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Study in Germany

Graduate study in Germany

Higher education institutions in Germany enjoy an excellent reputation. Teaching and research provide important impulses for innovation and progress. German universities combine research and studies and are the scene for on-the-ground discoveries such as the printing-press, computer and MP3 which have become an inseparable part of our modern life.

Every year, thousands of young men and women decide to start or continue study at a German university. There are very good reasons for this, including other international degree programs (IDPs) taught in English medium, excellent quality of education, low or no tuition fees, career opportunities after graduation and all social security.

What is the German university system like?

There are mainly two types of institutions of higher education in Germany:

  • Universities (including universities of technology, abbr. TU) are research-oriented and offer diverse disciplines. They can confer doctoral degrees.
  • Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen, abbr. FH), on the other hand, are practice-oriented and offer courses primarily in engineering, business administration, social sciences, and design. These have strong connections to the industry and offer possibilities for master thesis like joint supervision of a professor and a company. Fachhochschulen does not confer a doctoral degree, although as a master’s degree holder from a Fachhochschule, one is in principle eligible to apply for a doctoral position at a university.

Your interest and inclination should define one of the two types of institutions you choose!

Which is the best university in Germany?

The German answer to this question is: There is no “best university”, nor in one subject and certainly not in all subjects. What Germany offers instead is a multidimensional ranking, in which students and staff decide on the quality of teaching, the environment at the university, the library and other equipment, student numbers, average study duration, number of graduates, third party funding, etc. Like there are many criteria. OnDAAD-CHE ranking gives you a detailed picture of the strengths and weaknesses of each university based on these ideas. Here you can find your program by selecting a subject, a university or even a city in Germany!

What kind of undergraduate programs does Germany offer?

Has a wide range of study programs with

  • English as the sole or primary medium of instruction is called the International Degree Program (IDP). A database of such programs is available here.
  • German as a medium of instruction. A comprehensive database of all study programs in Germany is available here.

Am I eligible to apply for a graduate degree course?

In Germany, every university is autonomous. This means that every university / study program has its own criteria for accepting students. So please check the university website, and especially the program in which you have to find out the exact entry requirements. If you want to take a program / Studienkolleg in German medium then the university will ask for very good German language skills. In such a case, your knowledge of German needs to be certified through exams like TestDaF.

In principle, you are eligible to apply for a graduate program if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Successfully completing the first year of a graduate program from a recognized university in India in the relevant subject area.
  • Successfully completing the IIT Combined Entrance Examination for admission to courses in Technology and Natural Sciences.
  • Passing the aptitude assessment test in Germany, called Feststelungsprüfung.

Feststellungsprüfung is an examination conducted by universities that assesses your proficiency in subjects that are important in your chosen degree program and also in the German language. A foundation course in Germany (Studienkolleg) can help you in preparing for this exam. It is a full-time course with approximately 32 hours of instruction per week and typically takes up to two semesters to complete. The two components of the course are subjects relevant to the German language and study program that you want to register later.

The minimum eligibility criteria for enrollment in a Studienkolleg is a valid school leaving certificate (12th) with relevant subject combination and German language proficiency (approx. B1 level General European Framework of Reference for Languages). Knowledge of your subject and if applicable German language proficiency will be tested by the course coordinator in an entrance exam (Aufnahmeprüfung) before you enroll yourself in the foundation course.

Upon successfully taking Feststellungsprüfung, which consists of a written and an oral component, you are eligible to apply for a graduate degree course. Please remember that success in this exam does not lead to admission to university or FH.

What kind of budget should be in my mind?

In Germany, education is subsidized by the state and therefore most institutions of higher education have a very low or very low tuition fee – per 500 euro per semester tuition fee. Thus, virtually every student in Germany gets a scholarship! However, you have to pay semester contributions ranging from Euro 50 to 5000, depending on the university and services or benefits. You may have to pay higher tuition fees for some special courses. In addition to the tuition / semester fee you will be required to subscribe for Euro 740 per month i.e. accommodation, food, clothing, study material and other expenses such as health insurance and leisure activities. This amount can vary from one city to another, and certainly from lifestyle to lifestyle!

Are there any scholarships available?

Funding is available in Germany in principle and in some cases at the master level.

Can I work in Germany – as a student and later as a professional?

As an international student, you are allowed to work 120 full days or 240 half days in a year. This will help you get some extra pocket-money! After completing your degree in Germany, you can stay in the country for 1.5 years in search of a job keeping your education in mind. Once you get a job, a residence permit issued to you for the purpose of study can be converted into a residence permit to obtain employment. There has always been a very strong industry-academic liaison in Germany. A lot of scientific research is also funded by the industry. During your studies you may have the opportunity to do internships with German companies, which can be a new beginning for your professional career.

