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Germany is one of the top destinations for higher education, mostly in the fields of engineering and STEM. It provides an excellent platform for international students to pursue their Masters across several streams with an interdisciplinary approach towards education. It offers dual intake programs, has relatively lower tuition fees, is extremely-student friendly with several post-study work options available.
Rise of International Students’ Enrollment in Germany
Germany is fast recovering from the pitfalls of international travel bans and has regained its position as a hot favorite for Indian students looking to study abroad.
Despite the pandemic, around 72,000 – 80,000 students enrolled across 160 German universities last year (winter 2021 intake), as per the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) survey.
According to the snapshot survey by DAAD, at least 330,000 international students are currently enrolled at German universities.
Deadlines for Masters in Germany at Top Universities
|University||Deadline||GPA Requirement||Semester Fees (EUR)||Notes|
|TU Munich||Mar 31 / May 31||75 - 85% / 8.25 - 9.0||129.4||GRE and GATE scores accepted|
|RWTH Aachen||Jul 15||75 - 85% / 8.25 - 9.0||240||GRE required, German Proficiency recommended|
|Freie University of Berlin||May 31 / Jul 15||75 - 85% / 8.25 - 9.0||350||German Proficiency recommended|
|FAU Erlangen-Nurnberg||Apr 1||75% / 8.25||42||German Proficiency required|
|University of Stuttgart||Jul 15||73% / 7.9||1500||Feb 15 is the deadline for few programs|
|TU Kaiserslautern||Jul 15||70 - 75% / 7.7 - 8.25||250||Additional one-time orientation fee of 750 EUR which includes German course. TOEFL/IELTS required.|
|TU Dortmund||Jul 31||65 - 75% / 7.2 - 8.25||270||Internship Experience is mandatory. GRE highly recommended, German Proficiency required.|
|Saarland University||Jul 15||75 - 80% / 7.7 - 8.5||300||1 - 3 years of work ex is required|
|LMU Munich||Jul15||80 -90% / 9.0||50||Apr 30 is the deadline for few programs, German Proficiency required, GRE highly recommended|
|University of Kassel||Jul 15||70 - 75% / 7.5 - 8.0||300||Work experience recommended for specific programs|
|Leibniz University Hannover||May 15||75% / 8.0||400||Internship recommended, English and German language proficiency required.|
|University of Duisburg Essen||Jul 15||65 - 70% / 7.2 - 7.8||300||April and Jan deadlines for few courses|
|TUHH Hamburg||Jul 15||75% / 7.85||310||German Proficiency required.|
|TU Berlin||Jul 31||70 - 73% / 7.5 - 8.0||300||Work Experience is desirable|
|TU Darmstadt||Jul 15||80 - 90% / 8.2 - 9.2||270||Work Experience is desirable, German Proficiency recommended|
|TU Cologne||Jun 15||65% / 6.8||250||Research Proposal (Idea) is required|
|Humboldt University of Berlin||May 31 / Jul 15||70 - 80% / 7.6 - 8.25||290||Feb 1 & Mar 31 are the deadlines for few programs|
|University of Heidelberg||Jun 15||70 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5||1655||Mar 15 deadline for a few programs|
|University of Bonn||May 1||75 - 80% / 7.6 - 8.25||280||May 1 is the deadline for a few programs|
|University of Konstanz||July 15||70% / 7.5||1500|
|Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences||Jul 15 / Aug 20||74% / 7.8||280|
|SRH University Heidelberg||May 31||65% / 7.0||500||1 year Experience is required for majority of universities|
|Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences||Apr 15||70% / 7.5||340||Early Application Deadline is Feb 28|
|University of Passau||Jul 15||66% / 7.2||75|
|University of Kiel||Aug 15||75% / 8.0||120|
|University of Mannheim||Apr 20 / May-31||75% / 8.0||1656||May 31 is the deadline for a few programs|
|University of Magdeburg||Aug 15||70 - 80% / 7.6 - 8.8||120|
|Karlsruhe Institute of Technology||Apr 30 / Jun 15 / Jul 15||66 - 70% / 7.2 - 7.8||1500|
|University of Freiburg||Jun 01||75% / 8.0||1655||German B1 is required and/or May 15 deadline for few courses|
|TU Dresden||July 15||75 - 85% / 8.0 - 9.0||950||Jul 15 deadline for few programs|
|Ulm University||July 15||70% / 7.6||1660||Mar 15 deadline for few programs|
|Friedrich Schiller University Jena||May 31||70% / 7.6||190|
|JMU Würzburg||Jul 15||70 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5||125|
|University of Göttingen||July 15||70% / 7.5||320|
|University of Hildesheim||Jun 30||70% / 7.5||380|
|University of Paderborn||Mar 15||68% / 7.5||300|
|Chemnitz University of Technology||May 30||70 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5||350|
|Luebeck University of Applied Sciences||Jul 15 / Aug 31||70% / 7.5||170||Few programs can accept applications till Jul 15|
|Jacobs University Bremen||Jun 01||70% / 7.5||10000||University Scholarships up to € 12,000 per year|
|TU Braunschweig||Jul 15||65 - 75% / 7.0 - 8.0||500||German Language Proficiency is required|
|University of Leipzig||May 31||70 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5||250||Subject-Specific Aptitude Test and German Language proficiency are required|
|University of Bamberg||Jul 15||68% / 7.2||90||German Level Proficiency A1/A2 is required for few courses|
|JG University Mainz||May 15||70 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5||270|
|University of Bremen||July 15||70 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5||325||Deadlines for few programs are Jan and Apr|
|University of Tubingen||July 15||75 - 85% / 8.0 - 9.0||1650|
Eligibility for Pursuing Masters in Germany
To be eligible for a Masters in Germany, these are a broad list of prerequisites. Although, as already mentioned, there are several university-specific requirements
- A 3-year undergraduate degree in a related field/discipline with the corresponding CGPA
- Letter of Motivation or Statement of Purpose if opted for research oriented Masters program
- Letter(s) of Recommendation
- IELTS / TOEFL
- Official Transcripts
For Students from India:
Students are expected to have at least 70-78% from a reputed Indian University. They are also required to appear for GRE (by some Universities) and a score of above 300 should do the needful. Also, it can boost a student’s profile if he or she appears for the course even though the University has not requested it. IELTS (6.0) or TOEFL (100) is also required.
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Documentation for Indian Students
If you are in India, please have your documents officially certified by a notary.
Alternatively, you can also have your documents certified by the issuing university. The certification must include the university’s seal and a signature by the student administration office, the dean, or the office responsible for examinations.
In all cases, have your documents certified with a stamp in English or German.
International students prefer Germany as a destination for Masters in STEM and related disciplines also because of several opportunities for financial aid and/or fellowships. These are awarded based on individual profiles and university/course requirements. Several positions are available either at the websites of the universities and/or at the official website of DAAD.
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