Introduction

Germany is the third most popular destination among international students in the world and is one of the strongest economies in Europe. Nowadays more than 2,5 million students are enrolled at German universities. Two German cities – Berlin and Munich are named Germany’s best cities for students due to their Impressive study environment, Social environmental advantages, low cost of living as well its cultural and artistic influence. German high education is considered to be one of the top quality educations in the world, alongside with American and British. German universities are deemed as world leaders in medicine and engineering. Studying in Germany requires the graduate degree or the advanced technical college entrance qualification. International students have to show a similar graduate degree. German universities give value to practical experiences in their curriculum but the universities are especially famous for their firm theoretical education. The practical education is offered through internships which are mandatory in some subjects. For a particular duration the students have to work in a company and use their theoretical knowledge in real life situations to gain first-hand experience. Therefore, they can be different for the same subjects at different universities. In Germany there are three different kinds of advanced colleges or universities. Arts, film or music advanced colleges offer practical education in the artistic subjects and Advanced technical colleges, cover the scientific and social subjects.

Varied Courses

With more than 409 institutions across the country, Germany provides more than 14,500 Bachelor and Masters to choose from

Less Tuition Expenses

11 out of 16 states in Germany have no tuition fees at all, while some states require a maximum of only 500£ per year

Affordable Living

The cost of living, on average, is around  700-800£ including rent, food, health insurance, study material and travel

Numerous Scholarships

There are plenty of scholarship possibilities offered to international students to fund their studies by DAAD

Study in English

Knowing German to study in Germany is not mandatory as many of the universities provide courses in English

Part-Time Opportunity

International students are allowed to work for 90 full days or 180 half days with typical wage about 10-15£/hour

Work Permit

Graduate students are allowed to stay for a year after graduation to look for a job. The universities offer support to make it as easy as possible.

Recognized Education

A German university degree is considered one of the best and highly respected by employers around the world

Live and Explore

Besides studying, you will have the chance to live and explore one of the world’s most developed countries and its unique culture, history and landscape

TOP UNIVERSITIES

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Tuition and Living Expenses

Tuition Fee and Financial Aid

The federal states Bayern, Hamburg and Niedersachsen do charge tuition fees which are about 500 Euros. The other federal states do not charge tuition fees but some have special regulations concerning long-time students or a second degree.

All students have to pay another amount of money called the semester fee. With this fee the administration costs for the one person are paid and cafeterias, residential homes or sport facilities are financed. In most cases with these fees one also gets a semester ticket that can be used for bus or train in the area. The semester fee is about 150 to 250 Euros. To study at a private university or technical college is much more expensive because these are financed only by tuition fees. The fees for these universities can be up to 20.000 Euros per year.

Based on official figures from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the average cost of studying in Germany is US$540 (€470) for school fees.

In Germany there are different foundations and organizations that help international students. The scholarships from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) are always granted to make the students education free or at reasonably decreased rates.

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
Food & Drinks – €125
Miscellaneous expenditure – €50

Jobs in Germany

Students can work part-time to finance their studies and foreign students can do the same without having to get a work permit. However, if you come from a non-EU country the amount of time you are allowed to work is limited to 90 days per year with 8 hour working days, or 180 half days per year. In some federal states, you are only allowed to work during vacation. However, those coming from within the EU have the same free access to the labor market as German students do. As part of their studies, many German students do apprenticeships during their summer or winter holidays. These offer first-hand experience and direct contact with potential employers.

Universities often help with organizing appropriate internships, especially during summer vacation. There are magazines that focus on career issues for university students and young professionals, such as Junge Karriere. Its website has information on employment opportunities in different industries, tips and tricks for writing CVs, a job spider which searches through different job engines, and provides information on career fairs.

If a student gets a permanent job offer after university graduation, then he is not permitted to remain in Germany with a student visa. Official policy is that the student must return to his home country before he can apply for a residency visa and work permit. However, if his employer wants him to start working quickly, this can be avoided by a lawyer making a petition.

Major industries: chemicals, engineering, electronics, IT, machinery, coal, vehicles, machine tools, food and beverages, shipbuilding, textiles.
Recent growth areas: telecoms, high-tech manufactured products, automotive industry, banking, tourism.
Industries in decline: mining, forestry, steel, agriculture, the remnants of former state-run industries in the former East Germany.
Shortage occupations: skilled trades such as builders, mechanical, automotive and electrical engineers, IT specialists, doctors, and teachers.
Major companies: Adidas, Aldi, Allianz, BASF, Bayer, BMW, Bosch, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, E.ON, Lidl, Merck KGaA, SAP, Siemens, Volkswagen Group.

