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Study orientation

You're still not sure what you want to study or have such diverging interests that you can't decide? Wondering where to find information to point you in the right direction?

You've come to the right place! The German pages offer a number of tips and hints that will help make your decision easier. Alternatively, feel free to contact the:

 Student Advising team

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

To study at a university in Hesse, you need one of the following educational qualifications or degrees (according to  § 54 of the Hessian Higher Education Act in German only):

  1. a high school degree
  2. a specialized high-school or equivalent degree
  3. a cooperative education high school degree
  4. a master craftsperson's certificate

Vocational Qualifications

In Hesse, a master craftsperson's certificate and other vocational qualifications that are considered to be equal to a master craftsperson's certificate qualify you to study at a university and allow you to apply directly to a university or professional academy. In addition, a further group of people with vocational qualifications can sit an exam for university entry.

More information on opportunities for people with professional qualifications can be found here (in German only).

Further Potential Requirements for Admission

In addition to the regular higher education entrance qualification, universities may require pre-university internships, creative aptitude tests or apprenticeship or training contracts with partnering businesses. Please consult the detailed information posted by the degree programs you are interested in.

Even the passing of an aptitude test can be a condition for admission:
Further information about the aptitude test in communications design

RheinMain University of Applied Sciences offers degree programs with both limited and unlimited admission. Prospective students applying for programs with unlimited admission are certain to receive a place provided they fulfill the admission requirements of the degree program in question and submit the necessary application documents in time.

All prospective students who wish to enroll in a bachelor's or diploma degree program with limited admission need to apply for a place first. The university allocates its places for first-semester students according to the Hesse regulations governing the allocation of places at university. This allocation procedure is explained below.

NC and NC Values of Past Allocation Procedures

The quotas in admission procedures for limited-admission programs may vary from semester to semester.

 Information about Numerus Clausus and NC Values of Past Allocation Procedures

Waiting Periods

Candidates who do not have a (good) chance of admission without a high score of their university entrance qualification, may have a better chance of gaining a study place with the "collection" of waiting periods.

 Information about waiting periods

Allocation of Study Places

The study places for a first semester in limited admissions degree programs will be selected according to various quotas.

 Information about the allocation of Study Places

Move-up procedure, lottery procedure and applying for Leftover Places

If there are study places available shortly before semester start, move-up procedure, lottery procedure and applying for Leftover Places can be initiated.

 Information about move-up procedure and applying for leftover places

Petition in cases of hardship

In special life situations an application for hardship or compensation for disadvantages for limited degree programs can be made.

 Information about petition in cases of hardship or compensation for disadvantages

First or second time students

The Hessian procurement regulation differentiates between persons who intend to study for the first time and persons applying for a second time (after a first finished study program).

 Information about first and second time students

The RheinMain University of Applied Sciences aims to cater to the needs of disabled and chronically ill students, enabling them to participate fully in university life and gain a degree.

Studying with Disabilites or Chronical Diseases

To study with children, please follow this link useful information and links:

Study with children (only in German)

Matching funds is another component of the STIBET program. In cooperation with the DAAD and the Catholic University community (KHG ) Rüsselsheim, international students who are in financial need can obtain short-term support.

STIBET Matching Funds – A Help Program for foreign students in critical situations (only in German)

Auditing Classes at RheinMain University

If capacities allow, individuals who want to complete or extend their knowledge of specific subject areas can be admitted as guest auditors provided that their prior education and training or current occupation enables them to understand and follow the classes offered. Working persons interested in continuing education will receive special consideration. Guest auditors need not supply documentation of higher education entrance qualifications as specified in § 54 of the Hesse Higher Education Act (Hessisches Hochschulgesetz).

To be admitted as guest auditor, you need to apply within the regular application deadlines at the RheinMain University. Please find the current application deadlines in the academic calendar.

For your Guest auditor application (PDF 0,04 MB, in German only) to be processed, you need to submit the following documents:

  • A completed application form with the title and the number of the course you would like to attend, a signature of the instructor of the course and a signature from the faculty where the course is offered.
  • Evidence that you have transferred the fee of 100 euros per semester.

Course catalogs can be picked up in the administrative offices of the faculties. Use the course numbers from the course catalog to fill in your application form. If at all possible, try to obtain the signatures of the instructor and the dean of the faculty in person.

After having paid the fee, present your application and your evidence of payment in the Admissions Office to pick up your approval slip.
Please make sure to keep the application deadline in mind as no applications will be processed after the deadline has passed. Check the relevant application deadlines.

Banking details for your remittance of the semester fee:

Hochschule RheinMain
IBAN DE62500500000001006519
HELABA Frankfurt

If you need further information, please contact the Admissions Office.