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Restricted admission

Study programmes with a limited number of places
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The Numerus Clausus

A numerus clausus (also “NC”; from Latin “limited number”) is applied when there are not enough university places for all applicants within a study programme.
The places are allocated according to different criteria. Primarily, it is the grade achieved in the secondary education (e.g. German Abitur). Apart from it, also the period without studies may be taken into account. This is the period in which the applicant did not study after the acquisition of the secondary school leaving certificate.

Below, you will find NC values. These may serve as a rough orientation for future applications only. Since the number and quality of applications varies from year to year, it is not possible to predict what the NC value will look like in a specific subject in the current application procedure.

NC values for places assigned by the university in the winter semester 2019/20

Study programme

By qualification level

(20% of places; period without studies: lower priority)

University selection by average grade

(60% of places; Y/N service: lower priority)

By period without studies

(20% of places; average grade: lower priority)

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology (B.Sc.) 1,4 (2) 1,9 (N) 2 (2,1)
Biology (B.Sc.) All applicants were admitted.
Biology (teacher training "Gymnasium") 1,4 (2) 1,8 (N) 2 (1,9)
Biology (teacher traininger "Regelschule") 1,8 (0) 2,3 (N) 2 (2,6)
Nutritional Sciences (B.Sc.) 1,7 (0) 2,5 (N) 2 (2,7)
Educational Science (B.A., major subject) 1,9 (2) 2,8 (J) 2 (3,5)
Communication Science (B.A., major subject) 1,6 (3) 2,1 (J) 4 (2,3)
Communication Science (B.A., minor subject) 1,8 (2) 2,4 (N) 2 (2,6)
Psychology (B.Sc.) 1,2 (2) 1,4 (N) 9 (2,3)
Psychology (B.A., minor subject) All applicants were admitted.


NC values for places assigned by in the winter semester 2019/20


Study program

Best Abitur student quota

(20% of places; period without studies: lower priority)

By period without studies

(20% of places; average grade: lower priority)

Admission in the selection procedure of the institution of higher education

(60% of places)

Medicine 1,0 (0) 14 (1,9)

Last person preselected:
Grade 1.4 (rank 822)

Last person admitted:
Total score 780

Pharmacy 1,0 (0) 2 (1,3)

Last person preselected:

Last person admitted:
Total score 658

Dentistry 1,1 (2) 13 (4,0)

Last person preselected:
Grade 1.8 (rank 180)

Last person admitted:
Total score 728

The status according to the main procedure applies.

For the winter semester 2019/20, the Trust for Admission to Higher Education (Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung, SfH) allocated 20% of places to the best students with Abitur (in state quotas, i.e. Abitur graduates from one federal state, were compared with each other) and 20% of the places after a period without studies. The remaining 60% of the places were allocated by the individual institutions of higher education themselves according to an institution of higher education selection procedure regulated by the relevant state law. The Abitur mark must remain the decisive role here, however, in Thuringia it is supplemented by two further criteria. At our university, the chances of success regarding an application for admission could be improved by completing relevant vocational training and certain subjects specific to the study programme.

‘Best Abitur students’ quota explanation
The selection limits for selection in the best Abitur student quota is the required waiting time (number of semesters) given in brackets as a lower priority decision criterion with the same average grade. If there are applicants with the same criteria, it is the lower priority criteria, e.g. completed service (military or civilian service, voluntary social or environmental year, European voluntary service etc.), and drawing lots which decide on admission.

‘By period without studies’ quota explanation
For admission by semesters of waiting, the average grade is listed as a lower priority criterion for the same waiting period. If these criteria are the same, a completed service and drawing lots decide on admission. The order of priority in which students are selected by the period without studies is determined by the number of semesters that have passed since they acquired the right to study (excluding the semesters in which they were enrolled at a German institution of higher education).

‘Institution of higher education selection procedure’ quota explanation
The information in the column ‘Admission in the selection procedure of the institution of higher education’ refers on the one hand to preselection and to the specific admission on the other. All applicants who name Jena as 1st or 2nd location preference are preselected and have either a better grade than the grade indicated or a better ranking (lower ranking number) for the same grade. Study places were allocated after the selection procedure (adding up the total number of grade certificate points with bonus points for certain programme-specific professional qualifications, and for certain school subjects/examination subjects). From all the applicants in the preselection phase, only those were admitted whose total score (grade certificate points + bonus points for vocational qualification and subjects) was either higher or who had a better ranking (smaller ranking number) with the same total score.

Foreign student quota in the NC selection procedure

Foreign students with university entrance qualifications are allocated places in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy within a foreign student quota. 5% of the places available at the University are earmarked for this quota.

In the foreign student quota, foreign holders of university entrance qualifications (who are not on equal terms with Germans) apply, i.e. nationals of an EU or EEA country, family members of an EU citizen living in Germany, and holders of a German secondary school leaving certificate/those educated in German schools are on equal terms with Germans. More information on the allocation procedure in the foreign student quota.

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