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By August 6, 2020August 14th, 2020No Comments

Top Universities & Admission Requirements

1) What’s the difference between a university and a Fachhochschulen?

University or Universitäten in Germany are mostly focused on theoretical education, as compared to applied learning. Fachhochschulen, on the other hand, offers courses that are centered around practical learning, such as Colleges of engineering, business, and medicine. Another difference between the two is that though both categories of institutions offer bachelor’s and master’s programs, only Universitäten are authorized to offer doctorate programs.

However, the current scenario is changing, as many Universitäten are including practical modules into their courses, and some Fachhochschulen has been allowed to offer doctoral programs. Be sure to do your research before choosing a university.

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2. What are the best universities in Germany for masters/Ph.D.?

According to the Times Higher Education ranking, these are the top universities in Germany in 2020:

  1. LMU Munich
  2. Technical University of Munich
  3. Heidelberg University 
  4. Humboldt University of Berlin
  5. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  6. University of Freiburg
  7. University of Tübingen
  8. RWTH Aachen University
  9. University of Bonn
  10. Free University of Berlin

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3. Which are the top German Universities for MBA?

The top 5 German universities as ranked by QS Top MBA are:

  1. Mannheim Business School
  2. Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
  3. WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
  4. ESMT Berlin
  5. HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

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4. Which are the best universities for engineering in Germany?

According to the US News and World Report, the top 10 best engineering universities in Germany are:

  1. Technical University of Munich
  2. RWTH Aachen University
  3. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  4. Technical University of Berlin
  5. University of Duisburg-Essen
  6. University of Stuttgart
  7. Darmstadt University of Technology
  8. Technical University of Dresden
  9. University of Erlangen Nuremberg
  10. University of Freiburg

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5. Which universities in Germany offer free study?

The World Scholarship Forum has listed the following universities as those that offer free tuition:

  1. Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
  2. Ruprecht-Karls-universität Heidelberg (Heidelberg University)
  3. Humboldt University of berlin
  4. Freie universität berlin (free university of berlin)
  5. Georg-august-universität göttingen (university of göttingen)
  6. University of Hamburg
  7. University of Stuttgart
  8. Technische universität münchen
  9. Kit, Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie
  10. Rwth Aachen university
  11. Technische universität berlin (Tu berlin)
  12. Eberhard Karls universität tübingen
  13. Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg
  14. University of Bremen
  15. Hasso-Plattner-inst. Potsdam
  16. Ulm university
  17. Passau university
  18. Tu Kaiserslautern
  19. Tu clausthal
  20. Btu Cottbus – senffenberg
  21. Tu Braunschweig
  22. Magdeburg university
  23. Technische universität Dresden
  24. Goethe university frankfurt
  25. Westfälische Wilhelms-universität münster
  26. University of cologne
  27. Universität Jena

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6. Which is the easiest German university to get admission into?

According to uscollegeinternational.com, the following universities have the highest acceptance rates:

  1. Schiller International University – 60%
  2. Berlin International University of Applied Sciences – 60%
  3. Ludwig-Maximillian University – 55%
  4. University of Freiburg – 33%
  5. University of Heidelberg – 15%
  6. Free University of Berlin – 15%
  7. University of Leipzig – 10%

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7. What are the requirements to study in Germany? What documents are required to apply for masters in Germany?

To pursue Master’s study in Germany you have to have an Undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Because admissions is competitive, students will be screened for academic performance and adequate preparation to succeed in a rigorous academic curriculum evidenced by higher grades. Students are expected to submit semester mark sheets for all courses completed. 

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For most MS programs the GRE is not required, but business programs will require the GMAT/GRE. At Galvanize, we typically recommend programs that are taught in English and to meet the eligibility requirements, it is recommended that students show  proof of English Language Proficiency through TOEFL/IELTS. 

Other documents requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation, Official preferred 
  • Resume
  • Valid Passport

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8. Is GRE and IELTS or TOEFL mandatory for master’s programs in Germany? - Can I study in Germany without the IELTS?

The GRE is not mandatory for most MS programs. But there are some MS programs that may require it, and also business programs that will accept the GRE in lieu of the GMAT. If a GRE score is required, a score of 300 and above could be considered.

Many MBA programs require the GMAT scores and you could apply to schools with a GMAT score of 600 and above.

Students are required to prove their English proficiency to meet the entrance requirements for programs that are taught in the English Language. To meet english proficiency requirements, we recommend a TOEFL score of 80 and above or IELTS score of 6.5 and above as the expected standard to apply to German universities for graduate studies.

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9. What is the minimum CGPA required for MS in Germany?

Since admissions to graduate programs are very competitive due to highly acclaimed international degrees at a low cost to students, A cumulative grade of 70% and above will be considered competitive for graduate program admissions in Germany.

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10. Is German language mandatory to study in German universities?

For Undergraduate (UG) admissions, since most UG courses in Germany are taught in the German language, proficiency is required. Undergraduate applicants should prove German language knowledge of level C1 or C2 of the “Common European framework of references for languages”. 

For Graduate admissions, since we recommend only programs that are taught in English, students must prove only English language proficiency. But if you plan to live and work in Germany for some time, it will be good for students to consider improving their German language skills.

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11. How much funds are required to study a master's in Germany?

For living expenses, students will open a blocked account and show availability of 853 Euros for one month/ 10236 Euros for one year. The living expenses typically cover Rent, food, transportation, leisure activities etc 

As for tuition cost, according to the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), “The majority of higher education institutions in Germany are financed by the state. There are generally no fees for Bachelor’s courses or most Master’s courses at state higher education institutions. Tuition fees may have to be paid for certain continuing education Master’s programmes, but they are not particularly high compared to other countries. Private higher education institutions may demand more substantial fees for their degree programmes.”

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