FAQs

About the pro­gram

The ECE program has a duration of 3 semesters (one and a half years) including Master thesis. ECE program complies with the ECTS (Bologna Process) which stipulates 90 credits of course work for a master degree. Hence, our master program takes three semesters divided into 30 credits per semester. The first two semesters are foreseen for course works and the last semester for the master thesis.

Applicants who wish to enter the program with less than 210 credits from their undergraduate studies (e.g. from universities of applied sciences or with B.Eng. degree) might need to earn credits from qualification modules (cf. § II.5 of our accredited exam regulations).

There is no tuition fee. However, the so-called semester fee is about 300.- Euro per semester (subject to change) and includes administration services, free use of local public transport and reduced meals at the refectory.

The complete expenses of the program (including accomodation, semester fees, food, health insurance, public transport etc.) for three semesters amount to about 15,300 EURO at least. Clearly, the exact sum depends on the individual way of living, price levels etc. For more information on living costs in Kassel visit Studierendenwerk Kassel. It is important that you are able to cover these expenses. German foreign authorities do not grant student visa without proof of sufficient financial means. The proof may be provided by ONE of the following:

disclosure of parents’ income and assets OR

a binding declaration of the parents to the German consular representative or the corresponding office that they will pay the expenses of the student OR

the placement of a deposit in a frozen bank account in Germany OR

a proof of a scholarship (apply e.g. at the DAAD) OR

the annually renewed placement of a bank letter of guarantee with a bank in Germany.

Furthermore, you must show evidence that you have a health insurance to cover corresponding expenses in Germany.

There is no tuition fee from fall 2008 onwards. The so-called semester fee is about 300 € per semester (subject to change) and includes administration services, free use of local public transport and reduced meals at the refectory.

The ECE is ASIIN accredited until 2022. For more information about the ASCIIN accreditation, please refer to the ASIIN homepage.

Since the major changes of the ECE program in 2008, there is no relevant ranking yet. As soon as the ranking carried out by the Center for Higher Education development (CHE) is available, it will be published on the ECE web site.

Ap­plic­a­tion

Deadlines:

  • July 15 for winter term, i.e. start of studies in October
  • January 15 for summer term, i.e. start of studies in April.

The application rate is substantially higher than the acceptance rate. Only very few applicants can be accepted.

The application rate is substantially higher than the acceptance rate. Only very few applicants can be accepted.

(make sure to follow our guideline on the application link)

  1. Certified photocopies of all official transcripts
  2. Copy of your TOEFL/IELTS score in case neither English is your mother tongue nor have your undergraduate courses been given exclusively in English
  3. A confirmation of your university in case your undergraduate courses been given exclusively in English
  4. Copy of your German language exam if available and German is not your mother tongue
  5. A statement of objectives where you state in your own words why you choose to apply for the M.Sc. program in Electrical Communication Engineering and what you expect from it
  6. Two recommendation letters in separately sealed envelopes.

Please note that you have to send all documents via Uni-Assist. We do not accept ANY documents via e-mail.

Uni-assist expects all application documents to be send as certified copies. Do NOT send originals. Uni-assist scans all documents and stores them electronically. If you have to send originals make sure to contact uni-assist to return them to you (individual request needed). Otherwise your documents will be destroyed after two years.

If documents like Bachelor degree certificate and TOEFL are not ready at the point of application, you can upload them later to the Uni-Assist server after you received them.

With a German Bachelor degree, you do not have to apply via uni-assist, but via the online services of the University of Kassel. Follow the instructions given here.

ECE applicants need to fulfill a GPA of 2.5 according to the so-called "Bavarian Fomula" as an entrance requirement to be admitted into the program. Find a convenient conversion fomular here.

  • TOEFL: 550 (paper-based), 220 (computer-based) and 76 (internet based)
  • IELTS (6.5)

Note that the TOEFL/IELTS are required only if your studies were not in English. In case your undergraduate courses been given exclusively in English, you can send a letter from your University stating that your undergraduate studies were in English.

Please, note that  ETS will send your TOEFL certificate directly to uni-assist if you quote the uni-assist TOEFL institution code 2727 when doing the test. You can rest assured that your TOEFL score will be uploaded to your ECE application at the University of Kassel automatically.

No, the GRE is not necessary anymore in case of a program start from winter semester 2016/17 onwards.

The ECE program is taught entirely in English. However, ECE program offers a 6-credit module ''Social Communication'' which teaches German language in cooperation with Dialog Institute. The social communication module is an introductory level German language course  (A2) which serves for better integration of ECE students upon graduation into the German professional and private environments. Thus, applicants do not require any German language skills before entering the program.

If the student proves knowledge of German (level A2) when taking up his studies, the student does not need to attend the module "Social Communications". Instead, additional examinations totalling 6 credits from the list of modules given in §6 clause 1 have to be passed. Please see ECE exam regulations.

Or­gan­iz­a­tional

Advice is given to both prospective students as well as to students already enrolled in the ECE program.

