If your previous education was recognised as a subject-restricted admission (fächergebundene Hochschulzugangsberechtigung), you can only apply for university programs that are within that specific subject field. This subject field is the same as your previous education. For example, if you studied a language track in your high school, you may be admitted to study languages or humanities at university, but not to study natural sciences or business.
The university you apply to will decide if you can access a specific program based on the relevance of the study field of your HZB.
It is important you make sure your previous education is recognised by the university. We recommend you consult directly with the university before starting your application. If you want to study a subject that is not part of the restricted field, you need to ask the university about the conditions needed for you to apply and what you have to do in order to get admitted. This is different from state (Bundesland) to state and from university to university.
If you want to get access to all subjects you may:
- pursue a direct admission (allgemeine HZB) that allows you to apply for all subject areas after completing additional education, for example at the Studienkolleg.
- pass a qualification assessment examination (Feststellungsprüfung) or an entrance qualification for the university without having to complete additional education such as the Studienkolleg.