Sec­ond­ary mem­ber­ship

If you are already enrolled at another university, you have two additional options for studying at Paderborn University.

"Große Zweithörerschaft"

  • Students can be admitted to a different (additional) degree programme at Paderborn University than at their first university.
  • Admission entitles the secondary membership student to take examinations and final examinations during the course of study (Bachelor's/Master's degree).
  • Secondary membership students receive a student licence, but no semester ticket.
  • If you are already enrolled as a secondary membership student at Paderborn University and wish to continue your studies in the following semester, you must submit the certificate of enrolment from your primary university when you re-register without being asked.

How do I apply?

In principle, the regular application and enrolment process must be followed. The regular application and enrolment deadlines for the desired (admission-free/restricted) degree programme also apply. Please note, however:

  • As part of the enrolment process, you have the option of indicating that you are applying for a secondary membership. Instead of proof of payment of the semester fees, you must then submit the enrolment certificate from the primary university.
  • When applying for a degree programme with restricted admission, you will also need a certificate from the primary university stating that the degree programme (or individual subjects) is not subject to admission restrictions.

How can I change my status (secondary membership <-> primary membership)?

You can apply electronically via PAUL > Studies > Applications within the re-registration period to change from a primary to a secondary membership or from a secondary to a primary membership at Paderborn University.

"Kleine Zweithörer­schaft"

  • Students may optain secondary membership to Paderborn University with the authorisation to attend individual courses if the courses are not offered at the primary university in the corresponding semester.
  • Admission entitles the holder to take examinations during the course of study, but not final examinations.
  • The university may restrict admission in accordance with the enrolment regulations, for example if it is not possible to guarantee that the enrolled students can complete their studies properly without the restriction. The university administration decides on admission to courses after consultation with the lecturer and the relevant faculty (Dean's Office).
  • Paderborn University charges a secondary membership fee of 100 euros.
  • Admission is always for the duration of one semester. If you wish to attend courses in another semester, you must apply for admission again.
  • Secondary membership students do not receive a semester ticket.

How do I apply?

  • The application form including all required documents (listed in the application) must be submitted by post to the Registrar's Office, Warburger Str. 100, 33098 Paderborn within the enrolment period.
  • If you can be admitted after your application has been reviewed, you will receive an email with your account details requesting payment of the secondary membership fee.
  • Proof of payment must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by post or e-mail.
  • After the amount has been booked, you will receive the corresponding certificate of admission by post.