It is possible to take a university degree without having the "Abitur" if you fall into one of the following categories:
- You have a recognized advanced vocational training qualification (Berufstätige mit Aufstiegsfortbildung)
- You have a vocational qualification and several years of professional experience (Personen mit Berufsausbildung und Berufserfahrung)
Under the State University Law (LHG § 58 Para. 2 Nr. 5 and 6, 1 April 2014 version) and the University Entrance Regulations for the Employed (BerufsHZVO of 1 April 2014), those who have a recognized advanced vocational training qualification (Berufstätige mit Aufstiegsfortbildung), e.g. "Meister" or "Fachwirt", are legally entitled to enter any study programme at any university.
Those with a vocational qualification and a minimum of 2 years, but normally 3 years of professional experience, can gain admission to a subject-relevant study programme appropriate to the existing vocational qualifications by passing an eligibility test (Eignungsprüfung).
In either case, an advisory meeting will also be held at the university.