This information is for students who want to complete a degree programme at Nuremberg Tech (degree-seeking students). Information for exchange students can be found here.

Study preparation and application

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Planning and preparing

What can I study at Nuremberg Tech?

At the Nuremberg Institute of Technology, we offer a wide range of interesting bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes in the fields of engineering sciences, social sciences, business, and design. In general, bachelor’s programmes last seven semesters, while master’s courses take three.

Click here for an overview and some brief information on the individual programmes.

Most degree programmes are taught in German. Information on programmes taught in English can be found here.

Nuremberg Tech is a university of applied sciences.

What language skills do I need?

To study in a degree programme taught in German at Nuremberg Tech, you will need a certificate demonstrating very good C1-level language skills. You can still apply for a Bachelor study place even if you do not yet have the language certificate at the time of application. You will need to present the certificate upon enrolment at the latest. The language certificates listed here are accepted by Nuremberg Tech.

It is possible to attend a language preparation course at the Nuremberg Institute of Technology. The Language Center offers DSH Preparatory Courses involving 20 lecture hours at levels B1, B2, and C1. However, you cannot begin your studies and attend a DSH course at the same time. You have three opportunities each year to take the DSH examination at Nuremberg Tech (February, July, and September). For more information on course times, costs, advice, and registration, please visit the Language Center webpages. We recommend that you register early.

Bachelor’s degree programmes

If you are interested in a bachelor’s programme, you will first need to apply for recognition of the certificates you have obtained outside of Germany. By submitting this “application for university entrance qualification evaluation” (recognition of certificates and diplomas), you will find out whether your credentials meet the requirements for a bachelor’s degree programme at Nuremberg Tech. In response to your application, you will receive a decision regarding your university entrance qualification. If your qualifications are deemed sufficient, this decision serves as your university entrance qualification and is therefore an important document for your application. Applications for this evaluation are free of charge and can be made at any time.

Simply send the filled-in application form, your translated and certified documents and any other necessary documents by post to Nuremberg Institute of Technology. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a decision via email.

This decision is very important as you will need it to apply for a study place at Nuremberg Tech or to apply for a place at the Studienkolleg.

Application for Evaluating University Entrance Qualifications for download (pdf)

Master’s degree programmes

If you are interested in studying a master’s degree programme, submit your online application(s) within the application period(s) and send the final official transcript of your bachelor’s degree (or other university transcripts) together with your postal application.

You can find specific admission requirements for our master’s degree programmes in the relevant study and examination regulations. A general overview of the application documents required can be found here. If you are applying for a master’s programme, you do not need to apply for recognition of your certificates and diplomas.



Contact and Advice

Advice and counseling on the application process, recognition of academic credentials, and admission to the German-language programmes

Recognition of foreign academic credentials for German-language bachelor’s degree programmes

Mr Eric Behrens

Phone ++49 911 5880 4386
E-mail: zeugnisanerkennungatth-nuernbergPunktde
Office hours: by appointment only

Advice and counseling on the application process, recognition of academic credentials, and admission to the English-language programmes

Students interested in studying our International Business (B.A.), International Business and Technology (B.Eng.), International Marketing (M.A.), and International Finance and Economics (M.Sc.) degree programmes, which are conducted in English, must contact the IB Office:

Faculty of Business Administration

2nd floor, Room BL.227
Bahnhofstr. 87
90402 Nürnberg

General admission, subject-restricted admission, or Studienkolleg?

If you have received a general or subject-restricted admission, you are eligible to apply during the next application period. However, if you still need to improve your German, you can register for the DSH course at Nuremberg Tech using your general or subject-restricted admission decision.

If you do not meet the requirements for general admission, you may need to attend a Studienkolleg to take a foundation course. If this is the case, you can find this information in the recognition decision. Depending on the subject and specialization that you have chosen to study, you can gain a subject-restricted university entrance qualification at the Studienkolleg.

The Studienkolleg that you will need to attend if you want to study at Nuremberg Tech is Studienkolleg Coburg. In order to attend the Studienkolleg, you will need the recognition decision and language skills at around B2 level. Once you have successfully graduated from the Studienkolleg, you will not need any additional language certificates to study at Nuremberg Tech.

For more information on the Studienkolleg Coburg, please visit

What other admission restrictions apply?

Even if you have received recognition of your credentials, further restrictions may apply depending on the degree programme:

Free admission: For some degree programmes, there are no additional restrictions. If you have obtained a university entrance qualification through recognition of your academic credentials and a language certificate, you can apply for these programmes and enrol during the enrolment period.

Numerus Clausus: Admission to many degree programmes is restricted to prospective students who have achieved a minimum GPA. This means that a minimum grade average in the university entrance qualification is required to gain a place. Your minimum GPA under the German grade system is given in your certificate/diploma recognition decision or is calculated as part of the certificate/diploma recognition process, if you have applied for a degree programme with this restriction. Information on the admissions process and numerus clausus can be found here.

