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Information Regarding Compulsory enrollment and registration

Since March 30th 2018, doctoral candidates must enroll after being accepted as a doctoral candidate by the faculty, according to § 38 Abs. 5 of the Landeshochschulgesetz (LHG). This is also the case for doctoral candidates that have an employment contract with the University of Freiburg (e.g. research assistant). The Service Center Studium is in charge of this.


  • Doctoral candidates that have been accepted by their faculty before March 30th 2018 are entitled to enroll, but are not obligated to do so.


  • Doctoral candidates whose main occupation is at the University of Freiburg (employment contract for at least half of a full-time position) can be exempt from compulsory enrollment. For this, please fill out an application for registration and attach a copy of your current employment contract.


Registration process

Should you be exempt from compulsory enrollment (see above for exceptions) and should you have decided against enrollment, you must register. Registration is free. Just like enrollment, it occurs after the acceptance as a doctoral candidate. By presenting the acceptance confirmation of your faculty and the completed application for registration at the Studierendensekretariat (German doctoral candidates) or at International Admissions and Services (IAS) (international doctoral candidates), you will be registered as a doctoral candidate.

If you have been accepted at your faculty after March 30th 2018 and want to be exempt from compulsory enrollment (see above), please attach your current employment contract to your registration application.