Studying in Germany

This is regarding your answer to Soulat Arshi in Deccan Herald (Education) of January 23, 2014 concerning studying medicine in Germany.

The answer only cites ‘many barriers’ and later encourages the student to rather look for medical studies in emerging economies.

A well researched reply would have contained the following elements:

n  Surely it is important to have a good knowledge of German when you study medicine in Germany. Six Goethe Institutes and seven Goethe Centres offer affordable and professional language preparation in that regard.

n  No tuition fees: Education is free in Germany for domestic and foreign students. The student will only have living expenses to cover. Students can also work up to a certain limit to finance their living expenses.

n  Another point not mentioned are the contact points of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD e-mail,, in New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, and in Bangalore, where student interested in studying in Germany can get information related to study and research in Germany.

The German Consulate General in Bangalore as well as all the missions and Goethe-Institutes are also happy to provide advice in this regard.

German universities are welcoming and student friendly: Out of the 2.4 million students in Germany over 260000 are from outside Germany and the numbers are growing rapidly especially from Asian countries. Germany tops the list of the most internationalised countries in the higher education arena. A whopping 11.1% of students in Germany are international whereas in the USA it is only 3.7%.  Since about six years the number of Indian students in Germany is growing at a rate of 20% annually reaching over 7000 now. Germany is already now the most important destination for Indian students after five English-speaking countries.

Jorn Rohde
Consul General of the Federal
Republic of Germany, Bangalore

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