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Applying to Grad School in Germany - The Main Steps
Choosing the Right University
Universities in Germany are mainly divided into two Parts:
Technical University (TU): focuses more on theory and research
University of Applied Sciences (FA/HAW): focuses more on practical knowledge
To know more about the differences between the two types of universities, check:
Preparing University Application
GRE: some universities may require GRE for some of the majors. Registration for GRE follows the same process as TOEFL. To register, check: https://www.ets.org/
Module Description/Course Catalogue: some universities may require a course catalog or description which includes the syllabus (structure) of the courses obtained during undergraduate studies. The purpose of this is to check whether the student acquired all the necessary knowledge for his graduate studies. If not, extra courses may be added to his master's program.
Submitting the Application
Applying for Scholarships
Tuition Fees & Cost of Living
Preparing Visa Application
Language Certificate (either English or German depending on your program)
Admission Letter from the university
Address (any place you will stay in when you travel: friend's house, Airbnb, hotel room, etc. )
Authenticated Official Degree Document and Transcript:
Authenticate both documents from the Ministry of Education* and Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Book an appointment at VFS Global to authenticate the documents from the German Embassy at: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/lbn/en/deu/apply-for-legalizations
(take your admission letter to the appointment to get your papers authenticated for free or else you must pay 60$ for each document)
*Only students with a degree from the Lebanese University do not have to authenticate their degree from the Ministry of Education.
Proof of income: For the visa, you must provide proof of income during your stay which equals 10,332 EUR, either one of the following methods works:
Your parents can submit documents certifying their income and financial assets.
Someone with permanent residence in Germany can guarantee the Alien Registration Office to cover your expenses.
A security payment can be deposited into a blocked account.
You can present a scholarship award notification from a recognized scholarship provider.
Your safest option would be a blocked account (sperrkonto) using one of the official providers in Germany:
Expatrio (check the value package): https://www.expatrio.com/
You can find here a comparison for all the providers: https://banks-germany.com/blocked-account-germany
Health and Travel Insurance: Health insurance is obligatory for every German Citizen and it is required to be submitted before you enroll in a university. To check different providers, refer to: https://www.daad.de/de/studieren-und-forschen-in-deutschland/studium-planen/krankenversicherung/
Tip: many blocked accounts providers (Fintiba, Expatrio, etc.), offer a value package for students which includes, in addition to the blocked account, health, and travel insurance.
Once your papers are ready, (or after you authenticate your degrees directly), take an appointment at the German embassy for a national student visa: https://service2.diplo.de/rktermin/extern/choose_realmList.do?locationCode=beir&realmId=320
(it takes around 25 days after you submit your papers to get a visa)
First Steps in Germany
Studying with a Child
It is possible for international students with children to study in Germany. You may bring your child with you with a family visa. To apply, you must meet certain conditions:
Have a valid residence permit
Have sufficient financial resources
Have health insurance
Have proof of housing
Have confirmation of admission to your higher education institution
More information on requirements and available nursery/financial support offers from universities can be found at: https://www.study-in-germany.de/en/plan-your-studies/special-circumstances/with-children/