With ever rising craze among students to study in Germany, we present to you some interesting insights into this wonderful land of ideas! Germany is the third most popular student destination for higher studies among international students in the world. Another interesting fact is more than twelve percent of students at German universities are of different nationalities. Germany is an attractive and highly rewarding place to study for international students.
1. STUDY IN ENGLISH
More and more courses and degree programs are now being offered in English at almost all of the German universities, especially at the master’s level. This is good news for all the Indian students hoping to study in Germany. While it is not necessary to learn german, it would be better if you can learn basics of the language as it would help you to better communicate with the locals. You can find a comprehensive list of all international degree programs in Germany for all levels of study and different semester intakes here on the DAAD website.(DAAD stands for German Academic Exchange Service).
2. DIVERSE RANGE OF STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
One important advantage for someone looking to study at Germany is this – Germany’s higher education system has something for everyone. There is plethora of courses offered with some 17,500 degree programs in Germany. There are almost 450 accredited universities there. That means, German universities offer courses in almost every possible subject and at every possible academic level viz; bachelors, masters, and or doctoral programs. General and Technical universities focus strongly on scientifically oriented study whereas Universities of applied science focus strongly on practice orientation and hands on experience. Other than engineering, scientific courses there are courses offered in economics, social sciences and business too. If you’re more interested in artistic subjects, you can enroll at a college of art, film or music.
3. GET A TOP-CLASS DEGREE
You might have heard the terms “Made in Germany” and “German Technology” quite frequently in India. Yes, it’s true. Be it cars or education, people everywhere recognize “Made in Germany” as a seal of quality. German higher education is ranked one of the best in the world by several ranking institutions. You can benefit from Germany‘s reputed university tradition especially in the fields of engineering (mechanical, etc) and sciences. Also a German university degree is highly respected by employers around the world too.
4. NONE OR VERY LOW TUITION FEES
Students studying in Germany normally do not have to pay any tuition fees. They only pay a nominal semester contribution of about 250 Euros. Even though some universities charge a free, the fees are very low compared elsewhere in the world. Most German universities are well funded by their government. Bachelor’s degree programs are usually tuition free at all public universities. Some master’s degree programs, however, have a nominal tuition fees. Check the DAAD website for more info.
5. BENEFIT FROM SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
International students with outstanding academic achievements have good chances of receiving scholarships to finance their studies in Germany. The DAAD is one of the largest scholarship organizations in Germany to offer countless scholarship programs. Irrespective of one’s nationality, subject of study, level of study, you’ll find a scholarship matching your profile as well as your needs in the DAAD scholarship database available on the DAAD website itself. Apart from funding options offered by the DAAD, you will also find a list of many other organizations offering stipends and scholarships in Germany.
6. AFFORDABLE LIVING
Compared with other European countries, the cost of living in Germany is reasonable. Remember the cost of living might be a bit lesser in the USA. But the tuition fees in the USA is sky rocketing.
The cost of rent, food, clothing and cultural activities are the main money consuming yet unavoidable sources. There are also a number of concessions available to students such as concessions offered at theatres, museums, opera houses, cinemas, swimming pools and other institutions. The public transportation such as buses, trains are free to use by students. If you are visiting a neighboring European country on your weekend you get huge discounts on your flight tickets too. All you have to do is present your student ID card (known as Mensa card in German).
7. STUDENT DIVERSITY
According to reports about twelve percent of students at German universities are from foreign countries. You get a chance to make friends from around the world. Huge benefit of getting acquainted with people from different countries is you can expand your horizons and make lifelong friends. So when you are visiting a foreign country on a holiday you can stay at your friends place or when you are job hunting, your foreign friends might come handy for reference. The universities offer support to make your start in Germany as easy as possible. There are many mentoring programs offered by them too.
8. LIVE IN A SAFE COUNTRY
Germany is ranked a safe country on an international scale. The police are reliable and help you in every situation. Whether you live in a big city or a small city, you can move freely day or night without having to take any special precautions.
9. LIVE IN A DIVERSE COUNTRY IN THE HEART OF EUROPE
Germany is a diverse country with many facets. Scenic beaches and mountains, medieval city centers and above all – lots of nature. Living in Germany means living in the middle of Europe surrounded by many other countries. You have a wide range of destinations at your doorstep. You can visit some of the most exotic locations in Europe such as Paris, Prague, Rome, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, etc. Within a couple of hours by train or plane, you can experience an entirely different culture and language. Weekend trips and group trips are highly affordable.
10. LEARN GERMAN LANGUAGE WHICH CAN OPEN MANY DOORS
German is one of the ten most spoken languages in the world. You can still study in Germany even if you don’t know German, but having some knowledge of the language can make everyday life easier and it helps you in making friends faster with the locals. Knowing a foreign language also looks great on a résumé! Nobody says that German is an easy language, but there are many ways to learn German. Most universities too offer free language courses as part of the curriculum. There are many free online courses and tutorials that offer free guidance and practice.