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Master study in Germany

Higher education institutions in Germany enjoy an excellent reputation. Teaching and research provide important impulses for innovation and progress. German universities combine research and studies and have become the scene for ground-breaking discoveries such as the printing-press, computer and MP3 which have become inseparable parts of our modern life.

Every year, thousands of international students and scholars choose to study in Germany. There are very good reasons for that. These include other international degree programs (IDPs) taught in English medium, excellent quality of education, little or no tuition fees, promising career opportunities and above all a lively social and cultural union.

How do I choose a university in Germany?

There are various types of institutions of higher education in Germany. Most of these belong to the following categories:

  • Universities (including universities of technology, abbr. TU) are research-oriented and offer diverse disciplines. They can confer doctoral degrees.
  • Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen, abbr. FH), on the other hand, are practice-oriented and offer courses primarily in engineering, business administration, social sciences, and design. These have strong connections to the industry and offer possibilities for master thesis like joint supervision of a professor and a company. Fachhochschulen does not confer a doctoral degree, although as a master’s degree holder from a Fachhochschule, one is eligible to apply for a PhD in a university in theory.

Your interest and inclination should define one of the two types of institutions you choose!

Which is the best university in Germany?

Germany provides a multidimensional ranking given several criteria, which are important from a student’s point of view. For example, student and staff decisions on the quality of teaching, environment in the university, library and other equipment, student numbers, average study duration, number of graduates, third party funding, etc. Thus you get a detailed picture of strengths and weaknesses. Every university here at www.university-ranking.de You can find your program by selecting a subject, a university or even a city in Germany!

What kind of master’s programs does Germany offer?

Has a wide range of study programs with

  • English is said to be the only or primary medium of education, which is called international program. A database of such programs is available here.
  • German as a medium of instruction. A comprehensive database of all study programs in Germany is available here.

Am I eligible to apply for a Masters degree course?

In Germany, every university is autonomous. This means that every university / study program has its own criteria for accepting students. So please check the university website, and especially the admissions you are interested in finding out the exact entry requirements.

Some generalizations, however, are possible and one might say that being a bachelor’s degree holder from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka, your degree is considered equivalent to a German bachelor’s degree and most universities awarded you Qualified for Masters. You meet other criteria.

Some universities may ask for your TOEFL / IELTS / GRE / GMAT score, depending on the subject you choose. For example, GMAT may be asked if you want to study economics or law. If you want to take a program in German medium then the university will ask for very good German language skills. In such a case, your knowledge of German needs to be certified through exams like TestDaF or DSH.

Do i need to know german?

As you have already studied, Germany offers several international degree programs (IDPs) with English as the sole or primary medium of instruction. But as a student in Germany, your life will not be limited on the university campus. You definitely want to interact with people, travel from country to country and give your best time there. This is where knowledge of German will present a great advantage! Universities offer beginner and advanced level courses where you can learn German. But you can start learning the language even while living in Goethe-Institutes (Max-Muller Bhavan) / Goeth-Zentrums in your home country.

What kind of budget should be in my mind?

In Germany, education is subsidized by the state and therefore most institutions of higher education have a very low or very low tuition fee – per 500 euro per semester tuition fee. Thus, virtually every student in Germany gets a scholarship! However, you will have to pay semester contributions ranging from Euro 50 to 5050, depending on the university and services or benefits. Some special courses may require you to pay a higher fee. In addition to tuition fees, if any, you will need EUR 740 per month for subsistence. Housing, food, clothing, study material and other expenses such as health insurance and leisure activities. This amount can vary from one city to another, and certainly from lifestyle to lifestyle!

Are there any scholarships available?

Funding is available in Germany in principle and in some cases at the master level.

Can I work in Germany – as a student and later as a professional?

As an international student, you are allowed to work 120 full days or 240 half days in a year. This will help you get some extra pocket-money! After completing your degree in Germany, you can stay in the country for 18 months to look for a job keeping your education in mind. Once you get a job, a residence permit issued to you for the purpose of study can be converted into a residence permit to obtain employment. There has always been a very strong industry-academic liaison in Germany. A lot of scientific research is also funded by the industry. During your studies you may have the opportunity to do internships with German companies, which can be a new beginning for your professional career.

Where can I find more information about the students’ experience in Germany?

If you want to know more about universities and student life, or read what other international students have to say about Germany. Visit FlyTalks