This is one of the world’s most popular non-Anglophone countries, known for its cars, beer, bread, sausages, cathedrals, castles, football, but most importantly for its free education. More than 3,24,000 foreign students from China, India, Russia, Austria, Italy, France, Cameron, Ukraine, Turkey and Bulgaria are in Germany.
- With more than 409 higher education institutions across the country, Germany provides each student with the possibility to choose more than 14,500 Bachelor and Master degree programmes.
- 11 out of the 16 states in Germany have no tuition fees at all, while some states require a maximum of only 500€ per year.
- German universities and their professional academic staff offer high quality and up to date education in Engineering, Medicine, Science and Economics.
- The cost of living, on average, is around 700-800€ including rent, food, transport, health insurance, telephone/internet, study materials and leisure activities.
- There are many scholarship possibilities offered for international students to fund their studies by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and also many political and business foundations.
- Many universities offer international courses in English language as well. So knowing German to study in Germany is not mandatory but is recommended.
- International students are allowed to work for 90 full working days or 180 half working days in a year in order to support themselves. Typical student wages range from 10 to 15 Euros an hour.
- Foreign students are allowed to stay for a year after graduation, in the event of looking for a job. Germany offers long-term work opportunities for successful students.
- Besides studying, you have the chance to live and explore one of the world’s most developed countries and its unique culture, history and landscape.
- Whether you’ll study as an international student, enjoy a beer at Oktoberfest, eat a tasty Würst sausage in Frankfurt or watch a Bayern soccer game, you’ll have an unforgettable experience in Germany.
Education System in Germany
Two types of universities exist: public and private universities. Tuition fees are not billed by public institutions. In Germany, there are 400 public universities in total. There are few private universities (120) and they can be very costly. Many German universities often believe in academic freedom, where students do not have to attend set classes and can make their choices. A Bachelor’s degree lasts three to three years. A Bachelor’s degree lasts three or four years, and a Master’s degree typically lasts just two years (lasting for 2 to 5 semesters). For a total of 120 ECTS credits, you can get a master’s degree. Via modules, coursework and tests, 90 of these will be won. Your thesis work and dissertation account for the remaining 30.
- Summer (April)- popular deadlines for international students- 15 Jan
- Winter (Sept/Oct)- popular deadlines for international students- 15 July
It is really difficult to fit all learners in one intake, so there are two intakes. During the winter intake, the class size is greater. During winter intake, job opportunities and assistantships are greater because many professors then begin their research. For extracurricular activities, winter is also better. Approvals for visas are independent of any intake. If your favorite course is only available at the beginning of the summer, you should not miss it.
- Research Universities: These carry out original academic research work in various works. They award Masters and Phd degrees. Also known as Universität.
- Technical Universities: Known to excel at science, technology and engineering research. Also known as Technische Universität.
- Universities of Applied Sciences: The target is providing more practical education in engineering, business and social sciences. They often have co-ops and partnerships with business organizations. Also known as Fachhochschulen.
- Colleges of Art, Film and Music: These universities offer guidance in creative fields.
Cost of Studying in Germany
Germany eliminated tuition fees for both domestic and foreign students in 16 states in 2014. With less or no fees, you can find a lot of colleges. Exceptions in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg are those in which the government still charges about EUR 1500 in tuition fees. All universities are required to pay a semester contribution of approximately EUR 250 on average per semester. In some universities, students have to pay an extra administrative fee of about 50 euros per semester. Students require about 850 euros to survive the month.
- Tuition Fees
Good news is that education in Germany is basically free for all domestic and international students. Indian students can pursue a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program free of cost at most German universities. Most of the German Universities are public where you only have to pay an administration fee of €100-€200 every year along with a semester re-enrolment fee. Some of the best German public universities are:
- RWTH Aachen University
- University of Mannheim
- University of Bremen
- University of Cologne
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Tuition fees in private universities depend on the field of study and the university. Indian students can have to pay anything between €3000-€20,000 per year.
- Accommodation Cost
House rent is generally the most expensive in Germany. Indian students can opt for cheap options like staying in residence halls but it is difficult to secure. Most students stay in rented apartments. The average cost of living in Germany is as follows:
- Private Flat: €350- 550 per month
- Shared Flat: € 260-400 per month
- Residence Halls: €150- 250 per month
The total monthly cost of living in Germany can range anywhere between € 600 – € 800 (Rs. 43,000 – 58,000) depending on whether you manage to find affordable accommodation.
- Food Cost
Indian students in Germany spend about €170 per month on food. Students can buy groceries from supermarkets like Aldi, Lidl, and Netto for a cheaper price. Dinner at a cheap restaurant costs €10 while a three-course meal in Germany can cost around €45. Students can have supplementary drinks for €3.
- Transportation Cost
Transportation cost takes up around 10% of the total budget. Indian students can buy a monthly pass for €30-€100 for cheap transport. Germany’s Deutsche Bahn train system allows you to visit German cities for €20-€70. You can also rent a bicycle for €15-€20 a day and travel around.
