For most subjects, you can apply directly to the international office of the university. Alternatively, you can use the website www.uni-assist.de , a centralized admissions portal for international students, run by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), although not all universities use this. You may wish to apply for numerous courses and universities separately to increase your chances of being admitted.
At many German universities it’s possible to apply for admission twice a year – to commence studies either in the winter or summer semester. Application deadlines vary between institutions, and the same institution may set different deadlines for each program – be sure to carefully check the specific dates for your chosen course.
It’s recommended to submit applications at least six weeks before the deadline, to ensure time for corrections or additions if any information is missing.
The specific documents required and application process will be set by each institution, but you’ll typically be asked to submit:
- A certified copy of your previous degrees, and any other relevant qualifications.
- A translated overview of your course modules and grades (transcript)
- A passport photo
- A copy of your passport (personal information and photo ID page)
- Proof of language proficiency (a test certificate or online equivalent)
You might also need to pay an application fee. (not in all the universities)
Information for Uni-Assist:
Step I: Go to uni-assist applicant portal and register yourself. Once you register, you will get your uni-ASSIST applicant number.
Step II: Login to the portal with your username and password.
Step III: Fill in the standard form for your application and save it for later use. Upload all the required documents for university admission (certificates, passport copy, IELTS scorecard etc.)
Step IV: Print your completed application form and Submit it electronically.
Step V: If you are planning to apply for multiple universities, You need to fill in multiple Application forms one for each university.
Step VI: Pay the processing fee. For this, you can do an International bank transfer. Don’t forget about comments in payment description. If you prefer credit/debit card payment, the procedure is a bit strange. You need to fill out this credit card form and send it to uni-assist along with your application documents.
Step VII: Group the documents specific to the respective universities (e.g. SOP, LORs) along with application forms. Group the common documents (e.g. Certificates) separately.
Step VIII: Label the groups accordingly, include your email address and post them to uni-assist.
Step VIIII: Once your documents reach uni-assist, you will receive a confirmation mail. If your application is complete and meets all requirements, uni-assist will inform you and forward your applications to the chosen universities. After few weeks you will receive the result of your application by e-mail and/or by the post.
Essential documents for the admission in German University
If one wants to get admission in University of Germany the following documents are needed:
- Certified copy of your Bachelor Degree
- Certified copy of Grade Transcript
- SOP (State of Purpose)
- Original copy of LOR from HOD of your college/University
- Original copy of LOR from Professor of college
In addition to the above, if the course is in english, you will need IELTS certificate and Basic German level A1 (Goethe Institute is standardized). If the course is in German, you’ll need DSH certificate or Test DAF (German language test like IELTS).
about DSH exam:
DSH means Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang. After having a B2 level of German course certificate, one is eligible for DSH exam. This exam can be given after coming here in Germany. Most of the German Universities conduct DSH exam by taking exam fee varies from 50 – 200 euros depending on University.
Score Level of DSH exam as followed,
- DSH-1 below 66%, you might get conditional admission in some University
- DSH-2 between 67% and 79%, essential for getting confirm admission
- DSH-3 is more than 80 %, essential for getting confirm admission
about Test DAF exam:
There are four parts in it- Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. You have to get through all these levels and score equally. The exam pattern is almost similar as IELTS. The benefit of this exam is, it is recognized internationally and can be given anywhere in all over the world. Even in India, there are several Test DAF exam center like Pune, Bangalore, New Delhi etc.
Score level of Test DAF exam,
- Test DAF-3 is almost similar as German B2 level
- Test DAF-4 valid for 80% to 90% of universities
- Test DAF-5, one will get definitely admission in German course
(NOTE: If you are good at grammer, go for DSH and if you good at German verbs then go for Test DAF)
For more Information about the criteria of German universities please click here.
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