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How to apply for German Universities | Application & Student VISA Processes42 min read

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How to apply for German Universities | Application Deadlines & Processes

1) How to Apply for German Universities? | Applying for German Universities

1. Shortlist your universities:

Decide on which program you wish to apply for and which universities you would like to study in. Keep in mind that German universities pride themselves on maintaining the highest standards of education in all their universities, so make your pick depending on how best a particular program would suit your professional goals. 

2. Check the requirements and restrictions:

Some programs, especially those which are in high demand, such as medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, have a strictly regulated admissions process. This regulation could be local (only applying to particular universities) or nationwide (applying to universities all across the country). This is because of the high competition for getting into these programs. As such, universities often require students to meet a particular cut-off grade of their previous course of study, attend a selection interview or pass an exam. 

3. Prepare your application:

The German university application process generally requires the following documents, though specific universities might require additional paperwork.

    1. High school diploma, college transcript, or a similar qualifying document that verifies your previous course of study.
    2. A translated copy of your courses and grades.
    3. Passport copy and passport-sized photograph.
    4. Proof of your German/English proficiency (depending on which language you are taking the course in).
    5. Motivation letter, which is a letter describing your motivation, or your reason for choosing to study a particular course in a specific university. 
    6. Letters of recommendation
    7. Standardized test results, such as the GMAT or GRE, or some other additional entrance test results.

4. Apply:

Once you’ve gathered all your documents and have your financial details in order, you can apply. Check the deadline for your applications, and try to submit as early as possible.

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2. What are the application deadlines for German universities (Summer and Winter)?

The specific deadlines differ from university to university. But these are the deadlines followed by most universities:

Summer Deadline: 15th January 

Summer Semester Begins: March – April

  • This date is the extended deadline, but you should try to get your application in by December at the latest. This not only priortizes your application for admission, but also for scholarships. 

Winter Deadline:  15th July

Winter Semester Begins: September – October

  • Once again, this is the extended deadline. A lot of universities close their application portals in May/June, so make sure you check the application deadlines for your specific university before applying. 

Also, keep in mind that you might need to send the hard copies of your documents after applying online. These hard copies need to reach the university before the application deadline, even if your online application was filled beforehand. Hence, make sure you give plenty of time for postal delays and other unpredictable factors. 

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3) What is the ideal time to apply for masters in Germany?

There is no ideal time to apply. German universities have two intakes – Summer and Winter. The Summer deadline is 15th January, but you should focus on getting your application in by December at the latest. If you choose the Winter Deadline, though the extended deadline grants you time till 15th July, it would be best if you submit your application by May or June. Submitting your application earlier will not only give the admission committee plenty of time to review your application, but it will also prioritize your application for scholarships, housing, and other factors.

So, other than submitting your application as early as possible, the ideal intake comes down to which time is most suitable for you.

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4) Can I do my studies in Germany after my 12th? Do German universities accept SAT for international students?

Yes, you can, provided that you meet the eligibility criteria. 

To attend an undergraduate degree at a German university, you will need a “university entrance qualification.”  If your secondary school-leaving certificate is not recognised in Germany, you should complete a foundation course (“Studienkolleg”) in Germany. These foundation courses have their own entrance exams and German language proficiency requirements.  At the conclusion of the foundation course, you will be tested in several subjects relevant to your intended program of study at the university. This test is called the “university entrance assessment examination” (“Feststellungsprüfung”). One part of the examination is a language test. This course usually lasts for about two semesters with preparatory courses with specific specializations relevant to your field of study. The final exam not only proves your proficiency in these fundamental concepts, but also your ability to handle college-level classes.  Upon successful completion of this assessment, you may apply to attend a university. 

German universities do not require the SAT for Undergraduate admissions. However to pursue a BS, BA or B.Engg. in Germany, students will have to meet the following admissions requirements: 

  • High School qualifications recognized by German Universities
  • If your High School qualifications are not recognized, a foundation course must be completed 
  • Most undergraduate courses at German universities are taught in German language. You have to prove German language knowledge of level C1 or C2 of the “Common European framework of references for languages”. If you cannot learn enough German at school, contact Goethe Institute
  • Motivation Letters
  • References
  • Copies of ID documents
  • IELTS/TOEFL maybe recommended based on your program requirements

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5. Germany study visa requirements for International students

The German Mission in India clearly outlines the steps for procuring a German National visa required to pursue higher studies in Germany. Following are the most important elements of securing a German National Visa

  • Open Blocked account:
  • Provide evidence that you are able to meet your living costs by opening a blocked bank account.
    • Amount – 853 Euros for one month/ 10236 Euros for one year
    • Coracle/Deutsche Bank/Expatrio/Fintiba/Kotak Mahindra 
  • Receive admit letter from German University
  • Be aware of the German mission visa appointment booking procedures since wait times can be long, as restrictions apply on location based on place of residence
  • Fill out the Application form for – German National Visa and Declaration form. Print them out, sign it and submit along with the other documents.

Carry all documents listed in the checklist

  • Prepare Demand Draft for visa fees based on specifications
  • Attend the visa interview
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6. How difficult is it to get a German Student Visa? What is the student visa processing time for Germany?

The process to secure a German National Visa for higher studies can be an arduous and time consuming task. From opening the blocked account, to preparing the documents and scheduling a visa appointment, the process can be very time consuming and students are advised to apply at least 3 months in advance of their intended travel.

7. Can I study in Germany on a job visa?

To study in Germany with the full benefits of an international student, one must have a student visa.

8. What score in tests (Ielts etc.,) is required for a German study visa?

To apply for university studies taught in English language, students will typically require an English Proficiency test – TOEFL/IELTS. German Language proficiency may be required by some programs. GMAT and GRE are becoming increasingly important, especially for Economics and business courses.

9. How Much Does It Cost to Apply for a German Visa?

If applying for a German National Visa in India, the visa fee is 75 Euros and should be paid as a demand draft at the end of the visa interview.

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