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Why Study in Germany?
One of the most famous non-Anglophone country in the world, this one is known for its cars, beer, bread, sausages, cathedrals, Castles, Football but most importantly its free education. There are over 3,24,000 international students in Germany coming from China, India, Russia, Austria, Italy, France, Cameron, Ukraine, Turkey and Bulgaria.
Cost of Studying in Germany
In 2014, Germany abolished tuition fee in 16 states, for both domestic and international students. You will find a lot of universities with less or no tuition. The Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg are exceptions where the government still charges about 1500 euros tuition fee. All universities are supposed to charge a semester contribution, which can be about 250 euros on an average per semester. In some universities, students have to pay an extra administrative fee of about 50 euros per semester. Students require about 850 euros to survive the month. Your accommodation may be your largest expense going somewhere from 210 euros to 350 euros. Like the UK, even in Germany, students are entitled to numerous concessions upon showing the ID card. The health insurance costs about 80 euros. In all, you may spend a little over 800 euros per month. Find more details about the Cost of Surviving in Germany.
Education System in Germany
There are two types of universities: Public and private. Public universities don’t charge tuition fees. There are a total of 400 public universities in Germany. Private universities are few (120) and can be very expensive. Also, many German universities believe in ‘academic freedom where students don’t have to attend fixed classes and can make their choices. A Bachelor’s degree lasts for three to four years and a Master’s degree is generally just for 2 years (lasting for 2 to 5 semesters). You get a masters degree with a total of 120 ECTS credits. 90 of these will be earned through modules, coursework and exams. The remaining 30 account for your research work and dissertation.
Types of intakes:
It is truly impossible to accommodate all students in one intake and hence there are two intakes. The class size is larger during winter intakes. Work opportunities and assistantships are greater during winter intakes because a lot of professors begin their research then. Winter is also better for extra curricular activities. Visa approvals are irrespective of any intake. If your favourite course is available only starting summer, you must not miss out.
Life in Germany, Health and Safety
Average cost of health insurance in Germany is 80 euros per year. Students suggest that it is completely normal to feel homesick. In the end, it depends on one’s perspective. One can join various ethnic and curricular social groups. It is important to stay connected with one’s family back home. There is nothing wrong in seeking help for mental health, if required. Each university has a mental health program with support groups.
Few Things to Know about Germans:
Popular Cities and Courses
In some aspects, it is known that the students need to learn more theory than practical. Yet the quality education is high, and there are some popular universities to explore.
Popular course level for international students: Postgraduate degree (1,32,000 students)
Most preferred: Engineering (37%)
Second most: Law, Economics and Social Sciences (27%)
Least preferred: Sports (Less than 1300)
Popular cities to study in Germany are
Popular free universities in Germany for masters with No Tuition Fee (especially for international students):
Popular courses to study in Germany:
Job prospects in Germany
Legally, as an international student, you are permitted to work for 120 full days or 240 half days each year with a German Student Visa. However, these may vary based on a lot of factors, like location, type of job (if you are supposed to put in extra man hours for the work), etc.
Steps to apply for Germany Student Visa
As Germany is known to be a country with free education, the visa regulations and university applications can’t be very lenient. For starters, the student visa costs about 60 euros. If you want to study in Germany, apply for the visa at least three months in advance. You can fill the online visa application form depending on where you are located.
For how long can I stay in Germany after my course?
International students with a residence permit can extend their stay and can seek work for up to 18 months after graduating provided that the job is related to their field of study. Graduates from EU/EEA countries can stay on to seek work without any restrictions or permits. After two years of employment in Germany, once can try applying for a permanent residency status. It is not essential but definitely beneficial to be proficient in the German language when seeking work in Germany.
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