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How to apply in a German University


Germany has become one of the desirable countries for education. There are various affirmative reasons, why foreign-based students choose Germany for higher education. The country not only has many attractive sights for students to explore but also the primary reason is the quality of education that students can acquire from learning in Germany. The country is also known for its tuition friendly scheme in some of its public universities, meaning many public universities of Germany offer education to their students waving off the tuition fees. Therefore, students can save as well as accommodate a living at inexpensive costs.


If you have chosen Germany for your further higher studies, you should be aware of the application process, requirements, universities, degree programs offered in the country before-hand. Germany offers a variety of higher educational programs – Undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral degree programs are procurable in the country.

Refer following points to understand the process to apply in German universities:

Is it necessary to research before sending out applications?

Now that you have opted to pursue your higher education in Germany, you must be aware of the country in totality to fit in and experience their culture wholly. It is extremely important to gain as much as knowledge possible before moving to Germany. Like universities that provide your desired degree, lifestyle in Germany, the culture of Germany, education quality of that university, food preferences in the country, etc. is the primary step of studying abroad. In conclusion, it is important to acquire basic and prime knowledge for not only understanding and experiencing the lifestyle in Germany better but also to be aware of various situations and job opportunities after pursuing the degree.

What is EU and Numerus Clausus?

European Union zone – Universities in Germany are open to accept education leaving certificates from EU zone countries that is Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway. Students coming from outside the EU zone have to qualify the higher education entrance exam requirement. If in case one does not qualify their requirements in entrance in higher education, students have to attend the preparatory course (Studienkolleg) in order to be eligible for admission in the universities of Germany.

Numerus Clausus (NC) – Even if a student has met the higher education requirements, he/she may not be eligible if they have failed to score the minimum GPA in their prior education. Numerus Clausus is basically limited admission that is directed to some of the popular courses in Germany. Since many international and local students opt for degree programs in Germany, the NC is applied at universities to limit and manage the overcrowding at universities. In conclusion, better the GPA score better the opportunity to get accepted by the admission committee.

When should I start applying for the universities?

It might not be possible to be aware of all the universities in Germany but knowing the best and top universities that offer your desired program is important. After learning and listing down the universities you are willing to enrol in, gather knowledge about its entry requirements and the deadline to send out the application. Application deadlines are several months before the semester officially begins, therefore submitting your complete application sooner is extremely advantageous.

Note: Winter applications deadline is end of May to July 15th

Summer applications deadline is beginning of December to January 15th.

Although, it is recommended that students should check the specific university website, as the deadline data may differ.

What documents are required to apply in German universities?

Depending on the degree program and universities, the requirements may differ. We’ve listed down the most basic and primary documents that are required while applying in Germany:

  • Entrance exam proof (GRE or GMAT and Language proficiency test)
  • Mark sheet or Certificate of previously completed degree
  • Copy of passport
  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

After getting enrolling, submitting and getting accepted at the university. Students can apply for German Type D/Residence Permit visa.

Refer to the following table to learn about which entrance you should be giving depending on your degree:




Language proficiency test


Entrance exam

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Arts




Masters of Science, Master of Arts,





GRE for Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)





How can I submit my application/s and documents to the university?

Students can upload and submit their university application online i.e. through the centralized system. The Germany based university website accepts universities applications and documents. However, one must remember the application deadline and should submit the application at least a few weeks before the deadline.

Tips for application process

  • Set a timeline that helps you organize and manage college applications.
  • Recheck your documents before submitting them.
  • Research and learn better/more about the universities.
  • Consider other universities as well.
  • Proof read your content wherever necessary.
  • Start working on your applications as early as possible.
  • Submit your application at least a few weeks before the deadline.

Good luck! We hope you make it into your desired university and do explore Germany! 

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