Dutchland is a country of ideas, research, science and practical knowledge has a vital role in the German way of doing things. A favourite destination for research and post-doctorate students, as the country has a flagship in new patents and top quality research.
Popular courses to study in Germany are-: Mechanical, Automobile, Natural Sciences, Biotechnology and Mathematics. A total of 16 states have no tuition fees for all the students whether domestic or international. However, a minimal fee of administration has to be paid per semester. Different type of universities in Germany are-: universities of cooperative education, university, University of applied sciences and private universities. Universities mainly focuses on research and emphasizes on the practical knowledge, only universities have the liberty of to award the doctorate degree, universities, however, have number of courses to offer but are specialized in few specific and are then called as college of education or Technical universities, universities which focus on practical and practice are categorized as university of applied sciences. In applied science universities students focuses more on practical semesters, on job training and big projects.
Nevertheless, there are few universities which can focus on only one subject. As there are no tuition fees for international and domestic students getting entry to public German universities can be a daunting task. However, there are private universities and business school which do charge the tuition fees. Even if a student meets the all the entry requirement still securing a seat is quite tough as there are no application fees which attract the high-quality students worldwide. It is even tougher to get an admission in popular courses such as Dentistry, medicine, veterinary and pharmacy. Germany is a fourth most popular destination in the world after USA, UK and Australia. 15 German Universities make it to top 250 globally
In the recent development, Baden- Wurttemberg a south-west state in Germany has reintroduced the tuition fees for international students, which can result in other states following the same trend in near future. However, the fees charged by the universities in the state is still on the lower side as compared to universities in other countries. The amount is as minimal as 1500 Euros per semester.
Documents Required for Application-:
Certified academic documents
German Translated transcripts (Required in some universities)
Passport size photographs
Copy of a valid passport
German Language certificates if any
Projects/ Papers/ Journals
There are two intakes- January/ February and September/October. Offer letter and Letter of acceptance are mainly issued after 2-3 weeks of the application. However private universities have flexible intake and comparatively easy process as well.
A different process in German visa is the blocked account which is absent in other countries visa processing. Initiating the visa processing is ticked off with the opening of a blocked account where it is mandatory to showcase a minimum of 8800 Euros for a year, the amount blocked will only be used when one has landed is in the Germany. Opening a blocked account requires a few formalities like filled forms along with the copy of passport certified by the German Diplomatic Mission. Depending on the banks they can charge fees of 50-150 Euros for opening a blocked account. An EC card will be issued in the name of the student which can be used for transactions in Germany.
Income statement of self and parents, Security deposit, Scholarships and banker’s guarantee.
Part Time and Living Expense
Students can opt for part-time job opportunities, do keep in mind the limits and the challenges along with it, as the limit is 20 hours per week. The challenges can be numerous as local language can be the biggest hindrance and second being the rigorous and extensive course which can be very time demanding. As most of the students will be engaged in completing the assigned task, assignments, reports, projects and presentation. It is also highly recommended not to be dependent on the part-time earnings. Scholarships can be very handy as there are numerously available and the same aids the students in the budget so that students don't have to break the bank in order to study in the country. Health insurance is compulsory for all the international students enrolled in the university, by doing so the medical expense are covered by the insurance companies in case of accidents or illness and paid as reimbursements. Some of the health insurance taken in the home countries are also recognized in the country.
Accommodation can be a problem especially in big cities like Berlin and Munich. Prices are higher in big cities like Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, students should keep a budget of 300-600 Euros depending upon the location, size and amenities provided. However the accommodation is eastern Germany is much cheaper when compared with the Western part. Early accommodation hunting will be beneficial if looking for sharing the flat, by doing so the budget is under control and one gets a chance to socialize and mingle with other folks.
Top Companies in Germany
There is a number of multinational companies which have a worldwide presence. Some of the flagship companies are German-: Allianz, SAP, BMW Group, Deutsche Post (DHL), DaimlerChrysler, Deutsche Bank Group, Deutsche Telekom, E.ON, Siemens Group, Munich Re, RWE Group, Volkswagen Group, BASF Group, Commerzbank, Bayer Group, Metro AG, HVB Group, ThyssenKrupp Group, Eurohypo, and Continental. Not only are the multinational companies but their series of startups flourishing in Berlin which is also termed as Silicon Valley of Europe. To add on there are medium-sized companies which are known worldwide in their respective fields. German Economy is one of the robust and strongest in Europe. In term of job opportunities for international students, the country is best as employers and companies are very open to sponsoring international students. Government laws and policies are also lenient when compared with other European counterparts in terms of welcoming international talented immigrants for jobs in the country.
For support services and student services, the primary point of contact is the international office of the country.
Most popular job sectors in the country are-: Automotive, Electrical, Healthcare, Telecommunication and Information Technology.
The student is allowed to stay back for 18months to look for jobs post degree.
International Students can work while studying in Germany. Universities allow them to work for not more than 20 hours
Fees for visa= Euro 60/-
Top Universities in the Germany
Technische Universität München
Ludwig-Maximilians - Universität München
KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Technische Universität Berlin
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Technische Universität Dresden
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Universität Frankfurt am Main
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.