Application Deadlines for German Universities - Winter and Summer 2020
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 process||June 1|
|Application deadline||July 15|
|Release of the letter of acceptance by the university||August/September|
|Notification of rejection||September/October|
|Semester Begins in||October|
Admission Schedule for Summer Semester
|Start of the application process||December 1|
|Application deadline||January 15|
|Release of the letter of acceptance by the university||February/March|
|Notification of rejection||March/April|
|Semester Begins in the||March/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.
|Institution||Summer Semester||Winter Semester|
|Application Dates||Notification of Result||Application Dates||Notification of Result|
|Technische Universität München (TUM)||November 1 to December 31||Mid-February||April 1 to May 31||Mid-August|
|Ludwig-Maximilians - Universität München||Mid-January||4-8 weeks after the deadline||Mid-July||4-8 weeks after the deadline|
|Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg||December 1 to January 15||4-8 weeks after the deadline||June 1 to July 15||4-8 weeks after the deadline|
|Karlsruher Institut für Technologie||December 1 to January 15||4-8 weeks after the deadline||June 1 to July 15||End of August|
|University of Bremen||-||-||May 31 to June 30||Mid-August|
|Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin||December 1 to 15 January||Mid-February||June 1 to July 15||End of August|
|Freie Universität Berlin||-||-||May 31 to June 30||Mid-July|
|Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen||March 1 to July 15||Mid-February||September 1 - January 15||Mid-March|
|TU Cologne||-||-||March 31 to June 15||Mid-June|
|Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)||December 1 - January 15||First week of March||May 31 to June 30||Mid-July|
|Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH Hamburg)||No summer semester for Master’s degree programs for international students||-||March 31||4-8 weeks after the deadline|
|University of Tübingen||-||-||May 15||July 15|
|Universität Freiburg||-||-||June 1||Last week of August|
|University of Göttingen||-||-||May 15||Mid-August|
|University of Hamburg||December 1 to January 15||Mid-February||June 1 to July 15||End of August|
|Goethe University Frankfurt||December 1 to January 15||First week of March||June 1 to July 15||4-8 weeks after the deadline|
|Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences||-||-||June 1 to July 15||4-8 weeks after the deadline|
|Universität Stuttgart||15 January||Mid-March||July 15||End of August|
|Technische Universität Darmstadt||October 15 - January 15||First week of March||April 15 - July 15||End of August|
|Heidelberg University||-||-||July 15||End of August|
|Technische Universität Dresden||October 1 - November 30||Last week of December||April 1 - May 31||Mid-July|
|Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg||-||-||April 15||4-8 weeks after the deadline|
|Kempten University of Applied Sciences||-||-||June 30||End of August|
|Universität Kiel||-||-||April 1||4-8 weeks after the deadline|
|Technical University of Braunschweig||October 15 - December 30||First week of January||April 15||4-8 weeks after the deadline|
|Technical University of Chemnitz||January 15 - March 15||Mid-April||September 16 - July 15||Last week of August|
|University of Bonn||-||-||July 15||August 30|
|Leibniz University Hannover||-||-||May 31|
|University of Kassel||-||-||July 15||Last week of August|
|Saarland University||-||-||May 15||Mid-August|
|University of Duisburg-Essen||January 15||First week of March||July 15||Last week of August|
|Technical University Kaiserslautern||October 31||January 1||April 30||4-8 weeks after the deadline|
|University of Hildesheim||-||-||June 30||Last week of August|
|TU Dortmund||-||-||May 15||4-8 weeks after the deadline|
|LMU Munich||-||-||June 1||July 15|
|University of Münster||-||-||May 31||July 15|
|University of Konstanz||-||-||May 15||July 15|
|Rhine Waal University of Applied Sciences||-||-||July 15||Last week of August|
|SRH University of Heidelberg||-||-||July 15||Last week of August|
|Ulm University||-||-||May 15||Mid-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).
|Semester||Application Period||Admission Results for International Students||Semester Begins in|
|Fall semester||March 15 - May 31||4-6 weeks after the application deadline||August|
|Spring semester||October 1 - November 15||4-6 weeks after the application deadline||February|
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 Area||Approximate Application Processing Time|
|Central and Eastern Europe||5 weeks|
|Asia, North America, and Oceania||5 weeks|
|Western Europe, Turkey, and Latin America||7 weeks|
|Africa, the Middle East, and Iran||5 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.