Study Germany

Located in the heart of Europe, Germany is an increasingly popular educational destination for students searching for a quality education and degrees that are accepted and estimated worldwide. There are over 300 educational institutions in Germany, and the country is known as a worldwide leader in science, technology, and research. With its rich history, diverse architecture, peaceful countryside and welcoming people, Germany has something for everyone. It is also the center for the inner financial workings of the EU, and home to excellent educational institutions, art, culture, and a vast network of professionals.

Why Germany

  • There are currently 2.8 lacs International Students studying in German Universities
  • Germany’s education systems rank 15th in the world
  • Low tuition fees and living cost
  • Germany has the strongest and largest national economy in Europe
  • It is one of the safest place in the world
  • Foreign students are allowed to stay in Germany for a year after graduation to look for jobs
  • Immigration opportunities in Germany and in EU.

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Undergraduate Studies

The three-year undergraduate program undertaken in a German university is universally recognized, and an excellent gateway for students future perspective in their respective fields. Students are required to secure the minimum credit points to be eligible for receiving the bachelor’s degree. In general, 180 to 240 credit points are preferred for completing undergraduate studies and being honored with a bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate studies are offered in both languages, English and German.

Admission Requirements

Generally, Indian students, who are interested in applying to German Universities, have to undertake a one year bridge program. They also need to have an excellent academic record up to Senior Secondary Level (10+2), and should have basic knowledge of the German language (G III Level).
After completion of the bridge program, students will be required to pass an assessment test in order to get admission into a German institution for the equivalent of the Bachelors degree..

English Language Requirement

International students whose native language is not English need to take English Proficiency test such as TOEFL/IELTS.

Required Documents

  • Copies of Secondary and Higher Secondary school mark sheets and certificates
  • Proof of English language requirement
  • Proof of German Language Proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copy of passport ID page

Application Intakes & Duration

There are generally two intakes per year in German Universities:

    • Winter Semester (October Intake)
    • Summer Semester (April Intake)

However, there are many universities which admit students only in Winter Semester.

Duration

The course duration of the undergraduate programs in Germany is normally of 3-3.5 years with one year bridge program.

Application Process

  • Step 1  Online application
  • Step 2  Upload required documents online with the application
  • Step 3  Wait for admission decision from the university

Expenses & Scholarships

Tuition Fees
There is no tuition fees in German Universities as they are Government funded. However, there are semester fees of around 250 Euro per semester, which students need to pay.

Living Expenses
The average living cost in Germany is around 800 Euro per month.

Scholarships
German universities offer limited number of scholarships for International students. Please check with the university before applying.
Job Opportunities
International students, who are from outside European Union are allowed to work 120 Full Days or 240 half days per year.

Master Studies

A competitive fee structure, an increasing number of English taught programs, good positions in international rankings, and an increasing number of international postgraduate students indicate that Germany is a good option for master’s education. Another strong reason of the higher studies in Germany is a strong emphasis on student mobility and encouraged to take internships or make good use of exchange opportunities during their studies and this also applies at master’s level.

Admission Requirements

Students need an Indian or equivalent undergraduate degree to qualify. Some universities also accept the three years Indian Bachelors degree.
Some management courses required GMAT score, and some engineering program require a GRE score. Kindly check with the university you are applying to for the requirement.

English Language Requirement

International students whose native language is not English need to take English Proficiency Test such as TOEFL/IELTS.

Required Documents

  • Copies of Higher Secondary School and Bachelor Degree marksheets and certificates
  • Proof of English language requirement
  • Proof of German Language Proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copy of passport ID page

Application Intakes & Duration

There are generally two intakes per year in German Universities:

    • Winter Semester (October Intake)
    • Summer Semester (April Intake)

However, there are many universities which admit students only in Winter Semester.

Duration

The duration of masters program in Germany is between 1.5 – 2 years.

Application Process

  • Step 1  Online application
  • Step 2  Upload required documents online with the application
  • Step 3  Wait for admission decision from the university
  • Step 4  Send hard copy of documents to the university if accept the admission offer

Expenses & Scholarships

Tuition Fees
There is no tuition fees in German Universities as they are Government funded. However, there are semester fees of around 500-600 Euro per semester, which students need to pay.
For business related programs there could be tuition fees as many are offered by Private Universities.

Living Expenses
The average living cost in Germany is around 800 Euro per month.

Scholarships
German universities offer limited number of scholarships for International students. Please check with the university before applying.

Job Opportunities
International students, who are from outside European Union are allowed to work 120 Full Days or 240 half days per year.

Doctoral Studies

In Germany, there are two ways to do your PhD:

    • The “traditional and individual doctoral route”

OR

    • The “structured doctoral programs”

At present, around 90 per cent of doctoral candidates are following the traditional route to gain their PhD degree, while rest 10 percent are pursuing structured doctoral programs.

1. Individual Doctorate

It involves the thesis or dissertation being produced under the supervision of a professor. There is a great deal of flexibility involves in this kind of doctorate path, but it demands a high degree of personal initiative and responsibility. Professors generally supervise students, who work on their subject in consultation with the professor, but in most of the part done independently. It takes normally three to five years to complete Individual Doctorate. Candidates can choose the following places where they would like to conduct their research:

  • A university
  • A non-university research organization or
  • In a German company

2. Structured PhD Programs

It is very similar to the PhD programs in English-speaking countries, in which a team of supervisors look after a group of doctoral students. The duration of your studies is normally limited to three years, and there is generally a fixed curriculum within which you need to write your dissertation and work toward your PhD.

Admission Requirements

Students need have a master’s degree from a recognized Indian Universities or equivalent. University might ask applicants to submit GRE score report.

English Language Requirement

International students whose native language is not English need to take English Proficiency Test such as TOEFL/ IELTS.

Required Documents

Step 1

    1. A Resume
    2. A copy of your degree certificate
    3. A brief description of your doctoral research proposal
    4. A letter outlining your reasons for application

Step 2

  1. A comprehensive description of the research project
  2. References from previous professors
  3. Copies of all degrees and certificates
  4. Your dissertation or special project
  5. Proof of language proficiency (IELTS/ TOEFL score report)

Application Intakes

There are generally two intakes per year in German Universities:

    • Winter Semester (October Intake)
    • Summer Semester (April Intake)

However, there are many universities which admit students only in Winter Semester.

Application Process

  • Step 1  Decide what type of PhD degree you would like to pursue
  • Step 2  Serarch for Doctoral Positions
  • Step 3  Find a supervisor
  • Step 4  Send Initial documents to the supervisor
  • Step 5  At request from the supervisor/ department, send all documents
  • Step 6  If short listed, applicant will be invited for an interview
  • Step 7  If selected, department will confirm your eligibility as doctoral candidate

Expenses & Scholarships

Tuition Fees
Doctoral studies in Germany are generally free. PhD students are charged tuition only after completing their first six semesters. There is a semester fees of around 250-350 Euro per semester, which students need to pay.

Living Expenses
The average living cost in Germany is around 700 Euro per month.

Scholarships
Many Universities German funding organizations support highly talented international PhD students. There are government bodies, various organizations, including many of the large non-university research institutions, and industry. There are funding databases from where students can get the potential funding information.