When it comes to technical and engineering courses (STEM), Germany is second to none. With its excellent reputation in terms of research, technology and innovation, a lot of students apply to Germany for higher education, especially for master’s and PhD. Also, Germany is becoming an upcoming destination for students looking to study an MBA.
The top 10 universities in Germany for the year 2021 as ranked by QS World University Rankings are:
1) Technical University of Munich
2) Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
3) Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg
4) Humboldt University of Berlin
5) KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
6) Freie University of Berlin
7) RWTH Aachen University
8) Berlin Institute of Technology
9) Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen
10) Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg
Here is a list of the top business schools in Germany:
1) Mannheim Business School
2) Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
3) WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
4) ESMT Berlin
5) HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
|Type of institution/Qualification||Bachelor’s degree (First level of higher education)||Magister degree (Master’s degree) – Second level of higher education|
|University||3 academic years (6 semesters)||1 to 2 years (2 to 4 semesters)|
|University of Applied Sciences||6-7 semesters involving practical work||3 to 4 semesters|
|German Colleges of Art and Music||4 academic years (8 semesters)||2 years (4 semesters)|
|Vocational Academies||3 academic years (6 semesters)||NA|
German PhDs can be earned from German universities and equivalent institutions. The studies involve independent research and a Rigorosum (oral examination) or a Disputation (defence of the thesis).
The types of PhDs are:
16 states in Germany made the tuition fees for undergraduate courses free in the year 2014. Currently, domestic as well as international UG students at public universities can study for free, with just a small fee to cover administration and other costs each semester. Therefore, undergraduate courses in Germany for Indian students are practically free (Note: you need to have 13 years of education to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Germany).
Since a large number of higher education institutions are financed by the state, even most Master’s courses can be budgeted without the burden of high fees. Tuition fees may have to be paid for certain Master’s programmes, but they are not as high as other European countries. However, private higher education institutions may mandate higher fees for their degree programmes.
As per the DAAD’s website, the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg has decided to charge non-EU citizens tuition fees of EUR 1,500 per semester for (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Diploma and state examination) degree programmes from the 2017/18 winter semester onwards. The fees do not apply to doctoral students.
The expenses that are incurred to sustain a normal life in Germany, i.e. accommodation, food, clothing and recreational activities, are average as compared to other European countries. They are significantly lower than countries like Luxembourg, Denmark or Switzerland, but rather high compared to countries like Poland, the Czech Republic or Italy.
A German student has expenses of about EUR 819 per month. These include rent, travel expenses, clothing, food, learning materials, phone bill, internet, health insurance, radio and TV fees, and recreational activities. International students’ budget is usually tight. They can spend an average of EUR 725 per month. There are several student discounts that you can avail just by showing your student ID. Students often pay less for tickets to the theatre, museums, cinemas and other cultural institutions.
The application start date(s) depends on the intake. There are usually two intakes offered in German universities: Winter Intake-September/October (Primary/Main intake); Summer Intake -March/April (Secondary intake)
The application deadlines may vary between universities, courses and levels of courses. The application window for the Winter Intake closes by mid-July of the same year; for the Summer Intake, the application window closes by mid-January
Decisions for the Winter intake are out by September and for the Summer intake by March
It is ideal to apply for the visa for a) Winter Intake – before September end and b) Summer Intake – before March-end. The visa decision is generally notified in around 3 weeks from the date of visa application.
There are usually two intakes offered in German universities: Winter Intake-September/October (Primary/Main intake); Summer Intake -March/April (Secondary intake)
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Yes. After completing your studies in Germany as an international student, you can apply for a residence permit to stay in the country and seek work for an additional period of 18 months. If you gain work in Germany within this time you should make sure that you extend your visa, residence or work permit to ensure you are living in the country legally.
Ideally, it’s not required and not mandatory for a student to have any levels of proficiency in German while applying or before applying to study in Germany. However, it’s recommended that you have the proficiency to make your stay in Germany smoother.
Generally, Germany offer 100% English taught courses at both bachelors’s and master’s levels. However the basic level of proficiency i.e. A1 and A2 may be required. But if a student is looking for Bilingual Course (50% English and 50% German), you may be asked for B1 and B2 level of German proficiency.
GRE is required by few universities, especially for Mechanical engineering courses. GMAT is generally required by universities offering MBA/MIM degrees. There are universities wherein you can apply without GRE/GMAT, but its’ strongly recommended that you take the test.
Some of the common mistakes made by Indian applicants are:
Germany is a top destination for Engineering courses, courses related to sciences like Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Physics, and Chemical Sciences. Students can also look to go for MBA or Masters in Management or a course in statistics.