Question: Is this program fully taught in English?
The Master program is fully taught in English except for the two required-elective General Studies modules (such as languages, humanities, sociology etc.) which are mainly taught in German. However some of them are also available in English.
Question: Are there any tuition fees to study this program?
There are no tuition fees, you have to pay an administration fee of about 300-350 € per semester only.
Question: What is the duration of studies?
The regular duration of studies is three semesters, i.e. 1.5 years. This includes two semesters of lectures and labs and one semester for the Master's thesis. If you do not study full-time, e.g. because of a part-time job, the duration will be longer of course. Also, if you have to do additional modules (see application and admission), the duration will be longer of course, as well.
Question: If I graduated from a University where the program was in English, do I still need a prove of my English proficiency level?
If you have a proof from your University that this program was taught in English, another certificate is not required.
Question: My bachelor is not in the field of Electrical Engineering, Commmuncations Engineering, Computer Engineering, or the like. Am I yet eligible to apply for your master's program?
Formally, there are no requirements for the Master Information and Communications as regards the technical subjects of the bachelor program. However, in order to be able to follow the required modules you should have some knowledge (or at least a major interest to catch up your knowledge) on all the required fields that are covered by this major: Digital Signal Processing, Digital Signal Transmission, and Network Engineering. Along with these courses, there are two required modules on Software Engineering and Stochastics which you have to pass. The remaining courses can be elected according to your preferences.
Question: Is it possible to do a pre-check of my application documents?
This is not possible in the University. For our international students, the documents will be checked by UNIASSIST e.V., see application and admission. In any case, there is no other requirement for admission other than a first Bachelor degree with at least 180 credits (acc. to the European credit point system) which usually corresponds to 3.5 - 4 years of studying overseas, and a certificate of your English language skills.
Question: Is there a minimum grade point average (GPA) for admission?
No, there is no minimum GPA for admission? However, if there will be a limitation of places in the program, principally the "best" applicants (according to their GPA) will be admitted.
Question: Is there any admission restriction, e.g. restricted number of places, or will all those students who fulfill the entrance requirements be admitted?
In WS2018/19, there was no such limitation on the number of places. It may be that there is for WS2019/20. This is yet to be decided by the Berlin senate, and we will be informed in May only.
Question: Is a master's degree beneficial for my application, e.g. if its GPA is better than my bachelor's GPA, can be considered?
No, your Master degree will not be of any relevance. The decisive GPA (if at all) is the one of your qualifying Bachelor's degree.
Question: Is any work experience, letter of recommendation or a motivation letter beneficial for my application?
No, such information will not be considered in the admission process.
Question: When and how can I apply for this program?
You can apply between April 15 and June 15 for the winter term 2019/20. Please find all the information regarding application and admission here. Please note that international students have to apply via UNIASSIST e.V. Since UNIASSIST e.V. requires about three weeks for checking the documents, I urgently recommend applying as soon as possbile, at least in May, to not delay the application process!
Question: When and how do I receive notification about my admission?
You should receive notification about your admission approximately at the end of June / beginning of July by email.
Question: How is the process after having been admitted?
You will be informed about this process in a letter received with your admission. This letter will set out what you have to do. Usually, the process is as follows but this is non-binding information only: You just have to pay the semester fee and confirm in writing (electronically at least) that you accept the place within a given time frame (of about 2-3 weeks). Finally, if you are not resident in Germany already you have to enroll personally at the University before the semester starts (typically, by the end of September) at latest, showing your permanent residence permit and a health insurance certifcate. If you do not enroll personally, your admission is cancelled.
Question: Is it possible to defer admission after having been accepted in the program?
Such deferral is not possible. As explained above you must enroll personally in the University before the semester starts. Also, you have to start your studies "without delay" which means, you do not necessarily have to attend all the courses; however, according to the framework study and exam regulations you have to gain 30% of the required credits, i.e. must pass four (out of twelve) modules at least within the first year of studying. If you do not get this required amount of credits you will not be ex-matriculated immediately, however, you have to agree a binding course of your future studies.