Study in Germany: Timeline for September 2024 Intake

Intakes in Germany for Indian Students 
Study Abroad Expert May 28, 2024

Germany is widely regarded as a top destination for international students looking to pursue higher education in 2024-25. For Indian students especially, studying in Germany provides a unique opportunity to experience a new way of life and gain valuable skills for the global job market. What’s even more exciting? Public universities in Germany offer zero tuition fees which makes it an incredibly affordable option for a world-class education. 

Now, as the September 2024 intake approaches, it is crucial for students to start planning ahead in order to secure their spot and make the most of their time in Germany. 

That’s why we are here to discuss the timeline for the September 2024 intake and other upcoming intakes in 2024-25, including important deadlines, requirements, and tips for a successful application process. 

Intakes in Germany for Indian Students

There are two main intakes to study in Germany for Indian students: Summer Intake and Fall Intake. 

1. Fall Intake

This is the primary intake, starting in September/October and ending in February/March. Most universities and courses are available during this intake. The application deadline for the winter intake is usually in mid-July. 

2. Summer Intake

This is the secondary intake, starting in April/May and ending in July/August. Fewer courses and universities are available during this intake. The application deadline for the summer intake is usually in mid-January. 

Here’s a table summarizing the details of the intakes: 

Intake  Starting Month  Ending Month  Deadline  Importance 
Fall/Winter Intake  September-October  February-March  Mid-July  Primary Intake 
Summer Intake  April-May  July-August  Mid-January  Secondary Intake 


Which Intake to Choose?

The best intake to study in Germany will depend on your individual circumstances. Here are some things to consider: 

1. Course availability 

If you are set on a particular course, check to see if it is offered during the intake, you are interested in. 

2. Application deadlines 

Make sure you can meet the application deadline for the intake you choose. 

3. Preparation time 

The summer intake can give you more time to prepare your application and visa. 

4. Weather 

Germany can be cold in the winter. If you are not used to cold weather, you may want to consider applying for the summer intake. 

Upcoming Intakes to Study in Germany (2024-25) 

1. Summer Semester (Sommersemester) 2024-25 

Application Deadline 

The application deadline for the Summer Semester (April/May 2024) has already passed in mid-January 2024. 

Semester Start 

The Summer Semester typically runs from April/May to July/August and has already begun for 2024. 

Programs Available 

Postgraduate Programs: Select master’s programs, especially in fields like Business Administration, some Engineering disciplines, and specific scientific research programs. 

Undergraduate Programs: Limited number of undergraduate programs compared to the winter semester. 

Special Courses: Short-term and exchange programs, preparatory courses, and some language courses. 

2. Fall Intake (September) 2024 – UPCOMING INTAKE 

This is the primary intake with the most program options. Here are key dates to remember: 

Application Deadline 

This typically falls in mid-July 2024. However, deadlines vary. Be sure to check the specific deadlines for your desired programs at each university. Some universities might have earlier deadlines (as early as April 2024) especially for competitive programs, while others might have deadlines extending into late July. 

Here are some examples: 

Strict Mid-July Deadline: RWTH Aachen University (UG & PG) – Deadline: July 15th, 2024 

Earlier Deadline: Heidelberg University (UG with Restrictions) – Deadline: July 15th, 2024 

Later Deadline (to be confirmed): Technical University of Munich (TUM) – Deadline: Likely November-December 2024 (Double-check on TUM website) 

Application Documents Submission 

Along with the application deadline, some universities might have separate deadlines for submitting additional documents like transcripts, letters of recommendation, or standardized test scores. Make sure to factor in these deadlines as well. 

Semester Start 

Classes usually commence in late September or early October 2024. Specific dates can vary by university but expect them to fall within this timeframe. 

Programs Available 

Undergraduate Programs: Most undergraduate programs open their admissions for the winter semester. 

Postgraduate Programs: A majority of master’s programs and doctoral courses are also available for this intake. 

Specific Programs: Engineering, Computer Science, Business, Social Sciences, and Humanities are among the diverse fields offered during this intake. 

(Deadlines are subject to change. Always confirm deadlines with your chosen universities and programs. We highly recommend getting consultation from one of our study abroad experts at Shuraa Education to ensure you meet the deadlines and assistance with the application process). 

3. Summer Intake 2025  

The next intake after the Winter Intake 2024 (September 2024) will be the Summer Semester 2025. However, it’s essential to note that the application deadlines for the Summer Semester typically fall in mid-January of the same year (2025). 

Application Process to Study in Germany 

The application process for studying in Germany can vary slightly depending on the university and program you choose. However, here’s a general overview of the steps involved for the upcoming intakes (Fall/Winter Semester 2024-25) 

1. Research and Choose Your Program 

Research programs that align with your academic and career goals. Check program details, including curriculum, language of instruction, and specific requirements. 

2. Fall vs. Summer Intake 

Decide on your preferred intake (Fall/Winter 2024 or Summer 2025) considering program availability, deadlines, and your personal timeline. 

Pay close attention to application deadlines for your chosen program and intake. Deadlines can vary significantly, so confirm them directly with the university. 

3. Eligibility Requirements 

Carefully review the program-specific entry requirements, including academic qualifications, language proficiency tests (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS), and any additional documents needed. 

4. Prepare Application Documents 

  • Academic Transcripts 
  • Language Test Scores 
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP) 
  • Letters of Recommendation 
  • Passport 

5. Submit Application 

Most German universities have their online application systems. Create an account and fill out the application form. Study abroad experts at Shuraa Education will assist you throughout the application process, get in touch with them. 

6. Selection Process and Visa Application 

Universities will review applications and select qualified candidates. The selection process can vary, and you may be invited for an interview. If accepted, you’ll receive an official admission letter from the university. Once you have the admission letter, apply for a German student visa at the nearest German embassy or consulate. 

Take the Next Step for a Successful Application 

Studying in Germany for the September 2024 intake & upcoming semesters can be a life-changing experience. From the application process to finding accommodation and adjusting to a new culture, there are many things to consider. 

It’s always best to research programs and deadlines well in advance, especially for language tests and document translations. Keep application documents and deadlines well-tracked to avoid last-minute stress. 

For personalized assistance, consider consulting Shuraa Education. Our experts will help you find the right university, guide you through the application process, provide visa assistance, and offer post-admission support like finding accommodation. We are committed to ensuring you meet all deadlines and experience a hassle-free transition. Contact us today for a free consultation at or through call or WhatsApp at +91 9319998924. 

Best of luck on your journey! 

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