Study In Germany | Application Procedure


MS in Germany

The application procedure in German universities is quite different when compared to U.S./Canadian universities. While getting it’s really easy to get in some obscure U.S. university, the same is not applicable for German universities. For example, most German universities will ask for your ECTS grade point. Well, I have created a simple to calculate just the same. Use it at your own risk here: ECTS Converter.




Applying To Germany | University Selection

MS in Germany

German Girl with Flag in front of Bonn University

Now that you have written TOEFL® and opened a blocked account (or at least initiated the process of opening one) it’s now time to choose a right university. This is a decision that can make or break your career and one should do a thorough research before zeroing on a course. Thanks to DAAD or the German Academic Exchange Service, this process is a cakewalk. Germany has over 16,000 study programmes and the choosing process would have been overwhelming if not for the meticulously designed DAAD website. Here’s how to find the right degree of choice. The (huge!) image below will help you understand how to streamline a proper search in the DAAD website.


 DAAD Selection Scheme

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Pro Tip: Join this Facebook group for more information or you can comment below.Automobile/Mechanical/Instrumentation Engineers take note: RWTH Aachen, one of Germany best schools, has one of the best summer schools for Automobile Engineering enthusiasts. The price of the course is €1800 (approximately ₹1,30,000, check the link below for an updated price) and is totally worth it. Click Here to learn more. Now that we have selected our dream universities, it’s time to apply!Good To Know: Germany has 2 types of higher educational institutions. An University and a Hochschule. While we are familiar with the concept of an university a hochschule is also an university for applied sciences. Then there are TUs or Technical Universities completely focusing on only technical degrees (Similar to I.I.T.s in India). Choosing either of the three is totally dependent on the student’s choice of course.


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Studying In Germany | Blocked Account

MS in Germany 
The German application procedure is quite simple and fairly straight forward. However, the main challenge is not applying, but choosing the right college and assuming you get an admission from at least one of the colleges you applied for, creating the right time frame for Visa application and other official procedures, like opening a blocked account, sending documents if necessary etc.

So here I thought of providing you, the reader some visual aid which might help you create a right plan for applying in Germany and getting in your dream college. I will have much to tell about college selection later, but first I would like to draw a time frame which you can remember and follow for your application procedure.

Timeline For Winter Semester Application

Note that this is a sample timeline and is provided without any guarantee whatsoever. So let’s talk more about this alleged timeline. It is to be noted that you need to take the TOEFL® test before you apply in German Universities as every university form will have space to write TOEFL® score. So it will be prudent to take TOEFL® by the end of March. The results are out within 10 days and if your score is above 95, then you are eligible for most German universities. Note that TOEFL® is just a qualifying examination and determines your eligibility, but doesn’t increase your chances of acceptance. Experience tells that a high mark in the speaking section guarantees a Teaching-Assistantship in your gonna be college. The obvious next step would be to open a blocked account.


What is a Blocked Account and How To Open One?


Glad that you asked, a blocked account is simply an account which blocks the total amount of money the German government wishes you to take to Germany for your sustenance and allows you a monthly withdrawal of a fixed amount (thereby preventing you to exhaust your funds prematurely). This means if your blocked account only contains the requested minimum amount of 8040 € for a year, then you will be able to withdraw only 670 € per month . The amount of money currently required for one year living in Germany is €8040, however, this value changes frequently, therefore you should visit the German Embassy website in order to get the latest amount. Thereafter the steps of opening a blocked account are very trivial and as follows:
  1. Unless you have €8040 lying around, you may choose to opt for a loan. Opt early as loans in India take quite some time to sanction. Also, make sure your bank has a Forex (foreign exchange) department, as the money sanctioned needs to be transferred to Germany.
  2. Download and fill the latest Blocked account opening form from Deutsche Bank. This can be found here.
  3. Fill the form digitally (leave the signature and date space blank), take a few copies printout and then schedule and appointment with your nearest consulate office.
  4. Visit the consulate office with your original passport, photocopy of the same and the blocked account opening verification fee. The amount again needs to be determined from the consulate website.
  5. Post the verified form and the passport copy to Germany. Make sure you don’t tamper with the pin or  the way the document is stapled by your local German mission. Soon, you will hear from Deutsche Bank that your account has been opened.
  6. Transfer €8040 to that account and you are all set.
  7. Pro Tip: Blocked account takes from 3 -15 days opening time. If you need to open one within a short time constraint, after document submission, just contact Deutsche Bank using the form they provided for initiating contact.
  8. Tip specific to students from eastern India: Although the embassy page notes that a blocked account can be opened in Kotak Mahindra Branch, the same facility isn’t applicable in eastern India.
  9. Also make sure that you can show that you have means of funding your second year of studies as well. For some consulate offices this is not a requirement, but  for some this is. Therefore you should be well prepared for the same. Some accepted means of funding are as follows: Savings account statement (photocopy of last 1 year’s bank statement), fixed deposit etc. Also note that, property, deeds are NOT accepted as means of funding. If  anybody other than yourself is the owner of the above mentioned means of funding then s/he will have to provide a signed letter and/or affidavit of support to establish the fact that s/he is willing to fund your second year.

