The hub of the automobile industry, Germany, is known for its highly efficient and internationally renowned education sector. Germany is the 2nd most popular migration destination after USA. It shares its borders with 9 countries: Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Being a key member of Western Europe’s economic, political, and defense organizations, it is one of the most well off and densely populated nations in WE. Berlin (the capital), Munich, Düsseldorf, and Frankfurt are among the most preferred cities in the country to live in. Most of the parts of the country have a moderate seasonal climate predominated by humid westerly winds. The country has 14 national parks, 98 nature parks and more than 400 registered zoos. The German economy is considered to be the 5th largest economy in the world in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP). It is also Europe’s leading as well as largest exporter of machinery, vehicles, chemicals, and household equipment supervised under highly skilled labour.
It is the go to study destination for those who aspire to be an automobile engineer. The World’s biggest automobile manufacturers like Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, and Porsche, all started out of Germany. Since October 2014, all state and government universities have stopped charging national and international students tuition fees for undergraduate programs. However, the other expenses such as food, transportation and accommodation have to be incurred by the students. German Universities are internationally recognized for their quality of education and varied number of courses. The Federal Government endorses partnership programs with a list of international universities. Independent cultural organizations of Germany encourage students by awarding them with scholarships, funds, reimbursement of travel costs among many other types of financial help. Many universities require students to possess basic knowledge of German language for enrolment. It has a national regulatory and quality agency for higher education – the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
Germany has state-run universities and colleges, private universities and cooperative universities as well as other schools offering a wide range of courses through full-time and part-time participation. To obtain a Bachelor’s degree you must have 12+01 year of education. The duration of your course may be a minimum of 3 years. A one or two year study program equals 120 ECTS points. A student must have a bachelor’s degree to apply for a master’s program. A master’s degree is equivalent to a German ‘Diploma’ or ‘Magister’ degree. You can apply for a Ph.D. after completing your master’s program. German universities majorly focus on research which is another factor that adds to their reputation. The students are provided with money for the research projects enabling them to do their own projects and learn through real-life situations.
In order to study in Germany, foreign students may have to apply to different universities as per the guidelines provided by each university. There are two main intakes in a year, summer and winter; the student has to plan the admission process well in advance to meet the application deadlines of each selected university. Once the applications made, the student will get communication from respected universities till admission confirmation. If the student is working in any company then all the relevant work experience certificates needs to be attached with the applications.
German universities accept applications with all the academics and certificates of German and English Language Proficiency. Student needs 6.0 to 6.5 bands in IELTS to prove the English language requirement. German language level A1 and A2 needs to be completed to secure the admission.
The student can avail the rooms in student halls of residence provided by the university near the campus. Student may lease a room or an apartment on sharing basis as per his / her choice and budget. The student will have to consider 8040 Euro year expenditure in total on living expense comprises of room rent, food, stationary expense, and miscellaneous expenses.
The education system in Germany mainly divides into two parts; paid and fee education. Almost all the universities offering masters Program have free education set up for international students. Some universities offering paid education have fees range from 15000 to 25000 Euros per year. The students applying for Undergraduate program are required to enrol in preparatory year admission leading to admission in Graduation in the second year. German universities also offer free doctoral studies for 3 years.
The student can apply for an 18-month residence permit from local foreign nationals’ registration office to look for a job as per relevant qualification. During these 18 months, student may take up any kind of employment to support him / her and fund job search.
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