Eligibility requirements for the consideration of an application and application information
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IMPORTANT UPDATE (for applicants from India): The University of Stuttgart and the COMMAS Administration are aware of the issues created by the introduction of the APS certificate for Indian applicants. The applicants are requested to kindly proceed with the application procedure. In case they manage to obtain their APS certificates before the application deadline (15.02.2023), we request the applicants to upload the same on their C@MPUS application portals. In case the applicants do not receive their APS certificates before 15.02.2023, their applications would still be considered for evaluation. Depending on the result of their application, the applicants would need to submit the APS certificate during enrollment for winter term 2023/24. 

The application period for winter term 2024/25 starts on 15.11.2023 and ends on 15.02.2024.

Eligibility requirements

At University of Stuttgart, a regular graduate student is one who is registered for a program of advanced study and research leading to a post-graduate degree.

To be admitted as a regular graduate student, an applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college, university, or technical school of acceptable standing. Students in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted on the condition that their bachelor’s degrees are awarded before they enroll at COMMAS. General admission requirement: A school certificate authorizing the holder to enter a university or an authorization regarded as equivalent by the board of examination of COMMAS.

  1. G.C.E (O+A-Level), Baccalaureate, Lise Diplomasi, Apolyterion, Maturitaet, High School, Diploma, or other
  2. A Bachelor degree in Engineering or Natural Science or a related field, or a "Diplom" degree (U, FH, BA), or, a "Vordiplom" and examinations in additional core courses
  3. Test of English proficiency with reference to the following paragraph Language Requirements
  4. Applicants from China, Iran, Mongolia, and Vietnam please see the paragrpah Country Specific Requirements for further specific requirements

Applicants are evaluated by the COMMAS admission committee on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise. While high academic achievement does not guarantee admission, COMMAS expects such achievement or other persuasive evidence of professional promise. 

English is the language of instruction in all subjects within the COMMAS, and all papers and thesis work must be written in English. All applicants must present evidence of their ability to carry on their studies in English by submitting either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score reports.

Only official TOEFL or IELTS score reports are accepted. The scores have to be uploaded through C@mpus management portal along with your application.

1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
A minimum score of 79 (out of 120, IBT) is required. The COMMAS reporting code for TOEFL is 4573. All the information regarding the test can be seen on the TOEFL homepage. International students applying for graduate admission are encouraged to take the TOEFL no later than December 31st. Students wishing to take the test after that date might not being able to submit the scores prior to the application due date for COMMAS.
2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
A minimum score of 6.0 is required. IELTS exam measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills — listening, reading, writing, and speaking — for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication. To register for a test, visit


There are further specific requirements for applicants coming from India, the People's Republic of China (not including Hong Kong and Macao), Iran, Mongolian People's Republic, and Vietnam.

Applicants from India
  • Additional documents to be submitted:

    • APS - Certificate of the Academic Test Service of the German Embassy certifying that the application documents are genuine. For more details please visit the website of the Academic Test Service (Akademische Prüfstelle) of the German Embassy in India:
Applicants from China (not Hong Kong and Macao)
  • Authenticated certificate of the Central University Entrance Examination "gaokao" and
  • APS - Certificate of the Academic Test Service of the German Embassy in Beijing certifying that the application documents are genuine. For more details please contact the Academic Test Service (Akademische Prüfstelle) of the German Embassy in Beijing:

    Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) des Kulturreferates der Deutschen Botschaft, Peking
    Landmark Tower 2
    Büro 0311
    Chaoyang District
    8 Dongsanhuan Beilu
    100004 Beijing
Applicants from Iran

Additional documents to be submitted:

  • Authenticated certificate of University Entrance Examination (Konkur). Without this certificate, no admission letter may be issued.
Applicants from the Mongolian People's Republic

Additional documents to be submitted:

  • Authenticity confirmation of a completed study. It will be provided by the German embassy in the Mongolian People's Republic. However, the confirmation does not necessarily mean that your prior studies are recognized in Germany. For more details please contact the Academic Test Service (Akademische Prüfstelle) of the German Embassy.

