Pursuing parallel studies means that a student is studying two different programs at the same time and will therefore be awarded two different degrees from one or two higher education institutions. If you would like to take up parallel studies, you need to submit an application before enrolling in the second program. Please use the form provided below.
Students requesting to be admitted to parallel studies can only enroll in two or more selective degree programs if they have specific professional, academic, or artistic reasons for doing so. If this applies to you, please submit an explanation outlining good reasons for your decision with your application form (Section 60 subsection 1 of the Act on Higher Education of the Land of Baden-Württemberg (LHG)).
The additional workload that comes with pursuing two degrees in parallel should not be underestimated. We recommend that you begin your second program of study only after you have completed at least two semesters in your first program.
Starting just one degree program can be challenging and requires you to put in a lot of time and effort. By delaying the start of your second program, you are also in a better position to judge whether this degree program is really necessary to achieve your personal goals. Doing an internship in a relevant field may be a better way to start your desired career than completing another program of study.
Since the 2017/2018 fall semester, second degree students have been obliged to pay a tuition fee of EUR 650 per semester. The fee is to be paid in addition to the semester fee. A student enrolled in two programs at once is deemed to pursue a second degree as soon as one of the programs studied in parallel is completed. If the student continues his or her studies in the second program, he or she will be charged a tuition fee for the second degree. The fees are due starting from the semester following the completion of the last semester of the first degree program.