If you are an international student (non-EU/ non-EEA), please check the Courses and Application site for additional information. The application process may vary.
Welcome to the RWU application page. On this page you will find all information about application, admission and enrollment. If you have any questions regarding application, admission and enrollment, please contact the Student Service. Information about doctoral studies at RWU can be found here: Doctorial Studies.
|Study Start||Study Program||Application period|
|Wninter Semester 2023/24||English-language master's degree programs||01.02.2023 - 15.04.2023|
|Winter Semester 2023/24||German-language master's degree programs||02.05.2023 - 15.07.2023||Application portal open|
- The study program Digital Media Design offers a voluntary homework assignment to improve the procedural grade. Please note the respective deadline for submission.
Five steps to the application
You have made up your mind and want to apply for one or more degree programs at RWU. Here we show you how to apply in five easy steps. We recommend that you start your application early so that you have enough time to submit your application completely and on time.
1. Register at hochschulstart.de for the German-speaking Bachelor's programs
Not applicable for our bilingual Bachelor's programs
When applying to start a bachelor's program, please check first whether the desired program utilizes the Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure (DoSV) application portal on the hochschulstart.de platform. You can find a list of the degree programs which use this portal here. If the program you would like to apply to does use the DoSV portal, please register for it at hochschulstart.de. Make a note of your BID and BAN, which you may also need to apply to other universities.
2. Register and apply using the RWU online application portal
Applicable for all degree programs.
Register at our RWU online application portal. More detailed instructions can be found directly in the portal. Please make sure, that you apply within the correct application period (see above provided information).
After your successfull registration at our online appication portcal, you can apply step by step for your favorite study program. Be sure to have all the necessary information and documents ready and don't forget to save and submit your application at the end!
3. Electronically submit and then post the original application
Once you have completed all steps of the online application process you have to submit your application electronically.
For english-language degree programs, additionally, you need to download, print out, and sign the actual application form plus post your complete application to the following address before the application deadline:
4. Check the status of your application
You can check the status of your application whenever you want via the RWU online application portal. Our admissions office will process your application as quickly as possible, so please check your status on a regular basis:
Receipt of your original documents via post, your application status will be changed from “electronically received” to → “in process”; After processing your application, the status will be changed to “valid” (if your application fulfils all the requirements and can be included to the final selection process). This will be the status of your application until we announce the final results. Please log-in regularly to the application portal to check your status or any messages related to your application.
If you are admitted to your favorite study program, you will receive an offer of admission; if your application is rejected, you will receive a rejection notice or alternatively an exclusion notice (for example if your documents were not received in full or your application did not meet the minimum requirements for consideration).
5. Accept your offer of admission
If you have received an offer of admission, please read the acceptance letter carefully and download it from the RWU online application portal for your own records. The acceptance letter contains some essential information about the next steps to take.
Be sure to click on "Accept Offer" and also submit the completed and signed Acceptance Form before the deadline.
Questions about the application process?
For questions regarding application, admission and enrollment, please contact Student Services.
FAQ General questions about the application process
Normally, the application deadlines for our German-speaking degree programs are:
- July 15th for the winter semester
- January 15th for the summer semester
The application deadlines for our English-speaking degree programs are:
- April 15th for our master's degree programs (winter semester)
- November 15th for bachelor's degree programs (summer semester)
No, some of the courses are only offered in the winter or summer semester. Further information is provided here: Course Overview.
To be admitted to a course of study, you first need a university entrance qualification (HZB), i.e., for example, the Abitur or the Fachhochschulreife. In addition, there are various documents that must be submitted with the application. A corresponding list will be displayed as part of your online application.
If you don't have a German university entrance: Please contact the Center for International Students of the Universities of Applied Sciences in Baden-Württemberg - Studienkolleg Konstanz -, if your University Entrance Qualification (UEQ) is equivalent to our German University Entrance Qualification. Furthermore, you will have to get an official recognition of your UEQ by this center before applying to our RWU. Please submit this certificate together with your application form and documents
Yes, you can stop working on your application at any time and resume filling it out later. The data you've already entered will be saved.
If you have already clicked on "Submit Application", you can no longer edit your application or any of the associated documents. If you want to amend your application afterwards, you must first withdraw it and then resubmit it. The original application which was retracted will then not be processed by the university.
Our RW online application portal will provide you with all the necessary information. In addition, your official application form will include a short checklist as well, stating all the mandatory documents to post.
For a more detailed information, please visit the admission page of your favorite study program.
It depends: You can submit any missing document before the official application deadline. Please make sure, to submit your complete application documents before the deadline. If we have not received your complete documents by April 15th (Master's Programs, Winter Semester)/ by November 15th (Bachelor's Programs, Summer Semester), we will not consider your application in the selection process.
"In preparation": You have not sent your application online.
"Received": You have sent the application online.
"In Process": Your documents have been submitted electronically to RWU and are being reviewed. Exception English study programs: your documents have been submitted by post and are being reviewed.
