Germany is undoubtedly one of the best study-abroad destinations. However, when it comes to pursuing doctoral research, the country has a lot to offer. German universities offer innovative, high-quality doctoral programmes and the best part is that they do not charge tuition fees. We have compiled all the information you need to know about pursuing a PhD in Germany.
THIS BLOG INCLUDES:
1.Why Pursue PhD in Germany?
2.German Universities Classification
3.Types of PhD in Germany
4.Length of the Program
5.How Much Does it Cost Indian Students to Study PhD in Germany?
6.Requirements to study PhD in Germany?
8.How to Get a German Student Visa?
Apart from the world-class education system, beautiful landscapes, and medieval/modern heritage, Germany is home to some of the best universities in the world. Let us look at some of the reasons why you should consider studying PhD in Germany this year:
Let us look at the type of German universities:
If you are an aspiring PhD student, you are supposed to apply to research/technical universities or research institutes. Moreover, you will be studying at one of the 400 public universities in Germany that offer state funding to PhD students irrespective of their nationality.
There are two semesters in the academic year in Germany, detail of which are mentioned below-
Note: A traditional PhD takes 4-years whereas, a structured doctoral program takes 3 years
Even though doctoral degrees in Germany are free for all students, you may have to pay some other fees during your stay. If you extend the period beyond the standard length of your PhD program, you might have to pay the tuition fees which is called semester contribution. The amount is usually around €100-350 which includes your administration costs, student governance and student services. Since you won’t be paying any tuition fees in Germany, you will be bearing your living expenses. For international students, this amount will need about €867 per month to cover accommodation, food and other living expenses.
As an Indian student, you will be required to submit the following documents to study PhD degree in Germany:
Note: In case your degree is not recognized by the university, you can take a fast-track preparatory course to gain the skills/knowledge required to take up doctoral studies in Germany. That way, you may get accepted by the University for the PhD program. Also, German universities may admit international undergraduate students who have top-quality academic/professional experience in their related field.
Once you have completed all documents required to submit your application, you need to contact your PhD provider since the details of the application procedure may differ from university to university. After finding an available professional tutor for your individual PhD degree, there will be a committee in charge that will decide if your academic profile is suitable and matches the requirements of their PhD program. You will be asked to submit a statement from your personal mentor, certified copies of your qualifications, academic references and Proof of Language Proficiency. You can submit these documents online in PDF or JPG format. To find out if you are the right candidate, you might be asked by the committee to do a Skype interview.
You need to have a German student visa to legally stay and pursue your doctoral degree in Germany. Once your admission gets approved by your PhD provider, you will need to book your visa appointment and on the appointed day, you are required to visit the local German embassy and commence the student visa application process.
List of documents required for the German Student Visa:
Hope this information assists you in making your stay in Germany enjoyable and fruitful. In case you are hungry for more information and tips, please reach out to our expert advisors at Manya-The Princeton Review.
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