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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?

Platzvergabe Platzvergabe 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 what the admission limits recently looked like.

Information for international prospective students

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 (Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or equivalent) is largely taken into account in the ranking of the corresponding quotas.
  • Waiting period: The time that you have not yet studied after acquiring university entrance qualification is taken into account in the corresponding quotas. Each half year counts as a semester spent waiting. For example, if you complete a voluntary social year after your Abitur, you will automatically accumulate two of these semesters spent waiting during this time.
  • 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.

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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 Act (Thüringer Hochschulzulassungsgesetz; in German only) in conjunction with the Thuringian Study Place Allocation Decree (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 (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 DoSV applicant portal (dialogue-oriented service procedure, German abbreviation ‘DosV’) on This service platform coordinates applications for study programmes with admission restrictions. The portal is also used for the application and central allocation of study places in Medicine de, Dentistry de and Pharmacy de, 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 2020/21. 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 2020/21

For study programmes subject to locally (university-internally) restricted admission (1st subject-related semester, all except ‘BSc Psychology’), the criteria ‘grade’ and ‘waiting period’ are important in the allocation procedure.

You can find details in the following table. Please also note the corresponding tables.


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

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology (BSc)
NC procedure  [pdf, 317 kb] de

82 points (= 1,9) 52 points 96 points (= 1,2)

Biology (BSc)
NC procedure [pdf, 317 kb] de

56 points (= 3,2) 37 points 88 points (= 1,6)

Biology (Teacher training Gymnasium)
NC procedure [pdf, 318 kb] de

84 points (= 1,8) 50 points 94 points (= 1,3)

Biology (Teacher training Regelschule)
NC procedure [pdf, 319 kb] de

52 points (= 3,4) 36 points 84 points (= 1,8)

Nutritional Sciences (BSc)
NC procedure  [pdf, 318 kb] de

62 points (= 2,9) 38 points 90 points (= 1,5)

Educational Science (BA, major)
NC procedure [pdf, 318 kb] de

48 points (= 3,6) 35 points 88 points (= 1,6)

Communication Science (BA, major)
NC procedure [pdf, 318 kb] de

74 points (= 2,3) 54 points 88 points (= 1,6)

Communication Science (BA, minor)
NC procedure [pdf, 318 kb] de

60 points (= 3,0) 37 points 90 points (= 1,5)

Psychology (BA, minor)
NC- procedure [pdf, 318 kb] de

48 points (= 3,6) 41 points 88 points (= 1,6)

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

Admission limits for Psychology (Bachelor of Science) in the winter semester 2020/21

For the admission-restricted study programme in Psychology (Bachelor of Science, 1st subject-related semester), in addition to the criteria ‘grade’ and ‘waiting period’, the criterion ‘profession’ is also relevant A completed vocational training and (if available) full-time professional experience of at least one year are taken into account. The following professions are recognized: state-certified social assistant; social education assistant; occupational therapist; curative education nurse; nursery nurse; geriatric nurse as well as health and nursing nurse.

You can find details in the following table. Please also note the corresponding tables.

Subject Thresholds per quota*
  AdH: quota 1,
40% share
(= Abitur)
AdH: quota 2,
20% share
(= Abitur and
waiting period)
AdH: quota 3,
20% share
(= Abitur and
20% share
( = Abitur)

Psychology (BSc)
NC procedure [pdf, 327 kb] de

90 points
(= 1,5)
86 points 28 points 96 points
(= 1,2)

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

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