FAQ: Frequent Questions and Answers
Question 1: Will I qualify for your program with my ECTS?
Please do NOT send me a bunch of PDF certificates / transcripts!! I will not look at them because I receive tons of certificate PDFs = too much!
Instead, make a list like this:
MATH / STATISTICS: => usually 4 courses needed
- Math 1 -> hours per week / 5 ECTS
- Statistics 2 -> hours per week / 8 ECTS
- Probability 3 -> hours per week / 4 ECTS
- Linear Algebra 4 -> hours per week / 5 ECTS
- TOTAL: 22
COMPUTER SCIENCE: => usually 5 courses needed
- Programming 1 -> hours per week / 4 ECTS
- Software Engineering -> hours per week / 5 ECTS
- Databases 3 -> hours per week / 6 ECTS
- Programming 2 -> hours per week / 5 ECTS
- Software Project -> hours per week / 5 ECTS
- TOTAL: 25
And I will comment. But you will see by yourself probably ;-)
Also: attach this to your post to your uni-assist application!
Please note: at least 75% of all ECTS for each CS and Math must be proven by University courses! Do them as a guest student at your local university now! The rest (=25%) can be done via coursera, udemy, etc. where certificates are issued. Your Bachelor Thesis can also be taken into account if it has a math/statistics or computer science part. But it is not possible to do the required ECTS later!
Again: Any work or personal experience in Data Science, Math or Computer Science can NOT be taken into account by law! AND: It is not allowed bye law to get admission and then do the missing ECTS!
Question 2: Is there a GPA limit? How do you select?
First we check if the ECTS are ok. Then we do have no fixed GPA limit. But then we must take the GPA equivalent of the Bachelor (not Master!) into account if we have too many applicants (and we have) by selecting the best. Last years it was better then 1.5! But it highly depends on the number of applicants! Typically we have >500 applicants on 22 seats!
Question 3: What about the tuition fee for this Master?
This master has no tuition fee. According to the German law most public University courses are free. However there is a small fee on stake for uni-assist if you apply and our University has a small fee for registration and the public transportation for each semester (around 330€).
Question 4: How many places are available each year?
We only have 22 seats each year starting in October. So make sure to apply for one if you have a very good grade (see FAQ #2). But of course we do plan to increase the capacity subsequently in the next years.
Question 5: Is there a list of centers for language certification?
- more to follow here...
Question 6: Is this a full time and class room Master?
Yes. You have roughly 6 courses (each 4 hours) a week. See the curriculum. The courses are class room courses.
Question 7: I can not find your Data Science Master in UNI-Assist?!
Use the menü item "search study offer" and choose: [qualification->Master],[University interested in, Berlin, Berliner Hochschule für Technik] and in the free field below enter 'Data-Science'! Klick 'Start Search' and we apprear.
Question 8: I have a question concerning UNI-ASSIST?
Please read the respective FAQ.
Question 9: Is this Master open for all international Students?
Yes, it is.
Question 10: I had some English in School and some English courses at the university. Is this a sufficient B2 English equivalent?
It is unfortunately not. Only a complete English School or a complete English Bachelor (instruction language English) could be taken into account. Or B2 on the school certificate (as stated in the OZI).
Or a normal B2 certificate as written in the admission & application section.
Question 12: Please can you tell me about my application status? (I need it fast for my VISA process).
Unfortunately this is not our task and sometimes we even do not know! The Beuth Administration (Studienverwaltung) will decide who is in and who not and will inform the lucky ones. The letters of acceptance will be sent mostly in July (partially via Email, so check your SPAM folder)! Unfortunately there might be no notification in case of rejection. So if you have not received anything till August you have unfortunately not been selected. Hence please do not ask about the status. Thanks! Nevertheless we might try to post the initial letters of the accepted students on this homepage if we receive the list.
Question 13: I have a Bachelor that is not Computer Science or Math / Statistics. Is this a problem?
No! We only require the respective ECTS. Hence looking at the knowledge and not at the way you went. Please read the admission and application section again.
Question 14: Will this Master qualify me for a Ph.D. program? When will the accreditation be?
The Master is accredited from Oktober 2019 till 2027! And it will qualify to apply for a Ph.D. Program.
But to find a Ph.D. job position is hard. There are only a few available at the universities...
Question 15: Do I need a motivation or recommendation letter or statement of purpose or a CV?
No, please do not insert this. We are not allowed to take this into account! We believe you have the best intentions! And we do have no time to read this. The law only allows to take your Bachelor, your ECTS and your English into account! Some students upload CVs that are 300-400 pages long. This is crazy... no one can read this and it is flooding our accounts with Gigabytes... Add the ECTS list to the minimal required documents and everything is fine.
Question 16: What are the typical obstacles when applying for a visa?
A) The VISA can take quite long and you should be in Berlin till September to start the first semester!
B) Normally you need to prove financial stability which normally is a 8.700€ on a blocked bank account.
Question 17: Are there any internships or fundings where I can apply in connection to this Master?
Question 18: Can you send my application documents back?!
No we can't. We requested copies and we receive several thousand applications a year.
Normally they could be PDF anyway.
Question 21: What is the course language?
English. See our homepage, first sentence.
Question 22: Uni-Assist writes that the Master is also starting in the summer?!
This is wrong. We only offer in the Wintersemester!
Question 23: My final Bachelor Certificate will be available after the admission deadline. What can I do?
Unfortunately nothing. According to the University laws, all certificates must be ready on admission time. (only Beuth Students and possibly Berlin / German students can apply and bring certificatges later).
Question 24: OK, on the homepage I read that the master is told in English. But uni assist writes that I need German or a German certificate?!
No German or German certificate is needed! (but we would be happy if you learn out of your own interest). We contacted the Beuth Web Team to insert an exception mentioned on this page.
Question 26: Is German language proficiency required upon enrolment?
No. We will be happy if you learn German and take some courses when you are in Berlin. But as written on the front page: This is an international master and all courses will be held in English.
Question 27: Is there any scholarship for this Master?
No. Nothing at BHT that we are aware of. There might be other official scholarships as DAAD, but you must be accepted first (see FAQ #8 and FAQ #9)!
Question 28: Is this a full time master or can it be done part time?
This master is full time and full time is highly recommended as we need students finish fast.
Nevertheless we have seen exceptions where hard working students may work part time (only the amount which is allowed by German law) and finished the master in time.
Question 29: What if I get accepted?
You should write an Email fast to sedlich(at)bht-berlin.de to get additional helpful information!
Question 30: Is there any special help for students from India, China and Vietnam?
Yes. There is now also an additional academic testing center in New Delhi (to those already existing in Vietnam and China). Have a look here: www.aps-india.de And apply early!!