A few facts & figures:
Germany is situated almost at the heart of Central Europe.
Most of Germany has humid climate. Rainfall occurs year-round, with no dry season. Winters are mild and summers tend to be warm: temperatures can exceed 30 °C. The East has a more continental climate: Winters can be very cold and summers very warm, and longer dry periods can occur.
German is the official and predominant spoken language in Germany but most courses are taught in English also
Germany is the largest national economy in Europe. The major exports of Germany are vehicles, machineries, electrical equipments, pharmaceuticals, food products, rubber and plastics, etc.
Germany has been named the world's second most respected nation among 50 countries in 2013. It also celebrates many traditional holidays. It has around 820 theatres, music theatres, and opera houses
No tuition fees German Government has been funding primary to University Education at public institution so most universities do not charge tuition fees
Globally renowned education:
Degree from German university is valid all over the world as Germany boost one of the oldest & best education systems in the world
Focus on research projects :
Most German universities are research oriented & focus heavily on research as a part of the academic programs
Mobility across Europe :
Since the students entering Germany hold a Schengen visa that allows them to travel to all the Schengen countries
Since most universities do not charge tuition fees, they do not provide scholarships. However, international graduate students may apply for scholarships from few organizations like DAAD.
Highest International student ratios :
With International study programs, excellent research opportunities and low tuition fee, more international students come here to study.
Abundant Internship Programs :
Germany is the only country in the World where completion of study programs in Universities is normally followed by paid internships in top MNCs that ultimately lead to full-time placement. Its period could be between 3 months to 6 months and typically companies pay students ranging from €600 to €1000 per month
Part time work options :
International students are allowed to work for 90 full working days or 180 half working days in a year provided it does not exceed 20 hours a week during the lecture period and Typical student wages range from 10 to 15 Euros an hour.
Job Prospects :
There is a constant demand for qualified & skilled labour force.Non-EU students are allowed to stay up to 1 year post study to search for a job.Upon receiving a Work contract one may apply for a Work Permit.
High standards of living :
Germany enjoys one of the highest standards of living; still the expenses are considerably low compared to countries in Western Europe.
Top Universities :
Home to Top universities like University of Hamburg, Technical University of Berlin, University of Munich, University of Heidelberg.
Post secondary education, students have a wide choice from more than 200 University of Applied Sciences & 300 universities offering variety of courses & degree programs.
These focus more on teaching and offer Bachelors/Masters/Doctoral degrees. Popular subjects are Engineering, Natural Sciences, Law, etc.
It offers Engineering and Science courses. It offers Bachelors (6-8 sem.)/Masters (1-2 years)/ Doctoral degrees. These are Research oriented. Bachelor degrees in Biology, Health Sciences, Engineering, Molecular Bio Technology, etc. are offered. Masters degree in Engineering, Medical Technology, Nano Science, etc. is offered. Doctoral degrees in Focus Natural Science, Life Sciences, etc. are offered.
University of Applied Sciences:
These offer Practice oriented courses. It offers Bachelors (7 sem.) and Masters degree (4 sem.) programs mainly in Architecture, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering
College of Arts & Music:
It offer courses in composing, directing in various forms of music and in Painting, Graphic Design, Sculpture and art education, architecture, stage design, glass painting, etc.
Types of certification:
Students interested to pursue their studies in Germany require a Student visa popularly known as Residence permit to enter Germany.
German embassy takes upto 8 weeks time for processing Visa applications.
Students have to fulfill the following requirements before being granted a student visa:
Where to apply?
The student can approach the nearest Germany Embassy. In India the German Embassies are located in all major cities like Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore & Kolkata.
Visa fees :
60 Euros (Approx.INR 4320/-)
Q-1: What are the living expenses in Germany?
An international student, besides the education expenses, will have to meet the monthly living expenses. It is tough to comment as to what will be the exact living expense because the cost differs widely from place to place.
Q-2: How much do we need to study in Germany?
At some universities you don't need to pay tuition fees. While some charge around 500 Euros per semester. Whether you have to pay fees or not depends entirely on the university you are studying. Costs that you will certainly have to pay each semester are the semester contribution and the health insurance premiums (around 280 Euros).
Q-3: How can I find a place to live in Germany?
The first point of contact when looking for a flat or a room is the Student Services organization at your university. Student Services operate their own halls of residence that offer value-for-money accommodation for students. They also maintain a file with the addresses of private landlords and landladies. They additionally offer a particularly interesting service for international students: Many Student Services sell Service Sets for foreign students. These sets can be booked via the Internet before you come to Germany. In general, a Service Set will include accommodation, meals and health insurance. This guarantees that you have a place to live when you arrive in Germany.
Q-4: Are Scholarships available for international students?
There are many organizations in Germany that award scholarships and grants to international students. For example, the DAAD specifically funds advanced students, graduates and postgraduates, i.e. doctoral students. Besides public funding organizations, there are also many private initiatives offered by business and industry, media and politics that are committed to supporting young international academics and researchers.
Compared to countries like Great Britain or the U.S. studying in Germany is much cheaper. At the same time that doesn't mean it's completely free of cost. Cost includes semester fees, living cost, transportation, insurance cost, books and apparels and Leisure.
Tuition fees in Germany
Mainly state funded university and institution do not charge tuition fees . However, if you plan to study in private universities or colleges you should be prepared to pay.
Only 350 Euro to 500 Euro is being charged as semester fees from students.
It is difficult to say exactly how much money a student in Germany needs per month. The cost of living varies from city to city. Generally students can live on less money in smaller cities than in large cities. And, of course, the amount of money you will need greatly depends on how economically you live.
Average Estimated Cost
This comprises the largest portion of monthly expenses for students. Rent in Germany varies greatly from places to places. The rental prices in some large cities like Hamburg, Munich, Cologne or Frankfurt are on higher side. Berlin being the only exception. Rent varies between € 185 and € 400 per month for accommodation.
Average monthly expenses for rent and utilities
Room in a student hall of residence: € 200
Room in a shared flat: € 245
Flat by yourself: € 400
Medical facilities are excellent in Germany but they are expensive. Public health insurance is mandatory in order to attend university in Germany. Therefore, if you plan to stay longer, adequate health insurance is an absolute necessity. You will not be able to register for courses without official proof that you have public health insurance. The current monthly fee you need to pay for your health insurance incl. nursing insurance is € 54. And your spouse and children are also covered in it.
Others: Per month
Cell phone :€20 to 25€
Internet and fixed line :€15
Laundry(four times a month) :€10
Stationery(computer items, :€20
paper, printer cartridges,
books more expensive at
beginning of semester)
cinema ticket(concessions price):€4 to €8
a theatre ticket (concessions price):€6 to €30
a ticket to the museum (concessions price):€2 to €8
In Germany students are eligible for various discounts. Just produce your Student ID and you will be entitled for discounts and concessions on tickets and entrance fees to theatres, opera houses, cinemas, museums, public swimming pools, Cultural events, sports centre, restaurants and cafes and even in some super shopping Malls as well as public transport.