Study in Germany

Why study in Germany?

Germany is the third most popular destination among international students in the world. More than twelve percent of students at German universities come from abroad – just like you. Germany is an attractive place to study and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide.

1. YOU HAVE A TOP-CLASS DEGREE RECOGNISED AROUND THE WORLD!

German higher education is one of the best in the world! Whether it’s cars or education, people everywhere recognise “Made in Germany” as a seal of quality. You can benefit from Germany‘s long and famous university tradition especially in the fields of engineering and science. A German university degree is highly respected by employers around the world.

2. YOU HAVE A DIVERSE RANGE OF STUDY OPPORTUNITIES!

Germany’s higher education system has something for everyone! There are almost 450 state-accredited universities with some 17,500 degree programmes in Germany. German universities offer degree programmes in every possible subject and academic level – be it bachelor’s, master’s, state examinations or doctoral degrees. General universities focus strongly on scientifically oriented study in a wide range of disciplines. Universities of applied science, on the other hand, are very practice-oriented. If you’re more interested in artistic subjects, you can enrol at a college of art, film or music.

3. YOU CAN STUDY IN ENGLISH!

More and more courses and degree programmes are being offered in English, especially at the master’s degree level. This is good news if you don’t know any German or if your German isn’t good enough yet. You’ll find an overview of international degree programmes in Germany in the large DAAD database.

4. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Around twelve percent of students at German universities come from foreign countries, just like you. You can make friends from around the world, become acquainted with different countries and expand your horizons. The universities offer support to make your start in Germany as easy as possible. There are many mentoring programmesavailable, such as “Buddy” and “Tandem” programmes.

5. YOU PAY VERY LOW TUITION FEES – AND SOMETIMES NONE AT ALL!

Students normally don’t have to pay tuition fees at German universities, and if so, the fees are very low. Most German universities receive considerable financing from the government. Bachelor’s degree programmes are usually tuition-free at public universities. Some master’s degree programmes, however, come with tuition fees, but they’re not as high as in other countries.

6. YOU HAVE VERY AFFORDABLE LIVING EXPENSES!

Compared with other European countries, the cost of living in Germany is reasonable. The cost of food, rent, clothing and cultural activities are equivalent to the EU average. There are also a number of concessions available to students. You can receive reduced prices at theatres, museums, opera houses, cinemas, swimming pools and other institutions. All you have to do is present your student ID.

7. YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM MANY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMMES!

As an international student with outstanding academic achievement, you have good chances of receiving a scholarship to finance your studies in Germany. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is one of the largest scholarship organisations in the world and offers countless scholarship programmes. No matter what your country, subject or status, you’ll find a scholarship that matches your profile and needs in theDAAD scholarship database! And not only does the database contain programmes offered by the DAAD, but also many other organisations in Germany.

8. YOU LIVE IN A SAFE COUNTRY!

Germany is a safe country – also on an international scale. The police are reliable and help you in every situation. Whether you live in a big city or in the country, you can move freely day or night without having to take any special precautions.

9. YOU LIVE IN A DIVERSE COUNTRY IN THE HEART OF EUROPE!

Beaches and mountains, medieval city centres and pulsating metropolises, and above all, lots of nature. Germany is a diverse country with many facets! Living in Germany means living in the middle of Europe surrounded by many other countries. Whether you’d like to visit Paris, Prague, Rome or Copenhagen, you have a wide range of destinations at your doorstep. Within a couple of hours by train or plane, you can experience an entirely different culture and language. Weekend trips are no problem and affordable.

10. YOU LEARN A LANGUAGE WHICH CAN OPEN MANY DOORS!

German is one of the ten most spoken languages in the world. Some 185 million people worldwide can speak German. You can still study in Germany even if you don’t know German, but having some knowledge of the language can make everyday life easier and help you make friends faster. Knowing a foreign language also looks great on a résumé! Nobody says that German is an easy language, but there are many ways to learn German – in a course, with a tandem partner or with German flatmates.

The Degrees are

1. Bachelor
2. Masters
3. Diploma
4. Doctoral
5. Post Doctoral

Semester Offer

Semester Can be Started from Every Month.

Requirements for Bachelor’s Program

A. Academic

1. At least 12 years of education (HSC equivalent).

B. Language Proficiency

If the medium of instruction of your target university is German:
a. Required German language proficiency test taking by TestDeF or DSH
b. The DSH test can only be taken at a German university, while TestDaF can be obtained in a multitude of centres around the globe.

C. Course Length

1. Bachelor Degree: Can be 3 to 4 years

Requirements for Master’s Program

A. Academic

1. Most universities accept 4 years of Bachelors degree & few universities accept 3 years of Bachelor degree
2. So, at least 15-16 years of education is needed for Master’s program.

B. Language Proficiency

If the medium of instruction of your target university is German:
a. Required German language proficiency test taking by TestDeF or DSH
b. The DSH test can only be taken at a German university, while TestDaF can be obtained in a multitude of centres around the globe.

C. Other Test

1. It depends on universities. Sometimes it requires GRE, GMAT etc.

D. Course Length

1. Master programmes: Can be 1 to 2 years
Subjects and Disciplines for Bachelor’s & Master’s Program
Architecture, Site Engineering, Plant Operations and Manufacturing of Wood Products, Paint Technology (TE), Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Landscape Planning, Civil Engineering and Geodetic Science, Civil Engineering, Computational Engineering, Geodesy and Geoinformatics (Surveying), Economics and Management, Industrial Engineer, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Electrical Engineering / Technical Informatics, Electrical Engineering (TE), Mechatronics, Adult Education / Extra-Curricular Youth Education, Catholic Theology Education, English and American Studies, German Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree, Political Science (Politics), Protestant Theology / Religious Education, Religious Studies, Social Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Special Needs Education / Social Education, Sport, Technical Education, Textile and Clothing Engineering, Vocational Education, Law, Mathematics, Mathematics / Computer Science, Mathematics / Mathematics Computational Science, Meteorology, Physics, Physics / Technical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Metals Technology (TE), Production and Logistics, Analytics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Food Science (TE), Geography, Horticultural Science, Life Science, Materials Chemistry and Nanochemistry, Medicinal and Natural Product Chemistry, Nutrition, Home and Institutional Management (TE), Plant Biotechnology etc.

