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Why Study in Germany

1) How is the Education System in Germany?/ What are the types of universities in Germany?

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2. What are the benefits of studying in Germany? Why Study in Germany?

There are several reasons that make Germany the ideal country of study for international students:

1.Top-quality courses:

German universities are known for their high standard of education and students can be rest assured that they will be trained to meet the highest standard of academic excellence. 

2. Less tuition cost:

Public universities or state-run universities do not charge native or international students any tuition fee, so students pay only a small fee towards administrative and service costs. Tuition fees are charged for non-consecutive Master’s degree courses. The amount of tuition fees varies individually. 

3. Scholarships:

German universities offer several scholarships to deserving meritorious international students under the DAAD – the German Academic Exchange Service. 

4. English mode of teaching:

Though Germany is not an English-speaking country, the universities do provide many programs that are taught in English. 

5. Diversity:

Students come from all across the globe to study in Germany. As such, there is a rich, diverse culture in the country, and international students can rest assured that there is a place for everyone. 

6. Safety:

Germany is known to be comparatively safer than other countries, and since the country maintains political-economic stability, it is an ideal place for international students. Moreover, Germany has one of the best health care systems in the world

7. Travel:

If traveling is something you like to do or something you’ve always had on your bucket list, then Germany is the perfect place. Your student ID, or your public transport pass which is usually included in your semester fees, allows you free usage of the public transport in your region. Moreover, as Germany is closely bordered by so many other European countries, it is cheaper and less time-consuming to travel for a weekend away to one of these beautiful countries. 

8. 18 months Work visa:

For students who hail from countries outside of the EU, a period of 18 months after graduation is granted to them to find employment or prepare for further education. However, you will need to apply to extend your residence permit if you wish to continue living in the country. Once you’ve found employment, you can apply for a German residence permit or an EU Blue Card. 

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3. Is it tough to get admission in German universities?

As Germany is one of the few countries that offer tuition-free study, competition is increasing every year. Students from all over the world apply to German universities, attracted to the high quality of teaching at a low cost. But since German admission committees place a lot of weight-age on grades of previous studies, if you have high grades and achievements, you have a good chance of getting into one of the top universities. 

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4. Factors to consider while choosing Universities in Germany

Choose your program: 

Firstly, you need to decide what kind of program you are looking for. You will need to decide whether you are going for a more theory focused program or an applied practical program. You can narrow down your university choice by deciding between Universitäten, Fachhochschulen, and Kunst- und Musikhochschulen.

Application Requirements:

Once you’ve decided on the program, you need to check the application requirements. Many of the major courses in Germany have standard requirements across all universities, so you should check out what the requirements of your target program are. Also, due to the highly competitive environment, some German programs place restrictions on the number of students who can enroll. Make sure to check these details before applying to a program.

Scholarships:

German universities provide several scholarships for international students under the DAAD. Check which ones you are eligible for and apply. You could also check the university’s website for eligibility for scholarships.

Location:

Germany as a whole is a beautiful country. But of course, like most countries, some places are more populated than others. You might prefer studying in a major city like Munich or Hamburg with a large student population. Or maybe you prefer a small, tightly-knit town, Heidelberg, where it is easier to find affordable accommodation. Whichever you choose, don’t compromise on your preferred course of study.

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5. Is tuition fees in Germany free for foreign students? How Much Does it Cost to Study in Germany?

Germans believe that education should be free to all, and not commercialized. Moreover, the attraction of free education encourages more Germans to opt for higher education, while also attracting the best minds from across the world to study in the country. The economic and social benefits of offering free education are huge, and as such, public/state-run universities in Germany do not charge tuition fees. 

State financed universities in Germany do not charge a tuition fee for EU or non-EU students attending Bachelor’s programs or consecutive Master’s programs. A consecutive Master’s program builds on a previously completed bachelor’s program in the same field allowing students to deepen and broaden the knowledge and skills previously acquired.

You have to complete an undergraduate degree in a specified field to qualify for admission. 

