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Study in Germany Timeline for Masters

Germany is one of the preferred international study destinations in the world. The country provides quality universities, multi-cultural communities, high employment ratio, research opportunities and great lifestyle. It has made its name in the field of education. Thousands of international students flock to Germany every year to study, live and work here.  The Masters program in Germany attracts a plethora of international students across the globe. But one thing that most of the Masters students wishing to study in Germany are unaware of, is the “Time line”- as what to do in which month. In this article, we’ve provided the detailed time line, right from the preparation of entrance exams to finally submitting your Masters application.

Time line for Masters Studies in Germany for Winter Semester (September/October Intake)

The preparation for the Masters studies in Germany should commence at least 12 months before the start of the session, starting from research and collection of information on the universities to contacting universities, preparing application packet and arranging funds. The academic session in Germany is split up into two semesters- winter and summer. Winter semester commences in September/October and the application window opens in March and closes by mid-July; while the summer semester commences in March/April and the application window opens around September closes by mid-January. Application deadline varies by master’s program and the institutions.

University Application Timeline for September Intake

October-December (Previous Year)

  • Collect information on study abroad in Germany from internet. Attend webinars and information sessions related to study in Germany.
  • Conduct a research on internet about the universities/institutes offering the Masters program you want to pursue in Germany
  • Begin shortlisting of the institutes/universities in November/December. Shortlist about 10-12 universities, visit their official websites and collect the information about the course duration, fees, admission requirements, application process, application deadline and financing.
  • Start studying for the standardized tests required for Masters in Germany- GMAT/GRE. You will also need to take IELTS/TOEFL to prove your proficiency in English. Practice, practice & practice!


  • Contact the shortlisted universities for more information or any queries.
  • Start the preparation of the application packet.
  • Start working on your CV, essay and Statement of Purpose.
  • Contact your direct managers or team leader and professors for the Letter of Recommendation.
  • Carry out some initial research on the scholarships and funding options, as well as on various student housing options.
  • In January register for standardized tests required for Masters Program – GMAT/GRE.
  • Register for language tests required for Masters in Germany – IELTS/TOEFL/German Language Tests.
  • Have a valid Passport.
  • Appear for the standardized tests like the GRE or GMAT in April. (**If the score of GMAT/GRE are not acceptable, retake the exam in June).
  • Take the German proficiency tests like TestDaF, or English proficiency tests-TOEFL/IELTS, depending upon the requirement of the university and the program.


  • Compile and send the application packet to the university or via Uni-Assist application portal. Many universities in Germany are members of Uni-Assist (University Application Service for International Students), a web portal that accepts applications of the students, screens it and sends it to the member universities. If the chosen university is not a member of Uni-Assist, send the application packet directly to the respective university.

** Application Packet includes educational certificates, language certificates, entrance exam scores, resume, statement of purpose, letter of recommendation, copy of passport, photo, medical certificate, work experience, and portfolio (if any).


  • By July, you will get the official admission letter from the university you have been accepted in. Make the final call ASAP! Notify the institute/university of your decision before the deadline.
  • Pay a certain amount of non-refundable fee to confirm your admission.
  • Apply for a German Student Visa as the process takes about 2-3 Check out the website of the German Embassy in your city and know the student visa application requirements and process. Gather all the required documents for a Student Visa.
  • Do some research on DAAD scholarships and begin applying for the same before the deadline.
  • Apply for accommodation. Every university in Germany has an International Office to help students with accommodation and other things.


  • Book air-tickets to Germany! Reach Germany a few before the commencement of the Masters program.
  • After arriving, get in touch with the International Office for guidance.


  • Obtain residence permit within 3 months of your stay in the country from the Foreigners Registration Office.

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