study programmes may accept a vocational qualification as qualification for entry to higher education. These include Master Craftsman (Meisterprüfung) certificates and advanced further training (Aufstiegsfortbildung).
  • Recognised international qualifications: Anyone who has obtained a qualification abroad that is recognised in Germany can also be admitted to university.

Entrance qualifications for HAWK

Permitted types of HZB are specified in the admission regulations for the study programmes in question. Admission regulations can be downloaded from the application pages.

University entrance qualification pursuant to section 18 of the Lower Saxony Universities Regulations (German acronym: NHG)

Detailed information on university entrance qualifications is available on the Lower Saxony Education Portal.