STUDY IN GERMANY
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WHY STUDY IN GERMANY?
Germany is home to many of the Fortune 500 companies like Volkswagen, Audi AG, BMW, Skoda Auto, etc. Indefinite right of residence is given to graduates after 5years of working in Germany. German Education guarantees practical knowledge in addition to a solid theoretical foundation. Most of the universities or colleges are state-owned or government-funded. Non-EU students are allowed to stay up to 1.5 years after completion of the study to search for a job.
- No tuition fees at public universities in Germany.
- Merit is the only criteria for admission.
- Quality of Education and good job prospects.
- International students are allowed to work for 90 full working days or 180 half working days in a year in order to support themselves.
- Typical student wages range from 10 to 15 Euros an hour.
- Germany offers long-term work opportunities for successful students.
ELIGIBILITY FOR MASTER’S
Academic percentage – Above 65% is required
Minimum IELTS score – Overall 6.5 with no band less than 6 OR Minimum TOEFL score – 87.
GRE is needed for good and high ranked Universities – 310+ is considered as a good score. GRE is a mandatory requirement for some Automobile and Mechanical courses by high-ranked Universities.
German Language – may not always be a criterion for admission but it is better to achieve a basic level of German language A1 or A2 as more and more universities are expecting at least A1 level proficiency apart from it being a requirement for Visa as well. It is noted that candidates with German language skills have a better chance of getting admission to German universities as compared to candidates with no German language skills.
Most German universities do not accept applications without IELTS scores or without final year mark sheets. So it is always recommended to apply when the student is ready with all documents including the IELTS scorecard and provisional degree certificate.
Universities do not issue Conditional Offer Letters to the students.
For courses like Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Engineering, candidates must have very good academics like 75% plus in Bachelors and a GRE score as well, as these are highly competitive courses.
Eligibility for Bachelor’s
For getting admission into a Bachelor’s course in Germany, 13 years of education is mandatory.
This can be fulfilled by successfully completing the first year of the Bachelor’s program from a recognized university in the relevant field OR Successfully completing the Foundation year at university to compensate for the 13th year of education.
Academic percentage – Minimum 80% & above in 10th/12th /UG is required IELTS – Overall 6.5 with no band less than 6
German Language – B2 Level Proficiency is required.
- Industrial Engineering
- Business and Economics
- Natural sciences
- Mathematics and Computer science
High Ranked Universities/Colleges in Germany
- Technische Universität München
- Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
- Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
- Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
- Freie Universität Berlin
- KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
- Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
- Technische Universität Berlin
- Technische Universität Dresden
- Universität Freiburg
- Passport Copy.
- Mark Sheets of 10th and 12th and Bachelors.
- Degree Certificate.
- Recommendation letter from HOD & Project Guide in sealed & attested covers.
- Statement of Purpose.
- TOEFL / IELTS score.
- GRE scorecard (Not mandatory). Most of the Mechanical/Automobile Programs require GRE.
- Statement of Purpose
- German Proficiency Certificate.
- Project Synopsis (If any).
- Work Experience (If any).
FINANCE for VISA
- One needs to have €10,356 in your bank account before applying for a German student visa.
- As of 2021, it is estimated that a foreign student in Germany spends an average of €861 euros per month at minimum
German Student Visa
A student visa is required by Indian students who wish to pursue Higher Education in Germany and have secured admission to a German College or University.
Applicants should apply for the visa in person at least 3 months prior to departure. The visa processing may take 8 – 12 weeks.
The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Mumbai can only accept visa applications from persons residing in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Daman, and Diu.
The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai accepts the visa application from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Pondicherry.
The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangalore accepts the visa application from the states of Karnataka & Kerala.
The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kolkata accepts the visa application from the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura.
The Delhi Embassy’s area of consular jurisdiction covers the states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and the Union Territories of Chandigarh, Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar, and Lakshadweep Islands.
There is a VISA fee of 75 Euros (Rs.6375) at present (subject to change) to be submitted through Demand Draft at the time of the VISA interview. VFS charges Rs. 844 payable once approval is received and passport is submitted at VFS center for stamping.
Students have to open a blocked account (called “Sperrkonto”) in Germany in the name of the applicant and deposit Euros 10,356. Once in Germany, the student will receive the amount back in 12 equal installments of Euros 863 to cover Living costs.
Note: It is advisable to deposit an additional amount of 150 Euros in the blocked account to make sure that the amount standing in the account is 10,356 EUR after deduction of bank charges. If the balance in the blocked account is below 10,236 EUR due to any reason, German Consulate will not accept the VISA Application.
Tuition fees (if applicable)
Historically, the German Federal Government has prioritized support for public university education. In 2010, tuition fees were paid at state-funded universities in 5 of Germany’s 16 states, while tuition was still free in 11 of the 16 states.
