Admission Procedure for International Students in Germany

German institutions of higher education relish an excellent reputation around the globe, providing stimuli for innovation and advancement that are significant even at the international level making Germany one of the most popular study destinations.


  • Secondary school certificate in order to enter a bachelor course and a 3 year bachelor’s degree to apply for a post-graduate course. Besides, some universities demand for a 4 year programmes equivalent to get into any master's disciplines.
  • Along with academic essentialities, an English language proof. You necessitate to pass an English language proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL. Additionally, apart from English, German is also employed as a paramount language of instruction so; students should know this language as well.
  • Proof of financial backing is mandatory.
  • Standardized tests such as GMAT, GRE, TOEFL or IELTS, DSH or with good scores.


  • 12th standard certificates and mark sheets.
  • TOEFL or IELTS score


  • Universities offering management courses require a GMAT score, and universities offering engineering courses require a GRE score.
  • TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • A 4 year bachelor’s degree although some universities accept 3 years of undergraduate degree.
  • GMAT or GRE score depending on the university.


  • TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • Master’s degree.

Academic Requirement

Includes evidence of English and German language skills  depending on the level of education and province in Germany. Universities have different entry requirements, so read the course information on their website carefully and contact them.

Language Requirement

In order to apply for a higher education degree an English proficiency test is required. Either a good TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score for courses in English.
If the course is completely in German, then proof of proficiency in German language

TestDaF (Test of German as a Foreign Language Or DSH (Deutsche Sprachprufung fur den Hochschulzugang): German language test for the admission of foreign study applicants.

Application Procedure

Planning to study in a German university, then you must start early i.e. before the commencement of the session for any queries regarding the details of the course.

Abide by the following steps:

1. Shortlist the university & course from databases such as or
2. Make a list of all requirements & deadlines. Take the required   tests.
3. Fill out the application either online/offline
4. Apply for scholarship
5. Documentation: send the application  in advance with the necessary documentation.
  • You will need to prepare supporting documentation to send with your application. The documents vary depending on the course, provider, province and qualification you're studying for.Most significant being:
  • Academic records:  includes scores, GPA and official certificates.
  • Attested transcripts, such as, semester mark sheets, transfer certificate, awards of distinction, technical paper presentation, project work, special courses relevant to the field of study undertaken, letters of appreciation / achievement if any, special skills and proof of leadership qualities
  • Bachelors or master's degree certificates/provisional certificates.
  • Language proficiency certificates and scores.
  • Standardized test scores, i.e. GMAT, GRE etc.
  • Work history (for postgraduate and doctorate programs)
  • Covering letter or essay justifying why you should be given admission and statement of purpose.
  • Recommendation letters from university staff / corporate executive who has supervised your work.
  • Certificates or documents which verify previous study or work experience
6. Follow-up:  with course coordinator / administrator to cross verify if the application has reached.
7. Arrange for financial support. Apply for educational loan if needed. The following costs need to be covered: tuition fee, traveling expenditure and study material costs.
8. If the application is successful, you will receive an ‘acceptance letter. On receiving this, you need to pay partial  fees within a stipulated time period, to confirm your admission, sign and send the letter back to the university.. The acceptance letter is a contract between you and the institution. The acceptance letter serves as a contract and is very important – if you don’t start your course, or finish your course, this contract will determine if you will get a refund.
9. Reserve accommodation in the student residences or hostels.
10. Apply for a student visa: All international students are required to have visa.  They can refer to the  German consulates website. Student Visa Requirements To apply for a student visa students most have:
  • Original passport with two passport size photographs
  • Academic transcripts
  • Copy of a school leaving certificate
  • Proof of your proficiency in the German language or an intensive language course of twenty hours a week in Germany.
  • Documents  your financial stability
  • Admission letter or acceptance letter.
11.  Carry your passport and visa, address/contact details, and admission letter.

The study cost in Germany is very low; therefore the  cost per semester is around 200Euros although there may be additional semester fees depending on the university.

Financial Aid

Scholarship: since there is no tuition fee or a very small amount of  tuition fee to be paid , universities do not provide any kind of financial help or  scholarships. But International students can apply for scholarships from numerous organizations such as
  • Religious institutions
  • Politically affiliated foundations
  • Business related organizations
  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service):  provides scholarship only to graduate students pursuing master’s, doctoral students pursuing PhD, for post doctoral work etc.
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