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Admission and application procedures

Admission results for winter term 2018/19 out!


By now, all successful applicants have been informed about their positive admission result via e-mail and their documents have been submitted to IAS. Admission letters will be issued during the week of 25th to 29th June.

In a second step the immigration office will issue the so-called "Sichtvermerke". This may take one or two weeks. As soon as both documents are available to the admissions office SSE, all our future students will be informed immediately via e-mail and receive scanned copies of these documents in advance!

Unsuccessful applicants will be informed step by step either by a status change in the online application portal or via e-mail. A few very good applicants are on a waiting list. We will contact them as soon as a seat is freed.

Admission requirements

You are in principle eligible for the Master Program SSE if you fulfill the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor degree in engineering or science with a total of 180 ECTS and 3 years of duration at least (Asia and MENA regions: usually four years).
  • 120 ECTS of your Bachelor's must be engineering- and natural science-related subjects (such as Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics etc.). This precondition is usually fulfilled for example by electrical and mechanical engineers, but can also be fulfilled by graduates of similar programs such as environmental engineering, process (chemical) engineering, materials science, and energy engineering. The admission committee will decide about the suitability of your previous degree (i.e. whether or not it has prepared you well) for the SSE Master program.
  • Outstanding performance (final CGPA >80% or 3,5/4 or 2,5/6 (Germany)). The "cut-off grade" of the Master SSE is 2.5 on a German scale.
  • Advanced English language skills at the level of B2 CEFR (to be proven with an accepted certificate such as TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE). Note: When you take the TOEFL test, the best you can do is to let them know our DI code which is 7125. In this way you make sure that we can double-check your test results online in the ETS database.


No further documents than mentioned are required for application. Therefore, do not send GRE, GATE, motivation letter, work references, CV, pictures or any other certificates and documents. German language is also not required for this program.

The Master program SSE has limited places to offer every year; thus, your admission always also depends on the number of excellent applicants you compete with.

All documents must be submitted as certified hard copies (notarized hard copies) by the deadline May 15th. Normal hard copies and applications via e-mail are not accepted. Save yourself the time and money and send certified copies directly instead of waiting for our e-mail request to do so. Without complete certified copies you will not participate in the selection process.

For any questions you might have, please turn to the FAQ site.

If you speak German, you may also read the official admission statute (Auswahlsatzung).

Application procedure

Step 1.

From 20 March, 2pm, on you can apply for the coming winter semester via the online application portal. Register with a valid e-mail address, fill in all necessary personal data, print the pdf document created by the portal at the very end, sign it and send it by mail (not by e-mail) to the address below mentioned - together with the following documents:

  1. A certified/notarized and (if necessary) translated copy (German or English) of your undergraduate  degree. If you have not yet completed your undergraduate studies: a certified transcript of records showing all courses and credits taken so far and all grades obtained as well as the current overall average grade (CGPA or similar).
  2. A certified/notarized and (if necessary) translated copy (German or English) of your transcript of records showing all courses and credits taken and all grades obtained as well as the final overall average grade (CGPA or similar).
  3. A certified/notarized proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate). For details see below*
  4. Information about the grading system at your University is of benefit. We calculate your final grade on a German scale via the so-called bavarian formula. For this, we need the maximum grade you can get at your University as well as the minimum to pass. For example, the best grade you can get at a University in Germany is 1 and the minimum to pass is 4. 5 and 6 are fail.
  5. APS certificate (only for applicants having studied in China, Mongolia or Vietnam)


Additional documents that can be useful to submit: Diploma Supplement (if available).

Please do not send any other documents or photos! If possible, please submit all documents in a loose format. In other words, those documents which are not stapled due to being notarized/certified, please do not staple them!

* Language certificate:

  • The following English language certificates are accepted: TOEFL; Academic IELTS; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English.
  • The minimum IELTS score (academic IELTS) required is 6.0. The minimum TOEFL score (internet-based) required is 79.
  • IELTS and TOEFL scores may be sent by the testing center directly to the University of Freiburg, Faculty of Engineering (institutional code 7125 for ETS; the address for IELTS is the same as for your application). Alternatively, you may send a certified/notarized hard copy.
  • Only native speakers from the U.S.A., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada or students who studied and completed their Bachelor's in one of these countries are exempted from submitting an English language certificate. A confirmation that the medium of instruction at your University was English is not sufficient.


Step 2.

A few days after we have received your documents you will get an e-mail from the system confirming receipt of documents (status change). Please refrain from asking whether we have received your documents unless at least one week has passed.

Step 3.

If any of your documents are missing and there is still time, we will inform you about that fact.

Step 4.

The Admission Committee members will evaluate all applications and will meet in the first or second week of June 2018. Selected applicants and applicants on the waiting list will be notified via e-mail asap after the meeting. We will ask you for a reaction, so please check your e-mails during this time. Please refrain from asking about your status as we will contact you.

Step 5.

The official admission letter ("Zulassungsbescheid") will be sent to you via regular mail ca. two-three weeks later (if you got admitted) after your documents have been checked formally again by the central admission services (an additional body next to us) and it will take a while depending on the logistical service in your country until it reaches you. We will also send a scanned copy of that letter to you via e-mail as soon as we can.

Applicants on the waiting list will be informed as soon as a seat gets available for them.

Rejections will be declared through the online portal system (your status will change to “admission not possible”) and will be sent officially a few weeks later via regular mail, too.


Application period and deadline

Application will be possible from March, 20th (2pm MEZ/CET), until May 15, 2018. This deadline applies to all (EU and non-EU) applicants, including German citizens. This deadline applies also to all documents. It is not possible to send, for example, English language certificates later. This is because the admission process starts on May 16th and will include only applicants with complete applications.



Eva Otto (M.A.)

Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) / INATECH
Emmy-Noether-Straße 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 203 54010

Visiting address:
Solar Info Center (SIC)
Emmy-Noether-Straße 2
2. Level North
79110 Freiburg

Consultation hours for students and applicants on site:

by appointment.