How to Apply for MS in Germany for Pakistani Students
For the past years, the growth of international students in Germany has been increasing. Germany’s foreign enrollment in higher education is continuously growing, as it is one of the most famous study destinations in Europe. Today, the population of international students in Germany is almost 400 000 students, which are made up of different nationalities, including Pakistani students.
Pakistani students enrolled in German universities are also increasing by number, and they are admitted to different degrees and study programs. These international students enjoy various deals such as affordable tuition fees, scholarships, and more things as they continue their studies.If you’re a Pakistani citizen thinking of upgrading your Master’s degree in Germany, you need to apply early. In this article, let’s talk about applying for a master’s degree in Germany, the requirements, and the step-by-step procedure.
Choose a Study Program and a University
To start your application for a master’s degree in Germany, you need to select first your study program and university. The country has more than 380 universities and colleges to choose from, and they offer thousands of study programs open for incoming master’s students.
If you already know what study program to take, the next thing to do is find a suitable university for your chosen field of study. To make it easier, educational institutions are divided into three major categories – the Universities (Research and Technical), Universities of Applied Sciences, and Colleges of Art, Film, and Music. These categories differ in approach, teaching methods, and practice. So, when choosing a German university, research your options for your study program.Additionally, kindly consider the location, cost of tuition fee, and offered schedule. You should include these factors when deciding on your university. Some of the best educational institutions that offer a Master’s degree in Germany are the Technical University of Munich, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Berlin Institute of Technology.
2. Prepare the University’s Requirements
After deciding on your study program and university, it’s time to apply and be admitted. When applying for a university, kindly check first their official websites and make sure to list down the application and deadlines. After listing down the dates, you can now plot your timeline in applying. By doing these things, you’ll be able to start your German studies at the right time.The list of admission requirements may differ per university, but they will usually ask you to present your previous diploma and transcript of records, curriculum vitae, and motivation letter. Since application dates and requirements vary, always check the documents you need to present, if they are recognized in Germany and if you need to notarize them. We want our application to be successful, so you need to be extra careful in applying. Also, if you are in need of financial assistance, please check out this list of full ride scholarship programs for international students.
3. Get a Proof of a Language Proficiency Test
As a part of your university and visa requirements, you need to prove language proficiency to show that you understand and can speak English or German. The good thing about the Master’s degree in Germany is that there are many English-taught study programs, unlike the bachelor’s degree.The required tests may vary per university, and please check the required scores that you should meet. Usually, for the German-taught classes, they get results from the examinations of TestDaF or Start Deutsch 1. Also, Please be reminded that even if you’re getting an English-taught study program, your visa interview might check your basic German.
4. Submit Your Application and Wait for A Decision
After completing the requirements, you can now submit your application. As mentioned earlier, please submit on the given dates of your chosen university. Since all applications are made online, make sure to have digital or scanned copies of your documents.
For their online submission, most of the German universities use an application system called UniAssist.de. You’ll create a personal account and upload all documents that you need to submit. Other German institutions may have online submission platforms, so please inquire about your respective universities for more information.When you’re done with the application and submission, it’s time to wait for the results. Usually, it may take several weeks or months, depending on the volume of applicants and season. If you have missing information or documents, your application may be delayed, so it’s really necessary to submit and complete your application correctly.
5. Get a German Student Visa
If your application for a university is successful, it’s time to get a visa to legalize your stay. As an Asian, you need to get a German student visa before flying there. The process of getting a student visa may take a while, too, so after getting your admission letter, you can now start your visa application to be there before the academic year starts.
You can visit Pakistan’s German embassy in Islamabad or the German consulate in Karachi to know the list of documents and the procedures for applying for a student visa. Usually, they will ask you to present some documents such as your admission letter, application, forms, proof of language proficiencies, and other supporting documents. Also, another thing to prepare for is the funds you should show as proof of financial support for your studies. Usually, the lack of funds is the reason why visa applications of Pakistani students are denied.Pakistani Students should wait for their student visa application decision, and it may take 25 days or more. They’ll notify you of the results immediately.
6. Book a Flight to Germany and Get a Place
And now, you’ve landed in Germany! As an international student, your next and last step before your academic year starts is to find a place to live in. Fortunately, Germany offers accommodation options to international students to ease their problems finding a new home while taking their programs. As an international student, you choose between the student unions’ residence halls – which are more practical and cheaper or the private ones.For your first days in Germany, you can have hotel accommodations. They have low costs hotels or hostels until you find a new place. Before agreeing to your new accommodation, make sure to talk to your landlords about the agreement, payment, and other things.