F.A.Q. Masters in Germany

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With over 370 universities offering a wide variety of courses in various disciplines to over 240,000 international students among others, Germany is all set to add that extra element to your professional life. We hope that the information we provide you here help you in making a decision that will lay a solid foundation for your career. Happy reading! What is the German university system like? There are mainly two types of institutions of higher education in Germany:

  • Universities (including Universities of Technology, abbr. TU) are research-oriented and offer a wide variety of subjects. These can award doctorate degrees.
  • Universities  of  Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen,  abbr. FH),  on  the  other  hand, are practice-oriented and offer  courses  mainly  in  engineering,  business  administration,  social sciences and design. These have strong links to the industry and offer possibilities like joint supervision of the professor and a company for a master thesis. Fachhochschulen do not award doctorate degrees, however as a master degree holder from a Fachhochschule, one is in principle eligible to apply for a doctoral position at a University. Your interest and inclination should define which of the two kinds of institutions you choose!

Which is the best university in Germany? The German answer to this question is: There is no “best university”, neither in one subject and certainly not across all subjects. What Germany offers instead is a multidimensional ranking, considering various criteria like student and staff judgments on quality of teaching, atmosphere at the university, library and other equipment, student numbers, average study duration, number of graduations, third party funding etc. Several tables based on these considerations give you a detailed picture of the strengths and weaknesses of each university on www.university-ranking.de Here you can find your program by selecting a subject, a university or even a city in Germany! Also Check here: How to search Course, University Profile and Ranking

What kind of master programs does Germany offer? There is wide range of study programs with i.   German as medium of instruction ii.  English as the sole or primary medium of instruction, called International Degree Programs (IDPs).  A database  of  such programs  is available at http://www.daad.de/international-programmes.

Am I eligible to apply for a master’s degree course? In Germany, every university is autonomous. This means that every university / study program has its own set of criteria for admitting students. So please check the university website, and specifically the course you are interested in to find out the exact admission requirements. Some generalization is, however, possible and one can say that as a bachelor degree holder from India, your degree is treated at par with a German bachelor degree and most universities will consider you eligible for masters provided you fulfill other criteria.

Some universities may ask for your TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/GMAT scores, depending upon the subject you choose to study. For example, GMAT may be asked for if you want to study economics or law.

Universities will ask for very good German language skills in case you want to take up a program in German medium. In such cases, your knowledge of German needs to be certified through examinations like the TestDaF (http://www.testdaf.de ) or DSH.
How do I go about applying?
October– November:  Collect general information from the DAAD, internet e.g., www.bsaagweb.de.

January – March:      Contact the selected university. This will be your most important source of information as far as exact details about eligibility, course duration, fee, application procedure etc. are concerned.

Check the application deadline for courses chosen! March – June:           Send the application packet. The website of the course / university you have chosen will carry details about application procedure to be followed. Accordingly, send your application either to the university or to UNI-ASSIST. UNI-ASSIST  is  a  body  that  accepts  your  application,  screens  it  and forwards it to its member universities of your choice against payment. The fee for applying to one university through UNI-ASSIST is 55 Euro and then 15 Euro for every additional university. Member universities of UNI-ASSIST often do not entertain direct applications. So please check well before you send  in  your  papers.  For  detailed  information  and  list  of  member universities, visit  http://www.uni-assist.de. If you have chosen a university that is not a member of UNI-ASSIST, send your application directly. In any case, the webpage of the course you have selected will always give information about the application procedure.  Application forms and other relevant material can be downloaded from the internet. Make sure you have a valid passport! July:      Apply for a student visa as soon as you have the admission letter, as the procedure can take around two months. The German Embassy and the Consulates require proof of funding for the first year of studies (approximately 8000 Euro.).  To find out where you should apply for a visa, visit the Embassy of Germany in Dhaka.  Apply for a place in a hostel. In some cases the International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) of the university will help you.

September – October:   Arrive in Germany at least a week before your course begins. Contact  the  International  Office  (Akademisches  Auslandsamt)  of  your university for guidance.

October – December:   Get your residence permit within the first three months of  your stay in Germany from the Foreigners’ Registration Office (Auslaenderamt).  As you can make out, this timeline refers to courses beginning with the winter semester (October – March). In case you find a course that begins with the summer semester (April – September), just calculate the months accordingly and proceed! Here we would like to reiterate that you should necessarily check the website of / contact the chosen university for exact course details.

Do I need to know German? As you have already read, Germany offers numerous International Degree Programs (IDPs) with English as the sole or primary medium of instruction. But as a student in Germany, your life will not be limited to the university campus. You will surely want to interact with people, travel through the country-side and make the best of your time there. This is where knowledge of German will present a great advantage! Universities offer beginner and well as advanced level courses where you can learn German. But you can start learning the language while you are still in India at one of the Goethe-Instituts (Max Mueller Bhavans) / Goethe-Zentrums http://www.goethe.de/ins/in/lp/enindex.htm
What kind of budget should I have in my mind? In Germany, education is subsidized by the state and therefore most of the institutions of higher education charge no or very little tuition fee – to the tune of 500 Euro per semester. Thus, in Germany virtually every student gets a scholarship! However, you will need to pay semester contribution ranging from Euro 50 to 250, depending upon the university and the services or benefits provided. For certain special courses you may need to pay higher fees. Apart from the tuition fees, if any, you will require about Euro 500-700 per month for subsistence i.e. housing, food, clothing, study material and other expenses such as health insurance and leisure activities. This amount can vary from city to city, and of course from lifestyle to lifestyle!
Are there any scholarships available? Funding in Germany is available in principle for research and in some cases at the master level. Two scholarship programs that the DAAD offers for master level education are: 1.    Master’s  Scholarship  for Public     Policy and Good Governance –PPGG  (http://newdelhi.daad.de/mainFrame/home/PPGG.pdf ). 2.    Postgraduate  Courses   with   Relevance  to  Developing Countries (http://newdelhi.daad.de/mainFrame/home/Aufbau.pdf ).

