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MS in Germany

Why Study in Germany?

Let’s Look at the Numbers!

  • As per QS World University Rankings 2018, 3 German Universities are in the Top 70 list – Technical University of Munich (Rank 64), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Rank 66), Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Rank 68)

 

Top Universities

  • RWTH Aachen
  • TU Berlin
  • TU Braunschweig
  • TU Darmstadt
  • TU Dresden
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • TU München
  • Universität Stuttgart

 

Powerful Reasons to Study in Germany

Top Quality Education Very Low Cost of Education International Exposure Long-term Employment Prospects
Outstanding research facilities Zero to nil tuition fee Chance to learn German language Post-study work permit of 18 months
Highly popular for MS & PhD programs in science, engineering and technology Excellent Scholarship Options Safe & secure, very friendly Excellent work & internship opportunities

 

Popular Fields of Master’s Study

  • Popular Fields
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering

 

Types of Universities

The universities offering master’s programs can be categorised into types:

 

Type of Universities Description
Research Universities Public universities which offer master’s degrees and doctorate degrees (PhDs) in multiple fields.
Technical Universities A subgroup of research universities primarily focused on the areas of engineering, science and technology.
Universities of Applied Sciences Private universities that offer practice-oriented academic degrees (in engineering, business and social sciences) where there is more focus on professional application than theory. Also, the focus is on work placements.
Colleges of Art, Film and Music Focusing on creative fields; may be part of either research universities or universities of applied sciences. Aspirants will qualify only if they have exceptional creative skills and extensive experience in a relevant creative field.

Germany is predominantly an urbanised country home to 28 Fortune 500 companies. The production and service industries in Germany cater to more than 500 million consumers worldwide. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD), Germany has the highest labour productivity in the world. Also, Germany, being the fourth largest automotive manufacturer, leads in the production and export of machines and appliances, electrical products and equipment, metal, pharmaceuticals, food products, rubber and plastics. In terms of employment, Germany has one of the most dynamic job markets.

 

Germany’s public and private educational institutions are the third most popular destination in the world for higher studies, and around 12% of Germany’s student population comprises international students.

 

Master’s Programs

The master’s programs offered by Germany can be categorised into four types:

Type of Universities Description
Research Universities Public universities which offer master’s degrees and doctorate degrees (PhDs) in multiple fields.
Technical Universities A subgroup of research universities primarily focused on the areas of engineering, science and technology.
Universities of Applied Sciences Private universities that offer practice-oriented academic degrees (in engineering, business and social sciences) where there is more focus on professional application than theory. Also, the focus is on work placements.
Colleges of Art, Film and Music Focusing on creative fields; may be part of either research universities or universities of applied sciences. Aspirants will qualify only if they have exceptional creative skills and extensive experience in a relevant creative field.

 

German master’s degrees are also divided into two types of programs:

Types of Programs Description
Consecutive programs A continuation of the knowledge gained during a student’s undergraduate experience 
Non-consecutive programs Requires a few years of work experience post under graduation and may not be related to a student’s undergraduate area of specialisation

 

Duration

A German master’s program spans from 18 to 24 months. Of the 120 ECTS credits, 90 will be earned through coursework and modules, and the remaining 30 are allotted to completing a dissertation.

 

Eligibility

Applicants need a ‘Hochschulzugangsberechtigung’ (HZB). Sounds complicated? Translated into English, an HZB is a ‘Higher Education Entrance Qualification’, which is basically an undergraduate degree. However, specific requirements may differ based on the university, the program and an applicant’s previous place of study. Though the GRE is not a requisite, some universities may require GRE/GMAT scores. Language requirements, however, are very stringent.

 

Since most courses are delivered in German, knowledge of the German language is imperative and an English language test is also required. Applicants may take the following tests to prove their proficiency:

For English: Choose between the IELTS and TOEFL

For German: Choose between Telc German B1, Telc C1 Hochschule or TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprach or ‘Test of German as a Foreign Language’). Besides these, a few language certifications by Goethe are also accepted for university studies. 

 

Before rushing to the nearest Goethe-Institute/Max Muller Bhavan to learn German, students should be sure to find out which test is accepted by their desired university.

 

Cost of Education

The German government funds its state universities. Therefore, irrespective of whether a student is local or foreign, there is an opportunity to study free of cost or at a very nominal tuition fee at public universities. There are required semester contributions for the other facilities available at the universities which can amount to 150 to 200 Euros per semester. Private universities, however, do have fees which can amount to 20,000 Euros per year. Apart from tuition, students are required to pay living expenses which can roughly be around 800 to 900 Euros per month.

 

How to Apply?

Applications may be submitted directly to a university or through Uni Assist, an online portal which performs the initial screening of international applications for 180 German universities. The application itself should be complete with all supporting documents such as degrees, diplomas, and other academic certificates, a copy of the applicant’s passport, language proficiency test scores an application fee, a Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation, Resume, etc. Specific document requirements and application fees will vary between universities.

 

Intakes & Deadlines

German universities have only two intakes in the year:

  • Summer intake for the summer semester running from March to August or April to September; deadlines usually fall before January 15
  • Winter intake for the winter semester spanning September to February or October to March; deadlines usually fall before July 15

 

Universities set their deadlines at their own discretion and students are advised to apply at least four months in advance to give time to apply for a visa.

 

Student Visa  & Work Permit

The German visa process is long, so applying early application is highly recommended. Applicants who have secured admission to a German university should apply for a Student Visa and applicants awaiting confirmation from a university should apply for an Applicant Visa. A student visa costs about 60 Euros and applicants will be required to present all visa related documents during the visa interview.

 

International graduates from German universities have a chance to tap into the full potential of the abundant job market in Germany. After graduating with a master’s degree, students can work for a year and a half and gain valuable international work experience. Students are also allowed to work part time (20 hours per week) during the course of their program, earning between 80 to 100 Euros per week.

 

If you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in Germany, the hub of research and innovation, and have further questions, please reach out to our Manya-The Princeton Review representatives for personalized guidance tailored to your academic and professional profile & goals.