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Change of Degree Programme

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Application for Change of Degree Programme

You can order applications for Change of degree programme with the attached printed form from the Student Office.

You may request to

  • change your subject/degree programme,
  • start an additional degree programme,
  • change from a Bachelor’s to a Master’s degree programme,
  • switch to a related subject/degree programme in a higher semester [Quereinstieg],
  • commence doctoral studies or
  • enrol in an academic degree programme.

Basically, you have to submit a request to change your degree programme to the student office during the Rückmeldezeitraum [closing date for re-enrolment] or, at the latest, on

  • November 15 for the winter semester or
  • May 15 for the summer semester.

In order to change the degree programme, the semester fee must be paid. If the value date of the semester fee is after the end of the re-enrolment period, a late fee of €10 is required. However, if you request to change to a degree programme with restricted admission, you have to submit a new application (see info box below) and comply with the deadline announced in your notice of admission. If you would like to switch to a related subject/degree programme in a higher semester [Quereinstieg] you must enclose the printed form on which the appropriate faculty of Bielefeld University documents how many transferable study semesters you have been credited with.

If required, you may have to enclose further documents such asthe first university degree certificate when changing to master / doctoral studies (for more information, go to the Anmerkungen zu den Einschreibungsunterlagen).

The request to change to admission-restricted programs or master's programs always requires an additional application by the applicable deadlines.

For degree programmes over Hochschulstart.de, degree programmes with local admissions restrictions [örtlichen Zulassungsbeschränkungen], master courses and change of degree programmes with restricted admission in a higher semester [höhere Fachsemester], it is essential for you to comply with the given application deadlines. Simultaneous enrolment in two degree programmes with restricted admission is not permissible.


Deadlines for enrolment/ change of degree programme

for admission free study programmes

Please note that an application within the deadlines is always required even for Master's degree programmes with open admission.

Enrolment for summer semester 2023 16.01. - 15.05.2023
Enrolment for winter semester 2022/23 16.07. – 15.11.2022

for programmes with admission restriction

For programmes with restricted admission, the respective enrolment period will be communicated to you separately by email in the notification of admission. If you fail to enrol by the deadline stated, then your notice of admission will no longer be valid.


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