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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.

The LAS application period 2020 is July 1 – August 20.

Further changes are possible in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic.

LAS Application Guideline 2020 – Non-EU Citizens: 4 Basic Steps

Non-EU Process

1. Application Requirements

As of July 1, you can apply for the LAS Program via 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: school leaving diploma and transcript of grades

  • Documents not in German, English, French, Spanish, or Italian must be translated into German or English by a certified translator or approved by a German Embassy or Consulate.

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

We accept the following proofs:

  • Language proficiency tests (no other tests are accepted):

– Cambridge ESOL: min. First Certificate in English
– IELTS Academic: band 5.5, or higher
– Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT): 60-79 points, or higher
– PTE Academic: 59 points, or higher
– telc University: B2-C1, or higher
– TOEFL: min. 72 points (iBT); min. 567 points (PBT) (UCF Code: DI B580; certificates must not be older than two years.)
– TOEIC: min. 785 points (Listening/Reading), 160 points (Speaking) and 150 points (Writing)

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we accept online versions of TOEFL and IELTS English proficiency tests. For security reasons, we recommend TOEFL Home Edition.

  • English language University entrance qualification (e.g. British A-levels or an IB)
  • English language undergraduate degree
  • Native speakers with citizenship of a country with English as official language are exempt.

Tick Box Essay

Application essay of 250-350 words answering the following question: "Please give an example from your life when someone else made you change your mind about something that matters to you."

Tick Box Letter of motivation

Maximum of 650 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 Declaration of authorship ("Erklärung")

Please print and sign the following declaration, then scan and upload it to the application portal:

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

LOM Signature




Your First and Last Name
Your Email address 

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

Tick Box Study-orientation-test

For matriculation, 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 Confirmation of the applicant

This form is provided by the application portal. Please download it there, then print, sign, scan, and re-upload it to the application portal.

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

Submitting your application

  • Application deadline is August 20.
  • Applications must be submitted online. Submissions via surface mail will not be considered.
  • After completing the application form and uploading the application documents listed above, you can check and edit your application. Then, please confirm that all entered data is correct and submit your application.
  • Finally, please download the data control sheet of your application as a PDF file for your own reference.

Please note: If you are admitted to the LAS Program and accept that offer, you must provide originals of all application documents listed above for matriculation at the University of Freiburg.

2. Recognition of Your Qualifications

Your application will be considered for the selection process if (1) it includes all necessary application documents as listed above and (2) your non-German school leaving certificate is recognized as a German University entrance qualification by the University's International Admissions and Services (IAS).

Applications that are incomplete and/or do not fulfill the requirements listed above will not be considered.

3. Selection

LAS is a selective program. Not all applicants are admitted. Selection is based on your academic achievements, i.e. the final grade of your University entrance qualification, your essay, 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

You will be notified by email when your official letter of acceptance or rejection is available in the application portal (approximately mid-August). Please download the letter and save it for your own reference.

Letters of acceptance include further information concerning matriculation at the University of Freiburg. Once you are matriculated, UCF will send you information concerning starting your LAS studies. During our Welcome Week, starting October 12, 2020, we will introduce you to LAS, to each other, the city and the University of Freiburg.

Deferred Admissions (Vorwegauswahl)

Postponing your LAS admission for a year is not possible for non-EU / non-EEA citizens.

Waiting List (Nachrückverfahren)

Based on our experience since 2012, it is quite unlikely that applicants who have not initially received an offer will be offered a place in the LAS program via the waiting list procedure (Nachrückverfahren).

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

Non-EU Timeline

With the exception of the deadlines given above, 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.


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: .