MS in Germany: Complete Guide for International Students

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    Bhavya Rawal

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    Germany is one of the popular study destinations for MS (masters) aspirants. MS in Germany attracted over 150,000 students for the year 2019-20. MS in Germany is usually a one to two-year degree (2-4 semesters). There is no tuition fee for pursuing masters in Germany, as most of the German Universities are state-funded.

    Students just have to pay a one-time enrollment fee which costs about 8,313 EUR to 16,626 EUR depending on the choice of program. If a student takes more time to complete the program, then an extra amount of fees is required to be submitted per semester. This ranges from 400 EUR - 500 EUR. 

    • Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Automotive Engineering, and Chemical Engineering are some of the most sought after courses of Masters in Germany universities.
    • You can apply with a variety of higher education institutions offering a master's degree, such as Research universities, technical universities, universities of applied sciences, as well as college of arts, film and music. 
    • You will be required to have 60 credits a year for completion of a masters degree with 30 credits dedicated to the dissertation.  
    • Indian students make up 13% of the international student population in Germany. 

    Why Study MS in Germany?

    • Out of 426 recognized universities, three ranks among the top 100 QS World University Rankings (2020), and 12 rank among the top 200. 
      • According to Times Ranking of 2020, Technical University of Munich ranks 25th under the engineering and technology rankings and 18th in Computer Science.
    • MS in Germany can be considered fruitful as according to QS Employability Rankings, Germany has four universities in the top 100.
      • Graduate employability rankings suggest the universities employer reputation, student employer interaction, and other parameters. 
    • There are about 2,50,000 international students studying in Germany in a specific year, among which around 37% take up engineering as their course of study.
    • After completion of his/her studies, a student who wants to work in Germany may extend his visa up to 18 months.

    Top Universities for MS in Germany

    When planning to pursue Masters in Germany, international students must be familiar with the global rankings and the cost of studying at these popular German universities. Given below are the details of the popular universities offering masters in Germany:

    University THE Global Ranking 2020 Cost of Study (Euro) Popular MS Program
    Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich 32 256 English, CS, Data Science, Management, Economics
    Technical University of Munich 43 145 Management, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
    Heidelberg University 44 380 Physics, Data Science, English, Electrical Engineering, Economics
    Humboldt University Berlin 74 315 Economics, English, Social Work, Data Science
    Charite Universitatmedizin Berlin 80 2500 Neuroscience, epidemiology, medicine, health science
    University of Freiburg 86 2800 English, CS, Robotics, Embedded Systems
    University of Tubingen 91 3000 Machine learning, CS, Economics, English
    RWTH Aachen 99 290 CS, Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Data Science
    Technical University Berlin 149 1200 Mechanical Engineering, CS, Energy Engineering
    Free University of Berlin 117 680 English, Psychology, CS, Management
    University of Bonn 105 575 CS, Biotechnology, English, Economics

    The cost of the study mentioned at these elites in Germany are approximate values of the most popular degrees, these may change with each year and with the choice of program. International students must ensure that they visit the official websites and look for the tuition fees of the program they wish to apply for.

    Top MS Degree Courses in Germany

    STEM (Science Technology Engineering Management) subjects account for 50% of all students applying in MS. Some of the most popular MS courses offered in German Universities are listed below:

    Program Top Universities Cost of Study (Euro) Find More Colleges
    MS in Electrical Engineering KIT, RWTH Aachen, TUM, TU Berlin up to 3100 colleges for electrical engineering in Germany
    MS in Computer Science

    TUM, TU Darmstadt, University of Freiburg

    up to 3000 institutes offer MS in Germany in Computer Science
    MS in Automotive Engineering TU Berlin, Universitat Stuttgart up to 6000 Automotive Engineering colleges in Germany
    MS in Chemical Engineering TU Berlin, TU Munich, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, RWTH Aachen up to 3000 universities providing MS in Chemical Engineering in Germany
    MS in Robotics TUM, TU Dortmund up to 800 Robotics Colleges in Germany

    Though these are some of the most popular programs, there are a variety of other masters degrees that you can pursue in Germany. The mode of education in Germany is both English, German as well as mixed. 

    Admission Process for MS in Germany

    Admissions to Masters in Germany can either be restricted (fixed number of students are admitted) or unrestricted. There is more number of MS restricted programs in comparison with unrestricted ones. Merely fulfilling the admission requirements does not guarantee admissions to the restricted program. In these programs, the time of application plays an important role in deciding whether you will be offered admissions or not. 

    Where to Apply: Students can apply to German universities via the uni-assist portal. Some universities accept applications through their own application portal. 

