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Studying without a high school diploma? It's possible at HWG LU - with a corresponding professional qualification...

Good study prospects even without a high school diploma

For more than 25 years, qualified professionals in Rhineland-Palatinate have been able to study without an Abitur or Fachhochschulreife - provided they meet certain requirements. In 2020, the access options were once again significantly simplified and expanded when the new Higher Education Act came into force. More on the topic at


Admisson requirements for studying at the HWG LU

Vocationally qualified students who wish to study at the Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society should have the following qualifications: 

  • A completed and recognized vocational training (final grade of at least 2.5 or 10 points).

 Attention: You are entitled to a counseling interview, but this is no longer obligatory!

Consulting for professionally qualified persons

Counseling at the Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society for those with vocational qualifications has two main focuses: on the one hand, it aims to provide a general discussion of the topic of studying, career prospects, and the effects of studying on the life of the applicant. This advice is provided by HWG LU's contact person for professionally qualified students, Jessica Heuser beruflichqualifizierte@ 8< SPAM protection, please remove >8 hwg-lu.de; +49 (0) 621/5203-384).

The second advisory focus is more technical. Here, all questions regarding the desired course of study are clarified. This part of the advising is done by a contact person from the department of the chosen degree programs. 

Tip: Use a test to find the right place to study based on your interests

Anyone who is professionally qualified to study, but has not yet found the right degree program, is well served by the interest test of the Virtual Campus Rhineland-Palatinate (VCRP): The interest test is intended as an aid to finding the right degree program. Based on the information provided, a comprehensive, individual profile is created. In addition, degree programs at universities in Rhineland-Palatinate that match this interest profile are presented. The processing time is approximately 20 minutes.


There is also an expectation matching tool from the state's cross-university scientific institution VCRP, which can also be used by those with professional qualifications to check whether a course of study is the right choice. www.studien-erwartungen.de

Because we know that the decision to begin a course of study is not an easy one, we also recommend the following sites to help you get to know your interests better and to reflect once again on your own expectations regarding a course of study:

Interest Test https://www.hochschulkompass.de/studium-interessentest.html

Expectations https://www.cyquest.net/verfahren-zur-studierendenorientierung/

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