In the course of its almost 700 years history, Heidelberg University has established itself as a center of excellent research and teaching. Today, more than 29,000 students are enrolled in a plethora of Heidelberg University courses with 12 faculties. Of the total student population, around 5,400 international students from 130 countries contribute to the institution’s international atmosphere.
Applications from the students planning to study in Germany and at Heidelberg University are invited twice a year, in Winter and Summer season, through university’s online portal. While international students are welcome to apply for both sessions of Heidelberg University admissions, it has been observed that number of applications and enrollments is higher in winter compared to the summer session.
|Application portal Type||University's official Website|
|Financial Aid Available||Yes|
|Mode of Payment||Online|
The applicants are advised to apply before given deadlines to be considered for admission (only international applicants):
|Winter||June 1 to July 15|
|Summer||Dec 1 to Jan 15|
|Graduate Internationals without special cases (like general candidates)|
|Winter||May 1 to June 15|
|Summer||Oct 1 to Nov 15|
|Graduate Internationals with Special case Physics and Physics Fast Track|
|Winter||Until July 15|
|Summer||Until Jan 15|
*Note : Deadlines may vary according to courses so applicants are advised to cross-check before applying
The admission process for international applicants is a little bit different as that for the German applicants. Applicants are advised to meet the mentioned requirements in order to process the application
Note: For admission to subjects with local restrictions, i.e. university implied restrictions/selection process, all certified documents along with the application for admission must be submitted once. Certified documents are only required once, in other cases, a simple copy of the required document(s) will suffice.
The German proficiency examination at the University of Heidelberg is called as the “Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH)”. In order to enroll in the course, applicants or candidates must achieve a minimum score of DSH-2 in this examination.
*Some study programs require a higher level of German proficiency.
To get admission in the University of Heidelberg, applicants do not need to show a DSH certificate with their application if they have not yet passed such an exam. But in case of admission to a study program, applicants must pass the DSH examination at the University of Heidelberg in order to get admission
The DSH exam generally takes place at the end of September for winter programs & at the end of March for study programs starting in the Summer session. The Test generally consists of two parts 1. Oral 2. Written
Also, applicants must make note that the fee of the exam must be paid in cash on the day of the exam. In the case of new admissions, information about the time and place of the DSH examination can be found in the letter of admission.
*Please note that the DSH exam can only be taken by students who have been admitted to the University of Heidelberg (students must be in possession of a letter of admission).
In order to pass/clear the DSH exam at the DSH-2 level, applicants should complete at least 1,000-1,200 hours of German language instruction at a recognized institution (e.g. the Goethe-Institute). The Proof of the same must be included in the application dossier.
For EU nationals: They don't require a visa to enter the Republic of Germany.
Non-EU Nationals: Required with some exceptions
University of Heidelberg offers more than 55 undergraduate courses to all the applicants. The basic admission process for all the courses is the same. University offers supreme courses like Computer sciences, Chemistry, Sports Science, etc.
Where to Apply: Click here
Application Fee: Free
Admission Requirements: Requirements may vary according to programs but if you are applying for the first semester than keep in mind there are certain courses with a central procurement procedure.
At the graduate level, international students have a plethora of programs to choose from- with 12 faculties University of Heidelberg offers 80+ graduate courses. Presently, all graduate programs at taught partly or entirely in English and follow a 4 semester course structure.
How to Apply: University website
Application Fee: Free
Given below is a list of popular graduate programs offered at Heidelberg University along with their admission requirements:
|Requirements||Master of Science in Biochemistry||Master of Science in Economics||Master of Science in Physics (Fast-Track)||Masters of Science in Psychology||Biomedical Engineering|
|Application Deadline||March 15 (Winter)||June 15 (Winter)|
July 15 (Winter);
|Not specified||April 15 (Winter)|
|Language of instruction||German & English||English||English OR German||German & English||English|
|Academic Qualification||3 year Bachelor’s in Biochemistry or equivalent subject with minor in Biochemistry||3 year BA or BSc. in Economics or equivalent subject with minor in Economics||4 year Bachelor’s in Physics||Bachelor’s in Psychology or related subject||Bachelor’s degree in Engineering|
|SOP||Required||Not Required||Required||Not Required||Required|
|English Proficiency||IELTS: 6.5;|
|Not Mandatory||TestDaF 4;|
DSH Level 2
DSH Level 2
*All transcripts from previous universities attended must be submitted to Heidelberg University.
Admission at the University of Heidelberg seems to be selective as an acceptance rate (2013 based) is just 14%. Also, International applicants must make note that the University offers some courses to applicants without any Tuition fee. However, this is liable to change and hence students are advised to cross-check with the university before applying.
Ques. Are International students eligible to apply for admission for both semesters?
Ans. Yes, admission applications are invited from international students for both winter and summer semesters.
Ques. What is the admission deadline for undergraduate programs at Heidelberg University?
Ans. Heidelberg University admissions deadline for international students entering various undergraduate programs is July 15 (Winter semester) and January 15 (Summer semester)
Ques. How will I receive an admission decision from Heidelberg University?
Ans. International students can access their admission decision on their Heidelberg application account. Admission notifications are declared by March 15 and April 15 for first-year UG and transfer students. The decision notification timeline varies for a master's program.
Ques. What is the cost of attendance for international students?
Ans. International students have to incur an overall cost of 14,618 EUR (16,541 USD). This includes the tuition fees of 3,000 EUR (3394 USD), semester fee of 338 EUR (383 USD), and living expenses of 11,000 EUR (12447 USD).