Study in Germany

Germany is Synonymous with Quality. This holds true even in the field of education. Most of the Universities or colleges are state funded. So there is no concept of buying a degree as practiced in other favored education destinations. Merit is the only criteria for admission & there is no doubt about it. According to German law, universities are not permitted to discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to persons on basis of race, ethnic group, gender, or social class.

Germany has much to offer as a place to study. Internationally recognized qualification such as Bachelors & Masters .This allows accumulation & transfer of study & exam modules .Germany is one of the most highly developed industrial nations in the world and, after the USA and Japan has the world's third largest national economy.

Germany currently has more than 300 institutions of higher education that include 82 universities, 132 such institutions that offer shorter and practically oriented courses, and other institutions. Germany has a high turnout of foreign students as it offers a high range of study possibilities

INTAKES

The main intake offered by all Universities is September, Deadlines: from 15th Feb till 31st May. Few universities offer in March, Deadlines: from 15th Nov till Jan Last.

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The eligibility criteria may differ from university to university. So please refer to the University website for the eligibility criteria for the course that interests you.


1- Academics

Certification of Undergraduate study (Bachelor degree) in similar field

2-Language Requirement

  • If the course is completely in German, then proof of proficiency in German Language
  • German as a Foreign Language Test (TestDaF)
  • German Language Test for the Admission of Foreign study applicants (DSH)
  • If the course is in English, then proof of proficiency in English – TOEFL 550 and higher(PBT), 213 and higher (CBT), 79 and higher (IBT) or IELTS 6.0
  • For bilingual courses, appropriate proof may be required

3-Entrance qualification

  • For engineering courses, some universities may demand GRE
  • For Business Management courses, some universities may demand GMAT
  • Some universities require the student to take entrance test either online or upon arrival at the campus (in the later case conditional admission is provided)

4. Work Experience

Improved chances of admission if relevant work experience in the field of further study

5. Project Work / Thesis

Demonstration of technical ability through project execution

6. Extracurricular activities

Paper presentation, participation in Technical symposium, conference etc will be highly appreciated

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS / ELIGIBILITY

UNDERGARADUATE

 13 years of Education is mandatory (12 + 1year from University) If not then students can go via 1year Foundation Course Or 10 year Education + 3 year Diploma IELTS - 6.0 overall or TOEFL- 80 points (IBT)

MASTERS

15 & 16 year Education with 75% or 2.75 GPA.
IELTS - 6.5 overall or TOEFL - 85points (IBT)

MBA

15 & 16 years of Education with Relevant Subjects
IELTS - 6.5 overall or TOEFL - 85points (IBT)
Work Experience 2 - 3 year at managerial level
GMAT - 550 (exceptionally required)

Cost of studying /living

German education is not very expensive.
So how much does it cost to study in Germany?

Tuition fees (if applicable).

Historically, German Federal Government has been funding primary to University Education at public institution. In 2010, 5 of the 16 states of Germany charged tuition fees at state funded institutions while 11 out of the 16 states still provide tuition free of charge.
- No tuition fees in some states
- € 500 for second degree or prolonged study duration
- € 500 even for the first university degree in some states
Look at the university portal for exact details of the tuition fee for the relevant course. This may vary even from course to course in the same University .

Semester contribution

Semester contribution is to be paid by all University students depending on the services it includes. Again, this is university specific ranging from €200 to €350. Refer the respective University portal for exact information.
For an overview, semester contribution may include
- Social fees
Towards social services such as Student dining halls, Student residences, athletic facilities & administrative fees
- Liability insurance
Covers & compensates unintentional damages to 3rd party
- Student Union contribution
Membership fee to the Student Union
- Semester ticket
This ticket permits unlimited usage of public transportation, in & around the university town.
Depending on the city & range of ticket the price of this ticket may vary from € 25 to € 150.

Basic living expenses

Though Germany enjoys one of the highest standards of living, still the expenses are comparable to countries in Western Europe. Living expenditure depends largely on the lifestyle, city and type of accommodation. Statistically Germans spend 1/3rd of their income towards accommodation rentals. In summary, a very conservative estimate of €450 is what a student would need for an economical & modest living. Living expenses include (Conservative estimate)
- Rent & Utilities: €200
Private accommodation > €300
Shared flat or Student residence around €200
- Internet & Mobile phone - €30
Mobile flat rate - €15
Internet DSL flat rate - €15
A separate section is dedicated for a detailed analysis of mobile & DSL contracts
- Health insurance - €60
A separate section is dedicated for a detailed analysis of popular health insurance options
- Food & Drinks - €125
- Miscellaneous expenditure - €50

The above estimate does not include tuition fee, semester ticket, social contributions, travelling, allowances for dining, sports and anything except anything listed above.

Financing Studies

Scholarship

As there is no tuition fee or a nominal tuition fee, Universities do not provide any scholarships. But International students can apply for scholarships from numerous organizations such as

DAAD

DAAD provides scholarship only to Graduate students pursuing Masters, Doctoral students pursuing PhD, for Post doctoral work/ research etc. Unfortunately DAAD does not provide any financial support to students for undergraduate studies.

