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Heidelberg University Admission 2020-2021: Entry Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Sugandhi Sood Sugandhi Sood
Study Abroad Expert

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. 

  • The university doesn’t charge any application fee from undergraduate and postgraduate applicants.
  • While majority of graduate programs are in English, undergraduate programs are taught entirely in Germany.
  • Proof of German language proficiency is non-negotiable for all incoming international students.
  • Heidelberg University admission decisions are announced with 3-4 weeks after application deadlines.

Heidelberg University Highlights

Application portal TypeUniversity's official Website
Intake SeasonsWinter/Summer
Financial Aid AvailableYes
Application FeeFree
Academic CalendarSemester-Based
Mode of PaymentOnline
Work ExperienceN/A

Heidelberg University Admission Deadlines

The applicants are advised to apply before given deadlines to be considered for admission (only international applicants):

Season/SemesterApplication timeframe
Undergraduate International
WinterJune 1 to July 15
SummerDec 1 to Jan 15
Graduate Internationals without special cases (like general candidates)
WinterMay 1 to June 15
SummerOct 1 to Nov 15
Graduate Internationals with Special case Physics and Physics Fast Track
WinterUntil July 15
SummerUntil Jan 15

*Note : Deadlines may vary according to courses so applicants are advised to cross-check before applying

Heidelberg University International Admissions

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

Admission Requirements for International Students

  • Candidate has to submit an official certified copy or transcript of the certificate of higher education entrance qualification which entitles the holder to higher education in the respective country of origin.Including the corresponding lists with individual grades
  • In addition (with German and English documents) a certified translation into German or English language is required. The German general university entrance qualification (Abitur) can be submitted as an uncertified copy.
  • Only if applicable: Unauthorized copy or transcript of the certificate of the final exam passed at a German Studienkolleg including the individual score sheet.
  • If applicable: Official certified copies or transcripts of overseas higher education entrance examinations, including the corresponding list of individual marks and, if available, the letter of admission from a foreign university. All documents must be submitted either in German or English.
  • All the official copies or transcripts of all the previously attended universities and their certificates obtained (colleges, academies, etc.) including the associated lists of grades per semester or academic year.Again, it must be either in German or English.Only if applicable.
  • Officially certified copies of all transcript of records per semester or academic year, if the course has not yet been completed & documents must be in English or German.
  • German language knowledge proof (uncertified copy)
  • Unauthorized copy of the passport or identity card (page with name in Latin transcription)
  • Printout of the compulsory online self-test for study orientation for the admission of an undergraduate degree at a university in Baden-Württemberg

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.

German Language knowledge proof for International Students

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.

Visa Process for International Students

For EU nationals: They don't require a visa to enter the Republic of Germany.

Non-EU Nationals: Required with some exceptions


  • If the application was accepted, then the candidates have to locate the nearest German embassy and submit all the following documents: Copy of passport, 2 passport size photographs, certificate of birth, etc.
  • Candidate have to submit Proof of Financial Resources “Finanzierungsnachweis”
  • Also, applicants have to provide proof of university admission.
  • If you satisfy all the mentioned requirements then you can expect the visa in 3-4 weeks.

Heidelberg University Undergraduate Admissions

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.

Heidelberg University Graduate Admissions

At the graduate level, international students have a plethora of programs to choose from- with 12 faculties University of Heidelberg offers 80+ graduate coursesPresently, 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:

RequirementsMaster of Science in BiochemistryMaster of Science in EconomicsMaster of Science in Physics (Fast-Track)Masters of Science in PsychologyBiomedical Engineering
Application DeadlineMarch 15 (Winter)June 15 (Winter)

July 15 (Winter);
January 15 (Summer)

Not specifiedApril 15 (Winter)
Language of instructionGerman & EnglishEnglishEnglish OR GermanGerman & EnglishEnglish
Academic TranscriptsRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Academic Qualification3 year Bachelor’s in Biochemistry or equivalent subject with minor in Biochemistry3 year BA or BSc. in Economics or equivalent subject with minor in Economics4 year Bachelor’s in Physics Bachelor’s in Psychology or related subjectBachelor’s degree in Engineering
Resume/CVRequiredRequiredNot RequiredRequiredRequired
SOPRequiredNot RequiredRequiredNot RequiredRequired
English ProficiencyIELTS: 6.5;
TOEFL-iBT: 90;
IELTS: 6.5
TOEFL-iBT: 90;
IELTS: 6.5;
IELTS: 6.5
TOEFL-iBT: 90;
German Proficiency

TestDaF 4;
DSH Level 2

Not MandatoryTestDaF 4;
DSH Level 2
TestDaF 4;
DSH Level 2
Not Mandatory

*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.

Heidelberg University FAQs

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).

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