Studying without the Abitur

Studying without the Abitur

Studying without the German university entrance qualification – is that possible? Of course, it is! In an ISM-Distance Learning programme, the path to a bachelor's degree is open to you without a university entrance qualification. Thanks to our alternative admission requirements, you can study flexibly on a full-time or part-time basis. Needless to say, you can also study alongside your job. This opens new paths to career stages or job prospects for you. Studying without the Abitur is possible for all bachelor's degree programmes, so you can decide for yourself what is right for you. But how do you study at ISM without the Abitur, and can you study after an apprenticeship?



How studying without the Abitur works

Not everyone graduated from school with a general higher education entrance qualification, but would still like to study without the Abitur. The reasons for this are often different. Perhaps you have both feet on the ground in your professional life and would like to start studying without the Abitur to reach a higher position. Or you are on your way to a new career path and are looking for a way to complete your bachelor's degree without the Abitur. In both cases, we offer you the opportunity to study without the Abitur and to build a successful future.

To be able to study without the Abitur, you must fulfil other admission requirements. These include, for example, a master craftsman's examination or comparable further training. This means that you will be directly admitted to our degree programme even if you do not have the Abitur.

Can you study without the Abitur, but with a completed apprenticeship? Of course, you can! The same applies to studying with work experience as with a master craftsman's certificate. The requirement for this is that you have completed a commercial apprenticeship of at least two years and have gained 3 years of work experience in the commercial field. If you meet the prerequisite, you can start directly with a distance learning programme in a bachelor's degree programme of your choice at ISM.

You don't meet any of the requirements above but still want to start studying without the Abitur? Then you may be able to start studying with us by taking an entrance examination.



Your way to ISM distance learning


Your online application

  • Create user account
  • Select desired degree program, start date and time model and upload documents

Your consultation

  • Fill out online questionnaire
  • Talk to a study coach to clarify your questions and goals and get study tips

Your study contract

  • Receive contract digitally, sign and return
  • Send certified university entrance qualification to us by mail

Your study start

  • Be enrolled
  • Start your future with an ISM distance learning program

Start at ISM now and study without the Abitur

With us, you can start studying without the Abitur anytime if you already have the alternative admission requirements. There are no deadlines for the application. You can start whenever you want to. Simply choose one of the degree programmes and apply without complications. If you are unsure whether you can study directly without the Abitur, our experts from the student advisory service will be happy to help you. We look forward to supporting you.


Do you have any questions about your education? Then contact us!

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