"Valid": Your documents have been reviewed and found to be valid. You are now participating in the selection process. Please note any instructions in the portal. If you meet the requirements for an admission-free program, you will receive an admission offer directly.
"Offer of admission currently not possible": Unfortunately, you have not been offered a place at the current time. However, there may still be move-up procedures taking place.
"Rejected": Unfortunately, you have not been offered a place on one of our degree programs coordinated by hochschulstart.de.
"Offer of admission has been made": You have been accepted for a study place. From now on you can download your admission letter with further information.
"Enrollment applied": Click on "Accept offer and apply for enrollment" your status changes to "Enrollment applied". If you submit the enrollment application and paper evidence to RWU by the deadline, you will be enrolled.
"Enrollment in process": Your enrollment documents have been received by RWU and are being processed.
You can activate/deactivate e-mail notifications at any time in the RWU Application Portal:
- Button "Go to application page
- In the right column under your contact details, you can change the setting using the "Activate/Deactivate" button.
If you have any further questions, please send an email to: email@example.com
FAQ Specific Questions about the application process
Please ask at the Studienkolleg Konstanz whether your university entrance qualification (HZB) obtained abroad entitles you to study in the same way as a German HZB.
Apply there for official recognition before applying to RWU. Please then submit this confirmation together with your application for admission.
Applicants who have already completed a course of study at a German university can be admitted within the framework of a special quota. The selection is based on a determined measurement number.
If you are interested in pursuing a second degree with us at RWU, you must apply normally during the regular application periods via our RWU online application portal.
- informal justification of the second degree program
- Copy of Bachelor's/Master's transcript, incl. transcript of grades
Note: Please note the applicable fees for a second degree program.
If you are interested in entering a higher semester with us at RWU, you must apply as normal during the regular application periods via our RWU online application portal. Please note that not all subject semesters (FS) are offered in the winter and summer semesters. You should be able to provide evidence of approximately 30 credits per completed semester.
Important: Applications for a higher FS can only be considered if the program also has free capacities in the respective FS. Therefore, official feedback on the application can only be given after the regular application period or after the re-registration period at RWU.
- Copy of your current transcript of grades
- Application for recognition of academic and examination achievements
- Proof of academic advising if you are entering the 3rd FS or higher
The application for an internal change of study program is carried out online like a normal study place application. You can apply directly with your student account online via myCampus.
If you are an international student (non-EU/ non-EEA), please check the Courses and Application site for additional information. The selection criteria and process may vary.
Admission requirements and selection procedure
What requirements must be met for my desired degree program? The decision as to whether applicants are admitted to a degree program depends on the so-called procedural grade. For most Bachelor's degree programs, this is made up of the grades of the university entrance qualification (HZB) in German, mathematics and an additional language, as well as the average grade. For some degree programs, there are additional selection criteria. Additional qualifications and activities, such as voluntary service or internships, may improve the procedure grade.
Calculation for international applicants
At RWU, a selection process is carried out on the basis of the application documents. The procedural grade for Bachelor's programs is determined by the weighted overall grade and possible improvements. The selection process and the calculation of the admission grade may vary for international applicants and English-language Bachelor's programs. For further information please visit: Courses and Application.
Internationals (university entrance qualification received outside of the EU) who apply for a German-language bachelor's degree program need an official recognition of their foreign UEQ from the Studienkolleg Konstanz. This confirmed average grade will then be considered as the procedural grade. In addition, our German-language Bachelor's degree programs have a preliminary quota of 8% for these applicants.For further information, please visit: Courses and Application
The admission grade for the English-language Bachelor's programs corresponds to the average grade of the university entrance qualification. There is no special calculation formula here.
Internationals (university entrance qualification received outside the EU) applying for a German-language Bachelor's degree program require, in addition to the generally applicable criteria:
- official certificate recognition from the Studienkolleg Konstanz. an official recognition of their foreign UEQ
- proven German language skills on at least C1 level.
For further information please visit: Courses and Application
Applicants with an university entrance qualification from the EU who apply for a German-language Bachelor's program may also need the two documents mentioned above. However, it depends on the country and the university entrance qualification incl. language skills (case-by-case examination).
Applicants applying for an English-language bachelor's degree program need a proven knowledge of English at a minimum level of B2, by means of a TOEFL or IELTS certificate, or an equivalent certificate. For further information, please visit: Courses and Application. If the applicants do not have an official certificate recognition, there is the possibility of a case-by-case examination or the equivalence determination through an aptitude interview with the selection committee of the university. See RWU Admission Statutes Bachelor § 10.
Internationals (university entrance qualification/ Bachelor received outside the EU) applying for a German-language Master's program need, in addition to the generally applicable criteria:
- official certificate recognition from the Studienkolleg Konstanz.
- proven German language skills on at least C1 level.
For further information please visit: Courses and Application. Additionally, usually, a 4-year Bachelor's degree from an accredited university/college is required. You can check on anabin.kmk.org, if your foreign university degree is being recognized in Germany.
Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from the EU who apply for a German-language Bachelor's program may also need the two documents mentioned above. However, it always depends on the bachelor's degree and the language skills.