Preliminary exams: Some degree programmes also require very specific aptitude in addition to the university entrance qualification. To determine whether you are suited to these programmes, you must either take a preliminary exam (e.g., architecture) or submit a portfolio of samples of your work (e.g., design). More information about this can be found on the Faculty of Design webpages.

Pre-study internship: Some degree programmes require students to complete a 6 to 12-week pre-study internship before they can enrol. More information can be found via the search function on this page.

The application process

How do I apply?

Application periods for online applications

First, you will need to apply online within the application period. Please note that it is not possible to apply before or after this period. During the application period, you will be forwarded to the specific page of your chosen degree programme on a website that explains the application process in detail.

Details on the application process and the link to the application portal can be found here.



If your application is successful, you will receive an admission with an enrolment request. You will then be able to enrol during a specific period.

More information about the enrolment process can be found here.

Application checklist: Are you prepared?

Before you start your application, check the following points once more:

  • Is this the right application period for your degree programme?
  • For bachelor’s programmes: Have you applied for recognition of your academic credentials (certificates/diplomas/transcripts)?
  • Do you have the necessary language proficiency certificate or do you have a date for your exam?
  • Do you know the specific admissions requirements (numerus clausus [limited spaces], pre-study internship, suitability test, etc.)?

If you were not able to answer “Yes” to all of the questions above, please return to the study preparation information.

Visas and entry into Germany

You can also apply to study with us directly from outside Germany. The first steps can be done online. If you are applying from another country, you may find the following tips helpful.


Make sure you plan enough time to prepare for your studies. Factors such as language preparation in your home country, visa application, translating and certifying documents, and sending application documents via post to Germany for the Bachelor evaluation can all contribute to a long preparation period.


Visas and entry into Germany

If you require a visa to enter Germany, you can find information on the entry requirements on the webpages of the Federal Foreign Office. In general, students apply for a study visa or a visa for study preparation courses. This may require a favourable decision regarding the recognition of your certificates/diplomas (see above) and, if applicable, registration for an intensive pre-study language course (Language Center).

Detailed information on entry and residence can be found in this brochure published by the DAAD [German Academic Exchange Service].

If you are planning to arrive in Germany ready to start your studies, it is a good idea to arrive two to four weeks before the beginning of the semester. This gives you time to organize any accommodation and day-to-day matters, enrolment, health insurance, etc.

You can find information on starting your studies and on bridging and orientation courses taking place in September here.


Accommodation and student funding

At the start of the semester, it is not always easy to find suitable accommodation in Nuremberg, especially if you are looking for accommodation from another country – so make sure you start looking early and take time to research. You can find tips on accommodation here.

Student funding is an important subject that you need to start thinking about in good time. Although there are no tuition fees at Nuremberg Tech, students will need around 600-900 euros per month to live in Germany, for accommodation, food, insurance, study materials, travel tickets etc. Information on student funding can be found here.

Orientation week for international students

Have you already enrolled and are now planning the start of your studies at Nuremberg Tech? Do you still have lots of questions about organization and acclimating to the German university system?

Then our two-week orientation programme for international students, which takes place every September before the semester starts at Nuremberg Tech, is just what you are looking for. Further info.

Contact and Advice

International Office

Here, you will find some initial advice for any queries about your preferred study course, preparation, applications and admission:

Ms Roxana Schwab
Telephone: +49 (0)911 5880 4295

Consultation hours:
Mon., Wed.: 9.30 - 11.30
Tues., Thurs.: 13.00 - 15.00

Address for visitors:
Nuremberg Institute of Technology
Campus W (Wassertorstraße 8)
Building WF.206
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Nuremberg Tech office for the recognition of certificates and diplomas

The Zeugnisanerkennungstelle at Nuremberg Tech is responsible for evaluating and recognizing academic credentials (certificates, diplomas, transcripts, etc.) issued in other countries for prospective students wishing to follow a bachelor’s degree programme at Nuremberg Tech. Please note that we do not evaluate certificates and diplomas during our office hours. In order to have your credentials evaluated, please submit an application for recognition of certificates and diplomas.

Mr Eric Behrens
Telephone: +49 (0)911 5880 4386

Office hours: By agreement

IB Office

Students interested in studying our “International Business (B.A)”, “International Business and Technology (B.Eng.)”, “International Marketing (M.A.)” and “International Finance and Economics (M.Sc.)” degree programmes, which are conducted in English, must contact the IB Office:

Faculty of Business Administration
2nd floor, Room BL.227
Bahnhofstr. 87
90402 Nuremberg

Contact details for the relevant degree programme assistants can be found here.


Student Advisory Service

Your application is processed by the Student Advisory Service. The Student Advisory Service can be reached in person at the service desk, or via email and phone. Always give your applicant number in any queries regarding your application.

Faculty Advisor

If you have any subject-specific questions regarding a degree programme, please contact the Faculty Advisor.

  • Is my qualification sufficient to apply for a master’s programme?
  • Can my achievements at university in my home country be taken into account?
  • What specializations does this degree programme offer?
  • What career prospects does this degree offer?

 You can find the relevant Faculty Advisors on the webpage of your degree programme under “Programme Advising & Guidance”.