Find a suitable university and course
After you have decided to pursue master’s degree in computer science from Germany you need to figure out your academic and career goals. Next, you need to start preparing your application according to the guidelines of the university and master’s program.
Check the deadlines
Once you have shortlisted the list of universities for pursuing computer science from Germany, the next step is to check the deadlines of the universities you have selected. Winter semester usually begins in September-October while the summer semester begins in March-April.
Check the program requirements
Once you have set your target, it’s time to know what you need to get there. You must check the requirements for the program that you have chosen. Usually, German universities provide all the relevant information on their official website.
Candidates have to show academic transcripts required by the institution. For MS in computer science, students are commonly asked to show documents up to Bachelors program. In some of the cases, the universities may also ask for Masters program certificates.
Letter of Motivation:
A Letter of Motivation is very similar to a Statement of Purpose. A Letter of Motivation talks about the aspirant’s intention to join the university and the reasons behind pursuing a particular program in computer science.
Letter of Recommendation:
LORs are an evaluation of the aspirant’s potential by an independent body. It may be your professor or your previous employers. Most of the universities in German demand 2 – 3 recommendation letters for pursuing masters in computer science.
German universities also require aspirants to submit a resume showcasing all their academic as well as professional qualifications.
Some of the universities in Germany accept GRE scores as an eligible metric for admission in a masters program. GRE scores (around 310+) is accepted by universities providing MS courses in computer science
GMAT is mainly accepted for admission to business schools, some universities also accept GMAT for law and economics related subjects. GMAT evaluates aspirants on four parameters. They are: Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, and Verbal. GMAT test scores are usually valid for 5 years and can be taken within a 16-day break between two tests.
Some universities in two countries- Singapore and Germany, accept GATE score for admission to their post-graduate engineering programmes. The two most important universities are the RWTH ACHEN and the Technical University of Germany.
Many universities in Germany need the student to submit their IELTS score to check their English proficiency, especially for programmes providing classes in English.
Apart from IELTS, many universities in Germany also accept TOEFL scores as valid proof when it comes to English proficiency. TOEFL is conducted for more than 50 times in a year by the Educational Testing Service.
German language proficiency:
German universities enroll students who have strong knowledge, either in the English language or in the German language. When compared to the bachelors program, at the masters level, there are various courses taught in English language either partially or completely. To prove your language proficiency you must go for a language standardized test before your application.
While it is not required for all courses, universities may ask applicants to show proof of your German proficiency. Applicants can either appear for TestDaF or DSH exam. TestDaf 4 is approved by most of the German universities.
Submit your application
After you have collected all your required documents, it is time to submit your application for the master’s degree course in Germany.
Wait for the admission letter
Now, it is time for you to wait and let the university completes its part of the job. Meanwhile, you can use this time to take care of other upcoming issues which are explained in the sections below.
Get your health insurance
Health insurance is compulsory for all students in Germany, including students wishing to pursue masters in computer science. Make sure that you get the proper health insurance coverage while you are studying in Germany.
There are two types of health insurances -
- Public or Statutory health insurance
- Private health insurance
Most International Students in Germany want to opt for MAWISTA. Trusted and preferred by more than 300,000 clients, MAWISTA is regarded as one of the best private health insurance companies in Germany.
Get your finances in order
Depending on the German government’s estimations, a foreign student studying in Germany needs to have €720 per month or €8,640 in his bank account as proof of financial resources per year. If you don’t maintain this amount of money, you won’t be authorized to get a student visa and go for a master’s degree in Germany.
Get your student visa
This is the final step to a successful application to pursue a master’s degree in Germany. As a non-EU and non-EEA international student, you need to get a visa to study in Germany. After you have completed all the steps that are mentioned above, you must reach the German embassy to collect information and initiate the process for getting a student visa.