Admission Deadlines for German Universities

Admission Deadlines for German Universities

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Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 13:51 IST

Study in Germany: Germany has evolved into one of the top study abroad destinations and for all the right reasons. Home to companies such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, SAP, Volkswagen, Audi, Siemens, Allianz, Adidas, Porsche, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bank, and Bosch. Germany has grown to become a major hub for engineering and related studies and is globally recognized for its large portion of specialized small and medium enterprises.

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The Germans take their education very seriously and state-funded universities which are termed as public universities in Germany do not charge tuition fees to students. Applicants are only required to pay an administration fee at the start of the semester. Germany sees a large number of applicants every year as it is one of the few countries that believe that everyone has a right to quality education and money should not get in the way of that. However, candidates should note that most public universities in Germany would require you to have a basic understanding of the German language, for you to be able to interact among your peers.  Read: Universities in Germany that Teach in English

While the number of courses taught in English in German Universities is growing gradually, however, the percentage is less compared to courses taught in German. Hence, candidates planning to study in Germany should be aware of the German language to increase their chances of admission. Candidates would also be required to appear for GRE/GMAT tests or English proficiency tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE depending on the university requirements.

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Candidates should note that while students applying to private universities are required to pay tuition fees and students applying to public universities are not, however, both would have to pay for their living expenses by opening a Blocked Account. A Blocked Account is an account of the student with the required money (living expenses) for an entire year, which the student is required to withdraw on a monthly basis for his month-long expenses. The amount is fixed by the government keeping the economy in mind. Currently, the amount after revision in September 2019 stands at €10,236 for an entire year. Which is approximately €853 per month. Kindly note students may be required to deposit a higher amount as a bank surcharge. This is entirely at the discretion of the bank.

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State of the art universities combined with modern amenities, world-class faculty, and a globally recognized degree are some of the benefits that students wanting to study in Germany acquire. Students are also entitled to work part-time for a total of 120 full or 240 half days in a year and can stay back up to 18 months on a Residence Permit and look for a job under the post-study work permit visa on the completion of the course. Students should keep in mind that the earnings from the part-time work would never compensate for living expenses. And having a Blocked Account is mandatory.

Candidates are always encouraged to apply early to German Universities, as university applications are a lengthy process – especially when you are applying to study abroad. Candidates would require an array of documents including academic transcripts, LOR, SOP, GMAT/GRE Scores, English proficiency scores, Resume, Admission Essay, German Student Visa, and the list can be quite exhaustive. In case candidates are planning to apply for a scholarship or an education loan, the time taken for the entire admission process significantly lengthens.

Candidates should always bear in mind to never delay completing the application process until the very end or towards the admission deadline. Candidates are always advised to apply early to avoid any last-minute confusion. Candidates can always get in touch with our Shiksha Study Abroad Counselors for more information on admission deadlines.

Top Universities in Germany

Before we delve into German University deadlines, let us take a look at the top universities in Germany:

Once candidates have selected their preferred university, their main goal should be to apply well before the deadline. The deadline is the last date for acceptance of an application for that particular intake season. All applications received after the deadline would not be considered for that particular intake and would ideally be processed for the next intake which could be six months or a year later. Read on to know more about admission deadlines for German universities below.

Candidates should note that for Germany, there are two major intakes Summer and Fall intakes. Summer has a March/April start date, while Fall is always Aug/September intake. Few schools also follow a rolling application date, which shall mean different courses shall have different start dates, which keeps their application window open throughout the year. The majority of the candidates focus on the Summer and Fall intakes. Fall is also a major intake comparatively, and all courses shall remain open for the Fall, while it shall not be the case for the Summer intake or other rolling intakes that are open to select courses only.

German University

Intake Season

EU Business School - Munich

October, January & March

International School of Management (ISM)


SRH Berlin

Summer Semester (March and April)

SRH Dresden

Summer Semester (April)

SRH Heidelberg


IUBH University of Applied Sciences (IUBH)


Berlin School of Business & Innovation (BSBI)

February and March

GISMA Business School

January and April

Munich Business School (MBS)


CBS International Business School (CBS)


EBS University of Business and Law (EBS)


Applicants should note that the months given above is only indicative in nature and could differ from the real intake/deadline dates.

Application Deadlines for German Universities

As reiterated earlier in the article, applicants to German Universities should note that admission deadlines are mostly rolling in nature and there are no fixed dates for the same subject to seat availability. Hence, candidates are always advised to apply early and not wait towards the end of the closing date of the admission. Candidates should note that they are only eligible to apply for their German Student Visa three months prior and up to one month from the starting of their course. For more details, candidates are advised to get in touch with our Shiksha Study Abroad Counselors, write to us in the comments below, or check the official website of the university for more details.

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Kayode Alex

2 years ago

Thanks for this wonderful info, it's quite nourishing. But is it actually possible for a student who was admitted during the winter intake, to resume In summer due to some unseen circumstances or lack of preparation?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

Thank you for your wonderful feedback.


Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

Hello Kayode. Situations such as yours are always taken on a case-to-case basis. Would request you to kindly get in touch with the authorities of the university to reach a solution.

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