Admission - Frequently Asked Questions
What is a qualified bachelor degree in Physics?
The bachelor degree has to be equivalent to a B.Sc. degree in Physics obtained at a German university with an above-average grade. A B.Sc. programme in Physics in Germany i.a. includes lectures on: Experimental Physics (Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electrodynamics, Optics, Physics of Atoms and Nuclei, Introduction into Molecular and Solid State Physics); Theoretical Physics (Classical Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics); Mathematics and 4 semesters of Physics Laboratory. If an applicant has a B.Sc. degree in another field than Physics, the admission committee has to check whether the degree is comparable. In case the B.Sc. degree of an applicant does not completely satisfy the above requirements, the admission committee might ask for an admission examination.
I will finalize my B.Sc. studies after the application deadline, can I still apply?
If you did not finalize your B.Sc. studies at the date of the application deadline, please provide all transcripts from the courses you finished so far. In case of admission you will receive a conditional admission letter which states that you still have to provide your B.Sc. certificate at latest when you enrol here in Stuttgart. Most of the German embassies or consulates will also require that you must have graduated from your B.Sc. programme once you apply for a student visa.
Can I still apply for your programme if my score in the English language test is below the admission requirement or if the date of my test is after the admission deadline?
The purpose of this admission requirement is a proof of sufficient knowledge of English language. If your score is below the admission requirement, you would face severe problems in our programme. Attending the lectures, reading books, calculating problems in the exercise lessons, writing reports in the lab course or writing up the master thesis and passing the oral examinations requires good skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking. This is why it is mandatory to prove sufficient English language skills by an official English test (usually TOEFL or IELTS). In case you are fulfilling all admission requirements but the English language test (either because your score was to low or you did not pass the test yet), you still can apply for the programme. In this case, we need an official proof of your seat reservation for the English test together with your application package. Please be aware, that an admission letter will not be issued, before we received the official English test score report. Your admission will be cancelled if you fail to reach the required score or if we receive your score report too late.
Do I have to present a TOEFL or equivalent test result if my prior education was in English language?
We do not generally accept letters or other certificates from universities which e. g. confirm that the language of instruction in the bachelor course was English. Up to our experience, the term language of instruction is used quite differently. Sometimes it just means that English textbooks were used, which obviously is not a proof of sufficient knowledge of English language of an applicant.
What about German language skills?
PHYSICS is totally taught in English language. Thus, German language skills are not required for your studies. However, for life outside the university basic knowledge of the German language is very important. Therefore, all admitted students with no sufficient knowledge of the German language (required level to get exempted: C1) are obliged to take German language classes during their studies. The courses are offered by the Office of International Affairs of the University of Stuttgart and is free of charge. The German language classes consist out of a six-week intensive German language course offered before the start of the first semester. Intercultural training, value information about life and studying in Stuttgart and several excursions make the course very valuable.
Do you require a GRE?
A GRE, General Test or Subject Test, are no admission requirement. However, good GRE scores can increase your admission chances.
The program starts in September with an intensive German language course, why is the application deadline already at the end of March?
Many of our applicants are international students. Most of them need a student visa to study in Germany. The visa-application process usually takes two month at least.
Can I submit a post-deadline application?
After the admission deadline passed, all applications will be evaluated by the admission committee and the best applicants will be admitted. Up to our experience, not all admitted students will join the programme. This means that we will be able to consider a certain amount of post-deadline applications. However, we strongly recommend submitting the application in time. If you plan to submit a post deadline application, you are strongly advised to contact us beforehand via email.
Can I submit my application package by email?
No, you have to send hardcopies of all required forms and documents.
What do you mean by "all the documents must be certified copies"?
A certified (photo) copy means that the German embassy, a government official, or university official attests with his signature and a seal that the copy was taken from the original document. We do not accept uncertified copies of the required documents.
What is the TOEFL institutional code of the University of Stuttgart?
The institutional code of the University of Stuttgart for the TOEFL is 0460 (please make sure that only this code and no other of the University of Stuttgart is used! Please ask ETS to directly send the TOEFL score to the University of Stuttgart. Please send in addition a copy of the score report by mail or email. In case you passed an IELTS it is sufficient to send a copy. We then will verify it by internet.