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What will I need to study in Germany for my postgraduate degree?

I have been looking for information on how to study abroad for my master’s degree. I first looked at the top universities in Europe that offer my preferred course before I narrowed down to one. I found a good university in Germany that offers my specific course and I want to apply. I am seeking valuable information on what I will require before applying to study in Germany.

Whitney Matthews

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Blair Lewis on January 25, 2018

I assume that the university you have decided on is a top university in Europe. Such a university usually has very competitive admission criteria. It is therefore paramount to research on what you might need to ensure your application is successful. I have made a list of some pointers I think you should consider:

Ensure that you meet the entrance qualification.
The minimum entrance requirement to study a master’s course in Germany is your undergraduate certificate and transcripts. Also, have your high school education certificate ready if needed. In some cases, the university may seek more details about the content of your undergraduate degree to ensure it is relevant to your preferred course.

Visa or residence permit requirement.
Students from the EU, US and some select countries only need to apply for a residence permit from the registry office when they arrive. However, if your home country doesn’t fall under this criterion, you will need to apply for a student visa to pursue your studies in Germany.

Demonstrate that you are financially able to meet your study expenses.
Studying abroad requires proof that you can sustain yourself financially for the whole duration of your course. This includes the transport from your home country and back, tuition fee and the full living costs. There are numerous scholarships and grants, both from the public and private sector, which you may apply to meet these costs. The best place to start looking is the university’s fees and funding page on their website.

Seek an insurance cover for your health.
As you are in a foreign country, it is important to have a reliable health insurance that will cover any health issues that may occur during the duration of your study.

German language proficiency.
German is the main language of instruction in Germany’s higher institutions of learning. If this is the case for your course, you will need to take a German language proficiency test. Make sure the university you are applying recognizes the test you take. Most universities normally advice on the appropriate language test to undertake.

Prepare for an interview or aptitude test.
As you are applying in a highly competitive university, most likely you will undergo a formal interview through Skype or voice call. It aims at evaluating your interest in the course. Other universities offer aptitude tests, which assess your likelihood that you will finish the course you are applying.

Charles McAleara year ago

This response elaborates on all you need to know about the criteria for the approval or rejection of your study application. I would like to add that as you apply to study in Germany, ensure you follow all the laid down protocols by the university and country. Sit for all the required tests and
submit all documents requested. This will immensely help you avoid any problems during your study. Remember that preparations will be hard and therefore require your enormous patience and endurance. You will need to deal with the struggles and disappointments that inevitably come with applying for travel documents, sourcing for financial aid and finding a suitable place to stay as you study. The numerous paperwork will be strenuous but do not give up. This tedious process will instill a sense of independence that will be valuable in navigating the new environment once you travel. All the best!


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