Entry requirements

Four relevant points for your admission 

1. DegreeOne of these two conditions must be given.

The Master in Software Engineering is feasible for you, if:

  • you own a Diploma or Bachelor's degree in computer science or a closely-related field, or

  • you own a Diploma or Bachelor's degree in another field, and can submit proof of academic and/or vocational experience in computer science gained over a period of at least three years.

Please note: the admission process will be based on the first degree/BA degree. Master degrees will not be taken into consideration.

2. GradeApplicants should have an excellent or good European first degree – a German average grade of 2.5 or better
Your certificate of the "Studienkolleg - Center for International Students" is mandatory.

Applicants with a first degree from a non-German institute must prove, before applying to Heilbronn University, that their Bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a German first degree. This means they have to apply twice – once at the Studienkolleg Konstanz and once at our university. In order to have the qualifications validated, please contact the Studienkolleg – Center for International Students in Konstanz.

The Center for International Students will assess their Bachelor's degree and decide if it meets the requirements for entering a Master's degree program in Germany.

All relevant information you may find on the website of the Center for International Students.

Postal address:

Center for International Students
Brauneggerstr. 55
78462 Konstanz

The Center for International Students will confirm recognition with a paper of validation which must be sent together with the appropriate application to the university.

Please note the differing application deadlines of the Center for International Students in Konstanz:

  • June 1st for winter term
  • December 1st for summer term

Your application can only be considered if all required documents (including the certification of the Studienkolleg Konstanz) reached Heilbronn University on the due date (January 15th for the summer semester and July 15th for the winter semester). Please note that theses are cut-off periods.

Applicants from China, Vietnam or Mongolia have to submit the certificate of APS ("Akademische Prüfstelle") as well.

3. ECTSHow the ECTS Equivalence is valued.

We require a first degree of 210 ETCS credits. Applicants with a first degree in computer science who have achieved a minimum of 180 ECTS credits may also apply! They will be requested to obtain an extra 30 ECTS credits in appropriate Bachelor program at Heilbronn University (e.g. in the Bachelor's program Software Engineering) or by conducting a six month internship in a company or in one of our research institutes.

4. LanguageYou have to proof your English skills.

As the Master´s program is entirely delivered in English, it is particularly suitable for applicants from the EU and overseas who are eligible for postgraduate studies in Germany. 

You have to proof your English skills by

  • Provide evidence of your high level of proficiency in English equivalent to at least:

The TOEFL code of Heilbronn University is 2751.

Please note:

  • the proof of language is compulsory (an English Bachelor's degree or working experience does not compensate for IELTS or any other test). 
  • No other certificates are accepted

Please note that suitable proofs do not include:

  • A first degree completely taught in English
  • Certificates issued by universities
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