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Why study in Germany?

query_builder April 05, 2017, 07:20 AM |  Engineering | Science

Germany has recently significantly reduced their tuition fee and some universities require no fee at all. This is due to the fact that many German universities receive adequate financial funding from the government.Bachelor degrees in particular are tuition-free (public universities). Of all countries in the Europe, Germany is by far the most economical for students not just because of the lack of tuition fees but also in terms of living expenses and the support provided by the colleges to the students.

  • Studying in Germany has many advantages, one of them being that it has a diverse and vast job market. There is a shortage of skilled workers in many professional fields in Germany, which ensures that graduates will find substantial and well-paying jobs.
  • Moreover, it is fairly simple to obtain a work visa in Germany, unlike other European countries. This ensures graduates that not only will they have job opportunities but also they will actually be able to secure employment. Furthermore, it is very easy to obtain residency in Germany.
  • Germany offers students over 17,500 courses to choose from and is best known for its specialist courses such as engineering and in particular automobile engineering. Being home to the world-renowned brands –

 Volkswagen, Audi, BMW etc. It is an excellent option for students who want to pursue engineering and medical studies.

  • After Brexit, Germany has become the most sought after destination in Europe as a result, it acts as a gateway to Europe for both leisure as well as employment.

Best courses in Germany?

Germany is best known for three courses - Physics, Chemistry and Engineering. Students all across the world decide to study in Germany and pursue these courses. With 4 colleges in the Top 100 of the QS global rankings as well as having 3 in the Top 20 in Europe, Germany is becoming a very popular destination amongst the youth across the world. The Technical University of Munich is ranked as high as 25th for Chemistry across the world while most other colleges are also in the top 100. There are 4 German intuitions in the top 30 for Physics with the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich as high as 13 and KIT as high as 17 in the world.

Leading universities: 

Rank 2017

University

1

Technical University of Munich

2

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universistat Munchen

3

Ruprecht Karls Universitaet Heidelberg

4

KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

5

Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin

6

Freie Univesitaet Berlin

7

RWTH Aachen University

8

Albert Ludwigs Universitaet - Freiburg

9

Technische Universitat Berlin

10

Eberhard Karls Univeristat Tubingen

Challenges of studying in Germany

  • One of the biggest challenges that an international student will face comes in form of Language. Although most universities present their courses in English, there are few that still use German. More importantly, most of the people communicate in German. Fluency and being comfortable with spoken and written German is highly important.
  • Another challenge that students face is that the timetable is inflexible and strict. It is very rare that one gets an extension on their papers, exams or submissions, which can be a problem since your subjects can overlap.
  • Previous graduates have complained about the lack of activities in smaller parts of town, stating that it made the after-hours of the university boring and put a dent in their social life.

 Fee and living expenses

The fee and living expenses vary according to the college you are attending, the city you're living in.  Although there are various free universities, one still must pay semester fees – which can go from 250 euros to several hundred. The cost of living is directly linked with the city of study. Munich like London will be quite expensive as will other big cities such as Hamburg, Stuttgart etc whereas smaller cities such as Frieburg etc would be much cheaper. Berlin is quite interesting as although a big city, it is relatively inexpensive to live in. Rent can vary according to how comfortably one would like to stay – in the student neighbourhoods, the rent is about 300 (per month) euros but this can range from 350-800 (per month) depending on the locality. Germany is an affordable country and one get by quite comfortably on about 600-800 euros a month. The approximate cost per month would be – 10,000 euros a year (inclusive of fees and all other expenses). This is about 7.5L INR a year.

How to apply:

One can either use the common system (www.uni-assist.de) for applications to Germany or apply individually to courses and universities. It is advisable to the latter as it increases ones chances of selection. Individual applications for courses are sent to universities once the candidate themselves have decided where to apply. A look at the rankings and understanding of the course structure is pivotal in this process. Post that you can follow these steps:

  1. Submit your personal details such as your address, phone number, parent’s details, nationality, passport details and your email id. Note: you need to verify your email id.

  2. Now submit the details surrounding your educational background such as class 10th transcripts and 12th transcripts. You will enter all the qualifications that you have achieved over the past years.

  3. Mention your school and your qualifications. The qualifications will already be mentioned in the form, you have to select them and fill out the other required details.

  4. You are also required to attach your predicted or your present transcripts

  5. You are then to send a letter of recommendation from your school teacher (mention her name and her email id) she will then receive a link to fill out the LOR.

  6. A Statement of Purpose which highlights your talents and qualities and why you will be an integral part of the university and the university will be a perfect fit for the university.

  7. You will also be required to give an English test. An IELTS exam is preferred over a TOEFL exam. No SAT required.

  8. Once admitted, one needs to get a student visa – the most important aspect of this would be fulfilling the financial requirement. One has to show about 8000 euros per year to cover your costs.


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