German education is nothing like the education system in any other country. One of the biggest reasons behind the claim is that most of the programs are conducted in German itself. The students do not need to pay the tuition fees as are they are funded by the German government. However, the students are required to pay a nominal amount in the name of an Administration Fee ahead of every academic year. On the other hand, Private universities can be expensive, needless to say, the fees are paid out by the students.
It is not very easy to get into a private university, as they are lesser in number compared to a private university. The liberal German law states that education must be offered to each and everyone, and it also should be able to afford. Having said that, they waived off the college tuition fees in some areas and in bringing the number down in others.
Talking about the details of the system, it is said that German education can tend to be more theoretical than all the other education systems. A good amount of time during the term is spent in the classes taking theoretical lectures from the professors. But to balance the equation at the end terms, the students have to prepare assignments as well as practical projects. Speeches are an important part of German education as well as every term. The grades of the students depend on all of these factors combined.
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Berlin is renowned as the center of academic institutes in the country. The important colleges in Germany are situated in Berlin and other cities including, Baden-Wurttemberg, Munich, Heidelberg, and Frankfurt.
Over a while, Indian students have exponentially grown in number in Germany. The number registering 13% growth in 2019 (pre-pandemic numbers).
Safety in Germany: The crime rate in Germany is pretty low in numbers. It is considered a safe country with very few violent crimes. The safety measures are very strict making the country particularly very orderly. Public places including trains, buses, trams, and busy streets are under constant surveillance.
Weather: Germany has diversified 16 states it is not possible to generalize the temperature. Though the average temperature in winters is 3°C while in summers 22°C.
Germany is an interesting country with homogenous bearing yet diversity in its culture. Since it is so free and accepting traditions and customs of people from different backgrounds thrive. However, the people over there maintaining a much-globalized outlook.
If you want to go to a university hostel the cost would be very different than going for private space. The university hostel also comes with options, whether you want catering included or not. The price will fall into a different category. In the end, it depends on where you decide to live.
The prices are different in different areas. But if you have decided to rent, looking out for options near to the university will be a good start. So at the end of the day, college is your priority.
Note – Read the rights and responsibilities before renting a place. So that you are prepared for adverse situations.
Most colleges give out handbooks to the students, read the one you will get because it has all the information a student might need.
You will be introduced to the services, classes, as well as universities. For international students this is mandatory. It takes up the first week of the program.
Germany as we discussed above, has a diverse culture. So alongside the regular extracurricular activities like sports, you should take part in drama, music and other country-related things. There will be occasional tours to concerts and theatres, art galleries, historical centers, and much more. Make sure you do not miss a single event.
In India schooling is 12 years long but in Germany, it lasts 13 years. To compensate for one year, Indian students are required to take a year to do what is known as the bridge program. As a part of this, you will get basic language training in German.
All the students from abroad who want to study in Germany and required to take a test for German language DSH (German Language University Entrance Examination) TestDaF (Test of German as a Foreign Language). The students cannot enroll without doing this.
The students are required to meet the German language requirement which is 70% in class 12th and 60% in diploma.
Note – These numbers are for reference which changes from university to university. Please check with the university you are applying to for more details.
Online applications are accepted in every German university. The college website has also the necessary details the student may need to apply. The students will need to create an account on the college portal, in which you need to fill in all some general information, submit documents, and a nominal application charge. You will be informed once your profile gets processed.
Here are few details that students may need to –
Every college has a nominal application fee. The amount is not set and it varies from university to university. They require you to share some basic information, submit the application fee, and pay the application fee. Once the student clears the round, she will be informed.
September is generally the major intake season in Germany. That makes the February till May the deadlines depending on courses as well as universities. There are some universities open admissions in March as well. November till January is the deadline for the March intake.
If you want to take admission in Germany you will need to take few tests –Test of German as a Foreign Language aka TestDaF, and German Language University Entrance Examination aka DSH. These two are the mandatory standardized language tests.
