International Education is today the synonym of globalization. In today’s fast changing corporate world, International Education has become a necessity rather than a luxury. Choosing to leave your home country in order to pursue academic achievements is a big decision. Right choice of the country and the university/ college is the most important thing. Let me introduce you to the Europe’s largest economy and unsaturated study destination – Germany.
Germany is a well-developed industrialized nation with a strong political, economic and social structure. For a person searching for something different to the norm, Germany is a goldmine of adventures. As the world’s third largest economy, Germany understands the important role that immigration plays in sustaining its development. In the international arena German companies have an excellent reputation. The mark “Made in Germany”, is known as a seal of quality the world over.
Why to study in Germany?
1. The country has a strong tradition of excellence within technological development, and offers a wide variety of opportunities for students wishing to study abroad.
2. German universities are internationally renowned and have been the scene of many ground-breaking discoveries throughout history
3. The diverse range of Higher Education opportunities in Germany cannot be matched by any other European country. The education landscape is organized across more than 383 Higher Education institutions and has a study course for every kind of student, in every kind of environment. From modern metropolises with exquisite architecture, shopping and lively nightlife to the quiet, picturesque countryside, dotted with historic palaces and abbeys, Germany will suit the needs of all students.
4. Universities are state-funded, therefore, generally no tuition fees are charged. At some universities you don’t need to pay tuition fees. Academic freedom is one of the main characteristics of the German university system and is one of the reasons why public universities in Germany don’t charge any fee. While some charge around 500 euros per semester. Whether you have to pay fees or not depends entirely on the federal state and at the university you are studying. You only have to bear your living expenses, such as accommodation, food, transport and health insurance. Special student discounts for various services help to make studying in Germany less expensive than you would have expected.
5. An international student, besides the education expenses, will have to meet the monthly living expenses. This expense can be around 630 euros on average
6. Earning money while studying is a way of life for many students in Germany. International students are allowed to work 90 full or 180 half days in a year
7. Studying in Germany often includes interaction with industry. Close ties with companies like SAP, Siemens, DPWN, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), BMW or Bosch will increase your career prospects. Many institutions of higher education give offer students the opportunity to do internships or carry out research in industry
8. Student who want to pursue a full time study program in Germany have to apply for a student visa at German Embassy or the Consulate General. Students Visa for Germany is initially granted for three-month duration. The Visa is further extended by the authorities in Germany within three months of their stay in the country
9. 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.
10. The new Immigration Act has been in force in Germany since 1 January 2005. It aims to enable highly-qualified people from abroad to enter the German employment market more easily and to offer them longer-term prospects. For international students who have completed their studies in Germany, i.e. graduated, as per the act, after ending their studies, they can extend their stay and spend up to one year looking for a job in Germany that is appropriate to the qualifications. If student is successful in getting such a job he can apply for the German green-card.
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