Application FAQs

Q - Can I apply to more than one graduate program?

A - We prefer it if our applicants have a clear goal in view when they choose a master's program, but should it happen that applicants are qualified for and interested in more than one of our programs, then they may apply to more than one program. 

Q - Do I have to send in a complete application for each program?

A - No, applicants fill out one online application only, and show that they would like to apply for more than one application by prioritising clearly on the entrance page of the online application. Please note that the "priority 1" application will be given clear preferential treatment. 

Q - Do I have to send in an application package for each program?

A - Applicants send in only the application package for their priority 1 application.

GMAT / GRE

Q - Do MBA applicants have to take the GMAT or GRE test?

A - Yes. In order to be considered for acceptance to the MBA program, all students, regardless of their country of origin or their education and work background, must take the GMAT or GRE test. This serves as one of our main criteria of ranking students from different countries and different educational and marking systems. Please see www.mba.com for test sites. Our GMAT code: TJ2-P4-65.

Our GRE code: 7004.

Q - If I take the GMAT or GRE twice, which score is considered?

A - We consider the higher score.

Transcripts and diplomas

Q - Can I send scanned copies of my transcripts and diplomas?

A - No, we require transcripts and diplomas to be originals or certified copies.

Q - Where can I get my photocopies certified?

A - In most countries, you can get photocopies certified at your local town hall, or equivalent official institution. Most universities, your German consulate or a notary public will also certify copies.

Q - Do you accept transcripts and diplomas in foreign languages?

A - We accept transcripts and diplomas in English and German. Documents in any other languages would need to be translated by certified translators.

Q - What are "credit points"?

A - Credit points are a way of calculating the weighting of a course that you take. Courses with more hours per week are worth more credits points than courses with fewer hours per week. Credit points can be calculated as follows: 14 course hours = 1 credit point. Credit points for each course should be listed on your bachelor's transcript, next to percentage or mark. Sometimes, credit points are simply called "credits".

German language knowledge

Q - Do I need to be able to speak German in order to apply?

A - Please read this information on our German language requirements. You may of course apply, but please be aware that a basic knowledge of the German language, equivalent to CEFr Level A1 is a prerequisite for our programs and that the demonstration of this knowledge is definitely positive during the application process.

English language knowledge / TOEFL test

Q - Do I need to take the TOEFL test?

A - If your mother tongue is English OR you have completed your bachelor's degree entirely in English, you do NOT need the TOEFL test.
If neither of these applies, then you do need to take either the TOEFL or an equivalent English language test. This is necessary to ensure that students will be able successfully to follow our courses. Please see our requirements for full details on which tests we accept.

Q - Where can I take the TOEFL test?

A- On the internet site www.toefl.org you will find listings of test centres in your country. Please note that our university code is 1680.

Q - Can I send a photocopy of my language test?

A - No, we require the original test result.

Q - Can I take the TOEFL test after the application deadline?

A - No, you should have taken the test at the very latest by the application deadline, and inform us of your score as soon as possible. The earlier we have all your data, the earlier we can evaluate your application.

During the application period, the application attachments can be downloaded from the programme sites, under "How to Apply".

Q - Which application forms should I use?

A - We need our applicants to fill out the Esslingen Graduate School application attachment forms that they find on our website, as well as our online application. Any other application forms (from the DAAD or any agencies in your home country) have different, less particular questions on them and are not acceptable.

Attachment 1A&B: Recommendation Form

Q - Does the Letter of Recommendation have to be on the Esslingen form?

A - Yes, the Letter or Recommendation has to be on the Esslingen form.

Q - Is it ok if both of my references are from professors?

A - Yes, this is acceptable if you have no other choice.

Q - What does "recommended without reservation" mean?

A - It means recommended wholeheartedly, absolutely. The recommender is completely sure that you are very well suited.

Q - What does "recommended with reservation" mean?

A - It means generally recommended but the recommender is not sure that you are very well suited.

Q - My professor does not have a business card and stamp. Is it mandatory to submit the card or is there any other option?

A - If your professor does not have a business card and stamp, then you must send the recommendation form without. However, please provide us in this case with a university web address showing the position of this professor, as well as an email address and a phone number, as your recommendation will then need to be verified.

