Germany is a great place to start your studies where universities such as Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Humboldt University of Berlin and Heidelberg University reside. All public institutions offer no tuition fees and pristine education quality ensured by the German Universities Excellence Initiative, a programme that aims to promote and support cutting-edge scientific research. Each year, more and more international students are granted admissions to these schools and Atlas aims to augment this trend even further.
At first glance, the application process can appear very complicated, as there are many different ways to apply to German universities. To begin with, German application process is decentralised meaning that some universities have their own built-in application system while other schools require to use Uni-Assist or Hochschulstart portal. Secondly, not only students are required to meet specific requirements (motivational letters, exams and interviews) of most competitive study programs such as Computer Science or Medicine but also to make sure they keep on track with strict deadlines when submitting necessary documents. The latter is utmost important since it requires transcript and exams translations as well as grades conversion with formal approval. Working with Atlas mentors, who have studied at the best universities in Germany and have been through this process before, you’ll be confident knowing that you’re getting the best help in choosing the right course, preparing the application documents on time and fulfilling all the requirements to the absolute best of your abilities.
As universities in Germany offer countless courses to choose from, it could be challenging to understand which course is the best one. Atlas mentors will help the student narrow down their list based on university and course rankings, personal experience of Atlas mentors and our organization's extended network of studying within these courses, the structure and nature of each course and how they fit the student’s needs, as well as other factors deemed relevant by the student and the mentor.
Atlas mentors will guide students through the entire application process to ensure that nothing is missed. Students will be informed about admission restrictions (“Zulassungsbeschränkung”), German language requirements, application documents, relevant deadlines, etc. As universities will only accept the application if it is complete, and reaches the higher education institution before the deadline, guidance is a crucial factor during this phase to ensure that nothing is amiss.
If motivational letter, Curriculum Vitae (CV) or an interview is required for the application, Atlas mentors will share examples of the best application documents seen throughout the years and will lead the student through a series of writing workshops, covering best practices and common mistakes. Moreover, working with mentors, students will have a chance to practice different interview styles and various types of questions.
Although studying at public universities in Germany is free of charge, the cost of living in cities such as Munich or Berlin is rising sharply. Since this can prove a challenge for many international students, different institutions and foundations in Germany offer students the opportunity to apply for financial support in the form of a scholarship. The scholarships offer large sums and there are plenty available. Atlas mentors received the most prestigious German scholarships, such as DAAD or Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and will help students to find the financial support needed to succeed.
In every aforementioned step and any additional help that might be needed, Atlas mentors will bring the latest insights and research from various publications, as well as conversations with direct contacts in university admissions offices, to the table, and ensure that the application will be well-received.
The German university package will not only help the student choose the right university programs and greatly enhance the student’s application, but will also improve the student’s critical thinking skills, and their ability to better present themselves in spoken and written English.
The student will be first matched with a mentor who best fits their profile. The student will then coordinate meeting times with the mentor and proceed with the consultations via Zoom or some other video conferencing platform of choice.
Before and after certain lessons, the students will receive handouts summarizing and expanding on the discussions during the lesson. They will help the students recall and build on what they have learned once the course has concluded.
Students and their parents will be able to contact the mentor teaching the course, as well as the wider Atlas team, at any point. The course materials, as well as any other communication relating to the course, will also be conveyed over email.
No two Atlas packages are the same - we tailor all our offers to meet the needs of each individual student, making sure that the student is provided with the right amount of help and not asked to pay for additional services they consider unnecessary in their particular case. Hence, we give our clients the chance to indicate which parts of the application process they need help with and provide a price quote for that package.