MEP (Master Eligibility Program)

How to do Masters in Germany – Master Eligibility Program (MEP)

The Master Eligibility  program (MEP) is mainly designed for foreign students who wish to do their masters in Germany and have completed Bachelor studies (3 or 4 years) with minimum 180 Credit points. The Bachelors could be in Engineering, Management or in other  basic sciences fields.

Upon successful completion of MEP students are eligible for further master studies across all German universities.

In Germany students have two choices to do their masters,

  1. an English taught masters or 
  2. A German taught masters.

For English taught programs, students need to apply directly via uni-assist. The number of applications and the admissions are in the ratio of 50:1 or even 100:1. Due to these high application numbers the applicant needs to thoroughly check the eligibility criteria as well as his or her Admission probability prior to applying. Normally it would take around 2-3 months to know the status of the admission.

Note: Only few universities offer English taught programs. The selection process has several admission criterias that needs to be fulfilled and also should be an international mix of students i.e. the Program is available to applicants from many countries (International Program) rather than from one or two countries.

MEP paves the way for all applicants equal and fair opportunity to do a masters in German taught in Germany.

In order to join the master in German taught students must have minimum C1 level German and also pass the exam either DSH or Telc C1 HS (Hochschule) or equivalent. 

Apart from the language part of the coursework,  MEP curriculum also contains

  • Technical German
  • Engineering management Module
  • Industrial/Company Visits
  • Exhibition and Seminars
  • Personality Development Classes
  •  Industry Oriented Partner Programs (e.g. SAP)
  •  Cultural Programs
  • Social & Cultural Integration

MEP curriculum has been planned in such a way to help the candidates to integrate better socially, culturally and professionally. 

All students who apply for the MEP must also apply for the Master Program at a University and receive an admission letter. Below you can select the course and the University. Do note that upon completion of the MEP can join the University for masters or can also apply for a new University of his or her choice.

Select your course and University

Our MEP coursework actually takes each student through this process where they start their A1 till B1 (Online), then the B2 and C1 HS at our campus in Germany. By applying to MEP Students also receive

  1. Admission letter for MEP (for the coursework part in German campus)
  2. Pre-conditional offer letter from a public or a private university 

With these two letters students are eligible to apply for the visa provided the other relevant documents are submitted and the living cost is also covered. 

  • 5 Months A1 to B1 Language
  • 7 Months Intensive language and Subject Related coursework

The University studies start mostly in the month of March/April (Summer Semester) and or in September/October (Winter Semester). MEP final exam dates are falling prior to the start such that the student’s have a smooth transition to their Master studies.

Eligibility

  1. First Class in Bachelor’s Degree(60%+)
  2. Minimum 180 credit points from Bachelors (If you have 180 ECTS from your bachelor’s but want to study a master’s with 210 ECTS required then oftentimes you can still get enrolled with the obligation to catch up on the 30 ECTS within the first 3 semesters of your master’s study).

Document Checklist

1. MEP application form
2. Secondary Schooling or equivalent (both front & back page)
3. Accommodation request form
4. Higher Secondary or equivalent (both front & back page)
5. Consolidated mark sheets from the current University or College (If coursework completed)
6. Individual semester wise mark sheets
7. Provisional certificate (Note: We do not accept the course completion certificate as an equivalent)
8. Degree certificate (If applicable)
9. Photocopy of passport (front and back page)
10. Extra-curricular activity certificates (if any)
11. Language proficiency test results English Proficiency for English taught Masters (Can also be produced before admission but a must for Visa Processing) (IELTS 6.0 or above (TOEFL, GRE, Cambridge tests are also accepted. Note: some cases English medium schooling would also suffice))
12. German Language certificate (If available in prior, if not via IAS College provided after completion of the required German Level prior to Visa).
13. Professional passport size photograph with good resolution (as JPEG, Gif, PNG, Tiff – titled)
14. Complete personal details (CV/Resume) as .doc / .docx file or any other editable format.
15. Work experience certificates (If any)

How to Apply?

  1. Complete the online Apply-now form 
  2. Fill in the application form and send across the required documents, wait for our International Office to verify/proof-read your documents (1 to 2 Weeks)3. When accepted students receive Admission Acceptance
  3. Form (AAF). It has to be signed and sent back to IAS via email as a scanned copy
  4.  Start your German language Online with IAS College
  5. Transfer the fees
  6. Receive Admission letter for MEP and Conditional offer for Master studies
  7. Open Blocked Bank account in Germany to cover the living cost
  8. Apply for Visa at the relevant German Consulate/Embassy
  9. Once visa issued, transfer the remaining fees 
  10. Inform IAS student office about the  flight details (Note: Flight &   accommodation request must be informed to IAS at least two weeks before arrival).

1. Who can apply for MEP?

Those who wish to do Masters in Germany and make a career later on. 

Eligibility criteria’s are:

  • First Class in Bachelor’s Degree (>60%)
  • Minimum 180 credit points from Bachelors (If you have 180 ECTS from your bachelor’s but want to study a master’s with 210 ECTS required then oftentimes you can still get enrolled with the obligation to catch up on the 30 ECTS within the first 3 semesters of your master’s study).

