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Admission Limits ("Numerus Clausus")

Programmes with admission restrictions are often referred to as NC programmes. The Latin term "Numerus Clausus" (NC) stands for “limited number”. You always have to apply for a program with NC - simple enrollment without prior application is not possible.

The admission limits are only meant as an orientation for determining the chances of getting a university spot, as they change every year depending on the applications received. NC is only ever calculated retrospectively, i.e. after all applications have been received. If the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, only the best applicants will be accepted. The average grade or cut-off grades is calculated from the applications that have been submitted; applicants must achieve at least this grade to be admitted. The NC values from previous semesters are useful for reference, but on no account should they stop you from applying because you do not know what your fellow applicants’ average grades are in the current application and admissions round.

Aside from the average grade, there are other criteria that are important in programmes with restricted admission, particularly waiting time. If you already have a waiting semester, you could still have the chance of a place even if your average grade is lower than the numerus clausus required. Please note: waiting time only includes time in which you were not enrolled at a German institution of higher education.

Nevertheless, we recommend to inform on time about the specific regulations for admission for your target program.

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