Bachelor and Master Programs for International Students at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Publish Date: Nov 04, 2015

Deadline: May 15, 2016

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Science welcomes and encourages applications from prospective students from all over the world. However, since admissions requirements for bachelor’s degree programmes vary by country, we cannot provide a comprehensive list of admission requirements which applies equally to all applicants.

Instead, please visit the DAAD's website on German university admissions where you can find helpful general information on the application requirements based on your home country. Another option is the comprehensive Anabin database, which is a catalogue of international qualifications and institutions officially recognised in Germany. The Anabin database is available in German only.

You’ll find more information about the admission requirements for master’s degree programmes below.

Application periods

Universities in Germany typically have two semester periods: winter semester and summer semester. Applications for bachelor’s programmes are accepted in the winter semester only. For master’s programmes, applications are accepted in both the winter and summer semesters.

Starting semester




Winter semester



  May – 15 July

Summer semester



  November - Dezember 

Applications are only accepted during the official application periods. The start date for an application cycle will be officially announced on our website. It is only possible to submit documents to uni-assist during the official application period!



Due to the large amount of applications we receive from abroad, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences cooperates with uni-assist, a Berlin-based professional service that converts and evaluates the academic credentials of international applicants. Uni-assist’s task is to determine if qualifications earned abroad meet state and federal requirements for admission to higher education in Germany. Decisions are based on the framework provided by the German Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen – ZaB), which also maintains the Anabin database mentioned above.

All foreign applicants must apply through uni-assist. There are no exceptions to this rule and applications submitted by other means will not be considered.

To avoid any delays in the visa process and ensure a timely start to their studies, international applicants are strongly advised to submit their applications to uni-assist as early as possible.


Uni-assist charges processing fees for the evaluation of your application to Rhine-Waal University and for any additional universities you apply to. These fees remain entirely with uni-assist – Rhine-Waal University does not charge any additional application fees.

How to apply

  1. Register for an account with uni-assist. You can do this at any time.
  2. Gather the required documents below and scan them to your computer.
  3. When the application period begins, go to the uni-assist online application portal and select Kleve, HS Rhein-Waal. You can now upload and submit your documents. Please note that we do not require hard copies of your documents, only electronic copies!
  4. Pay the processing fee for uni-assist. The application process is now complete.

You can monitor your application status in your uni-assist account. If there are any missing or incomplete documents, uni-assist will contact you by email so regularly check your inbox!

If uni-assist determines that you meet the requirements to study in Germany, your application will be forwarded to the University for final consideration. After a short period, you will receive a letter of admission or rejection by email from Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. If you are accepted, you can use your letter of admission to begin the visa application process with the nearest German embassy.

Questions about uni-assist

For all questions relating to uni-assist or the status of your application, please see the uni-assist English FAQ or contact them directly.

Admission requirements for bachelor’s programmes

    1.   Documents establishing your University Entrance Qualification:

Please submit all diplomas or certificates which would qualify you for admission to a higher education institution in your home country (secondary school diploma, high school diploma or general certificate of education [ordinary and advanced levels]). Please don’t forget to include all corresponding transcripts. Where possible, please submit all transcripts and corresponding certificates from any previous periods of study at other higher education institutions, as they may be relevant to your eligibility for admission.

    2.   Meeting our language requirements:

If you are applying for a study programme taught in English: please submit a valid English certificate equivalent to CEFR level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). We accept the following internationally recognised language certificates:

IELTS (academic)

 6.0 or higher


 minimum 80

Please note: proof of German language proficiency is not required if you are applying to an English-taught study course.

If you’re applying to a programme taught in German, you must instead submit a German language certificate equivalent to CEFR level B2, for example TDN 4 or DSH-2.

    3.   Proof of an 8-week preparatory internship:

All students at Rhine-Waal University must complete an 8-week preparatory internship / work placement before the start of the fourth semester. It is often less complicated for international applicants – particularly those who don’t speak German – to complete this mandatory internship in their home country before applying to Rhine-Waal University. For specific requirements for a particular study programme, please see that programme’s examination regulations.

Once you have completed this requirement, you can request an official form for recognition from your faculty. Failure to submit this form by the fourth semester enrolment deadline will result in automatic deregistration (exmatriculation) from the university.

Admission requirements for master’s programmes

In order to apply for a master’s programme, please provide uni-assist with the following documents:

  • Bachelor’s diploma and full transcripts
  • If your final bachelor’s diploma and transcripts will be issued after the application deadline, please submit a provisional transcript.
  • Module handbook for your bachelor’s programme or an official programme description (if available)
  • For English-taught programmes: proof of English language proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL) from a recognised language test center.
  • For German-taught programmes: proof of German language proficiency (TestDaF, DSH)
  • Where required by a programme: other additional documents (proof of internship / semester abroad, motivation essay)

For programme-specific requirements (GPA, language level), please see applying to a master’s programme and the programmes’ individual homepages.

As with bachelor’s degree programmes, German language proficiency is not required for programmes where English is the language of instruction.

Other questions?

Please see our FAQs for prospective students.

Should you have any other enquiries, please contact the Student Service Centre 

Due to the large number of applications submitted each semester, please give uni-assist and the University adequate time before enquiring about your application. We will inform you by email about your application as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

We wish you the best of luck in the application process!


Scholarships for enroled students

There are two main possibilities to get financial aid during your studies in Germany.

German citizens and some foreigners living in Germany on a permanent residence visa may be eligible for BAföG, which is a governmental student grant/loan. You can check the legal requirements in § 8 BAföG. The German students' organisation Deutsches Studentenwerk offers advice and consultation. More information is provided on the following page. Not every student, not even every German student, is eligible for it.

A second way is to apply for some of the different grants listed here.

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