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Study in Germany: Timeline for September intake
If you have plans to go to Germany for either undergraduate or postgraduate studies, the first thing you need is an action plan. Here is an application timeline to give you an idea about what to do in which month.
1. First steps: March to April
- Start early and by March, shortlist 8-12 universities that you will apply to. Visit university websites and note application requirements, deadlines etc.
- By then, be familiar with bank loan options and scholarships to fund your studies.
- Start working on admission forms.
- Do some initial research on various accommodation options.
2. Crack the exams: April to June
- Prepare for required standardised tests like GMAT, GRE, TestDaF or IELTS – depending on the course and university.
- By April or three months before the test date, register for GMAT/ GRE.
- Register for language exams at least a month before the test date.
- Take the required tests around June. Plan for buffer time in case you need to retake the test.
3. It’s application time: May to June
- Shortlist the colleges and prepare for your application. Think hard about what makes you unique as an applicant and sketch out your strengths and self assessment.
- Contact your professors and direct managers for the required 2-3 reference letters. At least a month before your application deadline.
- Begin drafting your SOP and essays. Give a month’s time to structure these documents properly.
- Search for and begin applying for DAAD scholarships (if applicable).
- Apply before the deadline!
4. What next: July to August
- Don’t delay replying to college e-mails. And there will be quite a few!
- Appear for personal/video interviews.
- Once you get acceptance letters, make your decision as soon as possible.
- Depending on the deadline, notify the universities of your decision.
- You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm your admission.
5. Visa and money matters: August to September
- Apply for student loan, after you get your acceptance letter.
- Gather paperwork for your student visa. Check visa requirements.
- Apply for student visa in time. Keep in mind the time taken for visa processing!
6. Get ready to fly: September
- Book airline tickets.
- Arrange for an International Debit/Credit card.
- Collect all the documents and their photocopies, to take along.
- Check out Pre-departure checklist!