Many students wishing to pursue abroad studies either at the masters level or at the under graduation level have lately shifted their focus towards free education. When you talk about free education, the first thing that pops into one’s mind is Germany – the popular student destination for quality & affordable or free for higher education. But many students are unsure if studying in Germany is really helpful to their careers or some are unsure if this free education propaganda is even real or not. Some on the other hand doubt if they can study in Germany in English rather than in German. So, today we bring to you this real authentic guide to bust the myths surrounding higher education in Germany.
Yes it is true that in the recent times, there has been a surge in the number of international students wanting to study in Germany. One of the reasons for this is the international reputation of German universities. Although, Germany gets the additional advantage and appeal to students from the fact that it is one of few countries in the world to offer free education at both undergraduate level and graduate level to both domestic and international students.
However, the language hinders one’s dreams to study in Germany. If you can’t speak German, gaining entry to public universities is a bit difficult. Most programs are taught in German and require you to provide sufficient proof of proficiency in the German language. But majority of Indian students cannot speak German for sure. So does this mean that you can’t study in Germany? Not necessarily. Keeping in view the international craze for German universities, the universities here are now offering a plethora of courses in English language. So, yes you can now study in Germany. Especially English language courses are now mostly offered at the master’s level. The subjects in which you can opt to study are – social sciences, some engineering related domains (e.g. mechanical) and business related subjects. These days some universities are also offering courses taught in English for undergraduates too. So with a bit of patience and research you too might get the chance to study in Germany in English at UG, PG and also PhD level.
How to study in English?
It is a fact that most of us do not speak German. So, you may find it hard to gather the right information on how to study in Germany in English, especially at UG level. Almost all of them who are planning to study in Germany are attracted because of the free tuition but, finding reputable free English language programs at public universities is not easy. At UG level, if you are not limited to free tuition courses, you can find many options within private institutions. Do not worry; the tuition fees charged at these private universalities is far cheaper than the average price of international courses in the US or the UK. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a popular private institution that offers bachelor’s program in mechanical engineering taught in English. The fee is €7,000 per semester. There will be two semesters per year. ESCP’s Bachelor in Management program is offered at a cost of for €12,500 per year. You will get a chance to study in the capital cities of three countries – London, Paris / Madrid and Berlin. ESCP also offers graduate programs taught completely in English across all of its European campuses based in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris and Turin. Some programs offered by them are the Master in Management and the Master in European Business.
If free tuition is what you are really looking for, then you have to shift your focus from searching at the famous universities in Germany to beyond. You should also take into consideration, institutions which are smaller, specialized, vocational or newly built. For this, you may need to consider the universities of applied sciences in Germany. They offer more specialized trades and domains. They help to create highly skilled graduates particularly in the science and technology domains. One can expect to learn practical skills and hands on experience here. If you already have a career path planned and looking to get practical exposure in your field this can be a really good idea.
Before applying to a school, make sure to do some research regarding the school’s reputation in your chosen field. You should also ensure that the institution offer the right qualifications for your career, as some only offer diplomas, rather than full degrees.
To find opportunities to study in English in German, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) provides an international program search tool for all the courses taught by recognized and registered German universities, universities of applied sciences, arts colleges, research institutes and all other type of institutions there. Visit www.study-in.de. You can select the level of study, city of choice, language of instruction, entry term, type of university, etc and decide upon the institution. This is an one stop website for all your needs to study in Germany. It allows you to sort through a wide range of international programs.