2. Why should you do masters in Germany?

In Germany the education is excellent and yet free of charge. In general the public universities have no tuition fees. Students just have to pay administrative costs per semester, which often include the semester ticket for train and bus travel in the city or state area. With a student ID one will receive discounts in many places, like shops (mostly special days are designated for students to receive discounts), leisure activities (like cinema, sports, museums etc.) or travel within Germany or in Europe.

There is a wide range of master courses, so candidates will surely find a course that matches their interests, be it with a practical approach or research oriented. Moreover, Germany suffers from a lack of manpower in many fields, foreign candidates with a good education and a solid command of German, are in high demand.

Overall Germany is an economically stable and also safe country.

3. German taught or English taught masters, which one to choose?

In Germany, you can opt for masters taught in English as well as in German (via the MEP Program). In order to qualify for the direct English taught the student must have a very high percentage as well as the need to compete with many more other such aspirants. Few courses are offered in English in comparison to German taught masters. Also, to study an English based master leads to difficulties in finding an internship, thesis or jobs upon completion, as the (internal) communication in companies is in German.

German taught master’s program

There is a wide selection of German taught masters and many courses also fall under the non NC category. Meaning a lot more admission slots are available. To study masters one must prove enough German language skills (C1 Hochschule level). As language is the key to finding better internships or jobs as more companies would be interested in offering such positions. MEP prepares candidates to achieve this goal.

Video link: https://iaos.de/learn-german-online/

4. Master in public or private University?

Public University Private University
No study fees, just general administration fees (mostly semester ticket i.e. local travel in Bus, Tram or Train is already included) Study fees, starting approx. from 2000,00€ per semester, depending on the course and the University
More attractive to majority of people, leading to fuller classrooms and more students capacity Smaller numbers of students which allows individual mentoring and support
Offer a wide variety of subjects to study, sometimes up to 150 courses per university Smaller curriculum, mostly specialized in specific fields and currently in trend courseworks
Typically focus on a theoretical approach regarding their teaching and study content.

In recent years though more and more practical training has been included in the itinerary. Nevertheless, students still have to plan practical experiences (Internship, Thesis etc.) by themselves in many cases.

Commonly well connected to industries and companies and have a more practical approach in their studies & better career opportunities

To sum it up: There is no right or wrong when choosing the type of university. See what fits your needs and interests best. With degrees from either university you will have good chances to find a good job afterwards

5. Is studying a master’s degree free of charge at a German university? What does it cost to study for a Masters in Germany? Are master studies free in Germany?

To answer it shortly: In most public Universities there are NO tuition fees, as they are publicly funded. But there are some administrative charges which could be anywhere between 0 to 500€ per semester. This includes mostly the ID card, the administration fees, the local transport etc.

Fees are charged mostly at private universities.

6. I have a Bachelor's degree and have been working for a while. Can I still apply?

You can apply for the MEP and mostly the work experience is an added advantage. Some Universities also take relevant work experience into account for Credit point calculations.

7. What should I do if I fail the final German exam of MEP?

If you fail the final German exam, you can either apply for a re-exam or attend the coursework again.

8. What should I do if I fail to obtain a bachelor's degree on time?

If you are admitted to a master’s but fail to get the domestic bachelor’s degree on time, you might request the University in Germany that you can submit it on a later date or the admission can be postponed to the next available intake (Summer or Winter). If you fail in your bachelors and have to reappear for the exam(s) then you need to apply again to the MEP program after completing the Bachelors. 

Note: Mostly the students have 6-7 months of MEP program in Germany so would be able to submit the Degree during this period in Germany.

9. After enrolling in the master's degree, if I want to change my major or university, is it okay?

Yes. After enrolling in the master’s degree, the student can change to a major that you are more suitable or interested in.

10. What are the Job opportunities after completion of the studies?

Once the student successfully completes the master’s degree, he/she then can apply for the job search visa which is again given for a maximum of 18 months. Probability of finding a good job is very high. As Germany lacks manpower in many fields, foreign candidates with a good education and a solid command of German, are in high demand.

It must be kept in mind that for the extension of the visa one needs a certain/sufficient amount of money in the bank account to cover the living costs.

11. Are there any opportunities for further studies after graduating from a master's degree?

After successfully completing the master’s study and completing the credits, the students will be awarded the relevant academic qualifications and degrees of the university. If you wish to continue further studies, you can apply for a doctoral degree by yourself.

12. I consulted other intermediaries and found that there are some similar preparatory programs. How are your preparatory programs different from those?

We are a professional college for direct enrollment, not an intermediary. Our college enrolls students for the preparatory programs only after the students have been reviewed and obtained Pre-Offer or AAF, that is, on the premise that they are guaranteed to enter the university to study for a bachelor’s/master’s degree

If the student fails to pass the language level required (via our Online Learning System), the cost of preparatory study in Germany is not incurred, and there is no loss to the student.

Important of all, we are mentors for our Students not recruiters. After our Program and studies our students have great opportunities later on to make a career in Germany.