Application Deadlines for German Universities - Winter and Summer 2019

by ashmita.tamta

When do you need to Submit the Application?

The application deadline for German universities is five months before the beginning of the semester. The university will consider your application if it is duly-filled and submitted within the stipulated application deadline.

German universities follow a two-semester system. The Wintersemester (winter semester) is during which most students join the university. It runs from October 1 to March 31, with lectures beginning on October 15 and lasting 4 months.

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

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

A few universities including 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 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

Application Deadlines for German Universities

Nearly 300 German universities accept applications via uni-assist which processes applications for admission and checks the required documents. They adhere to the common application deadlines specified below.

Application deadline for the winter semesterJuly 15
Application deadline for the summer semesterJanuary 15

Application deadlines for other German Universities

Most 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

University of Heidelberg

-

-

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

The application forms along with all supporting documents must reach the Admissions Office within the stipulated deadlines.

Get in touch with the foreign student’s office of your prospective university as soon as you plan to study in Germany. Enquire about the exact dates and other admission requirements. This will leave you with plenty of time to obtain missing documents.

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