    Application Fees: Fees for applying via uni-assist portal is: 

    • 6,198 INR for the first application
    • 2,479 INR per application in the same semester

    Eligibility for MS in Germany Admissions

    While each university’s application requirements differ, the primary documents required for Masters in Germany admission include:

    • Bachelor's degree in relevant field
    • GRE or GMAT score: May be required
    • Language Proficiency: International students are required to submit proof of English as well as German language proficiency as many universities in Germany offers education in German. The test scores required are:
      • German Language Proficiency: DSH Level II or I, Goethe: C1 or C2 level, TestDaf: Level 2-4. The score required will depend 
      • English Language Proficiency: IELTS: 6.5, TOEFL: 90. These are the average score and may vary from university to university. 
    • Certificate or Mark Sheet of the latest educational qualification
    • CV/Resume
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Letter of Recommendation
    • Copy of Passport

    Once these documents and other requirements are fulfilled and accepted, international students must apply for their German student visa

    Costs of Studying MS in Germany

    It might come across that studying abroad is expensive considering the factors such as moving to an entirely different country. However, in comparison to other top educational countries in Europe, Germany is reasonably affordable. The expenses, of course, would be slightly costlier than your current expenditure.

    Pre-arrival Cost

    Students are required to pay the following expenses at the time of applying to the university:

    Type of Expense Cost (Euro)
    Student Visa Application Fee 60-75
    Health Insurance 80
    IELTS Registration Fee 166-170
    TOEFL Registration Fee 136-224
    GMAT Registration Fee 143
    GRE Registration Fee 192

    Tuition Fees of MS in Germany

    The tuition fees for pursuing an Masters in Germany varies depending upon the choice of program or course. As per the above-mentioned cost of study, Indian students may have to pay the lowest annual tuition fee of 11,825 INR and the highest fee of 2,73,465 INR per annum. For a fully-funded university and program, the chances are that you may not have any tuition fees. Given below is a graph comparing the minimum and maximum cost of studying popular specializations in Germany:

    Tuition Fees for MS in Germany

    Cost of Living in Germany

    It is best to first configure the list of basics or items you would need to survive while studying Masters in Germany. Let’s break down the list of expenses in categories and calculate the average amount required on a monthly basis:

    Expense Type Cost (Euro)/Month
    On-campus Accommodation 300
    Off-campus Accommodation 400-450
    Food & Drink 165
    Transportation 80
    Books & Material 30
    Internet 35
    Miscellaneous 70

    Funding Options for MS in Germany

    There are various funding options for international students in Germany, such as student loans and scholarships. Both of them are discussed briefly in this section.

    Student Loans for International Students in Germany

    Intelligence or capability does not necessarily come with an economic backing. Although there are negligible tuition fees and affordable cost of living in Germany, there is always a need for extra help. A lot of student loans are available in India backed by government banks that are ready to help you complete your Masters in Germany.

    Eligibility criteria to apply for an education loan to study in Germany: 

    • The student must have obtained admission to a university/ course that is recognized by the funding institution and eligible for grant
    • The student must have attained the age of 18 years or his/her parents should apply for the loan.
    • The applicant must have secured admission to a job-oriented course.

    Expenses covered under the loan: 

    The university should provide you with documents that would mention the fee as well as the entire amount required for completion of the course. While universities in Germany do not charge a tuition fee, there are other expenses that students come across during their stay in the country, and which are taken care of under the loan amount. 

    However, the loan sanctioned by an institution would be solely for educational purposes and not cover personal expenses. The loan amount sanctioned would take care of:

    • Tuition fees (if any)
    • Accommodation expenditures
    • Caution deposit money (security)
    • Travel expenses 
    • Study tours and project work during the academic year
    • Purchase of books, laptop, and stationary
    • Other reasonable expenses that would be required to successfully complete the course

    Scholarships for MS in Germany

    Some of the popular scholarships to study in masters in Germany are 

    The DAAD Scholarships: 

    DAAD is the largest financial aid organization in the world. It targets students in Germany and international students as well. The organization supports over 100,000 national and international students and researchers for their work. 

    • They also have a program for developing countries. 
    • The amount is 62,350 INR per month 
    • Last Date is 15th October.

    The Deutschlandstipendium Program:

    The Federal Government of Germany created this Deutschland stipendium Program to reward talented students. Over 22500 students benefit from this program. The Government of Germany has created this in participation between public and private institutions through sponsorships from businesses, foundations, private universities, and other institutions. 

    • The talented students are awarded around 300 Euros per month. 
    • The standard time of funding is usually two semesters but it can be extended if the university sees the student is eligible for more.
    • Amount: Starting from Rs 24940
    • The last date is 24/6/20.

    The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung:

    This is a political foundation that offers financial assistance to international and German students who 

    • Have awareness about civil responsibilities by showing intent for social or political involvement
    • Have grades that are more than average. 

    Awarded students may receive up to 1000 EUR/month or the sum covering enrollment fees, health insurance, and monthly requirements of books and stationery.