A   complete   list   of   scholarship   programs  for   Indian   candidates   can   be  viewed   at www.daad.de.  To get a comprehensive overview of various funding possibilities, please visit www.funding- guide.de Can I work in Germany – as a student and later as a professional? As an international student, you are permitted to work for up to 120 full days or 240 half-days in a year. This will help you in getting a bit of extra pocket-money! After completing your degree in Germany, you can stay on in the country for up to one and half (18 months) year to look for a job that is in keeping with your education.

Once you find a job, the residence permit issued to you for the purpose of studying, can be converted into a residence permit for taking gainful employment. Germany has always had a very strong industry-academia linkage. A lot of scientific research is  funded  by  the  industry  as  well.  During  your  studies  you  can  get  the  opportunity  to  do internships with German companies, which can open new vistas for your professional career. We hope that with this information you have a fair overview of higher education in Germany and what you have to do to get there. If you want to know more about universities and student life or read what other international students have to say about Germany, surf on www.study-in.de and www.bsaagweb.de. …And we must mention, that your reading of this document is not complete unless you have also visited the websites we have provided you with! Source: DAAD Regional Office New Delhi, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka

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14 thoughts on “F.A.Q. Masters in Germany”

  1. আমি কিছুদিন আগে ব্যাচেলর শেষ করেছি। আমি (২০১৪) উইন্টার এ এপ্লাই করতে চাই। কিন্তু মার্চ এপ্রিল এর মধ্যে আমি আমার সার্টিফিকেট নাও পেতে পারি। হয়ত আরও পরে পাবো। তবে আমার একাডেমীক ট্রান্সক্রিপ্ট আছে। তাহলে আমি কি এপ্লাই করতে পারবো? আর যদি অফার লেটার পেয়েও যাই তবে কি এমবাসি তে কোন অসুবিধা হবে এটা নিয়ে? প্লিস জানাবেন। ধন্যবাদ।

  2. I completed my honors in Geography & Environment from the Department of Geography & Environment, national University of Bangladesh in the year 2009. I went to go German for masters degree any semester. Can i get any scholarship. Please info me. How can I start my admission procedure for Germany ?
    Allah hafez

  3. i completed my Honors and Masters degree in Geography & Environment degree from the Department of Geography & Environment, National University,of Bangladesh in the year 2010.
    I want to go Germany for Higher Study any semester.
    Can i get any Scholarship.I have no IELTS score. Do i need German Language?
    What will be better Plz info me. How can i start my admission procedure for Germany ?

  4. Dear Brother/Sister,
    i am Md. Imran Hussain. I completed my final year Bachelor of Science (Honors in Geography & Environment) degree from the Department of Geography & Environment, Jagannath University,Dhaka, Bangladesh in the year 2011.I obtains 1st class (21st). I already complete my MSc programme same subject same department in 2013.The Medium of Instruction in our institute is English.
    I also get IDB-BISEW IT Scholarship project. it’s a Post Graduation Diploma. My course was Networking Technologies.
    I want to go Germany for Higher Study any semester.
    Can i get any Scholarship.I have no IELTS score. Do i need German Language?
    What will be better Plz info me. How can i start my admission procedure for Germany ?
    Thanks everybody.
    Best of Luck.

  5. I have completed my BSc in ECE(Electronics and communication Engineering) . I want to apply for Masters in Germany in next immediate semester . I have admitted German course A1.1 but i am confuse which medium(German/English ) and which University will be appropriate for my application .Already i have searched bd DAAD link but can’t get …please please help me…

  6. I have selected Freie University Berlin to pursue my MA in English from there. I have made correspondents with their student counselor and assured me that I do not need to do any German Language Course for Prerequisite as I would be studying in MA (English)even they would exempt me if I can prove that my BA degree was from such a University where the medium of instruction was English….
    Now my question is plz tell me whether I should do any German Language course from BD so that that A can find job there at Germany to support myself…..? and IS the University is a good one to pursue my MA in English there in Germany……

  7. assam……… I m completed in BBA in private university in Bangladesh that time. so i m interest in admission in Germany for MBA program.plz give information for better me.

    Allah hafez

  8. it is a good article and i am new in this site.I already like this site.I also want to go Germany for masters.Is cgpa very important to get admission

  9. During filling out the online application of TU Munchen, I got to learn that they will take an aptitude test. Will anyone please describe aptitude test taken by universities?

    Thanks in advance.

  10. আমার অনেক উপকারে আসবে এই লেখাটা। এত কষ্ট করে তথ্যসমৃদ্ধ লেখাটা যিনি লিখেছেন আপনাকে শ্রদ্ধা জানাই। আমার একটা প্রশ্নের উত্তর দিবেন প্লিজ। জার্মানির ভার্সিটিগুলোতে কি শুধু মার্চ-জুন এই সময়ের মধ্যেই এপ্লাই করতে হবে? বছরের অন্য কোন সময় করার সুযোগ নাই?
    আমি দুই একদিনের মধ্যেই IELTS এ ভর্তি হতে চাচ্ছি যাতে আমি নভেম্বরে এক্সাম দিয়ে ডিসেম্বর থেকে এপ্লাই করা শুরু করতে পারি। পরামর্শ দিয়ে সাহায্য করবেন।

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