Study in Germany

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Germany has been known to be the technological and economic powerhouse of the Europe. German universities have drawn a large number of international students since the last couple of decades. The universities for higher education are dispersed all over the country. The proximity of these universities to industrial plants and various research centers provide an opportunity for students to find employment and stay in the same city. German universities offer over 350 English-taught courses available in varying domains.

Study in the Germany University

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Bordering with 9 other European cities, Germany is the ideal location for foreign students. This is, in part, due to how easy it is to explore Europe from Germany. In 2014, it was reported by the OECD that Germany was the world’s third leading destination for international study.

Germany’s higher education institutions are split into three main types; Universität (university), Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences) and Kunstschulen, Musikhochschulen, or Filmschulen (colleges of art, music, or film). Thousands of programmes are offered, meaning there will be a course for everyone. Whilst many of the institution types offer similar courses, their focuses are slightly different. Universitäts generally focus on research-driven programmes, whereas Fachhochschule offer a more practical approach to subjects.

Germany also offers a wide range of unusual degrees including Aerial Archaeology, which studies the history of the earth from a bird’s eye view. Another example is Bionics, which teaches students to imitate nature as closely as possible, fusing technology, biology and engineering.

Germany is the most populous member of the European Union, with almost 83 million inhabitants. The country is known for its turbulent history and relationship with neighbouring countries. However, in the 21st Century, Germany has established itself as a global powerhouse. It has a strong economy, with the 5th largest GDP in the world (2017). This makes it a fantastic place for employment once your studies are complete. It boasts a universal healthcare system, environmental protection and tuition-free higher education system.

Whilst the climate does change from the Northwestern and Coastal regions of the country as you head inland, the overall climate of Germany is moderate. The country tends not to have any long periods of cold or hot weather.

With a long and established tradition for culture and tourism, Germany has many interesting and historical attractions that are worth paying a visit! Many of the museums and art galleries throughout the country offer reduced prices for students, which is definitely worth taking advantage of.

The top tourist attractions in Germany include:

  • Oktoberfest (Munich)
  • Berlin Wall (Berlin)
  • Kölner Dom (Cologne)

The expenses to be incurred for studying in Germany can comprise of tuition fees, living costs and insurance etc. The cost also depends on what degree you are pursuing i.e. Technical, Management etc. and also varies according to the type of institutes i.e. public or private. Most of the technical programs in Germany will not be having any tuition fees and the students would have to pay a minimal amount of approximately € 500 per semester. The living cost in Germany is approximately € 8700 per year. However if the student is going for any of the business programs then the average tuition fee would be approximately € 11000 to € 14000.

If you are from a country within the EEA, as well as Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, you do not need a visa to study in Germany as long as:

  • You are studying for over three months
  • You have enrolled at an approved university or other higher educational institution
  • You have sufficient income (from any source) to live without requiring income support
  • You have valid health insurance.

Students from countries outside of the EEA will need a visa to study in Germany.  You can start this process at the German Embassy or Consulate in your home country for €60. Within 2 weeks of your arrival you will need to register with the Aliens Registration Office and you local registration office to obtain a residency permit. You will receive a two-year residency permit, and this can be extended if it is needed. You must apply for this extension before your permit expires.

For more information regarding the visa requirements and application process, you can visit the German Federal Foreign Office website.

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