Application and Visa

1.Shortlist the University & Course from databases such as

 www.daad.de

 www.hrk.de

For subjects like medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutics and animal health the application has to be sent to a central office, www.hochschulstart.de provides more information. For all other programs the application has to be sent so the foreign office of the university or one has to apply with uni-assist. Uni-assist helps international students with their application in Germany but also demands money for the service.

  1. Make a list of all requirements & application deadlines
  1. If TOEFL or GRE/GMAT is necessary

 Prepare, Register, Take test

  1. Take a German language course

 Enquire at Goethe Institute / language institute

 Take at least Basic Ground level 1 course (120 Hours)

 If your course demands German proficiency then plan accordingly

  1. Get letters of recommendation from your professors or corporate executive who has supervised your work
  1. Get attested photocopies of all transcripts

Semester Mark sheets

Transfer certificate

 Awards of distinction

 Technical paper presentation

 Project work

 Special courses relevant to the field of study undertaken

 Letters of appreciation / achievement if any

 Special skills

 Proof of Leadership qualities

  1. Write a Statement of Purpose
  1. Write a covering letter for each application separately and justify why you should be given admission
  1. Complete the application either online/offline
  1. Apply for scholarship if information is available
  1. Dispatch the application through courier well in advance

 Apply at least to 5 Universities

 Check if all requirements are met

 In case of doubt ask the course coordinator for clarifications through email

 Enclose proof of application fee payment, if any.

  1. Follow up with the course coordinator or administrator to cross verify if the application has reached.

You should get a student visa if you are planning to study in Germany. If you have been accepted at a 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 applications will be sent to the Immigration Office where you will study. After the application gets approved by the Immigration Office the consulate will issue a residence permit in the form of visa. You are required to register upon your first arrival in Germany.

Required Documents:

Completed application form

Valid Passport

2 photographs

Letter of Admission

Transcript of academic record

Proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while living in Germany

Declaration of authenticity of documents submitted

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

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 well in advance before your departure because the application of student visas can take up to 25 days to be processed. Applicants have to pay the visa fees by a bank transfer. 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.

Schedule your trip to Germany so that you have sufficient time to enrol at your university and take care of the administrative obligations. Enrolment is a prerequisite for obtaining the “residence permit for purposes of study”.

You have to apply for a residence permit if you

Are not a citizen of an EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, and

Intend to study longer than 90 days

You have to apply for a residence permit at the Alien Registration Office in your university town within your first three months in Germany.

Make sure to take the following documents with you when you apply:

Confirmation of registration from the Residents’ Registration Office

Confirmation of private or public health insurance coverage

Student ID from your German university (certificate of enrolment)

Proof of financial resources (if you didn’t present it earlier when you applied for a visa)

Valid passport and current visa, if you have one

Certificate of health (if applicable)

Your tenancy agreement (if applicable)

Biometric passport photos (if applicable)

Money for the residence permit fee (inquire at the International Office about the current rate)

You initially receive a two-year residence permit which can be extended if necessary. The approval of an extension depends on whether your studies have proceeded “properly” (i.e. you are keeping within thestandard period of study for your degree programme). You have to present a letter of confirmation to this effect from your university. And remember: You must apply for an extension before your residence permit expires.

Complete Student Visa Application Process

Culture and Living in Germany

Going to a new place always means adjusting and learning about that country and its culture.It is helpful to prepare yourself before going abroad, for the new things you will encounter. There is no shortage of student clubs and activities on and off campus, so if you are interested in activities like hiking or chess or any other activity, you can continue pursuing the same interests and engage in the same activities and make new friends and learn German in the process.

In Germany it is possible to do numerous activities and trips besides the studies. Most of the big cities have a historical tradition and are very interesting. Furthermore, there are many different landscapes that have their own secrets and can fascinate on their own way. For sports fans there are hiking tours, canoeing or winter sports and big cities allure the fashion and city lovers.

It is said by law that every person that lives in Germany has to have a health insurance. There is a difference between the compulsory health insurance in which one is a member automatically and the private health insurances that require certain circumstances. For international students there are some more appointments, for example the health insurance from EU-countries can be accepted in Germany. Those who already have an insurance in their home country should ask if this is accepted in Germany.

Even if the health insurance is accepted it can be good to have an additional private health insurance. The conditions and benefits of the home health insurance can decrease in Germany and not all costs are covered or certain benefits are not paid at all. It is important to get the information and avoid high co-payments.

In Germany one has to pay 10 Euros for every three months in which he or she visited a doctor, if insured. Without the insurance these costs and the costs for drugs and other medical treatment can increase very fast even if nothing bad happened.

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