Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Students

Which international Master of Science study programs are offered for electrical engineers?

There are two programs available: Communication and Information Technology (CIT) and Control, Microsystems, Microelectronics (CMM), which has superseded the Information and Automation Technology (IAE) program in 2016.

 

What is the duration of the CIT and CMM studies program?

The duration is 2 years: 3 semesters with lectures, tutorials and labs; in the 4th semester writing the Master thesis. See here for details about CIT and here for CMM.

 

When is the next intake?

The next intake you can apply for is in April 2019, the application opens in August 2018.

 

The application for the April 2018 intake is closed. Exceptions for a delayed application are not possible. There are no intakes in the winter semester.

 

If you have sufficient German skills which are proven by a German A-level or a language certificate at a sufficient level, you can apply for M.Sc. studies in "Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik" in German language which start in the winter semester. Further information about the studies are available on this web page. For administrative information (e.g. application conditions and procedure), check here. The remaining part of this FAQ refers to the international Master studies held in English.

 

Am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply if your Bachelor studies have been taken in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field, for example Electronics, Telecommunication or Instrumentation Engineering.

In general, you should have taken the following basic subjects to be eligible:

Note that the subjects might be termed in a different way in your certificate, however the content should match the subjects given above.

 

Can I apply both for the CIT and the CMM stream?

No, you must decide to apply either for CIT or for CMM.

 

Can I submit my application now?

The online application for the intake in April 2018 is closed (no exceptions for delayed applications possible!) There are no intakes in the winter semester. The next intake which you can apply for is in April 2019, the application opens in August 2018.

 

Are there any mandatory tests required for admission?

If your medium of instruction was not English, an English language test (for example, IELTS or TOEFL) is needed. Further tests (e.g. GRE) are not required.

If your medium of instruction was English, this has to be confirmed by a notice on your Bachelor certificate or transcript, or by a letter from your university. Note that the English language certificate does not have to be provided during the online application, it may be handed in later on.

Important: In some countries, German embassies require an English language certificate for the visa applicaton even in case that your studies were held in English. There may be also requirements for the minimum mark(s) obtained in the language certificate in order to get accepted for the visa application.

 

Are German skills required?

The medium of instruction is English, German skills are not required. There is however a compulsory German class in the first semester. For those students who already have German skills and wish to take an advanced-level class, there is a placement test a few days before the studies start. Based on the results of the test, they will be sent to a class at their current level. The test requires personal attendance. Students who do not have German skills and take the beginner's class do not have to attend the test.

 

Is working experience required?

Working experience is not compulsorily required; however, it may enhance your ranking in the admission process if the topic of your work is closely related to your studies (see the question "What are the evaluation criteria?")

 

Are there any scholarships available?

Inside the framework of the CIT/CMM studying programme, scholarships are not provided. There is however a number of third-party institutions providing scholarships for foreign students in Germany, check here (external link) for further information and a list. In addition, some student jobs (e.g., programming or helping in setting up and running experiments) are available in the different departments of the Electrical Engineering faculty and also in some companies around the campus where one can work up to 120 full days per year or 240 half days per year according to the visa regulations.

In the German university system, there are no fixed Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA) positions for holders of a Bachelor degree as they are known in some other countries.

Application Process

Which documents do I have to provide? How do I have to submit them?

The submission is done through a web site, please follow these instructions which also give an overview about the required documents. Do not send postal mail, it will be ignored. In case of an admission, you would be asked later on to send postal documents. Also, do not send application documents by e-mail, they will be ignored as well.

 

Can I have my application documents checked by the reviewers in advance before uploading them to the application website?

This is not possible. Read all instructions given on this website carefully and then prepare your documents accordingly.

 

I cannot get all required documents until the submission deadline, can I send them later on?

Unfortunately, this is not possible. All documents must be submitted before the deadline. The only exception is the English language certificate (if required) which, in case of admission, has to be handed in at the latest two weeks after the lectures have started in April 2018.

 

Do the documents which are uploaded electronically have to be notarised?

For the electronic documents, notarisation is not required. In case of admission, the Admissions Office will ask you to hand in notarised copies of your documents.

 

Are recommendation letters required?

No, recommendation letters are not considered for the evaluation. Since the online application website does not allow to submit an application without filling in the “recommendation letter” field, please create a dummy PDF file and upload it into the respective location.