    Deutsche Botschaft Ulan Bator
    Strasse der Vereinten Nationen
    PF: 708
Applicants from Vietnam

Additional documents to be submitted:

  • APS - Certificate of the Academic Test Service of the German Embassy certifying that the application documents are genuine. For more details please contact the Academic Test Service (Akademische Prüfstelle) of the German Embassy in Hanoi:

    Deutsche Botschaft in Hanoi
    29 Tran Phu
    Q. Ba Dinh


Online application

To ensure that your online application receives full consideration, all materials must be correctly uploaded in C@mpus portal . Please note that COMMAS program does not grant admission for summer semester. Applications for winter semester are accepted from November 15 to February 15. Regardless of the specific due date in February, we urge you to submit your online application as early as possible to avoid the any risk. 

The scanned copies of the following documents (orginal version or certified translations if they are not in English/German) are asked to be uploaded to the C@mpus portal by each applicants.

  • High-school Certificate or University Entrance Examination* (see note below)
  • University Degree Certificate (if studies are completed, otherwise provisional degree certificate or a document about status of your study from the university with the expected graduation date.)
  • Transcripts of Records of the bachelor studies** (see note below)
  • Cummilative Grade Point Average (CGPA) for the Bachelor's Degree *** (see note below)
  • Document explaining the Grading System
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letter of Motivation (no longer than 1-2 pages)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Official score reports of English proficiency tests (TOEFL IBT or IELTS Academic Test)
  • Country specific requirements for the applicants coming from India, China, Iran, Mongolia, Vietnam

* Please upload this document under the section "Higher Education Entrance Qualification" on the C@mpus portal.
** The Transcript of Records of the additional studies can be uploaded under the section "Certificates of Additional Degrees and Transcripts of Records" on the C@mpus portal.
*** If your university cannot provide CGPA for your studies, please prepare a document where you calculate your CGPA over all semester in clear steps and upload under the corresponding section on the C@mpus portal.


We urge student to take the required tests couple of months prior to applying for the COMMAS. All the supporting documents including test scores must be uploaded by the official deadline in February. After evaluating all the applications, we will inform you about admission/refusal of your application at latest in the first week of May.

A detailed guidline to apply to the COMMAS program via C@mpus portal can be downloaded by the following link given below. 


Fees, Charges and Scholarships

The Land of Baden-Württemberg has introduced tuition fees for a second degree (650 EUR / semester) and for students from non-European countries (1500 EUR / semester). 

For the detailed overview of living expenses, tuition and semester fees please follow the link below.

Fees and Charges in Detail

Special scholarship

Two special scholarships for COMMAS students are granted by Hilti, a company with strong research and development activities related to Computational Mechanics. Click the following link for more information:

Hilti scholarship


German Academic Exchange Service

Contact the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) office in your home country for information on scholarships. Information is available online at

Other sources of funding
Supports foreign students and graduates of all disciplines in Germany. It awards extensible one-year scholarships for students up to their first German degree and for graduates up to their doctorate. Requirements are particular qualifications in the respective academic field (e.g. through above-average school or study achievements), a commitment to social policy issues, personality.

Abteilung Studienförderung
Godesberger Allee 149
53170 Bonn, Germany
Supports program for talented students. In order to qualify for selection, applicants must have high academic talent, character qualities as well as fundamental liberal commitment to political and social issues. Support is initially awarded for one year, in case of concentrated studies up to a total of three years.

Institut für Forschung und Begabtenförderung
Königswinter Strasse 407
53639 Königswinter, Germany
Supports foreign graduates. In addition to the scholarships, which are, as a rule, awarded for two years, scholarship holders can also attend a study preparation language course.

Hanns-Seidel Förderungswerk
Lazarettstrasse 33
80636 München, Germany
Catholic Service for Foreign Students(KAAD)
The KAAD awards up to three-year scholarships to young graduates from countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The Support is on disciplines important to these countries. Conditions are above average qualification for the study project, sufficient proficiency in German, personal and character integrity, willingness and ability to actively support the basic objectives and commitment to return home after completing the degree. Applicants are proposed by KAAD partners’ organizations in the home country.

Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer Dienst (KAAD)
Hausdorffstrasse 151
53129 Bonn, Germany
Requirements are outstanding subject qualifications, an interest in social policy issues, good knowledge of German as well as willingness to return to the respective home country upon completion of the study project.

Rathausallee 12
53757 Sank Augustin, Germany

Further information

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