Germany, being one of the pioneers in technological innovation and scientific exploration is world-renowned for its quality of products and education. People all over the world consider “Made in Germany” as a seal of quality. Famous brands like Adidas, Puma, Hugo Boss, Volkswagen, Allianz, Daimler, BMW, Siemens, BASF, Munich Re, E.ON, Bayer, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi are German-based companies. Hence, commodities made in Germany enjoy the highest reputation and consumer satisfaction all over the worldwide.
Germany is today the 3rd most popular study destination among international students in the world. Its glorious past and thriving present is the provenance of its endeavour in excelling in giving qualitative education. The country attracts hundreds and thousands of students every year mainly because of the outstanding education system, friendly nature of the people, laid-back nature, a unique blend of cultures, relaxing atmosphere, and high standard of living available there.
According to the most recent statistics, more than 300,000 international students are studying in Germany of which, nearly 20,000 are Indian! As per a recently conducted survey, 85% of the international students studying in Germany were satisfied with the high-quality of education provided by the German institution.
1. No tuition fees at public universities
In Germany, education is subsidized by the government; therefore state-funded institutions charge no tuition fee not only for domestic students but also for international students. Hence, every student gets a scholarship in Germany if studying in a public-funded institution.
2. Qualitative education
German education is highly qualitative and widely accepted across the world. High academic standards and well-organized study curricula prepared by diversified professional staff ensure qualitative education in all disciplines. Pragmatism, innovation and international cooperation are the salient features of world-class German education. Moreover, German universities are highly research oriented, which is the embodiment of their qualitative education.
3. World’s fourth-largest economy
Germany today, is the largest economy in the European Union (EU) and 4th largest in the world, following the USA, China, and Japan. Factors like great innovativeness, competitiveness, global networking and a strong focus on exports have helped Germany to achieve this position in the global economy. Moreover, Germany is the 3rd largest exporter in the world.
4. Numerous scholarship programmes
The German government recognises that international students bring fresh ideas to the country and contribute a great deal to various disciplines and the industry with the knowledge they bring from their home countries. If you have an excellent academic record, you can apply for a range of scholarship programmes to finance your overseas studies in Germany. Global Opportunities will help you in finding the best financial aid.
5. Excellent employment prospects
Foreign students are permitted to work for 190 full days or 240 half days per year. Students can work at an institute, library or other facilities in the campus where they study. The German employment laws pertaining to foreign students are very stringent. If an international student is found to violate employment laws, they will be debarred from the country. Germany has excellent career prospects as universities and intuitions have a partnership with multinational companies. These symbiotic and strategic relationships offer multiple internships and other practical/job oriented work opportunities for students while studying in Germany, followed by employment opportunities after completing their studies.
6. A global industrial hub
Most multinational business giants have their presence in this country. This means that there are limitless career and networking possibilities after you complete your studies. Famous industries of Germany are iron and steel, coal, cement, mineral fuels, chemicals, plastics, production machinery, vehicles, trains, shipbuilding, space and aircraft, machine tools, electronics, information technology, optical and medical apparatus, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, textile.
7. A safe and welcoming environment
Strict laws and correspondingly low crime rates make Germany one of the safest countries in the world to live! German people are very amicable and highly disciplined. An exceptional welcoming attitude of the local populace provides a very comfortable living environment. In addition, the support service for international students is among the best in the world.
8. Ease of visa acquisition and residency
The country’s government invest a large amount in their higher education sector, both in quality and infrastructure, aiming to attract more international students in the increasing globalised scenario. In fact, they allocate the highest percentage of public funding to education in the world. Germany has moderate entry requirements so that international students can easily apply for the courses that they offer. Moreover, an international student is permitted to stay in Germany for a period of 18 months after completing their education. They are permitted to do a full-time job during this period which can be extended further depending on the circumstances. International students can easily get a residence permit in Germany.
9. World's biggest country for Engineering and research based programme
Germany is known for its engineering degree courses. With more than 3,500 engineering degree courses and 250 international Master's courses, the country opens the gateway for ample career opportunities to international students in various fields of engineering. In mechanical engineering alone, the scope of subject areas stretches from automotive engineering to nuclear reactor technology. The country invests nearly € 80 billion yearly in research and development (R&D) and promotes the research-based programmes.
10.Strong Internal Relations between India and Germany
The bilateral relation between India and Germany is very strong from all perspectives whether it is culturally, diplomatically, linguistically or educationally. Germany is always fascinated with the Indian scriptures and the Sanskrit language. It is widely believed among the scientific community that their scientific research is built on the Indian scriptures. This country has also got some popularity as the sole preserver of Sanskrit language because of its research in this language and their patronage of this ancient language. This kind of mutual relations makes the country to give a warm welcome to Indian students who want to study in Germany.
There are over 1,000 courses on offer in Germany that are taught in English, and this is increasing all the time! The various courses available in German Universities nurture and develop the best in the students, training them to encourage an open mind, skills in logic, develop creativity and self-reliance. Universities in Germany are famous for having campuses with students from a diverse range of backgrounds. The university offers its students various options to study in Germany as full-time, part-time, evening Programme, distance and eLearning.
There are 44 universities in Germany which rank among the world’s best in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017.Six of the top 100 universities in the world are in Germany, 18 universities are included in the top 250, and 32 universities are counted among the world’s top 500. The capital city Berlin is known as the education hub of Germany.The Top 10 Universities in Germany are:
German universities offer a wide range of courses and programmes as per the field of interest of the students. Whether it is an undergraduate or postgraduate programme a student wants to enrol in, there are numerous options on one’s platter. The country is particularly known for its Engineering, Management, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Mathematics and natural sciences courses. These courses are amongst the most top preferred courses by Indian students studying in Germany.
German universities are autonomous that means in Germany there is no set requirement. Each and every university is having its own admission and eligibility criteria for students to enrol in their university. Therefore students are advised to check the university website and their admission requirements before applying for a specific study programme. The requirement of German language while studying in Germany—certain universities/course requires German Language skills, mainly if you are planning to take up a course/ Studienkolleg in German medium. In that case, the student needs to appear for a recognized German language proficiency test like TestDaF [Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Test of German as a Foreign Language)] or DSH (Deutschen Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) and submit a proof of German language proficiency.The general criteria for applications in German universities are mentioned below:
All international applicants are required to take a recognized English language proficiency test. IELTS/TOEFL score is mostly considered by German Universities/institutions. Minimum IELTS Band score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each section is required and TOEFL score between 79 and 101.
Appear for standard tests and collate all the documents in support of your application to study in Germany (including your German student visa, which takes 6 to 12 weeks to get sanctioned).