While DSH is administered only at German universities, on the other hand, TestDaF has test programs in India as well. These tests are fundamentally different, so it depends on the university and program which test you will be asked to take.
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Note: Students who want to take an international program will not be required to take a German test. Instead, the student might need an English language test like IELTS or TOEFL.
The cost of living will vary depending on where stay. If it is a university hostel the price will be on a little lower side, it will also include catering. But if you live in a privately own place, the price will change based on locality. If it is closer to the university, how posh it is, and several other factors. Other than rent, this is what consists of the cost of living. Read the list –
Other elements which could change the cost of living would be:
Education is not expensive in Germany the cost is considerably lower in other countries. There are universities, funded are the government, which do not charge a penny. There is a big number of state-funded universities which charge nominal tuition fees to the student. The privately-owned universities are expensive, as they decide the fees themselves. The average fees in private universities may go up to 9 lakh rupees per year.
To put out an exact amount that a student will need to survive a year is difficult because it completely depends on the lifestyle of the student. But according to a group of students who lived in Germany 7 lakh rupees is an average amount for a year.
However, the price may change invariably depending on which city you choose to live in.
Germany recognizes health insurance by private Indian companies. The students must check with their insurance providers on what all will they cover, as few coverages are compulsory. It is recommended that the students check with the university before buying the insurance.
Once you buy the insurance you will not be eligible to switch it to German insurance once the program begins. For some reason, if you won’t find your insurance insufficient, you will have to buy a new policy in Germany itself. Few of the German universities offer an all-inclusive package including meal plans, accommodation, as well as a health insurance policy.
Students with a good track record including in academics as well as extracurricular activities are preferred above the rest for financial assistance and scholarship award.
If you are eyeing for that scholarship, you must make sure that you have all your documents sorted as that is the very first step. Adding to that, the presentation of the application makes the world of difference.
First things first, you will have to check whether or not you cut getting the loan. This is a non-exhaustive list of the criteria –
You cannot get a loan for all the courses. These are sort of course which make you eligible for the education loan.
For Undergrad: Courses that are job-oriented offered by reputed universities.
For Postgrad: You can get a loan for MBA, MS, MCA, and also for diplomas.
Loan amount: Let us assume your fees is 10 lakhs, then the bank will only give you the 80% of the amount, you will need to bear the remaining cost. This 20% of the sum, in banking terms, is known as the margin amount. The widely accepted amount for a loan is 20 lakhs, but you can get well above that. It depends on the reputation of the college. The bank charges 1% as the processing fees that the students will have to bear.
Documentation required: You will need to show the bank the letter of acceptance sent by the university. It should have the details of your courses as well as a fee breakdown.
The formality is different depending upon the bank.
Repayment: You can start to repay after the course ends. Repayment starts only after the course period. Regardless of you have a job or not, the loan must be paid in five to seven years. In some exceptions, you can get 10 years as well.
If the student got employed within one year after completion of the course, the repayment should start immediately after the expiry of one month from the date of employment.
If you have to stay in Germany for over 3 months you will need to get yourself a residence permit. You must be able to prove that you can afford to study for a year in Germany to the visa officer. The cost goes up to €685 – €750 a month. Valid residence permit lasts up to two years. If you have to stay for a longer duration you will need to renew that permit.
The cost of a residence permit is €56-100. If you have to stay for a longer time you must renew the permit.
German government allows the student to work 90 full days a year. The student might also choose to work 180 half days. German is rare, and the only country where students manage to get part time job in their field, including the technical ones.
On top of that, some of the universities offer campus part-time jobs, known as hi/wi.
Make sure you have copies of the following documents –
Unlike India, there is no campus placement in German. Indian students are generally accustomed to the idea of campus placement. Over there the universities have a department known as the Career Service Center. This cell helps the student in preparing for the job interviews.
After getting done with graduation, international students are given a one-year residence permit. The students are expected are to find a full-time job in their respective field, and if they manage to do so, the residence permit could be applied with a work permit.
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