Germany, being one of the pioneers in technological innovation and scientific exploration is world-renowned for its quality of products and education. People all over the world consider “Made in Germany” as a seal of quality. Famous brands like Adidas, Puma, Hugo Boss, Volkswagen, Allianz, Daimler, BMW, Siemens, BASF, Munich Re, E.ON, Bayer, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi are German-based companies. Hence, commodities made in Germany enjoy the highest reputation and consumer satisfaction all over the worldwide.
Germany is today the 3rd most popular study destination among international students in the world. Its glorious past and thriving present is the provenance of its endeavour in excelling in giving qualitative education. The country attracts hundreds and thousands of students every year mainly because of the outstanding education system, friendly nature of the people, laid-back nature, a unique blend of cultures, relaxing atmosphere, and high standard of living available there.
According to the most recent statistics, more than 300,000 international students are studying in Germany of which, nearly 20,000 are Indian! As per a recently conducted survey, 85% of the international students studying in Germany were satisfied with the high-quality of education provided by the German institution.
1. No tuition fees at public universities
2. Qualitative education
3. World’s fourth-largest economy
4. Numerous scholarship programmes
5. Excellent employment prospects
6. A global industrial hub
7. A safe and welcoming environment
8. Ease of visa acquisition and residency
9. World’s biggest country for Engineering and research based programme
10.Strong Internal Relations between India and Germany
Education in Germany
There are over 1,000 courses on offer in Germany that are taught in English, and this is increasing all the time! The various courses available in German Universities nurture and develop the best in the students, training them to encourage an open mind, skills in logic, develop creativity and self-reliance. Universities in Germany are famous for having campuses with students from a diverse range of backgrounds. The university offers its students various options to study in Germany as full-time, part-time, evening Programme, distance and eLearning.
There are 44 universities in Germany which rank among the world’s best in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017.Six of the top 100 universities in the world are in Germany, 18 universities are included in the top 250, and 32 universities are counted among the world’s top 500. The capital city Berlin is known as the education hub of Germany.
The Top 10 Universities in Germany are:
Technische Universität München
Ludwig-Maximilians – Universität München
KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Technische Universität Berlin
Eberhard Karls Universität Tingen
Top Courses for Indian Students to Study in Germany
German universities offer a wide range of courses and programmes as per the field of interest of the students. Whether it is an undergraduate or postgraduate programme a student wants to enrol in, there are numerous options on one’s platter. The country is particularly known for its Engineering, Management, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Mathematics and natural sciences courses. These courses are amongst the most top preferred courses by Indian students studying in Germany.
Academic intakes and deadlines to study in Germany
Applications for overseas education in German Universities are accepted all-round the year:
Winter semester or Autumn Session starts in September or October. The application period begins in early May and ends on 15th July
Summer semester or Spring Session starts in March or April. The application period begins in early December and ends on 15th January
Eligibility Criteria to Study in Germany
German universities are autonomous that means in Germany there is no set requirement. Each and every university is having its own admission and eligibility criteria for students to enrol in their university. Therefore students are advised to check the university website and their admission requirements before applying for a specific study programme. The requirement of German language while studying in Germany—certain universities/course requires German Language skills, mainly if you are planning to take up a course/ Studienkolleg in German medium. In that case, the student needs to appear for a recognized German language proficiency test like TestDaF [Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Test of German as a Foreign Language)] or DSH (Deutschen Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) and submit a proof of German language proficiency.
English Language Proficiency to Study in Germany:
All international applicants are required to take a recognized English language proficiency test. IELTS/TOEFL score is mostly considered by German Universities/institutions. Minimum IELTS Band score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each section is required and TOEFL score between 79 and 101.
Academic Requirements to Study in Germany:
- Undergraduate study in Germany
- High-school certificate or 13 years of Education is essential
- Academic scores with a minimum 65 % or above in class 12th
- Mathematics in class 12th is prerequisite for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees
- SAT is necessary in some universities