Goethe University: Admissions Q&A
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We make every effort to bring young researchers from Asia to Germany. And overall, my impression is that the exchange between the disciplines and cultures prepares young researchers at our university to become citizens of the world,” says  Dr. Zimmermann-Timm , Managing Director of the Goethe Graduate Academy (GRADE), the graduate school of the Goethe University at Frankfurt.

Zimmermann spoke to Pooja Prakash about the curriculum, opportunities and diversity Goethe offers to international students. Here are excerpts:


What is unique about your university in terms of academic culture and overall student experience?

Goethe University has a high percentage of PhD students from abroad (26%). This is nearly double the percentage of foreign students in Germany, based on the data published in 2012 by the Federal Statistical Office. Our PhD students are from 63 different countries – many of them are from India.


How would you describe the ideal student for your school?

The ideal student at GRADE should have an excellent academic record and be open-minded and highly motivated in his research field. We prefer young people who favor a scientific view which goes from the details to the big picture, which is our focus since we are a so-called "Stiftungs- und Buergeruniversitaet" (an endowed university whose goal is not only to educate scholars, but to also inspire the public to take interest in academic topics). And, of course, it is always good if the young people who come to Germany also appreciate the German culture.


What are the admission criteria for international graduate students?

PhD students at GRADE should be highly motivated, have an excellent academic record and very good English or even German language skills. Furthermore, we appreciate scientific curiosity, high standards of quality while completing the scientific work, self-reliance and high social quality criteria.


What are some of the best-known programmes among South Asian students?

Most of the candidates from Asia are in the biological sciences, pharmacy, chemistry and biochemistry. But GRADE also has students from Asia in Economics and Theology.


Does your school offer financial aid to international students, particularly Indians, on the same generous basis afforded to German citizens?

There are no differences between an Indian and a German applicant. The academic records and the student's motivation are the basis for the decision. One result of the globalization is that we all come closer – so a Skype interview with a candidate from India is quite normal these days. And an excellent candidate gets financial support – the merit and NOT the country of origin are the criterion for financial support.

I would like to add that we also offer special stipends for international candidates. In many cases, these stipends are funded by common programmes through the German Exchange Service (DAAD). GRADE has been successful in DAAD's  Graduate School Scholarship Programme, which is for interested candidates from Asia who want to do their PhDs in the areas of environmental sciences and climate change. So you see, international candidates are welcome.


Many foreign students are worried about leaving the country because they do not know whether they will be able to find work to pay off their student debts. Do the professional schools actively help students find internships and jobs?

Without financial support from sources like a stipend, loan or support from the family, a student from abroad is not allowed to immigrate to Germany. The university offers stipends and jobs for its candidates – so under normal circumstances, the young researchers do their PhD while they are earning money for their scientific work. Besides this, GRADE helps the students to find internships. Internships are important for our candidates to get more practical experience in their fields and this practical experience is very important from our point of view.



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Sanjay Khandelwal 20th Feb, 2020
You will have to look in the colleges and universities providing this course and see which has better ranking and are under your budget. You must have good score in UG. You will need a good IELTS score above 6 band. And see whether course is available in English. German language isnt must but start learning. Go straight to their website apply directly and wait for their response.

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Nikki Nair 14th Feb, 2020

Hello Aswin

Well German universities offer a variety of courses,According to your preference

Some of the German universities that provide MS in Embedded Systems are

1.TU Chemnitz

2.University of Sttutgart(Infotech branch)



Well you can find many more public and private university on the official website

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In this website you can sort your preferences ,location,and subject

I hope this helps

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i am planning to do ms in engg in germany !!! so how do i start?

Nikki Nair 14th Feb, 2020

Hello Aswin

Getting into German universities can be quite tough,As the give you world class education they also expect you too be quite advanced with your work

Here are some tips to start preparing

1.Complete minimum A1 and A2 exam in German language(Basic requirement),they have 2 types of course English taught and German taught

Even if you are getting into English Program they will still need German language for basic interaction

2.Get a good score (2.5 on German scale)

3.Collect your documents right away(All important marksheet)

4.Show your X-factor(can be anything from playing guitar to writing a book)

5.Apply at all German univ of your chioice

and then sit back and relax.

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deepika bala Student Expert 11th Feb, 2020
Hello Susan,
The diploma degree u pursued is validated in Germany but with the standard equivalent to German school of mechanics. You can contact the concerned university for diploma students acceptance and moreover the practical based learning  is essential for engineering courses which is not so common in india so you should definitely give it a try for great experience and exposure.
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