Applicants applying for an English-language Master's program need to have proven English language skills at a minimum level of B2, through a TOEFL or IELTS certificate, or an equivalent certificate. For further information please visit: Courses and Application. Additionally, usually a 4-year Bachelor's degree from an accredited university/college is required. You can check on anabin.kmk.org, if your foreign university degree is being recognized in Germany.
For any questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.
FAQ Selection and admission procedure
If you are interested in one of our german-language degree programs for which places are allocated via the DoSV, your application begins with registration in the hochschulstart.de application portal. For the registration you enter your personal data. You will then receive an applicant ID (BID) and an applicant authentication number (BAN). You will need these to apply in the RWU application portal. After you have submitted your application, it is important to prioritize the applications on hochschulstart.de if you have applied for several degree programs that are coordinated via the Dialog-Oriented Service Procedure (DoSV). If you receive several offers of admission, lower-priority applications with offers of admission are automatically eliminated.
The Dialog-Oriented Service Procedure supports the universities in their admission processes and helps to avoid vacant study places.
Information on the Dialog-Oriented Service Procedure is available at hochschulstart.de. Here you will find a wealth of information on registration and application, FAQs and much more.
The admission or rejection notices will be made available for you to download from the RWU application portal. They will not be sent by mail.
Please note that you will only be informed about status changes of your application (e.g. admitted) if you have activated e-mail notifications.
Save your notification promptly for your records - you will not be able to access it after the application process.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your colleagues at the Admissions Office.
If you are an international student (non-EU/ non-EEA), the steps for enrollment may vary and additional steps may apply. Please visit the Application page for further information.
how to enroll
The application was successful and you have received an admission letter? Congratulations. Next comes enrollment, also called matriculation. Important: The enrollment steps must be completed by the deadline in order to secure your place and begin your studies. Continue with the steps of enrollment.
1. Retrieve admission offer/ decline
If an applicant is admitted to a degree program, an admission notice with further information is available for download in the RWU application portal. It is advisable to save the letter of admission. The attachment to the admission notice contains important information about documents and papers that must be submitted for enrollment.
If an application has been excluded from the procedure or no place can be offered, a rejection or exclusion notice is available for download at this point.
How to access the admission/rejection or exclusion notice
- Login RWU Application Portal
- Button "To the application page
- Application: Download PDF file "Zulassungsbescheid und Infos zum Studienbeginn" or "Ablehnungsbescheid" or "Ausschlussbescheid".
2. Apply for enrollment
After successfully submitting all required documents and transferring the semester fee (and any tuition fees), you will be enrolled.
3. Submit your documents
Among other things, a valid health insurance certificate is required for enrollment. Here you can find more information about insurance.
Recently enrolled students will receive further information on starting their studies by e-mail or via the RWU website.
Please visit the Arriving & Living in Germany page for further information.
At the beginning of each semester, introductory events are held for first-year students or those changing universities. Here, the new students are provided with important information about the university, the course of studies, the timetable and much more. In addition, the introductory week is a great opportunity for new students to get to know their fellow students and make acquaintances. Information on the introductory events can be found under Start of Studies.
All important information about enrollment and enrollment-related topics such as insurance, documents, next steps can be found here: Enrollment
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our colleagues at the Admissions Office.
If you are an international student (non-EU/ non-EEA), there might be other steps applicable. The International Office has provided all information regarding arriving in Germany, including health insurance.
A health insurance certificate is required for enrollment. Students enrolled at state or state-recognized universities in Germany are subject to compulsory insurance.
For enrollment, the health insurance company reports the insurance status electronically to the university (message M10). Please ask your health insurance company for this notification.
Students with private health insurance need a certificate of exemption from compulsory health insurance. This is sent electronically to the university by the statutory health insurance companies (message M10). Please contact a statutory health insurance company for this.
Ravensburg-Weingarten University's dispatch number: H0002749 (to be given to the health insurance company)
Student Health insurance
Up to and including the age of 25, students can be co-insured with their legally insured parents or spouse. This means that students do not have to pay their own contributions to the health insurance fund. The statutory health insurance company reports the insurance status electronically (M10) to the university.
If family insurance is not an option, it is possible to have student health insurance until the age of 30. The statutory health insurance company reports the insurance status electronically (M10) to the university.
After age 30, student health insurance is no longer available. Insurance is now either voluntary or private. It should be noted that insurance contributions are higher. The public health insurance company reports the insurance status electronically (M10) to the university.
After your studies
If you interrupt your studies, e.g. due to an internship semester, your insurance status may change and thus your contribution rates may change. For clarification of the insurance status, the health insurance company will provide information.
Health insurance relationships change as soon as the student status ceases. In the case of de-registration, the statutory health insurance companies are automatically informed by the university. In the case of private health insurance companies, this must be done by the student him/herself.
It is possible that higher contributions for your health insurance will have to be paid after exmatriculation or that the entitlement to family insurance will be forfeited.
If you have further insurance questions, please direct them to the respective health insurance company.