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What role does my nationality play when I register?

In order to begin an undergraduate degree course (bachelor's or state examination), you will need a university admissions qualification (“Abitur”, the German higher education entrance qualification, or an equivalent qualification). Here we explain how your nationality and where you acquired your school leaving qualifications will affect your application.

EU/EEA citizens with non-German school leaving certificates

You are a citizen of an EU/EEA member state, and have acquired your university entrance qualification in a country other than Germany, and not at a German school abroad.

Your school leaving certificate may or may not automatically qualify you to begin a degree course at a German university. The list of countries and school leaving certificates which do not automatically qualify you to embark on a degree course at a German university changes from time to time. For the most recent details, please see ANABIN or refer to the DAAD web portal.

In such cases, you may be able to acquire a university entrance qualification by attending a one year preparatory course (Studienkolleg). Please apply first for your chosen subject at the LMU. If you fulfil the relevant conditions, you will be assigned a place on a preparatory course by the LMU International Admissions Office. Please note that you will be required to furnish evidence of level B2 proficiency in German in order to begin a preparatory course in Bavaria.

If you would like to register for a degree program which does not have restricted admission, or a degree program which requires an aptitude assessment or pre-registration (including master's degrees and doctorates), your contact for admissions for studying at the LMU and for registration is the International Office in the central university administration.

If you wish to pursue a degree program with local admission restrictions, your contact for admissions for studying at the LMU and for registration is the Studentenkanzlei (LMU Student Office) in the central university administration.

Please note: If you wish to register for a degree program with national admission restrictions (pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine), you will first need to register for the national allocation procedure organised by the SfH (Foundation for University Admissions). Once you are assigned a place at the LMU, the Studentenkanzlei (LMU Student Office) is responsible for dealing with your registration process.

Non-EU/EEA citizens with non-German advanced school leaving certificates

You are a citizen of a country which is not an EU/EEA member state, and have gained a university entrance qualification in a country other than Germany, and not at a German school abroad.

Your school leaving certificate may or may not automatically qualify you to begin a degree course at a German university. The list of countries and school leaving certificates which do not automatically qualify you to embark on a degree course at a German university changes from time to time. For the most recent details, please see ANABIN or refer to the DAAD web portal.

In such cases, you may be able to acquire a university entrance qualification by attending a one year preparatory course (Studienkolleg). Please apply first for your chosen subject at the LMU. If you fulfil all the relevant conditions, you will be assigned a place on a preparatory course by the LMU International Admissions Office. Please note that you will be required to furnish evidence of level B2 proficiency in German in order to begin a preparatory course in Bavaria.

Your contact for admissions for studying at the LMU and for registration is the International Office in the central university administration.

Please note: If you wish to apply to begin in an advanced semester of a subject with admission restrictions, admission and registration are regulated by the Studentenkanzlei (LMU Student Office).

German students and “Bildungsinländer” (international students with a German higher education entrance qualification)

You are a German national or a foreign national / stateless person with a German higher education entrance qualification (Abitur or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification) obtained in Germany or from a German school abroad.

Your contact for admission to a degree program at the LMU and for registration is the Studentenkanzlei (LMU Student Office) in the central university administration.

Please note: If you wish to register for a degree program with national admission restrictions (pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine), you will first need to register for the national allocation procedure organised by the SfH (Foundation for University Admissions). Once you are assigned a place at the LMU, the Studentenkanzlei (LMU Student Office) is responsible for dealing with your registration process.

German nationals with a non-German school leaving qualification

You are a German national (with a German passport!), and acquired your advanced school leaving certificate at a school abroad.

Your school leaving certificate may or may not automatically qualify you to begin a degree course at a German university. The list of countries and school leaving certificates which do not automatically qualify you to embark on a degree course at a German university changes from time to time. For the most recent details, please see ANABIN or refer to the DAAD web portal.

If your school leaving certificate does not qualify you to begin a course, you may be able to acquire a university entrance qualification by attending a one year preparatory course for German nationals (Studienkolleg). Please apply first for your chosen subject at the LMU. If you fulfil the relevant conditions, you will be assigned a place on a preparatory course by the LMU Student Office.

Your contact for admissions for studying at the LMU and for registration is the Studentenkanzlei (LMU Student Office) in the central university administration.

Please note: If you wish to register for a degree program with national admission restrictions (pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine) – and you are in possession of a university entrance qualification which is recognised in Germany – you will first need to register for the national allocation procedure organised by the SfH (Foundation for University Admissions). Once you are assigned a place at the LMU, the Studentenkanzlei (LMU Student Office) is responsible for dealing with your registration process.

Applicants with dual citizenship

You have dual citizenship, and would like to study at the LMU? The following rules govern where and subject to which conditions you will need to apply:

Dual citizenship for Germany and an EU/EEA country or Germany and a non-EU/EEA country:
You are considered to be German, and can apply as a German with a German Abitur or as a German with a foreign school leaving qualification.

Dual citizenship EU/EEA country and EU/EEA country or EU/EEA country and non-EU/EEA country: You are considered to be an EU/EEA citizen and can apply as an EU/EEA citizen with non-German school leaving qualifications or as an EU/EEA citizen with a German higher education entrance qualification (“Bildungsinländer”).

Dual citizenship non-EU/EEA country and non-EU/EEA country: You are considered to be a non-EU/EEA citizen. You will need to apply as a non-EU/EEA citizen with non-German school leaving qualifications or as a non-EU/EEA citizen with a German higher education entrance qualification (“Bildungsinländer”).

Please note: You must state all citizenships in your application!

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