Germany is a country in the heart of Western Europe. It borders; Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. Moreover, while pursuing your education in Germany, you can benefit from the excellent transport links from Germany to other European countries that give students the option of traveling and sightseeing other popular cities in Europe, broadening your study abroad experience.
Germany, due to its high academic level and free public universities, is one of the most popular destinations for students to study abroad in in the world. There are hundreds of universities in Germany that have free or very low-fee tuition programs available for international students. This is why many people choose Germany to increase their academic level. Follow this article and learn everything you need to study in Germany.
Home to 83 million inhabitants, Germany is a land of diverse beauty, historical splendor, and state-of-the-art innovation. If you like skiing, then Germany’s mountains are for you. Equally, those who love urban bustle, will be drawn to Germany’s cities – the new pinnacle of cool in Europe. Tradition coexists with techno in these pulsating centers of culture and counterculture, where you can enjoy on Bratwurst and Stollen cake by day and dance in clubs by night.
Germany is a higher education paradise. Unlike in any other country, in Germany you will find many worldwide ranked universities, countless courses to choose from, globally valued degrees that promise high employability to you and affordable living costs.
Moreover, Germany has a long and rich history, a vibrant and dynamic lifestyle mixing the modern and the classics, the urban and the rural which will immerse and make you love every second spent here.
Not surprisingly, Germany is ranked among the world’s top destinations for international students. According to the latest official statistics, there are over 357,000 foreign students seeking a university degree in Germany whereas the number is steadily increasing.
Every year, thousands of scholars coming from all around the world trust their education to German universities and the reasons for this are obvious.
If you have decided to study in Germany, you must be keen to know about the eligibility requirements to study here. The eligibility criteria will vary depending on whether you are applying for undergraduate or postgraduate studies.
If you are planning to apply for an undergraduate course, then you must have completed your high school education. You must also be on par with the German Hochschulzugangsberechtigung” (HZB) which is basically a university entrance test.
There are no specific tests for international students wishing to study undergraduate courses in Germany, but your high school marks must meet the requirements of the university you are applying for. Some universities require that you pass the FSP or theFeststellungsprüfung. This is basically an exam designed to highlight your aptitude for enrolling in a course. The exam is conducted separately by universities so the dates
and the exam specifications will vary. Moreover this exam will be based on the subject you are applying for.
If you are applying for a masters in Germany, then you will have to write the GRE exam. The GRE test score is accepted by most German universities.
In case you are applying for management, finance or business courses in Germany then you must write the GMAT. Some management courses consider GRE scores for admission.
The entrance exams required to study in Germany are usually specific to the university you are applying for. So it is better to check with the university before you take these tests.
Germany has the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world, making it the ideal place to find a job and to finally start working in Germany. After graduation, you should prepare yourself to enter the world of work. Make sure to have all of your certificates available, as well as any other paperwork you may need, such as your residence permit.
You should prepare a resume which highlights your education, any work experience you have and details of any work placements you undertook. Indicate your language and computer skills, as well as any other relevant information.
When you secure a job offer with a minimum of a one-year contract you can apply for a settlement permit and EU Blue Card, which allow you to live and work in Germany.
Admission requirements are set very high by the German Universities. For UG courses as much as 90% is expected for admission. Also, students need to either complete 1 year of Bachelors’s study in India, appear for IITJEE or Fa exam to be eligible to apply for a UG course in Germany. In addition to this students need to appear for IELTS or TOEFL to prove their efficiency in the language.
For PG courses: students are expected to have at least 70-75% from a reputed Indian University. They are also required to appear for GRE (by some Universities) and a score of above 300 should do the needful. Also, it can boost a student’s profile if he or she appears for the course even though the University has not requested it. IELTS (6.0) or TOEFL (100) is also required.
The courses meant for international students are called International study programmes and are taught in English. Hence, students looking for courses exclusively in English must look under the section specified above for their course or under ‘Internationals’. Unless a student has sound knowledge of the German language no point in opting for courses taught in German otherwise. Some courses also have the option of doing a dissertation in German for which students need to prove their efficiency in German beforehand.
The students willing to learn German must do it through certified sources and in India students need to contact only Max Muller Bhavan and clear TesDaf. The level to be cleared is generally specified on the University website as it depends on what percentage of classes are conducted in German.
Germany is also fast becoming a preferred study destination since international students pay zero or little tuition fees as higher education is usually funded by the state government, has excellent university infrastructure and facilities, and its globally recognised degrees.