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    Paderborn University 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    With about 20,344 students enrolled in its different programs, admissions at the University of Paderborn are invited for winter and summer terms. The university offers more than 120 UG and PG courses in various disciplines offered by its five faculties. With an acceptance rate of 50%, getting admission at the University of Paderborn is quite difficult but it still attracts a number of foreign students due to its reputation and quality. There are over 1,990 international students from all the continents pursuing different courses at University of Paderborn, making it a very multicultural place to study in Germany.

    Due to social distancing measures to be taken during COVID-19, all the classes have been shifted online and FAQ during Corona pandemic have been mentioned at the end of the article.

    • Deadline to submit an application for undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship is 27 April, 2020.
    • Undergraduate and postgraduate students are provided with 5 scholarships of worth 2000 EUR and 2500 EUR each respectively.
    • To get admission in degree courses starting in the winter term 2020/21, certified copies must be submitted by 15 July, 2020.
    • For studying in University of Paderborn, students have to pay Semester fee of 318.97 EUR.


    Application Portal Online Portal
    Application Fee NA
    Degrees Offered Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree
    Academic calendar Semester
    Intake seasons Summer/ Winter
    IELTS score 6.5-7.0
    Mode of Payment Credit card
    Financial Aid BAföG, Deutschlandstipendium, KfW Loan


    Any application received after the deadline will not be accepted by the admission office of the University of Paderborn. Regarding the other courses, there has been no mention of deadlines by the University.

    Courses Deadline
    Restricted UG & PG degree August 22, 2020
    Free UG degree September 21, 2020
    Free PG degree October 30, 2020

    University of Paderborn International Students Admission

    Students from over 40 countries study at the University of Paderborn, constituting around 9% of the overall student body. The university gives admission to international students with a strong academic background and with innovative ideas. University of Paderborn offers courses in various disciplines like engineering, natural sciences, economics and cultural studies.

    Where to apply: Official website of the University or through Uni-Assist Online Portal

    Application fee: NA

    Admission requirements: International Applicants have to submit the following documents in order to enrol in undergraduate and graduate courses of the University of Paderborn:

    • Application form
    • Secondary – level school leaving certificates
    • Transcript
    • Proof of German-language skills through tests required to study in Germany
    • Language certificate for English 
    • University entrance certificate
    • Passed assessment exam (Feststellungsprüfung) in a preparatory program (Studienkolleg)
    • Resume
    • Passport
    • ID photograph
    • Proof of financial support
    • Copy of visa

    All the documents must be attached as PDF attachment in email else enrollment cannot be performed.

    English Proficiency & German Language Test score

    English Proficiency test score is compulsory for those students in whose native country English is their second language. International students must demonstrate English Proficiency by submitting the test score of any of the following mentioned exams as well as German language skills if they want to take admission in courses taught in German:

    Test Minimum Required Score
    TOEFL iBT 80-87
    TOEFL PBT 500-550
    IELTS 6.0-7.0
    DSH Certificate Level 2
    German Language Diploma Level 2
    TestDaF Level 4
    Goethe Certificate C2

    Student Visa Requirements

    Students who want to study in Germany can either apply for a Schengen visa (for short stay) or National visa (for longer stay) to ensure their entry and studies in Germany.

    Following documents must be submitted to the German Embassy while applying for a visa to study in Germany:

    • Application form
    • Passport
    • Passport size photographs
    • Financial support in the form of bank statement 
    • Acceptance letter from University
    • Certificate of past academic work & achievement
    • Transcripts
    • Proof of German language proficiency

    University of Paderborn Undergraduate Admission

    University of Paderborn offers undergraduate courses in various disciplines like management, linguistics, physics, literature, arts, history, mathematics, nutrition and applied sports science.

    Admission Portal: Online Portal

    Application fee: NA

    Admission requirements: To get admission in any of the above mentioned courses, students require:

    • Application form
    • High school course work
    • Required ELP test scores (IELTS, TOEFL)
    • Official high school transcripts
    • Personal statement
    • Resume
    • Letter of recommendation

    University of Paderborn Graduate Admission

    University of Paderborn offers graduate programs in various disciplines including mechanical engineering, chemistry, applied neuroscience, language, finances and computer engineering. All the applicants must submit a statement of purpose to the department of their study along with the portfolio.

    Here are some popular graduate programs offered by University of Paderborn and the requirements for admission:

    Requirements M.Sc. Physics M.Sc. Applied Neurosciences in Sports & Exercise M.Sc. Computer Engineering M.Sc. International Economics & Management English & American Literacy and Cultural Studies
    Intake season Summer & Winter Winter Summer & Winter Summer & Winter Summer & Winter
    Grade 3.0 2.5 Not specified 2.5 - 3.0 Not specified
    IELTS 6.0 5.5 6.5 6.5 7.0
    Resume Required Required Required Required Required
    Personal Statement Required Required Required Required Required
    Letter of Recommendation Required Required Required Required Required

    All the applicants must keep in mind deadlines for the receipt of registration documents. Allow enough time for the mail to send the documents since mailing of documents often takes longer time than expected. Telephone and email enquiries could be made about the receipt of documents but this takes some time. Applicants are informed about the completed enrolment by email.

    Those applicants who are Non-EU citizens and have not received the University Entrance Qualification from a German school can apply for a program at the International Office. They need to submit their documents as hardcopies.

    After arrival of the student in Germany, signed and original copy of registration form must be send to the following address:

    University of Paderborn

    Dec.21/ International Office

    Mr. Funayama-Thordsen

    Warburger Strasse 100

    33098 Paderborn


    Ques. What impact will COVID-19 have on the application process and application deadlines?

    Ans. The application deadlines and procedures remain the same but if applicants could not submit certified documents on time, they can apply with simple copies prior to the deadline. However, certified copies must be submitted to the International Office or Uni-Assist by July 15, 2020.

    Ques. What does COVID-19 mean for the enrollment process?

    Ans. Enrollment period for winter semester 2020 starts from September 1 to October 22. All the documents must be sent in advance to

    Ques. How can I find financial support since the corona pandemic has resulted in financial difficulties?

    Ans. Students can apply for funds from Corona Aid Fund for UPB students and Deutsche Studierendenwerk for bridging help. International students can also apply for student loans like:

    • Corona Student loan from Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW)
    • Student loan from Loan Fund of Studierendenwerk eV (Daka)

    Ques. Will the Corona pandemic and the postponement of summer semester 2020 affect my BAföG?

    Ans. No, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research announced by decree that the postponement of lectures will not affect the BAföG entitlement. Self-study and online courses will be counted as study activities. BAföG applications must be submitted by April 2020 unless the applicant has received a BAföG notification for summer semester 2020.

    Ques. Could I also receive a short-time work allowance as a job student?

    Ans. No. Job-seeking students cannot get health, nursing and unemployment insurance. Such students are also exempted from short-time benefits.

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