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How to apply for an English program in Germany

When I started searching for information about studying abroad, I felt overwhelmed sometimes since there is a big pool of information and I didn’t know where I should begin. Sometimes, it is helpful to have guidelines to know the starting point and what to expect.

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When I started searching for information about studying abroad, I felt overwhelmed sometimes since there is a big pool of information and I didn’t know where I should begin. Sometimes, it is helpful to have guidelines to know the starting point and what to expect. And I found that guideline on the website of . The steps can be summarized as follows:
  • Searching for the ideal programs

  • Get an IELTS certificate & learn German (optional and depending on your university)

  • Get an APS certificate (send out an application, pay fee, review for the exam)

  • Send out applications to Uni-assist (after receiving APS)

  • Open a bank account & blocked account (after receiving the matriculation from any university)

  • Buying travel insurance (until you can register for public/ private insurances, it is compulsory to have travel insurance to cover your stay)

  • Apply for a visa and buy a flight ticket

The above steps are for students who already graduated from a university in Vietnam, but they can vary depending on your home country. The DAAD often has its own website in different countries, however, you can also check their worldwide page in case you can’t find one from your country. The preparation for the journey to Germany can take from six months to a year depending on the list of requirements you need to accomplish.

For me, the journey to Germany was not always easy. However, there was also a lot to learn during the process and the result is totally worth it.

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The first and the most important thing to do is to find the ideal programs that suit your interest and motivate you. Thousands of programs either in English or in German or in both languages are offered for international students. Besides the content of a program, you might consider the location of the university, requirements, languages, deadlines, etc. All mentioned information can be founded via the for international programs. Be aware that the field of study can include many different majors. For example, the field of Law, Economics, and Social Sciences can also include finance, business administration, management, etc. Therefore, don’t be surprised if you can’t find a specific major in the field of the study section, all you need to do is to fill keywords into the blank.

This is the starting point of my journey. After spending days digging into the website to filter the programs that suit me most, I gathered information as seen in the below table to manage the information easily.

A table to manage your selected programs
A table to manage your selected programs© Thư
During this process, I read about how things work in Germany, including necessary paperwork, transportation, leisure activities, etc. One of the websites that I spent a lot of time reading is . The website not only provided information about the process of applying for scholarships, part-time job opportunities, etc. from local experts but also gave me a lively picture of student life in Germany through different blog posts of international students who are living in Germany. Undoubtedly, the treasure information from these websites prepared me for my student life in Germany. Until now, even I have been already living for two years, these two websites are still the first places that I think of when I have any questions regarding studying and living in Germany. Besides, I also joined communities on Facebook for Vietnamese students in Germany. These are unofficial groups which are created by students from my country who are living or studying in Germany. The groups are great places for emotional support sometimes since I can connect with students who have been on the same roads and have faced similar challenges. I believe that you can probably find some similar groups created by students from your home country.
 
Many international students have been asking me whether they should apply for a program in Germany by themselves or through an agency. In my opinion, both have their advantages, and it is totally depending on your own decision. When you apply through an agency, you can save a lot of time to learn languages and do other things, but you have to pay a higher cost. I preferred to prepare everything by myself since I was on a low budget. And I think it was the right decision since it prepared me well for all the processes and paperwork that I had to handle in Germany. For me, the journey to Germany was not always easy. However, there was also a lot to learn during the process and the result is totally worth it. Keep in mind that this is my experience for application since 2019, there are a few things that may be changed. It is always better to keep yourself updated by recent posts.
 
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Hi I am interested in studying my master degree in Germany but I am not sure where to look I need a full scholarship for studying bussines managment. I am from Lebanon.

