Once you are done with shortlisting of universities, you will have an exact idea on the requirements set forward by the universities. With this knowledge, you can start your application preparation.
If the course you have shortlisted has mentioned GRE as a mandatory requirement or advantage, it is a good idea to take the exam. Majority of the universities emphasis on the quant score of the exam rather than the verbal score. You can read more about GRE tests here . There are many GRE coaching institutes (online and offline) if you are looking for personalized support.
Statement of Purpose (SOP) or motivation letter is important especially if the university specifically asks for the document. Most of the German universities does not explicitly ask for SOP and therefore it should be understood that, SOP is not a critical aspect for these universities. The following guidelines can be used for preparing a good SOP.
There are not many universities which mandatorily asks for LOR. However, it is better to be prepared with the document. A maximum of 3 LOR is required and in most cases universities ask for 2 LOR. Recommendation can be from your academic study or from work experience. In some courses, the format of LOR will be provided by the university and the professor or managers just have to fill it up. Moreover if the university requires the LOR to be send directly to the university or in sealed envelopes, it will be specified in the university website. Sometimes, professors or managers expect a draft LOR to be prepared by the candidate. LOR should be on the university/company letter head along with seal and signature. It should be maximum of one page and should include details such as years known, closely associated works, strengths of the candidate, etc.
It is ideal that CV should be a maximum of two pages and should be in tabular form. There are numerous examples on how to prepare a CV in German format and you can check the same with a simple Google search (Google German CV format). CV should mandatorily contain (preferably in the same order) personal information, work experience, education, language skills, technical skills, interest/hobbies and a declaration (signature and date). Time period of company employment and education should be mentioned. Additional information such as major projects, awards and honors can also be added to the CV. You can also make your CV according to euro pass formatting style which can be downloaded here
None of the universities in Germany ask for original bachelor’s certificate, transcript of records or any other original documents. Copies of original documents needs to be attested by the issuing organization or by notary or should be attested by the German consulate from your home country. Each university specifies in their website on how they want the documents attested. However, most of the universities ask for documents to be attested by a notary.
It should be kept in mind that the grading system of your bachelor university i.e. maximum marks, minimum marks, and the marks that you have scored in your bachelor’s should be clearly mentioned in either of these documents. If the grading system is not mentioned properly, you can keep an additional document from your university explaining the grading system.
Other required documents include internship certificates, work experience and other certificates to substantiate your CV.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the complete list of documents that is required for application process?
Degree certificate, Transcripts, IELTS, German language certifications, Internship certificates, Proof for work experience, CV, LOR, SOP, GRE Test score (if required) and grading system of bachelor university (if required).
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