Study in Germany: Timeline for September 2023 Intake

Study in Germany: Timeline for September 2023 Intake

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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Dec 22, 2023 13:45 IST

Study in Germany: If you have plans to go to Germany for either undergraduate or postgraduate studies, the first thing you need is an action plan. Here is an application timeline to give you an idea about what to do in which month as part of your application process for international students looking to study in Germany.

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Study in Germany: The application process to universities abroad is an elaborate process. To simply the application method, we have put down a step-by-step application process for candidates looking to study in Germany. 

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  • Start early and by March, shortlist 8-12 universities that you will apply to. Visit university websites and note application requirements, deadlines etc.
  • By then, be familiar with bank loan options and scholarships to fund your studies.
  • Start working on admission forms.
  • Do some initial research on various accommodation options.
  • Prepare for required standardised tests like GMAT, GRE, TestDaF or IELTS - depending on the course and university.
  • By April or three months before the test date, register for GMAT/ GRE.
  • Register for language exams at least a month before the test date.
  • Take the required tests around June. Plan for buffer time in case you need to retake the test.

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  • Shortlist the colleges and prepare for your application. Think hard about what makes you unique as an applicant and sketch out your strengths and self-assessment.
  • Contact your professors and direct managers for the required 2-3 reference letters. At least a month before your application deadline.
  • Begin drafting your SOP and essays. Give a month’s time to structure these documents properly.
  • Search for and begin applying for DAAD scholarships (if applicable).
  • Apply before the deadline!
  • Do not delay replying to college emails. And there will be quite a few!
  • Appear for personal/video interviews.
  • Once you get acceptance letters, make your decision as soon as possible.
  • Depending on the deadline, notify the universities of your decision.

  • You would need to pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm your admission.
  • Apply for a student loan, after you get your acceptance letter.
  • Gather paperwork for your student visa.
  • Apply for your student visa in time. Keep in mind the time taken for visa processing!
  • Book airline tickets.
  • Arrange for an Internation Debit/Credit card.
  • Collect all the documents and their photocopies, to take along.
  • Check out the Pre-departure checklist!

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Q. When should I apply for September intake in Germany?

A. It starts in September / October and ends in February / March. All the Universities in Germany offer a large number of courses for Winter Intake. For most Universities, the application deadline will fall in mid-July for Winter (September Intake).

Q. Which month should I apply for the September intake in Germany?

A. You can apply for September intake in Germany from early March 2023. Check the deadline of the universities you want to study in and apply at least a month before your deadline. Don't delay in replying to university emails.

Q. What is the university timing in Germany?

A. The academic year in Germany is divided into two semesters: the winter semester from 1 October to 31 March (actual lecturing period from mid-October to mid-February, i.e. four months); the summer semester from 1 April to 30 September (lecturing from mid-April to mid-July, i.e. three months).

Q. When should I start applying for fall 2023 Germany?

A. There are many students who are looking to get the Application Deadlines for German Universities for 2023. The Application deadlines for the summer semester are from 01/04 to 30/09. Winter 2023 Intake also referred to as September intake commences in September and ends in February or March.

Q. What month does university start in Germany?

A. The academic year in Germany is split into two semesters - winter and summer. The winter semester starts on 1 October and ends on 31 March. The summer semester starts on 1 April and ends on 30 September.
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Kartik Panchal

a year ago

Which country have best study for Master, subject Biology with Microbiology/genetic etc...??

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

10 months ago

Hello Kartik. You can get in touch with our Shiksha Study Abroad counsellors for assistance with university admissions here:

akhil kumar

2 years ago

what is the last date to fill form of universities for sep. 2022 intake?

Reply to akhil kumar

Each university and course have different deadlines as per intake. You need to check these on the respective university website.

harshit gehlot

2 years ago

I have 1.5 years of experience in the Computer science development field and wanted to pursue MS in Computer Science or Data Science from Germany. Which public universities should I apply for this requirement? Thanks

Reply to harshit gehlot


Gauri Chitre

2 years ago

I have completed in Biotechnology, when to start processing for PhD in Germany for September intake 2022?

Reply to Gauri Chitre

You can start preparations now. Check application dates on respective university websites.

What is the last date to apply for September intake in Germany public colleges

Reply to naveen kumar bhasin

Dates differ as per colleges/universities. Kindly check the respective university websites.