    • Amount: Up to 83,1340 INR/month
    • Last date is 30th April.

    Heinrich Böll Foundation:

    They provide several scholarships to German and international students, including refugees, at all degree levels. The Heinrich Boll scholarship is awarded to students who plan to study STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and those programs with a focus on Environmental Science.

    • Other scholarships are dedicated to students who apply to economic, legal studies, journalism, and art degrees.
    • The monthly reward is Rs 62350 per month 
    • There are two deadlines- one is 1st March and another is 1st April.

    Job Prospects after MS in Germany

    Germany is an industrial powerhouse and is filled with opportunities for students pursuing MS. With a 2.4% unemployment rate, it enjoys very high employability for its students. Students after completing their MS get employment depending upon their subjects. Apart from pursuing a career, a number of students prefer doing their PhD in Germany because of the humongous opportunities and the quality education offered

    You can find jobs not only within Germany but across the world with an Masters in Germany degree. List of jobs in Germany after MS and their respective salaries in various sectors is provided in the table below: 

    Jobs Annual Salary (Euro)
    Electrical Engineer 136,000
    Accountant 90,700
    Civil Engineer 121,000
    Mechanical Engineer 133,000
    Automotive Engineer 111,000
    Biomedical Engineer 115,000
    Pharma Researcher 150,000
    Data Scientist 135,000
    Architect 124,000
    Art Director 126,000

    A general salary base offered at various cities in Germany to masters students is compared below:

    Salary Comparison by German City

    Germany as a mater’s destination does not raise a concern on your financial capability of affording education abroad. Additionally, an MS in Germany can offer you with a great package at some of the industry giants, Engineering aspirants should not overlook the fact that Germany has proved its metal in various upcoming fields like automotive engineering, robotics, nanotechnology, etc. It is a land for innovation, hard work and research and hence, is a study destination worth opting for. 


    Ques. How much does MS in Germany cost?

    Ans. An Masters in Germany can cost you anywhere near 300 GBP to 3000 GBP. This is basically the tuition/semester fees that university charges. The cost of living will further add to 800-900 Euro a year.

    Ques. What exams are required for MS in Germany?

    Ans. International students are required to take IELTS/TOEFL as English language proficiency tests. GRE/GMAT may be required for certain degree programs but is not mandatory at each German university. If the mode of education of program is German you will also require TestDaf/DSH/Goethe etc as German language proficiency tests.  

    Ques. How much CGPA is required for MS in Germany?

    Ans. Though the CGPA requirements vary from course to course, a minimum of 6.5 is mandatory for all the programs. This score may range from 6.5-8.0 depending on the choice of course and university.

    Ques. Is it easy to get a job in Germany after MS?

    Ans. Yes, as Germany is a land of opportunities. An extended 18-month stay-back on the visa additionally helps the international students to find the aptest job for themselves. Engineering and business masters degree holders may find it the easiest to work in Germany. The overall package offered to masters students in Germany ranges between 70,000-150,000 Euro/year.    

    Ques. Is GRE mandatory for pursuing MS in Germany?

    Ans. No, GRE scores or other standardized test scores are required by only a handful of universities and for some programs. They are not mandatory for getting accepted as an MS student in Germany.     

    Ques. Is MS in Germany Free?

    Ans. Yes Masters in Germany is free to an extent. This basically means that there is no tuition fees charged by most of the public universities in Germany. However, minor semester fees and the cost of living are the other expenses involved when pursuing a Master in Germany. 

    Ques. Is MS in Germany difficult?

    Ans. German education systems are rather more simplified and student-friendly as compared to other countries. Hence, pursuing masters in Germany is not as difficult as it is to pursue MS from US, Canada, or other contemporaries.     

    Ques. Which masters degree in most in-demand in Germany?

    Ans. Some of the high-demand degrees in Germany include medicine, dentistry, law, engineering, mathematics, natural science, computer sciences, and architecture. These are not only most sought after degree but also the highest-paid degrees in Germany. 

    Ques. Which country is best for MS?

    Ans. The top 5 student preferred locations for pursuing masters are USA, UK, Australia, Germany, and Canada.    

    Ques. Is Germany good for Indian Students?

    Ans. Yes, Indian students form the 3rd largest group of international students in Germany. Not only the education in Germany is more affordable, but the quality and the research technology offered to students is what attracts them to Germany. While pursuing education as an Indian student in Germany, you apply for the scholarships available exclusively for Indian students and can work while studying in Germany for up to 20 hours a week. 

    Ques. Which country is best for MS in Europe?

    Ans. The top ten countries for pursuing masters from Europe include Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Poland, Finland, Norway, and Slovenia. Germany tops this list for offering world-class teaching, research-intensive degrees at cheaper value.