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    Application Deadlines for German Universities: Winter and Summer 2021

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    Bhavya Rawal

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    Germany's popularity among international students is only increasing year by year, thanks to the country's top-tier educational infrastructure and reduced tuition fees. Many Indians plan to do an MS in Germany, but Bachelors courses are no less desired.

    Application to German universities can be done through two methods - either you can apply directly to the university, or you can apply via the centralized portal uni-assist.de/en/. However, do keep in mind that all German universities are not available on uni-assist, so in some cases you can only follow the first method. To help you plan your study in Germany, the application deadlines to top universities and courses are outlined in this article.

    Application Deadlines for Top German Universities

    There are many globally recognized top-ranking universities in Germany, who offer a variety of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You can find the general application deadlines to these German universities below.

    Most German institutions have two intakes a year, i.e Summer and Winter semesters. As a general rule, winter semester applications close on 15 July while summer semester applications close on January 15, but it is not necessary that all universities and programs follow these exact dates.

    University Study Level Intake Application Deadline
    LMU Munich UG, PG Summer 15 January
    Winter 15 July
    Technical University of Munich Bachelors, Masters Summer, Winter Varies as per program
    Studienkolleg Winter 15 July 2021
    Summer 15 January 2021
    Heidelberg University Bachelors Winter 20 August 2020
    Summer 15 January 2021
    Masters Winter 15 June
    Summer 15 January
    Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Bachelors Winter 15 July
    Masters Varies as per program
    University of Tübingen Bachelors, Masters Winter 15 July
    Summer 15 January
    Humboldt University of Berlin Bachelors, Masters Winter 31 August 2020
    Summer 28 february 2021
    University of Freiburg Bachelors, Masters Summer 9 April 2021
    RWTH Aachen University Bachelors Winter 15 October
    Summer 15 April
    Masters Winter 1 March
    Summer 1 September
    University of Bonn Bachelors Winter 20 August
    Summer 15 January
    Masters Varies as per program
    Free University of Berlin Bachelors Winter 15 July
    Summer 15 January
    Masters Varies as per program 31 May
    15 August
    15 January
    15 February
    University of Göttingen Bachelors, Masters Winter 15 July
    Summer 15 January
    University of Hamburg Bachelors, Masters Winter 15 July
    Summer 15 January
    International Masters Winter 31 March
    University of Mannheim Bachelors Fall 15 July
    Masters Fall 31 May
    Technical University of Berlin Bachelors, Masters Summer 28 February 2021
    Winter 31 August 2021
    Preparatory Summer 30 November 2020
    Winter 30 June 2021
    Ulm University Bachelors, Masters Winter 15 July
    Summer 15 January
    University of Würzburg Bachelors, Masters Winter 15 July
    Summer 15 January
    University of Cologne Bachelors N/A 12 January 2021
    Masters N/A 15 June
    International Management,
    Economic Research
    N/A 31 March

    TU Dresden
    UG, PG Winter 15 July
    Summer 15 January
    Doctoral Winter 15 September
    Summer 15 March
    Bielefeld University Masters Winter 31 July
    Summer 15 january
    University of Münster Bachelors, Masters N/A 15 January 2021
    Doctoral N/A 15 May 2021

    Certain courses like medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and dentistry are high in demand, hence they have a limited number of seats available. This is known as numerus clausus, and NC programs are likely to have earlier deadlines.

    Application Deadlines for MBA in German Universities

    One of the most sought-after study abroad courses, MBA in Germany is available at a number of universities, with different intake months. Take a look at the deadlines for full-time MBA programs at the top business schools in Germany:

    Business School Intake Application Deadline
    Mannheim Business School September 30 November
    31 March
    Frankfurt School of Finance & Management October 2021 31 July 2021
    WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management April 15 December
    September 31 May
    ESMT Berlin January 5 April
    28 June
    4 October
    1 November
    HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management September 31 January
    31 March
    30 May

    It is to be noted that for courses like MBA, you will need to present GMAT scores and other tests required to study in Germany.

    Application Deadlines for Medicine & Dentistry in German Universities

    The most popular programs taken up by international students in Germany are medicine, dentistry and related subjects. The application deadlines to the top medical colleges in Germany are charted out below.

    University Programs Intake Application Deadline
    Heidelberg University Medicine Winter 20 August
    Summer 15 January
    Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Medicine, dentistry Winter 15 July
    Summer 15 January
    LMU Munich pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine Winter 15 July
    Summer 15 January
    Goethe University - Frankfurt am Main Medicine, dentistry Winter 15 July 2021
    University of Tübingen Medicine, dentistry Semester 1 15 January 2021

    Application Deadlines for LLM in German Universities

    Another high-ranking course in Germany is LLM. Most LLM programs in German universities only have winter intakes.

    University Intake Application Deadline
    Heidelberg University Winter 1 Jun
    Humboldt University Winter 31 May
    LMU Munich Winter 15 July
    Technical University of Munich Winter 30 April
    Goethe University - Frankfurt am Main Winter 31 July

    Application Deadlines for Electrical Engineering in German Universities

    Electrical Engineering in Germany is yet another popular program for international students, who usually take an MSc upon completion of the course. Bsc options are also available at some universities, and the deadlines for these can be found in the table below.

    University Program Intake Application Deadline

    Technical University of Munich
    BSc Winter 15 July
    MSc Winter 31 May
    Summer 30 November
    RWTH Aachen University Bsc, MSc Winter 1 March
    Summer 1 September
    TU Berlin MSc Summer 28 February 2021
    Winter 31 August 2021
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Masters Winter 15 July
    Summer 15 January
    Technical University of Dresden 5-year integrated Diplom Winter 15 July

    Many universities recommend that international students send in their applications around 4-6 weeks before the deadline, so that they will have ample time to obtain a German student visa. This extra time will also be helpful in figuring out other necessities like funding and accommodation.

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