A special application for preferred admission can be submitted in addition to the standard application for admission in the online application procedure.
Applicants who meet special criteria may qualify for preferred admission but not all cases can be deemed "special."
Please see the information sheet Information on special application for preferred admission for Master's applications (PDF) (German only) for detailed information about valid and invalid special applications as well as formal requirements.
Please note that you have to submit a special application for preferred admission in a separate step, otherwise the special application for preferred admission will not be considered.
In accordance with the Higher Education Act, there is a ten percent quota for applicants for whom rejection would constitute an extraordinary hardship. A "hardship application" for applicants with serious health or personal problems may result in immediate admission.
Quotas for top athletes
In accordance with the Hamburg higher education act, 2% of available places are allocated to top athletes (athletes who are members of the Olympiastützpunkt Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein in the A, B, C or D/C squad of the German Olympic Sports Confederation and who for this reason are bound to Hamburg). Within this quota, university places will be granted first to top athletes who are members of a squad in the OSP (swimming, rowing, hockey, sailing, or beach volleyball); thereafter, remaining places will be granted to other top athletes.
Top athletes can also submit a special application for consideration of their status when applying for a bachelor's degree program.