query_builder October 17, 2017, 05:52 PM | Overseas Education
Why Master Studies in Germany?
How do I choose a university in Germany?
Universities (including Universities of Technology, abbr. TU) are research-oriented and offer a wide variety of subjects. These can award doctorate degrees.
Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen, abbr. FH) are practice-oriented and offer courses mainly in engineering, business administration, social sciences and design.
Is there a ranking of universities in Germany?
Germany offers a multidimensional ranking, considering various criteria that are important from a student’s perspective. You thus get a detailed picture of the strengths and weaknesses of each university on www.university-ranking.de
Are Master programmes taught in English medium?
German universities offer Master programmes in English and in German medium.
The website www.daad.de/international-programmes gives information about study programmes offered with English as the sole or primary medium of instruction. A comprehensive database of all study programmes, in both German and English, is available on www.study-in.de .
Do I need to know German?
Germany offers numerous Master programmes with English as the sole or primary medium of instruction. But as a student in Germany, your life will not be limited to the university campus. You will surely want to interact with people, travel through the country-side, do your internships and make the best of your time there. This is where knowledge of German will present a great advantage!
Am I eligible to apply for a Masters degree course?
In Germany, every university is autonomous and has its own set of criteria for admitting students. So please check the university website, and specifically the programme you are interested in to find out the exact admission requirements.
As a four-year bachelor degree holder from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka, you are generally eligible to apply for a Master programme. In case you have a three-year Bachelor degree, do get in touch with course coordinator before applying.
Some universities may ask for your TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/GMAT or other standardised test scores. German language proficiency is required in case you want to take up a programme in German medium.
How do I apply?
It is advisable to start your preparations about a year in advance.
Step 1: Collect information from the DAAD, internet and brochures. Attend DAAD information sessions or webinars. Details about our information events are available on www.daad.in .
Step 2: Contact the selected university. Study programmes may have winter semester (October – March) or summer semester (April – September) intakes. Check the application deadlines for courses chosen.
Step 3: The website of the course / university you have chosen will carry details about application procedure to be followed.
Step 4: Apply for a student visa as soon as you have the admission letter, as the procedure can take 8 to 12 weeks. The German Embassy and the Consulates require proof of funding for the first year of studies. To find out where you should apply for a visa, visit the website www.india.diplo.de . Arrange for accommodation. The International Office of the university can be of help.
Step 5: Arrive in Germany at least a week before your course begins. Contact the International Office of your university for further guidance. Get your residence permit within the first three months of your stay in Germany from the Foreigners' Registration Office.
What kind of budget should I have in my mind?
In Germany, education is subsidized by the state and therefore most universities charge no or very little tuition fee – to the tune of 500 Euro per semester. Thus, in Germany virtually every student gets a scholarship! You will need to pay semester contribution ranging from Euro 50 to 250, depending upon the university and the services or benefits provided. For certain special courses you may need to pay higher fees. Apart from these, if any, you will require about Euro 740 per month for housing, food, clothing, study material and other expenses such as health insurance and leisure activities.
Are there any scholarships available?
Funding in Germany is available mainly for research, and in some cases at the Master level. www.daad.in will provide you an overview of DAAD scholarship programmes. A database of scholarships offered by various German organizations can be found at www.funding-guide.de.
Can I work in Germany?
As an international student, you are permitted to work for 120 full days or 240 half days in a year. This will help you in getting a bit of extra pocket-money!
After completing your degree in Germany, you can stay on in the country for up to 18 months to look for a job that is in keeping with your qualification. Once you find a job, you will be issued a residence permit that allows you to take up gainful employment.
Germany has always had a very strong industry-academia linkage. A lot of research is funded by the industry. During your studies you can get the opportunity to do internships with German companies, which can open new vistas for your career.
Where can I find more information?
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
DAAD Information Center Chennai
German Academic Exchange Service
20/10, Jaganathan Road, B Block, 1st Floor,
(Next to TIFARA Boutique & opp. GUSTO Cafe)
Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034
Phone: ++91- 44-2827 1442 & 2827 1450
DAAD Regional Office New Delhi
c/o DLTA Complex, R.K. Khanna Stadium,
1 Africa Avenue, New Delhi 110029
Tel: +91 11 66465507