Universities Portal

WELCOME TO UNIVERSITIES PORTAL
Universities Portal serves as a platform for all the students from around the world, who are willing to pursue their higher education in a university of their choice.  Our team consists of faculty members, alumni and students from prestigous universities.  

1.Why Study in Germany?

  
Germany is a country of diverse landscapes and exciting cities. Science and research have a long tradition and are highly valued today. Germany is an increasingly popular choice for international students.
    
Since opening its doors to immigrants in the 1960s, Germany has become a land of immigration. Germany is a cosmopolitan and tolerant country. As of 2014, Germany was hosting around 280,000 international students, and it looks set to meet – or exceed – its target of 350,000 by 2020.
Germany’s growing popularity is easy to understand.
The German higher education system is gaining an increasingly strong profile around the world, greatly respected for its consistently high standards and success in combining research and practical application across a broad range of disciplines.

The country’s high quality of living comes with relatively low living costs (especially in the context of other similarly developed nations), while it’s resilient economy offers promising employment prospects, both during studies and post-graduation.
Finally, while tuition fees are increasing in many other parts of the world, Germany’s public universities continue to offer the vast majority of courses free of charge, for both domestic and international students.
  
 2. Higher Education System in Germany

Germany is the third most popular destination among international students in the world. More than twelve percent of students at German universities come from abroad. Germany is an attractive place to study and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide. Universities are also divided into private and publicly funded institutions. The quality of instruction, however, is high at all institutions of higher education.

In Germany you can study at universities, universities of applied sciences and colleges of art, film and music. Choosing the right type of university largely comes down to what you would like to study. Germany is home to around 425 higher education institutions. There are 427 state accredited universities in some 180 towns and cities around Germany. Together, these universities offer a total of over 18,000 degree programs, out of which many are in English.
  
Universities of Applied Sciences, or Fachhochschulen, focus on providing practical and professionally oriented education, awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fields such as engineering, computer science, media and communications, business and management, and art and design. They are known for their strong focus on applied knowledge and close relationships with businesses; internships, work placements and practical projects are often core course components. While many Fachhochschulen also have a strong research focus, they can only award doctorate degrees through partnerships with universities or research institutes.

  
  

3. RECOGNITION OF YOUR SECONDARY SCHOOL-LEAVING CERTIFICATE

If you want to study at a German university, you will need a “Hochschulzugangsberechtigung” – or “university entrance qualification”. This is a school-leaving certificate which qualifies you for university study. If your secondary-school certificate is deemed insufficient for study in Germany, you will have to attend a foundation course (“Studienkolleg”) before you are allowed to enrol. The DAAD entrance qualification database and the Anabin website can help you with this. You can specify your country and certificate when searching the database

In the end, the university itself is responsible for making the final decision on admissions. Therefore, we recommend inquiring in advance at the International Office at the University of your Choice as to whether you meet all the necessary prerequisites.
  
  
4.Admission requirements & deadlines

At many German universities it’s possible to apply for admission twice a year – to commence studies either in the winter or summer semester. However most of the programs at bachelor level offer only winter programs. The summer semester runs from March to August at Fachhochschulen and April to September at universities; the winter semester is from September to February and October to March respectively.
In general, applications for winter enrolments need to be made by 15 July, and applications for summer enrolments by 15 January. However, application deadlines vary between institutions, and the same institution may set different deadlines for each program – be sure to carefully check the specific dates for your chosen course.
It’s recommended to submit applications at least six weeks before the deadline, to ensure time for corrections or additions if any information is missing. You should expect to receive a formal acceptance or rejection approximately one to two months after the deadline has passed.
  
 LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
 
Most courses are taught in German, requiring international applicants to submit proof of proficiency in the German language. Two main tests are available for this purpose: the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH, meaning “German language examination for university entrance”) and the TestDaF (formerly Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache, meaning “Test of German as a foreign language”).

The DSH is offered only within Germany, at various universities, while the TestDaF can be taken at centres in more than 90 countries worldwide. As always, check the test you intend to take is accepted by the universities you want to apply to. While German remains the main language of instruction overall, a large and growing selection of English-taught programs is available – particularly at master’s level and for students participating in short-term exchange programs. A searchable database of English-taught courses is provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at www.daad.de.
Documents to be submitted
 
You must submit several additional documents along with your application form, including:

  1. certified copy of your university entrance qualification (e.g. high school diploma, A levels)
  2. certified copies of all university certificates you have received thus far
  3. Passport photo
  4. Copy of your passport (page with your name and photo
  5. Language certificates. (depends on the program)
  6. Motivational letter/ Statement of purpose
  7. Curriculum vitae. (CV)

  
  
5. HOW TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO A DEGREE PROGRAMME? 
  
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There are different ways to apply for admission to a German university. The application procedure depends on which subject you would like to study and where you come from. Requirements and application deadlines can vary from university to university, and even from degree programme to degree programme.

There are three places which accept applications for admission to university:

  1. The Trust for admission to higher education
  2. Uni-assist
  3. The university of your choice. 

The right address for your application depends on:

The subject you wish to study
Your country of origin

Note: Most of the German Universities needs a hard copy of your application posted to the university along with the online application in most of the cases.
  
  
  • UNI-ASSIST

Uni-assist assesses whether your international certificates are equivalent to those issued by German schools and universities, and whether they entitle you to apply for admission to German university. At the universities’ request, uni-assist can assess other application requirements, for example, the candidate’s language skills.

