Studying in Germany

Studying in Germany

Germany today stands as an attractive destination for students aiming at higher education abroad for many reasons. Among them are minimal or no tuition fees, social security, right to work after education together with the possibility of getting the European Blue Card and the strong economic position of Germany in comparison to other European countries. Approximately 240,000 international students are enrolled at German higher education institutions, where some 18,000 international graduate students a year are studying for doctorates and 26,000 foreign researchers work.

That makes Germany one of the world’s most attractive research and higher education nations – after the USA and the UK. There are over 7500 Indian students registered at German universities. This number reflects an increase of 114.2% over the number in 2008. Close to 80% of Indian students go to Germany for higher studies in the fields of science and engineering.  India ranks 2nd on the list of the top countries of origin of international students enrolled in Master’s degree programmes and PhD programmes in Germany. 

Where do I get Information?

All the relevand infomation is available on web links or one can also approach DAAD Information  point in Bangalore.

Visit German Study and research 

Expo 2014  www.daaddelhi.org/expo2014Funding programmes for Indians at DAAD: www.daaddelhi.org/en/14498/index.htmlFunding programmes from other German organisations: www.funding-guide.de DAAD Information Point, Bangalore, www.daaddelhi.org, E-mail: bangalore@daadindia.org

 Language - No longer a barrier 

With over 1500 International Degree Programmes offered in English medium, language is no longer a barrier to study in Germany. Though language proficiency is a must for courses like Medicine, 6 Goethe Institutes and 7 Goethe Centres spread across India offer German language courses. At the doctoral level, English is the language of research and it is possible to submit your PhD thesis in English. 

Admissions made simple

As far as the admissions are concerned, German universities have always gone for quality over quantity. All universities in Germany are autonomous and each university develops its own procedure to select potential students. Besides academic grades, TOEFL, IELTS, GRE etc. may play a role. Approach the university of your interest directly, admission procedure is simple and transparent it is not recommended to seek any agencies help.

Cost of Living/ Tuition Fees

Tuition fee is waved at the public funded universities (more than 95% of the students study at the public universities in Germany) in Germany, also for the international students. However, a Master or a Doctoral student is obliged to pay a minimal fee of 200-300€ per Semester at the time of enrolment, which ensures a Semester Travel Card that allows free travelling in the city of residence and often also within the state using the well connected public transport system in Germany. 

Along with this students require about Euro 740 (approx. INR 45,000) per month for subsistence i.e. housing, food, clothing, study material and other expenses such as health insurance and leisure activities. This amount can vary from city to city, and of course from lifestyle to lifestyle. 

Is there any scholarship to fund my Master or Doctorate in Germany?

YES! The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) website provides a wide range of information about studying in Germany.  Doctoral students at research training groups and graduate schools or non-university research schools either work on a research project as a research associate or receive a scholarship.

Can I work in Germany as a Student?

YES! Foreign students are allowed to work alongside their studies for 120 full days or 240 half days in a year. The HiWi jobs, if available (comparable to project assistant) in research projects at their respective universities are also a good option to earn money and gain research experience.

Can I stay back and look for a Job?

Certainly Yes! After completing their studies, foreign students may remain in Germany for 18 months to look for qualified jobs and eventually get the European Blue Card.

German study, research expo

Germany has seen a record growth in the number of Indians studying and researching in Germany. In the past five years, this number has more than doubled. This year 18 German universities, research and funding institutions are visiting Bangalore for the Study and Research Expo organised at the Christ University, Hosur Road on 25-26 February, 2014. 

Further information is available on www.daaddelhi.org/expo20

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