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LAS Application & Admissions

We have an annual intake of about 80 students. Selection is based on academic achievements and motivation for studying with us in Freiburg. Application period is June 1 – July 15, 2024.

Application Guideline – How to Apply for the LAS Program

LAS Application & Admissions in 4 Basic Steps

Application & Admissions Process

1. Your LAS Application

There are two application pools based on your citizenship and your University entrance qualification:

  • Pool 1 for citizens from EU and EEA member states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway), and for all other international applicants with a German Abitur
  • Pool 2 for non-EU / -EEA citizens without a German Abitur

The application pools are assessed separately. The processes and criteria are very similar and based on the Admissions Regulations for EU and for non-EU applicants respectively.

Dual citizens apply with the citizenship "closest" to Germany:
German and any other → as a German citizen
EU or EAA and a non-EU/-EAA citizenship → with your EU or EAA citizenship
two non-EU/-EAA citizenships → either

You submit your LAS application as follows:

The University uses the "Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure" (DoSV) to coordinate LAS applications; please see here for information on the DoSV. After registering at, you receive a BID (Bewerbungs-ID = Applicant ID) and a BAN (Bewerbungs-Authentifizierungs-Nummer = Applicant Authentication Number).

You then register on the Uni application portal where you can enter your BID and BAN to allow data transfer from and to enable email notifications. To start your application, select "Bachelor" and the study program "Liberal Arts and Sciences" in the drop-down menu under "Your desired degree program".

After completing the application form and uploading the application documents listed below, you can check and edit your application. Then, please confirm that your data is correct and submit your application using your BID and BAN numbers. We recommend downloading the application control sheet for your records.

The Student Service Center provides further information on the online application process.

Application documents

University entrance qualification

  • A University entrance qualification consists of your school leaving diploma and your transcript of grades.
  • Documents not in German, English, or French must be translated into German or English by a certified translator or approved by a German Embassy or Consulate.
  • Non-German University entrance qualifications including the IB must be recognized by International Admissions and Services (IAS). Please consult their information on your eligibility before applying.

B2 English proficiency

Applicants must provide proof of English proficiency at minimum B2 level according to the CEFR. You can find a list of language certificates accepted at the University of Freiburg here under "English B2".

Application essay

The application essay question for 2024 is: "What is the difference between truth and opinion? Describe a situation from your own life in which this difference made a difference."

Your application essay must answer the application question and be written in English. The essay must not exceed 500 words. A slightly longer essay will make a successful application less likely. An overlong essay will lead to a disqualification of the whole application.

Please see our guideline for composing your application essay.

Letter of motivation

Your letter of motivation must be written in English and outline your motivation to study LAS at the University of Freiburg. The letter must not exceed 500 words. A slightly longer letter essay will make a successful application less likely. An overlong essay will lead to a disqualification of the whole application.

Please see our guideline for composing your letter of motivation.

Declaration of authorship

The Declaration of authorship ("Erklärung") is a mandatory part of your LAS application. Please print and sign the following declaration, then scan and upload it to the application portal:

"I hereby confirm that the Letter of motivation and the Application essay have been composed by me and are my own work, unless stated otherwise."

LOM Signature




Your First and Last Name
Your Email address

Student Orientation Procedure

You must provide confirmation of having completed a "Student Orientation Procedure", e.g., the LAS Online Study-Choice Assistant (OSA). The OSA is also an interactive tool that provides insights into studying LAS and includes helpful videos, links, and information on student orientation.

Confirmation of the applicant

The "Confirmation of the applicant" form is provided in the application portal. Please download, print, sign, scan, and re-upload it to the application portal.

2. Recognition of Your Qualifications

We check that your application includes all required application documents and that they are valid. If you submit your application by July 1, we will notify you in case of missing and/or invalid documents.

In addition, non-German school leaving certificate must be recognized as a German University entrance qualification by International Admissions and Services (IAS).

Applications that do not fulfill the requirements listed above will not be considered for selection.

3. Selection

LAS is a selective program. Not all applicants are admitted. Per LAS application pool, the applicants are ranked according to

  • the (converted) final grade of your University entrance qualification
  • your application essay
  • your letter of motivation

4. Admission and Enrollment

You will be notified by email from about your acceptance or rejection (ca. end July). If you are admitted to LAS, you have to actively accept or decline our offer on the portal:

  • If you do not intend to accept the offer, please make a prompt decision and decline the offer on so as to unblock that study place for waitlisted prospective LAS students.
  • If you did not indicate LAS as your priority application and you intend to accept our offer, you should do so immediately; otherwise your original priority application could override the LAS offer.
  • If you accept the offer, your official letter of admission will be issued via It includes information on enrollment at the University of Freiburg. You then have 10 days to enroll. If you cannot meet this deadline, please apply for an extension by email to the person listed on your acceptance letter.

Deferring admission for one 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, and (2) you will be doing a mandatory or voluntary military or civil service or caring for a child or relative.

Over the summer, UCF will provide you further details about starting your LAS studies. During our Welcome Week, we will introduce you to LAS, to each other, the city and the University of Freiburg!

Timeline – Key Application & Admissions Dates

Application & Admissions Timeline

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.

Further Information

If you would like further information, join us at the LAS Open Days. And get in touch with us: