How to get admission to German universities for higher education

Are you keen to pursue higher education in Germany? This article provides complete information regarding admission requirements, application procedure, visa, accommodation, etc.

German universities are well known for their quality education. That's why many of these universities are ranked globally and comes in the Top 100 rankings. The vibrant student community, research-based courses, funding ways, infrastructure facilities will give the much desired educational experience.
As per recent statistics, Indian students were the third largest group of international students studying in educational institutions of Germany. A total number of 17,570 Indian students were studying in the year 2017-18 in Germany.

Choose your course and appropriate college

Firstly, you will have to decide which course you have to opt for higher education in Germany. Because there are around 17,000 defined courses taught in around 380 recognized institutes all over Germany. So, you must take your time of around 1-2 months to choose the right course depending on your interest and future goals. So that, you can apply for it as soon as the application window opens.

Complete higher education requirements of the German institute

After you have decided on your course and college for higher education, you will have to visit that university/college's official website. Then, list down the admission/entrance requirements. In case of any doubts, just drop them a mail with your questions. Also, note that admission requirements may vary from university to university. So, you must check the official site of the university before applying for it.
If you wish to attain a Bachelor degree from Germany, then you must submit the following documents:
  • Entrance Qualification

  • Transcript of Grades

  • Proof of Language Proficiency

  • ID or Valid Passport Copies

  • Letter of Motivation (Optional)

Note that most of the undergraduate programs in Germany are offered in the German language, so be prepared for that. However, if you wish to attain a Masters degree from Germany, then you will have to submit the following documents:
  • Recognized Bachelor Degree

  • Transcript of Grades

  • Proof of Language Proficiency (German or English)

  • Motivation Letter

  • Important References

  • Work Experiences (Optional)

Submitting Application process to Universities

You can submit your university admission application either online or by post or by a person. There are some universities which admit application only by post or by in person. In case of online submission, you will have to submit your application in JPG or PDF format depending upon the requirement.

Admission Letter from University

Note that German universities receive a good number of international applications from students of different countries. So, after a couple of weeks of processing those applications, you may get an admission letter.

German Student Visa

After you have received your admission letter from the university, you need to visit the German embassy located in your country to apply for a student visa for studying in Germany.
The documents that are required for applying student visa for Germany include:
  • University Admission Letter

  • Proof of Financial Resources (blocked account confirmation letter)

  • Proof of Health Insurance Coverage

  • University Entrance Qualification

  • Proof of Language Proficiency

There is one of the important documents related to your financial resources called the German Blocked Account Confirmation letter. This shows that you have enough funds to live and study in Germany for one year.

Finding Accommodation in Germany

Note that until you don't have a registered address in Germany, you can't enroll in an educational course in university. So, before arriving in Germany, search for accommodation suitable for you. For cost-cutting, you can take a sharing room with students of your own country through online forums.

Some of the popular universities among Indian students in Germany includes following:
  • RWTH Achen

  • TU Darmstadt

  • TU Kaiserslautern

  • University of Stuttgart

  • TU Dresden

  • TU Chemnitz

  • Freie Universität Berlin

  • University of Duisburg-Essen

  • University of Magdeburg

  • FH Rhein-Waal

  • TU Munchen

Additional notes

Proof of financial resources

Indian students studying in Germany must have at least €10,332 per year in their account to prove financial resources for covering studies expenses in Germany. This is shown through the block account.

Health insurance

Health insurance is mandatory in Germany for international students. Before enrollment in the university, you must apply for Health insurance coverage.


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