...what we are often asked about IUSD

Frequently asked questions

The teaching and communication language of all IUSD Masters' Programs is English.

Only IELTS (general or academic, min. band 6) or TOEFL (min. score 550 paper based, 213 computer based, 79 internet based) are accepted.   

The language of instruction and communication in all IUSD degrees is English. No German language certificates are required.

Due to the short application period it may be difficult for applicants to take a TOEFL or IELTS test before the application deadline. If so, applicants are asked to provide any proof of language proficiency they have. For example, applicants can include a confirmation from their university if English was the medium of instruction; from their employer stating that English is the medium of work; or any other certificates from language schools or institutional testing programs. This does not replace the TOEFL or IELTS test. In addition, interviews will be conducted in English and applicants need to prove their communication skills. For the IUSD MSc programs, it is not necessary to send the results directly via the TOEFL homepage with the University of Stuttgart/Ain Shams University Code. Please wait for your hardcopy or digital results and upload them on the application portal. 

If you would like to study IUSD only in one of both partner universities and not the double degree, you should just apply in the referring university. Please find the relevant information here.

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The portfolio is limited to 6 pages (this includes the cover page, "double side" does not exist in online documents, six sides are six pages).

We are aware, that not all professions can present an illustrated portfolio as architects and/or planners are used to prepare. But the portfolio should inform us about all projects, professional, extra academic and volunteer activities, that are relevant for the IUSD program.

Yes it is a requirement to submit a motivation letter. Please find detailed information about the application processes here:

The documents have to be translated by a certified translator. They do not need to be certified by the embassy.

You can find your "applicant number" (you apply as a person) after having registered on the application portal. Please click in the upper right corner on your name > "Application" and it will appear above your current application. After the full submission of your application you will receive an "application number" (you apply for a study program) for the MSc IUSD program.

Please read carefully the instructions in the application manual (Uni Stuttgart). If you need information about the application in Ain Shams University Cairo, please visit their website ASU.

After completing the online application process you will see the note "received" in the application portal indicating your documents' status. You will receive a message stating further procedures if needed.

Please read carefully the instructions in the application manual (Uni Stuttgart). If you need information about the application in Ain Shams University Cairo, please visit their website ASU.

No. You do not have to attach language certificates, description of prospected research projects in Germany or other documents to the DAAD form. Just fill in the DAAD form, sign it by hand, scan and upload it. 

The application process is only online through the Campus portal (respective ASU portal). You might have to present original or certified copies durig the enrollment process in case you are granted with admission to IUSD.

In case you have any questions regarding ain shams university please visit their website (ASU)


The higher entrance qualification certificate means your high school diploma.

Yes. Under German regulations applicants from these countries need an APS document (klick: Informations for Non-EU applicants and scroll down) to enroll at a German university. You can apply for it at the embassies in your country. It is not necessary to submit this document during the application period; it can be handed in later. 

The universities and also funding bodies expect you to commit full-time hours to your studies for the MSc IUSD. We strongly advise you to keep other commitments to a minimum. It is not possible to enroll on the MSc IUSD program on a part-time basis.

MSc IUSD programs are two-year programs which run over four semesters.
For IUSD Cairo all semesters are taught at the Ain Shams University in Cairo, with an option to study abroad in the 3rd semester.
For IUSD Stuttgart all semesters are taught at the University of Stuttgart with an option to study abroad in the 3rd semester.
For IUSD Double Degree the first and second semester are taught at the University of Stuttgart, the third and fourth are taught at the Ain Shams University in Cairo.

You can bring your family. However, we advise you to travel to Stuttgart/Cairo alone first in order to find a place to stay before bringing your family. Please note: Housing for families is not provided by the university accommodation services and must be organized individually.

You can find information on the University website here:

For non-German students, scholarships are calculated to cover living costs in Germany and Egypt. Further information is provided by DAAD. The DAAD scholarships do not cover the administration fees of the universities.

There is no application fee.

There will be always an administrative fee per semester

The University will raise tuition fees for non-EU degree seeking students

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Please find more information here (scroll down to the bottom).

For living in Stuttgart as student please visit the following link to the Welcome Center of the University:

Student accomodation is organized by the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart, which is an own entity and not part of the University (administration).

In case you have any questions regarding Ain Shams University please visit their website.


  • Studying at University of Stuttgart:  (info@iusd.uni-stuttgart.de)
  • Studying at Ain Shams University:  (iusd@eng.asu.edu.eg)
  • Scholarship related issues, DAAD (EPOS)
  • Non-Study related issues, International Center: @ia.uni-stuttgart.de)
  • Post-Study related issues, Alumni: iusdalumni@gmail.com

IUSD Office
University of Stuttgart

Keplerstr. 11, 70174 Stuttgart, University of Stuttgart
Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design


IUSD Office
Ain Shams University Cairo

1 El-Sarayat Street, 11517 Abbasiya, Cairo, Ain Shams University
Faculty of Engineering

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