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Study in Germany

germany flagThe Federal Republic of Germany lies in the heart of Europe and is a cosmopolitan, democratic country with a great tradition and a lively present. Germany has one of the world’s strongest economies and offers an innovative research and education landscape. At the same time it has a strong creative economy and a dynamic cultural scene. Germany is the European Union’s most populous nation with 82 million inhabitants.

The German Higher Education System

University of applied sciences, college of technology, university, university of cooperative education – the German higher education system has many facts, many different types of institution. This diversity enables students to select the best course for their needs. If you put more emphasis on practical knowledge, then you will be in good hands at a university of applied sciences; if you are interested in theoretical research, then a university is the place for you.

Studying as an International Student

Germany is one of the leaders in the international competition for the world’s best brains. It has got a lot to offer. With more than 300 institutions of higher education it is one of the leading countries in the field of research, science and technology.

The standard of higher education in Germany is rated as first. The renowned tradition of German universities dates back to the 14th century and ensures an outstanding level of education and research. Products of German companies, especially machine tools, motor vehicles and electrical engineering products are leading in the international market.

Study in English

Studying in Germany no longer means studying in German medium alone, over 300 International Degree Programs offer courses which are entirely or partly taught in English. These courses are offered in various disciplines, especially in Engineering, natural sciences, computer sciences and economics and lead to internationally recognized Bachelor or Master degrees or even to a PhD.

Costs

Universities are state-funded, therefore, low tuition fee is charged. You only have to bear your living expenses, such as accommodation, food, transport and health insurance. Special student discounts for various services help to make studying in Germany less expensive than you would have expected. Germany has much more earning opportunities while being student as compared to other traditional countries for higher education.

Low cost of living. German government allows students to be employed and be given the minimum standard of pay. So for the first year of study in Germany, in addition to the 10,000 mark that you prepared for your cost of living, the remaining amount will come from your wage.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fees charged by the State Funded University would range from 500 to 800 Euros per semester, private university 1500 Euros to 12000 Euros and for MBA 500 Euros to 30000 Euros. There are few states in Germany having no tuition fee for Bachelors, Masters & PhD’s.

Earn during your Studies

Germany is known for its industrial hub (Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Hannover, Bonn, etc.) Many world famous German companies such as Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, DPWN, Daimler-Chrysler, Volkswagen, Siemens, Bosch, SAP etc, provide excellent career opportunities to one and all. Many institutions of higher education give offer students the opportunity to do internships or carry out research in industry. Thousands of supplier companies to these big giants also keep their doors open to the international talents.

As a full-time student you are allowed to work part-time for 90 days (180 half days) in one year without a work permit.

Accommodation

There are two types of student accommodation in Germany: dormitories located on or near the university campus and private accommodation in a flat or an apartment. To save money and to get bigger flats, students often set up an apartment-sharing community and live together. This enables them to stay without their parents.

Rental charges currently range from €180 to €250 per month, including costs for electricity, gas, water etc. If rooms are furnished, the landlord is likely to ask for a deposit which is usually of one month’s rent. This is returned to you on departure, as long as the room is left in a satisfactory condition and all rent payments have been made.