Admission process in a university is a first step in order to fulfill your dream of studying in Germany. It is as simple as you can think. Following steps will guide you how it works and how you can determine if you are eligible to study in a university in Germany.
Who can study at a German university?
Every student who has higher entrance education qualification (13 years of minimum high schooling) can study in a German university. This condition may be relaxed for some country students where higher secondary school education equals the level of German school system. On the other hand the one who has not had higher entrance education qualification to directly study in a university for a minimum bachelor degree program, can study at a studienkolleg (click here to know what is a studienkolleg in Germany) for a year to get ready for the direct admission in a university program after passing FSP.
Step by Step Admission Application Process
Step 1- Qualification Assessment
Check your qualification if it gives you eligibility to study in a University directly. You can do it by going on to this website http://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html. If you do not find your institution on this database website, it means you do not qualify for direct admission into a degree program. This surely happens when you do not necessarily have 13 years of education to study directly in a university (conditions apply however for many countries, see details here http://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html). In this case, you will surely have to study for a year at studienkolleg. If you do have 13 years of education or more, then follow the step 2 below.
Step 2- Chooseing a University
In step 2, you will choose a university for you. Before choosing a university, you must make sure that you have decided which course of study. This is really important as not all universities offer all course that international students want. This simply means, certain universities offer specific courses. Once you have decided a course or field of studies for you for further higher education then follow the step 3 below.
Step 3- How to find a university
Once you have decided your desired course of studies, you can find a university on the database of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) . This website helps you choosing a course as an international student. Use this database carefull so that you can save time and search for your desired course and university without any issue. Once you have chosen y a course and university, the follow the step 4 below.
Step 4- Direct or Indirect Admission Application
Applying directly to university or through Uni-Assist is next step. You will have to get information on the webpage of your desired university as if they will give you direct admission facility or you will have to get admission through Uni-Assist (this organization does charge minimum 70 Euros for admission process). You can get more info about Uni-Assist by clicking on this link https://www.uni-assist.de/
Step 5- Gathering Documents
Ask you desired uni about required documents you have to send them for admission process. For example you must present your higher education school-leaving certification, bachelor and or master degree certificates This process may take a lot of time so prepare well in advance so that deadline can be caught without any problem.
Step 6- Educational Documents Attestation
For some countries (for example Pakistan), it is necessary that the students must get educational documents attestation form respective educational boards and universities before sending these document to the university. So do not forget this if you need to do this.
Step 7- Language Proficiency
You need to show that you have required language proficiency to study in Germany. You either need German language (only in case when your course will be taught in German medium of instruction with B2 level for bachelor degree and C1 for master degree) or English language (IELTS or TOEFL) test certificates proofs with a minimum level of 6.0 score for bachelor degree and 6.5 (IELTS score) for a master degree program.
Step 8- Get Admission Letter
Once you have sent all your required documents to your university, you will get a letter of admission upon acceptance. This letter you will use to apply for your student residence permit.