Application & selection process at Zeppelin University

Assessment Center with subjective criteria, unanswerable questions, selection day with a learning opportunity

As a small private university, Zeppelin University has its own selection procedure. This procedure demands a lot from our applicants, because we want particularly motivated and interested prospective students to start their studies with us.

Are you up to the challenge? Can you handle questions with unknowable answers? Can you manage to commit to a variety of disciplines and still concentrate on your questions? Do you use a variety of perspectives as a resource for your own work? Are you brave and humble, interested in research, and do you have a practical mindset? What can you bring to the ZU and to your fellow students? And what will your fellow students be able to learn from you?

Selection day at Zeppelin University

Selection day at Zeppelin University

When it comes to selecting our students, we share Karl Jaspers’ opinion:

“The whole life of a university depends on the kind of people who come together within it. The life of a university depends no less on the kind of students it admits than on its resident professors.” “Die Idee der Universität”, Berlin 1946, page 91

Our admissions procedure is based on two assumptions:
Firstly, that you are not defined entirely by your grades. You have many talents and abilities that we can only discover via our own selection process. And secondly, there is not necessarily a positive correlation between your intelligence and your financial situation.

As an applicant, you must be a good fit for our university – but our university must also be right for you. Both you and our selection panel must therefore strive to determine whether this is the case.

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Dates & Deadlines for our next Assessment Center

Because a decision to study demands early and often long-term planning, we are now enabling prospective students to apply to the Zeppelin University three semesters in advance.

Dates & Deadlines Assessment Center

The Assessment Center

What to expect in the Assessment Center

| First things first: The day before the event is all about getting to know each other. After a short welcome, current ZU students are open for questions and provide interesting insights into everyday life at ZU. On selection days on site include an informative pre-event with food & drinks at our beautiful lakeside campus.

| The next morning … after a brief welcome, applicants are presented with an exciting case study selected from fields in social affairs, business, culture, or politics.In small groups, you work together on the question posed by the caseworker. The results are presented in groups to all participants both on site and at digital selection days, and the results are presented.

You are allowed 5 minutes for the presentation without using external media tools. It is all about you and your ideas!

| Selection talks: After a joint lunch break, the individual section of the day will begin for all applicants. For two 35-minute interviews, you will meet representatives of the university as well as external experts from the business world and other organizations. Each interview is different – just like you! We are looking for a true dialog in these talks. So please do not hesitate to ask questions and to discuss your concerns and passions!

Please note: Selection interviews for our graduate programs CME, CPP, GEMA and IRGP as well as for the undergraduate program MES are held in English.

| Tests: The interviews for Bachelor applicants are flanked by an English test (multiple choice) and a program-specific test (math test, or essay for the CCM program). All applicants to our master programs take an English test and an essay. Only GEMA applicants take a math test instead of the essay.

The level for the mathematics test corresponds to that of the upper secondary school. There are tasks from the areas of analysis, algebra, stochastics, vector and matrix calculations, for which there are predominantly several pre-formulated answers to choose from. The level of the English test also corresponds to that of the upper secondary school. It tests knowledge of the English language in the areas of grammar, expressive ability and general text comprehension.

| Last but not least... a last get-together after the day is done. Not only to say good-bye but also to hear your impressions of the day and receive some feedback. We are happy to answer any final questions at that time. During digital selection days we provide a chat room and space for final questions or feedback as well.

When can you expect a decision?

After the official part of the day, the selection committees will meet to discuss and decide over admission. You will be informed about the result on the following day per email.

Also, the scholarship committee will meet that following day to decide over scholarship awards. A day later the contract portfolio, which includes the scholarship decision, will be sent to you by postal mail.

Please note that the contract offer is usually bound to a 2-week return period.

When will the admission decision be made?

After the official part of the Assessment Centre, the selection committees meet and decide on admission or rejection. On the following day, you will be informed by e-mail whether we can offer you a place. The scholarship committee will also meet the following day to decide whether to award you a scholarship. Immediately afterwards, your contract documents will be drawn up and sent to you by post. You will then also find the result of the scholarship award in this contract folder.