As soon as you have completed these steps we can move on to the next step which is college selection or you may review the previous section for a basic overview of the whole process.




Indian Student’s Guide: Studying In Germany

MS in Germany

This post after quite a long time. There was a time when I was quite active in the blogosphere and then as ill luck would have it, my personal chores took higher priority and this blog accumulated dust for quite some time. Finally, now I have all the time in the world to write something up and I thought why not write something up that is somehow relevant, not only to me, to several graduates of India as well.

Okay, let’s face it. You are at the close of our graduation and studying abroad seems to be the latest fad. And why not Germany! It offers infinite opportunities for any graduate, not to mention an excellent standard of living, world-class education and extensive industry presence. Be it Audi®, SAP®, Mercedes-Benz® or the umpteen number of Fortune 500 international companies, Germany simply can’t be overlooked. And the icing on the cake? Education in Germany is completely free! Even international students study in Germany using the money paid by the brilliant German taxpayers over there! However, this makes getting into a German university tad bit harder than their U.S. counterparts as the universities tend to be quite selective in choosing international students, primarily because it’s their money you are using to study, so by selecting the best amongst you, they will try to make it a better investment. However, taking a few calculated steps and working hard from the third year itself will help you land in any good German institution of your choice and that’s what I am going to discuss over here. Now, take note that I am a Computer Science student, however, the post I going to write is fairly usable for a graduate of any discipline.

Now applying to a German university is fairly easy, but there are a few nooks here and few crannies there. When I first made up my mind that I will be applying there, I was taken aback by the sheer number of choices and hosts of options. Each application varies from the other in terms of required documents, TOEFL requirement etc, not to mention eligibility and selection criteria. So I will take a simple numbered bullet point approach on how can you prepare yourself (academically and financially) from your third year onwards to apply for a Masters degree program in Germany. The steps are fairly simple and can be completed in your final year as well, however, preparing from the third year itself will help you a lot if you want to get admitted in a top German university. You know, the early bird gets the worms and hard work always pays back! So Lasst uns Trotz Dem!



Step 1: Third Year – First Semester

This is perhaps the most important year in an Indian engineering graduate’s life. Suddenly, all the subjects are course related, there is more lab work and not to mention the upcoming summer internship! Voila! The summer internship can be a major boost to your curriculum vitae if you do it from a standard institution. Oh! You had planned C*C Training, Glo**s*n or any other Private Organisations isn’t it? Those who have already registered or are going to register, I have something to say for you people. Going to a private organisation is an utmost waste of your money and time and their teacher are substandard at best (Think this, if they were good software programmers, wouldn’t they be doing high paying jobs at MNCs?). Not to mention, your summer project would be a mere joke with the a very low-quality stuff that can be downloaded online. 
You may feel you have done a great job as you are first timers but according to national standards, the project quality would be even lower than substandard and it might also be a fact that the training and placement cell at your college might be pushing it down your throat just because they have some financial gain.
Here are some of the best summer internship options in India (and here you earn money too for doing the work!).
Now if it is must that you are not thru in any of these institutions, here are the few ‘better’ private organisations, but please avoid doing ‘online’ projects as they are useless and boring at best:

Also, take note, that try to prepare a visually appealing thesis. Try using Adobe® InDesign® or any other professional layout software to design your thesis. I cannot emphasise enough on how important a visually impressive thesis can be. Now to the next step.

Step 2: Third Year – Second Semester

Now, you are already done with your internship, it’s time to take English language exam. TheTOEFL® or Test of English as a Foreign Language exam tests a student’s Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking abilities and each is graded on a scale of 30, totalling to 120. A standard and respectable TOEFL® score is 100. Now, if you are from an English medium background with sufficient fluency in the colloquial usage of the language, TOEFL® would be a cakewalk for you. However, people from weaker background must study for TOEFL® more formally. These 2 books should be enough. (If you can’t see them, please turn off your AdBlocker).




Now here’s the important part for you, a foreign applicant: Preparing for TOEFL® iBT requires a judicious amount of dedication, hard work, time management amongst others, specifically if your English is weak. If you need one-on-one guidance comment below and we may discuss further prospects on how to prepare, time schedule, pronunciation etc, so that you can ace TOEFL® and get yourself admitted to your dream college.

Once you have cleared the TOEFL® iBT you will find out that not only Germany, but several universities worldwide the TOEFL® iBT exam as a standard of your English language proficiency. Most of the information about TOEFL® iBT can be found here: http://www.toeflgoanywhere.org/and https://www.ets.org/toefl. However, here are some key points that might be relevant for an Indian examinee.

  • There are several TOEFL® iBT  test centres across India. Chose the one nearest to you so that you may lessen the travelling fatigue.
  • The cost of the examination is approximately Rs.10,500/-, obviously depending on the conversion value of the USD($) that day. The only way of payment is through a credit card.
  • You can send your marks for free to up to 4 colleges. Note that this option is required for applying in some German universities, but not all of them.
  • The examination time is variable, but generally it’s 3.5 – 4 hours long.
  • Note that even your wristwatch is not allowed during the exam. Don’t carry too much stuff with you if your centre doesn’t have locker facility.
  • Finally, best of luck!