Germany’s higher education institutions enjoy an excellent reputation; especially for the STEM fields. Teaching and research provide key impulses for innovation and progress. High-quality education & training, low costs, flexible curriculum, multicultural society, and post-study work opportunities are among the top reasons why more and more international students are opting for Master’s in Germany. There are two intakes in Germany – Winter (starting in Sep/Oct) and Summer (starting in Mar/Apr). In this post, we will look at the winter 2021 deadlines for Masters (MS) in Germany.
Germany as a Study Abroad Destination
Indian Students in Germany
The number of Indian students enrolled at German Universities in the academic year of 2019-2020 has reached another record high, marking an increase of over 20%. Overall, the total number of international students in Germany increased by 4.3% reaching 411,601. Read why Germany is a great destination for STEM students.
Winter 2021 Application Deadlines for Masters in Germany
|University||Deadline||GPA Requirement||GRE||Semester Fees (EUR)||Semester Fees (INR)||Notes|
|TU Munich||Mar 31 / May 31||75 - 85% / 8.25 - 9.0||Quant 157 | AWA 3.0||129.4||11,387.2||GATE Score accepted and one year work ex is mandatory|
|RWTH Aachen||Jul 15||75 - 85% / 8.25 - 9.0||305+||240||21,120||A2 German Language Certificate is required|
|Free University of Berlin||May 31 / Jul 15||75 - 85% / 8.25 - 9.0||Not Mandatory||350||30,800|
|FAU Erlangen-Nurnberg||Apr 1||75% / 8.25||Not Mandatory||42||3,696||6 months internship or project experience is required|
|University of Stuttgart||Jul 15||73% / 7.9||Recommended||1650||145,200||Feb 15 is the deadline for few programs|
|TU Kaiserslautern||Apr 30||70 - 75% / 7.7 - 8.25||Recommended||270||23,760|
|TU Dortmund||May 15||65 - 75% / 7.2 - 8.25||300+||270||23,760||Internship Experience is mandatory|
|Saarland University||Jul 15||75 - 80% / 7.7 - 8.5||Recommended||300||26,400||1 - 3 years of work ex is required|
|LMU Munich||Jun 1 / Jul15||80 -90% / 9.0||Not Required||52||4,576||Apr 30 is the deadline for few programs|
|University of Kassel||Jul 15||70 - 75% / 7.5 - 8.0||Not Required||280||24,640|
|Leibniz University Hannover||June 1||75% / 8.0||Not Mandatory||400||35,200|
|WWU Muenster||May 31 / Jul 15||74% / 7.9||Not Required||270||23,760|
|University of Duisburg Essen||Jul 15||65 - 70% / 7.2 - 7.8||Not Required||300||26,400||April and Jan deadlines for few courses|
|TUHH Hamburg||Jul 15||75% / 7.85||300+||310||27,280|
|TU Berlin||Jul 31||70 - 73% / 7.5 - 8.0||Not Mandatory||4000||352,000||Work Exp is desirable|
|TU Darmstadt||Jul 15||80 - 90% / 8.2 - 9.2||Not Mandatory||270||23,760||Work Exp is desirable|
|TU Cologne||Jun 15||65% / 6.8||Not Mandatory||250||22,000||Research Proposal (Idea) is required|
|Humboldt University of Berlin||May 31 / Jul 15||70 - 80% / 7.6 - 8.25||Not Required||290||25,520||Feb 1 & Mar 31 are the deadlines for few programs|
|University of Heidelberg||Jun 15||70 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5||Not Required||1655||145,640||Mar 15 deadline for few programs|
|University of Bonn||May 1||75 - 80% / 7.6 - 8.25||Not Mandatory||$280||24,640||May 1 is the deadline for few programs|
|University of Konstanz||July 15||70% / 7.5||155 in Quant & Ver||1640||144,320|
|Rhine-Waal University of Appled Sciences||Jul 15 / Aug 20||74% / 7.8||Not Required||280||24,640|
|SRH University Heidelberg||May 31||65% / 7.0||Not Mandatory||5000||440,000||1 year Exp is required for the majortiy of universities|
|Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences||Apr 15||70% / 7.5||Not Required||340||29,920||Early Application Deadline is Feb 28|
|University of Passau||Jul 15||66% / 7.2||Not Required||75||6,600|
|University of Kiel||Aug 15||75% / 8.0||295+||120||10,560|
|University of Mannheim||Apr 20 / May-31||75% / 8.0||290+||1656||145,728||May 31 is the deadline for few programs|
|University of Magdeburg||Aug 15||70 - 80% / 7.6 - 8.8||Not Required||120||10,560|
|Karlsruhe Institute of Technology||Apr 30 / Jun 15 / Jul 15||66 - 70% / 7.2 - 7.8||Not Mandatory||1500||132,000|
|University of Freiburg||Jun 01||75% / 8.0||Not Mandatory||1655||145,640||German B1 is required and/or May 15 deadline for few courses|
|TU Dresden||July 15||75 - 85% / 8.0 - 9.0||Not Mandatory||950||83,600||Jul 15 deadline for few programs|
|Ulm University||July 15||70% / 7.6||Not Required||1660||14,6080||Mar 15 deadline for few programs|
|Friedrich Schiller University Jena||May 31||70% / 7.6||Not Required||190||16,720|
|JMU Würzburg||Jul 15||70 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5||Not Required||125||11,000|
|University of Göttingen||July 15||70% / 7.5||Not Required||320||28,160|
|University of Hildesheim||Jun 30||70% / 7.5||Not Mandatory||380||33,440|
|University of Paderborn||Mar 15||68% / 7.5||Quant 157 | AWA 4.5||300||26,400|
|FH Aachen||May 31||70% / 7.5||310+||270||23,760|
|HTW Berlin||May 15||70% / 7.5||Not Mandatory||750||66,000||Work Exp is recommended|
|Chemnitz University of Technology||May 30||70 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5||Not Mandatory||350||30,800|
|Esslingen University of Applied Sciences||Mar 31||70 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5||Not Mandatory||1400||123,200||IELTS/TOEFL not rquired for Indian applicants; German Level A1/A2 is required|
|Luebeck University of Applied Sciences||Jul 15 / Aug 31||70% / 7.5||Not Required||170||14,960||Few programs can accept applications till Jul 15|
|Kempten University of Applied Sciences||Jul 15||68 - 80% / 7.4 - 8.5||Not Required||55||4,840||German Language level A1 is required and Jan 15 deadlines for few programs|
|Jacobs University Bremen||Jun 01||70% / 7.5||300+||10000||880,000||University Scholarships up to € 12,000 per year|
|TU Braunschweig||Jul 15||65 - 75% / 7.0 - 8.0||Not Required||500||44,000||German Language proficiency is required|
|University of Leipzig||May 31||70 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5||Not Required||250||22,000||Subject-Specific Aptitude Test and German Language proficiency are required|
|University of Bamberg||Jul 15||68% / 7.2||Not Required||90||7,920||German Level A1/A2 is required for few courses|
|University of Siegen||May 15||72% / 7.6||Not Mandatory||250||22,000||GRE and Work Experience are desirable|
|JG University Mainz||May 15||70 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5||Not Mandatory||270||23,760|
|University of Bremen||July 15||70 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5||Not Required||325||28,600||Deadlines for few programs are Jan and Apr|
|University of Tubingen||July 15||75 - 85% / 8.0 - 9.0||Not Mandatory||1650||145,200||Most of the deadlines are gone (Jan 1/Jan 15)|
Admissions Process for Masters in Germany
Variety of programs, many masters courses taught in English, affordable cost of studying, award-winning curriculums, greater emphasis on students’ hands-on experience and surely excellent future prospects are what best describe master’s degree courses in Germany.
