Registrar’s Office

Transfer: Changing your degree programme

You are studying at RUB and want to change your subject or degree programme? Here, you can find out exactly how the transfer works.

Changing your subject or degree programme is only permitted if you have the right to study a subject with no admission restrictions (in case of subjects with admission restrictions: if you have a letter of admission). The transfer only becomes legally valid when you apply for a change of subject or degree programme at the Registrar’s Office. You must apply online for a change of degree programme or subject during the re-registration deadlines, but at the latest by 31 May for a summer semester / by 30 November for a winter semester.

Please note: To change your subject or degree programme, you must be re-registered for the following semester; this means that your social contribution must have been transferred and received – expect the respective banks to take up to six days to process your payment.

A new start or advanced semester?

If you are considering changing your degree programme, please contact the academic advisory office for your degree programme of choice.

Please include an overview of your academic credits to date. The academic advisory office or the examination office can then advise you whether and in what form your credits will be recognised in the new subject/degree programme and will make a note of this in the placement certificate, which the Registrar’s Office will use to transfer you.

PLACEMENT CERTIFICATE TEMPLATE (PDF)

Please note that the application for advanced semesters differs from the regular application in the first semester.

Make sure to check before transferring:

  • Is admission for the new subject/degree programme open or restricted?
  • Will your current credits be recognised? (see below)
  • Can you change to a advanced semester in the new subject/degree programme by having your current credits recognised?
  • In the case of subjects with restricted admissions: Do the admissions restrictions also apply when changing to a advanced semester?

The transfer procedure

Changing your degree programme without a German degree

  • If you do not yet have a German degree (Abitur, Bachelor, ...) , then you usually have to apply for non-restricted courses.

    For more information, please contact the Admission Office.

Change to a non-restricted programme

Open admission for your degree programme of choice? If you already are a student at RUB,

  1. Enrol online.
  2. After enrolling online, you will receive a check sheet with additional information and a matriculation number by email.
  3. With this matriculation number and your date of birth, you can log into the new matriculation information portal.

The necessary documents must be uploaded here by the respective deadline and the application for transfer must then be confirmed.

You will find information on the documents required in each case in the instructions in the upload area of your matriculation information portal.

You will need the following:

Your social contribution must be credited to the RUB account by the time of transfer at the latest.

Read more on re-registration and social contribution

Transferring to a admission-restricted subject with the first semester

If you want to transfer to a subject/degree programme with restricted admission, please check in advance whether you need to submit an application. Admission restrictions don’t necessarily apply to all semesters. If your degree programme of choice has admission restrictions in the semester in which you wish to enrol, you must first submit an application. Please note that the application for advanced semesters differs from the regular application in the first semester.

Once you have received a letter of admission from the Admission Office, accept the admission. The link to changing your subject/degree programme is also available in the admissions information portal, and you must use this route.

After enrolling online, you will receive a check sheet with additional information and a matriculation number by email.

With this matriculation number and your date of birth, you can log into the matriculation information portal.
The necessary documents must be uploaded here by the respective deadline and the application for transfer must then be confirmed. For subjects/degree programmes with restricted admission, the deadlines stated in your notification of admission apply exclusively.

You will find information on the documents required in each case in the instructions in the upload area of your matriculation information portal.

You will need the following:

Your social contribution must be credited to the RUB account by the time of transfer at the latest.

Read more on re-registration and social contribution

Get advice

All students who have had doubts about their degree programme for a long time are recommended to take advantage of the advisory and support services offered by the Student Advice Centre for those who have doubts about their degree programme or who want to drop out.

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