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Admission and application procedures

The admission process for winter term 2018/19 is closed!


The admission process for the intake in winter term 2019 will start in March 2019.

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 may 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, academic IELTS, Pearson PTE Academic, 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. Without a complete set of 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 March 2019 (exact date tba), on you can apply for winter semester 2019 via the online application portal. Register with a valid e-mail address, fill in all necessary personal data correctly, 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/notarized transcript of records showing all courses and credits taken so far and all grades/marks 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/marks 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 further below*
  4. Information about the grading and credit 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. We also need information about the credit system (work load & credits) at your University, respectively in your country, in order to transfer your credits into ECTS credits.
  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 should 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.
  • Native speakers from the U.S.A., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada and 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 may be sufficient if you provide an official proof of this information. Ideally, a clear statement is written on your transcript of records. Note that a letter from a Professor is not sufficient. It needs to be a statement/letter written by an official administrative institution of your University such as the examinations committee or the dean.


Step 2.

A few days after we have received your documents you will get an automatic 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 2019. Selected applicants 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. three weeks later (if you got admitted) after your documents have been checked formally by international admission services IAS (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.

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 2019, until May 15, 2019. 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

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.