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Hi Ahmad, You can find all degree programmes offered by German universities in our database, the Higher Education Compass 👉 https://www.study-in-germany.de/en/plan-your-studies/study-options/programme/higher-education-compass/. You can find scholarships for master’s degree students in the DAAD scholarship database 👉 www.funding-guide.de. All relevant information like the application requirements and deadlines are listed in the respective scholarship description. We also recommend that you contact your chosen higher education institution and ask about financial aid packages. You can get a good overview of various options for financing your studies in Germany here: https://www.study-in-germany.de/en/plan-your-studies/preparation/funding/. You'd like to know about the costs living in Germany? Here you will find all information about money and costs 👉 https://www.study-in-germany.de/en/germany/everyday-life/money/. If you have any questions, you can contact us by email using our contact form 👉 https://www.study-in-germany.de/en/get-in-touch/contact/. Best wishes, Your Study in Germany-Team 👋🇩🇪

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i want to study masters

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Hi, to get started, take a look at the My GUIDE page: https 👉 http://www.myguide.de/en/ – there you will find a lot of information on various subjects that you can study in Germany. If you have general questions, you will most likely find an answer in our guideline on 👉 http://www.study-in-germany.de/en/plan-your-studies/steps/. Best wishes, Your Study in Germany-Team 👋🇩🇪

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Hi, I’m from Argentina and I’d love to study in Germany. I’ve done the Advanced English exam (level A1), do you know if I can study any career in English having that english level? What English exam do I have I do?

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Hi Sofía, There are many courses and degree programmes taught in English, especially master’s courses. You can get an overview of what is on offer in our extensive DAAD database of International Programmes: www.daad.de/international-programmes. However, we recommend that you give learning the German language a try, as knowing the language will make you feel more comfortable in Germany and make finding German friends faster - just like anywhere else in the world. Some universities expect knowledge of German as a prerequisite for admission. Please check the specific requirements online early enough or contact the University's International Office. Best wishes from Germany, Your SiG-Team 👋🇩🇪

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Hi. I am a Nigerian. I'd love to study in Germany but it seems it is compulsory for me to have a good knowledge of Level B1 German language while applying for a Degree. I am at a cross-road cause in my country i studied B.Sc Geography, seating my certificate. This is as a result of Asuu strike in my country. Now my question is, can i apply for Master's while awaiting my degree certificate or i am to apply for an undergraduate degree in Germany. I haven't written IELTS or have level B1 German language.

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Hi Paulinus, for most German degree programmes, knowledge of German (usually B2 level) is a prerequisite for admission. Please inform yourself at your future higher education institution whether you need a language certificate and if so, which one. Check the specific requirements on the website of the programmes you are interested in or get in touch with the International Office of the university. Find more information on language requirements our website: www.study-in-germany.de/german-skills. There are also a variety of degree programmes that are offered in English. Especially for Master's programmes.To find out whether your desired course is taught in English, search the My GUIDE database. https://www.myguide.de/en/. You will hopefully find what you are looking for. Best wishes, Your SiG-Team 👋🇩🇪

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That is good idea

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i want to apply for MSC studies, am from nigeria, how can i go about it?

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Hi, to get started, take a look at the My GUIDE page: https://www.myguide.de/en/ - there you will find a lot of information on various subjects that you can study in Germany. If you have general questions, you will most likely find an answer in our guideline on: www.study-in-germany.de/en/plan-your-studies/steps/. Good luck and best wishes, Your SiG-Team 👋🇩🇪

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I have a TOEFL IBT. How can I apply to study and work in Germany?

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Hi Ali, to get started, take a look at the My GUIDE page: https://www.myguide.de/en/ - there you will find a lot of information on various subjects that you can study in Germany. If you have general questions, you will most likely find an answer in our guideline on: www.study-in-germany.de/en/plan-your-studies/steps/. For more information about working in Germany, please visit: http://www.make-it-in-germany.com/en. Best wishes, 👋🇩🇪 Your SiG-Team

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Please I need this scholarship

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Hi, you can search for DAAD scholarships and scholarship programmes from other organisations in the DAAD scholarship database: www.funding-guide.de. Please note that scholarships differ depending on country of origin and subject area and special application requirements. Keep in mind that there are very few scholarships for undergraduate study programmes. Good luck and best wishes! Your SiG-Team

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My name is David from Uganda. I have submitted and been considered for an MBA specializing in Engineering Management at the International University of Applied Sciences. My worry is that since making my first payment some eight days ago, the Recruitment team say they are yet to receive my payment and this baffles me a lot! This is beginning to make me develop second ideas as to be scammed! Any advise at all? Regards, David

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Hi David, unfortunately we cannot help you. We have absolutely no insight into application and transfer procedures. You would have to contact the international office of your future university or consult your bank. We are sorry that we cannot help you further. Good luck! Best wishes, Your SiG-Team

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