College Admission Process to Study in Germany – All you need to Know!

Germany has become a top choice among Indian students who wish to study and settle abroad due to various opportunities to succeed in their chosen careers. In addition, Germany offers a great range of courses in almost all disciplines of education.

If you also dream to study in Germany, then it is necessary to learn the application and admission process to study in Germany. German Universities and higher education institutions adhere to strict admission guidelines and require the applicants to follow the same. On this page, we are presenting a detailed step-by-step process for admission to German Universities.

Intakes in Germany

In general, Germany offers admissions in two intakes every year.

  • Winter Intake
  • Summer Intake

Winter Intake – this is the primary intake that is chosen by most international students. Plus, winter intake offers various courses to choose from for the students. This intake begins in September/ October and the deadlines for the application submissions will fall in mid-July for most of the universities.

Summer Intake – Those who miss the winter intake, can choose the summer intake, in which only fewer courses will be offered. Summer intake begins in April and the deadlines for application submissions fall in mid-January.

How to Apply to Study in Germany?

The admission process is almost similar for both undergraduate and post-graduation courses in Germany. Here is the step-by-step application process to study in Germany.

  • Research Universities & Courses

    The first and foremost thing to start your application process is to find the right university to Study in Germany. Based on your earlier education, choose the best course that has scope for opportunities in the future. Then investigate which universities are best for the course chosen.

  • Shortlist Universities

    In Germany, there are many types of universities from which the students can choose based on their requirements. Check out the types of universities on our Germany Education System page and finalize the university and course. If you feel this tough, no worries, our German Education experts can guide you and help in short listing the universities and courses.

  • Verify the admission requirements

    Each university has its admission requirements. It is mandatory to check those admission requirements which include the list of documents required, scores required, languages proficiency required, etc. So make sure to read all the requirements in detail.

    Especially for post-graduate students, check out the eligibility requirements for the universities to study post-graduation in Germany. Just like to study post-graduation, it is mandatory to have an undergraduate degree from a discipline related to the applied course, verify all other eligibility criteria for the course at the university selected. Now proceed to the application process.

  • Register on the official website

    To start the application process, first, you need to enroll your details on the official website of the universities shortlisted. It is a good practice to apply for more than one university as there will be a chance of securing admission in any one or if you get more than one, then you can choose the best university in Germany. To register, you need to provide basic details of yours along with a valid email id and mobile number to communicate.

  • Now Log in and Apply

    After successful registration, log in to your account and apply. In the university portals, you will be guided with the application process. Enter all the details needed like personal, academic history, etc., and select the course required. Now proceed to submit the documents required and pay the application fee.

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  • Submit the required documents & pay the fee

    The list of documents required differs for each university. To verify the documents required beforehand and arrange them in advance. Make sure to provide the information as it is presented in the documents submitted.

  • Here is the list of Documents Required to Apply for Study in Germany:

    • Copy of your passport
    • Academic certificates.Copy of your undergraduate degree certificate for post-graduation aspirants.
    • Passport size photos
    • Translated copies of course modules and grades
    • Score report of English language proficiency tests
    • Letter of Recommendation
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Updated CV

    After submitting all the required documents, proceed to application fee payment. Here ends the application process. Now we move to the post-application process

  • Wait for the Admission Letter

    After applying with all the documents required, the university will cross-check all the details like academic reports, test scores, and other documents. After verification, the university will contact you through the email id provided during registration. Usually, it will take 2-4 weeks to process the application in German universities. So keep checking your mail regularly.

  • Send the Acknowledgment

    If you receive an acceptance from a university, first of all, Congratulations, now you need to reply to the university whether you accept or decline the offer. In general, German universities give 24 hours to reply, so you should send your acknowledgment in 24 hours. If you accept the offer, you may need to pay the first-semester tuition fee to claim your spot.

  • Get the Health Insurance & arrange Finances

    Health Insurance is mandatory to study in Germany. And it costs around € 103.94 - € 111.75 per month to take the health insurance for international students in Germany.

    Now start preparing the finances required. This is a crucial step while heading to Germany for higher education. Ensure you have enough funds to study in Germany because the student visa can be rejected if the candidate fails to show sufficient funds. To prove the financial stability, you need at least € 861 per month or € 10,332 per year as an international student.

  • Get your Student Visa and plan the Departure

    Proceed to apply for the Germany student visa through the official website of VFS Global. After applying, book your visa interview appointment at a visa application center. Pay the fee and visit the center for interviews and biometrics.

    Now you finished all the steps of the admission process, proceed to book your air tickets and pack your bags.

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Top FAQs Asked by Students Travelling to Germany

To apply for the Germany Student visa, visit the official website of VFS and follow the below steps.

  • Create an account with basic details and login.
  • Talk to our counselors to know the appropriate visa as per your purpose of travel
  • Fill out the visa application duly without any errors
  • Confirm the details whether they are as mentioned in the identity cards submitted
  • Submit the required documents and preview
  • Finish the fee payment and submit the visa application.
  • Schedule the visa interview for the biometrics
  • Finish the biometrics procedure and wait for the decision of German Immigration authorities
  • Once received the visa acceptance, book the air tickets and start planning the journey.

As mentioned above, usually it will take 2-4 weeks to process the application in German universities. So keep checking your mail regularly. After applying with all the documents required, the university will cross-check all the details like academic reports, test scores, and other documents. After verification, the university will contact you through the email id provided during registration.

Here are the application deadlines for the Germany Universities for 2024-2025.

  • Winter Intake – July 15th
  • Summer Intake - January 15th

Here is the list of documents required to apply for a Germany Student visa

  • Fill out the visa application
  • Valid passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Academic certificates
  • Passport size photos
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Proof of German Language proficiency (if required)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Updated CV
  • Proof of university acceptance letter
  • Travel health insurance
  • Motivation Letter
  • Proof of visa fee payment

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