Your Application

The following provides an overview of the application procedure and the requirements to study at the University of Applied Science Zwickau (WHZ).

General requirements

To study at a German University you need to provide evidence of an appropriate university entrance certificate/qualification. If you are unsure your certificate/qualification qualifies you to study at a German University you can find further information here.

If, in accordance with the assessment guidelines of the Central Office for Foreign Education Bonn (ZAB), an indirect university entrance qualification exists, the one-year FSP course (Feststellungsprüfung) must first be completed at Studienkolleg Zittau/Görlitz.

If you do not meet the language requirements for direct university admission and at least have a German B1 language level, you can attend a preparatory DSH course at Foreign Students' College of Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences (HSZG).

The FSP and DSH courses are free of charge. You cannot apply for this directly. Admission is subject to a prior study application at our university.

Specific requirements

Some degree programs also require specific prerequisites. These can be, for example, certificates or internships and work experience. You will find this information in the description of the degree program (see WHZ courses of study).

The following language certificates are recognized for the purposes of admission:

  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaf), the following results in the four sub-tests:
    2 x at least level 3 (written/oral expression) and 2 x at least level 4 (listening/reading comprehension)
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH – at least Level 2)
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom (DSD – at least Level 2)
  • Goethe-Certificate (C1 or C2)
  • Certificate "telc Deutsch" (C1 or C2 Hochschule)
  • Feststellungsprüfung (Passed partial exam German in FSP certificate)

The University of Applied Science Zwickau is a TestDaF examination centre, so you can take the TestDaF directly in Zwickau. The Department for Subject-Related Language Training (Fachbezogene Sprachausbildung) also offers preparatory courses. Find out more here.

Note: If a different language requirement is specified in the description of the program or in a cooperation agreement, this applies. (see WHZ courses of study)


Application procedure

Applications are processed through the Work and Service Office for International Students at uni-assist e.V. - except for the study programs listed below*. Uni-assist e.V. equates foreign grades to the German grading system, assesses your language skills and reviews whether or not your foreign educational qualifications can be accredited. This process generally takes up to 6 weeks and they will charge you a fee for this. However, this allows you to apply to several other universities that are members of uni-assist e.V., please note you can apply for a maximum of two courses at WHZ through this process.


 *The following courses of study/application are excluded:

·         Musical-instrument construction (Bachelor program)

·         Acoustic and technology of musical-instrument construction (Masters Program)

·         Design (Bachelor Program)

·         Design (Masters Program)


Study applications in frame of exchange collaborations:

·         CDHAW Shanghai, China (Diplom studies in Industrial Engineering, Automotive Technology, Supply Engineering and Environmental Technology)

·         Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China (Masters Program LBA German-Chinese with Double Degree)

·         Häme University, Finnland (Bachelor Studies Design/Fashion Design)

·         INAI.Kg University Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (Bachelor and Master Studies in Computer Science)

·         HTL Austria (Diplom Studies of Electrical Engineering)

·         Regional and European Project Development (Tri-national Masters studies)




EU nationalsNon-EU nationals
admission free programmes31 July15 June
admission restricted programmes15 June15 June
EU nationalsNon-EU nationals
admission free programmes30 November30 November
admission restricted programmes30 November30 November

Required documents for an application:

  • Application Form
  • one passport photo
  • complete detailed CV
  • officially certified copy of school leaving certificate in the original language
  • officially certified copy of a certified translation of the school leaving certificate (in German or English)
  • officially certified copies of university qualifications and academic achievements, if any
  • officially certified copies of certified translations of university certificates and academic achievements (in German or English)
  • officially certified proof of sufficient German language skills (please take into consideration the requirements for individual degree programmes)
  • officially certified evidence of sufficient language ability of other foreign languages, if required (please take into consideration the requirements for individual degree programmes)
  • personal statement (only for Masters applications)

For some countries (PR China, Vietnam etc.):

  • officially certified proof of having passed the university entrance exam (in original)
  • officially certified translation of proof of having passed the university entrance exam (in German or English)

For Applicants from PR China, Mongolia and Vietnam:

  • Original certificate from the Academic Evaluation Centre/Akademische Prüfstelle (APS)

Please note: APS confirmation of course participation is not sufficient.


Ms Elke Kunze

International prospective students
International full-time students

Paul-Kirchhoff-Bau (PKB), room 230a
+49 375 536 1061



International Office

Katrin Jugelt
Paul-Kirchhoff-Bau (PKB), room 230
+49 375 536 1068
+49 375 536 1063[at]

Postal address
Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau
International Office
Kornmarkt 1
08056 Zwickau

Adress for visitors
Paul-Kirchhoff-Bau (PKB)
Dr.-Friedrichs Ring 2A
rooms 228/230/230a (above the canteen)