Study in Germany

 

Study in Germany

Germany is a higher education paradise associated with excellence that gives you an opportunity to study in many worldwide ranked universities. You can choose among the countless courses promising high employability for the students aspiring to study in Germany. From Football to Engineering, from Nuclear Technology to Languages, from Art to Automobiles – the country has very few parallels when it comes to global recognition. Recent research conducted by DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service suggests that Germany has the third-largest number of the international student population – next only to the USA and UK. It has a rich history, lively & dynamic lifestyle mixing the classics and modern culture, both, the urban & rural which will immerse and make you love spending time here.

Top Reasons to Study in Germany

Germany is a large economy with countless opportunities for international students. Industrial hubs are scattered across the country. It is an emerging destination for international students offering one of the most cost-effective courses to study abroad. Globally known for its Research and Innovation it is the only study abroad destination where most of the universities are funded by the government.

Low Tuition Fee at State-Funded Universities

Germany is the only top study abroad destination where universities are largely state-funded. A majority of public universities in Germany usually don’t ask for fees or if they charge it is very nominal. Thus, it becomes easy to afford a stay while studying in Germany as students only have to bear the cost of accommodation, food, transport, and health insurance.

Wide Range of courses

Studying in Germany gives you an opportunity to choose from a variety of courses such as engineering, physical sciences, biomedical sciences, and management. German universities provide outstanding academic programs, while universities of applied sciences offer a range of practice-oriented options. A lot of universities collaborate with companies to provide the best of theory and practical knowledge which facilitates a successful career start for the students.

Top Ranking Universities

The 23 higher education institutions in Germany made it into the 2019 top 200 World University Rankings. These international rankings look at key performance indicators, including teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook across 1,400 schools in 92 different countries. Programs and degrees offered in German universities are internationally accredited and recognized as German now operate under the Bologna reform.

The Education System in Germany

There are a number of public and private universities in Germany. More than 400 state-accredited universities together offer almost 20,000-degree courses. The German education system is decentralized but has uniform standards at the national level. The federal states have, to some extent, different higher education acts and regulations.

Universities

Universities in Germany offer a wide range of different subjects in humanities, cultural sciences, law, natural sciences &economics, and teacher training.

Technische Universität, TU

Universities focusing on one area of specialization are called technical universities (Technische Universität, TU) or colleges of education (Pädagogische Hochschule, PH). These include Hannover Medical School, the University of Lübeck, School of Veterinary Medicine, the German Sports University in Cologne and the University of Administrative Sciences Speyer.

Fachhochschulen (HAW/FH) -Universities of Applied Sciences

These universities have a practice-oriented academic approach. They focus more on professional applications than on theory. Their range of subjects comprises specific fields such as technology, economics, social work or media. In the practical phases of the programs, students at universities of applied sciences complete work placements, longer project phases or entire practical semesters, often in businesses.

Kunsthochschulen -Colleges of art and music

These colleges are meant to train young artists such as musicians, architects, fine artists, and designers. Admission requirements include a specific talent that applicants must demonstrate in an entrance examination. Especially talented students may sometimes also be admitted without qualification for admission to higher education.

Types of Qualification

 

Bachelor’s Degree

German universities offer undergraduate programs in IT, Business, Law, Agriculture, Medicine and more. The degree takes three years to complete like any international degree. For Indian students planning to study engineering/ pure science courses in Germany, JEE Advanced is accepted across most of the German Universities. A document is known “Hochschulzugangsberechtigung” or the university entrance qualification is required for international students to obtain admission in undergraduate programs.  In simpler terms, it is the school leaving certificate.

Postgraduate Degrees/Master’s Degree

Postgraduate courses are offered by universities and private colleges both. It generally takes one to four years to complete the course. Each education provider has different eligibility requirements.

German universities offer options to pursue either eighteen months or a two years master’s degree depending on the student’s career plan. Some of the popular master’s degree programs offered in Germany are in the field of Engineering. Power/ Electrical/ Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering are particularly sought after.

