Study in Germany: Timeline for Winter Intake

Germany_Article (17-04-2019)

Germany is becoming one of the most sought-after study abroad destinations. International students have started to consider the German universities for higher studies, especially for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses. So, if you’re one among the many who are considering higher education from Germany, read our guide to understand the German universities admission cycle – when does admissions start, when to start applying and what are the deadlines. It is highly advised to apply well in advance, as the entire application process takes time.

Major Intakes

The universities in Germany generally have two intakes in a year- summer and winter. The deadlines vary from university to university. The summer semester begins in March/April. The application window opens around September/October and closed by January 15. On the other hand, the winter semester starts in September/October. The application window opens around March and closes by July 15. The preparation should start at least a year before the commencement of the actual session.

Timeline for Winter Intake

October-December (Previous Year)

  • Start researching about the German universities offering the course you wish to pursue. Collect as much information as possible from the internet, in attention to attending information sessions and webinars.
  • After thorough research, select some universities that serve your academic and professional goals. We recommend short listing at least 10-12 universities – and then check out their official websites to learn about their application process, eligibility criteria, dates and deadlines, course duration and financial aid on offer.
  • Contact the universities to get more clarity on the application process and documentation.
  • In December, register for standardised tests like GMAT, GRE based on the requirements of your course and university. Also, register for language tests – English (TOEFL/IELTS) or German (TestDaF/DSH), depending upon the language in which the course is taught.


  • Start assembling the application package, which includes letter of recommendation (at least two), resume, statement of purpose (or motivation letter), essay and standardized test scores.
  • Contact your professor or employer for recommendation letter.
  • Start working on the rough draft of your SOP, resume and essay. Spend a good amount of time on these documents as they are used as a yardstick to assess your aims, interest, aspirations and potential.
  • Have a valid passport.


  • Do some research on the funding options and DAAD scholarships, as well as find out about the best student accommodation options near the universities you have shortlisted.
  • Apply for an education loan based on your test scores and know your loan eligibility.
  • In April, take the standardized tests (if your score isn’t good, you can re-take the test in June)


  • Make the final tweaks and edits in your SOP, resume and essay. It is highly advisable to re-read these documents at least twice or thrice to avoid making any sort of errors, be it grammatical or factual.
  • Assemble the application package and send it directly to the university or via the Uni-assist (University Application Service for International Students) portal Many German universities are members of Uni-assist, which is a non-profit organization that accepts the applications of the students, check them thoroughly whether they meet the eligibility criteria of the university and then forward them to the respective member universities.


  • Universities that have accepted your application will issue the admission confirmation letter. Review the offer and compare it with others, and then make the final decision ASAP. Inform the respective university about your decision before the deadline. Even if you do not wish to attend the university from which you have received the admission letter, notify them about the same.
  • Pay the fee to confirm your admission
  • Get your Blocked Account and Health Insurance before applying for visa as these are mandatory requirements for obtaining a student visa for Germany
  • Apply for student visa as the process takes about 2 to 3 weeks
  • Apply for DAAD scholarship before the deadline
  • Arrange for accommodation. You can get in touch with the International Office of the university to know about the on or off-campus accommodation options and other related stuff.


  • Start the departure preparations, which essentially include booking of flights
  • Check all your travel documents and carry photocopies of all important documents
  • Reach Germany a few days before the start of the session


  • Get residence permit within three months of your arrival in Germany. Head to the Foreigner’s Registration Office for the same.

Dates and Deadline of Top German Universities

University nameSummer SemesterWinter semester
Technical University of MunichNovember 1- December 31March 1 (July 15 for restricted admission)
Ludwig Maximilian University of MunichJanuary 15July 15
Heidelberg UniversityDecember 1- January 15June 1- July 15
Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyJanuary 15 (December 1 for Exchange Students)July 15 (June 1 for Exchange Students)
RWTH Aachen UniversitySeptember 1
January 15 (Restricted admission)
March 1 (July 15 for restricted admission)
Technical University of BerlinDecember 1June 1