Admission of Qualified Professionals
General higher education entrance
Working professionals whose vocational training is recognised as being equal to the German Meisterprüfung, may enter higher education if they had a consultation meeting (see BayHSchG Art. 45 Section 1 Sentence 1).
Subject-specific higher education entrance
Subject-specific higher education entrance is possible if, after successful completion of a vocational training (training period at least two years) followed by professional experience of at least three years, the higher education institution ascertains the aptitude to study a related programme (see BayHSchG Art. 45 Section 2).
At FHWS, aptitude for university studies is determined by successfully completing trial studies of at least one year (acc. Trial Studies Regulation of FHWS from 31 July 2009 or 15 December 2010, available in German only).
This subject-specific entrance to studies via vocational training and professional experience is also possible, if one year of trial studies or a higher education entrance examination to the desired degree programme has been passed at another German higher education institution.
Subject-specific entrance also requires having had a consultation meeting at FHWS.
Certificates acquired outside Bavaria or Germany
Your vocational training certificate can only be recognised as being equal to the German Meisterprüfung if it has been acquired in Germany in accordance to the continuing education regulations made by the responsible federal ministry. An addendum to the certificate referring to those legal bases should be included.
They can only be recognised as subject-specific university entrance qualification by Bavarian universities of applied sciences, if the competent local authority in Bavaria has been involved.
Please contact the chamber responsible for your educational qualification (e.g. Chamber of Industry and Commerce, IHK, or Chamber of Trade, Handwerkskammer, in Bavaria) and enclose a certificate of equivalence for an educational qualification equal to the Bavarian Meisterprüfung.
This also applies to the recognition of vocational qualifications acquired outside Germany.
Information about applications for qualified professionals is available as download from our form centre. Details about application deadlines, admission requirements, admission quota, procedure etc. are available on the information sheet containing all general information regarding applications.