Applying for German masters programme in Nigeria is not an easy task, but it can still be made very easy if you know how to do it. Germany is one of Europe’s top academic countries in terms of education. Germany is a very good choice for Nigerians who want to further their studies in Europe.
In the course of this article, I would be guiding you through the best procedures to land yourself admission into a school in Germany for masters program. As a plus, we would also be reviewing how to study in Germany on scholarship.
How To Apply For Germany Masters’ Program in Nigeria (2020)
Below are steps on how to apply for germany masters program in Nigeria.
Step 1: Find a suitable university and program
You need to have a clear vision of your academic future and career goals. Then you need to select a masters program that would match your vision.
Regardless of your multiple options available, you will definitely find something attractive.
Since there are a lot of universities in Germany for masters programme, you have to do a little bit of research. In your research, you have to put into consideration, things like study modules, the university location, tuition fees, practical sessions etc.
Afterwards, you can come up with a list of universities and masters program that would definitely fit your vision. From this point, you can now narrow your options to a few of them, and finally, decide on the master’s program you would be taking.
Step 2: Check the requirements
After setting your target, and getting acquainted with your target, it is time to know what you need in order to get there.
On this note, you must have to check the requirements of the course of your choice. A lot of German universities offer this information on their websites.
You also have to be careful because there can be different entry requirements that ate applied within the same university. You have to ensure that you are reading the right section. Please remember that any error in this stage can lead to a failed application.
Step 3: Language proficiency
German universities give admission to students that have strong knowledge in German or English language. This is so that one can understand what is taught in classes.
In the masters level, there are many courses that are taught in English, either completely or partially. You have to take a standard test prior to your application. One of such tests is the IELT test, which is taken to test for English language proficiency.
The level of your language proficiency that would be required depends on the university of your choice, the course you would offer and the exam you have taken. For instance, if you want to study social sciences, you have to have perfect knowledge of the language that the course is taught in.
Well, on the other side, with the natural sciences, the need for a higher level of language is not necessary. This is because you would do more with lab sessions and math tasks.
Step 4: Submit your application
After collecting all required documents and have checked thoroughly if everything is included, then, it’s time to submit your application for the master’s degree course in Germany. You can use an online platform to apply for this. There is a mutual online platform that most german universities use. This platform is known as UniAssist.de. On this platform, you can create an account, choose your favourite course and upload all necessary documents.
There are still some universities that have their own online platform, and only accept applications made through it.
Step 5: Wait for the admission letter
Now it is time for you to take a break and let the university do its part of the job. You can use this spare time, to take care of the issues that are well detailed in subsequent paragraphs.
German is one of the most sorts after university in Europe. They take in a large number of applications, so each one of them takes a great deal of time. This can last up to several weeks. Unfortunately, students cannot keep track of their application progress, as the German universities don’t give out this information.
Step 6: Get health insurance
There is an obligation to get health insurance if you live in Germany. Even if you are a foreign student, you need to be health insured.
There are two types of health insurance:
- Public or also known as Statutory health insurance, and
- Private health insurance
Step 7: Get your finances in order
According to estimates made by the German government, a foreign student needs to have 10.236 Euros in his or bank account. This would serve as proof of financial resources. In Nigerian naira, this is N4,39,356.
This amount of money is what is believed to be the figure that can keep you in Germany as a student for a year. If you do not have this amount of money, you would not be permitted to have a student visa or study for a masters degree in Germany.
Also taking into account that this amount is very high for a normal student, it is important that you start long before the application to get your in finances in order.
Step 8: Get your student visa
This is the last step for a Nigerian to get admitted in Germany for a successful masters programme. As a Nigerian, you have to have you visa ready, because it is important for your master’s programme application. After completing the steps listed above, you can then go to a Nigerian german embassy and collect information necessary. There, you can initiate procedures for getting your visa ready.
Timing at this moment is of utmost importance. The time required for processing your visa may be longer than the deadline for enrolling. So you might end up not meeting up with your master degree commencement timeline.