Lots of students from all over the world consider Germany a place to continue their postgraduate studies because of the country’s high standard of living, rich culture, and reputation of its top universities. Great jobs also await graduates in Germany once they finish their Master’s Degree.

These are the factors that make international students continue their studies in Germany. How do international master’s students process their application then? Here are some tips and information that may help you in applying for a Master’s degree in Germany.

Application Requirements for Applying for Master’s in Germany

The requirements will differ depending on whether the aspiring Master’s student is applying for an on-campus or online learning experience for their postgraduate studies. For on-campus experience, they will certainly need a student visa for their whole stay while studying or a residence visa to stay for more than 90-days if they plan to stick around after graduating for business, vacation, or planned residency.

When accepted, and regardless if the student is studying on-campus or online, most universities will require them to have an undergraduate degree, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, proof of their English proficiency, and a valid ID. Additional requirements may differ from one university to another such as their Bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a certain number of European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) – such as in IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU), Steinbeis University School of Management and Innovation (SMI) Berlin, and International Graduate Center (IGC).

Further requirements may also be asked according to the Master’s degree the student has applied for. For example, GISMA Business School Berlin requires the students proof that they are qualified by taking an exam from a professional accounting agency such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants or Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Some universities may also require that the applicant has an undergraduate degree, or work experience relating to the Master’s degree, such as in Berlin School of Business and Innovation (BSBI) with their program MSc International Health Management. HTW University of Applied Sciences Berlin requires applicants of some programs to pass an academic assessment test of their own.

Simply put, individuals who want to get a master’s program in Germany should prepare necessary documents regarding English proficiency, work experience, and academic experience, as well as referral letters to help their chances of being admitted.

Master’s Degree Language Requirements for Germany

Most universities in Germany will require the aspiring student to present proof of their proficiency in English; language requirements are more apparent when comparing public and private universities, as well as the Master’s Degree being taken. Some Master’s Degrees will be taught in full English, some in full German, and some with a mix of both.

When taking a master’s program in Germany, the applicant will be required to prove they have enough knowledge of the German language to understand the program. Some examples of certificates accepted are from language proficiency exams such as Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD), Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS), and Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF). Much like the English language requirements, the required level of proficiency reflected by these certificates may vary from one university to another.

To show English proficiency for fully taught or mixed taught English programs, universities will require the applicant to provide a certificate showing their English skills. Certificates could be issued by Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), Duolingo, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and other recognized international standardized test for English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. Some of these may also require an application fee.

It must be noted that most ask for TOEFL and IELTS English proficiency certificates such as Arden University Berlin, Steinbeis University School of Management and Innovation Berlin, (International Graduate Center, EU Business School in Munich, ICN Business School Berlin, and SRH Hochschule Berlin with academic reading varying from 5 to 7. Schools like Hertie School, Arden University Berlin, and CBS International Business School also accept CPE aside from the previously mentioned possible proof of English language proficiency.

If the aspiring student has an English language proficiency certificate not listed or specified to the university they are pursuing, fret not as most of these schools are able to accept other English language proficiency certificates granted that they are acquired from taking international standardized tests when emailed, and asked.

In a few cases, some universities may also allow the aspiring student to apply without any English language proficiency certificate but would require them another item instead. In Berlin School of Business and Innovation, they may waive this requirement if they are a Native English speaker, have a high school diploma stating they completed their education in English, have a diploma from the International Baccalaureate, have a Medium of Instruction (MOI) letter stating you used English, have a West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC), or have a WAEC English Language component of level 6 or above.

How to Apply for Master’s Programs in Germany

You should follow the general guidelines on how to apply for Master’s Programs in Germany if you wish to enroll.

1. Meet the Application Requirements

As previously mentioned, basic requirements should be prepared such as proof of undergraduate degree, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, proof of their English proficiency, and valid ID. Each university has its own requirements, so it is important to see what the universities you are interested in applying require.

2. Fill out the Application form

Depending on the university being applied for, the school may have their applicants send their applications through website embedded form, through an application portal, and on rare occasions through email. It must be noted that all of these are online applications just in different forms.

Some examples of universities with the online application form are the International University of Applied Sciences (IU), the EU Business School in Munich, and HOCHSCHULE FRESENIUS. An example of a university using an email application is EU Business School in Munich. Some universities that use application portals are Hertie School, International Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINReM), and RWTH Business School. Whatever the application method is, check their website for the application procedure and make sure that you follow them closely.

3. Pay the Application Fee

If the university requires you to pay the application fee, you should pay the application fee once you have submitted the application. The application fee in Germany ranges from 0 Euros to 100 euros.

4. Once Accepted, Apply for a Student Visa

If you’ve filled out your application correctly and the university decides to accept you, the next step is to apply for a student visa in Germany. The application process for a student visa is another long process, you need to prepare the necessary documents, go to the German embassy in your country, and apply. Once you get your student visa, you will be able to study for your Master’s in Germany,

As a final tip; when applicants are surveying for universities, information aside from offered Master’s degree is almost always found inside the About Us section, Admission section, Future Students, or in Apply Now. With that, any aspiring student wanting to study for their Master’s Degree in Germany can finally go there with the necessary information at hand.


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