Study in Germany; top Universities, top choice

Updated: Jul 5, 2021

Pooja Biraia tells you why Germany might be a better option for that Master's course you have been planning to do abroad.

For most people aspiring to go abroad for their post graduation, the US, UK, Canada or some Asian countries are the most frequented destinations. But considering other options can be surprisingly useful. Do consider Germany before making such an important decision. Here are few reasons that can make a degree from a German University a wise option for students:

Less Expensive The first thing that matters, money! Almost 90% of the German universities are Government-run, resulting in highly subsidised tution fees, ranging from ` 12,000 to ` 36,000 a semester. This means, top-class education at reasonable rates and an excellent academic graph can fetch you a double bonanza - scholarship.

Limited Scholarships Scholarships are reserved for the meritorious. About 15 to 20% of Indian students in Germany receive funding each year. So, don’t lose heart if you are not among those offered a scholarship, the state funding of the tuition fees and the opportunities to work there can make up for it.

Student speak: Reeth Sachdev, a biotechnology student studying in Germany’s Aachen University, says, “I am very happy studying in Acchen. The university is well known for the sciences and my reason for choosing Germany was that the expense was a lot lesser in comparison to the US. I got an amazing tuition waiver, and as I work here for two to three hours each day, meeting daily expenses become easier. Though studies can be quite demanding and tough, the professors are all friendly and helpful”.

Attention Engineers Germany is considered the top ranking education hub worldwide. Sonam Moondhra, International Education consultant, says, “Germany is very well known for programmes in engineering, sciences and business and also for its research facilities.”

Self-funding You can work off-campus for four hours every day during an on-going academic year. This is not allowed in many western countries that allow students to work only in their summer breaks or vacations.

Jobs and internships The impact of recession is not seen so much in Germany. The economy has survived and is doing well, which means that you would not face much difficulty when it comes to looking for internships and jobs, if you are proactive in finding the right place for yourself. All you have to do is look for a job pertaining to your particular field of study and work there for one year after the completion of your course.

Get to learn a foreign language Yes, you need to learn the language as German is widely spoken and comes handy for your daily conversations with the locals there. But then again, learning the language is not rocket science and you need not be a professional A-level pass to be admitted. Enrollment into a German learning course in India when you apply to a German University for admission, would suffice.

Medium of Instruction As programmes there are taught in German as well as in English, you would need to look specifically for courses where the medium of instruction is wholly or partly in English. Do a thorough research before you decide which university to apply to.

Food, Accommodation, Night Life - Student Speak: Roshan Bhobe from Mumbai, pursuing his Masters in chemical engineering from the University of Bonn, speaks on everything you need to know besides education in Germany! Job: “I found my first job via a friend’s contact. It’s always really helpful to make friends and do a little bit of networking. The student’s council in the university is also very helpful. But when doing all your jobs, you also have to watch out that you don’t neglect your studies.” Food: “Germany offers each and every Indian spice, pickles, etc. that you need for cooking a sumptuous meal. And since we only work part time, it doesn’t get burdensome.”

Fun and Night Life: “Football matches are a must-do on weekends. Moreover, we go for salsa and merengue till late in the night on long weekends, in the hall of residence, to take a break from studies. In fact the city magazine contains an extensive catalogue of events with a diary and tips on going out.”

Discounts: “At times when you don’t have much to spend and are in deep need of discounts, the student ID card is useful, because it helps you in bargaining. With a bit of luck I sometimes get one of the cheap student tickets for 8 to 10 euros for the concert hall.”

Don’t Miss The major intake of students takes place during the winter session, that starts in October. You need to apply latest by Feb for admission sought in October. Your mark sheets and certificates, CV, IELTS or Toefl score, Statement of Purpose, work experience certificates if any, are required. GRE or GMAT scores only if applicable. Check with the university, as different universities have different test requirements.

It’s November now, and this is the right time to collect your application materials, give exams and prepare your application package. All the best! Contact DAAD - The German Academic Exchange Programme - for scholarships in Germany. Max Mueller Bhavan - For German language speaking courses.

Top 5 Universities in Germany Technical University of Munich - University of Freiburg - University of Heidelberg - University of Berlin - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München -

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