Expenses

A. Tuition Fees in (?) Euro

1. German institutes of higher education did not charge tuition fees. However, they are planning to impose tuition in 2007.
2. Universities in some states has already imposed tuition fee.
3. Tuition fees up to 500 Euro per semester. In different cases additionally, 40 Euro will have to be paid for administration plus about 40 to 70 Euro are due for student social services each academic term.
4. For student support detail download German higher education file.
5. Applicants should check with his desired university for accurate tuition fee.

B. Living & Other Expenses in (?) Euro

A student spends about 500 to 750 Euro per month including food, clothing, transport, telephone, accommodation, books etc.

C. Health Insurance in (?) Euro

1. Your first priority when coming to Germany should be health insurance. Medication, doctors and hospitals are extremely expensive, so you must make sure that you are covered for sickness and emergencies.
2. The health insurance cost is approx. 50 euro per month
3. In addition, you will usually not get a residency permit without proof of adequate insurance. Health insurance is also mandatory for all employees and students in Germany, so you will not be able to start working or studying without it.

Supporting Documents

1. Completed Application Form
2. English version of your all educational documents including mark sheet.
3. School/College leaving certificate.
4. Application fee payment document.
5. German/English language test result.
6. Photocopy of your passport.

How to Apply to The University

1. Check with the departments to see if there is a closing date for your application.
2. You should write directly to the Institution’s Admission Office for detailed application information and forms.
3. You can also download application form from university website.
4. Some universities have an on-line application facility.
5. Admission Office will inform you about the documentation, translation, and visa requirements.
5. You should start at least one year in advance to compile the necessary information and documentation.
6. The decision of the institution is usually announced within approximately six to eight months of the application deadline.

Accommodation

1. Living in Germany is expensive. A German ends up paying half of his wages towards rent. If you don’t want to trust your luck, you can consider several possibilities in looking for accommodation.
2. Offers of accommodation are available in local newspapers, usually in the Wednesday and weekend editions. You can also advertise that you’re looking for a room. Classified newspapers specialise in advertisements. You could also find accommodation at your university. The ?notice-boards? are usually crammed with offers of accommodation scrawled on bits of paper. For those who arrive in Germany alone, flat sharing in so-called ?WGs? (Wohngemeinschaften), is a good way to get to meet people.
3. Many university cities have shared-living centers (Mitwohnzentrale) which help you find accommodation for limited periods on a commission basis. University residences also provide accommodation. Anyone looking for a flat through an estate agent must bear one thing in mind: two months? rent as advance is usually required. That is a lot of money and is not worthwhile, particularly for a short stay. But if you’d rather deal with an an estate agent, it’s important to remember that the agent should be a member of the Ring of German Estate Agents (RDM).
4. The rooms here are indeed often very small, but on the other hand the cheapest available. Many dormitories now have bigger rooms and even offers for couples. The student services furnish addresses and information on the admission procedure for the student dormitories.

Other Information

A. Language in Germany:

1. Generally a working knowledge of the
German language is necessary, unless you select an international course of study. A lot of courses are offered in the English language; take a look at the homepages of the universities to find an overview of courses available.
2. However, if you can speak or have learnt to speak German, you can prove your language proficiency both in Germany and your home country.
3. The German-run Goethe Institute offers German language courses all over the world. You can take the language diploma examinations there. These are of a sufficient standard for you to be admitted to an institution of higher education in Germany.
4. An alternative would be to attend one of the international summer courses available at universities in Germany. The courses are designed in such a manner that people of the same age group have a chance to learn the German language and about the country.

B. Working in Germany

1. Foreign students may work in Germany. Students who are not citizens of the European Union, or are from the ten new EU member states, can only work for a limited period per year. They are allowed to work for 90 days or 180 half-days every year without a work permit. Students are allowed to work no more than 20 hours a week
2. In many Federal States, you can only work in the summer vacation. The office for foreigners may authorize an additional working period of 10 hours per week with the approval of the local employment office.

C. Jobs in Germany

1. The job areas are: Pizza delivery boy, Cleaner, Bartending/waiting tables, Health Care Services, Computing, Trades, Fruit Picking, Hospitality & Food Service Jobs etc.
2. The average hourly rate in this case is around 8 euro per hour.

D. Credit Transfer Facility

1. Students may apply for credit transfer program at undergraduate or postgraduate level in Germany.
2. The maximum amount of credit that may be granted normally is not greater than 50% of the course.
3. Most of the German universities consider minimum “B” grade for acceptance.
4. You have to submit the following documents to your target university:
a. Your application form for the Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework program
b. Official copies of your academic transcript
c. Also include an official letter from head of the school/department of your university, from where you have already completed the courses.
d. Detailed course outlines (Official Copy) including subject descriptions, methods of teaching and assessment, reading lists, number of hours of teaching etc.
e. The academic level you are studying (e.g. First Year, Second Year etc.)
f. How many credits you have completed
g. An explanation of the grading system used at your institution.
h. Information on the total units of study requirement ( i.e. how many credits are required) for the completion of the degree.