Application & selection process at Zeppelin University

Selection with subjective criteria and selection day with a learning opportunity

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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Our next selection days

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.

Master selection days are bilingual:

| MA IRGP & CME are completely in English

| all other master programs lead their interviews in German

Selection dayApplication deadlineSemester Start
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 | digitalSunday, December 11, 2022Fall 2023
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 | digitalSunday, January 01, 2023Fall 2023
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | on siteSunday, February 05, 2023Fall 2023
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | on siteSunday, March 12, 2023Fall 2023
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 | on siteSunday, April 30, 2023Fall 2023
Wednesday, June 07, 2023 | on siteSunday, May 28, 2023Fall 2023
Wednesday, June 28, 2023 | digitalSunday, June 18, 2023Fall 2023
Thursday, July 27, 2023 | on siteSunday, July 16, 2023Fall 2023
Wednesday, August 09, 2023 | digitalSunday, July 30, 2023Fall 2023

Note: Participation in the on-site selection day in Friedrichshafen requires a fee of 95 Euros. Participation in the digital format is free of charge.

The selection process – step by step

| Kick-off
Your first step: simply complete the kick-off requirements and get access to our online application portal.


| Online application
After choosing your own password, you can get started with your application. We want to get to know you better by means of a detailed CV that includes a letter of motivation. Tell us your story. What were the formative events in your past? Who played an important role in your personal development? Why do your want to study this subject at our university? What are your plans for the future? In addition, please upload your latest school reports and final qualification certificates.


Important: Please load up all additional documents as PDF files only. Applications can only be submitted online – postal applications will not be accepted.

Not yet completed your studies?
You can still apply now! Simply submit all the reports and certificates you have received so far or your current Transcript of Records. You can submit your final certificates at the time of enrollment.

Experiencing a sudden bout of writer’s block?
No problem. You can easily save your application at any point and come back to it later when feeling suitably inspired. Don’t send us your application until you have given every part careful consideration.

What will happen after I have submitted my application?
We will thoroughly check your application for a study place. This process can take up to two weeks. If successful, you will receive an invitation to one of our selection days – the next step in our selection process.


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Admissions Office & Selection Procedure

Wallace, Birgit
Wallace, Birgit

Admissions Office & Selection Procedure


Phone: +49 7541 6009-2000
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Do you have any questions about the study programs and the selection process? Then please contact our Admission Office.

The selection day

What happens on a typical selection day?


| 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 to the bachelor programs 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!


Applicants to master programs do not take part in the case study. They start a little later in the morning with an English test and a program-specific test*.


| 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!


Note: Selection talks for MA CME and IRGP depend on the nationality of the applicant.


| 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).


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.


* All applicants to our master programs take an English test and an essay. Only GEMA applicants take a math test instead of the essay.


| 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.

Opinions about the selection day

Mariel Susa, 4th semester CCM Bachelor

  • How would you sum up the selection day 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 selection day?
    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 selection day 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 selection day?
    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 selection day 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 selection day?
    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.

Admissions Office and Selection Procedure

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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