Germany consists of 16 States & the capital, and largest city is Berlin. The population of Germany is 82.5 million, and it is the fourth-largest economy in the world and Europe’s largest. It is a leading exporter of machinery, vehicles, chemicals, and household equipment and benefits from a highly skilled labour force. German is the official and predominant spoken language in Germany. Euro is the official currency of Germany. Some of the famous cities in Germany are Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Heidelberg
WHY STUDY IN GERMANY
- Free Education or extremely low cost of Education
- Quality Education
- Good Job Prospects
- Post-study work VISA of 18 months.
- Free Education: 500 EUR as social contribution per semester with no tuition fees.
- Scholarships: As there is no tuition fee or a nominal tuition fee, Universities do not provide any scholarships.
- Quality of Education: Most of the Universities or colleges are state-owned and Government funded. Education in Germany is one of the oldest and best in the world. Merit is the only criteria for admission. German Education guarantees practical knowledge in addition to a solid theoretical foundation.
PART-TIME WORK/STUDENT JOBS
- International students are allowed to work for 120 full working days or 240 half working days in a year.
- Typically the student wages range from 8 to 12 Euros an hour. Students can work on-campus or off-campus.
- Students with German language skills are entitled to higher wages as compared to the students having no skills.
Germany is home to many of the Fortune 500 companies like Volkswagen, Audi AG, BMW, Bentley Motors Limited, Škoda Auto, Siemens etc. The German economy is Europe’s most influential. It is the European leader in terms of growth, employment and export.
Post Study Work Permit
- Students are allowed to stay up to 1.5 years after the completion of the study to search for a job.
- Indefinite right of residence to graduates after 5 years of working in Germany.
TYPES OF HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
There are 500 officially recognized institutions of higher Education in 165 towns and cities throughout Germany. Universities in Germany are categorized into three groups :
- Technical University/ Technische Universität (TU)
- Universities of Applied Sciences/ Fachhochschule
- Colleges of Art, Film and Music
- Degrees offered include Bachelors, Masters & Doctorate.
- Universities mainly impart theoretical knowledge
- Research plays an integral part of the study.
- Faculties include Education, Engineering and Science, Law, Medicine, Social &
- Cultural Sciences, Business Management.
UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES
- More practical oriented.
- Offers Bachelors programs in general.
- Some institutions also offer Masters Program.
- Though research is gaining importance, the focus remains at application-oriented study—excellent job opportunities owing to close tie-up with industry.
COLLEGES OF ART, FILM AND MUSIC
- Artistic subjects, such as music, architecture, visual arts, drama, dance, industrial and fashion design
- Modern media, directors, cinematographers, screenwriters and other film and television professionals are trained.
- Admission requirements for these courses include a specific talent which you must demonstrate at an entrance examination
INTAKES AND DEADLINES
- Winter: September / October
- Summer: March / April
Deadlines for Applications:
- Winter: Starts from 15th December to 31st March
- Summer: Starts from 15th August to 15th January
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTERS
German Language – may not always be criteria for admission. Still, it is better to achieve a basic level of German language A1 or A2 as more and more universities are expecting at least A1 level proficiency apart from it being a requirement for Visa as well. It is noted that candidates with German language skills have a better chance of getting admission in German universities as compared to candidates with no German language skills.
Three ways to prove the language ability is through
- » DSH – German Language test for foreign students.
- » TestDaF – Central, standardized test for German as a foreign language.
- » ZOP of Goethe Institute.
- Minimum IELTS score – 6.5+ or Minimum TOEFL score – 87.
- Academic percentage – above 70% is required.
- GRE is needed for excellent and high ranked Universities – 310+ is considered as a good score. GRE is a mandatory requirement for some Automobile and Mechanical courses by top-ranked
GERMAN LANGUAGE LEVELS
Goethe Institute/Max Muller Bhavans are at major cities like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune and Trivandrum.
- There is no concept of applying without IELTS or final year mark sheet in most of the universities. It is recommended to apply once the student is ready with all the documents, including IELTS scorecard and Provisional Degree Certificate.
- Universities do not issue Conditional Offer Letters to the students.
- For courses like Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Engineering, the candidate must have excellent academics like 75% plus in Bachelors and a GRE score as well, as these are highly competitive courses. 13 years of Education is required for entry in a Bachelors program in Germany.
- This can be achieved by completing the first year of a Bachelors program from a recognized university in India in the relevant subject field.
- Completing a Foundation year at a university in Germany to compensate for the 13th year of Education.
DURATION & TUITION FEES
- Usually, the Master’s course is of 2 years, and the Bachelor’s course is for 3
- Generally, no tuition fees in most Universities yet some institutions do charge a nominal amount of around 200 to 500 Euros/semester which are termed as a social contribution.
For example, fees for 2 years will be 500 Euros * 4 Semesters = 2000 Euros Indian Rupees equivalent = 2000 Euros * Rs. 82 = Rs.1,64,000 for a complete Masters excluding living and accommodation costs.
- Jacobs University, Bremen
- SRH Hochschule Berlin
- Cologne Business School, Cologne
- Hochschule Bremen – International Graduate Centre, Bremen
- GISMA Business School, Hanover
- Accadis University of Applied Sciences, Bad Homburg, Hamborg
- Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany
- New European College, Munich
- International University of Applied Sciences – IUBH, Berlin/Bad Honnef
- International School of Management, Dortmund
- EU Business School, Munich
- Berlin School of Business and Innovation
- University of Applied Sciences Europe, Hamburg
- EIIE Eurasia Institute for International Education GmbH, Berlin
GERMANY STUDENT VISA
- A student visa is required by Indian students who wish to pursue higher education in Germany and have secured admission in a German college or
- Applicants should apply for the Visa in person at least 3 months before departure. The visa processing may take 8 – 12 weeks.
- The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Mumbai can only accept the visa applications from persons residing in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu.
- The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai accepts the visa application from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
- The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangalore accepts the visa application from the states of Karnataka & Kerala.
- The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kolkata accepts the visa application from the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.
- The Delhi Embassy’s area of consular jurisdiction covers the states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the Union Territories of Chandigarh, Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep There is a VISA fee of 75 Euros (Rs.6150) at present (subject to change) to be submitted through Demand Draft at the time of VISA interview.
- VFS charges Rs. 844 payable once approval is received and passport is submitted at VFS centre for stamping. Students have to open a blocked account (called “Sperrkonto”) in Germany in the name of the applicant and deposit Euros 10,236. Once in Germany, the student will receive the amount back in 12 equal instalments of Euros 853 to cover Living costs.
Note: It is advisable to deposit an additional amount of 150 Euros in the blocked account to make sure that the amount standing in the account is 10,236 EUR after deduction of bank charges. If the balance in the blocked account is below 10,236 EUR due to any reason, German Consulate will not accept VISA Application.