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EU Guideline

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Applying at a university can be challenging. Don't worry – we're here to help you. This guideline summarizes the LAS application process for EU citizens (including Germany), citizens from EEA member states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway), and international applicants with a German University entrance qualification (Abitur).

LAS Application Guideline 2019 – EU Citizens: 4 Basic Steps

Application Process EU

1. Application Requirements

The application process starts at the University of Freiburg Student Service Center. There, as of June 1, you will find your specific entry point and LAS application portal; the portal language can be changed to English in the bottom right corner (desktop) and in the navigation menu (mobile).

  • Choose the degree "Bachelor", then the study program "Liberal Arts and Sciences" in the drop-down menus.
  • Fill out the application form.

Tick Box Your University entrance qualification (or an officially certified copy): school leaving diploma and transcript of grades

  • Documents not in German, English, or French must be translated by a sworn translator or approved by a German Embassy or Consulate.
  • University entrance qualifications from countries other than Germany, but also the International Baccalaureate have to be recognized by the University's International Admissions and Services (IAS)
  • If you are a German citizen and have a non-German University entrance qualification, please see the information IAS provides here

Tick Box Proof of English proficiency at min. B2 level (CEFR)

  • Abitur from Germany (with indicated B2 English or 8 years of English at Gymnasium or English as an examination subject) or from Luxemburg
  • We accept the following language proficiency tests (certificates must not be older than two years.):

– Cambridge ESOL: min. First Certificate in English
– IELTS Academic: band 5.5, or higher
– Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT): 61-80 points, or higher
– PTE Academic: 59 points, or higher
– telc University: B2-C1, or higher
– TOEFL iBT: 72 points, or higher (UCF's TOEFL DI Code is DI B580)

  • English language University entrance qualification (e.g. British A-levels or an IB)
  • Native English speakers with according citizenship (United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) do not need to provide proof of English. 

Tick Box Letter of motivation

Maximum of 1,000 words, in English, outlining your motivation for studying LAS at the University of Freiburg; please see our recommendations on the letter of motivation.

Tick Box Study-orientation-test

For matriculation at the University, you must provide proof of having completed a study-orientation-test. The LAS Online Study-Choice Assistant (OSA) is such a test and an interactive tool that provides insights into our Program. We recommend that you complete it before applying and hand in the certificate with your application.

Tick Box Video interview request (if applicable)

Video interviews are possible in exceptional circumstances of social hardship. If you want to apply for a video interview, please include the video interview request form in your LAS application.

Tick Box Printed and signed LAS application form

Additional documents, e.g. letters of recommendation, attestations for internships, will not be considered.

Application deadline is July 15. This is not the postmark date but the date by which your application must be received by the University. Please send your complete application including the application form and all documents listed above by surface mail to:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
University College Freiburg
Bertoldstr. 17
79098 Freiburg


2. Recognition of Your Application

The recognition of your application has two parts: (1) verification if your application is complete, (2) recognition and conversion of non-German University entrance qualifications.

Applications that are incomplete and/or do not fulfill the requirements listed above are not considered for the selection process.

3. Selection

LAS is a selective program. Not all applicants are admitted.

Step 1 – Preliminary Selection

The first part of the selection process focuses on your academic achievements, i.e. the final grade of your University entrance qualification. All EU and EAA applicants as well as international applicants with a German University entrance qualification (Abitur) are ranked according to their (converted) grade.

Step 2 – Application Interview

Based on the ranking from Step 1, interview invitations are sent out about 7-10 days after the application deadline (please check your spam folder!). Interviews will take place from July 29 to August 2, 2019 in Freiburg. Video interviews are possible under circumstances of social hardship.

Your letter of motivation is the starting point for the 30-minute interview. The interview is not an exam with predetermined questions. Rather, it is a conversation in which applicants can show that they have the necessary motivation and aptitude for studying LAS as well as a clear perception of their future plans.

Step 3 – Final Selection

After the interviews, applicants are ranked according to their "selection score", a combination of your University entrance qualification grade and your interview result.

4. Admissions

Acceptance and Matriculation

The University's Student Service Center sends out the official letters of acceptance or rejection by surface mail approximately mid-August. Letters of acceptance include further information concerning matriculation at the University of Freiburg. It is essential that you, in your application, provide a valid postal address.

Once you are matriculated, UCF will send you information for starting your LAS studies. In the Welcome Week, starting October 14, 2019, we will introduce you to LAS, to each other, the city and the University of Freiburg.

Deferred Admissions

Postponing your LAS admission for a year is only possible if
(1) you are a German citizen, have a German Abitur, and/or are an EU or EEA Citizen with a University entrance qualification from an EU or EEA country,
(2) you will be doing a mandatory or voluntary military or civil service or caring for a child or relative.

Timeline – Key Application & Admissions Dates for EU citizens

Timeline EU-Applications

With the exception of the stated deadlines, these dates are subject to change. Neither UCF nor the Student Service Center can provide information on the status of your application before the specified dates.

Based on our experience since 2012, unplaced LAS applicants cannot expect a placement in the LAS program via the waiting list procedure [Nachrückverfahren].


If you have questions, please contact us here at UCF!
University College Freiburg
Tel: +49 (0)761/203-67342