Country Properties Germany

STUDY IN GERMANY

Recently Germany is becoming a magnet for international students from all over the world. Lets see some of the reasons why students prefer to study in this amazing country.

Study abroad

Germany is the ideal country to be studying abroad, it has a rich and complex history, an invigorating culture and fun loving people, and something every student looks forward to in a new country. On the other hand, its Universities are ranked among the best in the world, it offers innovative and international programs as well as the work discipline every professional shall dream of having. Germany is a very diverse and interesting country in almost every aspect therefore it’s worth exploring its natural as well as intellectual resources.

International Degree Programs

German Education system is highly focusing on its international domain, thus the number of international students coming to study in this country is ever-rising. Almost every University in Germany has incorporated in its curricula an international study program where lectures from all around the world come to share their expertise, mainly in English language as an international language but in German language as well. In most of these Universities learning German language through intensive courses is a mandatory piece of the module, therefore the benefits double immediately.

Around 400 higher education institutions offer graduate and postgraduate programs for interested internationals depending on their aims and mode of studying. There are four main types of higher education institutions operating by different criteria, offering quite a wide range of possibilities for the students to choose from.

Universities, the classical approach to academia and research remain the highest and most prestigious institutes world-wide.

Technical universities or hochschule, as Germans call them, focus mainly on technology and engineering valuing not only the art of theory but also the art of practice. In fact, the emphasis in these institutions is on the practical skills their students will gain during their studies.

Colleges of fine arts, film and music focus mainly on engaging rare talents in their environments, therefore there are special admission requests in order to enroll in such institutions.

Last, but not the least Universities of applied sciences regard to applied social sciences and humanities.

In Germany it will commonly take a two year program to finish the Masters degree meanwhile PhD programs commonly last up to three academic years.

For most of the Postgraduate degrees you will have to take German Language University Entrance Examination in order to check if you have the necessary skills to enroll in the program. Although international degrees are taught in English, many postgraduate courses will be taught in German as well.

International Courses offered regardless of the level, be it graduate or postgraduate are uniquely designed to contemplate with global criteria and attract as many international students as possible.

Once you’ve enrolled in a German university you can expect nothing less than:

  • High academic standards and well organized study programs
  • International degrees, i.e. Bachelor’s and Master’s
  • Courses taught in English, additional German language courses
  • Special Services: Academic and personal support, study counselling, study periods abroad

Aside from the quality of studies, no tuition fees and a remarkably affordable living standard adds up perfectly to the equation

  • Dual studies, a great opportunity
  • Mandatory Health Insurance
  • Travel Europe on a student visa
  • Affordable Accommodation
  • No tuition fees (depends upon students eligibility)

Germany lies in the center of Europe. It is the largest member state of the European Union, with over 82 million inhabitants. Cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Stuttgart and many others are renowned for their cultural diversity, vibrant lifestyle and historic heritage. Museums, concert halls, theatres, opera houses, galleries, cinemas... - the wide range of cultural activities offers something for everybody. And a trip across Germany is a journey through just about every cultural epoch.

Germany ranks 1st in Europe for the highest number of newly registered patents, and it ranks 2nd in the world, after the USA. Germany is the largest economy in the European Union and the 3rd largest in the world.

The most widely spoken mother tongue in Europe is German.

Germany is home to some of the world's leading companies in many areas, such as information technology, health care, biotechnology and the automotive industry, making it the world's leading export nation.

It is not necessary to learn German language as universities in Germany also provide education in English. If the course is in English, then proof of proficiency in English –IELTS 6.5 is needed.

During your studies in Germany you are generally allowed to do 120 full days or 240 half-days of paid work and take small student jobs. In exceptional circumstances your local foreigner's office may impose further restrictions.

Regarding education, if you compare Germany to other well-developed neighboring countries one thing that strikes among others is the fact that German Universities are tuition free as of October, 2014. Such an advantage to higher education in Germany is not only offered to its citizens but to all international students willing to pursuit a degree in Germany irrespective of their origin, a free qualitative education taking pride on building experts and professionals for the global market.

However, this doesn’t apply to the private Universities around the country where there is no ground standard and tuition fees vary depending on the institution. Meanwhile, at the public Universities students are required to pay only the semester contributions (a symbolic fee) which includes free access to public transportation within the region. Free tuition applies only to undergraduates studying for a Bachelor’s degree; post-graduate degrees like Masters and PhD still charge the same tuition fees as in the past. Nevertheless, pursuing a postgraduate degree in a public University in Germany will save you a couple of thousands of euros you would otherwise be spending in a private institute.

Living expenxes is 800 euros approx per month.

German universities charge only very moderate tuition fees or even no tuition fees at all. What is more, international students are subject to the same fees as German students. Where fees are charged, they currently range from 450 Euro - 850 Euro per semester which means that a full Bachelor's programme often costs as little as Euro 3800. A Master's degree frequently costs no more than Euro 2500 and at PhD level there are generally no fees at all. As for the living costs, on average students will need about 700 to cover their cost of living.

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