The "silly" question is the first intimation of some totally new development. Alfred North Whitehead

Information about processes and terms related to the application procedure

The following procedural steps are necessary to start a degree program:

1. Application

2. Admission

3. Conditional admission

4. Accepting a study place

5. Enrollment (registration)

6. Withdrawal/de-registration

The following glossary will tell you what is meant by these terms.

1. Application

Applications are made in two steps:
a) Completing the online application procedure and
b) sending all required application documents.
On the online application, you provide all required data for the program that you have chosen. At the end of the online application, you must print out the application form, which contains your personal application number, more information on the process and your access data to the application portal. A link is also shared with you that refers to the application information sheets.  You will find a list of required documents for your application on the application information sheet for your program. To complete your application, you must send the application form and the required documents in paper form to the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office must receive the documents no later than the last day of the application period (application deadline). The date of the online application or the date the documents were sent (postmark) is irrelevant. You must send the documents to the address that is preprinted on the application form.

Your documents will be verified after they are received. You must verify on your own on the application portal whether your application is complete or if any documents are missing. The Admissions Office will send you an email notifying you that your application status has changed. Any documents on the application portal listed as missing must be submitted by the application deadline. It is NOT possible to submit documents after the application deadline.

You can redo the online application at any time if you make an error on the online application or want to change your application (e.g. for another combination of subjects). You will then receive a new application number. Only the last application that you submit will be included in the selection procedure. No previous applications will be taken into consideration.
What is important is that you may only apply for one program with restricted admission (or one program combination with restricted admission). If several applications for programs with restricted admission are received, only the last application that the Admissions Office processes will be included in the selection procedure.

It is important to take note that online applications made before the official application period opens cannot be considered. This also applies if application documents are received after the application deadline. Applicants are solely responsible that their application documents are received in a timely manner.

2. Admission

All complete applications that have been received by the application deadline are included in the selection process. The selection process begins a few days after the application deadline. Specific deadlines for individual selection processes are published on the homepage when the official application period opens. You will receive a letter of admission if you are given consideration in the selection procedure. The letter of admission will only be sent by email to the email address that you indicated on the online application. The letter of admission notifies you of the deadline for enrollment (registration) and tells you which documents you must send to the Student Secretariat in paper form for registration. On the homepage, you can find a list of documents that must be submitted for registration.

3. Conditional admission

Admission may be conditional for some programs (e.g. proof of a certain qualification must be submitted by the time the program begins). In these cases, take special note that required proof must be submitted to the office stated in the letter of admission. If required proof is not submitted by the deadline, you will be irrevocably de-registered when the deadline expires.

4. Accepting a study place

The email that includes the letter of admission (see Item 2.) will prompt you to notify the university immediately (normally 3-5 days) about whether you want to accept the study place. You will not enter into any obligations by accepting your study place. When you accept your study place, it only helps us determine how many places were not accepted and can be allocated in the procedure for subsequent admissions. You also give notification of acceptance by email. Please note that as soon as your email has been received and is posted you will receive an automated confirmation of receipt that you have accepted your study place. If you do not accept your study place in a timely manner, your claim to the study place lapses. In this case, registration is not possible anymore since unaccepted study places will already have been given to other applicants. It is important to note that registration is only possible if you previously declared acceptance of your study place by email.

5. Enrollment (registration)

Your letter of admission will tell you the date that the documents required for enrollment must be received by the university. Please send these documents by mail if at all possible and not before you have received a letter of admission. In this case, it is also important to note that if you exceed the enrollment deadline stated in the letter of admission your claim to the study place lapses. Applicants are solely responsible for timely acceptance and enrollment.

6. Withdrawal/de-registration

If you declare acceptance of a study place (see item 4.) but do not want to enroll, you do not have to do anything. Your acceptance will be deleted when the enrollment deadline is passed without your documents having been received.
The following applies if you send your enrollment documents but do not want to accept the degree program:
You can withdraw from enrollment by the beginning of the semester (03/01 or 09/01). To do so, send the Student Secretariat the "Withdrawal after Enrollment" application that can be found under the application information sheets. Your enrollment will then be canceled (this is not de-registration), and at the end of the award procedure you will receive an Application for Reimbursing the Semester Contribution that you must fill out and send to the Studentenwerk. The enrollment fee can only be reimbursed if enrollment was not completed. In this case, you will receive another application that must be sent to the AStA of the university. 
After the semester starts, an Application for Dismissal (de-registration) must be submitted, which you will find on the Student Secretariat website. Please read the de-registration information here. Please note that it is very important that the library fills out the release form that is enclosed with the application. Your Application for De-Registration cannot be processed without the completed release form.
In this case as well, you can normally apply for a refund of the semester contribution if the university receives the application within two weeks after classes start (end of March or end of September).