WHY STUDY IN GERMANY?
Germany is ranked among the world’s top study destination for international students and the number of incoming international student has been increasing. Germany is home to many worldwide ranked universities, globally recognized degrees, and state of art infrastructure. Germany is considered as the land of innovation because of its vast and promising history in the field of science and technology. Apart from having the best universities Germany also offers countless courses and degrees in every field of study, engineering programmers are the most valued at German universities.
The education in Germany is focused more on practical side as compared to theoretical aspect and that is the reason why the German graduates are always in demand all around the world. Germany is the only international study destination in which universities charge no tuition fees provided you study in public university, the international students need to only pay few administrative costs like transportation tickets, union fees. No tuition fees have been a sole reason for many students from developing country to move to Germany to pursue their degrees.
Germany has a lot of natural bounty, greenery, close to 400 zoos, more than 100 natural parks, this gives student an opportunity to go hiking, go sightseeing, get to experience the night life of Europe (music fest, sports… etc), explore the country and understanding the culture as a whole.
COSTS AND SCHOLORSHIPS
International students pursuing undergraduate level degree don’t need to pay any tuition fees if they choose to study in public university. Students only have to pay a minimal amount approximately 500 Euros per semester which includes the basic administration fees and union fees. Private university have the freedom of charging full fees which ranges from 15000 to 22000 Euros. If the student wishes to pursue any business related program then the average tuition fees would be approximately 11000 to 15000 Euros.
For Master’s or post graduate degree there is no tuition fees if the degree you choose is classified as “consecutive” which means following directly on from a related degree which is gained in Germany, hence the condition is that the student must have completed the undergraduate degree from German university and should be related to the same field of study.
Tuition fees for “non-consecutive” master’s degree which means that the student has gained the undergraduate degree elsewhere in the world and want to pursue post graduation in Germany. The tuition fees ranges anywhere from 18000 to 32000 Euros.
The living cost depends on the kind of accommodation, lifestyle of the student, the city and the mode of transportation chosen. Students need to spend on food and rent which is close to 450 Euros on weekly basis which depends on the accommodation chosen by student i.e. shared flat or hostel and also the kind of meal plan, usually the average living cost in Germany is approximately 10,000 Euros annually.
POPULAR COURSES IN GERMANY
- Automotive engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Industrial engineering
- Natural sciences
- Business administration
- Aeronautical management
- Health administration
As an international student you have the opportunity to work while you study, students can take up to either 120 fully days of work per year or 240 half-days of work per year. Students need to make sure that if they take any internship (paid or unpaid) it will be counted in their permitted working days. International students are also not allowed to be self-employed or do freelancing work. Students need to apply to federal employment agency to get their permit for working while they study.
Here are some of the best part-time jobs for international students
- Research assistant
- Office assistant
- Language tutor
- Support staff at café
- Retail store assistant
- Home delivery
Students can somewhere earn up to 450 Euros and if they earn more than 450 Euros they’ll be allotted a tax number and the tax will be automatically deducted from student’s salary, which students can claim at the end of the year.
Students may wish to stay in Germany to find work after completion of the course, they are allowed to extend their residence permit for up to a total of 18 months starting from the date of course completion to find work which is related to their field of study. We suggest our students to start looking for jobs in their final semester and get a good hold on the language which would further open more job opportunities for them.
Students may choose to apply for EU Blue card which is somewhat similar to US Green card, students are free to remain in Germany until their EU Blue card application process is pending. To apply for blue card it is necessary that student must be earning at least 53000 Euros annually or at least 42000 Euros if you are engineer, scientist or physician. To know more about this student are advised to contact the foreign residents’ registration office.
After 2 years of getting the EU Blue card students may apply for the PR which is the settlement permit.
VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR GERMANY
- Certificate of health insurance
- Valid passport
- Proof of finance that you will be able to support yourself during your stay
- Letter of admission from a German educational institution
- Academic certifications
- Standardized test scores
- English language skills (IELTS)
- 2-3 passport size photos with bio-metric specifications