Have you finally decided to study in Germany?
Do you meet all the Requirements to study in Germany eligible to pursue your studies in Germany? Then it is the right time now to know the application process of the degree course you wish to take.
1. Application deadlines
The application deadlines may vary and depends on the course and the university you have selected. The regular application deadlines are as follows:
- Application deadlines for the University: Winter Semester: 15 January and 15 July every year
- Application deadlines for the University of Applied Sciences: 15 January and 15 June every year
Depending on the course you have selected, it is advisable to contact the international office of your university to get the exact application deadlines.
2. Selecting the degree course
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has a very good database of programs in German and English languages. Unfortunately opportunities to study in Germany in English at undergraduate level are currently quite limited, though there are some courses taught in both English and German (typically starting with English for the first two to four semesters and then changing to German). We have a short overview of english degree programmes here. >>English Degree Programmes in Germany
To be able to identify the university of your choice, the university ranking can be a good source to know more information about your university.
There are several databases which gives you an overview of the course to study, language and the type and university rankings:
- DAAD Higher Education Compass
- Higher Education Compass
- English Master's Degree Programs in Hessen
- CHE University Ranking
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the International Office at your chosen university for application details (via the home page of the university).
3. Submitting the application: Direct application vs Uni-Assist
There are two ways to apply for a course at the University: you can either send your application directly to the University or through Uni-Assist (University Application Service for International Students). Uni-Assist is an application platform for international students on behalf of its member universities. If you wish to submit your application to any university of the Uni-assist, you have to apply directly with Uni-Assist. The platform charges some fee depending on the number of applications submitted. You can find out the address of your chosen university from the list of all German universities. Check also the link below to know which university uses Uni-assist for the applications.
Here is an overview of some of the universities who do not use Uni-Assist for the application. You can submit your applications direct to the university.
- RWTH Aachen University
- University of Bayreuth
- Leuphana University Lüneburg
- Hochschule Hof
- TU Braunschweig
- TU Munich
- Technische Hochschule Nürnberg
4. Apply for the Visa
After receiving the admission letter to the university you have selected, you must apply for the student visa at the Embassy or Consulate of Germany in your country as soon as possible. Depending on your nationality, most international students require a visa to pursue their studies or language courses in Germany.
Details about the requirements for Kenyan students applying for study and language visas at the Germany Embassy Nairobi can be found here: Visa for studies and language courses