With uni-assist, you submit one set of application documents and ap ply for a study place at several universities at once. (Fees for Apply as early as possible! If you happen to forget a required document, this will give you ample time to submit it before the deadline arrives. Therefore, send in your application to uni-assist early enough. The assessment process at uni-assist can take between four and six weeks. If your documents are in order and you meet the formal admission requirements, uni-assist forwards your application to the universities for consideration.

The final admission decision is made by the university – not by uni-assist. 

The handling fees of Uni-assist for evaluation of international certificates and the preliminary examination of the application documents for the first university are 75 EUR. The fees for each additional application to a further university within the same semester are 15 EUR.
  
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6. Tuition fees, living costs & funding
  
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While affordability is by no means the sole factor attracting international students to Germany, low or non-existent tuition fees undoubtedly add to the overall appeal. At public universities, there are no tuition fees for undergraduate programs or for the majority of postgraduate degrees. Fees are charged at private universities, and for some master’s programs at public universities.
PhD study is free for at least the first six semesters (ie. three years). At public universities, the majority of students simply pay a small ‘semester fee’. This is typically no more than €300 (US$330) per semester, covering contributions to the student union, administration and the cost of a Semester Ticket – a six-month pass for public transport. Living costs vary depending on the location; according to Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey, Munich is currently Germany’s most expensive city, followed by Frankfurt am Main and Berlin. In general, it is recommended to budget around €700 (US$770) per month to cover accommodation, food and other living expenses. Those applying for a student visa will be required to show they have access to at least €720 per month (€8,640 for the full year) to cover living costs.
Once in Germany, it’s also possible to supplement your income through part-time work. There are no restrictions on this for EU/EEA students, and other international students are permitted to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year (more if a work permit is obtained), excluding research assistant work. A 2014 government survey found that two thirds of surveyed international students were employed in paid part-time work.
  
7. STUDENT VISA

Students from countries within the EU, EEA or Switzerland do not need a visa to study in Germany. These students simply need to register at the nearest registry office on arrival, to obtain a residence permit. This also applies to students coming from a number of other countries, including Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea and the US.

Students from Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco and San Marino can also follow this path, as long as they don’t intend to work during their time in Germany.
Students from elsewhere will need to apply for a visa before arrival in Germany, via the nearest German embassy. Those already accepted onto a program can apply for a student visa, while those awaiting confirmation or sitting entrance exams will need an applicant visa.
It can take several months for visas to be issued, so apply as early as possible. Visa applicants will be asked to submit a valid passport; confirmation from a German university that an application is in process or completed; health insurance; and proof of adequate funds to cover living expenses (at least €670 per month).
  
 8. UNDERGRADUATE, MASTERS, DOCTORATE?

    
Applying for undergraduate studies

If you have a European qualification, such as a baccalaureate or A-levels, then you will only need to prove you can speak German (unless you’re enrolling on a course taught in English) and you can then apply directly for a university level course. Students with qualifications from outside Europe may have to sit the Feststellungsprüfung entrance examination after attending a preparatory Studienkolleg. High-achieving students may be able to bypass this.
For most subjects, you can apply directly to the international office of the university. Alternatively, you can use the website www.uni-assist.de, a centralized admissions portal for international students, run by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

For some subjects, there is a nationwide cap on the number of students who can enrol. For these subjects (mostly life sciences), students from the EU (plus Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein) need to apply through the Foundation of Higher Education Admission. Non-EU students should apply as normal.

Applying for postgraduate studies

At master’s level, you will need to have completed (or be about to complete) an undergraduate degree. Specific requirements will vary depending on the course, institution and where you have previously studied. For some master’s degrees, applicants are required to have earned a minimum number of credits in specific fields of study.

Applications for master’s programs are either submitted directly to the university, or via the online portal www.uni-assist.de. Bear in mind that not all German universities use this service, and those that do may require applicants to complete their own application process as well. For PhDs, applications may be made directly to potential supervisors, by submitting a project proposal, or – for “structured” PhDs – via the official application process detailed by the university.

Master’s degrees in Germany are usually categorized as either “consecutive” or “non-consecutive”. Those of the first category are designed to build on the academic knowledge gained during a related bachelor’s degree, while the second tend to have a greater focus on professional development, often requiring applicants to have both an undergraduate degree and some relevant work experience. Most master’s degrees take four semesters (two years) to complete, though some are shorter or longer.

PhDs can be completed in one of two pathways. The “traditional” route involves finding a supervisor at a university, and completing an individually defined research project with support from this supervisor, over a period of around four years.

The alternative is a “structured doctoral program”, which means following a clearly delineated program of study and research as part of a larger cohort of doctoral candidates, under a team of supervisors. This route can be followed within universities, graduate schools and research training groups supported by the German Research Foundation, usually taking three years to complete
9. Working in Germany after Graduation
A final ‘pull’ factor attracting growing numbers of students to Germany is the prospect of staying on to work after graduation. Europe’s largest economy and most industrialized nation, Germany rebounded quickly and convincingly from the global financial crisis of 2008- 9, and today offers one of the world’s most resilient job markets. Strong GDP growth and low unemployment levels are forecast up to 2019, and – in part due to the nation’s ageing population – there’s high demand for skilled immigrants to fill gaps in the labor force. As in many countries, demand for graduates is especially high in the STEM sectors (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Graduates from EU/EEA countries can stay on to seek work without any restrictions or permits. International students from elsewhere can extend their residence permits by 18 months in order to seek work, commencing from the date on which final exam results are issued in writing. After two years of employment in Germany, it’s possible to apply for permanent residency status. Fluency in German is a definite asset when seeking work. However, some roles are available without this requirement, particularly in international corporations and scientific research institutes.
  

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