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.
With more than 409 institutions across the country, Germany provides more than 14,500 Bachelor and Masters to choose from
11 out of 16 states in Germany have no tuition fees at all, while some states require a maximum of only 500£ per year
The cost of living, on average, is around 700-800£ including rent, food, health insurance, study material and travel
There are plenty of scholarship possibilities offered to international students to fund their studies by DAAD
Knowing German to study in Germany is not mandatory as many of the universities provide courses in English
International students are allowed to work for 90 full days or 180 half days with typical wage about 10-15£/hour
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.
A German university degree is considered one of the best and highly respected by employers around the world
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
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.
1.Shortlist the University & Course from databases such as
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.
Prepare, Register, Take test
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
Semester Mark sheets
Awards of distinction
Technical paper presentation
Special courses relevant to the field of study undertaken
Letters of appreciation / achievement if any
Proof of Leadership qualities
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.
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.
Completed application form
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.