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Non-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 non-EU and non-EEA citizens without a German University entrance qualification.

LAS Application Guideline 2019 – Non-EU Citizens: 4 Basic Steps

Application Process Non-EU

1. Application Requirements

The application process starts at the University's Student Service Center. There, as of June 1, you will find your specific LAS entry point to the 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 and upload the following application documents:

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). Please make sure to consult the IAS information regarding your eligibility to study at a German university before you submit your application. 

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

  • 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 Curriculum Vitae (in English) and attestations for voluntary services, internships, etc.

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.

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

After you have completed the online application form and uploaded all above-listed application documents in the application portal, you can download your LAS application form as a PDF file.

Tick Box Printed and signed LAS application form

Application deadline is July 15. This is not a postmark date but the date by which your application must be received by the University. Please send your LAS application form by surface mail to:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Service Center Studium
International Admissions and Services
Sedanstr. 6
79098 Freiburg


Please note: If you are admitted to the LAS Program and accept that offer, you must provide originals or officially certified copies of all above-listed application documents for matriculation at the University of 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. The selection process focuses on your academic achievements, i.e. the final grade of your University entrance qualification, and on your motivation to study LAS in Freiburg. For legal reasons, a selection interview is not part of the process for non-EU applicants.

4. Admissions

Acceptance and Matriculation

The University's Student Services 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 not possible for non-EU / non-EEA citizens.

Timeline – Key Application & Admissions Dates for non-EU citizens

Timeline Non-EU

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].


The University's International Admissions and Services Department (IAS) is responsible for processing non-EU applications and for the recognition and conversion of non-German University entrance qualifications. If you have questions, please contact them at: .