Some generalisation is, however, possible and one can say that as a four-year Bachelor degree holder from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka, 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. In case you have a three-year Bachelor degree, do get in touch with course coordinator before applying.
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 programme in German medium. In such case, your knowledge of German needs to be certified through examinations like the TestDaF or DSH.
The German academic years is divided into two semesters: the Winter semester (October – March) and the summer semester (April – September). Accordingly, German universities have two intakes. The following timeline refers to courses beginning with the winter semester. In case you find a course that begins with the summer semester, just calculate the months accordingly and proceed!
Let us get into the details now:
- Collect general information from the DAAD, internet
- and brochures.
- Attend information sessions at the DAAD closer to you! DAAD has offices in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Dhaka.
- Or attend internet-based seminars (webinars) organized by the DAAD.
Check DAAD calendar for information events.
January – March
- Check the website of the selected courses/universities. 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. Member universities of UNI-ASSIST often do not entertain direct applications. So please check well before you send in your papers.
If you have chosen a university that is not a member of UNI-ASSIST, send your application directly.
Please note that UNI-ASSIST has no representative office in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
- Application forms and other relevant material can be downloaded from the internet.
- Make sure you have a valid passport!
- 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. To find out where you should apply for a visa, the website of the German Embassy in your country.
- Apply for a place in a hostel. In some cases the International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) of the university may help you.
Arrive in Germany at least a week before your course begins. Contact the International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) of your university for guidance.
Get your residence permit within the first three months of your stay in Germany from the Foreigners’ Registration Office (Auslaenderamt).
Germany offers numerous International Programmes 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, do your internships, 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. You can also start learning the language while you are still in your home country at the Goethe-Instituts (Max-Mueller Bhavan) / Goethe-Zentrums.
Funding in Germany is available in principle for research and in some cases at the master level. To get a comprehensive overview of various funding possibilities, visit www.funding-guide.de.
As an international student, you are permitted to work for 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 choose from amongst a wide range of options
You can stay on in the country for up to 18 months 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.
Apart from the tuition fees, if any, you will require about Euro 860 per month for subsistence i.e. housing, food, clothing, study material and other expenses such as health insurance and leisure activities. Here is a table that shows students’ monthly expenses. The amounts can vary from city to city, and of course from lifestyle to lifestyle!
Rent and utilities
Food and Drink
Car and Public Transportation
Health Insurance, Medical Costs, Medicine
Telephone, Internet, TV
Recreation, Culture, Sports
In Germany, the local engineer’s degrees (Diplomingenieur (Dipl.-Ing.), a first degree after five years of study at a university and Dipl.-Ing. (FH), the engineering degree offered by Fachhochschulen after four years of study) were abolished in most universities and “Fachhochschulen” in 2010 and were replaced by postgraduate master’s degrees (M.Sc. and M.Eng.).
The first Master of Engineering courses were introduced in Germany in 2000 as result of the Bologna process. This type of master’s degree is usually offered
The entry requirement is the successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent from before the Bologna process, with good marks.
The nine leading German technical universities (Group of TU9), like most European universities of technology, prefer awarding the Master of Science degree for completing engineering science studies in a master’s program.