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Application Deadlines for German Universities - Winter and Summer 2020

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
Study Abroad Expert

When do you need to Submit the Application?

Students seeking admission at German universities are encouraged to apply at least 2 months prior to the expiry of the deadline. Successful processing of the application requires submission of an application fee and a complete application that is supplemented with required documents.

German universities follow a two-semester system which includes winter semester and summer semester. Of both the semsters, the Wintersemester (winter semester) witnesses the maximum number of enrolments. It runs from October 1 to March 31, with lectures beginning on October 15 and spanning for 4 months.

The Sommersemester (summer semester) runs from April 1 to September 31, with lectures beginning on April 15 and continuing nearly 3 months. A very few of the German universities admit students in the summer semester.

Application Deadlines for German Universities

Nearly 180 German universities accept applications via uni-assist. uni-assist is an organization that is associated with a broad spectrum of universities and helps them in handling the received applications. This allows applicants to easily connect to their University of choice. It offers admission to the prospective students by adhering to the dates specified below.

Admission Schedule for Winter Semester

Start of the application processJune 1
Application deadlineJuly 15
Release of the letter of acceptance by the universityAugust/September
Notification of rejectionSeptember/October
Semester Begins inOctober

Admission Schedule for Summer Semester

Start of the application processDecember 1
Application deadlineJanuary 15
Release of the letter of acceptance by the universityFebruary/March
Notification of rejectionMarch/April
Semester Begins in theMarch/April

German Universities with Different Application Deadlines

Most of the German universities follow the admission schedules given above and admit students only in the winter semester. However, some universities have a different set of deadlines. Find out about the exact application dates for your chosen university here.

InstitutionSummer SemesterWinter Semester
Application DatesNotification of ResultApplication DatesNotification of Result
Technische Universität München (TUM)November 1 to December 31Mid-FebruaryApril 1 to May 31Mid-August
Ludwig-Maximilians - Universität MünchenMid-January4-8 weeks after the deadlineMid-July4-8 weeks after the deadline
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität HeidelbergDecember 1 to January 154-8 weeks after the deadlineJune 1 to July 154-8 weeks after the deadline
Karlsruher Institut für TechnologieDecember 1 to January 154-8 weeks after the deadlineJune 1 to July 15End of August
University of Bremen--May 31 to June 30Mid-August
Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinDecember 1 to 15 JanuaryMid-FebruaryJune 1 to July 15End of August
Freie Universität Berlin--May 31 to June 30Mid-July
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule AachenMarch 1 to July 15Mid-FebruarySeptember 1 - January 15Mid-March
TU Cologne--March 31 to June 15Mid-June
Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)December 1 - January 15First week of MarchMay 31 to June 30Mid-July
Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH Hamburg)No summer semester for Master’s degree programs for international students-March 314-8 weeks after the deadline
University of Tübingen--May 15July 15
Universität Freiburg--June 1Last week of August
University of Göttingen--May 15Mid-August
University of HamburgDecember 1 to January 15Mid-FebruaryJune 1 to July 15End of August
Goethe University FrankfurtDecember 1 to January 15First week of MarchJune 1 to July 154-8 weeks after the deadline
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences--June 1 to July 154-8 weeks after the deadline
Universität Stuttgart15 JanuaryMid-MarchJuly 15End of August
Technische Universität DarmstadtOctober 15 - January 15First week of MarchApril 15 - July 15End of August
Heidelberg University--July 15End of August
Technische Universität DresdenOctober 1 - November 30Last week of DecemberApril 1 - May 31Mid-July
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg--April 154-8 weeks after the deadline
Kempten University of Applied Sciences--June 30End of August
Universität Kiel--April 14-8 weeks after the deadline
Technical University of BraunschweigOctober 15 - December 30First week of JanuaryApril 154-8 weeks after the deadline
Technical University of ChemnitzJanuary 15 - March 15Mid-AprilSeptember 16 - July 15Last week of August
University of Bonn--July 15August 30
Leibniz University Hannover--May 31
University of Kassel--July 15Last week of August
Saarland University--May 15Mid-August
University of Duisburg-EssenJanuary 15First week of MarchJuly 15Last week of August
Technical University KaiserslauternOctober 31January 1April 304-8 weeks after the deadline
University of Hildesheim--June 30Last week of August
TU Dortmund--May 154-8 weeks after the deadline
LMU Munich--June 1July 15
University of Münster--May 31July 15
University of Konstanz--May 15July 15
Rhine Waal University of Applied Sciences--July 15Last week of August
SRH University of Heidelberg--July 15Last week of August
Ulm University--May 15Mid-July

A few universities like the University of Mannheim have aligned their academic calendar with the international academic year. Instead of winter and summer semesters, their academic year is divided into the fall semester (August 1 to January 31) and spring semester (February 1 to July 31).

SemesterApplication PeriodAdmission Results for International StudentsSemester Begins in
Fall semesterMarch 15 - May 314-6 weeks after the application deadlineAugust
Spring semesterOctober 1 - November 154-6 weeks after the application deadlineFebruary

When will you receive the admission notification?

On average, an applicant is notified about the admission decision within 6 weeks of completing the application. The time taken to process the applications differs from one geographical area to another. The table given below will give you a rough estimation of the time taken to process your application based upon the region you belong to.

Geographical AreaApproximate Application Processing Time
Central and Eastern Europe5 weeks
Asia, North America, and Oceania5 weeks
Western Europe, Turkey, and Latin America7 weeks
Africa, the Middle East, and Iran5 weeks

The application forms along with all supporting documents must reach the Admissions Office within the stipulated deadlines. The applications are processed in the order as received.

Get in touch with the foreign student’s office of your prospective university as soon as you plan to study in Germany. It is highly recommended that you enquire about the exact dates and other admission requirements as this will leave you with plenty of time to arrange the admission prerequisites within the deadlines.

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