Please note that after successful participation in the selection process, our contract offer is generally subject to a two-week return period.

Opinions about the Undergraduate Assessment Center

Mariel Susa, 4th semester CCM Bachelor

  • How would you sum up the Assessment Center in three words?
    I found the selection day surprising because I didn't know what to expect. Exciting, because I was confronted with many new things and people. And organized, the good structure was helpful.
  • What would you like to recommend to future candidates?
    Stay as you are, recharge your batteries at the lake, and if need be, the nut buns in the refectory will help.
  • What do you personally remember most about the Assessment Center?
    I remember the people, the food, the campus at Seemooser Horn, the fabulous weather, the lake and the windsurfing club next door.

Nina Heine, 4th semester CME Bachelor

  • How would you sum up the Assessment Center in three words?
    Challenging, eventful, informative
  • What would you recommend to future candidates?
    Don't play roles! Always remain yourselves, show character and remember that team spirit is always more important than ambition and that there will be no opposition on the selection day. It's helpful to have a certain amount of real-life cleverness, which helps you to answer questions spontaneously. In all of this, however, you should be clear about whether you really want to do this course of study, because that is the most important thing.
  • What do you personally remember most about the Assessment Center?
    My lasting memory is mainly limited to one kind of feeling. Unlike in many institutions I have known so far, I believed that with ZU I had found a place where boundaries are not rigid, but hierarchies are flat and opportunities are unlimited. It was like a field with straws full of possibilities that you just have to grab.

Nicolas Böttger, 4th semester SPE Bachelor

  • How would you sum up the Assessment Center in three words?
    Challenging, instructive and incredibly inspiring
  • What would you recommend to future candidates?
    Never try to play a certain role. If you get a rejection, don't see it as a failure, but as an opportunity to reflect on yourself and your actions. If you still want to go to ZU, then try again, don't give up! I myself have applied again and do not regret this persistence in any way. On the contrary: I feel incredibly comfortable at ZU and have rarely met so many interesting people in a single place.

  • What do you personally remember most about the Assessment Center?
    The selection interviews, which were all characterized by critical questioning but at the same time by great cordiality. The most important thing during the interviews is to also ask counter-questions, because you are not only an applicant, you also have to find out whether the university is a good fit for you. Be sure to take the opportunity to talk to students and ask them about their personal experiences during the selection day.

Opinions about the Graduate Assessment Center

Isabel Gruber, AMC Master | Assessment Center on campus

  • How would you summarize the Assessment Center in three words?

Exciting, helpful, fun

  • What would you recommend to future candidates?

Just be yourself. Think honestly about why you want to go to this particular university.


all the questions you have and let the university apply to you too

  • What do you personally remember most about the Assessment Center?

The other applicants, the atmosphere on campus, the open conversations with the students who really answered every question and a feeling of familiarity that set in quite quickly.

Helena Brand, PAIR Master | Assessment Center online

  • How would you summarize the Assessment Center in three words?

Exciting, thrilling, challenging

  • What would you recommend to future candidates?

Stay authentic, relaxed and open. As you don't know in advance which lecturer will be conducting the interview, you can't plan everything anyway. You should always keep in mind that you are not only applying to the university, but that the university is also applying to you. The interview in particular should not be seen as an exam situation, but as an opportunity to get to know the university and to see to what extent the university is right for you.

  • What do you personally remember most about the Assessment Center?

The great organization. Although everything was online, I had the feeling of being looked after all day. As far as it was possible online, you could get to know the university well. Unfortunately, it wasn't possible to get to know other students.

Further information

Team of Applicant Advisory & Selection Process

Dierolf Nadine, Hurlebaus Silvia, Wallace Birgit
Dierolf Nadine, Hurlebaus Silvia, Wallace Birgit
Team Admissions
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2000
Room:FAB 3 | 0.31
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