Prospective student leaning against a wall

Local admission restrictions

NC study programmes with a very limited number of places
Prospective student leaning against a wall
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)

Subjects with admission restriction: Who gets a place?

Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

For very popular subjects, there are often many more interested students than there are places available. As a consequence, admission restrictions are introduced (e.g. numerus clausus = NC).

There is then a selection and allocation procedure according to various criteria. On this page, you can find out exactly how this works and you will find further information.

Information for international prospective students


The allocation rules for the winter semester 2022/23 have changed. The influence of the waiting period has been removed. You can find out which criteria count here. The values can only give you a rough orientation. The University of Jena therefore recommends all prospective students not to be deterred from applying due to admission restrictions.

How does the selection and allocation procedure work?

Within the various quotas, a ranking is formed by means of a point system, in which the applicants are given a rank. The quotas, in turn, are made up of various criteria that are included in the evaluation. The study places are then awarded according to the order of the applicants on the ranking list, which is subsequently determined. If study places are still available or have become available again after the end of the allocation and succession procedures, they can also be drawn by lot among all interested applicants (admission by lot).

What are the criteria for the allocation of study places?

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  • Grade: the average grade of your university entrance qualification (for example Abitur) is largely taken into account in the ranking of the corresponding quotas.
  • In the case of ‘Psychology (BSc)’, the criterion ‘profession’ (completed vocational training and professional experience) also plays a role in the allocation.

What are the quotas?

We classify all applicants in different ranking lists and allocate different numbers of places from these ranking lists. In each list, we make offers of admission and then admit as many applicants as there are places available. Those who are highest in the ranking list have the best chances.

Graphic: Sophie Bartholome

For the first subject-related semesters of the study programmes with local admission restrictions at the University, places are allocated in a procedure in accordance with the Thuringian University Admission ActExternal link (Thüringer Hochschulzulassungsgesetz; in German only) in conjunction with the Thuringian Study Place Allocation DecreeExternal link (Thüringer Studienplatzvergabeverordnung; in German only) as follows:

  • 20% of the places according to the average grade
  • 80% of places according to the result of a selection procedure at the university (average grade and waiting period). For BSc Psychology, a completed vocational training and professional experience are also taken into account.

For further information, please see the statutes of Friedrich Schiller University on the selection procedure [de] (in German only).

Where do I apply for a study programme subject to NC?

Applications for study programmes with restricted admission [de] are made via the applicant portal Friedolin 2.0. The study places are allocated within the framework of the dialogue-oriented service procedure (German abbreviation ‘DosV’) on hochschulstart.deExternal link. This is a service platform that coordinates applications and admission offers for degree programs with restricted admissions. Registration is also required on hochschulstart.deExternal link.

The portal is also used for the application and central allocation of study places in Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy, for which nationwide admission restrictions apply.

NC values: what were the admission limits last year?

Below we show you the ranking point values of the person(s) last admitted in a quota for the winter semester 2022/23. These limits can provide an initial orientation. But be careful! The admission limits always reflect the relationship between supply (study places), demand (number of applicants) and the applicants' performance. For this reason, it is not possible to say exactly what the cut-off values will be in a subject in the current year before the NC procedure is completed. The threshold values only say something about a past selection procedure.

Overview of admission limits in the winter semester 2022/23

Subject Average grade*

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology (BSc)
NC procedure [pdf, 303 kb · de]

All applicants admitted.

Biology (BSc)
NC procedure[pdf, 303 kb · de]

All applicants admitted.

Biology (Teacher training Gymnasium)
NC procedure[pdf, 303 kb · de]

88 points (= 1,6)

Biology (Teacher training Regelschule)
NC procedure[pdf, 303 kb · de]

80 points (= 2,0)

Nutritional Sciences (BSc)
NC procedure [pdf, 303 kb · de]

74 points (= 2,3)

Educational Science (BA, major)
NC procedure[pdf, 303 kb · de]

54 points (= 3,3)

Communication Science (BA, major)
NC procedure[pdf, 303 kb · de]

80 points (= 2,0)

Communication Science (BA, minor)
NC procedure[pdf, 303 kb · de]

74 points (= 2,3)

Psychology (BA, minor)
NC- procedure[pdf, 303 kb · de]

All applicants admitted.

* Ranking points of the last person admitted in this AdH-quota (AdH = University selection procedure)

Subject Thresholds per quota*
  AdH: quota 1,
60% share 
(= Abitur)
AdH: quota 2,
20% share
(= Abitur and
20% share
( = Abitur)

Psychology (BSc)
NC procedure[pdf, 316 kb · de]

92 points
(= 1,4)
26 points 98 points
(= 1,1)

* Ranking points of the last person admitted in this quota
AdH = University selection procedure

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