Doctoral Degree

A German doctorate degree has an outstanding reputation in all disciplines. The number of foreign students registering themselves for a Ph.D. has more than doubled in the last 12 years. Germany has always had a very strong industry-academia linkage. A lot of scientific research is funded by the industry. There are two approaches to obtain a doctoral degree in Germany: the traditional approach and the structured doctoral programs.

Intakes & Deadlines

Both admission and application deadlines will largely depend on a particular university. Usually, the following deadlines apply for admissions in university courses in Germany:

Summer semester- January 15th

Winter semester- July 15th

An increasing number of universities set earlier deadlines for specific courses. It is advised to check with individual university offices for details.

Financial Support for International Students

There are no university-sponsored scholarships in Germany. Competitive scholarships/grants are available from private universities, DAAD and European Commission for some programs. Some popular scholarships available for Indian students in Germany are:

DAAD WISE Scholarship Program

Students pursuing bachelor, Integrated or Dual programs from selected Indian universities are eligible to apply for this program. They can apply in different streams such as Engineering, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences, etc. Once selected, a DAAD WISE scholar will receive €750 per month for living expenses, €1,075 as a travel allowance and health insurance.

EMS Undergraduate Scholarship

The European Management School (EMS) offers this scholarship to international students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. Candidates with a remarkable academic and social achievements record from their schools can apply for it. The benefits of the program include a 50% discount on tuition fees.

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarship

This scholarship program focuses on international students along with doctorate candidates. It welcomes applications from students who have completed their Bachelors/Masters in their home country and are looking for higher studies. The eligibility criterion for the program is to have an above-average academic record along with a keen interest in political topics.

Cost of Living

Based on DAAD data, in Germany depending on the location and type of accommodation, monthly rentals will generally vary between 350-500 euros, food will costs around 200-300 euros, public transport pass will cost around 70 EUR per month.  One can use bicycles to reduce this expense. Telephone and internet costs will vary between 40-60 euros. Student cards allow them to pay lower fares on the bus, food and daily need goods.

Working While Studying

While pursuing a course, students can work for 20 hours per week. Upon graduation, they are entitled to extend residence permit to seek jobs. Part-time jobs in restaurants, supermarkets etc or as “HiWi” (Research assistant) are available or “Werkstudent” (Part-time job in a company) are also open to students. As an international student one is permitted to work for 120 full days or 240 half days in a year.

Post-Study Work Rights and Immigration in Germany

After graduation, international students can apply for an 18-month residence permit while they look for a job. Being a technology, some of the world’s largest Fortune 500 companies are based or operative in German cities. Students are allowed and encouraged to pursue internships with these companies during their studies making way for employment post completion of the course.

The Manya Advantage

Manya Education holds an exceptional track record of guiding more than 2 Lakh students since its inception in 2002. It is the largest partner of The Princeton Review (TPR) globally. We offer end-to-end guidance and solution for all the overseas education requirements.

With 44 centers across the country, Manya Education focuses on foreign university admissions and test preparation. Professionally certified staff and faculty guide students through the entire journey covering:

  • Short-listing of Universities
  • Test preparation
  • Building a competitive application strategy
  • Interview preparation
  • Visa services

 

Admission and Counselling Process 

At Manya Education, we understand the importance of right counselling & guidance when it comes to higher education abroad. Students and parents have multiple concerns related to studying abroad pertaining to course requirements, application processes, career advice, visa policies, financial aid and other adjustment challenges, when staying abroad.

Our expert education counsellors have years of experience in higher studies abroad. They ensure appropriate support is given to all students by guiding them through every step of the application process. Counsellors with in-depth screening and discussions help students identify their exact needs and follow them up by finding the best match for them.

Profiling

Our team will engage in conducting a comprehensive profiling exercise with you which will help you analyze your overall profile and current status with respect to your future study goals.