  • Politically affiliated foundations
  • Religious institutions
  • Business related organizations

Check with the relevant organization for eligibility criteria & apply directly.

Part Time Work / Student Job

International students are allowed to work for 90 full working days or 180 half working days in a year provided it does not exceed 20 hours a week during the lecture period. The objective of this permit is to allow students earn while they learn without hindering or distracting them from the primary goal which is completion of their course of study.

Typical student wages range from 10 to 15 Euros an hour. Student could work in campus or outside the campus. A typical campus work could be taking up tutorship or teaching assistantship under the guidance of a professor. An example of work outside campus could be in McDonalds. Though there is no assurance but there are good chances for the one who keeps trying.

Tuition Free Colleges and Universities in Germany

As of October 2014, all Universities in Germany will not charge any tuition fees for undergraduate studies. In some Federal States, Universities will charge a semester contribution (about 50 euros) and/or administration fees (about 50 euros). This tuition fee structure can change in the future, you should check for updated information on tuition fees in different federal states in Germany.

Unlike undergraduate studies, most Master’s or PhD studies in Germany are fee-based. The costs for postgraduate studies are in addition to the enrollment and confirmation fees. Fortunately, there are a good number of scholarships for Masters and PhD study in Germany.

List of Germany Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships for International Students

 There are a significant number of available scholarships that allows foreign students to study in Germany for free.  Some of these are:

  • Deutschland Stipendium National Scholarship Programme 
  • DAAD Scholarship Programs
  • Germany Foundations’ Scholarship Programs
  • DAAD Masters Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance
  • DAAD Scholarships in Germany for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses
  • ESMT Academic Excellence Scholarship for Women
  • The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) Scholarships
  • Heinrich Boll Scholarships in Germany for International Students
  • Kofi Annan MBA Scholarships for Developing Country Students
  • KAAD Scholarships in Germany for Developing Countries
  • DAAD Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists
  • Hessnatur Scholarship 2014
  • KIC InnoEnergy Challenge 2014
  • GeTMA Scholarships for International Students in Turkey/Germany
  • International PhD Fellowships at Max Planck Research School for Ultrafast Imaging & Structural Dynamics
  • In reaching a decision, an officer will need to be satisfied that you :

    • have a valid letter of acceptance from an educational institution
    • have adequate funds available to you to pay for your tuition and living expenses while in Canada and to return to your country of residence
    • are in good health
    • are law-abiding and have no record of criminal activity
    • will not be a risk to the security of Canada

    After Submission of the complete application form, application, fees, and required documents to the VISA Office is followed by:

    Interview

    An interview with a Canadian VISA Officer may be required. If this is the case, you will be advised in writing of the time and place for the interview.

    Medical examination

    The Canadian high commission will issue medical instructions. Students and accompanying dependants must pass a medical examination.

Germany Student VISA

You should get a student VISA if you are planning to study in Germany. If you have been accepted at German University then it is advisable you apply for a student VISA in person for at least 3 months in advance before going to Germany.

All your documents and application will be sent to the Immigration Office (Ausländeramt) where you will study. After the application gets approved by the Immigration Office the consulate will issue you a residence permit in the form of VISA. You are required to register upon your first arrival in Germany.

Required Documents:

You will also need to provide photocopies of all these documents get proper insurance and pay a fee of 60 Euros for the VISA.

FAQ

1.) What quality of education is there in Germany?
Ans. The standard of teaching and research in German universities is ranked among one of the best institutions in the world.
Q2.) Is it compulsory to learn German language to study in Germany?
Ans. Programs are exclusively taught in English. Therefore German language skills are not a prerequisite for starting your studies. If you are willing to learn German, you also have the opportunity to join the German Language Courses at the University, which are free of charge. A good command of German will expand your advantage on the job market in case you consider working for one of the approx. 700 German companies in India.
Q3.) Is immigration possible in Germany?
Ans. Since 2002 Germany has a new immigration law. As a foreign student you will receive a study VISA. With this VISA you are allowed to work 90 days or 180 half days in a calendar year. This right is not restricted for campus jobs like in the US. After your graduation you have the right to stay in Germany for one year. During this time you can concentrate on job-hunting. A permanent residence permit will be guaranteed after having been successful in finding a job.
Q4.) Where and how to apply?
Ans. You should apply at your home country’s German Embassy. Except for rare instances you have to submit the application along with the required documents in person. It is recommended you apply for a VISA very well in advance before your departure because the application of student VISAs can take up to 25 days to be processed.
Q5.) Where should I pay for my VISA?
Ans. Applicants have to pay the VISA fees by a bank transfer. Student VISA is 60 Euro. Cheques or credit cards are not accepted. The money order must be in the name of the Consulate in your home country and not older than two months.
Please be aware that you will not get reimburse the VISA fee if your application for a student VISA gets rejected.