- Some states have no tuition fees
- $500 for a second degree or a longer period of study.
- In some states, even a first university degree costs $500.
For exact information on the tuition fee for the related course, go to the university’s website. Also within the same university, this may differ from course to course.
Semester contribution is to be paid by all University students depending on the services it includes. Again, this is university-specific ranging from 200 to 350. Refer to the respective University portal for exact information.
For an overview, semester contribution may include
- Social fees – Towards social services such as Student dining halls, Student residences, athletic facilities & administrative fees
- Liability insurance protects and compensates third parties for unintended losses.
- Student Union Donations The Student Union charges a membership fee.
- Semester pass – This ticket entitles you to unlimited public transit use inside and around the university area. The price of this ticket will range from 25 € to 150 € depending on the city and ticket type.
Basic living expenses
Even though Germany has one of the highest living standards in the world, its costs are equivalent to those in Western Europe. The cost of living is primarily determined by one’s lifestyle, place, and type of lodging. According to statistics, Germans spend 1/3 of their income on housing rentals. In conclusion, a student would need 450 € for an affordable and modest living situation.
- Rent & Utilities : 200 €
Private accommodation > 300 €
Shared flat or Student residence around 200 €
- Internet & Mobile phone – 30 €
Mobile flat rate – 15 €
Internet DSL flat rate – 15 €
A separate section is dedicated to a detailed analysis of mobile & DSL contracts
- Health insurance – 60 €
A separate section is dedicated to a detailed analysis of popular health insurance options
- Food & Drinks – 125 €
- Miscellaneous expenditure – 50 €
The above estimate does not include tuition fee, semester ticket, social contributions, traveling, allowances for dining, sports, and anything except anything listed above.
Resident Permit / Visa
Citizens of the European Union, Australia, Canada, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, Switzerland, and the United States are not required to obtain a visa in order to study. To obtain education in Germany, all other nationals (for rules and conditions, contact the nearest German Embassy) need one of the following Visas issued in their home country or by the nearest German mission.
Language course visa
It is only valid for the length of the language course. It is not possible to change this visa to a student visa.
Study applicant Visa
This visa is valid for three months. This visa must be converted into a Resident Permit for study purposes at the Local Foreigners Office after enrolling at the University.
A Resident Permit for Study Purposes is typically granted upon registration and admission to a university for a period of one year, with the possibility of extension dependent on evidence of financial support for the term of study.
Steps to apply for a Visa
A passport that is valid
– Photographs with biometric data
– A letter of acceptance to a German university
– Demonstration of previous academic achievement
– Evidence of financial support for the length of the program
– A certificate of physical education
– Other documentation can be needed on a case-by-case and country-by-country basis.
– The German Embassy in your area will provide you with a checklist or specific information about the Visa application process. The Visa application must be sent to the German Embassy or Consulate in your region, and the process can take up to 6 weeks. As a result, submit as soon as possible.
The cost of lodging accounts for a significant portion of the total expenditure. According to statistics, Germans spend 1/3 of their income on housing. It is strongly advised that you stay in one of the student hostels. At least during the first few days, private lodging should be the absolute last choice.
Rental services in University hostels range from 150 to 250 euros depending on the area, venue, and size of the space. To learn more, contact the Studentenwerk. In general, hostels offer a private room with a shared kitchen (complete with several electric stoves, refrigerator, freezer, electric oven, cupboards, dining table with chairs, and so on), bath, and toilet. At least one television is provided in each bed.
- A cot with a mattress
- A huge closet,
- A closet
- A study table with a lamp and a chair is given.
- Electrical plugs,
- Heaters for rooms,
- Several large windows &
- To gain access to the hostel building/room, you will need your own personal keys.
- Depending on the services offered, an internet/telephone connection may or may not be available.
Advantages with hostels
- Close to University
- Rules are not complex to follow
Disadvantages with Private accommodation
- The rent for a furnished apartment is very high.
- Setting up all furniture, such as for the kitchen, in an unfurnished apartment is a challenging job. When you intend to relocate or move out, you must think about how you can dispose of your furniture.
- Rent would be strong for a limited period of time.
- There are several written and unwritten laws to obey.
- It’s difficult to find and persuade the owner to rent it to you.
Incoming foreign students can be supported in finding private housing by some universities. It depends and differs on a case-by-case basis in such situations, and the same drawback could turn out to be an advantage.
WINTER & SUMMER INTAKE
Winter intake for the winter semester spanning September to February or October to March.
Summer intake for the summer semester runs from March to August or April to September.
DEADLINES FOR APPLICATION
- Winter Intake – Starts from 15th December to 31st March
- Summer Intake- Starts from 15th August to 15th January
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