Germany is a country of diverse landscapes and exciting cities. Its economy is the largest in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. Many pioneering inventions come from Germany. Science and research have a long tradition and are highly valued today. Since opening its doors to immigrants in the 1960s, Germany has become a land of immigration. Germany is a cosmopolitan and tolerant country.
Germany lies at the heart of Europe. More than 80 million people live here – the most populous country in the European Union. Germany is one of the European Union’s founding members and works to promote closer integration among the countries of Europe.
The landscapes of Germany are diverse and charming. On the North and Baltic Seas, there are island chains with long sand dunes, swaths of heath and moorland. Dense forests and medieval castles are situated in the rolling mountains of central Germany. And in the south, the Alps with their sparkling lakes rise above the lowlands. This is where Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze, towers at almost 3,000 metres above sea level.
Innovative ideas have strongly shaped Germany’s past and will surely continue to do so in the future. Germany has produced a long list of revolutionary inventions, such as the automobile, the airbag, X-ray technology, Aspirin, the computer, the chip card and the MP3 data compression format. Science and research have a long tradition in Germany and are still highly valued today. The oldest German university was founded in Heidelberg in 1386. The list of German Nobel Prize winners is quite impressive as well. There are almost 70 German laureates in the natural sciences and medicine alone, such as Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, Robert Koch, Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Harald zur Hausen.
Germany has been a land of immigration since the 1960s. Today it is home to 6.9 million people of immigrant descent, approximately 8.5 percent of the total population. Most of them have come from Turkey, Italy and Poland. People from all nations, cultures and religions live together in peaceful coexistence. Germany is a tolerant and cosmopolitan country.
Universities in Germany
Germany is the third most popular destination among international students in the world. More than twelve percent of students at German universities come from abroad – just like you. Germany is an attractive place to study and German university degrees are highly respected by employers worldwide.
TOP QUALITY German universities offer excellent teaching and research, ranking among the best in the world. You will earn an internationally renowned degree, giving you excellent prospects on the global labour market.
GEARED TO PRACTICE German universities provide outstanding academic programmes, while universities of applied sciences offer a range of attractive, practice-oriented options. Many study programmes combine theory and practice. This will greatly facilitate your career start.
POTENTIAL UNLOCKED In Germany, you can make the most of yourself. Here you can develop your intellectual abilities and personal skills freely and reach your full potential. If you are out to achieve great things, you will find determination, motivation and commitment open many doors – both during your studies and after your studies.
SAFE COUNTRY In comparison with other countries, Germany is a safe country. In town or in the countryside, by day or by night, you can move around freely here. Germany offers economic and political stability, which makes it an ideal place for you to study.
DIVERSITY Discover the beauty and diversity Germany has to offer! When you take time off from your studies, there are 1001 ways of finding out more about your host country. For example, you can go to a museum, a cinema or a theatre, you can sit in a beer garden, you can go for a walk on a beach, you can swim in a lake, climb a mountain or visit an old castle.
The German education system is different in many ways from the ones in other countries and the classes are conducted in German. Public universities are financed by the government and do not charge tuition fees or charge just small amounts of money. Private universities in contrast are financed by the fees paid by students and these can be quite expensive. In Germany, much more public universities can be found than there are private ones. German law says that education should be offered to everyone and everyone should be able to afford adequate education. Therefore, in some areas tuition fee was abolished, while in other areas it’s very small.
Education in Germany is in some aspects more theoretical than in other countries, with the professors taking many lectures. At the end of every term the students get grades for their final examination and for speeches, assignments and practical projects. Depending on the subject the composition of these parts can differ. Practical education can also be offered in internships which are an obligation in some subjects.
Living cost in Germany is Euro 740 per month. But this can go up depending on the lifestyle of a student. Some of the basic elements for living as an international student in Germany are:
- Accommodation rent (on-campus or off-campus)
- Groceries and food
- Utilities like power, water, gas, internet
- Phone bills
- Text and reference books
- Airfare for travelling back to India
Other elements which may differ from person to person would be:
- Dinning out
- Travel and vacation
- Car rent and car insurance
- Cable TV connection
On an average, an international student needs approximately 670 Euros per month in Germany. Prices differ a lot in the big cities and small towns all across Germany.
Meal, inexpensive cafe
Milk (one litre)
Coca Cola can
Lunch from campus cafe
Meal at a restaurant
One minute cell phone call
Taxi 1 km
Petrol 1 litre
1 room apartment in city centre
1 room apartment suburbs
German Language Study
Types of German training
To stay in Germany for more than 90 days as a student, you are required to get a residence permit. You will need to prove to the visa officer that you have finances for one year. The amount would be €659 – €7,908 per month. A residence permit issued to students is valid for maximum two years. It needs to be renewed if the duration of the course is longer than the stated two years.
A Residence Permit costs €60. It can take a long time to be issued, which is anywhere between eight to 12 weeks. Since this means two to three months, international students are advised to apply as soon as possible.
1. You will have to apply for your visa in person. Visa fees amount to €60 (to be paid in INR). In addition you should provide two sets of application documents photocopies containing the following documents:
2. Application form
3. Declaration stating the information provided is true and complete information
4. Cover Letter explaining the reason for your visa application. You may be required to submit a German translation of this document
5. Letter of Admission from a German university
6. University Certificates and transcripts – Degree certificates and mark sheets
7. Proof of Language Proficiency (German language test scores). This document is mandatory for the visa process, even if it is not required by the German university. Applicants for PhD studies and Erasmus Mundus Scholarship holders are exempt from this rule.
8. Proof of funds
According to German visa rules, a student can work 180 days halftime or 90 days fulltime in an academic year. Presently, Germany is the only country where a student can do part-time technical job in the related industry. Some universities also offer part-time jobs on campus called as Hi/wi. Students will have to contact institute’s student placement cell to get into this job.
Visa for spouse
Spouses and children may be permitted to reside in Germany while you study, but this is conditional. These conditions include having enough and appropriate financing and a living space. Cases are decided on an individual basis at the Germany embassy, and special consideration may be given to your case if you are able to explain your situation to the Consulate effectively.
It is utmost important to keep everything in check before departing for Germany. Please keep in mind the following:
- Book airline tickets
- Arrange accommodation in Germany
- Arrange transportation to/from the airport to home in Germany
- Arrange your banking; consider buying traveler’s cheques
- Check baggage and customs limitations
- Clear all paperwork with your home educational institution
Get your documents in order and make photocopies to store in your baggage and keep at home, including:
2. Airline tickets
3. Travel insurance certificate
4. Letter of Acceptance by the educational institution
5. Key addresses and phone numbers
6. A bank statement showing proof of funds
7. Prescriptions for any medication you are carrying
8. Traveller’s cheques, if applicable
9. Medical and immunisation records
10. Academic history and university transcripts