- Lifestyle Cost
Not only can is study free in Germany, but it is also a pretty accessible country in terms of living costs. The average cost of living for Indian students range between is €630-€1000 per month including accommodation.In large cities like Berlin, Frankfurt or Dusseldorf, living costs are slightly higher in the range of €900-€1500 per month whereas in small cities like Freiburg or Leipzig you can live comfortably within €750-€1100 per month. If you live in an apartment, utility cost per month including water, gas, and electricity is €200 while internet cost shared between tenants is around €140 per month.
Popular Cities and Courses
In certain cases, it is understood that students need to study more than realistic theory. The standard of education, however, is high, and some common universities need to be explored.
Famous stage of the course for foreign learners: postgraduate degree (1,32,000 students)
Most desirable: Engineering (37 percent)
Law, economics and social sciences, second most: (27 percent)
Least Popular: Sports (Less than 1300)
Popular cities to study in Germany are
Popular free universities in Germany for masters with No Tuition Fee (especially for international students):
- Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
- Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Heidelberg University)
- Humboldt University of Berlin
- Free University of Berlin
- University of Göttingen
- University of Hamburg
- University of Stuttgart
Popular courses to study in Germany:
- Medicine and Dentistry
- Industrial Engineering
- Engineering (General)
- Mathematics and Computer Science
- Natural Sciences (Pure Sciences)
- Business and Economics
- Earth Sciences
Job prospects in Germany
Legally, as an international student you are permitted to work with a German Student Visa for 120 full days or 240 half days each year. These may vary, however, based on a number of factors, such as location, type of job (if you are supposed to put in additional man hours for the job), etc.
Here are some basic rules you need to follow:
- You will need a permit from the Alien Registration Office (Agentur für Arbeit) and financial officers if you wish to operate. The maximum number of working hours written on it would be for the permit. Generally, during college hours, students are required to work 20 hours a week and during holidays full time. The laws differ depending on whether or not you’re from the EU.
- If you are enrolled in a preparatory or language course, the rules may be stricter. You may require express permission to function in these situations. The minimum wage of EUR 10 per hour is (raised in 2019).
- There is no income tax to be charged to someone making less than €470 a month. Research assistants need to pay no taxes at all. You also may not need to pay tax if you have been employed or have a time span of less than 50 consecutive days for a period of one year.
- Students are recommended not to work more than 20 hours a week, not just because it is unethical, but also because it increases certain extra costs.
- Working on University campus can be beneficial for a student. This is because in some cases, longer working hours are permitted and taxes may also be exempted
What jobs can I get while working as a student?
- Graduate / Research / Teaching Assistant
- Work as a waiter, server, support member, etc. at bars, cafes, and suchEnglish Tutor. If you’re really good at the language.
- Internship in your field, etc.
- Register: Register with us.
- Profiling: We assess academic qualifications, work experience, financial status, career goals as well as life interests and aspirations.
- Standardized Tests: We evaluate the requirement of any standardized tests you may need to take or review results that has been already obtained.
- University/Course Selection: Together, we shortlist potential countries, universities and courses that match your profile.
- Document Editing: We edit essays, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation and Resume, which have been written by you.
- Application Review and Submission: The completed application forms are reviewed before they are submitted to your final choice of universities.
- Interview Preparation: We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the chosen universities.
- Visa Counselling: We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the High Commissions or Embassies, as well as the collation and review of relevant documentation for submission of the visa application.
- Pre-Departure Information: We deliver comprehensive information about the country of choice to ensure that you are completely prepared for life at an overseas university.
Documents Required for Germany Student Visa
- Completed application form
- two photographs
- university offer letter (look at exceptions below)
- academic transcripts, German or English Language proficiency depending on language of the course
- Show proof of sufficient funds required to survive in Germany for a year (roughly 10,500 euro of living plus university charges)
- Health insurance certificate (80- 150 euros per month)
- Declaration of the authenticity of your documents
- Show that you don’t have any criminal record.
- What is the minimum score for studying in Germany for IELTS?
The minimum requirement for the majority of technical courses is 6.5. A student can submit their IELTS score to 5 Universities within a month of having your exams.
- For how long can I stay in Germany after my course?
International students with a residence permit can extend their stay and can seek work for up to 18 months after graduating provided that the job is related to their field of study. Graduates from EU/EEA countries can stay on to seek work without any restrictions or permits. After two years of employment in Germany, once can try applying for a permanent residency status. It is not essential but definitely beneficial to be proficient in the German language when seeking work in Germany
- Will a student take their family on a student visa with them?
For an international student studying in Germany, it is possible to bring their parents to stay with them during their study period, subject to certain requirements.
- Is it hard to learn German, considering its the local and commonly conversed language there?
Students normally live in the misconception that German is a difficult language to learn, when in reality, it’s not nearly as hard to learn as many think