Masters’ degrees in Germany are usually categorized as either “consecutive” or “non-consecutive”. Those in the first category are designed to build on the academic knowledge gained during a related bachelor’s degree. Non-consecutive programs tend to have a greater focus on professional development, often requiring applicants to have both an undergraduate degree and some relevant work experience. Most master’s in Germany take four semesters (two years) to complete, though some are shorter or longer.[space]
Admission System: Restricted Admission (Closed or Limited) vs Non-Restricted Admission (Open)
In Germany, the number of students admitted to any given program at a university can be either unrestricted (no restriction admission) or restricted to a fixed number of students.
It basically means – anyone who meets the minimum entry requirements (GPA or language) and apply before the application deadline can get admission to the programs that are not restricted. The unrestricted programs are comparatively less competitive than the restricted ones. However, the entry requirements are not at all too low.[space]
So, what happens if the Faculty/University receives too many applications that meet the minimum admission criteria for an Open (No-Restriction) Program?
Quick Answer is the image below:
Here is an explanation by a Faculty member on Quora:
The most important requirement for Master’s admissions in Germany is a relevant Bachelor’s Degree with high grades from a recognized university. Much emphasis is given on the core subjects (cognate modules), test scores, and practical experience (internships, projects, and full-time employment). To find out whether your university in the home country (where you did your Bachelors) is recognized or not, you can use the Anabin database.
The anabin database of the Central Office for Foreign Education offers detailed information on the individual admission requirements for 180 respective countries. The information is only available in German; however, you can use the Google Translate tool to read it in your preferred language.
The programs that come with restrictions are more selective. They are like the top-tier US universities with very low acceptance rate. Fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria is not enough. The universities will also look at your letters of recommendation, statements of interest (letter of motivation or personal statement), interviews, etc. Some universities also ask for a GRE subject test on the top of the normal GRE score. Learn more.
So, what is the logic behind this? Some programs have more applicants than available seats. Usually, the scenario of the open/closed system can change every semester based on current supply and demand. This decision is usually taken by the Dept. or University on the basis of calculated grades of the received applications. Certain subjects like Computer Science, Mechatronics Electrical Engineering or Bioinformatics at a particular university might receive way too many applications than Biology or Civil Engineering.
Online Application Process
For Masters Admissions in Germany, either you need to apply to the University, or via uni-assist. Uni-assist is a centralized admissions portal, run by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and handles international applications for its member universities. In a few cases, even if a University processes the application on its own, it might ask you to submit an evaluation report from uni-assist.
If uni-assist is involved, make sure to apply well before the actual application deadline. Uni-assist takes approximately one month to evaluate the application before passing on to the university that you applied for. If the evaluation report does not reach the university admissions office before the deadline, your application will not be considered, and you will also not get any refund of the application (processing) fees.[space]
Most of the German universities do not charge any application fees. But, for applications via uni-assist, you need to pay EUR 75 for the first application and EUR 30 per additional application in the same semester.
Few universities do also ask for certified hard copies. In that case, just scanned copies are not enough. You will need to get your transcripts (and other documents) attested by Public Notary, German Embassy or Goethe Institute.[space]
German Grading System
Cost of Studying (Fees & Living Expenses) Masters in Germany
The public universities are tuition-free. From 2017 on, public universities in a few states started charging tuition fees from non-EU/EEA students. That includes the universities in Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Freiburg, Heidelberg, and some other cities. The tuition fees are set at 200 – 1,500 euros per semester – which is still much more affordable than in many other countries in Europe. Ideally, at a state-funded university, you would be able to complete your Masters within INR 40,000 – 60,000 (total program fees).
Living expenses vary from city to city. On average, you will need 700 – 800 Euros per month. In order to fulfill the visa requirements for proof of finances, you will need to show proof you have, or have access to, around 8,800 euros (starting from 01.01.2020 10,236 euros) at their disposal for one year. You can also apply for DAAD scholarships to cover your living expenses and other costs.[space]
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