 

I have submitted my application. How can I check whether all details and documents are correctly registered in the database?

Please login to the application webpage by selecting “Continue application” with the login and password you specified when submitting your application. You can then view all information which you provided, however you can no longer edit it.

 

By mistake, I gave some incorrect information during the online application which can no longer be edited. What should I do?

As long as the deadline has not expired yet, you can upload a new application with the correct details. The old application will then not be considered. Please note that it is not possible to ask the supervisors at the University of Bremen to edit application details on behalf of you.

 

What are the evaluation criteria?

Each applicant is evaluated according to:

For each of the two criteria, a mark according to the German ranking system is given, where 1.0 is the best mark and 4.0 is the worst pass mark. For each criterion, the mark must be 2.7 or better. The average mark calculated for the two criteria must be 2.0 or better.

Recommendation letters or a GRE test are not relevant for the ranking.

The number of admitted applicants may be limited by the number of available university places.

 

Based on my educational background, will my application be successful?

This cannot be told in advance, it is decided by the reviewers.

 

Is there a telephone interview during the application process?

No, the admission decision is taken solely based on the documents you have submitted.

 

Do I get notifications about application status upates?

No notification e-mails will be sent during the processing period of the application, you will be informed once the decision about your admission has been taken. In the application webpage, you will see the status entry “formally checked” once the Admissions Office has checked the application for formal correctness and has forwarded it to the faculty review committee. Please note: It may happen that you see a different application status than your friend at a given time. This does not mean that your application was missed, all applications will be checked.

 

When and how is the admission decision provided?

The admission decisions for the next intake in April 2018 are taken latest by January 2018. Admitted students are informally notified by e-mail and receive an admission letter a few weeks later. Rejected students are informed by e-mail.

Admitted Students

What are the next formal steps after the admission?

The enrolment office will send you a postal letter with a written confirmation of the admission, asking you to hand in your application documents as notarised copies. Furthermore, you need the letter to apply for a student's visa. Check with the German embassy in your country for the documents which you have to submit for a visa application. Find here (external link) a list with the web adresses of the German embassies and consulates.

 

Which regulations apply to the notarisation (certification) of the documents which I have to hand in for enrolment?

Please check the FAQ of the admissions office (SfS International) by following this link and then clicking on the item "How should documents be certified?". Notarised documents will be rejected if they do not comply to these regulations.

 

I want to apply for the visa quickly, can I get a notification e-mail directly from the reviewers?

Admitted students usually get an informal notification as soon as possible by e-mail. A printout of this e-mail can be used for example to fix an appointment with the embassy, if required. However, for the visa application itself, an e-mail printout is not sufficient, you do need the admission letter from the university admissions office, which will issue the letter automatically if you are admitted. No further enquiries are necessary to get the letter. An electronic version of the letter will not be helpful, because the embassy requires the original letter with the university seal and the signature of the admissions officer.

 

How is my semester fee payment identified? Does the owner's name of the sender's bank accont have to match the name of the student for whom the money is paid?

Your payment is identified by the number in the field “Reason for payment” in the table on the second page of your admission letter. This number is individual for each student. Hence, it does not matter who actually pays the money, as long as the details of the university bank account and the “Reason for payment” number are correctly given. If the original payment receipt document is not required for your visa application, you can even ask a friend who lives in Germany to pay the money on behalf of you in order to avoid the fees for the international money transfer and accelerate the payment process.

 

I have paid the semester fee, will I get a confirmation from the university that the money has been received?

No confirmation will be sent by the university. If you need a receipt, for example for the visa application, use the receipt that was issued by your bank when submitting the money order.

 

Where can I get accomodation in Bremen? Where can I get information about local facilities?

On this website, you can find a list of locations where you can ask for accomodation. An overview about services and facilities for students is given here. In addition, there are usually volunteer students from the previous batch who are ready to support the newly arriving students. Contact details of the volunteers will be provided in a timely fashion.

Please note that the CIT/CMM master office does not arrange accomodation for admitted students.

 

When do the lectures start? When do I have to be in Germany latest?

The lectures for the 2018 intake start on 3rd April. You should be in Germany a few days earlier since there are some compulsory formal steps which must be taken after arrival in Bremen before the studies start, such as registering as an inhabitant of Bremen at the public registration office, registering with the health insurance and showing up in the admissions office (SfS International).