Q - Can I send a photocopy of the Letter of Recommendation?

A - No, we require an original in a sealed envelope, with the referee's signature on the seal.

Attachment 2: Transcript Evaluation Form

Q - What is the Transcript Evaluation Form?

A - The Transcript Evaluation Form is a part of our application attachments. You need to have it filled out by the registrar of the university from which you graduated. This enables us to compare your transcript more easily with those of other applicants to our programs.

Q - The registrar of our university refused to sign the Transcript Evaluation Form. What should I do?

A - If you do not have this form filled out, it is far more difficult for us to evaluate your standing. However, if it is unavoidable, please note this on page 1 of the data report that you print out at the end of your online application.

Attachment 3: Essays / Letter of Motivation

Q - Is it mandatory for the Letter of Motivation to be typed on the form provided? Can it be more than one page? Is there any restriction as to length?

A - Yes, it is mandatory for the Letter of Motivation to be typed on the form provided in the Application Attachments. It cannot be longer than the allowed length, which is restricted to 2000 hits. Please note that originality is the most important factor of the letter of motivation.

Attachment 4: Curriculum Vitae

Q - Does my curriculum vitae have to be on the Esslingen Application Attachments form?

A - Yes, your Curriculum Vitae has to be on the Application Attachment form.

Q - Will I have a higher chance of admission if I have worked with a renowned company ?

A - There are a number of criteria for admission to our programs, but although working with a renowned company is definitely impressive, it is not one of our criteria.

Q - Will I have a higher chance of admission if I have won several awards for engineering projects?

A - There are a number of criteria for admission, but although having won awards is definitely impressive, it is not one of our criteria.

Q - I have forgotten to write my Program ID number on all my documents. Is this a problem?

A - Yes, it is a problem, especially if you have sent these documents separately from your main application. Your ID-Number is a necessary assistance in identifying documentation. Should you nonetheless forget to write it on any of your documents, please inform us of this as soon as possible.

Q - Can I send forms separately from the application package?

A - Please wait until your application is complete and then mail everything together in one package. If your recommender insists on sending the letter of recommendation separately, then we will accept that.

Q - Should I enclose each document in a separate envelope?

A - No, definitely not. Only the recommendation letters should be in sealed envelopes, everything else should be loose.

Q - My friend is also applying to your programs. Can we send our applications together in order to save postage costs?

A - Yes, as long as each application is in its own folder / envelope, so that it is easily identifiable.

Q - Which courier service should I use?

A - Whichever one is considered reliable in your country.

Q - Will my papers be returned to me?

A - No documents will be returned to you.

Q - Will I receive a confirmation that you have received the application?

A - Yes, we do send out notifications of receipt. However, due to the very high number of applications received every year, notifying each applicant is a lengthy process. Applications are processed, and feedback is given, as quickly as possible.

Q - When will I hear about my status?

A - Because we have a very high number of applicants for our programs, we cannot give you regular status updates. After the confirmation that your application has arrived, you will not hear from us until 8 weeks after the application deadline.

A student's acceptance to a program can not be deferred to another year.

Any student wishing to re-apply to a program must submit a complete new application.

There are no application fees, but please see the next question for information on programme fees.

Q - Are there application fees for the Esslingen MBA?

A - To date there are no application fees.

Q - How high are the study fees?

A - Students are required to pay study fees and an enrollment fee totalling approximately €1,400 per semester. The enrollment fee includes various services offered by the student union: for example, reasonably priced cafeteria food; and free public transport on the entire Stuttgart transit system in evenings and at week-ends. Fees are due before the term begins and are paid by bank debit.

Please see our "Expenses and Fees" section for all incurring fees.

A - To date there are no application fees.

Q - How high are the study fees?

A - The study fees for the M.Eng. programmes are 1,500 € per semester, which makes 4,500 € for the three semesters.

Please see our "Expenses and Fees" section for all incurring fees.

Q - What can I do if I have filled out something wrong in the online application and cannot correct it?

A - Please print out the data report and make your changes, easily visible, by hand.

MBA: 15 October - 31 May
M.Eng.: 15 October - 31 March

Admissions: 6 weeks after the application deadline.

Please send in complete applications only, in one package.

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