Prospective students: Our international tutors ECE will be happy to answer any inquiries you may have under intece@uni-kassel.de. They will stay in touch with applicants in order to

  • get a feedback about the application status
  • advice applicants on questions about their coming to Kassel, administrative issues etc.
  • support the ECE alumni database and ECE website.

Enrolled students: Our ECE Students4Students

  • advice their fellow students on questions about registration procedures for exams, about premises at University of Kassel (libraries, refectory etc.)
  • organize extra-curricular activities and provide support (e.g. excursions)
  • organize ECE specific evaluation schemes

On Mondays, 09:30h – 12:30h, contact our service counter at the student services’ premises Wilhelmshöher Allee 73, Room 1324. The e-mail addresses are as follows:

ECE Office: ece[at]eecs.uni-kassel[dot]de

Students4Students: studi4studi-ece[at]eecs.uni-kassel[dot]de

  • For winter semester Intake: arrival by beginning of October.
  • For summer semester Intake: arrival by beginning of April.

Please follow the current information of the University on the special conditions caused by the Corona pandemic at https://www.uni-kassel.de/uni/en/aktuelles/aus-der-hochschule/corona-current-information.

Calendar for Intake Winter Semester 2021:

Orientation week takes place from October 11 to 15, 2021 (prospectively). For further details see:

https://www.uni-kassel.de/uni/en/international-service/coming-to-kassel/studying-in-kassel/an-orientation-week-to-welcome-our-international-students/.

The ECE info meeting will take place on Monday, Ocotber 18, 2021 at 10:00 am. Depending on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic the meeting will take place in presence mode in room 1328/WA 73 or in online mode or hybrid..

ECE lectures start on Thursday, Ocotber 21, 2021.

Winter term lectures will be shown by September 2021 in the HIS-LSF.

Our orientation week (Orientierungswoche or just O-Woche, as it is often referred to) is made up of a program of information sessions, tours and events designed to help you get to know the university and the city, and to give you general information about how to get started with your courses. It will also give you the chance to meet other international students in other courses. Make sure to register for the orientation week, which will take place from April 4 to 9, 2022. More details and the form to register is available on the website of the orientation week.

The introductory days at the faculty will give you the chance to get to know your future fellow students, professors and administrative staff at the premises of the ECE.

Information sessions and tours will provide important information. You will be introduced to teachers, courses, examination system, laboratories, libraries etc. The ECE info meeting will let you know how to get started with the ECE program, the modules and give you detailed infos on course schemes, regulations, exams etc.

The ECE info meeting will take place on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 10:00 am in online mode via ZOOM. Admitted students will receive the link by email in due time. The detailed info flyer for more information is now available for download in due time. Regular ECE lectures for ECE newcomers will start on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. The lecture planning system HIS-LSF will show summer term lectures by March 2022.

For housing and accommodation please refer to studierendenwerk-kassel homepage. Clearly, you can also contact landlords directly which usually results in higher rents most of the time.

Upon your arrival in Kassel, you will have to officially register with the city of Kassel and with the university. When this process is complete, and your semester fee of 290 Euros has been paid, you have to activate your university account through this link:

https://userapp.its.uni-kassel.de/sspr/public/activate?locale=en

an account number (uk******) will be generated for you, and the student ID will be sent to you by post to the address you have mentioned in your enrollment form.

For accessing internet through "eduroam" please check this link:

https://www.uni-kassel.de/its/dienstleistungen/mobiler-netzanschluss/wlan-eduroam/anleitungen

ECE students enrolled in WS 2017/18 and onwards register via HIS-LSF and ECE students enrolled in SS 2017 or before register via OKA. All students apply for a seat in labs, seminars and others via HIS-LSF.

  1. Referring to the OKA you can find information about registering for exams here.
  2. Referring to HIS-LSF you can find information about registering for exams here.
  3. Referring to the HIS-LSF you can find information about applying for a seat in practical trainings and seminars here.

The university runs the Hochschulsport Kassel which provides facilities for various sports including football, table tennis, squash, lawn tennis, etc. Membership to the Hochschulsport is free for students, however, a small fee is charged for special sports such as judo, karate, dance, etc. For more info please visit Hochschulsport homepage.

Students with children under certain conditions may apply for so-called "Kindergeld" and "Elterngeld" (benefits for children and parents). For details refer to the infos provided on the website of the University's Studierendenwerk

https://www.studierendenwerk-kassel.de/en/children/financing-with-children/financial-support-for-students-with-kids/

Direct links in German for "Familienkasse" are available , cf. (in German)

https://www.arbeitsagentur.de/en/financial-support

and for so-called "Elterngeld", cf.

https://familienportal.de/familienportal/meta/languages/family-benefits/parental-allowance-141952

Find information regarding the new german law on the right of residence here.

For written exams you still have one last chance by applying for the supplementary oral exam at the latest within 4 weeks after the failed exam in writing to the examination board of ECE (through student services EECS).

Sample of the letter you should write: 

"I, (first name Last name), (Student ID), hereby apply for an oral supplementary exam according to §18 of the General Regulations Bachelor/Master University of Kassel in the exam (name of the exam), (exam code which you can find in OKA or HISPOS)."