At this stage, our team will:

  • Assess your academic & professional background
  • Provide you profile enhancement tips based on your preferred course of study
  • Based on your current profile, help you understand the suitability of various program options

Shortlisting

Based on a check of your academic performance, test scores, credentials, and work experience our team will compare your profile with other applicants. Based on the results the team will shortlist best-fit universities and suggest courses & majors. The final university shortlist list will be classified into:

  • DREAM – Universities you have less than or equal to 50% chances of receiving an admit
  • REACH – Universities where you have 50-80% chances of receiving an admit
  • SAFE – Universities where you have more than 80% chances of getting an admit

Financial Support

Finance is a crucial factor in making a decision on higher studies. Our team of counsellors will provide information on the financial support options available to students for higher studies abroad. They will help you get detailed information on various foreign educations loans and other financial aid options. All your queries related to scholarships and grants offered by overseas universities and government will also be answered in detail.

Admission Test Support

Our counsellors will assist with all the necessary information concerning admission tests required for programs of your interest. They will support you with information on the eligibility criteria, test preparation, tips on acing the tests, fee and duration. Once the test results are shared by you with the shortlisted universities, the counsellors will follow up on your application with the next steps in the process.

Application assistance

Did you know that incomplete university application files or incorrect application forms lead to rejections?

Admission Edit

A crucial step of the admissions service is editing your application essays/statements of purpose, resume, letters of recommendations, etc. These documents give the university admissions committee an extensive insight into your personality, abilities, achievements, and goals. Our team of editors will assist you with the following:

  • Connect and brainstorm with you to thoroughly understand your profile and clarify the requirements of the university with respect to the written documents.
  • Edit your resume to highlight your strengths and achievements
  • Edit and draft your written documents so that they stand out, above and beyond your scores

Admission Review

Manya Education’s admissions team will closely collaborate with you to ensure that your application forms & documents are complete as per the College/University requirements.

Our expert application analysts along with advisors will provide you the required checklist of College/University-specific documents. All the filled-out forms will be duly checked to ensure an error-free application submission.

Interview Guidance

Once your profile and application is shortlisted by the university admission committee, it may invite you for a round of interview either via telephone or Skype/Zoom.

Manya Education exclusive interview preparation services rendered by our experienced interview trainers conduct mock sessions with applicants and share incisive feedback & tips, suggest necessary improvements to enable the applicants to ace their actual interview(s).

Student Visa Assistance

Securing a student visa is the final step towards realising your dream of studying in Germany. Our experienced visa advising specialists will help with documentation, and conduct mock sessions to prepare you for the visa interview. Based on your performance they will suggest necessary improvements required for you to successfully clear the actual interview. Our visa experts will assist you with:

  • The checklist and formats required for student visa
  • Information on financial documentation requirements for you & your immediate family.
  • Review your filled visa forms and visa file to identify any errors
  • Prepare you for the actual visa interview

Pre-departure Orientation

The journey of studying abroad is an exciting one in many ways. One has to be prepared for many changes and learn new ways of life. Before you embark on your journey abroad after obtaining the student visa, it is essential for you to have an insight on how to comfortably adapt and adjust life in a foreign nation.

At Manya Education, pre-departure orientation sessions are conducted by our well-travelled academic team where you will receive first-hand ‘Pre-Arrival’ and ‘On-Arrival’ information. The sessions share inputs and advice on important aspects of foreign culture, education systems, currency, and insurance to name a few. These sessions ensure you make a smooth transition into a new culture and lifestyle.

 

FAQs

Can I stay in Germany after I complete my studies?

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.

Do I need to speak/know the German language before enrolling for the university program in Germany?

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.

Are courses in German universities taught in German or in English?

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.

 

Is GRE/GMAT required to apply in Germany?

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.

 

What are the common mistakes made by the applicant’s pre, post and during the application process to study in Germany?

Some of the common mistakes made by Indian applicants are:

  • Starting application late even if the universities have rolling deadlines
  • Not reporting scores on time through official channels
  • Exceeding the word limit of the LORs and not answering the SOP as per the instructions
  • Not arranging the transcripts and PDC/Degree certificates on time. Some universities in India give transcripts in about a month
  • Extending the CV content to more than 2 pages

What are the top courses one can opt to study in Germany?

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.