Non-consecutive  Master’s programs means that the Bachelor’s degree is in a different field than the Master’s degree sought, e.g. MBA programs. Typically there is a tuition cost associated with Non-consecutive Master’s programs. 

All programs will require students to pay a small fee for administration costs. While a majority of students attend state-run universities, there is also a minority who attend private colleges. The tuition at private universities is understandably higher, but the quality of education is the same.

 

Average Monthly Living expenses

Rent and utilities

€323

Food and drink

€168

Clothing

€42

Working/learning materials

€20

Travel costs (car and public transport)

€94

Health insurance, medical costs, medicine

€80

Phone, internet, TV

€31

Leisure, culture, sports

€61

Total

€819

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6. Do the German universities give really good placements?

As Germany has the largest economy in Europe, there are a lot of job opportunities available. Most universities have career centers to help students find employment opportunities. However, the competition for these positions is quite high, so students should begin applying to companies as soon as their final year begins. Moreover, most companies require employees to speak German, so if you are planning on working in the country after your studies, you might want to consider learning German. 

Students are granted an extended period of 18 months after their final exam results are announced to search for a job. If you wish to apply for this extended work permit, you should apply, proving that you have health insurance and are able to support yourself financially. However, do not wait until this period to begin searching for opportunities. Plan ahead.

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7. Is it better to do an MS in the US or an MS in Germany?

 

MS in USA

MS in Germany

Tuition costs are very high. 

Tuition is free or costs are negligible.

Popular courses to study are: Engineering, Business, IT and allied fields, Sports, Nutritional Science, Computer Science, English Literature, Physiotherapy, Hospitality.

Popular courses are: Automobile Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Life Sciences. 

Living and accommodation costs in the US are expensive.

Living and accommodation costs are comparatively cheaper in Germany.

Weather varies, depending on the region - some are warm and some are cold.

Weather changes drastically and can be unpredictable. 

Culture is very diverse, as students from all across the world come to study in the US. Language is not a problem either.

Language can be a problem, even among a diverse community. You need to consider learning German.

Difficult to find a technical part-time job, especially one off-campus.

It is relatively easier to find a technical part-time job, especially off-campus

MS programs can have a duration of 1-3 years.

MS programs tend to be only a year-long.

You can apply to most graduate programs only if you have completed 12 years of schooling with 4 years of undergraduate study.

Many universities accept students who have completed only 15 years of study.

If you opt for post-completion OPT you can stay in the US for 12 months after graduation and work part-time or full-time.

You can request an extension to your residence permit and stay in Germany for up to 18 months after graduation, to search for a job or further study options. 

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8. Which is better for International students: Canada or Germany?

 

Canada

Germany

  1. High tuition fees.
  2. Easy to gain citizenship, as you only need to spend around four years in the country. 
  3. Accomodation is pretty expensive, especially on-campus.
  4. No language barrier, as everyone speaks English. 
  5. Cost of living is very high.
  6. Difficult to find a well-paying part-time job, as the average pay is minimum wage.
  7. Evaluation is done throughout the semester, through multiple tests and quizzes.
  8. Hard to land a job after graduation due to high competition.
  9. Weather is extremely cold with snowfall.
  10. If you wish to travel outside of Canada, you need a visa and be willing to spend a lot of money.
  1. Minimal or no tuition fees.
  2. Difficult to gain citizenship; need to live at least 7-8 years in the country. 
  3. Accomodation is comparatively cheaper, and the university can help you find affordable accommodation.
  4. You will need to learn German, even if you are taking an English-taught course. 
  5. Cost of living is cheaper, compared to other European countries.
  6. Finding a part-time job with decent pay is comparatively easier. 
  7. Evaluation mainly depends only on the final exam.
  8. Finding a job is relatively easier, especially if you are well-versed in German. 
  9. No snowfall, but the weather is very unpredictable.
  10. Travel is easy, as you can travel to nearby European countries for free and without a visa.

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